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How Being a Dad Helped Tom Kitt Write His New Musical
By CAREY PURCELL
Thursday, February 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The co-creator of Next to Normal debuts Superhero Off-Broadway --- Superhero at Second Stage Theatre is a homecoming for Tom Kitt. The composer's breakthrough musical with lyricist Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, about a family struggling with mental illness, premiered at the venue 11 years ago before transferring to Broadway and picking up...
Friendship Is the Key to This 'Merrily We Roll Along'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Fiasco Theater reinvented Stephen Sondheim's most cherished flop --- Even though Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along premiered back in 1981, every major revival feels like a new musical. That's because the songwriter and a few of his trusted collaborators have revised the show multiple times over the decades, hoping to perfect...
Is the Only Answer to Violence More Violence?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, February 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Kristiana Rae Colón's confrontational drama asks tough questions about our nationwide epidemic --- Kristiana Rae Colón feels conflicted that her decade-old play exploring the connection between gun and sexual violence, good friday, continues to be produced. After touring college campuses throughout the country, it's finally having its...
Resurrecting a Forgotten Female Playwright
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Monday, February 25, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 25, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why the Mint Theater Company wants New York audiences to know Elizabeth Baker --- You've probably never heard of Elizabeth Baker, and the Mint Theater Company, which specializes in reviving lost plays, aims to fix that. A British dramatist who enjoyed a fair amount of success in her homeland in the early 20th century, she's barely known stateside,...
How Do You Write a Comedy About Climate Change?
By BILLY MCENTEE
Friday, February 22, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 22, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Madeleine George's Hurricane Diane inspires soul searching in between laughs --- To riff on Al Gore, Hurricane Diane is an inconvenient comedy. Madeleine George's show, currently running at New York Theatre Workshop in a co-production with WP Theater, confronts climate change via the funny bone. But how do you make a satire that investigates such...
Wearing Their Subtext on Their Sleeves
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Thursday, February 21, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 21, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Dede M. Ayite on crafting the costumes for the multi-era comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark --- How do you give outfits subtext? That's one of the many challenges Dede M. Ayite faced designing the costumes for Signature Theatre Company's revival of Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The story of the titular character, a Depression-era black...
Why This 50-Year-Old Play Is Not a Period Piece
By GERARD RAYMOND
Wednesday, February 20, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 20, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The urgency of Signature Theatre's revival of Boesman and Lena --- Yaël Farber says she leapt at the opportunity to direct Signature Theatre Company's revival of Athol Fugard's 1969 apartheid-inspired allegory Boesman and Lena. "Like all truly great theatre, it's a deceptively simple premise; in fact, the simplicity is its power," she explains....
His Third Go as Tevye, His First Time in Yiddish
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, February 19, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Feb 19, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Steven Skybell on starring in Folksbiene's Fiddler on the Roof --- Fiddler on the Roof has been following Steven Skybell his whole life, much like the fiddler does Tevye in the musical. The actor first played that iconic Jewish patriarch at 17 at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Camp. Four years later, he tackled Tevye at Yale. Now, at an undisclosed yet...
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