Category: Broadway
How Alice Ripley Convinced Me I'm Not Crazy
By J. KEITH VAN STRAATEN
Tuesday, December 06, 2016  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Dec 6, 2016  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
A committed Next to Normal fan opens up about his obsession --- For reasons I don't entirely understand, I am obsessed with Next to Normal. It goes beyond the fact that the musical is a masterpiece that won a slew of rave reviews and awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. I saw it several times on Broadway, a few additional performances...
The Complicated Truth of 'Dear Evan Hansen'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, December 02, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 2, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Book writer Steven Levenson on the power of moral tension --- In some ways, "You Will Be Found" is just a moving song. The power ballad that closes act one of Dear Evan Hansen, it marks the moment when Evan, a socially anxious teenager, delivers a heartfelt speech about a friend, Connor, who has recently met with tragedy. Shaking with emotion, Evan...
How 'School of Rock' Changed My Life
By ANDI STEBBINS
Wednesday, November 30, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Nov 30, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A teenager's personal connection to the musical --- I am a 15-year-old "theatre geek" and I live in a suburb of Boston. I started performing on stage when I was eight years old, and I absolutely love it! I hope to do it professionally one day. I try to see all the touring productions I can and, of course, I watch a lot of clips of shows on YouTube....
How to Be a Dad in the 'Bronx'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, November 21, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 21, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Richard H. Blake gets personal in the musical A Bronx Tale --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. For all the things it's about – New York City in the 1960s, the ups and downs of Italian-Americans, the ways a neighborhood can shape your identity – A Bronx Tale is especially about...
Creating the Wild World of 'Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, November 11, 2016  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
Fri Nov 11, 2016  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
Inside the design of the new Broadway musical --- In the most literal sense, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 doesn't have a set design at all. An electro-pop opera based on a scandalous romantic subplot in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace, the show follows young Natasha as she gets seduced by a married man named Anatole, breaks off...
This Broadway Musical May Be What the Country Needs Right Now
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, November 10, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 10, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The a cappella world of In Transit means a lot these days --- There's a new Broadway musical that might help remedy our devastating national fissures. For a few hours, at least, it might replace our sense of "my country/their country" with a vision of unity and cooperation. It might remind us, if only for a little while, how it looks when Americans...
Why I Love Andrew Lloyd Webber
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, November 08, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Nov 8, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
In some circles it's not cool to dig ALW, but I'm proud to admit it --- Andrew Lloyd Webber currently has three (soon to be four!) musicals running on Broadway: Cats, School of Rock, and The Phantom of the Opera. The latter is the longest-running production ever on the Main Stem, as well as one of the highest-grossing shows of all time. Plus he's...
Evoking the Past Through a Modern Lens
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, October 25, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 25, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Designer Tom Scutt tackles his first period piece with Broadway's Les Liaisons Dangereuses --- Set and costume designer Tom Scutt has an enviable resume, which is even more impressive when you consider his young age. At just 33, he's already racked up a Tony nomination (for last season's King Charles III); worked with a slew of major theatre companies...
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