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5 Stories That Could Be the Next Holiday Musical

December 10, 2013
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]
Just as you open the obligatory photo card of your friends and their kids in matching reindeer sweaters, you remember you need gifts for the whole gaggle. Skip the rainbow loom and consider the gift of quality time with tickets to a family-friendly event. [Read more]
There are only a couple of days left until Halloween, and while many people have had their looks planned out for months, I know there are plenty of you who haven't yet been struck with just the right inspiration for a killer costume. And it is important to stay current; costumes inspired by events from the past year always get a reaction. Here at Live Toast, we know live entertainment, so here is a little list of get-ups pulled straight from music, sports, and theatre events. I hope it inspires ... [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. Read more...

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With the highly anticipated film version of his classic musical Into the Woods filming and photos from the set of stars like Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp leaking along the way, Stephen Sondheim is getting some serious attention these days. Not that he hasn't before; he is quite possibly the definitive musical theatre composer of our time. But the big screen adaptation of his fractured fairy tale story will bring his genius to an even wider audience (as did the 2007 Sweeney Todd film... [Read more]
Src: Flickr/Bookworm by Nathan O'Nions I’ve had a love affair with books ever since that day more than 30 years ago when I first learned to read. Some of my most cherished early childhood memories are when my mother and I read some favorite book series together at bedtime—the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Dorrie The Little Witch series by Patricia Coombs. Two were made into a movie or television show well after the books were publis... [Read more]

31 Shows to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

October 1, 2013
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]

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2013 Emmy Winners' Theatrical Pasts

September 24, 2013
Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com Most actors study theatre and, more often than not, their first roles are on stage. Whether they are in community theatre productions, school plays, or they're lucky enough to land paid gigs from childhood, they often need to sharpen their skills in front of audiences before making the leap to the screen. This year's Emmy Award winners come from a variety of background and have vastly different careers, but most of them have considerable stage acting experience. Ta... [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]