Category: Musicals
Five Nights of Free and Freewheeling Shakespeare
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, August 24, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How Shaina Taub turned As You Like It into a 200-person musical --- It all started two years ago when composer and performer Shaina Taub got a text message from a number she didn't recognize. It was Lear deBessonet, the founder of the Public Theater's Public Works program, which produces large-scale, musicalized mountings of classic plays starring...
Sex and the Single Widow
By SUZY EVANS
Tuesday, August 15, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
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Why Tony nominee Nancy Opel is so excited about portraying a Curvy Widow --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Before preview performances of Curvy Widow, which recently opened at the Westside Theater Off-Broadway, the musical's book writer and real-life inspiration, Bobby Goldman,...
Why This Dolly Will Never Go Away For Me
By DANIEL GUSS
Wednesday, July 19, 2017  •   Musicals  •    15 comments Share This
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A musical lover remembers the understudy who first captured his heart --- On a recent Sunday afternoon, I settled in to my seat in the upper balcony of the Shubert Theatre to watch Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!. Over half a century earlier at age 10, I had attended my first Broadway show, Oliver!, in the same theatre, sitting in the same section....
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...
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