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We should learn to laugh at clowns again

We should learn to laugh at clowns again

November 1, 2016

If you step into my father’s closet, behind the button-down shirts and striped ties, you’ll find a ratty old suit with oversized shoes, a bowler hat covered with stickers and a daisy sticking out of...

Can Filmed Performances Replace Live Theatre?

November 9, 2015

What is live theater?  I’ve heard it defined as “one man walking across a stage and another man watching him.”  This functional (albeit simplified) definition has served theatergoers for years...

Theatre productions break down language barriers

Theatre productions break down language barriers

September 15, 2015

Language barriers always make theatre difficult.  While many theatrical elements (such as dance and music) can transcend language, it’s hard to feel the full weight of a piece of theater when you don’t...

Broadway shows don't have to be spectacles to be successful

Broadway shows don't have to be spectacles to be successful

September 3, 2015

Is bigger really better?  In the world of Broadway, the tendency is to say yes.  Broadway stages are flooded with huge star studded casts and multi-million dollar productions, so it’s easy for the...

Other genres contribute to Broadway

Other genres contribute to Broadway

July 8, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steven Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, Jason Robert Brown: names easily recognizable to members of the theater community as some of the most revered musical theatre songwriters. Despite...

Broadway's best recognized at Tony Awards

Broadway's best recognized at Tony Awards

June 11, 2015

The stars aligned this past Sunday night as Broadway’s best and brightest gathered for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. In a night filled with laughter and tears, we saw Nostradamus predict the world’s...

“Newsies” offers advice for seniors

April 20, 2015

As the final days of this school year approach, a bittersweet feeling begins to sweep over us all. While there will no doubt be a wave of relief once finals are behind us, some can’t help but sob for...

Two-handers bring challenges to stage

Two-handers bring challenges to stage

April 6, 2015

When people think of Broadway shows, they tend to imagine larger-than-life spectacles with enormous sets, huge orchestras and rows upon rows of chorus members. However, while this does describe many...

Musicals present history in fun, different ways

Musicals present history in fun, different ways

March 25, 2015

It’s pretty well established that Broadway’s primary function is to entertain. However, many Broadway shows are reaching beyond that and finding ways to not only entertain audiences, but also to educate...

Actors avoid curses associated with superstitions

Actors avoid curses associated with superstitions

March 8, 2015

If you have a friend in the theater, then you’re probably guilty of it – you hear they’re performing tonight and, whether or not you’re able to attend, you want them to know you support them so...

Whose Line brings improv to TV

Whose Line brings improv to TV

March 3, 2015

Theater takes a lot of preparation. By the time audiences see any given production, hundreds of hours have been poured into it – usually. Other times, the performer has done 30 seconds of character work...

Staged concerts more for music than acting

Staged concerts more for music than acting

February 16, 2015

It’s no secret that the biggest draw of musical theater is, in fact, the music. While it may seem that some productions occasionally get too caught up in the visual elements of a musical production at...

Theater productions follow complex process before hitting Broadway

Theater productions follow complex process before hitting Broadway

February 9, 2015

Most major Broadway productions start in the humblest of places – cheap apartments, cramped subways, even college dorms. Obviously when these ideas are first conceived they’re not ready for a Broadway...

Musical movies offer perfect selection for Valentine's Day date night

Musical movies offer perfect selection for Valentine's Day date night

February 2, 2015

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air. With this holiday fast approaching, many couples in search of a fun date-night activity will turn to musical movies. While this is a wonderful...

United Kingdom encourages innovation in theater, US fears risk

United Kingdom encourages innovation in theater, US fears risk

January 25, 2015

There’s nothing like Broadway, right? Well, maybe there is. In fact, it’s possible that across the pond there’s something even better. While we love to think Broadway is the haven of all things theatrical,...

New Broadway plays offer tale of two casts

January 8, 2015

While musicals will probably always be king on Broadway, two of the hottest tickets for the 2014-2015 season are “It’s Only a Play” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” While...

Operas deserve respect from musical theatre fans

November 23, 2014

It’s hard to believe “Miss Saigon,” a musical about prostitutes in Vietnam, “Aida,” a musical about slaves in Egypt and “RENT,” a musical about Bohemians in New York City all drew from the...

Broadway musicals turned cinematic Halloween favorites

October 27, 2014

With Halloween looming ahead, viewing parties of “Hocus Pocus,” “The Nightmare before Christmas” and “Night of the Living Dead” are in full flux, but what is the Broadway lover to do for...

Popular musical 'Wicked' should retire from Broadway

October 20, 2014

Over a decade ago “Wicked” flew in, stunned audiences, won all kinds of awards and propelled many of its actors into stardom. Since then, more than 8 million people in New York have seen the musical,...

Techies, actors pivotal to success

Techies, actors pivotal to success

September 29, 2014

If you hang around theater technicians–or “techies” as they’re affectionately referred to– long enough, you’re bound to hear the following quote by Mark Leslie: “An actor without techies...

Some films, especially Disney films, make good musical adaptations

September 23, 2014

What kind of movie lends itself to Broadway? This question is hard to answer because, at first glance, there seems to be no one ingredient to be found in every adaptive Broadway smash. One common assumption...

Musicals return to former success as big budget movies

September 6, 2014

In 1927, Warner Brothers Studios released “The Jazz Singer,” the first feature length film with synchronized sound, heralding the end of the silent film era and opening the door to a new age, the age...

Absurdist theater haunts viewer with inconsistencies, questions

April 21, 2014

Absurd is a word you don’t hear too much anymore, and when you do, it usually serves to mock an overly critical person. That being the case, I did not know what to expect when I went to see my first...

Broadway revivals best when they add new twists to classic shows

April 7, 2014

Over spring break, I had the incredible experience of going to New York for the first time and seeing my first ever Broadway show: “Pippin.” Now, “Pippin” is amazing for several reasons including...

'Glee' made musical theater performance popular in high school

March 19, 2014

We’re all excited about this upcoming Friday and the freedom that comes with spring break, but for some theater and television enthusiasts there is another reason to count the hours down until this Friday:...

Oscars showcase Broadway talent

March 6, 2014

With the Olympics over, every TV in America tuned in to watch a different kind of athlete vie for a different kind of “gold.” That’s right, the 86th Academy Awards were Sunday, and like the rest...

Broadway musicals lack originality

February 27, 2014

“I hate the theater. Well, it’s so disappointing, isn’t it?” These are the opening words in Bob Martin’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and unfortunately, they’re beginning...

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