Category: Musicals
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...
Old Friends, New Stage Tricks
Thursday, December 03, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Broadway vet Jackie Hoffman and John "Lypsinka" Epperson reunite in Once Upon a Mattress --- As spunky Princess Winnifred in the Transport Group's Off-Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress at the Abrons Arts Center, Jackie Hoffman is marking a few firsts. After two-plus decades as a scene-stealing second banana on Broadway and Off (and off-Off),...
Weight-Loss Camp, With Songs
Monday, November 30, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The musical Gigantic takes a lively look at teens and body image --- Yes, it's a spiky, funny show with a kicking pop-rock score, but Gigantic is also a musical with genuine things to say. That's largely because Randy Blair, who wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book, has first-hand experience with the subject matter. Set at a weight-loss camp,...
I'm Glad I Saw 'Matilda' From the Front Row
Friday, November 20, 2015  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Nov 20, 2015  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
How seeing Matilda from the front row made it even more magical --- My 12-year-old daughter is one of the biggest Matilda The Musical fans on the planet. She has memorized the entire score -- not just Matilda's songs, but every single lyric (go ahead and ask, she'll sing it all for you). She has dressed as Matilda for Halloween. She scoured the internet...
Perfecting the Sound of 'School of Rock'
Tuesday, November 17, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Ethan Popp keeps this Broadway musical sounding righteous --- Twenty years ago, Ethan Popp landed his first job as a music director at a regional theatre, working on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Now, he's collaborating closely with that show's composer, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, on the Broadway musical adaptation of School of Rock. For...
Hearing the '60s for the First Time
Friday, November 13, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Nov 13, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
What one immigrant learned about American culture watching Trip of Love --- All my life I never understood the cultural fascination with the '60s, and not just because I was born at the end of the flower power decade in 1969. For me, the disconnect was personal. Unlike many of my peers whose parents spent the era rejecting middle-class values, organized...
Am I Loving You or Using You?
Wednesday, November 11, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The new musical Invisible Thread leaves room for debate --- Looking for a fascinating personality test? Go see the musical Invisible Thread with a group of friends, then ask them to define Jacob's relationship with Griffin. Chances are good that everyone will have a different answer, and you'll have to stand around debating before anyone can go home....
Darkness and Light in George Takei's Life
Thursday, October 29, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 29, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Dance tells a complex story in the Broadway musical Allegiance --- Inspired by actor George Takei's life, Allegiance is distinguished not only by the caché of its famous source, but also the gravitas of its subject matter: The musical tells the tale of Takei's experience as a Japanese American during WWII, including the horrible reality of...
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