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Beer on Broadway: Taking Newport by storm

On Saturday, the snow was finally gone, the air was semi-warm, and the clocks were set to spring ahead in the wee hours of the 10th.
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 15, 2013
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Interview: Chet Walker Revisits Bob Fosse's 'Pippin'

Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk. Bob Fosse did.
Magic To Do
By DEBRA CASH  |  November 23, 2012
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Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
Soft mock
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
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A Chorus Line explores the many, and the one

The ensemble dancers in a big Broadway musical are meant to function like one seamless, glittering organism, with no one dancer drawing attention from the others or from (perish the thought) the stars.
E pluribus, unum
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 15, 2012
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The Addams Family get altogether ooky at PPAC

Musical comedies can sometimes be cartoonish, but rarely are they drawn from actual cartoons.
A ghoulish love story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 23, 2012
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Courthouse’s Avenue Q is a monstrous delight

Think twice before you tell anybody to get real. You might create a monster. Or, in the case of Avenue Q , the Sesame Street -on-LSD Broadway musical, a monster hit since 2003.
Oh the places you’ll go!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2012


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The Addams Family musical toys with 'real' Americans

Contained in their haunted-house black humor, Charles Addams's original Addams Family cartoons seemed intended as a sly critique of boring suburbia and an affirmation of quirky, alternative lifestyles.
Liberal elites
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 17, 2012
Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 20, 2012
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Interview: Michael Mayor, director of the Broadway tour of American Idiot

Michael Mayer has a history of being all over the map in the choices of plays he has directed. From Chekhov's Uncle Vanya to the smash rock musical Spring Awakening , he's consistently ventured out of the comfort zone.
Green Day's rock opera comes to Boston
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 13, 2012
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Fall Theater Preview: Fall on Boston boards

Fall came early to Boston boards this year, bringing with it "Summertime."
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011
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Crist shines in 2nd Story’s Master Class

Self-centeredness, tunnel vision, career obsession — these are not traits that endear us to a person. Yet without them, as Terrence McNally's absorbing Master Class makes clear, Maria Callas would not have attained her ranking as a renowned opera diva
All the right notes
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 02, 2011


ART takes on Porgy and Bess 2

Reimagining Porgy and Bess

In the new production at the American Repertory Theater, directed by Diane Paulus, Messrs. Heyward and Gershwin have been reworked by two actual African-Americans: two-time Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray and Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-Americ
The A.R.T. takes on the Gershwins' classic and prep it for Broadway
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011
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A rose for Charlie, in song

On July 7, 1984, three teenagers threw 23-year-old Charlie Howard off of the State Street Bridge in Bangor.
In Memoriam
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2011
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Review: The enduring pleasures of Gypsy

There are stage mothers and then there is Rose in the musical Gypsy , who is to the rest of the lot what Godzilla is to geckos.
Gotta sing! Gotta dance!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2011
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In an iPod world, Broadway goes vinyl

Dave Lifrieri, owner of Analog Underground on Broadway, was in the eighth grade listening to Beatles and Led Zeppelin on vinyl when the CD player — and the inevitable avalanche of remasters — made their full arrival.
Records Department
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 01, 2011
Patrick Carroll in Good People

Southie takes Broadway

Good People , Great Gig
Good People , Great Gig
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 25, 2011


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Live! — sort of

The success of the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" experiment augurs well for dance on the big screen. Simulcast at select theaters, with tickets priced higher than for a movie but much cheaper than for a live opera, these events generate a sense of a
Fela! on screen
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 14, 2011

Spider-Man musical claims yet another victim


Look, Julie Taymor, we know you've done some awesome stuff in the past. But really, that doesn't give you the green light to go a-maiming...
By Steve Miller  |  December 22, 2010
Spider-Man musical already a big hit...with orthopedic surgeons

Spider-Man musical already a big hit...with orthopedic surgeons


 When we first caught wind of the soon to be premiered pop-culture monstrosity that is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (a.k.a. Wherein U2 Scores an...
By Steve Miller  |  November 01, 2010
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Interview: Constantine Maroulis

There once was a time when the anthemic earnestness of '80s hard rock was considered giggle-worthy, and keeping a straight face while listening to self-helpy bombast ballads like "Don't Stop Believin' " and "Here I Go Again" was possible only with severa
On cracking Rock of Ages
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 01, 2010
Spider-Man musical to debut on Broadway

Spider-Man musical to debut on Broadway


If you were like me at 13 years old, you found yourself reading through old Spider-Man comics, wishing that some visionary stagesmith would turn the...
By Steve Miller  |  August 12, 2010


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Transformations

As fans of the film are aware, that precipitous crag atop which the castle of Young Frankenstein sits is a Catskill. But in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (at the Opera House through May 2), the mountain is shrouded less in 1930s-horro
Young Frankenstein at the Opera House; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead in Lowell
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 30, 2010
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Dogging it

There isn't much that's cuter than little doggies, except maybe kittens and babies, but try getting them to parade in a line.
The 101 Dalmatians Musical has legs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2010
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American dreams

It's hard to imagine being dwarfed by the titanically insignificant Willy Loman.
All My Sons at the Huntington; In the Heights at the Opera House; [title of show] at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2010
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Good and evil

From L. Frank Baum's 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz came the 1939 film; from Gregory Maguire's 1995 book Wicked came the 2003 Broadway hit of the same name.
Wicked is a grand spectacle of sights and sound
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 01, 2010
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Good Fela! beats Nigerian drum

Riddle this: what's more unlikely than the fact that the current toast of Broadway is a musical about a Nigerian agitprop pop singer, or that it owes its existence to a Caucasian commodities trader from New England?
Boston and Broadway
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009


Green Day's 'American Idiot' on Broadway?

Green Day's 'American Idiot' on Broadway?


  Green Day's musical version of its 2004 landmark album 'American Idiot' will have a future on Broadway. Producers are planning to shift the critically-praised...
By Paul Driscoll  |  November 10, 2009
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Review: Every Little Step

Dancing with the Stars may be all the rage, but what of those who dance their little hearts out in obscurity?
Dancers willing to do anything for their dream
By TOM MEEK  |  May 01, 2009
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The show's the thing

Admittedly, other musicals had to come before it for A Chorus Line to make any sense. But apart from that, the essence of musical theater is all there in this frisky colt of a theatrical warhorse.
A Chorus Line lifts spirits at PPAC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2009

Salvation Café

In the world of quick turnovers, Salvation Café, now in its sixteenth year, is a keeper.
Going strong in Newport
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009