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How Alice Ripley Convinced Me I'm Not Crazy
Tuesday, December 06, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Dec 6, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
A committed Next to Normal fan opens up about his obsession --- For reasons I don't entirely understand, I am obsessed with Next to Normal. It goes beyond the fact that the musical is a masterpiece that won a slew of rave reviews and awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. I saw it several times on Broadway, a few additional performances...
The Complicated Truth of 'Dear Evan Hansen'
Friday, December 02, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 2, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Book writer Steven Levenson on the power of moral tension --- In some ways, "You Will Be Found" is just a moving song. The power ballad that closes act one of Dear Evan Hansen, it marks the moment when Evan, a socially anxious teenager, delivers a heartfelt speech about a friend, Connor, who has recently met with tragedy. Shaking with emotion, Evan...
How 'School of Rock' Changed My Life
Wednesday, November 30, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Nov 30, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
A teenager's personal connection to the musical --- I am a 15-year-old "theatre geek" and I live in a suburb of Boston. I started performing on stage when I was eight years old, and I absolutely love it! I hope to do it professionally one day. I try to see all the touring productions I can and, of course, I watch a lot of clips of shows on YouTube....
How to Be a Dad in the 'Bronx'
Monday, November 21, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 21, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Richard H. Blake gets personal in the musical A Bronx Tale --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. For all the things it's about – New York City in the 1960s, the ups and downs of Italian-Americans, the ways a neighborhood can shape your identity – A Bronx Tale is especially about...
A Bittersweet 'Charity'
Friday, November 18, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 18, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How director Leigh Silverman reinvented a classic musical for our complicated age --- When the all-female band starts wailing the iconic vamp to "Big Spender," murmurs of recognition erupt throughout the house. It's Sweet Charity's famous, sexy showstopper -- but within seconds it becomes clear that this version has a darkness to it. The orchestration...
Why I Love Andrew Lloyd Webber
Tuesday, November 08, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Nov 8, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
In some circles it's not cool to dig ALW, but I'm proud to admit it --- Andrew Lloyd Webber currently has three (soon to be four!) musicals running on Broadway: Cats, School of Rock, and The Phantom of the Opera. The latter is the longest-running production ever on the Main Stem, as well as one of the highest-grossing shows of all time. Plus he's...
Hearing Death in a Song
Thursday, October 27, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 27, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Contemplating mortality while listening to David Bowie's final recordings on the new Lazarus cast album --- "Look up here, I'm in heaven / I've got scars that can't be seen." Those are the first words David Bowie sings in "Lazarus," the title tune of the rock star's one and only musical, whose original cast recording just came out. That song was...
Seeing My Life in a Sondheim Show
Thursday, October 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Oct 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Inspired by the soon-to-open documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, about Stephen Sondheim's notorious flop Merrily We Roll Along, a lifelong theatre lover looks back at how personally prophetic the show proved to be --- "Yesterday is done" On an October afternoon in 1981 around lunch time, I glanced out my office window and...
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