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Are You Tough Enough to Star in 'An American Paris'?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, May 18, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How Garen Scribner learned to lead this Broadway musical --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles It may be filled with simple pleasures – beautiful dancing, elegant costumes, timeless Gershwin songs – but An American in Paris is not a simple show. For performers, in fact, it's one...
This Musical is About the Past AND the Future
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 05, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Machines and humans collide in Evening – 1910 --- As technology becomes more prominent, do we humans lose our place in the world? That's a familiar question in our digital age, though it's hardly new. At the turn of the 20th century, the arrival of industrialization and automation provoked a deep anxiety about the new power of machines. Our...
He Wasn't Expecting to Write a Musical
By JEFF POTTER
Tuesday, April 26, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 26, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Steven Levenson's unlikely journey to Dear Evan Hansen --- In 2011 Benj Pasek and Justin Paul pored through stacks of plays in search of a kindred spirit. The composer/lyricists had a seedling idea for a new musical, and when they chanced upon Steven Levenson's writing, instinct told them he might be the ideal book writer for a project that would...
Why London-to-Broadway Transfers Need Two Different Albums
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Friday, April 08, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Apr 8, 2016  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
One musical fan makes a case for multiple cast recordings of the same show --- The day after American Psycho began previews on Broadway last month, the original London cast recording of the musical was released. But anyone who sees the show and listens to the album will immediately be struck by major differences (beyond the casts), starting with...
In 'Tuck Everlasting' Dance Tells an Immortal Story
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, March 28, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How Casey Nicholaw shapes the new Broadway musical --- As a director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw is understandably known as a man who can keep the laughs coming. His recent Broadway hits like The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!, Aladdin, and The Drowsy Chaperone have all been praised for their gut-busting setpieces, like musical numbers about...
What Becomes of the Family in 'Fiddler'?
By ALINA ADAMS
Friday, March 25, 2016  •   Musicals  •    5 comments Share This
Fri Mar 25, 2016  •   Musicals  •    5 comments Share This
A Russian-Jewish immigrant sees her grandfather in Tevye's eyes --- The current Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof opens with star Danny Burstein in modern dress, standing beneath an old Anatevka train station sign in Russian. He takes out a book and reads the opening lines of the show aloud, as if from a diary, before shedding his contemporary...
In 'Bright Star,' Appalachian People Know How to Survive
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The resilient spirit of Stevie Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musical --- Bright Star could easily be a melodrama, with cackling villains and histrionic heroines chewing every piece of scenery. After all, this new Broadway musical, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is loosely based on the shocking true story of the Iron Mountain Baby,...
What if Your Teenage Diary Became a Musical?
By ELIZA BENT
Wednesday, March 09, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Clare Barron puts her adolescent turmoil on stage --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond A few years ago, Clare Barron had an immediate deadline after completing her Obie-award winning play You Got Older, and in order to avoid starting from square one, she wanted to work with existing text. She was also interested...
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