In 2012, British pop songwriter Eliot Kennedy got a call from his longtime collaborator, Gary Barlow, saying producer Harvey Weinstein wanted them to pen a few numbers for a musicalization of his Oscar-nominated movie Finding Neverland.
When performer and playwright Lisa Kron read Alison Bechdel’s 2006 autobiographical graphic novel, “Fun Home,” about coming out and the suicide of her gay father, she knew she wanted to turn it into a musical — even though she’d never worked on one before.
Pronounced “a beautiful, heartbreaker of a musical” by the New York Times, Fun Home is a Sundance Theatre lab project and the groundbreaking new Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. Music for Fun Home is by four-time Tony® Award nominee Jeanine Tesori, with a book and lyrics by Tony® Award nominee Lisa Kron.
Although she’s best known for her work as a judge and choreographer on the hit reality TV competition “So You Think You Can Dance,” Mia Michaels began her career on stage. Bringing her unique style to Broadway has been a long-held dream, and now she’s doing just that as choreographer for the soon-to-open “Finding Neverland.”
Alison Bechdel, winner of the 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant, is loved by comic fans for her provocative, queer-friendly works like her long-running strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” and her graphic memoirs, including “Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama” and “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.” We talked to Bechdel about brining “Fun Home” to Broadway.
Missed the sold-out run in 2014 at The Public Theater? Going to be in the NYC area between Mar. 30 and Apr. 12? Then you’ve got a shot at being the lucky winner who will receive two tickets to attend a Broadway performance of Fun Home at its new home at Circle in the Square.
Going to be in NYC between Fri., Mar. 27 and Fri., Apr. 10? Want a chance to win tickets to see “Finding Neverland,” the new musical on Broadway?
The classic anti-war hippie musical of the 1960s, Hair, won’t stop growing! After a Central Park revival scored three years ago, it moved to Broadway and won a Tony award, and now it’s back there again in the same production, but with some new cast members and fresh energy.
I just called the show’s legendary cowriter, James Rado, to untangle exactly what’s going on here and throw some conditioner on it.
Me: Hi, James. Is the show’s anti-war message still relevant?
Rado: Very intensely. People want to think about other things in our mutli-faceted culture that offers so many distractions, but this thing of war still hangs over us. It plays to that part of our consciousness.
Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones may be pulling serious theatergoers in to Driving Miss Daisy, but the glory of Broadway is that just a couple of blocks away, you can catch Pee-wee Herman chatting with some flowers, arguing with a chair, and instructing the audience to scream every time they hear the word “fun.”
For a heady top ticket price of $227, The Pee-wee Herman Show basically recreates Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Paul Reubens’ legendary 1980s program for very advanced children, starring a bratty but lovable arrested child in a bowtie and a smirk.
When Pee-wee Herman took to Twitter last week to announce his show, which I wrote about last year here, was coming to Broadway I nerded out in a major way. I view Herman as a style icon. His look and his show brought freaks even more mainstream. Via his TV show he taught kids of…
It was only a matter of time before hip-hop made its way to Broadway. Many a musical act, from the Pet Shop Boys to ABBA, have translated their records from radio to stage. Run-DMC seem poised to follow with some big name Hollywood types getting behind the concept. They have all the makings for a…
Chita Rivera onstage at New York City’s Birdland Jazz Club – October 13, 2009.
Saxophone giant Charlie “Bird” Parker called it the “crossroads of the world.” New York City’s famed jazz club, Birdland, was just that on Tuesday for the launch of beloved Broadway star Chita Rivera’s new album, And Now I Swing.
Note the police officer who attempts to break up the faux flight until the singing begins!
Break Out In Song is an ambitious public arts project that pushes the boundaries of live theater as it dazzles unsuspecting audiences with free, spontaneous and fully staged Broadway musical numbers. The idea came to producer Ryan Mackey as he would listen to show tunes on his iPod, wishing that he could start singing and dancing. After seeing the viral video of about 200 dancers perform a song from THE SOUND OF MUSIC in a train station in Antwerp, Belgium, he decided he wanted to do something similar in New York.