Imagine if you were a child and your great dream was to be a professional dancer and were given the opportunity to perform side-by-side with a Broadway performer?
It can be a tough go trying to make it in the entertainment industry. But in these digital days, there are tools and platforms that allow you to surpass the gatekeepers, showcase your talents and connect directly with your audience.
The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home, begins and ends with a child, Alison, demanding that her father play "airplane" with her. In between those bookending moments we see Alison grow up, come out as a lesbian, and take flight as a lover, while her father sinks into the closet as a gay man.
In today's world music is almost always mentioned with the word streaming somewhere nearby; Apple's new streaming service, Spotify, Pandora, its' all something to be thumbed up or downed, choices made by algorithms based on listening habits. It's downloads and viral streams, YouTube, Soundclouds and ringtones.
What makes a show fail? Many in the industry have pondered that question. If we knew the answer, shows wouldn't fail. Even veteran producers with a string of hits sometimes stumble. For there is really no magic key.
Next week, June 25 I will perform again at the renowned supper club 54 Below in New York City. It has become a very special place for me, as last year I got very lucky there. So much that it changed my life. It is also a story of never, never give up.
On Sunday, June 7, famed Broadway actress and fan favorite, Kelli O'Hara (who I profiled here, last year) was finally recognized by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for her remarkable contributions to the stage, taking home her very first TONY Award following a total of six nominations over several years.
A few years after I began covering the theater, I was introduced to Joe Iconis through a mutual friend.
From June 23rd through July 3rd, world-renowned dance company DanceBrazil will be having its annual performance at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea.
On June 6th, they buried Beau Biden, an American hero. Biden expressed his patriotism by living his ideals as a loving family man, an attorney, military officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp, an Iraq War veteran and a politician.
It's approximately 24 hours since the Tony Awards ended -- and, while most of the community is at a Bombshell party, I feel like it's about time to reflect on the night that was.
Photo by Joan Marcus Matilda, the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1988 children's classic, has some delightful moments, including a devilish tur...
It was a evening of stars at the 69th Annual TONY Awards last night, with some surprise wins -- rather, vindication for dedicated fans who were excited to see favorites win across categories. The little musical that could, which began at the Public Theater in SoHo and has now swept the TONY Awards just a year later.
From his home in New Mexico, Geist spoke about his journey and how he got to the place where he knew it was time to reinvent himself and create a new life.
I viewed Annie at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, it was the first time I had seen the production. The national touring company plays in San Francisco now through June 14th. Here are 11Things I learned:
The world of theater lends to inspire, to take the audience from their regular day-to-day rigmarole and reflect on what we all truly want in our lives. The story of Pippin is one of satisfaction, about a young prince on his own expedition for contentment.