Category: Musicals
Anne Kauffman on the Dream Job She Didn't Know She Wanted
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, June 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The new artistic director of Encores! Off-Center talks about her inaugural season --- When Michael Friedman, the former artistic director of New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center, invited his longtime collaborator and friend Anne Kauffman to direct Assassins two summers ago, neither one had any idea of the journey being set in motion. After Friedman...
Using 21st-Century Technology to Tell a 12th-Century Story
By JEN GUSHUE
Wednesday, June 26, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Grace McLean on her unconventional new musical about the groundbreaking Hildegard von Bingen --- Writer-performer Grace McLean has made a career out of appearing in period pieces. In Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, she played the ingénue's godmother, Marya D., a grand dame of 19th-century Russia. In Alice By Heart, a 1940s London-set...
How Do You Write a Kung Fu Musical?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Tuesday, June 25, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 25, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Hollywood screenwriters worked with an international team to create Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise at The Shed --- The two screenwriters of the Kung Fu Panda movies, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, were confused when they got a call several years ago from Alex Poots, the artistic director of The Shed, an arts center in New York that didn't yet exist....
Plan Your Next Summer Getaway Around Theatre
By SANDY MACDONALD
Friday, June 14, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 14, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
17 shows to see at lauded out-of-town venues in Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and beyond --- While there are still plenty of productions to see in New York over the summer, this is the season when regional theatre heats up. The Northeast proves to be a mecca for talented artists to revive beloved classics and debut new works. So peg your next weekend...
Is 'A Strange Loop' the Most Meta Musical Ever?
By ELIZA BENT
Friday, June 07, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 7, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Michael R. Jackson on his unconventional tuner at Playwrights Horizons --- Michael R. Jackson's new musical A Strange Loop, currently at Playwrights Horizons and produced in association with Page 73, focuses on Usher (Larry Owens), a young, black, queer aspiring artist trying to navigate a messy, biased world. As he writes and rewrites a musical about...
Celebrate Pride at These LGBTQ-Themed Shows
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Friday, June 07, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 7, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
13 productions to get you in the spirit of Pride Month --- Sure, parades and parties are fun. But as avid theatregoers, my husband and I spend a lot of our Pride Month seeing shows with LGBTQ appeal. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, there's a veritable rainbow of options, including plays about the pioneers who came...
He's a Big Reason Why Audiences Exit Laughing
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Monday, May 20, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
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Veteran character actor David Schramm talks about his showstopping role in Enter Laughing: The Musical --- When The York Theatre Company decided to revive one of its most popular productions, Enter Laughing: The Musical, for its 50th anniversary, the first call made was to director Stuart Ross. After all, he was the one who reworked Joseph Stein and...
Meet the Puppet Master of 'Beetlejuice'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, May 09, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Thu May 9, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Michael Curry on reinventing some of the movie's most iconic nonhuman characters for the stage --- Compliment Michael Curry on his eye-popping puppets for Beetlejuice on Broadway, and he'll politely correct you. "They're characters really," he insists. "While they're not played by human beings, they're designed in a way where they have a sentient...
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