Category Archives: BROADWAY

ACROSS THE POND: Finding Neverland Broadway

Despite being largely ignored by critics across the pond Finding Neverland has had healthy box-office returns.

Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, the show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It’s a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered.

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ACROSS THE POND: Fun Home on Broadway

Another transfer from the hugely acclaimed Public Theatre in NY,  Fun Home, is now on Broadway. The groundbreaking new musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same name, features music by 4-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, and stars Tony winner Michael Cerveris and three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn.

fun home 1Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. This intimate and emotional theatrical experience is performed entirely in the round, bringing audiences closer to Alison’s story than ever before. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and already the winner of five awards for Best Musical, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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ACROSS THE POND: Hamilton on Broadway

After a much talked about run at The Public Theatre off-Broadway, Hamilton will re-open on the great white way this summer.

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Lin Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton’s lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

Featuring a hip-hop soundtrack and ground-breaking choreography, this is history as you’ve never seen it before.

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ACROSS THE POND: Something Rotten on Broadway

Opening on Broadway just in time for this year’s Tony nominations (it’s racked up an impressive 10 nominations) here’s a peak at Something Rotten starring two of GTB’s favourites Christian Borle and Brian Darcy James.

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Welcome to the ’90s — the 1590s. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

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BEST OF BROADWAY: Sutton Foster

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With a story that reads like a Broadway musical: plucked from the chorus in the out-of-town tryout of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Foster went on to win a Tony Award for her role as the spunky Millie Dillmount. Foster picked up her second Best Actress in a Musical award for Anything Goes, after earning nominations for: Shrek, The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Women. Her other Broadway credits include Young Frankenstein, Les Miserables, Annie, Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease. Here are two of her finest moments from her Tony Award winning performance in Anything Goes.

BEST OF BROADWAY: Brian d’Arcy James

Since taking over as the Scotland Editor at The Public Reviews, time to update the blog has been rare. Looking after a large team of writers and theatres covering the whole of Scotland is hugely rewarding, sometimes frustrating, utterly time-consuming but down right fabulous all the same.

Hopefully as theatres head towards pantomime season things will slow down a little and normal service here at my theatre home, can resume.

Previous series such as Musical Theatre Madness have had many thousand hits, as have the interviews and features on classic musicals and theatre DVDs, so, with the intention of getting back to what the blog was intended to be: a celebration of theatre, today is the first in a series of posts featuring the very best (and my personal favourite) performers.

First up is the truly brilliant Brian d’Arcy James, with a Broadway resume that would make most performers green. A gifted actor with a voice that manages to marry astonishing power, pure emotion and the most beautiful tone, here are a few treats for your ears. (And also to make up for the fact that one of Broadway’s most celebrated stars doesn’t get a chance to sing in the TV show about Broadway he appears in!)

The original HD version of this song and the sublime Marvin Hamlisch Live at the Lincoln Centre tribute concert, featuring the very best of Broadway: Raúl Esparza, Audra MacDonald, Kelly O’Hara and Josh Groban, can be found here: http://video.pbs.org/video/2322359038/

Original YouTube clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4th-n2gd7Ps

Original YouTube clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqgRNr6Z_08

Original YouTube clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbVIDRKIkA0

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Discography

  • Shrek the Musical [Original Broadway Cast]
  • White Christmas [Original Broadway Cast]
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn [Solo CD]
  • Michigan Christmas [Solo CD Single]
  • Sweet Smell of Success [Original Broadway Cast]
  • The Wild Party [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
  • Titanic [Original Broadway Cast]
  • Dream True World Premiere Recording
  • Brownstone [Studio Cast]
  • The Maury Yeston Compilation
  • Jonathan Franzen’s How to Be Alone
  • Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens New York
  • The Stephen Schwartz Album [Studio Cast]
  • Myths and Hymns [Off-Broadway Original Cast]
  • Violet [Off-Broadway Original Cast]
  • Far From the Madding Crowd [Studio Cast]
  • The Civil War [Studio Concept Cast]
  • The Stephen Sondheim Album [Studio Cast]
  • Floyd Collins [Original Cast]
  • Carousel [Revival Cast]

He will star in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Macbeth, which will begin previews in October 2013 and officially open at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in November 2013

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Details here: http://www.lct.org/showMain.htm?id=223

BEST OF BROADWAY: Raúl Esparza

Since coming to prominence on Broadway in Cabaret and The Rocky Horror Show (for which he won a Theatre World Award), Esparza has won plaudits for his roles in: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Normal Heart, Dessa Rose, Comedians, The Green Violin (Barrymore Award win) Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park With George (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration, Helen Hayes nomination), tick, tick…BOOM! (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination) The Good Person of New Haven; Evita (Jefferson nomination) and has received Tony nominations in all four acting categories, for which an actor is eligible: Taboo, The Boy George musical as Philip Salon (for which he won the Drama Desk Award), as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, for  David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and for Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. Recent Broadway credits include Arcadia and the razzle dazzle con-man in the 2012 musical Leap of Faith. He is widely and highly regarded for his versatility on stage.