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What Becomes of the Family in 'Fiddler'?
By ALINA ADAMS
Friday, March 25, 2016  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
Fri Mar 25, 2016  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
A Russian-Jewish immigrant sees her grandfather in Tevye's eyes --- The current Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof opens with star Danny Burstein in modern dress, standing beneath an old Anatevka train station sign in Russian. He takes out a book and reads the opening lines of the show aloud, as if from a diary, before shedding his contemporary...
In 'Bright Star,' Appalachian People Know How to Survive
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 15, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The resilient spirit of Stevie Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musical --- Bright Star could easily be a melodrama, with cackling villains and histrionic heroines chewing every piece of scenery. After all, this new Broadway musical, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is loosely based on the shocking true story of the Iron Mountain Baby,...
Through Good and Bad, My Dad and I Always Had Theatre
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, March 11, 2016  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Mar 11, 2016  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
A theatre lover remembers the man who inspired her obsession --- The last show I saw with my father was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It was an early October evening in 2014, and it was the first time I realized he was sick. He coughed all through dinner and the show, insisting it was just a cold, but his pallor and inability...
On Broadway, 'Eclipsed' Conjures an Entire Nation
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 08, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 8, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Director Liesl Tommy on how the play has gotten richer in its latest iteration --- Never underestimate how much a space affects a play. Depending on where it's performed, a single production can have wildly different personalities, with everything from the size of the room to the shape of the floor impacting what we experience. Last year, for instance,...
He's Only In One Scene, But He Steals It
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, March 03, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 3, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In She Loves Me, comic character actor Peter Bartlett reaffirms that there really are no small parts --- Peter Bartlett has wanted to play the Headwaiter in She Loves Me since he was a teenager. Okay, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. However, the septuagenarian actor says he memorized every word of the original 1963 cast album of Jerry Bock...
How Theatre Changed TDF Member Omri Abarbanel's Worldview
By EMILY TRAVIS
Thursday, February 25, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 25, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Meet the Member, where TDF members let you know which shows they love. Today's member: Omri Abarbanel, a student member of TDF originally from Israel --- Emily Travis, Marketing Manager at TDF: Hi, Omri! To get started, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Omri Abarbanel: I'm from Israel and I've lived in New York City for four...
It's a 'Disaster' You Can Believe In!
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, February 22, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Feb 22, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
The surprising heart of the raucous new musical parody --- Can a parody have heart, too? That's the question inside Disaster!, the new Broadway musical now in previews at the Nederlander Theatre. On one hand, the show is a breezy send-up of 70s disaster flicks. In just two acts, a shipload of swells faces an earthquake, a tidal wave, towering infernos,...
There's a Secret Character in Eugene O'Neill's 'Hughie'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, February 17, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 17, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Frank Wood plays him in the Broadway revival --- Welcome to Building Character, our look at how actors create their roles Eugene O'Neill's Hughie has some of the American theatre's most interesting stage directions. While almost all of the spoken lines in this short play are given to Erie Smith, a gambler and con man trying to fool suckers in New...
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