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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...
I Cried at 'Fun Home,' But Not for the Usual Reasons
By LISA BURDIGE
Tuesday, August 09, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Aug 9, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A writer shares her personal connection to the Tony-winning musical --- You probably don't need me to tell you that Fun Home, which ends its Broadway run on September 10, is an amazing show. After all, it earned rave reviews and won five Tonys, including Best Musical. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori skillfully transformed Alison Bechdel's moving and...
How Do You Adjust to a New Family?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, August 05, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Aug 5, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Original Curious Incident cast member Enid Graham reflects on her two-year journey --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles When The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time closes on September 4, Enid Graham will have played the part of Judy about 800 times -- and that's not even including...
Which Shows Should Have Made It to Broadway?
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, July 27, 2016  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
Wed Jul 27, 2016  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out (via Gchat) with TDF Stages associate editor Raven Snook. Today's topic: Broadway-bound shows that didn't make it but deserved to. Linda Buchwald: With The Humans transferring to Broadway and deservedly winning...
From 'A Chorus Line' to 'Hamilton,' How Has Broadway Producing Changed?
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, July 13, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 13, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
John Breglio on the evolution of New York theatre --- Could legendary producers of the past hack it on Broadway today? If anyone could guess, it's John Breglio. In his new book I Wanna Be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed, the noted entertainment lawyer and commercial producer gives a show biz tutorial – with plenty...
What Does a Theatre Producer Do? (Part 1)
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, July 06, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 6, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran producer John Breglio explains the ins and outs of his job --- John Breglio would often find himself at gatherings with theatre actors, writers, directors – some famous names, too – and be stunned to learn how little they knew about what a Broadway producer actually does. A few thought the job called for a person who resembled...
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