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Seeing My Life in a Sondheim Show
By DANIEL GUSS
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...
How to Make a 'Hamilton' Parody
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, October 17, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 17, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Forbidden Broadway's creator returns with Spamilton --- After seeing Hamilton when it was at The Public Theater and then following its subsequent command of the cultural zeitgeist, Gerard Alessandrini knew he had to get to work. But the godfather of Forbidden Broadway, the playful series of theatrical parodies which began in 1982, also knew that...
How Do You Dance In a Musical Like 'Falsettos'?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, October 17, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 17, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the Broadway revival's choreography --- You might not think of Falsettos as a choreographer's showcase. After all, William Finn's Tony Award-winning 1992 musical is an intimate portrait of a family whose lives are upended when Marvin leaves his wife Trina for a man named Whizzer. Soon enough, Trina is remarried to Mendel, Marvin's psychiatrist,...
'Chicago' -- Doing 'Hamilton' Casting Since 1975
By JOSE SOLIS
Friday, October 14, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 14, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
It's time the long-running musical got credit for pioneering color-blind casting on Broadway --- Earlier this year, Chicago became the first Broadway show to have two Mexican actors in leading roles when Bianca Marroquín and Jaime Camil stepped in as Roxie Hart and Billy Flynn. The occasion didn't go by unnoticed: It got extensive media coverage...
Teaching Theatre With Video Games and Virtual Reality
By DAN STAHL
Wednesday, October 05, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 5, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How local drama teachers use technology in their classrooms --- As an arts journalist and K-12 curriculum writer, I constantly find myself wondering how the theatre can (and should) intersect with the rest of a student's schedule. That's why I'm drawn to STEAM. STEAM is an education initiative that integrates disciplines: science, technology, engineering,...
WATCH: Meet Theatreworks USA
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, September 30, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Sep 30, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Get to know Theatreworks USA, which presents professional musicals for audiences of all ages. This video features the actors Rachel Dratch, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Andrea Burns; the director John Rando; the composing team of Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich; and Theatresworks leaders Barbara Pasternack and Ken Arthur. Meet more theatres here....
It's the First American Musical, Complete With Comedy and Criminals
By DAVID DeWITT
Wednesday, September 28, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 28, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the return of The Black Crook --- It's an encounter with theatre history, interwoven with more theatre history. The Black Crook, playing through Oct. 7 at Abrons Arts Center in a 70-seat underground space, offers a rare opportunity to take in the entire text of what's been called the first American musical – an 1866 work that,...
Reeling at 'Chicago's Too-Accurate Reflection
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, September 26, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 26, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Rewatching the musical during this violent time drove its message home --- When my brother in Baltimore suggested I take his daughter to see Chicago this past summer, I thought, "Good idea." I'd seen the musical eons ago and remembered its smart-aleck attitude and sinewy, gyrating chorus. I figured at least one of those things would appeal to an 18-year-old...
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