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.
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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
Kidding. Although it might as well, looking at the recently released list of nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards.
Continue reading Breaking: 2016 Tony Awards Cancelled, Hamilton to Air Instead.
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.
Continue reading Theater Thursday: “She Loves Me” 2016 Revival Musical Review
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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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? (
Hurhur, see what I did there?)
Continue reading Theater Thursday: The Best Theater Things That Happened in 2015
Recently in the news, you might have heard some small tales of theater-goers showing off some very non-theater friendly behavior. From plugging in their smart phones into a fake electrical outlet at Hand of God, to Patti LuPone snatching a phone away from an attendee during a recent Lincoln Center performance, the regular visitors of Broadway have gotten a bit out of hand.
But thanks to phone provider AT&T, this rude trend might have just gone too far. In case you haven’t heard, nor read any of your favorite actors’ Twitters this past Monday, AT&T sent out a recent message to users via a Tweet saying the following: Continue reading Theater Thursday: AT & T and the No Good, Very Bad, Theater Behavior
The Harry Potter books have inspired eight movies already, with a new trilogy of films based on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them companion book coming. The HP films have drawn almost every British actor who has ever won an award. Soon, Harry Potter will grace the professional stage in London. These books are so full of drama and intrigue, they need to be retold, and rethought with immense theatricality.
Here are some of the absolute best moments which were inspired by or came about because of The Harry Potter series:
Continue reading The Best Moments of Theatricality to Come From Harry Potter
I don’t normally get a chance to see a production after its recent Tony win. Usually once a show gets the coveted award, tickets are hard to come by for months, even years. But luckily, I was able to experience what is one of the most perfectly captivating and beautiful revivals I have ever seen. In all honesty, The King and I will always be, without a doubt, my favorite work of Rodgers and Hammerstein. That isn’t to say that their other classics aren’t as important to me, but there is something utterly enchanting about the story of Anna and the King that never stops entertaining me (and many others) time and time again.
Continue reading Theater Thursday – “The King and I” (2015) Review
Todd Graff (writer/director of Camp) did an interview with Playbill.com yesterday announcing a sequel to Camp, the cult musical theater indie film of 2003. It will be called Camp 2: Freaks in Nature. In case you’ve never heard of it, Camp tells the story of a group of musical theater obsessed misfit teens and one “popular” teenage boy whose sexuality is ambiguous. Drama ensues. There is romance, humor, sadness, wonderful musical numbers, and most importantly, hope.
Continue reading Musical Theater Fans Rejoice: Camp 2 is Happening!