Swing Music Soothes the Broadway Soul
By DOUG STRASSLER
Beth Leavel connects to Bandstand
On Broadway, Beth Leavel has become a master of musical styles. She's sailed through everything from Golden Age crooning to power-pop belting, so it's hardly surprising that she's adding swing music to her repertoire. You can hear the results in Bandstand, which is now in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre....
How I Discovered One of My Favorite Actors in the Chorus
By RONNI KRASNOW
It's not just her talent that earns this theatre fan's adoration
Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire
Even as someone who sees a lot of shows, it's rare that I get excited about someone in the chorus. It makes a kind of sense since -- save for a handful of individual moments -- they're usually meant to blend together...
How Ghosts and Trees Come to Life in 'Anastasia'
By FRANK RIZZO
Inside this Broadway's musical's projection design
Near the end of the first act of the Broadway musical Anastasia, three characters, filled with hope and excitement, take a train out of Russia heading for Paris.
It's quite a ride for them – and for the audience – in a production that highlights the latest in projection design....
Why Douglas Sills Is Roaring On Stage
By RAVEN SNOOK
The Tony nominee returns to Broadway in War Paint
Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles
How does the old saying go? "Behind every great man there's a great woman." Well invert that for War Paint -- the new Broadway musical about the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein...
On Broadway, His Designs Make Paris Magical
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Inside Amelie's Whimsical Set and Costumes
Even if you moved to the Left Bank, you'd never see the Paris that's onstage in Amélie, and that's entirely the point. Based on the Oscar-nominated French film from 2001, this new Broadway musical follows a young woman whose imagination imbues every moment with magic. Whether she's a child...
How a Musical Introduced Me to My Heroes
By RONNI KRASNOW
A theatre lover's tribute to the songwriting team of Ahrens and Flaherty
March 23, 2017. That date had been imprinted on my brain for nearly a year: the first preview of Anastasia on Broadway. I bought my ticket the first day they went on sale. I had to be there. After all, I've been at every first performance of every Lynn Ahrens and Stephen...
Here's to Ladies Who Knit Onstage!
By SUZY EVANS
Seeing characters knitting helps me celebrate my hobby
Hello, my name is Suzy Evans, and I am a knitter.
I used to think there should be some sort of greeting from a support group when I disclosed that information. Although I hated that I experienced a sort of secret shame about my ever-growing hoard of yarn skeins, there was certainly a good...
Before Their Tragedy, They Were Glorious
By JEFF POTTER
A new show remembers the fire at the UpStairs Lounge
Stepping across the threshold of the Lynn Redgrave Theater, audience members attending The View UpStairs find themselves in an immersive set recreating the The UpStairs Lounge circa 1973, an under-the-radar gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. With a white grand piano standing center, the...