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Stage Door: A Christmas Memory, On the Other Side of the River

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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.

Stage Door: Bauer, Fabulous!

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Painter Rudolf Bauer, one of the stellar prewar abstract painters, was lucky. He earned acclaim and money. His rags-to-riches story is fascinating, yet at the height of his creative power, he cried foul -- and refused to paint again. His alleged betrayal is the essence of Bauer, an intimate, well-staged drama.

It's A Hard Knock Life For Ed Sheeran

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 08.29.2014 | Comedy

Leapin' lizards! That just happened. NBC recently cast Allison Williams to star as Peter Pan in its live production this December, so to answer bac...

All Singing, All Dancing, All Dynamic Pricing: The New Broadway Musical Season

Barry Singer | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts
Barry Singer

The best musicals are priceless. No musical, however, is worth $299 -- the going rate for a premium seat at too many Broadway musical box offices today.

Watch These Wedding Guests Totally Nail 'Seasons Of Love' From 'Rent'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 08.11.2014 | Weddings

"Five hundred twenty five-thousand six hundred minutes" is one of the most iconic lyrics in Broadway history, and for one lucky bride and groom, it wi...

Introducing, 'Rob Ford the Musical,' A Show About Toronto's Ill-Fated Mayor

AP | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian actor with an uncanny resemblance to Rob Ford has landed the role of Toronto's infamous mayor in an upcoming new musical c...

Music to Your Students' Ears

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Of the most underutilized educational techniques are music and song. We know that musical intelligence is one of the eight identified intelligences of Harvard researcher Howard Gardener but we may not appreciate the role that music and song can play in deepening student learning and promoting memory.

Big Dreams Over Broadway (#ArtofY)

Alex Schattner | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

Do you have big Broadway dreams? Read on as Synthia Link, a Swing in Bullets Over Broadway, shares how she landed her versatile and coveted role in Mel Brooks' jazz-age spectacle.

Milk and Chorus; A Night to Remember at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Jason Mannino | Posted 09.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Jason Mannino

The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles made history as they showcased their historical past during their 966th performance celebrating their 35th anniversary along with the Southern California premiere of I Am Harvey Milk at The Walt Disney Concert Hall this past weekend.

Once Tour at Pantages: The Dreamer, The Muse, The Music

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

Perhaps Once will remind Broadway producers that you don't have to spend $400 million on a production to bring in audiences and win acclaim.

Ready to Let Go of "Let It Go" ? Disney Isn't. Mouse has Five Year Plan for Frozen Franchise

Jim Hill | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So while you personally may be ready to let go of Let It Go, The Walt Disney Company certainly isn't. So you should probably look for the Mouse to seek out all sorts of new ways to extend Frozen's current hot streak.

The 'American Psycho' Musical Of Your Nightmares Is Finally Coming To New York

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — The yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman from "American Psycho" is about to stalk an off-Broadway stage. Second Stage Theatre said ...

Yep, There Is A Hilary Clinton-Inspired Musical In The Works

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts

Janis Joplin got one. Tupac got one. Lyndon B. Johnson, Carole King, and Bob Marley got one, respectively. So why not give Hilary Clinton one? By "...

Oh My Morty, There's Going To Be A 'First Wives Club' Musical

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Revenge will be in the air in a few years when a musical version of "The First Wives Club" comes calling on Broadway. The comedy ab...

'It's Always Been a Love Letter to Broadway...'

Candy Spelling | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Candy Spelling

Theater itself may not have started in the U.S., but forgive me London, like the Hollywood sign is to movies worldwide, or the neon strip of Vegas is to gambling, Broadway is the street in New York that has come to symbolize this aspect of the live theater experience worldwide

James Monroe Iglehart, the Genie From Disney's New Broadway Musical Version of Aladdin, Recalls the Phone Call That Changed His Life

Jim Hill | Posted 07.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

That's why every night -- as James is onstage performing Friend Like Me -- he makes a point of making eye contact with every other cast member who's out there making this eight-minute-long production number stop the show.