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Making an Immigration Tale Universal
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, July 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How this Yiddish musical crosses cultural barriers --- It's unusual for a theatre company to revive a show just five years after its last mounting. However, when the directors of the century-old National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) sat down to plan the season, they realized almost immediately that Amerike – The Golden Land had a powerful...
Why Do Artists Keep Returning to NYMF?
By ANDREW BLOCK
Thursday, July 13, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Six New York Musical Festival veterans share sneak peeks at five new shows --- Every summer, thousands of theatre lovers flock to Midtown Manhattan to feast on dozens of shows presented at NYMF: the New York Musical Festival. During its 13-year run, several artists have returned multiple times to participate in this exciting annual fest. So to celebrate...
Why This Songwriter Is Working on Other People's Shows
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, July 12, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The new artistic director of Encores! Off-Center is a theatre-maker himself --- Obie Award-winning songwriter Michael Friedman (of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Civilians fame) is kicking off his new gig as the artistic director of Encores! Off-Center with a bang -- literally. The first production of the three-show summer season is a revival...
Dancing at the Forefront of a Movement
By DOUG STRASSLER
Tuesday, June 20, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How one-legged performer Evan Ruggiero is making history --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Almost three centuries after its publication, Henry Fielding's 1749 novel exploring "human nature," The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, continues to inspire. Although its best-known adaptation...
Making Dark Subjects Sing
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, June 01, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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A new Off-Broadway musical explores the outlawed Afghan practice of bacha bazi --- How do you craft a love story between two adolescent males who don't understand the concept of gay identity? That was just one of the conundrums composer Tim Rosser and lyricist/book writer Charlie Sohne faced when they decided to make a musical set in Afghanistan's...
Bringing Diversity to the Wild West
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, May 31, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- Writer-composer Kirsten Childs was walking down the street near her Upper West Side home when she spied a couple: a small, muscular man and an African-American woman she describes as "zaftig, with a kind of Venus Hottentot behind." Childs immediately noticed the reactions of passers-by....
You Know the Story But Not the Musical
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
A Queens theatre company puts Raisin in the spotlight --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Over the past 13 years, Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, about the struggles of an African-American family in segregated Chicago, has enjoyed two starry Broadway revivals: in 2004...
Swing Music Soothes the Broadway Soul
By DOUG STRASSLER
Friday, April 21, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Apr 21, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Beth Leavel connects to Bandstand --- On Broadway, Beth Leavel has become a master of musical styles. She's sailed through everything from Golden Age crooning to power-pop belting, so it's hardly surprising that she's adding swing music to her repertoire. You can hear the results in Bandstand, which is now in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre....
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