Category: Broadway
Finding a Way to Love 'Phantom' After Trauma
Tuesday, September 10, 2019  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Tue Sep 10, 2019  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
How the #MeToo movement made me see my favorite musical from a new perspective --- When someone says she has a complicated relationship in her life, she's usually referring to her mother or an ex. But for me, my most complicated relationship is with my favorite musical: The Phantom of the Opera. I became a super-Phan the first time I saw the show...
Your Broadway Fall Preview! 2019 Edition
Friday, September 06, 2019  •   Broadway  •    7 comments Share This
Fri Sep 6, 2019  •   Broadway  •    7 comments Share This
A guide to 21 upcoming (or recently opened) productions All those shows closing over the summer means Broadway is getting an incredible influx of new titles this fall. Between now and December, 19 new productions are bowing on the boards -- and that doesn't even include the recently opened Sea Wall / A Life and Betrayal. As usual, autumn is play heavy,...
I Admit It! Sometimes I Fall Asleep at the Theatre
Thursday, August 29, 2019  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Thu Aug 29, 2019  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Not everything can keep me awake, and that's okay --- I didn't see a lot of theatre growing up, but every winter my parents took me and my sister to a concert by the Boston Pops. The evening was an occasion: I had to wear a dress, and it always seemed like an exciting event until we actually sat down to listen. The music, which was classical, sounded...
How Hal Prince Changed My Life as an Audience Member and an Artist
Tuesday, August 20, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Aug 20, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
A former producer of Yiddish Fiddler recalls his quarter-century friendship with the late legend --- A Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish -- sounds crazy, no? No crazier than the story of how I, a nice Catholic boy, ended up running the century-old National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and executive producing the show at the Museum of Jewish Heritage last...
Swarovski Crystals Are a Girl's Best Friend in 'Moulin Rouge!'
Thursday, August 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Tony-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber helps make this spectacular spectacular --- One of the most heartbreaking moments in Moulin Rouge! The Musical comes in Act II, when the villainous Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu) forces his conflicted courtesan Satine (Karen Olivo) to change out of a lush maroon gown that fits her like a second skin. In...
Does It Work When Broadway Shows Transfer Off-Broadway?
Friday, August 09, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Aug 9, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages Editor Raven Snook geeks out (via Facebook Messenger) with Christina Trivigno, TDF's Director of Digital Strategy and a bona fide theatre nerd. Today's topic: Do Broadway shows lose anything when they transfer Off-Broadway? And which closed Broadway...
How 'Sea Wall / A Life' Smashes the Actor-Audience Divide
Wednesday, August 07, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Aug 7, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Carrie Cracknell directs Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge in her Broadway debut --- Theatregoers often react audibly at Sea Wall / A Life, a pair of complementary monologues by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne at Broadway's Hudson Theatre. Delivered directly to the audience by Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal, these cathartic stories about men grappling...
Why I Obsessively See Certain Shows
Monday, August 05, 2019  •   Broadway  •    11 comments Share This
Mon Aug 5, 2019  •   Broadway  •    11 comments Share This
For certain productions, once is not nearly enough -- but I have rules for returning  --- Back in 2015 I remember thinking to myself: I can do without the gym membership this month. Or perhaps walk more and give less of my money to the MTA. I don't really need three meals a day. No, I wasn't trying to lose weight. I was pondering how I could...
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