Sadly, Marvin Hamlisch passed away Monday night. And if you don't know who he is, you have probably seen (or, more likely, heard) something from his extensive list of life accomplishments. With a career spanning a half a century, including theatre, live music performance, film, and television, and touching the lives of millions, he will be missed. Read up below on just some of this man's many notable achievements.
(1) He wrote music for some serious Broadway hits. Ever heard of a little show ca... [Read more]
Gore Vidal is a respected and prolific novelist, screenwriter, essayist, and playwright whose work spans over a half a century. Known for his unapologetic social and political commentary, he has produced some of the most compelling works of our era. His 1960 play The Best Man has enjoyed success on Broadway and in a 1964 film adaptation. I had the chance to see the most recent Broadway revival at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, and thanks to its all-star cast and timely political drama, it was a ... [Read more]
Millions of people fondly remember the hit 1990 film Ghost, which starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and Tony Goldwyn. Now, the classic story has been updated and adapted as a stage musical that captures all of the drama, emotion, and magic live on stage. I was fortunate to be able to see Ghost on Broadway, and it was definitely a night to remember.
The most novel and innovative aspect of Ghost is its use of special effects. Through a combination of artful lighting, clever stag... [Read more]
(1) Real men love Broadway. When Randy gets the inside scoop on why men everywhere are taking their wives to see musicals (it's called subtext), he becomes a superfan, and Sharon is so pleased with his newfound appreciation for theatre that she repays him. Handsomely. | Episode #220: Broadway Bro Down (Season 15, Episode 11)
(2) Before Glee, show choirs saved the world, not just FOX's ratings. The South Park kids are on their way to Costa Rica to help save the environment. While Kyle struggles ... [Read more]
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Another year, another great Broadway season, and another eagerly anticipated Tony Awards ceremony. This year's show featured a bunch of thrilling performances, some touching (and some funny) acceptance speeches, and the amusing charm of host Neil Patrick Harris. His first number, which wondered out loud what it would be like if life were more like Broadway, featured cameos by stars like Patti LuPone and Amanda Seyfried, and his final song recapped the night'... [Read more]
There's nothing like a trip to Broadway. It is the mecca for live theatre in this country, and people come from near and far to experience the thrill of the many various productions running at any given time. Those lucky enough to live in the city have their favorite attractions, but many who visit for a show are left wondering what else to do on their trip. In my trips to the city, I have discovered a bunch of great places to go before, between, and after shows. Here is a list of some of the to... [Read more]
The final five episodes of Smash have certainly upped the drama. As the webs become more tangled and the emotions run even higher, the fate of the Marilyn musical (finally named Bombshell) hangs in the balance.
One of the biggest developments is the whirlwind known as Rebecca Duvall, the movie star (played by Uma Thurman) with zero musical theatre experience, a lackluster voice, and a lot of creative input for Tom, Julia, and Derek. Normally, what goes on in the workshop process is kept highly c... [Read more]
Whether you’re a music fan, a sports fanatic or a theater junkie, the summer offers a variety of big events – from music festivals to the hottest sporting events to the biggest shows on Broadway. Four days remain in Ticket Liquidator’s Summer Concert Sweepstakes for a chance to win $350 towards any event of your choice and almost 500 entries have been submitted so far. Time is ticking, but you still have a chance to win so enter below before it’s too late!
If you win the sweepstakes, you will... [Read more]
Like so many people around the world, I count Wicked as one of my all-time favorite musicals. Its success on Broadway and around the world is a testament to its universal appeal. I have seen it four times, and when people ask me for recommendations for what to see on Broadway or on tour, I ask them first if they have seen Wicked yet. It's a crowd pleaser and often opens people up to the world of musical theatre (including my own previously skeptical father, who is now in the process of wearing o... [Read more]
Look below for full lists of nominees by category and by show.
The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced today by Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Promises, Promises) and Jim Parsons (the upcoming revival of Harvey, TV's The Big Bang Theory), and one of the season's critical favorites, Once, leads the pack with 11 nods. The new Gershwin musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick (The Producers, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Kelli O'Hara (The L... [Read more]