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Annie Remains Optimistic After All These Years

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 10.19.2015 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Millions out of work; homeless camps filling up in every town and those lucky enough to have a job barely getting by, always worried. Stratification everywhere, either you're a have, or a have not and the gap between seems unbridgeable.

Astoria Characters: The Song and Sales Man

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.15.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Steven Shane Wolhar is trying to drink his morning coffee, but every time he's about to take a sip, his cellphone interrupts. A client calls; a client texts; another one or two or three email.

From Beach House to the White House: How 'Aladdin''s Courtney Reed Spent Her Summer Vacation

Jim Hill | Posted 09.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After spending the last year and a half soaring high above the stage floor of the New Amsterdam Theatre aboard a magic carpet, Courtney Reed (who plays Princess Jasmine in the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin) was ready for some more down-to-earth activities.

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, First Black Actor To Play Lead In 'Les Miz' On Broadway, Dies At 21

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.30.2015 | Black Voices

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the youngest actor -- and the first black actor -- to play the lead role in a Broadway production of "Les Miserables,&r...

Under the Veneer

Lisa Chau | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Lisa Chau

On the 19th, I attended Hannush's Under, performed by The Con-Etiquette Players. Using flashbacks between a psychiatric hospital and Yale University, a group of millennials explore the themes of friendship, mental illness and ambition.

You Have One Month Left To See 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch' On Broadway

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Hedwig is packing up her miniskirt and high heels and leaving Broadway. Producers of the Tony Award-winning revival said Tuesda...

Why Gay Men Are Obsessed With Witches

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Witches are the eternal outsiders, and so they must learn to be fearless and brave. Rejection by society teaches them strength, and they become self-made, self-reliant, self-confident. They're like Beyonce but with a broom.

Retiring Teacher Moved To Tears By Surprise Flash Mob On Her Last Day

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.23.2015 | Good News

A beloved teacher had one last unforgettable experience at her school, courtesy of her students and colleagues.  Margaret Gabica, a tea...

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and the Inclusive Future Of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Ian Reifowitz

If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.

Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

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.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan's "On Your Feet" Renews Faith in the American Dream

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

On Your Feet!, the musical of the life and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan now playing at the Oriental Theatre through July 5, reminds me of one of my favorite lessons: You are never going to be any better than yourself. And the moment you change who you are for someone else, you disempower yourself.

A 'Beaches' Musical Is Here To Make Everyone's BFF Cry Her Eyes Out

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.11.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicagoans, get out your hankies — a stage musical of "Beaches" is coming. The show, based on Iris Rainer Dart's 1985 novel about...

Stage Door: Finding Neverland, The Belle of Belfast

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Neverland is a traditional musical blessed with moments of magic. That's thanks to Morrison, who, as the imaginative Mr. Barrie, carries the show from start to finish. (And who counts numerous Glee fans in the audience.)

Stage Door: An American In Paris

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The revamped An American in Paris, the Broadway musical at the Palace, is sui generis. There is no other musical on The Great White Way to equal it. The dance-driven production, ending with a stunning, 14-minute ballet that closes the show, is a triumph.

20 Features Of A Musical About Parenthood

Chris Cate | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Chris Cate

The audience is expected to act, too. Their role is to pretend like they are in charge of the show, but everyone will know they are just acting.

Stage Door: It Shoulda Been You, Gigi

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.15.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

It Shoulda Been You seems targeted to a suburban crowd, comfortable embracing digestible bits of progressive ideals. And everyone will enjoy the performances, even if Shoulda shoulda been better.

David Bowie Is Making A Musical Inspired By 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts

If you love David Bowie, musical theater and the 1963 classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, boy, do we have some news for you. According to ...

Stage Door: Hamilton, Fish in the Dark

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Ambition can be both exciting and theatrical -- a challenge Lin-Manuel Miranda has realized to great effect in the clever and electric musical Hamilton, now off-Broadway at the Public Theater.

Stage Door: 'One Day'

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The producers of the musical Heathers have a theme: teen angst. And they are trumpeting the anthem of adolescent trauma again -- this time as a revamped version of the 1999 cult musical Inappropriate.

Stage Door: Constellations, Honeymoon in Vegas

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Broadway is loaded with movie and TV stars -- and the results are mixed. But in the chemistry department, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson deliver the goods in Constellations, now at the Samuel J. Friedman.

Billy Magnussen Goes 'Into The Woods' and Comes Out a Star

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Chuck Mirarchi

Like the movie, you don't always get what you want and you don't always want what you get, but we're all the better for the occurrences that brought Billy to the project.

Honeymoon in Vegas: See What Happens

Danny Groner | Posted 03.18.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

It is nothing but a ball of joy wrapped up as a Broadway musical. Jason Robert Brown and Tom Murray present a night to remember with light comedy, sweet music, and plenty of excitement.

To Galavant or Not to Galavant? The ABCs of One Actress' Journey to Your Screen

Tony Potts | Posted 03.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

So, she left high tea for Hollywood, leaving everything behind, save for her then boyfriend, Swedish music-producer Carl Ryden. The two packed up and arrived in Los Angeles ready to "give it a go."

Stage Door: Disenchanted

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Imagine Belle in a straightjacket, Rapunzel as a German dominatrix and Snow White as a sassy, wisecracking ringleader of dissatisfied princesses. That, and more, comprise the musical Disenchanted, now slinging its saucy satire off-Broadway at the Theater at St. Clement's.

Stage Door: A Christmas Memory, On the Other Side of the River

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The story opens with a gentle exclaim: "It's fruitcake weather!" Sook, a 60-something Southern woman, and Buddy, a young boy, embark on their yearly Christmas ritual: baking holiday fruitcakes. The tenderness between the two, locked together in a Depression-era world, is the essence of A Christmas Memory.