How Do You Direct Two Musicals at Once?
Friday, August 17, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 17, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Andy Sandberg opens Neurosis and R.R.R.E.D. Off-Broadway --- Working on two shows simultaneously has driven Andy Sandberg to drink -- large quantities of Pepsi Max. "The actors frequently tease me because I am constantly carrying two-liter bottles in my hand," says the director, who's helming the romantic musical comedy Neurosis and the political...
What Does a Show Starring Everyday New Yorkers Look Like?
Thursday, August 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Aug 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How the Public Theater's Public Works initiative is creating new artists and new audiences --- Usually a theatre producer's primary worry is how to get butts in the seats. But when the Public Theater launched its Public Works initiative in 2013, the big concern was how to get all those bodies onto the Delacorte stage -- 200 diverse New Yorkers from...
Even When I See a Show Solo I'm Never Alone
Wednesday, August 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Aug 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
One theatre lover reflects on the impact other audience members have on his experiences --- Usually, I wait to criticize a show until after I've left the theatre. But I once loathed a production so much, my verbal abuse slipped out mid-performance. It was under my breath, but my words were pointed: "End this show. End it now!" That kind of experience...
She's the Other 'Pretty Woman' in this Musical and She's Fierce
Tuesday, August 14, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Tony nominee Orfeh returns to Broadway as another sexy sidekick --- When director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell needed to cast the brassy, belting bestie in Broadway's Pretty Woman: The Musical, the two-time Tony winner knew exactly who to call: Orfeh. The last time Mitchell directed the mononymous actress, she earned a Tony nomination as the feisty...
When Color-Blind Casting Get Complicated
Monday, August 13, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Aug 13, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
A black theatre fan argues that certain white roles shouldn't be played by actors of color --- I've loved musical theatre as long as I can remember. When I was young, I would listen to my original cast recordings of Oklahoma and Candide and My Fair Lady over and over and over, and imagine myself as Curly McLain and Candide and Henry Higgins. But my...
Meet the Hardest Working Man in New York Theatre
Friday, August 10, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 10, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Between acting, directing, writing and teaching, Tony nominee Austin Pendleton is always busy -- and that's how he likes it --- While most of his industry peers take a break during the dog days of August, Austin Pendleton is working up a sweat in NYC, juggling multiple projects. Earlier this summer, he spent his days directing the revival of John...
He Wants You to Crack Up at His Breakup
Thursday, August 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Gianmarco Soresi analyzes his love life and his art in Less Than 50% --- When it comes to romance, playwright and stand-up Gianmarco Soresi admits he's a bit cynical, like many of his fellow millennials. He unpacks his generation's skeptical attitude toward relationships -- especially marriage -- in his new autobiographical comedy Less Than 50%, currently...
Seeing My Story in 'Avenue Q'
Wednesday, August 08, 2018  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Wed Aug 8, 2018  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
In honor of the musical's 15th anniversary, a fan looks back at how the musical continues to impact her life --- I was already in my mid-thirties when Avenue Q debuted Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Vineyard Theatre. Even though the fresh-out-of-college puppet protagonist Princeton (originally performed by John Tartaglia) was a generation younger than...
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