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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

David Bowie And Iggy Pop Collab Becomes A Movie

ARTINFO | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

It was announced yesterday at the Berlinale that a fictional movie will explore David Bowie and Iggy Pop's fabled musical collaboration in West Berlin...

Curtis M. Wong

The Enduring Queer Appeal Of 'Cabaret'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

At the time of its 1972 release, “Cabaret” shattered the saccharine reputation of the movie musical with its edgy take on anti-Semitism, Nazism, a...

You Wanted 'Smash' To Be Less Crazy? Careful What You Wish For

Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.05.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Last year, "Smash" fans and critics complained, cajoled and hate-watched, and despite the barbed nature of that last pastime, a good chunk of the grousing sprang from a sincere desire to see the show do better. Be careful what you wish for.

We Are What We Think

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Whether self or externally generated, our thoughts set the stage for how we feel, perceive, act, and react. When a thought makes itself at home in our brains, it prompts the formation of neural pathways that prove highly resistant to change.

Yes, Barney Frank Is Really Making His Musical Theater Debut

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Barney Frank is kicking off his retirement with a bang -- and maybe some jazz hands and high notes, too. The former congressman is gearing up for ...

Still the Greatest You've Never Heard Of -- and Now It's Back

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 03.27.2013 | New York
Robert J. Elisberg

Fiorello!, you see, was the very first musical chosen by the renowned Encore! series in New York, where the NY City Center brings back great, less-known shows, in trimmed down productions. And now, in honor of the series' 20th anniversary... they are bringing it back.

Donyale Werle and David Korins: Creating a Show's Physical World

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Bad set design can make an otherwise good production appear false and a pitiful play can be made all the more horrible by confusing environs.

'Glee' Hunk Joins Broadway And TV's Hottest For One-Night NYC Musical Event

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Glee" veterans Jonathan Groff and Cheyenne Jackson will join some of Broadway and TV's hottest musical talents for a one-of-a-kind performance in New...

ReThink Review: Les Misérables -- In Your Face!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I feel like the makers of Les Misérables attempted to solve a problem few people other than myself even consider a problem, and by doing so, created more problems that made the movie unpleasant to watch.

Theater: The Best Shows of 2012

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Last year I listed 18 shows and this year only 13. Was it a bad year? No, I just didn't make it to London, where any avid theatergoer can see great shows at bargain prices.

Inappropriately 'Blonde' for High School Musical?

Howard Sherman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

When I think about controversial shows that meet resistance in high schools, Legally Blonde hasn't made my list.

12 Female Directors Reshaping Theater

ARTINFO | Posted 01.27.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

Of the 39 productions that opened on Broadway in 2008, just three were directed by women. This season that number doubles to six. Off-Broadway, anothe...

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.