Swing Music Soothes the Broadway Soul
By DOUG STRASSLER
Friday, April 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Apr 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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....
The Hidden Mysteries of 'Six Degrees of Separation'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In this Broadway revival, laughter leads to serious ideas --- Six Degrees of Separation delivers a complex kind of fun. On its surface, John Guare's 1990 play is all clever jokes and fast-moving action, telling the story of Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, wealthy Upper East Siders who are conned by Paul, a young man pretending to be Sidney Poitier's...
A Landmark Documentary Becomes a Ballet
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 19, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Taking Titicut Follies to the stage --- As collaborations go, this one is quite unexpected. The venerable and prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is joining forces with – wait for it – James Sewell, the contemporary ballet choreographer. Add in Lenny Pickett, a mainstay of the New York music scene who's the longtime bandleader...
How I Discovered One of My Favorite Actors in the Chorus
By RONNI KRASNOW
Tuesday, April 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Apr 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    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...
What's a Woman Worth Without Her Children?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Apr 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A new Broadway play prods our biases --- Even if you've never seen A Doll's House, you might be interested in a sequel. Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece ends with Nora Helmer, a cosseted and infantilized woman who has realized she's smothered by her marriage, leaving her family for an independent life. The play's final moment –...
Turning 'Casablanca' Into Experimental Theatre
By DOUG STRASSLER
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A new show stages the film's chaotic history --- Did you know that little people were used during the final scene of Casablanca? Or that fog had to be brought in to make that scene's iconic airplane appear more convincing? If so, then the new show CasablancaBOX might be for you. And even if you didn't know those obscure facts, this production...
How Ghosts and Trees Come to Life in 'Anastasia'
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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....
Her Parents Aren't As Liberal As They Thought
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Culture and religion clash in a new play --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles It's tempting to conflate tolerance with liberalism, but the two don't always go hand in hand. That idea is central to Zayd Dohrn's new play The Profane, currently at Playwrights Horizons. In the show,...
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