WATCH: Meet Theatreworks USA
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, September 30, 2016  •   Meet the Theatre  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 30, 2016  •   Meet the Theatre  •    0 comments Share This
Get to know Theatreworks USA, which presents professional musicals for audiences of all ages. This video features the actors Rachel Dratch, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Andrea Burns; the director John Rando; the composing team of Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich; and Theatresworks leaders Barbara Pasternack and Ken Arthur. Meet more theatres here....
At Broadway's 'The Encounter,' A Sound Is Worth a Thousand Pictures
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, September 29, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 29, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Gareth Fry's special aural effects help conjure the Amazon rainforest in this new show --- There are very few shows where sound is in the spotlight. In fact, veteran British sound designer Gareth Fry says that usually, if he's doing his job well, theatregoers might not note his contribution. "Sound is used emotionally, and frequently I'm sort...
It's the First American Musical, Complete With Comedy and Criminals
By DAVID DeWITT
Wednesday, September 28, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 28, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the return of The Black Crook --- It's an encounter with theatre history, interwoven with more theatre history. The Black Crook, playing through Oct. 7 at Abrons Arts Center in a 70-seat underground space, offers a rare opportunity to take in the entire text of what's been called the first American musical – an 1866 work that,...
Let's Play the 'Underground Railroad Game'
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, September 27, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 27, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Using outrageous satire to root through America's past --- If laughter is the sound of surprise, then there were many surprises the night I saw Underground Railroad Game, playing at Ars Nova through October 29. But one laugh in particular keeps bouncing around my head. In the piece -- which was created by its stars, Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard...
Reeling at 'Chicago's Too-Accurate Reflection
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, September 26, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 26, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Rewatching the musical during this violent time drove its message home --- When my brother in Baltimore suggested I take his daughter to see Chicago this past summer, I thought, "Good idea." I'd seen the musical eons ago and remembered its smart-aleck attitude and sinewy, gyrating chorus. I figured at least one of those things would appeal to an 18-year-old...
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...
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