Musical theatre has its very own awards show, and The Tonys are very prestigious honors. But they aren't the only place where the best of Broadway is recognized. Thanks to the release of cast albums as well as television and film versions of musicals, the Grammys take notice as well. This year, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album went to Kinky Boots (music written by Cyndi Lauper), making it the newest addition to the hall of fame that was inaugurated in 1959 with The Music Man. Here... [Read more]
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
As long as we're capitalizing on valuable properties like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Story, we might as well at least think about Rudolph. I don't know anyone who hasn't seen the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion movie, and if there's an American kid over the age of 3 who doesn't know all the words to the song, I would like to know how. The score of the Rudolph musical would include the Gene Autry song, the catchy tunes from the film, and hopef... [Read more]
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]
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]
Look below for full lists of nominees by category and by show.
The nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced today by Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, TV's Bunheads) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (...Spelling Bee, TV's Modern Family). Leading the pack with an amazing 13 nominations is Kinky Boots, the musical written by pop star Cyndi Lauper ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun") and Broadway regular Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray). Following closely are Matilda (12), which was a smash hit in London las... [Read more]
There is no question that Thanksgiving is all about the feast. What could be better than a roast turkey accompanied by stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce and followed by an irresponsible amount of pie? But between loaded forkfuls of green bean casserole or pumpkin cheesecake, you might notice that there are other things going on. At TL, we always have our eyes on the best in live entertainment, and Thanksgiving has a lot to offer in the way of music, sports, and theatre.
Now, ... [Read more]
(1) You get to have fun in rehearsals. Rehearsal can be really fun, but after a while, it can wear on you. There are often a lot of late nights, especially during "Hell Week" (or Tech week, the week before opening). And ask any actor how many times they've said "I can't; I have rehearsal."
(2) You get to show off. Performing for a live audience is an incredibly energizing experience, but beware of stage fright. Some tricks: don't look any audience member directly in the face; pretend you're stil... [Read more]