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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

A distinctly American brand of vulgar showmanship

The world is always falling apart. That’s just one of many lessons surfacing in Tony Kushner’s epic Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.  Read more »

The perfect use of an imperfect medium

They let their golden chances pass them by.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a work of inarguable genius, so perfectly crafted that it almost feels impossible to mess up. If you don’t believe me, then head on down to the Imperial Theater, where Carousel is receiving a Broadway revival in a simple, cautious production that still manages to pack an emotional wallop.  Read more »

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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Just before the Battle, mother, I am thinking most of you

Those of you looking forward to enjoying a Broadway play based on the life of Kathleen Battle, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, will have to go on waiting.

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Battle of Broadway

Fall 2015 is the target date for an as yet untitled one-woman show based on the life of Kathleen Battle, scheduled to star Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

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