Category: Musicals
If You Think You Know Tina Turner's Story, You're Wrong
By KELUNDRA SMITH
Wednesday, November 06, 2019  •   Musicals  •    5 comments Share This
Wed Nov 6, 2019  •   Musicals  •    5 comments Share This
How the musical Tina reveals new facets of the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll --- When Tony-nominated playwright Katori Hall was approached about penning the book for Tina, the new Broadway musical about legendary singer-songwriter Tina Turner, she initially worried there might not be anything new to say. "Because she has lived her life as an open book, I...
WATCH: Our Favorite Clips from 'The Little Mermaid Live!' on ABC
Tuesday, November 05, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 5, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
For weeks we've been flipping our fins in anticipation of ABC's The Little Mermaid Live!, especially since this live TV musical was clearly a departure from its predecessors. Now that's it's aired, we've seen firsthand how different this hybrid of animated movie/live-action performance was. From the moment Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, introduced...
Let's Geek Out Over Live TV Musicals
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, October 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Mon Oct 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages Editor Raven Snook geeks out (via Facebook Messenger) with Christina Trivigno, TDF's Director of Digital Strategy and a bona fide theatre nerd. Today's topic: Live TV musicals -- which ones floundered, which ones went swimmingly and our hopes...
Growing Up in Puerto Rico, Broadway Felt So Far Away. TDF Helped Bring it Closer
By ALICIA RAMÍREZ
Tuesday, October 22, 2019  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
Tue Oct 22, 2019  •   Musicals  •    3 comments Share This
A Latinx theatre fan recounts the barriers she had to break through in order to attend shows --- I first fell in love with Broadway musicals listening to the original cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights in my house in Puerto Rico. I was enthralled by the opening notes of the title song, marked by the beat of the palitos right before...
How Yiddish 'Fiddler' Brought Me Closer to My Family
By DANIEL GUSS
Thursday, October 17, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Oct 17, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
I was unprepared for how the current revival would affect me --- From the moment I heard about Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, I knew I had to see it. Just as rereading a favorite book reveals changes in one's perspectives, my encounters with Fiddler have been opportunities to check in with earlier versions of myself. I'd seen the show six times,...
One Musical's Epic Quest to Get to Broadway
By MARISA COHEN
Tuesday, October 08, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 8, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
After seven years and multiple incarnations, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical hits Broadway Since 1961, TheaterWorksUSA has toured lit-based shows for young audiences to 49 states and parts of Canada. But the nonprofit's productions never made it to Broadway… until now. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Longacre...
Something Wickedly Funny This Way Comes
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, October 04, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Oct 4, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Broadway belter Alysha Umphress on body diversity, romance and her role in Scotland, PA --- Alysha Umphress gets the first word in Scotland, PA, a dark musical comedy based on the eponymous 2001 cult film that transposes Macbeth to a small-town burger joint in 1975. The bloody fun production begins with a crack of lightning and the emergence of three...
Finding a Way to Love 'Phantom' After Trauma
By MEG MASSERON
Tuesday, September 10, 2019  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Tue Sep 10, 2019  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
How the #MeToo movement made me see my favorite musical from a new perspective --- When someone says she has a complicated relationship in her life, she's usually referring to her mother or an ex. But for me, my most complicated relationship is with my favorite musical: The Phantom of the Opera. I became a super-Phan the first time I saw the show...
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