Category: Musicals
She's the Other 'Pretty Woman' in this Musical and She's Fierce
Tuesday, August 14, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Aug 14, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tony nominee Orfeh returns to Broadway as another sexy sidekick --- When director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell needed to cast the brassy, belting bestie in Broadway's Pretty Woman: The Musical, the two-time Tony winner knew exactly who to call: Orfeh. The last time Mitchell directed the mononymous actress, she earned a Tony nomination as the feisty...
When Color-Blind Casting Get Complicated
Monday, August 13, 2018  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Aug 13, 2018  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
A black theatre fan argues that certain white roles shouldn't be played by actors of color --- I've loved musical theatre as long as I can remember. When I was young, I would listen to my original cast recordings of Oklahoma and Candide and My Fair Lady over and over and over, and imagine myself as Curly McLain and Candide and Henry Higgins. But my...
Seeing My Story in 'Avenue Q'
Wednesday, August 08, 2018  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Wed Aug 8, 2018  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
In honor of the musical's 15th anniversary, a fan looks back at how the musical continues to impact her life --- I was already in my mid-thirties when Avenue Q debuted Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Vineyard Theatre. Even though the fresh-out-of-college puppet protagonist Princeton (originally performed by John Tartaglia) was a generation younger than...
How a Nashville Songwriter Penned a New Jersey Rock Musical
Tuesday, August 07, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Aug 7, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Mark Allen makes his Broadway debut with Gettin' the Band Back Together --- Nashville-born Mark Allen published his first song when he was just ten years old and spent his early years collaborating with country and gospel performers. But Broadway has always been his dream. The 39 year old has finally arrived with Gettin' the Band Back Together, a...
What's It Like to Star in a Cult Musical?
Thursday, July 26, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 26, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Stephanie Hsu on why her role in Be More Chill is so groundbreaking --- Stephanie Hsu realized something was happening when she started getting tagged in fan art of her Be More Chill character: theatre-obsessed teenager Christine Canigula. She was surprised that young people from all over the world had discovered an obscure musical that only ran for...
Big, Blonde and Beautiful in Her Broadway Debut
Tuesday, July 24, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 24, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Bonnie Milligan is breaking body stereotypes in Head Over Heels --- From the very first reading of the Go-Go's musical Head Over Heels in 2014, Bonnie Milligan knew she was perfect for the part of Pamela, a hilariously narcissistic Elizabethan princess. That's probably because the show's original book writer, Avenue Q Tony winner Jeff Whitty,...
Which Broadway Choreographer Is Making His NYC Directorial Debut?
Monday, July 23, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 23, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Joshua Bergasse is putting his own stamp on Smokey Joe's Cafe --- At a recent matinee of the Off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, iconic numbers such as "On Broadway" and "Hound Dog" inspired audience members to sing and dance in their seats. During "Stand By Me," an entire throng jumped up, all clapping...
Resurrecting Old New York in 'This Ain't No Disco'
Thursday, July 19, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How set designer Jason Sherwood put Studio 54, The Mudd Club and Andy Warhol's Factory all on one stage --- How do you conjure three legendary hot spots from New York's past in an intimate Off-Broadway venue? That's the formidable challenge 28-year-old scenic designer Jason Sherwood faced with This Ain't No Disco at Atlantic Theater Company. A world-premiere...
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