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Heaven is a place on Broadway

It seems at first glance to have come from sort of jukebox musical auto-generator — Sir Philip Sidney’s epic poem of good governance and inappropriate desire, the Arcadia, with the music of chart-topping New Wave girl group The Go-Go’s? What kind of half-baked post-Mamma Mia cash-in is that? Read more »

Chenez turn

Dapper countertenor Ray Chenez is temporarily putting aside the turbans of his operatic career for, well, the turbans of a Broadway diva as he appeals via Indiegogo for funding to record a CD of show tunes.  Read more »

Filling in

Rambunctious Renée Fleming will take a two-month hiatus from her pie-juggling duties in Broadway’s Carousel starting September 4. While America’s Diva is off singing gala concerts from Mobile to East Lansing, who will take over the role of Nettie Fowler? Read more »

Painful progress

Many lessons surface in Tony Kushner’s epic Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.

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The perfect use of an imperfect medium

Carousel is receiving a Broadway revival in a simple, cautious production that still manages to pack an emotional wallop.

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Everything will be as right as right can be

On this day in 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel opened at the Majestic Theatre, to run 890 performances.

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King song

While Farinelli and the King isn’t the only Broadway play to have explored castration (Sweet Bird of Youth, anyone?) it’s likely the first to concern a legendary 18th century opera star.

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Comet and find me

I never made it through more than a few chapters of any Tolstoy work. And I never made it through Chapter One, Volume One of War and Peace. Yeah, I know. I suck. Turns out I was just not using the left side of my brain, because War and Peace can actually be a fun, entertaining, lighthearted musical. 

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