Putting together a satirical musical with nods at classic musicals (Annie, Les Miserables), the works of Brecht and Weill (The Threepenny Opera), and even Fringe theatre and launching it in NYC could be considered risky at best. Such a show might not appeal to the general public, and in terms of New York’s Broadway theatre, […]
I wept during the musical Kaleidoscope. Quietly, but involuntarily, tears welled up and just started flowing. What a time not to have a tissue or handkerchief handy. I cried for people I have lost, my mother in particular, but others, too. For family and friends I saw decline due to their health.
Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, den mothers, scoutmasters, youth leaders – okay, anyone who oversees children, please follow directions: Go to the website Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) and order tickets for all the children in your life so they can catch the magical and imaginative Peter and the Starcatcher. But better be quick. The show closes May […]
The human heart: such a powerful muscle, and such a delicate instrument at the same time. The frailties of the human heart, especially when twisted with desire, can make for dangerous congress.
If Dolly Gallagher Levi is still going strong, and if Mame Dennis could charm the husk right off of the corn, then it can be said Mrs. Elva Miller could stop traffic – with her voice.
Witty and perverse, scary and heart-warming, lofty, and yet wholly accessible. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is one of my favorite musicals. Period.
Imagine a Victorian parlor where music is played and shared very much as it was in a bygone era, with songs and stories ripped from the headlines and whispers of a folk legend. Now, place yourself in a darkened club, where decibels assault the ears, where an edgy band pumps out tunes for a gutsy […]
Shakespeare once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on.” Another wordsmith, who doubled as a tunesmith, boiled that sentiment down to the even more succinctly stated “Say it with music.” And did he ever!
What can I add that has not already been said about Signature Theatre’s end of the year triumph, Titanic? My editor says the highest rating we can offer is five stars. Titanic deserves a few more.
In the spirit of whimsy, my small gift to you, I have wrapped up my thoughts in a Seuss-like review. I arrived at the National in a whirlwind of traffic And was greeted forthwith by a colorful graphic: The playhouse was there, with marquee a-glow Heralding a furred one, the star of the show. The […]