1. "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast - This is perhaps the quintessential feast scene from the musical theatre canon. The movie pulled out all the stops, unleashing an animated firestorm of popping champagne bottles, dancing dishes, and entree after steaming entree. The stage musical recreates the scene in real life with some very impressive costumed dancers.
2. "Food, Glorious Food" from Oliver! - After breaking our hearts with an iconic scene where poor Oliver asks for more of that nas... [Read more]
On October 30th, the mega-hit musical Wicked plays its 10-year-anniversary performance at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. The New York institution is pulling out all the stops throughout the month of October with a new marketing campaign that will culminate in the October 30th show, a night that is sure to be full of special surprises. Let's celebrate by examining the wonder that is Wicked.
As a person who is openly obsessed with all things dark, creepy, and scary, I begin thinking about Halloween in about August. But now that it is actually October, I think it's generally acceptable by most people to begin preparations for the big day. And what better way to get in the spirit than to jump in feet first and see a live theatre show? Almost anywhere you go, there are offerings ranging from tame and campy to disturbing and downright terrifying. Check out this list for some suggestions... [Read more]
Broadway actors are stars, too.
Fresh off my post from last week discussing the casting of Michelle Williams in the 2014 Broadway revival of Cabaret and the inevitable discussion of Hollywood actors taking gigs from Broadway performers, I can't help but put in my two cents on a closely related matter. Because, like many loyal Broadway fans, it not only irks me to see screen stars (who may or may not have much stage experience or musical talent to speak of) getting lead roles in Broadway shows, ... [Read more]
Michelle Williams at the Cabaret
Fresh off the announcement that Michelle Williams (Oz the Great and Powerful, My Week with Marilyn) would be Broadway's newest Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2014 revival of Cabaret, I must admit that I'm excited at the chance to see the megastar strut her stuff live onstage.
Movie stars are shown at their best on film, but when you don't get the luxury of yelling "cut" and moving on to another take, the actor's true talents are revealed. After... [Read more]
I recently heard that one of my favorite shows, Wicked, was poised to take over the 11th spot on the list of longest-running Broadway shows (overtaking Miss Saigon). I'm excited that it's so close to cracking the coveted top ten, but this also got me thinking about how shows manage to attract audiences for so long.
After thousands of performances, there must be something really special about a show that can continue to hook new generations of theatregoers. After all, there are a lot of good show... [Read more]
He's still rocking Broadway
There is quite the Shakespeare surge this season on the Great White Way. After last season's acclaimed nearly-one-man Macbeth starring Alan Cumming (Cabaret), a more traditional production starring Ethan Hawke (Gattaca) and directed by Jack O'Brien (Hamlet, Hairspray) is slated to begin performances in October. And one of this season's big celebrity vehicles is a new revival of Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom (not exactly a teenager anymore, but Legolas can pr... [Read more]
The 2012-2013 Broadway season is over, and the 2013-2014 season is really ramping up this fall, with a plethora of new shows opening among the current, long-running favorites. Every show can't be the next Kinky Boots or Matilda, but there are certainly enough new plays and musicals for any theatre fan to find something they can get into.
Check out this list of shows opening up in the next few months. From several Shakespearean offerings to adaptations of classic books and movies to highly antic... [Read more]
(1) Dress the part: This doesn't mean that you need to dress up. At most theatres, there is no real dress code aside from being expected to look like a normal, decent human being (keep it a step above "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service," please). But make sure to dress comfortably. Many theatre seats are packed in quite close together, and if you can't easily cross and uncross your legs, for example, you might be in for a couple of hours of distracting discomfort. And many theatres are also highly ... [Read more]
I love Disney. I know that by your mid-twenties, a lot of people expect you to grow out of it, but I can't help it. There's something about Disney films that takes me back to a simpler place and time, and those guys sure know how to tell a story that tugs at your heart strings.
Having grown up on the films, I was thrilled to find out in my teens that some of my favorites had been adapted as stage musicals. Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King had been huge successes on Broadway, and since the... [Read more]