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.
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!
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.
I’ll always be the first to admit that I have some “ultimate weaknesses” when it comes to musical theater, or just any sort of entertainment in general. For one, I adore a good romance, second, I love good ol’ fashioned Broadway numbers, and last but not least, I lose it over a good, well-crafted set piece. So it brings me great joy to tell you that Roundabout’s new revival of the classic Jerry Bock musical She Loves Me features all of those qualities and much, much more.
As a kid, I was exposed to a lot of musicals that I never actually got the chance to see. 1991’s The Secret Garden, based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, was one that always stuck out in my mind. Since this year marks the original production’s 25th anniversary, Lincoln Center decided to produce a live concert rendition, and I was lucky enough to see it and make one of my childhood dreams come true.
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.
Yesterday Fox rivaled NBC’s live musicals with Grease: Live. They upped the anti by adding an audience, and filming on a huge indoor/outdoor set. The show definitely had its flaws but had a fantastic cast and was so much fun, it was an overall success. Many will argue over the quality and talent within the past three NBC live broadcasts, with The Wiz being the only decently enjoyable one of the bunch. But now with this version of Grease, Fox finally cracked the code on how to do these Broadway styled adventures in the modern era.
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!
Ah yes, the last Theater Thursday of 2015! By gosh, this year went by fast! We went to some Fun Homes, got a history lesson with Hamilton, danced with the King of Siam, and even went about Finding Neverland. So as a way to say goodbye to this year, and say hello to the new, here’s a look at some of the best theater moments from 2015. Let’s “Ease On Down,” shall we? (
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I must confess, that I have a secret. No, not anything of Batman reveal levels, but something I don’t talk about too often: when I was younger, I dreamed of wanting to be the first girl to play The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. That dream has honestly never really died–though I’m certainly no vocal pro to accomplish such a task. And to many of you, this might seem like a bizarre fever dream, one that could and would never come true.
But it turns out, thanks to the success of Hamilton, the increase in gender blind casting might actually happen in my life time. In a recent article, Lin-Manual Miranda, star and creator of the new hit show, spoke about how he is excited for the possibility of doing gender blind casting for the show. Though it has yet to be confirmed or denied if this will ever actually happen, the thought does give me some hope and has inspired a thought–what fabulous ladies should be cast as leading male roles on Broadway? Here’s a list of my top picks, and they’ll inspire you to dream too!