Sunday, February 16, 2020

On This Week's Elaine Paige on Sunday, A Review of Betty Blue Eyes by Michael Appler

Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine Paige on Sunday. This week, Elaine Paige reviews a production of Betty B…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Toxic Avenger: The Musical is indestructible. Here’s why. by Steven McKnight

Watching Rorschach Theatre’s production of Toxic Avenger: The Musical, I wondered what it is about this show that makes it seem as indestructible as its mutant monster hero? Toxic Avenger:…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Read the Original 1984 Interview with Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera in Rehearsals for The Rink by Harry Haun

The Kander and Ebb musical, with a book by Terrence McNally, opened February 9, 1984.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Atten-HUT! Snap to for ” A Soldier’s Play” on Broadway by Philip

Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1982. Loosely based on Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd,” it was originally staged by the off-Broad…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Soldier’s Play: The Madness of Race by Jk Clarke

          By Samuel L. Leiter   A Soldier’s Play, Charles Fuller’s vigorous, Pulitzer Prize-winning examination of racial tension among African-American soldiers in a U.S. Army cam…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Roe is a history lesson and a warning by Catey Sullivan

Lisa Loomer's docudrama examines the landmark abortion rights case. In 1984, my roommate drove across two states so she could get a legal abortion. It took a wee…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Review: A Soldier’s Play on Broadway at long last. by Jonathan Mandell

Charles Fuller’s murder mystery, finally on Broadway in a fine production directed by Kenny Leon some four decades after it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is so good that even if you’…

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A Soldier’s Play on Broadway At Last by New York Theater

Charles Fuller’s murder mystery, finally on Broadway in a fine production directed by Kenny Leon some four decades after it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is so good that even if you’…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

London Theatre Review: Cirque du Soleil

In 1984, 20 fire-breathing, stilt-striding performers took to the streets of the colourful Baie-Saint-Paul in Québec City, Canada. The shows they put on there began a journey to bring the…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘The Karate Kid’ musical in the works for Broadway by Ben Cost

Wax on Broadway. After etching itself into the hearts of movie fans forever, “The Karate Kid” franchise is onto the next frontier — the big stage. That’s right, the original 1984 mov…

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New Musical The Karate Kid, Based on the Hit '80s Movie, Aims for Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

The Karate Kid is stomp-kicking its way to the stage. The 1984 martial arts drama, which spawned three sequels and legions of fans, is being adapted into a musical for Broadway, producers Ku…

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‘Karate Kid’ musical in development by Caitlin Huston

“The Karate Kid” is being developed into a Broadway-aimed musical.  The musical will feature a book by Robert Mark Kamen, the screenwriter of the 1984 film, and music and lyrics by Drew…

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The Karate Kid Will Receive Musical Adaptation for Broadway by Mark A. Robinson For Broadway Direct

The popular 80s film The Karate Kid hit the screens in 1984, where it became one of the decade’s most beloved films, an inspirational tale about overcoming one’s fears, taking on the bul…

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‘The Karate Kid’ In Training For Broadway: Musical Adaptation Has Original Screenwriter On Board by Greg Evans

The Karate Kid is being developed as a musical for Broadway, with the 1984 film’s screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen penning the book and Drew Gasparini writing music and lyrics. The project w…

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A Musical Adaptation of The Karate Kid Is in the Works by Ryan McPhee

Drew Gasparini and original screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen will collaborate on the Broadway-aimed take on the 1984 movie.

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The Karate Kid screenwriter to adapt film as a stage musical by Nick Romano

The Karate Kid has been to Japan (in the sequel), China (in the remake), and YouTube (in the TV series). Now, Daniel-san is heading for the stage. Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, who penned …

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

TOSOS celebrates blues legend Alberta Hunter in ‘Leaving the Blues’ at The Flea Theater by Deb Miller

From her meager beginnings in Memphis through her rise to international fame and triumphant comeback after 20 years of service as a nurse, the life and times of renowned blues and jazz singe…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tony Winners Stephanie J. Block & Linda Lavin Set For Sarah Silverman’s ‘The Bedwetter’ Musical by Greg Evans

Tony Award winners Linda Lavin and Stephanie J. Block are among the cast announced today for the world premiere production of Sarah Silverman’s Off Broadway musical The Bedwetter. Sami Bra…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

International theater attendees reach record high in Broadway League survey by Caitlin Huston

Broadway saw the highest number of international attendees on record during the 2018-2019 season, according to the Broadway League’s annual survey.  Last season, 14.8 million people atten…

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Ruth Taylor: Buck Henry’s Movie Star Mother by Trav S.D.

Her son Buck Henry having just passed away, and her birthday falling today, it would seem to be the perfect moment to bestow some attention on Ruth Taylor (1908-1984). Raised in Oregon, Tayl…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Rubye De Remer: Beauty and Beverly Hills by Trav S.D.

As is not unusual in Hollywood, Rubye De Remer (Ruby Burkhardt, 1892-1984) was to become best known for her house. Her mansion “Sunkist” was located at the highest point in Beverly Hills…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Themes of betrayal (and renewal) fill the Young Playwrights Festival by Kerry Reid

Pegasus Theatre Chicago celebrates 33 years of fostering teen writers. Pegasus Theatre Chicago has weathered some storms over the years. But one thing has remain…

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Actor and playwright Jacqueline Malcolm on her first job: ‘Waiting for someone to employ me wasn’t an option’ by John Byrne

My first job was forming the Acts drama group in 1984 with my sisters and a close friend. Growing up in a

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Legendary Broadway Composer Jerry Herman, Who Wrote Hello, Dolly! & La Cage aux Folles, Dies at 88 by

Tony winner Jerry Herman, the celebrated compose/lyricist who made his mark on Broadway with award-winning scores to an array of musical comedies, died on December 26 in Miami. According t…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Hello, Dolly! composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 by Christian Holub

Another Broadway legend has died. Jerry Herman, the Tony Award-winning composer behind Hello Dolly! and other popular works, died Thursday at age 88, according to The Associated Press. Born …

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Last Christmas — Wham!’s 1984 hit became an instant classic

George’s Michael’s song reflects the bitterness and vulnerability of a betrayed romantic

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Danny Aiello, Oscar-Nominated Screen Star & Award-Winning Stage Alum, Dies at 86 by Andy Lefkowitz

Danny Aiello, a veteran actor of major motion pictures who made several notable appearances on the New York stage, died on December 12 at a New Jersey medical facility where he was receiving…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Tony Winner René Auberjonois, Known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dies at 79 by Caitlin Moynihan

Stage and screen star René Auberjonois, who earned a Tony Award for his featured turn in 1970's Coco, passed away on December 8, according to The New York Times. The cause was metastatic lu…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Godfrey Gao, actor and model, 1984-2019

A rising star of the screen who inspired Asian actors

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

1984. A “spiritual happening” when Morgan Freeman preached The Gospel at Colonus at Arena Stage by Blair A. Ruble

Editor’s note: The mix of cultures has always provided a rich stew for theater, showing us both the universality of human longing and the diverse ways in which it can be expressed. So, for…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Past, present clash in Aquila Theatre’s ‘1984’ by Andy Arnold

Viewing Aquila Theatre’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, I couldn’t help but wonder which came first “newspeak” or “alte…

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