Over forty years ago, a little musical about a young man trying to find meaning in his life premiered to an astounded audience in New York. The musical, Pippin, garnered an impressive five Tony Awards and soon became the talk of The Big Apple. With music by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked,Godspell,Children of Eden), this musical boasts classic scenes of suspense and wonder.
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On August 25th, 1939 the old world experienced a life-changing movie called, The Wizard of Oz. This movie became the “American” movie; everyone knew it, and everyone loved it. There was a creative burst of freshness and a burst of something else that no one else in the entire country had experienced: a color movie. Now we head into the 21st century and some Broadway names started to play some Broadway games, they “peeled back the curtain” behind the famed movie. In October of 2003 the newly formed musical titled Wicked was introduced to theater-goers. The initial reaction was very mediocre; Ben Brantley of the New York Times even said, “I give it a year, that’s all that it will last,” in the documentary Show Business. Mr. Brantley would probably like to swallow those words today.
The musical which is now one of the most widely known musicals in the country is centered on the two witches highlighted in the movie, The Wizard of Oz. [click to continue….]
Five years in the making, over 75 million dollars spent, five onstage injuries including one major accident and one accident that is now being discovered, on top of a record-setting preview period, an ousted director, and a score by Bono and the Edge… The musical “Spider-Man Turn off the dark” can now be recognized for one more thing — being snubbed at the Tony Awards.
A lot of people were speculating what would be the fate of this high-flying spectacle smash hit when it came time for the Tony Awards for the season of 2011 – 2012. The musical had already missed the eligibility mark for the 2010 – 2011 season last year so many wondered what would come of this year. Fast-forward one year later (365 performances later) and we find this unbelievable record-smash hit musical only taking two Tony nominations. These nominees did not include best score or best actor/actress/supporting… nothing. [click to continue….]
New York City is home to the greatest things in the country. The best food, the best sports, the best people and certainly, the best entertainment. Located at the center of the crossroads to the world is the New Amsterdam Theatre. Since 2006 the stage adaption of the famous movie about the nanny that flies has been playing here. Over 2000 performances down and over 6 million people mesmerized. What show may I be referring to? Mary Poppins. [click to continue….]
"Newsies the Musical" at Paper Mill Playhouse. Photo Credit: Sara Krulwich.
There is something extremely special about the movie, Newsies, that was released in 1992. It was a box office bomb, yet it became the #1 most requested movie-stage adaptation ever from Disney. After over 18 years, Disney Theatricals announced they would be producing the show, Newsies the Musical, for Papermill Playhouse‘s first show of their 73rd season. As this became a huge deal in the theater world, I had to see for myself the magic of the most anticipated show Disney has ever produced! [click to continue….]
Reeve Carney and Patrick Page as Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, respectively. Photo Credit: Sara Krulwich.
The Foxwoods Theatre seats patrons to one of the most controversial and dangerous shows ever put on Broadway! This show is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, this musical adaptation is based off of the iconic 2002 movie. If you have not heard of Spider-Man the musical through the news, you have not heard of one of the brightest and craziest pieces of theater ever! Spider-Man Turn: Off The Dark is a zany, fun musical. It can be mostly described as part romance, part drama, part comedy and part circus. [click to continue….]
After reading mediocre to bad reviews about The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy about 6 months ago my expectations were low. I had previously listened to the cast’s soundtrack, which was superb; the only thing left was for the plot to be great. I walked in to a fairly elegant looking theatre, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 46th street. I had a bird’s eye view of the stage (from the mezzanine). The show began with a fairly slow plot and slow moving character dialogue. But as the show progressed the music began to get better and better and the story progressively built up some suspense. [click to continue….]