Category: Musicals
Why London-to-Broadway Transfers Need Two Different Albums
Friday, April 08, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Apr 8, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
One musical fan makes a case for multiple cast recordings of the same show --- The day after American Psycho began previews on Broadway last month, the original London cast recording of the musical was released. But anyone who sees the show and listens to the album will immediately be struck by major differences (beyond the casts), starting with...
In 'Tuck Everlasting' Dance Tells an Immortal Story
Monday, March 28, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How Casey Nicholaw shapes the new Broadway musical --- As a director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw is understandably known as a man who can keep the laughs coming. His recent Broadway hits like The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!, Aladdin, and The Drowsy Chaperone have all been praised for their gut-busting setpieces, like musical numbers about...
What Becomes of the Family in 'Fiddler'?
Friday, March 25, 2016  •   Musicals  •    5 comments Share This
Fri Mar 25, 2016  •   Musicals  •    5 comments Share This
A Russian-Jewish immigrant sees her grandfather in Tevye's eyes --- The current Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof opens with star Danny Burstein in modern dress, standing beneath an old Anatevka train station sign in Russian. He takes out a book and reads the opening lines of the show aloud, as if from a diary, before shedding his contemporary...
In 'Bright Star,' Appalachian People Know How to Survive
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The resilient spirit of Stevie Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musical --- Bright Star could easily be a melodrama, with cackling villains and histrionic heroines chewing every piece of scenery. After all, this new Broadway musical, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is loosely based on the shocking true story of the Iron Mountain Baby,...
What if Your Teenage Diary Became a Musical?
Wednesday, March 09, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Clare Barron puts her adolescent turmoil on stage --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond A few years ago, Clare Barron had an immediate deadline after completing her Obie-award winning play You Got Older, and in order to avoid starting from square one, she wanted to work with existing text. She was also interested...
He's Only In One Scene, But He Steals It
Thursday, March 03, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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In She Loves Me, comic character actor Peter Bartlett reaffirms that there really are no small parts --- Peter Bartlett has wanted to play the Headwaiter in She Loves Me since he was a teenager. Okay, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. However, the septuagenarian actor says he memorized every word of the original 1963 cast album of Jerry Bock...
Do You Want to See New Musicals Before They're Famous?
Monday, February 29, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The curator of "New Musicals at 54" shares a behind-the-scenes peek at the series --- Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get super enthusiastic about things "Isn't it so cool that so many people are gathered in a basement to hear a new musical on a Tuesday night?" Composer/lyricist Joe Iconis was speaking from the piano in said...
Is This a Fairy Tale or Their Actual Lives?
Thursday, February 25, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The Wildness tells so many stories at once --- Kyle Jarrow and Lauren Worsham would appreciate it if you didn't call their new show a musical. For the husband-wife duo, who created The Wildness, currently running at Ars Nova, the term feels deceptive. "If someone came expecting a traditional musical… they certainly wouldn't get that," Jarrow...
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