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You've Never Seen 'Frankenstein' Like This
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, December 26, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 26, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why the monster dances in Ensemble for the Romantic Century's interpretation of the tale --- From Mel Brooks's campy musical comedy to a notorious closed-on-opening-night Broadway flop to the National Theatre's production with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein has been adapted for the theatre countless...
Sitting Pretty at the Show
By ALLEN MOGOL
Friday, December 22, 2017  •   Broadway  •    13 comments Share This
Fri Dec 22, 2017  •   Broadway  •    13 comments Share This
A theatre lover reminisces about his best -- and worst -- seats --- Forget New York City real estate. The theatre is where it's all about location, location, location. While there's no question that having a great seat can make watching a terrific production even more enjoyable, can an outstanding show make up for seeing it from a lousy angle? Sometimes,...
When Getting Tipsy Is Part of the Show
By DREW PISARRA
Thursday, December 21, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 21, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
One theatre lover binges on a sprinkling of alcohol-infused productions --- Why would liquor lovers limit themselves to a glass of wine at intermission when there are shows that integrate drinking into the actual performance? I recently went on the equivalent of a theatrical bar crawl to experience a handful of New York City productions that...
How Neuroscience Inspired Michelle Dorrance
By LAUREN KAY
Wednesday, December 20, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 20, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
The lauded tapper revises Myelination for darker times --- Science might seem like unusual fodder for a dance-maker, but while reading Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code Michelle Dorrance started musing about myelin, the fatty white substance that surrounds the axon of some nerve cells. "I'm not a neuroscientist, but conceptually I was inspired by...
Sex, Lies, and '90s Hits
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, December 19, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 19, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How the cult film Cruel Intentions became a jukebox musical --- When the live onstage band at (le) Poisson Rouge starts playing the opening strains of "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve, all the millennials in the audience go wild. That's not just because it signals the start of Cruel Intentions: The Musical, based on the 1999 movie of the same...
Theatre by Candlelight
By GERARD RAYMOND
Monday, December 18, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 18, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Farinelli and the King shines a very old-fashioned light on Broadway --- Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance may be center stage in Farinelli and the King, but lighting designer Paul Russell is the one who puts him in the spotlight. Or, more accurately, candlelight. Written by Rylance's wife Claire van Kampen, the new London import about bipolar...
Working Their Way Back to You
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Thursday, December 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Why Jersey Boys may work even better Off-Broadway --- An 11-year run on Broadway is a rare accomplishment, yet when Jersey Boys closed in January after more than 4,500 performances, it felt premature. The Tony-winning bio-musical about the Four Seasons was still attracting respectable crowds and its loss was definitely felt -- especially by the legendary...
They're 60-Something Going On 21
By DIANE SNYDER
Wednesday, December 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Lucy Kirkwood makes her Broadway debut with The Children --- Lucy Kirkwood is about half the age of the three retired nuclear scientists who populate her Broadway drama The Children at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Yet she insists getting into their heads wasn't as complicated as you might think. "They came quite...
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