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Two Bill Clintons, One Funny Musical
By SANDER GUSINOW
Monday, May 04, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 4, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the satire of Clinton the Musical --- If you ask ten people their opinion of Bill Clinton, then you're likely to get ten different answers. But that's not a problem for Clinton The Musical, currently playing at New World Stages. In the musical comedy he wrote with his brother Michael, writer/composer Paul Hodge seeks to embrace...
He's Not a Total Villain. Honest.
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, April 28, 2015  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Apr 28, 2015  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Tom Hewitt plays a bad guy with a soft side in Doctor Zhivago --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When Tom Hewitt admonishes the adolescent daughter of his paramour to "Pull your stockings up, Lara; it's distracting," you learn everything you need to know about his character,...
Meet the Symbolically Powerful Eunuchs
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, April 23, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 23, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Behind the most unusual characters in Broadway's The Visit --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles "As an audience member, even before you hear that we're eunuchs, you can say, 'Okay, these people are not normal.'" That's how Matthew Deming describes his entrance in The Visit, the viciously...
Dressing the Kids in The King and I
By ERIC GRODE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Apr 22, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Notes from the costume designer and wardrobe supervisor --- Any parent – and anyone who has been parented in their lives – knows that keeping kids' clothes off the floor and free from stains is a full-time job. Now picture more than a dozen children, each changing their (rather expensive) outfits every half hour for three hours...
How Is This Musical Comedy Like Breaking Bad?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, April 14, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 14, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The surprisingly deep themes of Something Rotten! --- On first glance – or maybe even fifth – Something Rotten! doesn't seem anything like Breaking Bad. After all, the former is a raucous musical comedy about Elizabethan playwrights who actually invent musical theatre while trying to compete with Shakespeare, and the latter...
Not Everyone Can Dance Like This
By LAUREN KAY
Tuesday, April 07, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Apr 7, 2015  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Inside the killer choreography of An American in Paris --- While the dance world at large continues to wage an uphill battle (see: the closing of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), Broadway is enjoying a surge of dance-heavy shows. The charge is led by three musicals currently on the boards. Gigi and On the Town – both choreographed by...
Why Should Students See Hamilton?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 06, 2015  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Mon Apr 6, 2015  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Last month, TDF and the Public Theater filled two Wednesday matinees of Hamilton with high school students from around the city, most of whom had never seen a show before. These nearly 600 young people probably didn't know that Hamilton is one of the buzziest productions of the season, that's it's been fast-tracked for a Broadway transfer this...
When Your Lines Are Like Lyrics, How Do You Speak?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, April 02, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Karyn Quackenbush tackles the strange, lush world of "Iowa"  --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Karyn Quackenbush was completely unfamiliar with Jenny Schwartz's work before trying out for the playwright's latest production, Iowa, a dramedy-with-songs at Playwrights Horizons. As...
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