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She Didn't Think She Was Right to Play Judy Holliday. She Was Wrong.
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, March 26, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 26, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
How On Your Feet!'s Andréa Burns became the star of Smart Blonde --- Initially, when playwright Willy Holtzman approached Andréa Burns about starring in his Judy Holliday bio-play Smart Blonde, she balked. A Jewish stage and screen performer best remembered for her Oscar-winning, not-so-dumb-blonde turn as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday,...
WATCH: Breton Follies
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Monday, March 25, 2019  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 25, 2019  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Breton Follies, a boutique production company specializing in site-specific immersive dance-theatre with a vintage twist. Founded by dancer-choreographer Breton Tyner-Bryan, the troupe takes a cinematic approach to movement, with a vernacular rooted in classical ballet, cabaret and Latin rhythms while honoring the style and sounds of Golden Age...
From Rock Musicals to a Real-Life Tale That Rocked the Showbiz Industry
By SANDY MACDONALD
Friday, March 22, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 22, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi helped a friend turn personal trauma into a no-holds-barred solo show --- On the New York theatre scene, Kristin Hanggi is best known for helming playful jukebox musicals. She earned a Tony nomination for developing and directing the long-running '80s lovefest Rock of Ages. Earlier this season, she oversaw the screen-to-stage...
How Do You Tell the Story of The Temptations?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Friday, March 22, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 22, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Dominique Morisseau on the challenges of writing the book for the bio-musical Ain't Too Proud --- Near the beginning of Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations, a teenage Otis Williams invites Melvin Franklin to join his singing group. Melvin tells Otis to ask his mother -- and then hides behind a tree while Otis does so. While...
The Evolution of Ballet Hispánico's Melissa Verdecia
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Thursday, March 21, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 21, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How the dancer became the "anchor" of the company's spring run at the Joyce --- Rehearsing for Ballet Hispánico's upcoming run at the Joyce (March 26-31), seven-year company veteran Melissa Verdecia moves without a fingertip of superfluous effort. As she runs through a section of Bennyroyce Royon's Homebound/Alaala, her lithe arms flap once,...
How Raja Feather Kelly Gives Shows All the Right Moves
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, March 20, 2019  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 20, 2019  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Why this "movement dramaturg" is so sought after on the New York theatre scene --- Raja Feather Kelly, one of the busiest choreographers in New York, wants to make something clear: "I don't just make dances." Although he's the newly minted artistic director of New Brooklyn Theatre, an innovative site-specific troupe that recently merged with the...
John Guare's Wild Ride of Self-Discovery
By GERARD RAYMOND
Monday, March 18, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 18, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why Nantucket Sleigh Ride is the Tony winner's most personal play yet --- In John Guare's Nantucket Sleigh Ride, a former playwright-turned-financier (Tony winner John Larroquette) is jolted back in time to relive life-changing events that occurred on the titular Cape Cod isle in 1975. In some ways, working on this Lincoln Center Theater mounting...
A Funny Thing Happened On Her Way to 'Kiss Me, Kate'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, March 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How a canceled production led to Stephanie Styles' Broadway debut --- "This may be my first time on Broadway, but a lot has led me to here," says Stephanie Styles, the 27-year-old triple threat playing Lois in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cole Porter's musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. A Houston native who's been performing professionally...
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