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Monday, November 10, 2014

'Into the Woods': Stephen Sondheim, Original Stars Reunite for First Time in 27 Years by Chris Willman

“I don’t think the term mash-up existed then," playwright/director James Lapine said of the origins of the 1987 Broadway successread more

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Frankie Valli on Jersey Boys and His Unlikely Success: 'The Way I Grew Up, It Was Basically Against All Odds' by Chris Willman

One day last fall, on the Jersey Boys location shoot, music legend Frankie Valli found himself at his childhood home, revisiting his humble beginnings in the projects of Newark. “I was sit…

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Meet the Four Stars of Jersey Boys by Chris Willman

Every time a Broadway musical gets made into a feature film—which isn’t nearly often enough—a groan goes up in the world of theater lovers as casting announcements are made. Almost wit…

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: A high-voltage 'End of the Rainbow' by Chris Willman

Cautionary tale or theatrical thrill-aganza? Who cares, when Tracie Bennett, as Judy Garland, commands the stage. Playing Judy Garland in the months leading up to the actress' fatal 1969 ove…

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Theater review: 'Million Dollar Quartet' plays it fast and loose by Chris Willman

The musical's thin fictionalized take on the actual meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins is saved by the songs and performances.You'd be hard-pressed to fi…

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

'Wicked's' universal appeal: Commentary by Chris Willman

With sweeping themes of friendship, individualism, power and prejudice, 'Wicked,' now in its third run at the Pantages, offers something for everyone. Dear little girls and Gleeks of America…

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