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Theater: Holiday Treats Sound of Music and A Christmas Story

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.26.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It seems like almost every possible Christmas-themed show has already been turned into a holiday musical hoping to become an annual perennial on the road or in local community theater. Compared to Elf and The Grinch, A Christmas Story: The Musical feels positively charming.

Stage Door: The Twenty-Seventh Man, Annie

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Literature and memory are essential to a culture's survival. For Jews, that literature is Yiddish -- 26 of its greatest writers and poets were murdered in a 1952 Stalinist purge. As Zunser (Ron Rifkin) explains to his four jailed comrades: "We are all here because of the fifth line on the form: Jewish."

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.

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.

Theater: Annie Still Plucky; The Heiress Still Plain

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

The reason this Annie is merely pleasant instead of joyful is the creative team led by generally dependable director James Lapine. The show has no momentum.

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.

Barcode the Musical Makes Occupop Pop

Denver Nicks | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts
Denver Nicks

Performed on a crowded stage with an austere set at the Bowery, Barcode has the handmade, bootstrap feel of a musical hoisted together by sweat and toil at an Occupy encampment, and in context it works.

WATCH: Disney Princesses Get A Whole New Look

Christina Huffington | Posted 11.27.2012 | Women

Snow White drinking kombucha tea? The Little Mermaid sporting an organic bra? Meet the hipster Disney princesses. In a new musical video, Snow White, ...

'West Side Story': When You're A Jet, You're A Jet All The Way!

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 09.26.2012 | Arts

Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of West Side Story, which debuted at the Winter Garden Theater in New York in 1957. A “Rom...

A Chaplin Fan on the Chaplin Musical

Monica Edinger | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts
Monica Edinger

Successfully collapsing a life-like Chaplin's into an entertaining two and a half hour theatrical event is challenging indeed, but Christopher Curtis, Thomas Meehan, and Warren Carlyle pull it off.

Theater: "Chaplin the Musical" Lacks Color; Goodbye FringeFest

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

A musical with a dull book and an invisible score, a musical without a purpose simply can't work. A great score will excuse many flaws; a poor one will obscure a lot of hard work.

Theater: "Forbidden Broadway" Is Back and As Bitchy As Ever

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

After three years away sharpening its claws and waiting for fresh meat like Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark and Newsies to appear, Forbidden Broadway is back with a revue that pokes delicious fun at the Great White Way.

Hollywood's First Sci Fi Musical, Just Imagine (1930) Is Rediscovered

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.27.2012 | Arts
Xaque Gruber

When I heard that Santa Monica, California's Aero Theatre with the American Cinematheque/Art Director's Guild was screening the first talkie science fiction film, I was intrigued. Though the print was shaky, it still delighted the packed house 82 years after its initial release.

Broadway's Biggest Hit

Freddie Gershon | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
Freddie Gershon

The Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga. has grown, viz.: 70 schools booked for January 2013, 3,000 kids and about 500 teachers, chaperones and pa...

Steven Cagan's Love Songs: A Musical Enchants at Feinstein's

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.20.2012 | New York
Xaque Gruber

"Love Songs: A Musical is for anybody with ears in their head that has been in love or would like to be. I've always believed that love is one of the only things worth singing about."

Theater: Bring It On Doesn't; Into The Woods Loses Its Way

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The cast includes the great Donna Murphy as the Witch, the talented Denis O'Hare as the Baker and Hollywood's Amy Adams venturing onto the stage as his wife. What could go wrong? Quite a bit actually.

Theater: Last Smoker In America Huffs & Puffs But No Nicotine Fix

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.02.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

It's only 90 minutes but the show feels padded since the very slight idea powering it goes nowhere and the songs (lyrics by Russell and music by Peter Melnick) can only muster up so many ways to sing the praises of tobacco.

Andrew Lloyd Weber Video Game, Everyone

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.02.2012 | Home

Perhaps you never thought this day would come, theater kids. You assumed you'd have to slay dragons or shoot soldiers or kick soccer balls along with ...

Sir Tim Rice Talks Chess 'In Concept'

Andy Propst | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Andy Propst

Not many musicals with Broadway runs under two months get starry concert performances. But then, Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus' Chess is no ordinary musical.

NYMF 2012 Roundup #5: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping and the Lure of Eternal Youth

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.24.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

Baby Case is perhaps the most ambitious and potentially most exciting show I've seen at New York Musical Theater Festival this year. It's clearly in the vein of Kander and Ebb, a cynical, smart, unexpected tale that bites off quite a bit -- media frenzy, prejudice, celebrity and much more.

Stage Door: Nymph Errant

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Screwball comedy is an art -- and it reached its apex in the Thirties. Cole Porter's 1933 Nymph Errant sets the genre to music. It's a frothy mix of racy innuendo (for the time) and exotic adventure, now at the Clurman Theater on off-Broadway's Theater Row.

NYMF 2012 Roundup #2: Rio Dreams, Troubled Teens and Broken Vows in New Musicals

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.16.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Trouble warns you right upfront that there will be nudity and sexual content and by gosh, they deliver. Not since Spring Awakening (a show surely on the minds of everyone involved) has a musical offered so many attractive young actors in various stages of undress.

'She's All That' For The Stage Crowd

Andy Propst | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Andy Propst

"Dogfight" asks theatergoers to trust in three hormonal jarheads who set in motion a rite of passage for themselves on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, scouring SF to find the ugliest woman imaginable (i.e. a "dog") to bring to a dance.

Are Revivals Inhibiting New Broadway Musicals?

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

With an average of only nine new musicals a year, and of course fewer which succeed, the pool of musicals worthy of being revived is growing awfully slowly.

ACT's Exuberant 'Scottsboro Boys' Flaunts Vitality, Humor in a Grim Tale

Leo Stutzin | Posted 09.01.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

2012-07-02-pullquote1.jpgWith The Scottsboro Boys, John Kander and Fred Ebb turned their eyes closer to home, at a horrendous travesty of American justice.