May 26, 2015 |
Attention, musical-theater lovers: Whatever you hold dear about the genre, hold it even closer before you see Act II Playhouse's Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits . But even then it won't matter, as this hilarious send-up will leave you - willingly or not - laughing at everything ridiculous and overwrought about the Great White Way. Since 1982, Gerard Alessandrini has cranked out more than a dozen versions of his Off-Broadway Greatest Hits...
May 22, 2015
IT'S NOT that the "Forbidden Broadway" series has spent more than 30 years butchering musical theater's sacred cows. It's more like the venerable revue has tipped said revered bovines. "Forbidden Broadway" is a theater-world fixture, thanks to its playful skewering of musicals, both iconic and long-forgotten, using the music from various scores but with original lyrics written by Gerard Alessandrini , who created the concept in the early 1980s. While the songs poke gentle fun at their subjects - often the stars who sang the originals - there is little that is mean-spirited in the musical satires.
April 27, 2015 |
When singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper talks about Kinky Boots , the rocker's first foray into composing for the theater, she gets emotional. The mere mention of the Tony Award-winning show - six honors, including best musical and best score for Lauper - sets her to reminiscing about the joy of creating the inner lives of Kinky characters ("something I've done since I was a kid - well, not the Kinky part") and her open-armed acceptance by a community outside her usual rock and roll milieu.
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)