Category: Musicals
WATCH: Backstage at the Autism-Friendly Performance of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'
Monday, August 27, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 27, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Last month, we kicked off our autism-friendly performances for the 2018-2019 season with SpongeBob SquarePants. We were thrilled to get a chance to share this exuberant musical with families who have children on the spectrum before it closes on September 16. Cast member Kelvin Moon Loh took over our TDF Instagram feed to give theatre lovers a backstage...
I Know You Love That Musical, But Please Don't Sing Along
By ERIKA GOULD
Wednesday, August 22, 2018  •   Musicals  •    118 comments Share This
Wed Aug 22, 2018  •   Musicals  •    118 comments Share This
The theatre is not your shower or a karaoke bar --- Has this ever happened to you at a Broadway musical? House lights dim, stage lights go up, actors begin singing the opening number… and so does the audience? Personally I find this trend disheartening, and it seems to get worse every season. As an avid theatregoer, I pay top dollar to hear...
If It Doesn't Rhyme, I Don't Mind
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Monday, August 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Mon Aug 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
In defense of musical theatre lyrics with imperfect rhymes I'm a hard-core musical theatre nerd and I don't understand why so many people gripe about lyrics featuring imperfect rhymes. They don't bother me. In fact, I sometimes prefer them since they're more surprising than perfect rhymes such as love and dove (yawn). Imperfect rhymes work especially...
How Do You Direct Two Musicals at Once?
By CAREY PURCELL
Friday, August 17, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 17, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Andy Sandberg opens Neurosis and R.R.R.E.D. Off-Broadway --- Working on two shows simultaneously has driven Andy Sandberg to drink -- large quantities of Pepsi Max. "The actors frequently tease me because I am constantly carrying two-liter bottles in my hand," says the director, who's helming the romantic musical comedy Neurosis and the political...
What Does a Show Starring Everyday New Yorkers Look Like?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, August 16, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Aug 16, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
How the Public Theater's Public Works initiative is creating new artists and new audiences --- Usually a theatre producer's primary worry is how to get butts in the seats. But when the Public Theater launched its Public Works initiative in 2013, the big concern was how to get all those bodies onto the Delacorte stage -- 200 diverse New Yorkers from...
She's the Other 'Pretty Woman' in this Musical and She's Fierce
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Tuesday, August 14, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Aug 14, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tony nominee Orfeh returns to Broadway as another sexy sidekick --- When director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell needed to cast the brassy, belting bestie in Broadway's Pretty Woman: The Musical, the two-time Tony winner knew exactly who to call: Orfeh. The last time Mitchell directed the mononymous actress, she earned a Tony nomination as the feisty...
When Color-Blind Casting Get Complicated
By STEPHEN ROBINSON
Monday, August 13, 2018  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Aug 13, 2018  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
A black theatre fan argues that certain white roles shouldn't be played by actors of color --- I've loved musical theatre as long as I can remember. When I was young, I would listen to my original cast recordings of Oklahoma and Candide and My Fair Lady over and over and over, and imagine myself as Curly McLain and Candide and Henry Higgins. But my...
Seeing My Story in 'Avenue Q'
By RONNI KRASNOW
Wednesday, August 08, 2018  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Wed Aug 8, 2018  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
In honor of the musical's 15th anniversary, a fan looks back at how the musical continues to impact her life --- I was already in my mid-thirties when Avenue Q debuted Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Vineyard Theatre. Even though the fresh-out-of-college puppet protagonist Princeton (originally performed by John Tartaglia) was a generation younger than...
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