Theatre by Candlelight
Monday, December 18, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 18, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Farinelli and the King shines a very old-fashioned light on Broadway --- Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance may be center stage in Farinelli and the King, but lighting designer Paul Russell is the one who puts him in the spotlight. Or, more accurately, candlelight. Written by Rylance's wife Claire van Kampen, the new London import about bipolar...
Working Their Way Back to You
Thursday, December 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Why Jersey Boys may work even better Off-Broadway --- An 11-year run on Broadway is a rare accomplishment, yet when Jersey Boys closed in January after more than 4,500 performances, it felt premature. The Tony-winning bio-musical about the Four Seasons was still attracting respectable crowds and its loss was definitely felt -- especially by the legendary...
They're 60-Something Going On 21
Wednesday, December 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Lucy Kirkwood makes her Broadway debut with The Children --- Lucy Kirkwood is about half the age of the three retired nuclear scientists who populate her Broadway drama The Children at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Yet she insists getting into their heads wasn't as complicated as you might think. "They came quite...
What Do You Know About Black Cowboys?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 12, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- The phrase "crossing the river" has a special meaning for African Americans. Variations on this saying appear in many Negro spirituals, usually referring to the River Jordan which, according to the Old Testament, made way for the Israelites to cross over to the Promised Land. For slaves...
A Musical About Robert Moses?
Monday, December 11, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Dec 11, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Why a rocker was inspired to pen a bio-show about the polarizing urban planner --- If Peter Galperin hadn't moved to New York, he would have never written Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses, a bio musical about the controversial master builder who reshaped the metropolitan area in the 20th century. "I first came across Moses's name on a highway...
Take Two for a Middle-Aged Cindy Lou Who
Monday, December 11, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 11, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The long way to Off-Broadway for Who's Holiday! --- Playwright Matthew Lombardo was relaxing on a Fort Lauderdale beach with his longtime friend, director Rob Ruggiero, when the idea for Who's Holiday! was hatched. Ruggiero asked Lombardo if he would pen a playlet for Christmas on the Rocks, an anthology of satirical shorts featuring twisted versions...
Why You Need to Hear Gordon Hirabayashi's Story
Friday, December 08, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 8, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Jeanne Sakata's bio play about the late Japanese-American activist is more relevant than ever --- The first time Joel de la Fuente played real-life civil rights activist Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata's one-person play Hold These Truths, he hoped it wouldn't be his last. "Very rarely is there an opportunity where you find something that you're...
Alvin Ailey Unveils New Works This Holiday Season
Wednesday, December 06, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Dec 6, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Two longtime dancers discuss the company's evolving repertoire Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater just kicked off its annual holiday run at City Center, a five-week gift to modern dance lovers showcasing the company's ever-expanding repertory. Yes, Ailey's beloved 1960 classic Revelations is still on the lineup, but artistic director Robert Battle...
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