Category Archives: Broadway

New PORGY AND BESS Musical Adaptation (with Audra!)

Which part is the real news here? That Diane Paulus, Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray are adapting the classic George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward opera, Porgy and Bess, as a contemporary-styled musical theatre piece? That the producers are Hair alumni … Continue reading

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JUMBO: the SPIDER-MAN of 1935

I just read a rather interesting article by Michael Sommers of the New Jersey Newsroom comparing the follies of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s Jumbo with those of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the show that has caused such a … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum really has nothing to do with Christmas. Well, I suppose certain aspects of Christmas could be described as jolly and this is a very jolly musical. There we go. Tenuous … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: MARTIN GUERRE

Is Martin Guerre a candidate for the show with the most revisions without ever yet fulfilling its potential? Perhaps not, but there was a time during the late 1990s where there always seemed to be a new version of the … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: A CHORUS LINE

Michael Bennett’s work on the musical A Chorus Line might just be one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre staging ever. Take the number in the clip, for example: “At the Ballet”. It seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? Just … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

Today’s musical is something of a Christmas event. It is playing on Broadway now and it will be gone in January. Nope, it’s not Elf. It is The Scottsboro Boys, the new John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, that transferred … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: HERE’S LOVE

After yesterday’s trip into emo-land, I thought perhaps it was time for something a little more jolly. Today’s musical is Meredith Wilson’s Here’s Love (based on the evergreen Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street) and the song featured in the … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: SPRING AWAKENING

Sometimes Christmas can make you feel a little (emo)tional. And since I’m feeling all emo today, it is time to put Spring Awakening on this year’s musical theatre advent calendar. All right, there are lots of musicals that provide a … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: GYPSY

“Strippers at Christmas time?” I hear you protest. Well, when one of the strippers has a light up costume, then yes! Besides, Gypsy one of the greatest musicals every listen and it deserves place of pride on just about any … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

I don’t know whether I could get through the lead-up to Christmas without mentioning The Sound of Music. It’s a classic family musical – with a film version that almost immeasurably improves upon its stage source – and I love … Continue reading

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