Category: Musicals
Last Time She Was on Broadway She Made History. This Time She's Stopping the Show.
Friday, April 05, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Apr 5, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Ali Stroker stars as Ado Annie in a bold new take on Oklahoma! --- The morning after Ali Stroker performed "I Cain't Say No" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she woke up to thousands of new Instagram followers. No wonder: Belting out her character Ado Annie's sexy signature solo from Oklahoma!, currently running at Broadway's Circle in the...
Tony Yazbeck Is Ready to Start the Revolution
Wednesday, April 03, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 3, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony nominee is all fired up in Classic Stage Company's revival of the agitprop musical The Cradle Will Rock --- Ever since Tony Yazbeck made his Broadway debut at age 11 as a tapping newsboy in the 1989 revival of Gypsy, he's been lauded for his dancing. Certainly his major roles, notably Al in A Chorus Line, Tulsa in the 2008 revival of Gypsy...
How Do You Tell the Story of The Temptations?
Friday, March 22, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 22, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Dominique Morisseau on the challenges of writing the book for the bio-musical Ain't Too Proud --- Near the beginning of Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations, a teenage Otis Williams invites Melvin Franklin to join his singing group. Melvin tells Otis to ask his mother -- and then hides behind a tree while Otis does so. While...
A Funny Thing Happened On Her Way to 'Kiss Me, Kate'
Friday, March 15, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 15, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
How a canceled production led to Stephanie Styles' Broadway debut --- "This may be my first time on Broadway, but a lot has led me to here," says Stephanie Styles, the 27-year-old triple threat playing Lois in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cole Porter's musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. A Houston native who's been performing professionally...
Singing the Praises of Chick Flicks on Stage
Thursday, March 07, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 7, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A new musical comedy celebrates an unfairly maligned genre --- Fans of so-called chick flicks -- cinematic stories centering on romance, family and female friendships -- often defend their penchant for these films by dismissing them as "guilty pleasures." But according to Suzy Conn, who wrote the book and songs for Chick Flick the Musical at the Westside...
How Being a Dad Helped Tom Kitt Write His New Musical
Thursday, February 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The co-creator of Next to Normal debuts Superhero Off-Broadway --- Superhero at Second Stage Theatre is a homecoming for Tom Kitt. The composer's breakthrough musical with lyricist Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, about a family struggling with mental illness, premiered at the venue 11 years ago before transferring to Broadway and picking up...
Friendship Is the Key to This 'Merrily We Roll Along'
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Fiasco Theater reinvented Stephen Sondheim's most cherished flop --- Even though Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along premiered back in 1981, every major revival feels like a new musical. That's because the songwriter and a few of his trusted collaborators have revised the show multiple times over the decades, hoping to perfect...
His Third Go as Tevye, His First Time in Yiddish
Tuesday, February 19, 2019  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Tue Feb 19, 2019  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Steven Skybell on starring in Folksbiene's Fiddler on the Roof --- Fiddler on the Roof has been following Steven Skybell his whole life, much like the fiddler does Tevye in the musical. The actor first played that iconic Jewish patriarch at 17 at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Camp. Four years later, he tackled Tevye at Yale. Now, at an undisclosed yet...
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