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Where Did They Find That Vicious Little Girl?
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, July 16, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 16, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the casting for Ruthless! The Musical --- When Joel Paley and Marvin Laird, creators of Ruthless! The Musical, cast the show's original Off-Broadway production in 1992, they were keenly aware of a make-or-break factor. As Paley says, "We had to find a kid that was so talented it was scary." For the campy spoof to truly work, it's...
Diane Paulus Finds a New Way to Neverland
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, July 15, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 15, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How the director changed her vision of Finding Neverland --- When Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus signed on to the mega-musicalization of the movie Finding Neverland, currently playing at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, she knew one of the biggest challenges would be figuring out how to conjure the title destination. A magical place...
What Does It Take to Stage a New Musical in New York?
By ANDREW BLOCK
Friday, July 10, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How four new musicals journeyed to NYMF --- The road to producing musical theatre in New York City is paved with endless challenges – covering costs, securing a venue, attracting an audience, competing to be noticed amidst all the other shows out there. Every year, however, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) makes those challenges...
I Can't Believe I Missed This Show
By MONTY ASHLEY
Friday, June 19, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 19, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A theatre lover's tragic story of missed opportunity --- This is the story of the best show I didn't see. Specifically, an iconic musical I came thisclose to catching in its original incarnation almost 30 years ago, and I'm still pretty annoyed about it. I will set the scene for you, and hopefully this will help me work through my unresolved...
One Rachmaninoff Is Not Enough
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, June 15, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Practical concerns inspire deep meaning in Dave Malloy's new musical --- Never underestimate the power of practical limitations. In the theatre, at least, they often lead to a show's most innovative elements. Just look at what happened with Preludes, the new musical written and composed by Dave Malloy that's currently making its world premiere...
Over 55 and Finally in the Spotlight
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, June 03, 2015  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Wed Jun 3, 2015  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Sixteen performers, all over the age of 55, share the songs and stories of their generation --- When Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro set out to find mature performers for their uplifting show Alive! 55+ and Kickin', now at Harlem's Dempsey Theatre, they weren't just looking for solid singers. They wanted compelling stories, too. The two-act revue features...
Being James Cagney (Without Imitating Him)
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 28, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Thu May 28, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
How Robert Creighton brings the film legend to the stage --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Actors playing real people always face a fascinating conundrum: What's the connection between impersonating someone and inhabiting them? In other words, do you have to master a person's voice and...
A Children's Show About Our Troubling History
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, May 05, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 5, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
In a new family musical, director Colman Domingo doesn't sugarcoat slavery or racism --- Although A Band of Angels is based on Deborah Hopkinson's picture book of the same name and mounted by the New York City Children's Theatre, the musical is far from child's play. A tribute to the historic Fisk Jubilee Singers -- a choir founded shortly after...
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