Category: Musicals
Making Dark Subjects Sing
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, June 01, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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A new Off-Broadway musical explores the outlawed Afghan practice of bacha bazi --- How do you craft a love story between two adolescent males who don't understand the concept of gay identity? That was just one of the conundrums composer Tim Rosser and lyricist/book writer Charlie Sohne faced when they decided to make a musical set in Afghanistan's...
Bringing Diversity to the Wild West
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, May 31, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- Writer-composer Kirsten Childs was walking down the street near her Upper West Side home when she spied a couple: a small, muscular man and an African-American woman she describes as "zaftig, with a kind of Venus Hottentot behind." Childs immediately noticed the reactions of passers-by....
You Know the Story But Not the Musical
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
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A Queens theatre company puts Raisin in the spotlight --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Over the past 13 years, Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, about the struggles of an African-American family in segregated Chicago, has enjoyed two starry Broadway revivals: in 2004...
Swing Music Soothes the Broadway Soul
By DOUG STRASSLER
Friday, April 21, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
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Beth Leavel connects to Bandstand --- On Broadway, Beth Leavel has become a master of musical styles. She's sailed through everything from Golden Age crooning to power-pop belting, so it's hardly surprising that she's adding swing music to her repertoire. You can hear the results in Bandstand, which is now in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre....
How I Discovered One of My Favorite Actors in the Chorus
By RONNI KRASNOW
Tuesday, April 18, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Apr 18, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
It's not just her talent that earns this theatre fan's adoration --- Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire Even as someone who sees a lot of shows, it's rare that I get excited about someone in the chorus. It makes a kind of sense since -- save for a handful of individual moments -- they're usually meant to blend together...
How Ghosts and Trees Come to Life in 'Anastasia'
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside this Broadway's musical's projection design --- Near the end of the first act of the Broadway musical Anastasia, three characters, filled with hope and excitement, take a train out of Russia heading for Paris. It's quite a ride for them – and for the audience – in a production that highlights the latest in projection design....
Why Douglas Sills Is Roaring On Stage
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, April 06, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The Tony nominee returns to Broadway in War Paint --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles How does the old saying go? "Behind every great man there's a great woman." Well invert that for War Paint -- the new Broadway musical about the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein...
On Broadway, His Designs Make Paris Magical
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, April 06, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside Amelie's Whimsical Set and Costumes --- Even if you moved to the Left Bank, you'd never see the Paris that's onstage in Amélie, and that's entirely the point. Based on the Oscar-nominated French film from 2001, this new Broadway musical follows a young woman whose imagination imbues every moment with magic. Whether she's a child...
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