Category: Musicals
Why Does This Opera Have So Much Cursing?
Monday, February 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Jerry Springer – The Opera offers pathos and profanity --- If it weren't for the frequent streams of expletives, the choral refrains of Jerry Springer – The Opera might work at the Metropolitan. But given the raunchy subject matter and all those f-bombs, this musical is much more at home Off-Broadway, where it's currently running at the...
Your Broadway Spring Preview! 2018 Edition
Friday, February 02, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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A guide to 16 upcoming productions (and one that recently opened) The Broadway season is about to kick into high gear with 16 new productions opening between now and the end of April. The incoming stage incarnations of Frozen, Mean Girls, and Harry Potter may have garnered the most buzz so far, but there are also star-studded mountings of iconic...
Opera Is Becoming More Diverse. It's About Time.
Thursday, January 04, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How composers of color are pushing the genre in new directions --- I moved to New York City in 2011 to be a theatre journalist, and in addition to becoming a bona fide Broadway baby, I also planned to regularly attend the other "high" performing arts: dance, the symphony, and especially the opera. Yet I soon gave up on becoming a connoisseur of the...
Sex, Lies, and '90s Hits
Tuesday, December 19, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How the cult film Cruel Intentions became a jukebox musical --- When the live onstage band at (le) Poisson Rouge starts playing the opening strains of "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve, all the millennials in the audience go wild. That's not just because it signals the start of Cruel Intentions: The Musical, based on the 1999 movie of the same...
Working Their Way Back to You
Thursday, December 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Jersey Boys may work even better Off-Broadway --- An 11-year run on Broadway is a rare accomplishment, yet when Jersey Boys closed in January after more than 4,500 performances, it felt premature. The Tony-winning bio-musical about the Four Seasons was still attracting respectable crowds and its loss was definitely felt -- especially by the legendary...
What Do You Know About Black Cowboys?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- The phrase "crossing the river" has a special meaning for African Americans. Variations on this saying appear in many Negro spirituals, usually referring to the River Jordan which, according to the Old Testament, made way for the Israelites to cross over to the Promised Land. For slaves...
A Musical About Robert Moses?
Monday, December 11, 2017  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
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Why a rocker was inspired to pen a bio show about the polarizing urban planner --- If Peter Galperin hadn't moved to New York, he would have never written Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses, a bio musical about the controversial master builder who reshaped the metropolitan area in the 20th century. "I first came across Moses's name on a highway...
How Much of Their Marriage Do They Put Onstage?
Tuesday, December 05, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The Bengsons share their musical memoir at New York Theatre Workshop --- Marriage can be difficult, and spouses who want to parse the ups and downs of their romance sound destined for a therapist's couch, not the stage. But singer-songwriters Shaun and Abigail Bengson, who lead the quirky indie folk-rock group the Bengsons, aren't conventional, and...
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