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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
| March 15, 2013
Interview: Chet Walker Revisits Bob Fosse's 'Pippin'
Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk. Bob Fosse did.
Magic To Do
| November 23, 2012
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.
| June 15, 2012
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
| June 15, 2012
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
| March 23, 2012
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!
| February 24, 2012
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.
| February 17, 2012
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).
| January 20, 2012
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
| January 13, 2012
Fall Theater Preview: Fall on Boston boards
Fall came early to Boston boards this year, bringing with it "Summertime."
| September 16, 2011
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
| September 02, 2011
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
| August 12, 2011
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.
| July 08, 2011
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!
| April 08, 2011
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.
| April 01, 2011
Southie takes Broadway
Good People , Great Gig
Good People , Great Gig
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| March 25, 2011
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
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...
| December 22, 2010
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...
| November 01, 2010
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
| October 01, 2010
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...
| August 12, 2010
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
| April 30, 2010
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
| March 19, 2010
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
| January 22, 2010
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
| January 01, 2010
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
| December 11, 2009
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...
| November 10, 2009
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
| May 01, 2009
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
| April 01, 2009
In the world of quick turnovers, Salvation Café, now in its sixteenth year, is a keeper.
Going strong in Newport
| February 04, 2009
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