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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Egregiously Overlooked by Kevin Daly

While I have seen my fair share of theatre in 2013, work and life managed to get in the way of my blogging. These are three productions that meant a great deal to me, and I felt compelled in…

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Friday, December 6, 2013

‘The Sound of Music Live’ by Kevin Daly

How do you solve a problem like Maria, that chipper almost-nun turned nanny who saves a broken family and outwits the Nazis? Not only is she based on an actual person, but she’s a st…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 11:35PM
Thursday, November 7, 2013

‘Matilda’ – Original Broadway Cast Recording by Kevin Daly

When asked if I thought there would be a Broadway cast recording of Matilda, my response was “Don’t hold your breath.” Not that I didn’t want one; I believe all music…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 11:06PM
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Laura Benanti: ‘In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention’ by Kevin Daly

I get the feeling that if you were to go back in time and tell 11 year old Laura Benanti that she would one day be one of Broadway’s most beloved stars, she would’ve thought you …

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 12:15AM
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Two Rarities from Masterworks Broadway by Kevin Daly

Masterworks Broadway is the gift that keeps on giving. There have been so many interesting releases and reissues that it’s been almost dizzying to try and keep up. Their output is cons…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 11:08PM
Monday, June 10, 2013

‘Top Hat’ – Aldwych Theatre by Kevin Daly

The idea of a Tuesday matinee is a such a novelty to me, having grown up on the Broadway regimen of Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm. But in London, there are matinee options for Tuesday, Wedne…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 09:37PM
Sunday, June 9, 2013

And the Tony didn’t go to… by Kevin Daly

It’s a heated race in many of the musical categories this year with a lot of Kinky Boots vs. Matilda vs. Pippin going on. Some races are neck and neck, creating actual suspense –…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 02:10AM
Friday, May 31, 2013

‘The Audience’ – Gielgud Theatre by Kevin Daly

While planning my trip to London, I hoped I might be able to catch Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren on stage, both of whom were appearing in the West End for limited seasons. I didnR…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 11:48AM
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

‘Darling of the Day’ – The Union Theatre by Kevin Daly

One of the reasons I planned my trip to London when I did was to see the first staged UK production of Darling of the Day at the Union Theatre in Southwark. The tiny London theatre has been …

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 08:00PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

City Center Encores! Announces 21st Season by Kevin Daly

Little Me Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh Book: Neil Simon Starring: Christian Borle February 5-9, 2014 The Most Happy Fella Music, Lyrics & Book: Frank Loesser Starring: Shuler …

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 01:55PM
Sunday, May 12, 2013

‘Once’ – West End by Kevin Daly

  When I traveled to England this year, I had made a firm decision that I wouldn’t see anything that I had already seen, or could possibly see, in New York. The first time I saw the s…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 10:16PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The 69th Annual Theatre World Award Winners Announced! by Kevin Daly

The 2013 Theatre World Award Winners for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance during the 2012-2013 theatrical season have been announced! The ceremony will take place on Mo…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 12:27PM
Saturday, April 27, 2013

West End Revisited by Kevin Daly

I’ve been itching to get back to London ever since my 2012 visit came to an end. I took the opportunity to fly back when I learned that The Union Theatre was going to be presenting the…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 12:50PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

At Large Elsewhere: Comedy Class by Kevin Daly

When asked if I wanted to take a physical comedy course, my gut instinct was to find an excuse to say no. I hadn’t attended a class of this sort in probably ten years and my memories o…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 10:58PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

‘It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman’ @ Encores! by Kevin Daly

There’s a moment in the finale of It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman in which the company sings (and I quote) “A-wah-o-wah-o-wah-o-wah-o.̶…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 10:29PM
Sunday, February 10, 2013

“Better Nate Than Ever” by Kevin Daly

When I was in eighth grade, I went to my first audition. There was going to be a local production of The Sound of Music, and since the film was a big part of my growing up (and just that su…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 06:53PM
Friday, February 1, 2013

‘Cabaret’ Revisited: A Tale of Two Sallys by Kevin Daly

Last night I had the great fortune to attend TCM‘s 40th anniversary screening of the film version of Cabaret at the Ziegfeld Theatre on 54th Street. After waiting for what seemed an et…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 08:58PM
Friday, January 25, 2013

‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ @ Studio 54 by Kevin Daly

I once did a book report on The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 8th grade because I procrastinated and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Frankly, I don’t remember much, except that the…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 12:00PM
Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Night Musings by Kevin Daly

My 2013 theatergoing started with my first trip to the Metropolitan Opera in about 4 1/2 years. Out of the blue, I got a message from Roxie asking me if I was interested in seeing Turandot a…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 11:53AM
Monday, December 31, 2012

The Year of Living Cinematically by Kevin Daly

Another year of movie watching gone! The same rules for my list like every year: each film was watched in its entirety and an asterisk indicates a film watched for the first time. Close …

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 10:11PM

My Favorite Performances, 2012 by Kevin Daly

Bertie Carvel – Matilda. Hearing Carvel’s performance on the original cast recording was my main impetus in making sure I got to London to see the show while he was still in the …

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 04:53PM
Thursday, December 6, 2012

‘Assassins’ Benefit Concert at Studio 54 by Kevin Daly

Back in 2004, I had made plans to see the 5-time Tony winning revival of Weidman and Sondheim’s Assassins after Roundabout announced an extension. Within a couple of weeks, this exten…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 12:23AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Show Round-Up by Kevin Daly

Annie - I caught an early preview of the classic Strouse-Charnin musical at the Palace. I have a dubious history with this one; the last time I saw it onstage was 21 years ago and while I d…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 12:32AM
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Theatre Aficionado at Large: The Last Five Years by Kevin Daly

It’s hard for me to believe it but five years ago today my first post went up on Theatre Aficionado at Large. I was amazed when this blog turned one year; I’m completely astounde…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 01:56PM
Sunday, September 30, 2012

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” – First Preview by Kevin Daly

I’ve received press invites to many preview performances, but until Thursday night I had never been invited to cover a show’s first preview. The 50th anniversary revival of Edwar…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 01:46AM
Friday, September 28, 2012

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” – Encores! Cast Recording by Kevin Daly

  My jaw dropped when I started playing the new cast album of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I know the Jule Styne-Leo Robin score fairly well, and have heard every recording there is (includi…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 10:05AM
Thursday, September 27, 2012

New from Broadway Records by Kevin Daly

New label Broadway Records is fast adding eclectic titles and talent to its catalog with its first cabaret recording and first concept cast album, though I don’t really think a 20 year…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 10:02AM
Monday, September 24, 2012

Summer Vacation by Kevin Daly

I can’t believe it’s fall. I had an incredibly busy summer, with work and life requirements getting much of my attention. I took a mental health break from formal blogging, but i…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 09:40PM
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Emma Thompson: Musical Theatre Leading Lady by Kevin Daly

Maryann Plunkett won the 1987 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Me and My Girl, but what many might not know is that the role of Sally in the Stephen Fry-Mike Ockren…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 05:02PM
Monday, June 25, 2012

Evita – New Broadway Cast Recording by Kevin Daly

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows don’t do much for me. I’ve never really been taken in by his style, and I tend to approach his shows from a mostly academic perspective, pulling…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 10:35PM
Sunday, June 10, 2012

“Porgy and Bess” by Kevin Daly

Much has been made of the new revival of Porgy and Bess currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The iconic folk opera has long been the subject of controversy since its premiere in…

SOURCE: Theatre Aficionado at Large at 12:08AM

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