On Sunday, February 19th, Allegiance will be broadcast in theaters for a second time. The one night only event last December broke records for Fathom Event sales. “The premiere was its highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date, the 14-year-old company said, bringing in more than $1 million in ticket sales in about 600 theaters.” The filmed Broadway musical focuses on the experiences of Japanese-American citizens in internment camps during WWII. The musical stars George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung, and partially draws from Takei’s own experiences.
In the wake of executive orders trying to protect the country from interior and exterior threats, this story feels all too familiar. There are those Americans rallying against the “Muslim Ban” and those who either don’t see a problem with it or don’t feel it’s their place to speak up. Allegiance is technically a look at the past, but it’s also a frightening possibility for our future. Continue reading What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19
Hairspray Live. Where to start? This may have been NBC’s best live show yet, but that isn’t saying very much. Taking a hint from Fox’s Grease, they transitioned this live production into a multi-set, live audience production. While I very much enjoyed this production there were some obvious setbacks.
The first thing that has to be noted is the cultural relevance. If there was ever a time that Hairspray needed to be done it was now. The positive messages about peaceful protesting in the face of hatred, bullying and racism, are exactly what we need. Art mimics life and that is exactly what happened tonight. Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I Know Where I’ve Been” was incredibly powerful and moving.
Continue reading Hairspray Live! Review
So, big news readers. Like fangirl freaking out at the top of her lungs news. My favorite musical is coming back to Broadway – and I can truly not stop shaking with excitement. Sunset Boulevard, the Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation of the famous Billy Wilder movie, came to the Great White Way in 1994 and won the Tony for Best Musical in the process.
It tells the story of Joe Gillis, a down and out Hollywood screenwriter, who suddenly pulls into the driveway of a has-been silent movie star, Norma Desmond, and the two begin an incredibly dangerous relationship. The show was famous for its casting drama, with Patti LuPone, Faye Dunaway, and many other glamorous stars involved. But the person most people remember is the original Broadway Norma, Glenn Close, who also won the Tony for the role that year – and she will also be returning to the show. Is this a Broadway nerd dream come true? Well, it might not be for everyone – but for this 90’s Webber loving kid, it is the greatest dream to come true in my nerdy life.
So to celebrate such an announcement, I thought I’d speculate (or dream some more) who could be cast in this new revival. Of course, there’s the chance that the recent London Lonny Price revival (for which the Broadway revival is also directed by) will send their cast over, but until that announcement is made, let’s put on our Technicolor Dreamcoats (#WebberReference) for what this Sunset Boulevard 2017 cast could be.
Continue reading Theater Thursday: Sunset Boulevard Broadway Revival – Dream Casting
Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, who most recently collaborated on Devil’s Carnival: Alleluiah! are touring again! This time, they’re taking their newest project, American Murder Song, on the road. Zdunich and Hendelman are calling this the American Wake Tour, and tickets are available here.
The big question: what on earth is Amercian Murder Song? It’s different from Repo: The Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Carnival in that it is not a film. There seems to be an emphasis on live performance, but visuals are still in use. DG’s Debbie Farber got a glimpse of American Murder Song this May. Here are her observations: Continue reading American Murder Song to Tour This October
Nine years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, many fans who grew up reading the books were able to do something they had never thought they would do again: attend another Harry Potter midnight release party. This time it was for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Special Rehearsal Edition, billed as “The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.” The nineteen years, of course, being the amount of time that has passed since the Battle of Hogwarts to when this new story begins. Our Geekettes took photos and wrote about the joy of being able to attend one more midnight party.
Continue reading Midnight Magic: Geekettes Attend Cursed Child Release Parties
With a full-page color ad in the New York Times proclaiming “Harry’s Back!” the newest story about the Boy Who Lived was released Sunday July, 31st. Branded as the “Special Rehearsal Edition Script,” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contains the text of the new play about Harry Potter and his relationship with his son Albus Severus. The play officially premiered in London’s West End on July 31st, and there have been rumors of a possible production coming to Broadway as well. Some fans have been wary of the play, worrying that it won’t live up to the beloved books. Others have been eager for any additional Potter-related writing J.K. Rowling produces. Without further ado, here are two Geekettes’ thoughts on the play.
Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Two Geekettes’ Reviews
Every summer, The Public Theater puts on two free shows. There’s usually a joint theme between the two, and at least one is always by Shakespeare. This summer started with The Taming of the Shrew, and will be followed by Troilus and Cressida, bringing to life the theme, “Lovers at war, warriors in love.” These shows are difficult to get to for two reasons. One: you have to be able to get to New York City. Two: you have to line up for tickets very early in the morning, or win the digital lottery.
In the simplest terms, The Taming of the Shrew plot begins with a wealthy man named Baptista with two daughters. Katherina, the eldest, is bad tempered and violent while the younger Bianca is beautiful and sweet. Everyone wants to get with Bianca. However, Baptista won’t marry off Bianca unless Katherina is wed first. Enter Petruchio, who only cares about marrying for money. Petruchio marries Katherina and “tames” her, Bianca marries one of her suitors, and they all live happily ever after. Continue reading Central Park Taming All the Shrews
Fandom tends to be seen as an inherently male interest. We have so many cultural stereotypes enhancing this belief. From The Big Bang Theory to “the fake gamer girl,” nerdiness always seems to start as something male, and then move towards women. For a while, this was pretty accurate. In 2010, only 35% of New York Comic Con attendees were women. However, as time goes on, these men get married. They have kids, and they pass on their nerdy genes.
With that in mind, I asked my fellow writers if they had inherited any of their geekiness from their fathers, or for any good stories about how their fathers inspired them towards the nerd community. Here are the responses I got:
Continue reading Fatherhood and Fandom
Waitress has been a collective favorite movie in my family for a while. When we heard it was coming to Broadway we knew we had to get tickets. We were lucky enough to see it while in previews and were not disappointed.
The story of Waitress can be described as simplistic but in a beautiful way. Jenna, the titular waitress, is miserable with her small-town life and abusive husband. Her journey of learning to love again and breaking free is tethered to the many outrageous and seemingly delicious pies she bakes. The storyline is consistent with the movie and the libretto’s loyalty to the original story was much appreciated. Jessie Nelson translated the story perfectly for the stage, if not better than the original. Continue reading Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Ingredients for a Great Musical
Hello readers! Theater Thursday is back at it again, this time taking a look at the big news coming your way in the theater world. We got tons of casting news, updates on shows we love, along with Tony Awards excitement and more! So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a look at all this theater goodness.
Continue reading Theater Thursday: News Edition – School of Rock Updates, Harry Potter Photos, and more!