Category: Musicals
Peer Gynt Becomes a Rock Star
Friday, January 27, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jan 27, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
An Ibsen classic is now a rock musical --- "My name is Peer!" sings the man center stage at the mic stand, backed by guitar, thrashing drums, and backing vocals. That egocentric battle cry is the essence of Peer Gynt, the fantastical Henrik Ibsen drama on which Ma-Yi Theatre's rock musical Peer Gynt & the Norwegian Hapa Band is based. Now...
China Changes These Puppets Forever
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jan 18, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The sly politics of the puppet musical Made in China --- The first moment of Made In China twists our expectations. This puppet musical from the performance troupe Wakka Wakka, which is now playing at 59E59, opens with a massive panda puppet thoughtfully chewing bamboo. It's incredibly cute, and it suggests a charming little show about Eastern culture....
In This Musical, Americans Actually Get Along
Wednesday, January 11, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The charming politics of Finian's Rainbow --- For all the magic in its plot – including a leprechaun and an enchanted pot of gold – the most fantastical thing about Finian's Rainbow may be its approach to politics. In contrast to our current addiction to bare-knuckled ideology, this musical imagines a small American town that overcomes...
That Time I Performed as a Singing Rat
Thursday, January 05, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 5, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
An underground artist remembers when she tried to conquer Broadway --- I haven't been to many Broadway musicals. Most of my theatregoing experience involves attending off-off-off-Broadway shows, or mounting my own bizarre indie performances like my open mic, Reverend Jen's Anti-Slam, which has been running for over 20 years. At the Anti-Slam, anything...
How Alice Ripley Convinced Me I'm Not Crazy
Tuesday, December 06, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Dec 6, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
A committed Next to Normal fan opens up about his obsession --- For reasons I don't entirely understand, I am obsessed with Next to Normal. It goes beyond the fact that the musical is a masterpiece that won a slew of rave reviews and awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. I saw it several times on Broadway, a few additional performances...
The Complicated Truth of 'Dear Evan Hansen'
Friday, December 02, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 2, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Book writer Steven Levenson on the power of moral tension --- In some ways, "You Will Be Found" is just a moving song. The power ballad that closes act one of Dear Evan Hansen, it marks the moment when Evan, a socially anxious teenager, delivers a heartfelt speech about a friend, Connor, who has recently met with tragedy. Shaking with emotion, Evan...
How 'School of Rock' Changed My Life
Wednesday, November 30, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Nov 30, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
A teenager's personal connection to the musical --- I am a 15-year-old "theatre geek" and I live in a suburb of Boston. I started performing on stage when I was eight years old, and I absolutely love it! I hope to do it professionally one day. I try to see all the touring productions I can and, of course, I watch a lot of clips of shows on YouTube....
How to Be a Dad in the 'Bronx'
Monday, November 21, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 21, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Richard H. Blake gets personal in the musical A Bronx Tale --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. For all the things it's about – New York City in the 1960s, the ups and downs of Italian-Americans, the ways a neighborhood can shape your identity – A Bronx Tale is especially about...
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