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Forget Valentines, Let's All Send Hamiltines Instead

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts

There's no better way to say, "I heart thee," than by sending a carefully crafted Valentine. Come Feb. 14, few gestures beat a twee card, cut with or...

An Indian's Guide to What Not to Do at a Broadway Musical

Soumya Nambiar | Posted 01.20.2016 | Travel
Soumya Nambiar

When I was planning my trip to the U.S. from India, the first thing I booked after booking my flight tickets was a ticket to the Broadway musical Phantom of Opera in New York.

Miles & the American Musical

Todd Klick | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Todd Klick

During the past 50 years, Miles Kreuger has amassed the world's largest collection expressly dedicated to the histories of the American Musical theatre and film. I made the 4-minute doc below to introduce you to Miles, founder and president of the Institute of the American Musical.

Interview: Dane Terry Casts a Spell

Brett Gleason | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Brett Gleason

I first heard of Dane Terry from a mutual friend who photographed the two of us. Dane caught my eye as a fellow long-haired piano player from Brookl...

The Color Purple Author Alice Walker: 'Rebellion is Close to Godliness'

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 12.10.2015 | Entertainment
Sarah Beauchamp

Later on in her life, Walker realized that she "had to show what happened to them and why they were like that," she said of her grandparents. She had to tell the story of how people could move forward, break free from their former selves and change for the better.

'The Wiz Live!' Finds a Brand New Day on the Small Screen

EBONY.com | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

While the production may have gathered ire from some, for most (and at least Black Twitter), the star-studded cast of NBC's The Wiz Live didn't disappoint.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.