Category: Musicals
In This Musical, Americans Actually Get Along
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, January 11, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The charming politics of Finian's Rainbow --- For all the magic in its plot – including a leprechaun and an enchanted pot of gold – the most fantastical thing about Finian's Rainbow may be its approach to politics. In contrast to our current addiction to bare-knuckled ideology, this musical imagines a small American town that overcomes...
That Time I Performed as a Singing Rat
By REVEREND JEN MILLER
Thursday, January 05, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 5, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
An underground artist remembers when she tried to conquer Broadway --- I haven't been to many Broadway musicals. Most of my theatregoing experience involves attending off-off-off-Broadway shows, or mounting my own bizarre indie performances like my open mic, Reverend Jen's Anti-Slam, which has been running for over 20 years. At the Anti-Slam, anything...
How Alice Ripley Convinced Me I'm Not Crazy
By J. KEITH VAN STRAATEN
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'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, December 02, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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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
By ANDI STEBBINS
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'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
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'
By RAVEN SNOOK
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
By LINDA BUCHWALD
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...
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