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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Musical “Evita”: 45 Years Later by Lisa Monde

Tim Rice became interested in the biography of Eva Perón – the wife of the famous dictator Juan Perón – in the early 70s of the past century. Most of the musical’s book, Tim wrote wh…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

“The Maids” by Genet: The Logic of the Paradox by Lisa Monde

Dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the first publication and production of Jean Genet’s unique play – The Maids. “I renounce the world that renounces me.” Jean Genet The original v…

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

“Feed Me, Seymour!” An Exclusive Interview with Corbin Bleu from “Little Shop of Horrors” by Lisa Monde

Little Shop of Horrors is a famous rock musical by Alan Menken, with the book and lyrics written by Howard Ashman, based on the horror comedy film directed by Roger Corman (1960) – and in …

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Sweeney Todd: Not a Demon, But a Barber of Fleet Street by Lisa Monde

Up to the present moment a debate has been going on – whether the demon-barber of Fleet Street had a real-life prototype. For the very first time, a character under the name of Sweeney Tod…

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

“Notre Dame de Paris”: Frollo’s Inner Struggle. An Exclusive Interview with Daniel Lavoie by Lisa Monde

It has become a beautiful annual tradition: welcoming the musical Notre Dame de Paris at New York City’s Lincoln Center in July. Daniel Lavoie, who originated the part of Frollo in the mus…

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

The Art Of Small Steps by Lisa Monde

Dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the very first publication of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s fairy tale “The Little Prince” and the 20th anniversary of the musical of the same name.�…

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Drag Queens in Musical Theatre by Lisa Monde

Dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the first publication of the play by Jean Poiret  La Cage Aux Folles and the 30th anniversary of the musical of the same name. This essay includes parts…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

The House Where Phantom Lived.  Part II – Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. by Lisa Monde

Аn Exclusive Interview with James Paterson who was part of the original cast of the legendary musical The Phantom of the Opera, later on, the resident director at Her Majesty’s Theatre on…

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Friday, February 17, 2023

The House Where Phantom Lived—Part I: The Majestic Theatre, New York by Lisa Monde

Dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera.” It is known that the construction of the Grand Opera or the Palais Garnier in Paris inspired Gaston …

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

“Al Capone the musical” à la Francaise by Lisa Monde

The Italian American gangster – Al Capone (Alphonse Gabriel Capone), who reigned as a crime boss in 1920-1930s during the Prohibition Era in Chicago – even one hundred years later, his p…

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Monday, December 19, 2022

“&Juliet”: What if?⁠—A Review. by Lisa Monde

The previews of &Juliet the musical, began October 28th 2022 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway. &Juliet is originally coming to us from the West End, where it premiered in …

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Happy Birthday, Dracula! by Lisa Monde

Dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the legendary hero of the famous gothic novel “Dracula”, written by Bram Stoker who this year turns 175! One hundred and twenty-five years ago the I…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Prequel, Sequel and Two Fangs: An Exclusive Interview with Dacre Stoker by Lisa Monde

This year is the 125th Anniversary of the famous gothic novel written by the Irish writer Bram Stoker – Dracula. 125 years have passed since the book was first published in 1897 by Archiba…

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

The Return of Gringoire: An Exclusive Interview with Bruno Pelletier by Lisa Monde

Interview of the “original” Gringoire from Notre Dame de Paris the musical –  Bruno Pelletier with Lisa Monde, August 5th 2022 This past August Bruno Pelletier – the “Golden voice…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Musical “Notre Dame de Paris” Returns to the United States by Lisa Monde

At the turn of the century, in 1998, Luc Plamondon created one of the greatest musicals Notre Dame de Paris, the music written by Richard Cocciante. The musical, based on the eponymous novel…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards