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American Murder Song to Tour This October

imageTerrance 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

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Fatherhood and Fandom

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:

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Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Cast in 2018 Mary Poppins Sequel

imageSince Disney is remaking every movie they’ve ever released, rumors circulated as to what films were coming and who is going to star in them. Mary Poppins kept coming up, usually with Emily Blunt’s name attached to it. I’m happy to say those rumors are true! Mary Poppins Returns will hit movie theaters December 25, 2018. Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda was also cast in this upcoming feature. He will write new songs for the movie, and will also appear as a new character, a lamplighter named Jack. Rob Marshall is set to direct the movie. Mary Poppins Returns will feature a whole new score. Continue reading Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Cast in 2018 Mary Poppins Sequel

Theater Thursday Special Report: Tony Nominations 2016 – The Good, The Bad, and the Hamilton

Hello readers! Theater Thursday (with a special report) has returned finally – and for good reason. That’s right, it is Tony Nominations Day! We can now take a look at what the American Theater Wing has declared the best of the best in this year’s theater community, and judging by the count, Hamilton is the clear favorite among both critics and fans alike. So who else made the cut and exactly how many awards is Lin and his team up for? Let’s take a look!

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The Lasting Relevance of 1776

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On April 2nd, I had the honor of seeing the Encores! production of 1776. The play stars Santino Fontana as John Adams, who is coercing the rest of the Continental Congress to declare independence. It’s a simple plot, and the show ends with each representative signing the Declaration of Independence. Where this show shines is through its witty dialogue and clever song lyrics.

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Theater Thursday: BroadwayCon Report

A few weeks ago, I got to check out the first ever BroadwayCon, held in New York City during the second biggest blizzard in the city’s history. Of course, this day just also happened to be my birthday, and made it an event I will cherish for many reasons aside from the obvious.

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From BroadwayCon Opening Ceremony

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Theater Thursday: BroadwayCon Excitement

It is here, readers! The weekend Theater Thursday has been waiting for–the first ever BroadwayCon! This con is taking place in (of course) New York City, from January 22nd to the 24th.

Somehow the theater gods shined on me and granted my wish of a Broadway fandom centered event, on a very special weekend of all things–my birthday! Praise to the core. And with every new announcement, a smile grows even bigger on my face. So in celebration of such a wonderful occasion, here is a look at what events seem like the “most fun ever” at this inaugural BroadwayCon!

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Theater Thursday: “Mount Rock”–“School of Rock” Musical Review

At this point, film to musical adaptations are overflowing the theater scene. Most of them fail on arrival, while there is the rare occasion where they advance the original material, sometimes even surpassing their predecessor. Though that group is very elite, featuring such names as Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Heathers and a few others in its club, one of the Fall 2015 offerings needs to be added and handed a studded “Broadway Members Only” jacket. And what show could that be? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name.

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Theater Thursday: “Dames at Sea” Review

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Broadway is definitely a tourist filled town these days. Everything has to “sell” to the larger demographic, and appeal to the most common and random of theater-goers. One show this season that is attempting to hook the modern audience in is Dames at Sea, a musical that has had several Off-Broadway productions since its creation in 1966.

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Theater Thursday: NBC’s The Wiz LIVE First Cast Photos Revealed

A couple of months back, we spent some time easing on down the road and talked about NBC’s The Wiz Live production, coming to your TV sets this December. Now, official photos have been released, and we can finally get our first look at Dorothy (newcomer Shanice Williams) and her pals (David Allan Grier, Ne-Yo, and Elijah Kelly.)

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