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Michael John Lachiusa

A Musical Look At The Women Of The White House As You've Never Seen Them

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts

American politics can make for epic theater, as evidenced by Broadway's smash hit, "Hamilton." Now, a new Off-Broadway musical is putting a quiet, sat...

First Nighter: Andrew Lippa's "Wild Party" Not Nearly Wild Enough

David Finkle | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Sure enough, by the time the first act finished, I was much more impressed with the adaptation of Joseph Moncure March's engagingly dark Jazz-Age poem than I'd been the first time around -- a seeming improvement I attributed to several elements.

Mary Testa: 'Have Faith'

Barry Singer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Mary Testa is a pro: a belter, a diva and a clown, in the most beloved Broadway sense. She is a star talent who has rarely gotten star billing. You could write a musical about her.

Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without:

Everything's Bigger in Texas, Including the Musicals -- Michael John LaChiusa's Giant at the Public Theater

Carey Purcell | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

While Giant is far too long and lacks far too much focus, the excellent cast and gorgeous score are both beautiful. The show could undoubtedly benefit from some trimming and restraint - perhaps like the actual state's attitude towards the rest of the country as well.

First Nighter: Musicalized Giant Not Extra-Large but Still Plenty Large

David Finkle | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Maybe that reminder of good parts compensating for the less-than-successful whole -- along with a stageful of singers shining in individual scenes that catch fire -- will and should work for Giant. At the moment, it, sho' 'nuff looks like show enough.

Theater: New Musical 'Giant' Has Big Ambitions...And Scores

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Giant is a wonderfully intimate and complex show, but it will fill up a Broadway stage with ease. You know the story from the novel by Edna Ferber or the somewhat leaden film best known for containing James Dean's final performance.

The Masochist's Profession: An Interview With Giant's Bookwriter, Sybille Pearson

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Shoshana Greenberg

Even if you love musicals, you might not know the name Sybille Pearson. But you should.