Category: Musicals
It's a 'Disaster' You Can Believe In!
Monday, February 22, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Feb 22, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
The surprising heart of the raucous new musical parody --- Can a parody have heart, too? That's the question inside Disaster!, the new Broadway musical now in previews at the Nederlander Theatre. On one hand, the show is a breezy send-up of 70s disaster flicks. In just two acts, a shipload of swells faces an earthquake, a tidal wave, towering infernos,...
Why Summer from 'School of Rock' is My New Feminist Shero
Friday, January 15, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jan 15, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
An appreciation of the pushy little girls in musical theatre --- To anyone who knows me, it comes as no surprise that I was a bossy, overachieving, full-of-myself little girl. And now I'm blessed to be the mother of a bossy, overachieving little girl (with, thankfully, much better interpersonal skills). So it's no wonder that my favorite character...
The Operatic Power of an Everyday Death
Tuesday, January 12, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy created their first opera --- The Irish playwright Enda Walsh made his name with works that are simultaneously poetic and unsettling. And although he won a Tony for his book for Once, it's in the less mainstream combination of the inexplicable and the banal where he feels most at home. "My work has never been really...
At Long Last, She's Back on Broadway
Monday, January 11, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 11, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
After a decade away, Alix Korey returns to New York in Fiddler on the Roof --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Broadway belter and comic character actress Alix Korey (pictured above, on the right) has always possessed an admirable sense of humor about the ups and downs of her life...
How Do You Create a New Holiday Classic?
Friday, December 18, 2015  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Dec 18, 2015  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
The Classical Theatre of Harlem sets a lofty seasonal goal --- All Ty Jones wants for Christmas is for audiences to come to Harlem. That's why the producing artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem commissioned the brand-new holiday musical The First Noel, which is enjoying what he intends to be its first annual run at the iconic Apollo...
One 'Hit List' Wonder
Wednesday, December 16, 2015  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Dec 16, 2015  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
How a TV show inspired a theatre lover to fly across the country What do you do when you love theatre but you live in the wild, untamed outlands of Seattle like I do? The sensible answer is to stay home and enjoy high-quality regional theatre and the occasional national tour. And usually, that's what I do. But then there was that time in 2013 when...
Learning Lines AND a Language
Tuesday, December 08, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 8, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How the cast of The Golden Bride learned to perform in Yiddish --- Glenn Seven Allen was next in line to step into the audition room for the operetta The Golden Bride when he heard something inside that stopped him cold. "It freaked me out!" he says. "I never do this, but I called my agent and asked if he could buy me some extra time. He got me an...
What Kind of Man Will Harpo Become?
Friday, December 04, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 4, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
In The Color Purple, Kyle Scatliffe rides a delicate line Caution: The last half of this story contains mild spoilers about The Color Purple. --- "He's a very gentle person, but when a gentle person is left with someone that's tyrannical for over 10 years, what happens to them?" Kyle Scatliffe (pictured above) has been asking himself this question...
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