Category: Broadway
Seeing My Life in a Sondheim Show
By DANIEL GUSS
Thursday, October 20, 2016  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Oct 20, 2016  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Inspired by the soon-to-open documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, about Stephen Sondheim's notorious flop Merrily We Roll Along, a lifelong theatre lover looks back at how personally prophetic the show proved to be --- "Yesterday is done" On an October afternoon in 1981 around lunch time, I glanced out my office window and...
How Do You Dance In a Musical Like 'Falsettos'?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, October 17, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 17, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the Broadway revival's choreography --- You might not think of Falsettos as a choreographer's showcase. After all, William Finn's Tony Award-winning 1992 musical is an intimate portrait of a family whose lives are upended when Marvin leaves his wife Trina for a man named Whizzer. Soon enough, Trina is remarried to Mendel, Marvin's psychiatrist,...
'Chicago' -- Doing 'Hamilton' Casting Since 1975
By JOSE SOLIS
Friday, October 14, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 14, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
It's time the long-running musical got credit for pioneering color-blind casting on Broadway --- Earlier this year, Chicago became the first Broadway show to have two Mexican actors in leading roles when Bianca Marroquín and Jaime Camil stepped in as Roxie Hart and Billy Flynn. The occasion didn't go by unnoticed: It got extensive media coverage...
In Broadway's 'The Cherry Orchard,' a Surprising Use of Dance
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, October 11, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 11, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Making Chekhov a moving experience --- There's a scene in the Roundabout Theatre Company's current Broadway revival of The Cherry Orchard where partygoers stream on and off the stage, making merry and celebrating the return of Madame Ranevskaya, a Russian landowner who has fallen on hard times. But the celebration takes a dramatic turn when the...
At This Broadway Play, Your Seats Are Supposed to Surprise You
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, October 06, 2016  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Oct 6, 2016  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Inside the startling design of Heisenberg --- Heisenberg doesn't start like a typical show, with the lights going down (or the curtain coming up) to indicate the performance has begun. Instead, Simon Stephens' play, which is now on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, slides quietly into the room. While a stage manager...
At Broadway's 'The Encounter,' A Sound Is Worth a Thousand Pictures
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, September 29, 2016  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 29, 2016  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
How Gareth Fry's special aural effects help conjure the Amazon rainforest in this new show --- There are very few shows where sound is in the spotlight. In fact, veteran British sound designer Gareth Fry says that usually, if he's doing his job well, theatregoers might not note his contribution. "Sound is used emotionally, and frequently I'm sort...
Reeling at 'Chicago's Too-Accurate Reflection
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, September 26, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 26, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Rewatching the musical during this violent time drove its message home --- When my brother in Baltimore suggested I take his daughter to see Chicago this past summer, I thought, "Good idea." I'd seen the musical eons ago and remembered its smart-aleck attitude and sinewy, gyrating chorus. I figured at least one of those things would appeal to an 18-year-old...
Why is the 'Holiday Inn' Musical So Different From the Movie?
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, September 20, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 20, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How a cinematic trifle became a Broadway show --- How do you turn a cinematic trifle into a big Broadway musical? Holiday Inn, the 1942 film starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, began as a vehicle for composer Irving Berlin to highlight a calendar's worth of evergreen songs, including "Easter Parade," "White Christmas," and "Happy Holidays." But...
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