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'Wicked' Composer Stephen Schwartz: Failures Drive Me To Succeed

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.08.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Last month marked Super Sunday on Broadway with the 70th Annual Tony Awards. As Tony Award host James Corden said, "this is like the Super Bowl for people who don't know what the Super Bowl is."

The Trickle Down Effect of 'Hamilton'

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.23.2016 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

Is Hamilton fever helping Broadway? And will it die down as many of the original cast leave? These questions--or ones just like them--dominate all my ...

The Greatest Star: Visiting Shoshana Bean in 'Funny Girl'

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.22.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As soon as Shoshana Bean was announced for Funny Girl at North Shore Musical Theatre, I knew I had to go. Months ago I wrote that I was going and frie...

'Wicked' Will Soon Be Defying Gravity On A Big Screen Near You

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 06.16.2016 | Entertainment

Get ready, "Wicked" fans, because Elphaba and Glinda are coming to a big screen near you. That's right -- Universal Pictures has just announced that ...

Stars in the Alley Brings Broadway to People For Free

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In 2001, back when I was fairly new to being a theater reporter, Clive Barnes reviewed Rosie O'Donnell in Seussical. I was shocked to read this senten...

Interview: Joe Mantello Directs, Part 2

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.10.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Joe Mantello Photo: Brigitte Lacombe Over the last twenty seasons, Joe Mantello has directed thirty plays and musicals (including Take Me Out, Assas...

Kristin Chenoweth And Idina Menzel Reunite After 12 Years For A 'Wicked' Performance

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.06.2016 | Entertainment

Something has changed within us, and it's probably because Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel are finally together again. The two original cast membe...

Continued Creativity: Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz at Symphony Space

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 04.14.2016 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

When the lights go down at Symphony Space's Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz concert this Saturday, Stephen Schwartz will be in for a surprise. He didn't...

12-Year-Old's Performance Of 'Defying Gravity' Will Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Entertainment

Simon Cowell couldn't have been less enthused when 12-year-old Beau Dermott said she wanted to sing "Defying Gravity" on "Britain's Got Talent." But o...

What Makes a Theater Tryout City? Not Much.

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.29.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Not only has the last decade seen these theaters become consistent tryout houses, but we've also seen other theaters all across the country house shows of great interest to us here in NYC.

ASCAP Theater Workshop, Childhelp & Beyond: Conversations with Stephen Schwartz, Michael Kerker, Michael Bolton and The Tenors' Fraser Walters, Plus Music Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.16.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Conversation with Stephen Schwartz Mike Ragogna: Hello, Stephen! So what is a day like for Stephen Schwartz when you're in your creative mode? Steph...

Thoughts on Preteen Theater: 'Wimpy Kid' Sans Iconis, 'Akeelah and the Bee', 'Woodsman' and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As of late, I get a lot of questions on what to take a preteen to from adults who want something they see as slightly more mature than a Disney show b...

Two 'Wicked' Flying Monkeys Got Engaged Onstage Over Christmas

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Our hearts are defying gravity after watching this! Josh Daniel Green, a cast member in Broadway's "Wicked," got the surprise of his life last week af...

Songwriting Duo John Kander & Fred Ebb are Celebrated Tonight on PBS. Julia Murney Commemorates Their Achievements

Victor Legrá | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Victor Legrá

Broadway favorites come together to celebrate First You Dream - The Music of Kander & Ebb tonight on PBS. The musical songwriting duo that brought us ...

5 Crucial Lessons From 'Wicked' So Your Kids Don't Become Mean Girls

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Helen I. Hwang

When I took my girls to see the musical Wicked, I wasn't sure how my 10-year-old and 5-year-old would react to the story of the Good Witch and the Bad Witch. It turned out to be a gorgeous musical that brought tears to our eyes for its honest, important lessons about friendships.

'Billy On The Street' Bros Out With Jason Sudeikis Before 'Wicked' Tailgate

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment

Billy Eichner has truly become a master of his craft: bombarding unsuspecting New Yorkers with celebrities and outrageous questions. In the latest i...

Why You Should Start Over With Linda Lavin at 54 Below

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.11.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

This isn't Lavin's first visit to 54 Below, though it's the first time I've had the opportunity to enjoy it. Lavin's Starting Over is so named because she says "that's what I've been doing my whole life."

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.

Why Gay Men Are Obsessed With Witches

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2016 | 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.

Two-time Tony Nom Fitzgerald Is an Angel in Act of God

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.10.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I am going to estimate that 95 percent of audience members going into An Act of God believe it is a one-person show starring Jim Parsons as God. (While he doesn't like you to take his name in vein, the show's title does, and therefore I will spare you "G-d.") It is not.

First Nighter: The Marcy Heisler-Zina Goldrich Musical 'Ever After' an Unlikely Ever After

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Compounding the trouble for Heisler is that she hasn't constructed a taut version of the old story. Her treatment, perhaps due to unwisely hewing to the film, is overrun with plot diversions and digressions.

Disney's Cinderella Does $70 Million in First Weekend, Yet Leaves Money on the Table

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 05.16.2015 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

As a marketer, strategist, story consultant, and sometimes novelist who specializes in entertainment, I can both cheer the accomplishment of Cinderella and be disappointed at the opportunity lost.

8 Things That Frozen and Idina Menzel Might Have to Teach You About Grief, Happiness and the Unexpected Value of Mispronunciation

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 05.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tracey Cleantis

Some good things can come from what at first seemed like a loss. On this point, let me warn you that in real life, the turn-around time between disappointment and finding your silver lining may not be as fast. Be patient. Your silver lining is coming.

Mary Testa: 'Have Faith'

Barry Singer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Mary Testa is a pro: a belter, a diva and a clown, in the most beloved Broadway sense. She is a star talent who has rarely gotten star billing. You could write a musical about her.

Big-Screen 'Wicked' Adaptation Eyeing 2016 Release

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.09.2015 | Entertainment

No one mourns the wicked, unless "Wicked" doesn't arrive in theaters soon. It looks like worries may be assuaged, though, as producer Marc Platt has s...