Category: Musicals
Something Wickedly Funny This Way Comes
Friday, October 04, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Oct 4, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Broadway belter Alysha Umphress on body diversity, romance and her role in Scotland, PA --- Alysha Umphress gets the first word in Scotland, PA, a dark musical comedy based on the eponymous 2001 cult film that transposes Macbeth to a small-town burger joint in 1975. The bloody fun production begins with a crack of lightning and the emergence of three...
Finding a Way to Love 'Phantom' After Trauma
Tuesday, September 10, 2019  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Tue Sep 10, 2019  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
How the #MeToo movement made me see my favorite musical from a new perspective --- When someone says she has a complicated relationship in her life, she's usually referring to her mother or an ex. But for me, my most complicated relationship is with my favorite musical: The Phantom of the Opera. I became a super-Phan the first time I saw the show...
Your Broadway Fall Preview! 2019 Edition
Friday, September 06, 2019  •   Musicals  •    7 comments Share This
Fri Sep 6, 2019  •   Musicals  •    7 comments Share This
A guide to 21 upcoming (or recently opened) productions All those shows closing over the summer means Broadway is getting an incredible influx of new titles this fall. Between now and December, 19 new productions are bowing on the boards -- and that doesn't even include the recently opened Sea Wall / A Life and Betrayal. As usual, autumn is play heavy,...
Why 'Hercules' Needs Puppets of Mythic Proportions
Thursday, August 22, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 22, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Obie winner James Ortiz is helping to bring Disney's animated movie to the stage --- When The Public Theater hired James Ortiz to design puppets for its Public Works' adaptation of Hercules, the first thing he did was rewatch the source material. It had been years since he'd seen Disney's 1997 animated movie, and he wanted to get a sense of which...
Why Alan Ariano Is Overjoyed to Finally Play a Filipino on Stage
Wednesday, August 21, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 21, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Ma-Yi Theater Company presents the first musical created by Filipino Americans in NYC --- Throughout his three-decade career, Filipino-American actor Alan Ariano has played a wide variety of roles, notably Broadway stints in the original productions of M. Butterfly and Miss Saigon, and the most recent revival of The King and I. But there's one thing...
How Hal Prince Changed My Life as an Audience Member and an Artist
Tuesday, August 20, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Aug 20, 2019  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Editor's note: In the summer of 2021, the author of this piece, Christopher Massimine, was exposed as a fabulist with a résumé riddled with lies. He subsequently resigned from his position at Arizona's Pioneer Theatre, citing mental illness. When editing this essay in 2019, I removed multiple "facts" that I could not verify regarding his...
Swarovski Crystals Are a Girl's Best Friend in 'Moulin Rouge!'
Thursday, August 15, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 15, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Tony-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber helps make this spectacular spectacular --- One of the most heartbreaking moments in Moulin Rouge! The Musical comes in Act II, when the villainous Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu) forces his conflicted courtesan Satine (Karen Olivo) to change out of a lush maroon gown that fits her like a second skin. In...
Why Lena Hall Had to Do 'Bat Out of Hell – The Musical'
Thursday, August 08, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 8, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony winner returns to the New York stage and her first love: rock and roll --- When asked how she's been prepping for her part in Jim Steinman's over-the-top fantasy Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, Lena Hall gets all revved up. "I have been preparing my whole life!" she exclaims, and she means it. Although the 38-year-old actress-singer-songwriter...
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