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In Broadway's 'On Your Feet,' She's Much More Than a Mom
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, October 19, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Oct 19, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Andréa Burns plays a multifaceted woman who just happens to be Gloria Estefan's mother --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. While the splashy Broadway bio-musical On Your Feet! chronicles the specific rise of multi Grammy Award-winning Miami music makers Emilio and Gloria Estefan,...
Why Is Prince Harry Speaking in Verse?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, October 16, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Oct 16, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
The secrets of the language in Broadway's King Charles III --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. If a script is written in verse, then a playwright has essentially built instructions into an actor's lines. Just ask Richard Goulding, who's starring as Prince Harry in King Charles III,...
Bond on Broadway? I'm Stirred, Not Shaken
By NICK RHEINWALD-JONES
Thursday, October 15, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Oct 15, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Why 007 would make an amazing musical --- I'm no "theatre geek," whether you take that term to mean (a) someone who knows a great deal about theatre or (b) someone who bites the heads off chickens onstage. However, I am a huge fan of James Bond films (I even wrote and directed a short spoof of one). So a few months ago, when I heard that a 007 musical...
No Time to Think! You Have to Be Funny Right Now!
By KENNETH JONES
Thursday, October 08, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 8, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In Broadway's Sylvia, Robert Sella jumps from character to character --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles The three main characters of Sylvia, A.R. Gurney's comedy famous for its love triangle of a Manhattan couple and their newly adopted dog, travel in a kind of pack. Trekking...
Let's Tap Dance Until We Fall In Love
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, October 06, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Oct 6, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
How dance breeds romance in Broadway's Dames at Sea --- Sometimes a parody becomes the very thing it's going after. Take Dames at Sea -- the splashy 1968 musical that's about a splashy musical -- which is currently enjoying its Broadway premiere in a production directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner. Like 42nd Street and Footlight...
Seeing a Show By Listening to the Album
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Thursday, October 01, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 1, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to On the Record, where we celebrate original cast recordings. Today's title: the just-released Hamilton. --- In my last column, I examined the advent of cast albums enlisting pop artists in order to reach a broader audience. But what happens when a show is already a pop-culture phenomenon? That's the case with Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical...
Love, Fight, Repeat
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, September 30, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Sep 30, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How director Daniel Aukin keeps the dance of dysfunction moving in Fool for Love --- The volatile couple at the center of Sam Shepard's explosive 1984 drama Fool for Love may be ill-fated, but good mojo helped fuel the play's current revival at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. When the production originated at the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival,...
What Does an Emotional Vortex Look Like?
By KENNETH JONES
Thursday, September 24, 2015  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Sep 24, 2015  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
How stars, ice, and lava influenced the set for Broadway's Old Times --- Set designer Christine Jones didn't take Harold Pinter's scripted stage directions literally when she was conjuring the visual world of the new Broadway production of his play Old Times. She digested them with a gut instinct. "The design was a direct result of a very strong...
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