Wild Changes to Classic Shows: How Far Is Too Far?
Wednesday, November 13, 2019  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    56 comments Share This
Wed Nov 13, 2019  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    56 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages Editor Raven Snook geeks out (via Facebook Messenger) with Christina Trivigno, TDF's Director of Digital Strategy and a bona fide theatre nerd. Today's topic: Inspired by Ivo van Hove's truncated and intermissionless production of West Side Story,...
The Importance of Introducing Mummenschanz to New Generations
Tuesday, November 12, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Nov 12, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
The beloved Swiss mime troupe makes its belated New Victory Theater debut --- The only sounds you hear at a Mummenschanz performance are laughs coming from the audience. Using masks, props, puppets, and their malleable bodies and imagination, the members of the inventive Swiss mime troupe conjure humorous vignettes in complete silence. A pair of people...
How Three Diverse Creators Brought a Musical About Racial Strife to Life
Monday, November 11, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Nov 11, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
The unusual development of Broadbend, Arkansas --- It's ironic that Broadbend, Arkansas -- the new two-person musical about an African-American father and daughter grappling with the personal impact of racial oppression in the '60s and '80s -- started off as a monologue about an elderly Southern white woman living in a nursing home during the pre-civil...
This Is Not Another Slave Play
Friday, November 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 8, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The immersive Black History Museum takes a satirical look at 400 years of the African-American experience --- Regardless of how you identify, The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America at HERE Arts Center will probably make you uncomfortable. An immersive theatrical experience, the show/exhibition takes audiences on...
NYC's Dance Scene Is Changing. Here's Why
Thursday, November 07, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 7, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Four new dance programmers talk about their respective visions for the Joyce, BAM and other cultural institutions --- New York's dance scene has some fresh movers and shakers. At a striking number of venues, new leaders are expanding the roster of artists who get showcased on their stages. Two notable regime changes occurred at the Joyce Theater,...
Why Is This Woman Covered in Fur and Caged?
Thursday, November 07, 2019  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Nov 7, 2019  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
After almost a quarter century, Migdalia Cruz's FUR has its belated New York premiere --- Migdalia Cruz, who turns 61 this week, wrote FUR when she was in a very different place in her life. First staged in Chicago in 1995, the absurdist romance about a fur-covered woman has been produced all over the world, including in Turkey and Egypt. After almost...
If You Think You Know Tina Turner's Story, You're Wrong
Wednesday, November 06, 2019  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
Wed Nov 6, 2019  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
How the musical Tina reveals new facets of the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll --- When Tony-nominated playwright Katori Hall was approached about penning the book for Tina, the new Broadway musical about legendary singer-songwriter Tina Turner, she initially worried there might not be anything new to say. "Because she has lived her life as an open book, I...
WATCH: Our Favorite Clips from 'The Little Mermaid Live!' on ABC
Tuesday, November 05, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 5, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
For weeks we've been flipping our fins in anticipation of ABC's The Little Mermaid Live!, especially since this live TV musical was clearly a departure from its predecessors. Now that's it's aired, we've seen firsthand how different this hybrid of animated movie/live-action performance was. From the moment Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, introduced...
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