By Colin Douglas It’s hard to believe the hysterical musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, has been around since 1962. The show features a book co-written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, two highly respected comic writers from the 1950’s with long lists of television and theatrical credits. And,
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By Ian Rigg “Yes, like books and Black lives, albums still matter.” We just said, “Goodnight, sweet Prince,” and Prince said what needed to be said. He paved a path in popular music, altering it forever, and he stood on the shoulders of giants who paved a path for him. We live in tumultuous times,
By Erin Fleming The bad news is that the national tour of Bullets Over Broadway, now playing in Chicago at The PrivateBank Theatre, is full of hits and misses. The good news is that hits win out. Tony Award-winning Choreographer/Director Susan Stroman is acclaimed for her work on many Broadway originals and revivals, including Young
By Ian Rigg Jerome Kern once said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He IS American music. Emotionally, he honestly absorbs the vibrations emanating from the people, manners and life of his time and, in turn, gives these impressions back to the world—simplified, clarified and glorified.” True to the man it venerates, Hershey
By Barry Reszel With last summer’s acclaimed Beaches apparently (and appropriately) merely biding time in the Broadway queue, Drury Lane Theatre’s creative team hopes for a similar fate for this spring’s re-imagination of another beloved title, Hazel. What it might be finding out is that feature films are easier to turn into professional stage productions