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Why is the 'Holiday Inn' Musical So Different From the Movie?
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, September 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How a cinematic trifle became a Broadway show --- How do you turn a cinematic trifle into a big Broadway musical? Holiday Inn, the 1942 film starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, began as a vehicle for composer Irving Berlin to highlight a calendar's worth of evergreen songs, including "Easter Parade," "White Christmas," and "Happy Holidays." But...
Musical Theatre Alert: You Can Finally See 'Fiorello!' On Stage
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, September 13, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The Pulitzer-winning musical finally returns to New York --- How many of us actually know Fiorello!? Sure, diehard musical theatre fans are aware of the show, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and has a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. They might recall the plot – about the early political and romantic life of Fiorello LaGuardia,...
Do You Know the Godmother of Rock and Roll?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 31, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Marie and Rosetta knows the soul of a musical legend --- George Brant could set Marie and Rosetta anywhere. As he recounts both the friendship and artistic genius of musicians Marie Knight and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, he could place them on a tour bus or in a recording studio or backstage at a gig. Instead, he puts them in a room full of coffins. That's...
I Cried at 'Fun Home,' But Not for the Usual Reasons
By LISA BURDIGE
Tuesday, August 09, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Aug 9, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
A writer shares her personal connection to the Tony-winning musical --- You probably don't need me to tell you that Fun Home, which ends its Broadway run on September 10, is an amazing show. After all, it earned rave reviews and won five Tonys, including Best Musical. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori skillfully transformed Alison Bechdel's moving and...
What Makes 'Nunsense' So Popular?
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, August 02, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Aug 2, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The evergreen musical returns to New York --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Nunsense is one of the most reliable comedies in the American theatre. Consider this: When Dan Goggin's musical opened in 1985, it ran for 3,672 performances, making it the second- longest running show in Off-Broadway history....
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival --- "Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
Before Ariel, Belle, and Audrey II, There Was Mr. Rosewater
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The return of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's first musical --- It's a little-remembered musical, but it started a famous artistic partnership. In 1978 composer Alan Menken teamed with lyricist, book writer, and director Howard Ashman – both in their late 20s – to create God Bless Your Mr. Rosewater, based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut....
So Much Meaning in One Yiddish Song
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, July 08, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Jul 8, 2016  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
The Golden Bride brings the history of musicals to life --- If the 1923 musical The Golden Bride were being developed today, then someone would probably cut the song "A Greeting from the New Russia." Because really, it doesn't make sense in the show, or at least not in the way we expect a song to make sense. With music by Joseph Rumshinsky, lyrics...
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