My Life in a Theatre
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
One seasoned audience member's tribute to the memories he's made at the Shubert --- "Remember?" The three-note motif had insinuated itself into my mind's ear since we took our seats in the balcony of Broadway's Shubert Theatre, where we were about to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! It wasn't from a song in the show, so I wondered why I was hearing...
Facing the Real Monsters in 'King Kong'
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic --- While writing The Making of King Kong, Lisa Clair almost abandoned the project. "It is too big, it is too scary," the recent graduate of Brooklyn College's playwriting program recalls thinking. She wasn't frightened of the oversize title ape; she was wary of the piece's giant themes: racism...
Still Dancing with Alvin Ailey After 21 Years
Wednesday, December 05, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 5, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Two veteran dancers discuss the company's 60th anniversary season --- Although it's exciting when a young new dancer catches your eye for the first time, it's even more thrilling to watch that performer mature artistically over the years. These days, many leading New York companies are enriched by veteran members who've been dancing for decades, such...
5 Theatres You Need to Know: Latinx Companies in NYC
Tuesday, December 04, 2018  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Dec 4, 2018  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    1 comment Share This
Where to see shows exploring Hispanic culture in English and Spanish --- According to the 2010 census, there are approximately 2.3 million people of Hispanic descent living in NYC, many of whom speak Spanish. That's more than 28% of our city's population, and yet the number of marquees in Times Square en español usually equals zero. While Broadway...
What's It Like Playing Bob Mackie While Wearing His Costumes?
Friday, November 30, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Nov 30, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tony nominee Michael Berresse returns to Broadway after a 10-year absence in The Cher Show --- Playing a part based on a real-life person is pretty common -- just look at all of the biographical shows running right now. But playing a part based on a real-life person who serves in a key creative position on the production? That's the unusual situation...
He's Still in School and Already Making an Auspicious Dual Debut
Thursday, November 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How playwright Jeremy O. Harris is taking Off-Broadway by storm --- "When my mom was my age, she was going through a divorce, had two kids and was working three jobs," says 29-year-old playwright Jeremy O. Harris. "So having two productions in New York while getting an MFA feels like a cakewalk because those things are very cushy." A year ago, Harris...
Making the Unsung Heroes of WWI Move
Wednesday, November 28, 2018  •   Choreography  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Nov 28, 2018  •   Choreography  •    1 comment Share This
The challenges of choreographing the new musical The Hello Girls --- Christine O'Grady has spent much of her career choreographing regional revivals, injecting familiar favorites such as 42nd Street, West Side Story and The Wiz with complicated, fun movement. So when Cara Reichel and Peter Mills of Prospect Theater Company asked her to collaborate...
Being an Actor and a Critic Makes Me Better at Both Jobs
Tuesday, November 27, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 27, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How one Chicagoan is pursuing dual theatre careers on both sides of the footlights --- My hand hovered over the send button, my mind racing: should I? More theatrically speaking: to submit, or not to submit, that is the question. Most actors don't hesitate to submit for auditions -- putting our head shots, résumés and special skills...
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