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.
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.
March 10, 2014 |
Yo, Paulie, I hope this don't sound crazy or nothing, but I think I feel a song coming on. In the strangest pop crossover since Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rocky , the saga of the stumblebum boxer from Philadelphia, will open this week on the Great White Way. As a musical. But what brought this ungainly adaptation about? And why now - 38 years after the first film debuted? The project owes its life to the stubborn persistence of Sylvester Stallone, the creator and on-screen alter ego of Rocky Balboa.
August 16, 2013
TO HEAR Marilu Henner tell it, for her, "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" isn't so much a theatrical endeavor as it is a live-action reality-TV show. In the Charles Busch comedy that runs through Sept. 1 at the Bucks County Playhouse, Henner - whose formidable resume includes long-running stints in the sitcoms "Taxi" and "Evening Shade" (opposite Burt Reynolds), as well as a Playbill full of Broadway and national-tour gigs - plays Lee, a free spirit who decides that her best friend, Marjorie (played by four-time Oscar-nominee Marsha Mason )
June 3, 2013
By Steve Young A story that has sailed under the "who is the latest professional outing himself" radar is perhaps the biggest-ever coming-out buzz on Broadway. Barry Goldberg, a backup dancer and singer on the Great White Way, has revealed that he is heterosexual, shattering one of the last great barriers in professional musical theater. "I'm a 29-year-old Broadway dancer. I'm Jewish and I'm straight," said Goldberg, who recently completed previews with The Electric Ms. El , the upcoming disco musical based on the life of the late first lady and U.N. ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt.
February 1, 2013
TO A CERTAIN segment of the population, Tom Wopat will forever be "Luke Duke," one of the lead characters on the 1980s TV series, "The Dukes of Hazzard," which focused on the comical misadventures of a couple of reformed redneck moonshiners. But Wopat's greatest triumphs have occurred about as far - philosophically and artistically - as you can get from formulaic weekly television. For decades, the 61-year-old actor-singer has been a Broadway mainstay, in a slew of hit musicals and dramas.
January 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - On a walking tour of Times Square, something supercalifragilisticexpialidocious happened. With the guide at my side, I was strolling along the streets without causing any casualties. No banging into clumps of tourists or wiping small children off my shoe. It was as if the guide, a Mary Poppins in a Yankees cap, had cast a spell, clearing the Great White Way for our party of two. Each day, 370,000 people parachute into Times Square. The pedestrian speed limit is snail-crawling-in-molasses.
April 27, 2011 |
BROADWAY MUSICALS run in packs. This time last year, several were rocking the house - "American Idiot," "Million Dollar Quartet," "Fela," and "Memphis. " (And the latter plays here this week in a closed-circuit video version; see sidebar.) This spring on Broadway, "high-stepping" song and dance spectacles are busting out all over again. But the attitude flaunted in "The Book of Mormon," "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and "Catch Me If You Can" is fresh and just a little wicked.
May 21, 2010
JUST BECAUSE Seth Rudetsky has had, by his own admission, a lifelong "obsession" with musical theater doesn't mean he is blind to its faults, follies and foibles. If he were, he most likely wouldn't be coming to Trump Taj Mahal's Xanadu showroom tomorrow for a presentation of "Seth Rudetsky's Big Fat Broadway. " The show, which shares the name of Rudetsky's daily Broadway music program on Sirius-XM satellite radio, is hardly another tribute to the classic sounds of the Great White Way. Instead, it is a tongue-in-cheek look at the less-impressive side of musical theater and those who make their living in it. Typical of Rudetsky's sacred cow butchering is his examination of Barbra Streisand's predilection for capriciously - and hilariously - changing consonants in words she sings (for example, in "Coronet Man" from the original "Funny Girl" cast album, Babs turns the word "mute" into "mule")