How Do You Play 240 Years' Worth of Music?
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, September 22, 2016  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 22, 2016  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Meet the music director of Taylor Mac's wildly ambitious new show   ---  Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and Beyond  The title of Taylor Mac's latest work is quite literal. A 24-Decade History of Popular Music does indeed cover 240 years of beloved tunes, featuring over 246 songs dating all the...
The Last Night of Nat Turner's Life
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Wednesday, September 21, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 21, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A new play imagines the rebellious leader's final hours --- Nathan Alan Davis doesn't recall when he first heard about Nat Turner, the slave preacher who led a bloody uprising in Virginia in 1831. But he does recall his reaction when he read The Confessions of Nat Turner, an account of the revolt that a white lawyer named Thomas R. Gray claimed to...
Why is the 'Holiday Inn' Musical So Different From the Movie?
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, September 20, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 20, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How a cinematic trifle became a Broadway show --- How do you turn a cinematic trifle into a big Broadway musical? Holiday Inn, the 1942 film starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, began as a vehicle for composer Irving Berlin to highlight a calendar's worth of evergreen songs, including "Easter Parade," "White Christmas," and "Happy Holidays." But...
Let's Geek Out Over Shelagh Delaney's Glorious Play 'A Taste of Honey'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, September 19, 2016  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 19, 2016  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    0 comments Share This
You can see it right now at the Pearl --- Welcome to Geek Out Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things. Through October 30, the Pearl Theatre Company is presenting A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney's 1958 play about Jo, a rowdy, headstrong teenager in working-class England who's trying to make a decent life alongside her equally...
A Theatre's Quest for Trans Literacy
By MAYBE BURKE
Friday, September 16, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 16, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the Trans Literacy Project from Honest Accomplice Theatre --- I grew up with deep roots in musical theatre. I was trained as a director in theatre arts. I studied and was immersed in mainstream theatre from a very young age. I loved it, but soon came to learn that there wasn't much of a place for me there. As a trans person and an advocate,...
Dance Is Part of the World at Large
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, September 15, 2016  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 15, 2016  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Choreographer John Jasperse sees history (and the future) in his latest work --- What's left behind after a dance is performed? Given the art form's notoriously ephemeral nature, how do long-gone dance events retain their impact and influence? Can one identify the remnants of a dance, as one can with a human body? These questions underscore Remains,...
How Do You Talk to Your Family in an Election Year?
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, September 14, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 14, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Richard Nelson takes another look at the Gabriels --- Playwright Richard Nelson wants you to know that his three-play cycle The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family is less about politics than kinship. Specifically, it's about the connections among the Gabriels, a middle-class clan in Rhinebeck, N.Y., which has turned into a trendy bedroom...
Musical Theatre Alert: You Can Finally See 'Fiorello!' On Stage
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, September 13, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 13, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Pulitzer-winning musical finally returns to New York --- How many of us actually know Fiorello!? Sure, diehard musical theatre fans are aware of the show, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and has a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. They might recall the plot – about the early political and romantic life of Fiorello LaGuardia,...
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