The Complicated Truth of 'Dear Evan Hansen'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, December 02, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 2, 2016  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Book writer Steven Levenson on the power of moral tension --- In some ways, "You Will Be Found" is just a moving song. The power ballad that closes act one of Dear Evan Hansen, it marks the moment when Evan, a socially anxious teenager, delivers a heartfelt speech about a friend, Connor, who has recently met with tragedy. Shaking with emotion, Evan...
WATCH: Ballet Hispánico Celebrates the Scope of Latin Culture
By LAUREN KAY
Thursday, December 01, 2016  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 1, 2016  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Ballet Hispánico, where Latin cultures and American culture are all part of the artistic vision.  ...
How 'School of Rock' Changed My Life
By ANDI STEBBINS
Wednesday, November 30, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Nov 30, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A teenager's personal connection to the musical --- I am a 15-year-old "theatre geek" and I live in a suburb of Boston. I started performing on stage when I was eight years old, and I absolutely love it! I hope to do it professionally one day. I try to see all the touring productions I can and, of course, I watch a lot of clips of shows on YouTube....
A Massive Play About Tiny Things
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, November 29, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 29, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
In Rancho Viejo, everyday life has mystery --- Dan LeFranc likes plays that are "either gigantic, or small and fast." His new show Rancho Viejo, now at Playwrights Horizons, arguably falls into both categories at once. On the gigantic side, the play runs over three hours, features nine characters, and has some massive tonal shifts. At the same time,...
Inside the Art of Getting Laughs
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, November 28, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 28, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A comedy expert directs a commedia classic --- How do you make the centuries-old techniques of commedia dell'arte work on stage in 2016? "The trap of it is to think of it as something that has an antique style, something that isn't alive anymore," says Christopher Bayes. And he should know. He has a long history with professional clowning and movement-based...
Hey Wait... Is That Story Racist?
By ANDREW BLOCK
Tuesday, November 22, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 22, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The Anthropologists try to tell a story without bias --- When she agreed to be interviewed about No Man's Land, the new piece she's written and directed with The Anthropologists, Melissa Moschitto had a very specific request: "I don't feel comfortable being the only person quoted." That's in keeping with the show itself, which runs through December...
How to Be a Dad in the 'Bronx'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, November 21, 2016  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 21, 2016  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Richard H. Blake gets personal in the musical A Bronx Tale --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. For all the things it's about – New York City in the 1960s, the ups and downs of Italian-Americans, the ways a neighborhood can shape your identity – A Bronx Tale is especially about...
A Bittersweet 'Charity'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, November 18, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 18, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director Leigh Silverman reinvented a classic musical for our complicated age --- When the all-female band starts wailing the iconic vamp to "Big Spender," murmurs of recognition erupt throughout the house. It's Sweet Charity's famous, sexy showstopper -- but within seconds it becomes clear that this version has a darkness to it. The orchestration...
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