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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.

Side Show: Stage Directions and Henry Krieger

Barry Singer | Posted 02.01.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I saw it first. Well, not quite. The rapturous critical reception that has greeted the revival of Side Show on Broadway takes me back, way back, to a demonstration of Side Show's unique power that I witnessed firsthand quite some time ago.

Astoria Characters: The Man in Transition

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.01.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's nothing ordinary about Clay Nelms' story. So don't let the stereotypical musical-style synopsis fool you: Small-town boy with big-city dreams comes to New York because he's gotta sing and dance.

Stage Door: On The Town

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

New York, New York is a hellava town. Just ask Bernstein, Comden and Green, who fashioned a zippy tribute to 24 hours in the Big Apple, based on a ballet by Jerome Robbins. The Broadway revival of the 1944 musical On the Town is an energetic, entertaining romp.

This Is The Edgar Degas Sculpture That Launched A Musical

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 10.23.2014 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," a famous sculpture by Edgar Degas that can be seen in museums around the world, is coming to life i...

'On The Town' Is One Helluva Broadway Show

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Bronx is still up and the Battery is still down, but the rest of this delightful new Broadway revival of On the Town has been given a facelift tha...

'Doctor Zhivago' Is A Musical Now, Boris Pasternak Would Be Thrilled

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 10.02.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest version of "Cinderella" will soon disappear from the Broadway Theatre, but another sweepingly romantic musical is ready t...

Someone's Making A Vincent Van Gogh Musical, So We Wrote The Playbill For Them

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts

To the delight of many diehard Impressionist fans, and the chagrin of those opposed entirely to the genre of musical theater, someone in Amsterdam is ...

'The Lion King' Musical Officially Earned More Money Than 'Avatar'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross ...

Meow Meow and Her Audience: A Vibrant Pairing at Berkeley Rep

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.15.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

She's bawdy and brash, tender and vulnerable; she's graceful and klutzy, commanding and helpless. She's a singer who hits every vocal nuance, whether serious or satiric; a high-energy dancer who could probably double as a contortionist; a comic who draws roars from pratfalls, subtle glances, punchlines and sensuality.