Category: Broadway
Why London-to-Broadway Transfers Need Two Different Albums
Friday, April 08, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Apr 8, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
One musical fan makes a case for multiple cast recordings of the same show --- The day after American Psycho began previews on Broadway last month, the original London cast recording of the musical was released. But anyone who sees the show and listens to the album will immediately be struck by major differences (beyond the casts), starting with...
How One Playwright Translates the Words of Another
Thursday, April 07, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
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Thanks to Christopher Hampton, France's hottest dramatist makes his Broadway debut --- In French playwright Florian Zeller's The Father, language can be very deceptive. Even though his daughter, son-in-law, and health-care aide talk to him in simple, straightforward English, nothing seems to make sense to 80-year-old André (played by three-time...
A Hunk with a Sense of Humor
Wednesday, April 06, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 6, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Drew Moerlein's physique and funny bone led to his Broadway debut in American Psycho --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Like many of the ridiculously ripped men in the new Broadway musical American Psycho, Drew Moerlein is shirtless in the opening number. Yet there was a time when...
When Do the Villagers in 'The Crucible' Become a Hysterical Mob?
Tuesday, April 05, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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A star of the Broadway revival explains where the persecution begins --- The actor Jason Butler Harner naturally had preconceptions about The Crucible. After all, Arthur Miller's play about the Salem Witch Trials -- which is back on Broadway at the Walter Kerr -- is one of the mostly widely produced, taught, and referenced dramas in the United States....
In 'Tuck Everlasting' Dance Tells an Immortal Story
Monday, March 28, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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How Casey Nicholaw shapes the new Broadway musical --- As a director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw is understandably known as a man who can keep the laughs coming. His recent Broadway hits like The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!, Aladdin, and The Drowsy Chaperone have all been praised for their gut-busting setpieces, like musical numbers about...
What Becomes of the Family in 'Fiddler'?
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
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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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
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...
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