| Jun 14, 2010
| 4:33 PM
"Memphis" won best musical at Sunday's Tony Awards and three of its seven other bids -- score (Joe DiPietro, David Bryan), book (DiPietro) and orchestrations (Daryl Waters, Bryan). This tuner about the segregated south of the 1950s was the only...
| Apr 17, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Modern musical theater tends to be showy--think "Fela," "Billy Elliot," "Wicked"--if not sometimes a little bit over the top. But for every proposed budget-busting "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," there can be a new, intimate, even personal musical. And...
| Jun 14, 2010
Awards should be aspirational, validating excellence and originality even though each and every one of us knows that commercialism rules the day. But far be it from the ever-insecure Tonys — the geeky glee club representative of the major...
| May 4, 2011
"The Book of Mormon" — the irreverent Broadway musical from the creators of TV's "South Park" — led the Tony Award nominations Tuesday with 14 nods, including best musical. The satirical comedy about a pair of bumbling Mormon missionaries on a...
| Nov 30, 2008
He may be best known as Elton John's other half, but David Furnish is also a filmmaker and the producer responsible for bringing the critically acclaimed musical "Billy Elliot" to Broadway this month. He also happens to have a wicked fashion sense that'...
| Dec 10, 2009
| 9:32 PM
Never, never, never underestimate the power of a famous, well-sculpted and motivated actor, times two. Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig have been combining their stage savvy, film star dossiers and sex appeal on Broadway in Keith Huff's drama, "A Steady........
| Apr 30, 2009
In many ways, the first act of "9 to 5: The Musical" played out 35 years ago at a Catholic high school in a small Midwestern city better known for churning out screws than producing titans of stage and screen.
Surrounded by cornfields, the middle-class...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:58 AM
The show: The tour of "Flashdance" at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.
First impressions: In terms of the movie musicals of the '70s and '80s, "Flashdance" may be the most incredulous. Adrian Lyne's visually arresting (in an...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 10:54 AM
You can't swing a critic around Times Square without hitting some kid who's featured, if not starring, in a Broadway show.
This fact was abundantly clear in the opening number of June's Tony Awards show when young cast members of "Annie," "Matilda,"...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Time was when hit Broadway shows were turned into movies. Now, judging by recent productions at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, it's the other way around.
Recent attractions at the center have included "Billy Elliot," "The Addams Family,"...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 3:24 PM
Before you mock the very notion of "Flashdance — The Musical," ponder the worldwide gross of the 1983 cinematic story of the Pittsburgh welder with big dreams and a love of oversized sweatshirts: $150 million or so. It's also worth noting that the...