Category: Musicals
It's the First American Musical, Complete With Comedy and Criminals
By DAVID DeWITT
Wednesday, September 28, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside the return of The Black Crook --- It's an encounter with theatre history, interwoven with more theatre history. The Black Crook, playing through Oct. 7 at Abrons Arts Center in a 70-seat underground space, offers a rare opportunity to take in the entire text of what's been called the first American musical – an 1866 work that,...
Reeling at 'Chicago's Too-Accurate Reflection
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, September 26, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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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...
How Do You Play 240 Years' Worth of Music?
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, September 22, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Meet the music director of Taylor Mac's wildly ambitious new show   ---  Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and Beyond  The title of Taylor Mac's latest work is quite literal. A 24-Decade History of Popular Music does indeed cover 240 years of beloved tunes, featuring over 246 songs dating all the...
Why is the 'Holiday Inn' Musical So Different From the Movie?
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, September 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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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...
Musical Theatre Alert: You Can Finally See 'Fiorello!' On Stage
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, September 13, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 13, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Pulitzer-winning musical finally returns to New York --- How many of us actually know Fiorello!? Sure, diehard musical theatre fans are aware of the show, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and has a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. They might recall the plot – about the early political and romantic life of Fiorello LaGuardia,...
Do You Know the Godmother of Rock and Roll?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 31, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Marie and Rosetta knows the soul of a musical legend --- George Brant could set Marie and Rosetta anywhere. As he recounts both the friendship and artistic genius of musicians Marie Knight and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, he could place them on a tour bus or in a recording studio or backstage at a gig. Instead, he puts them in a room full of coffins. That's...
I Cried at 'Fun Home,' But Not for the Usual Reasons
By LISA BURDIGE
Tuesday, August 09, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Aug 9, 2016  •   Musicals  •    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...
What Makes 'Nunsense' So Popular?
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, August 02, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The evergreen musical returns to New York --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Nunsense is one of the most reliable comedies in the American theatre. Consider this: When Dan Goggin's musical opened in 1985, it ran for 3,672 performances, making it the second- longest running show in Off-Broadway history....
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