February 20, 2015
IN MAGIC, the act of turning an object into a completely different thing is known as "transformation. " But recently, it was conjurer Jeff Hobson who was altered in a significant way. Hobson is one of seven wizards who on Tuesday begin a six-day, eight-performance run in "The Illusionists" at the Academy of Music. They're on a national tour, following a successful end-of-2014 Broadway run. According to the veteran entertainer, his time in the Big Apple made him see the city in an entirely new light.
January 24, 2012 |
The issue in Donald Margulies' engrossing drama Time Stands Still is not whether you can come home again. The issue is whether you can stay there. In a beautifully wrought production at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, the play comes off as both realistic and deeply felt by its characters. Time Stands Stil l is about a complex woman - a news photographer (Susan McKey) much more at home on a battlefield than in her real home in Brooklyn, which she shares with a writer (Kevin Kelly)
June 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Once won the Tony Award for best Broadway musical in New York, four years after a number from the $150,000 movie upon which it's based won an Academy Award for best original song. Clybourne Park , Bruce Norris' dark comedy about race set in 1959 and 2009 Chicago, was named best play, supplementing its 2011 Pulitzer Prize. The play, inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun ," had a run at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre before this spring before opening on Broadway.
April 24, 2015
THE 2014-15 LOCAL theater season is still going strong, but that doesn't mean planning for the 2015-16 slate of shows that kicks off in the fall hasn't been a priority throughout the region. Fact is, every theater company is at least thinking about next season, and many have already announced their schedules. So, what follows is a sneak peak at just a few of the productions about which we are especially excited and/or intrigued. Note that specific date and ticket information is TBA: 'According to Goldman' We are hard-pressed to imagine anything more wickedly delicious than a satire of Hollywood from the hilarious mind of local playwright extraordinaire, Bruce Graham ("The Philly Fan," "The Belmont Social Club," et al)
February 4, 2013 |
It's virtually impossible to watch Smash star Katharine McPhee on screen and not be smitten. The American Idol alumna has a way to go before she masters the intricacies of acting, but it was thrilling to see her sing and dance - and above all be sweet, heartbroken, and sweetly heartbroken - on the first season of NBC's disarming, surprisingly enjoyable, if sometimes mediocre, musical drama, which returns for its sophomore year Tuesday night...
October 23, 2015 |
It's not unusual to leave a Broadway musical humming a tune or two. But starting Tuesday, those heading into the Academy of Music to see "Bullets Over Broadway" (here through Nov. 1) might have some of its songs running through their heads before the show starts, even if they haven't seen it before. That's because the score to the musical comedy based on Woody Allen's 1994 film of the same name is culled from what is commonly referred to as the "Great American Songbook. " Rather than commission a new set of songs for the comic tale of a 1920s playwright who makes a Faustian bargain with a gangster to get his new piece produced, Allen and director-choreographer Susan Stroman decided to populate the score with era-appropriate classics.
January 29, 2015 |
HAMMONTON, N.J. - Some ideas hide so clearly in plain sight that, once discovered, promise to become the norm. Catch Me if You Can , the musical about a real-life con man fleecing 1960s America with boundless charm, originally unfolded on Broadway in sort of a showbiz netherworld resembling a Las Vegas floor show as newly arrested Frank Abagnale recounts the adventures that are about to put him in prison. But with such songs as "Live in Living Color," the old 1960s NBC peacock comes to mind.
September 19, 2014
REGULAR READERS of this column are no doubt aware of my beef that what passes for "songs" in much of contemporary musical theater aren't songs at all, but merely sung dialogue and exposition. Well, it turns out I'm not the only one who yearns for a return to the days when Broadway scores boasted pieces with actual verses and hook-laden choruses. Robyn Goodman also feels that way. And better yet, she's in a position to actually do something about it. Goodman is a Broadway powerhouse who has produced such smash hits as "Avenue Q," "In the Heights" and "American Idiot.
August 3, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Gore Vidal, 86, the iconoclastic author, savvy analyst, and glorious gadfly, died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills from complications of pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers said. Impossible to categorize, Mr. Vidal was a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels and volumes of essays that critics consider among the most elegant in the English language. He wrote Broadway hits, Hollywood screenplays, television dramas, and a trio of mysteries still in print after 50 years.
September 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK - She'd once written that she wanted her funeral "to be Hollywood all the way" and Joan Rivers certainly got a star-studded send-off yesterday. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy. Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile. " Actor and Broadway luminary Hugh Jackman brought the service to a close with the Peter Allen song, "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage. " There were reports that Prince Charles sent flowers. A legion of notables turned out at New York's Temple Emanu-El to remember Rivers, who died Thursday at 81. Kathy Griffin , whose edgy, biting comedy career was largely made possible by Rivers; colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne (with her father, Ozzy )