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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...
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...
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