Tag Archives: Michael John LaChiusa

Dumbed Down Discourse: Challenges Facing Artists, Audiences and the Arts

Something’s been bubbling under for a long time. And IT has starting to erupt. IT started brewing a long time ago, and I’m only now realising what IT is… Continue reading

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I’ll Never Get Over (Trying to Understand) Michael John LaChiusa

Is there any theatremaker working in musical theatre today who is as divisive as Michael John LaChiusa? Some people think his work is amazing, diverse and complex while others think he writes musicals that are unmemorable, one-note and pretentious. I’m in the former category. Continue reading

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A Chain of Musicals: MARIE CHRISTINE

In January, Musical Cyberspace is going to work through a chain of musicals. This is how it works: each day I will discuss, in brief, a musical linked to the previous day’s musical by some kind of common ground. It … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Haiku Month: MARIE CHRISTINE

Marie Christine Woman from the sun Beautiful not arrogant Kills beyond our sight Want to write your own Marie Christine haiku? Head to the comment box and give it a try!

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Lesser Known Musicals Month: FIRST LADY SUITE

First Lady Suite First Lady Suite: This musical by the brilliant Michael John LaChiusa first opened Off-Broadway in 1993. It deals with four of the USA’s Ladies: Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Bess Truman and Jacqueline Kennedy and features a great … Continue reading

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30 Musicals in 30 Days: Musicals for Favourite Performers

Post a song from a musical you’d love to see featuring/starring all your favourite performers. This is a tough choice, because there are two shows that I’d really like to nominate here: Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies and Michael … Continue reading

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30 Musicals in 30 Days: An Underrated Musical

Post a song demonstrating how underrated you think a musical is. The choice today is an easy one: Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party. That this brilliant, devastating show lost the Tony Award for Best Score to Aida is unforgivable. … 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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DANCES WITH WOLVES – the Musical?

A tiny blurb appeared on the Matt Murphy Productions website, announcing that the production company (which is also responsible for bringing this seasons Memphis to the Broadway stage) has acquired the stage rights the best-selling 1986 novel Dances with Wolves … Continue reading

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5 Great Musicals of the 1990s

This is a list of 5 of my favourite musicals of the 1990s. If you don’t know them – head straight to Amazon and pick up a cast recording! These are definitely shows that should be on your radar. 1. … Continue reading

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