Stephen Sondheim was just 24 years old when he wrote three songs on spec for the Broadway-bound musical Saturday Night. It became his first post-collegiate musical. The show, based on the play Front Porch in Flatbush by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein never made it to Broadway – then or now. Death, disease, and lack of funding all got in its way. The late 1990s saw both a London and Chicago production. In February of 2000 the show finally had its New York premiere to celebrate Sondheim’s 70th birthday. By then he had written Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd (1979), Sunday in the Park with George (1984) and Into the Woods (1987) to name a few.
On The Town, Leonard Bernstein’s first musical, opened on Broadway on December 28, 1944, during WWII. The show began then and now with the Star Spangled Banner to honor country and the armed forces.
Sacrilege! Impertinence! Brigadoon, that beloved 1947 Golden Age musical about a Scottish town that awakens only once a century, has been rewritten! Ignoring silent protests and fears of Brigadoon fans everywhere, the Goodman Theatre of Chicago is presenting a new production with a new book.
Hold on to your bagpipes—they made it even better.
Chaplin Barrymore Theatre Rob McClure – Charlie Chaplin Jim Borstelmann – Alf Reeves Jenn Colella – Hedda Hopper Erin Mackey – Oona O’Neill Michael McCormick – Max Sennett, Charlie Chaplin Sr., McGranery Christiane Noll – Hannah Chaplin Hayley Podschun –…
Musical jelly beans are scattered all over Broadway. If well done, these shows are colorful and fun to eat. They taste good going down, give you a temporary high but ultimately are empty calories. They leave you with nothing.
Then there’s the current revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. You might not be able to hum all its songs as you exit the theatre, but you’ll surely be thinking Sondheim, feeling Sondheim. And for many days to come you’ll be reflecting on all he has to say about human follies, relationships and, depending on your age, your own life choices
Where’s Charley? at City Center Encores! New York City, March 16-20, 2011 Based on Brandon Thomas’ Charley’s Aunt Book by George Abbott Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Cast: Sebastian Arcelus, Jeff Brooks, Rebecca Luker, Dakin Matthews, Rob McClure,…
Catch Me If You Can Book by Terrence McNally Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Choreography by Jerry Mitchell Directed by Jack O’Brien With Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Kerry Butler, Tom Wopat, Rachel…
Sometimes it can be the simplest gesture that tips off an audience they’re in for a theatrical treat. In the recent City Center Encores! revival of Where’s Charley? the clue took place in the opening quartet in which two young couples alternated in duet. When they weren’t singing, the performers pulled their chests up high, linked arms and bounced subtly and elegantly on their toes in time to the music. Here was imaginative choreography where an understated move (think Fosse’s hat-tilt) said everything! Here were singers who could dance! With just one exception, the entire performance lived up to its early promise of stylish fun.