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)
April 16, 2015 |
R ITA WILSON , the actress wife of Tom Hanks , is recovering from a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. Rita, 58, had been appearing in Larry David 's play "Fish in the Dark" on Broadway and will return May 5, according to her publicist, Heidi Schaeffer . Wilson, in a statement to People magazine, said yesterday that she is expected to make a full recovery and credited getting a doctor's second opinion after...
March 25, 2015 |
Libby Tofig was emoting her heart out as she belted a song of pain and rejection called "Still Hurting," when the music teacher interrupted. "You have a really wonderful set of pipes," she said. But she told Tofig to tone down the emotion and simplify her delivery. Instead of putting her pain out there for everyone to see, think of something sad in her own life and let the feelings seep through. "Put yourself emotionally in that very painful place," said Lea Salonga, looking chic in black pants, leather jacket and purple scarf.
March 13, 2015 |
TATTLE rarely leads with Broadway news, but six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald is returning to Broadway a year from now and the Great White Way will be a little less white. Producer Scott Rudin said yesterday that Audra will star next March in a show that looks at the making of the 1921 hit "Shuffle Along," one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African-Americans. The show - to be called "Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" - will have a story by George C. Wolfe and be choreographed by Savion Glover . The duo last worked together on the 1996 hit "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
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 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.
January 4, 2015 |
When Berry Gordy talks about the legendary record company he started in Detroit back in 1959 (originally Tamla Records, it became the Motown Record Corp. in 1960), he describes an entity transcending music. "My Motown is like a tree," he says with relish. "We go out on branches in every different direction. " The sounds and sights of Smokey Robinson's Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the young Michael Jackson, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and Diana Ross (Gordy's onetime, longtime paramour)
September 24, 2014 |
Times are tough, right? That's one of the few reasons I can imagine for the spreading revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters , which opened this week both at Delaware Theatre Company and on Broadway. Gurney's romantic comedy about a half-century-long friendship with benefits, as revealed through the couple's correspondence, usually spends its production dollars getting recognizable names into the pair of chairs and desks that compose its set. The names then read their characters' letters aloud and, while seated, adjust their body language and facial expressions so that we watch them age from grade school until sometime in the sort-of present (the play premiered in 1988)
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.
September 11, 2014 |
LAST NIGHT, the Great White Way dimmed its lights - all of its lights - at 6:45 in memory of Joan Rivers . The one-minute gray-out was a reversal of the Broadway League's original decision not to include the late comedienne in a long list of names for whom its lights have gone low. Among recent honorees: Lynn Redgrave , Lena Horne and Robin Williams . At first, the league said that Rivers was not right for the tribute. She didn't qualify, according to the organization's director, because she hadn't acted on a major New York stage in more than 20 years.