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WATCH: 'Star Trek: The Middle School Musical'

Posted 05.17.2013 | Comedy

Sure, Zachary Pinto, Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch are fine. But they ain't got nothing on this production of "Star Trek," reimagined as a middl...

Marcos Saldivar

LOOK: NYC's Hottest Chorus Boys Dare To Bare In Sizzling Benefit

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcos Saldivar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A dozen of the sexiest Broadway boys in New York City bared it all and raised temperatures to muy caliente on Cinco de Mayo weekend -- and the erotic ...

20 Movies That Would Make Awesome Musicals

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 07.02.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

The current trend on Broadway that doesn't seem to be going away is turning popular movies into musicals. All four Best Musical Tony nominees this year were, at one point, popular movies.

Pippin Conquers Broadway

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
Joseph Amodeo

Pippin offers viewers an opportunity to escape reality while at the same time facing it in the mirror. Leaving Pippin, you too may begin listening to the voices in your head...

Happy Birthday, 'Rent'!

Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts

Jonathan Larson's iconic rock musical "Rent" premiered on Broadway 17 years ago today, introducing musical theater nerds everywhere to life in downtow...

The Man Who Keeps Broadway History Alive

Josh Getlin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Josh Getlin

For a guy who never produced anything before Broadway by the Year -- "not even a puppet show in my backyard" -- Scott Siegel makes it look easy.

Theater: Nathan Lane Kills, Alan Cumming Bores, Deborah Cox Delights And More....

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

An excitingly ambitious new play by Douglas Carter Beane, The Nance is held back only by some poor casting and a modest lack of context. But it's essential theater for anyone who wants to see Nathan Lane -- one of the greats -- at the top of his game.

An SOS to NBC: Save Our Smash

Ben Lerner | Posted 06.23.2013 | TV
Ben Lerner

Saturday's episode of Smash, titled "Opening Night," showcased the premiere of Bombshell. Our beloved Marilyn musical has finally opened on Broadway and it's a glorious accomplishment for all parties involved.

Stuck Elevator -- Audacious, Compelling and Hugely Imaginative

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.19.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Even the title feels cramped. Stuck Elevator. Hardly the inspiration for a play, let alone a musical drama or an opera; hardly a title that would excite a potential audience. However, Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis thought differently.

Theater: Motown: The Musical a Missed Opportunity

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Who wants to see the ugly backside of a record label? The book by Berry Gordy -- based on his own, self-serving memoir -- is filled with deals and contracts. What you don't see is the artistic birth of a song, the famous molding of acts or singers coming into their own.

What A Feeling! A Flashdance Musical Is Really Happening

Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts

In 1983 Jennifer Beals removed her welding mask, donned a tight T-shirt and doused herself in water whilst dancing to Michael Sembello's infectious sy...

Theater: The (Not So Young) Rascals Tear It Up on Broadway

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

If you want to hear the difference between nostalgia and celebration, the difference between a tribute to rock and roll and real rock and roll, see The Rascals on Broadway.

Stage Door: Matilda

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.13.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

To discourage her, she's sent to a prison-like school run by the maniacal Miss Trunchbull (an extraordinary Bertie Carvel), who sings to her maligned charges: "If you want to teach success, you don't use sympathy or tenderness." She could double as a Wall Street CEO.

Stage Door: Kinky Boots, Bullet Catch

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Kinky Boots is loud, mundane and best suited for suburbanites who consider drag risqué. It's another movie turned Broadway musical, sans the great score and story. Bullet Catch, however, featuring the multitalented Rob Drummond, is a clever show.

Haiku Reviews: From A 'Bollywood Invasion' To A 'Secret Garden' Opera

Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are regular features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tr...

Theater: Kinky Boots Too Vanilla

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

For a musical about drag queens clashing with burly blue collar males and a factory crushed by outsourcing, this is a tension-free show with almost no sex and only some very minor bumps in the plot.

Don't Tread on Broadway Musical-goers

Ryan Cunningham | Posted 05.29.2013 | Arts
Ryan Cunningham

Theatregoers aren't asking, "Is it too American/British for the West End/Broadway?" Instead, they're saying, "I don't care where it's from, is it any damn good?" In the cases of both The Book of Mormon and Matilda, the answer is one word, regardless of accent: "Yes."

Theater: Hands On A Hardbody? No Sale for This New Musical

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In an era when many musicals are based on world-famous comic books are best-selling children's stories and fairy tales, Hands On A Hardbody is based on a documentary most people have never heard about.

Liza & Alan's Love Fest at Town Hall

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Karen Fragala Smith

She has survived four marriages, two hip replacements, a visit to Betty Ford, a knee replacement, and a near-fatal bout with encephalitis. But her personal struggles have only endeared Liza Minnelli to us all the more.

6 Artists on their Road to Broadway and Engaging Audiences: Here, Now and Then

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Since last week, Paul's next play has been announced at Signature Theatre in Arlington; Santino opened to positive reviews in Cinderella; Kinky Boots has had a bravura first few performances, and the theatre world keeps turning.

What's The Latest On The 'Mean Girls' Musical?

Posted 03.06.2013 | Entertainment

On Wednesdays, we write about "Mean Girls." After months of hype, the stage adaptation of Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" is making progress -- very slowly...

Cheyenne Jackson Channels His Inner Broadway Diva In NYC

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Christian Borle and Jeremy Jordan brought their inner divas to the stage March 3 as part of MCC Theater's annual "Mi...

The Oscars: How the Women Saved the Show From Spiraling Downward

Greg Archer | Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Sunday night's Oscars telecast proved one thing: perhaps women should be running the show -- figuratively and otherwise.

Stage Door: Bunnicula, Les Misérables

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Downtown theater legend Charles Busch is best known for his satiric gender-bender plays. So it's something of a revelation to see him adapting a best-selling children's book into "a rabbit tale of musical mystery."

Connie's Juicy Return to Silver Lake's Cavern Club

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

If you're looking for an unconventional night out over Valentine's weekend Los.Angeles theatre doesn't get more hilarious, or warped, than the Xanadu-inspired drag-musical romantic adventure, Connie Loves Juice