Category: Musicals
Brush Up Your Shakespur
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, June 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Jun 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
How the Bard inspired a Wild West musical comedy --- Though it's categorized as a comedy and ends with multiple weddings, Measure for Measure has long been considered one of Shakespeare's "problem plays." It's a morally complex tale rife with abuse of power, sexual blackmail and some seriously toxic masculinity as corrupt judge Angelo demands nun...
How Do You Make a Dance Play?
By ERIKA GOULD
Friday, May 25, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri May 25, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Writer David Thompson on how he helped build The Beast in the Jungle --- When Tony-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman said that the protagonist of The Beast in the Jungle was "waltzing through life," everything clicked. Stroman, Tony-winning composer John Kander and Tony-nominated book writer David Thompson had been talking about adapting...
This Grandma's Probably Way Cooler Than Yours
By SANDY MACDONALD
Tuesday, May 08, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue May 8, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Luba Mason shatters ageist notions in the musical Unexpected Joy --- The amazingly youthful-looking Luba Mason isn't a grandmother in real life, but she doesn't mind playing one onstage -- so long as the character's not a stereotype. That's why she's embracing her role as Joy, a sexually fluid hippie at the center of Unexpected Joy at the York Theatre...
She Makes the 'Mean Girls' Sound Fetch
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, April 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Meet Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, one of the show's unsung sheroes --- Much has been written about the girl power of Broadway's Mean Girls. After all, the female-focused musical comedy about a naïve new student learning to navigate the high school hierarchy is the brainchild of feminist funnywoman Tina Fey, based on her hit...
The Triangle at the Heart of 'My Fair Lady'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, April 18, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Apr 18, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Allan Corduner on playing Pickering in the Broadway revival --- Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins and his Cockney flower girl protégé Eliza Doolittle may have a will-they-or-won't-they relationship in My Fair Lady, but his pal Colonel Pickering is really his soul mate. Their bromance in on enchanting display in Bartlett Sher's...
WATCH: Chita Rivera Sing "Somewhere" at the Olivier Awards
Thursday, April 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
ICYMI London's annual Olivier Awards, aka the British Tonys, took place last Sunday. The ceremony at Royal Albert Hall featured lots of live performances, including the opening number of the West End incarnation of Hamilton and a tribute to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. But two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera belting out "Somewhere" from...
How Can You Be a Mom When Deportation Looms?
By HOWARD SHERMAN
Tuesday, April 10, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega plays an undocumented immigrant in the new musical Miss You Like Hell --- Mother-daughter relationships in musicals -- as in life -- are often complex and combative (see Gypsy). But the interactions between the mother and daughter at the center of Miss You Like Hell, currently playing at the Public Theater, are particularly...
Rapping About Smashing the Patriarchy
By JOSE SOLÍS
Monday, April 09, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 9, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Q Brothers give Lysistrata a feminist hip-hop makeover --- Lots of theatre-makers update the classics but only the Chicago-based Q Brothers specialize in "add-rap-tations:" contemporary hip-hop reimaginings of iconic texts. Their playful and inventive takes on The Comedy of Errors, rechristened The Bomb-itty of Errors, and Othello: the Remix both...
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