Category: Musicals
Before Ariel, Belle, and Audrey II, There Was Mr. Rosewater
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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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
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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...
Her Immigration Story Is Universal
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, June 30, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The two-decade journey to bring a musical about Lady Liberty to the stage --- When writer/lyricist Dana Leslie Goldstein and her composer brother Jon began working on the first iteration of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical 18 years ago, the show's current leading lady hadn't even been born. In fact, if 16-year-old Abigail Shapiro hadn't come along,...
What Makes Us Want to Hear a Show Tune Again?
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Monday, June 27, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
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What makes certain theatre songs endlessly listenable? --- I'm on the subway listening to the recently released cast album of Roundabout's She Loves Me revival on my iPod. The title song, sung with endless charm by Zachary Levi, comes on. Two minutes and 50 seconds later, it ends. I press back and listen to it a second time. It ends…and I restart...
How a 'Beautiful' Musical Brought Two Sisters Closer
By LISA BURDIGE
Wednesday, June 22, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Two theatre-loving siblings forged a deeper bond during a birthday Broadway outing --- My sister is six years and two days older than I am. For most of our lives, we shared a combined birthday meal with our parents, but after our mother died, this family tradition began to unravel. So this year, I tossed out a different idea: that we see Beautiful...
What Was It Like to See Judy Garland's Famous Carnegie Hall Show?
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Wednesday, June 15, 2016  •   Musicals  •    6 comments Share This
Wed Jun 15, 2016  •   Musicals  •    6 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things. This week, TDF Stages contributor Martha Steketee geeks out with retired general manager Albert Poland at his home in Wappinger Falls, New York . In his 43-year career in New York theatre -- which spanned Broadway, Off-Broadway, and off-Off-Broadway venues -- Albert Poland...
Here's to the Laddies Who Dance
By ALINA ADAMS
Monday, June 13, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Musical theatre showed my son that it's okay he does ballet --- My son is 12 years old. He is finishing up sixth grade. He loves math, science, and computer programming. And ballet. He's been taking dance classes since he was 8, and is currently in a 10½-hours-a-week pre-professional program in which he studies ballet, flamenco, and modern. At...
This All-Kid Musical Is Anything But Child's Play
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 10, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Why the York Theatre Company cast young Broadway vets for its revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown --- Clark Gesner's 1967 musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown -- a sweet and whimsical series of songs and sketches inspired by Charles M. Schulz's popular Peanuts gang -- was originally written to be performed by grown-ups. And yet it was...
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