Star in a brand-new musical
In a 30-minute rock opera based on the Patrick Swayze 1989 classic Roadhouse! (You know, "A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.") Says the release: "After six original musical theatre adaptations of cult-classic and blockbuster films and a 'Best Musical' nomination at the 2012 Hollywood F ... More >>
Shake it at David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s new musical
Stephen Sondheim and David Ives have been working on a new musical called All Together Now, which is reportedly based on a small moment in one of Ives' plays and which goes backwards in time (like Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along). Last year, I wrote about Sondheim's on-the-record comments about th ... More >>
The NBC prime-time series that takes you into the world of Broadway musicals.
A crashingly mediocre new musical won’t save Broadway’s soul
Here are the highlights from my very vivid three-hour viewing experience. Hold your applause till the end: Interviewed on the red carpet, Tyne Daly dismissively said the Tonys are a race meant for everyone else, "not for us." She wasn't nominated. How bad were the musicals this year? So bad that ... More >>
Once again, feel-good battles artsinessfor the Antoinettes
St. Ann's Warehouse throws itself a big farewell party
With Newsies, Leap of Faith, and Ghost all upon us this season, Broadway is more than ever turning to old flicks to transform into stage dollars. But which movies haven't been muscalized for Broadway yet? Not that many, actually, but I do have some ideas. Hey, Mr. producer, next season let's plea ... More >>
Read my column now or see the musical later
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It's up to you, Liza Minnelli
Willard Beckham's off-Broadway musical Lucky Guy is set in a time before country music got all sexy and accessible--back when it it was about big hair, deep-fried twangs, and overemphatic two-stepping. I.e., it's pre-Shania Twain. But the biz was apparently just as cutthroat as now because ... More >>
The Voice's own theatre critic, Michael Feingold, refused to jump the gun and see the Spider-Man musical before its official opening date. Many of his peers wrote scathing reviews based on preview shows, which he argues isn't exactly fair. We're going to be far more unfair; what follows is ou ... More >>
A few days after director Elizabeth Lucas interviewed with the New York Times about her upcoming film Clear Blue Tuesday, she says she is disappointed. The Times piece described her film as a "9-11: the rock musical." "Which it's not," she says at the Westin Hotel's lobby on 43rd Street. She ... More >>
Hollywood's voyage to the Third Dimension is continuing apace with announced plans to re-release newly 3-D-ized versions of 2001, Star Wars, and The Passion of the Christ, but the first 3-D musical -- an all-star remake of The Sound of Music -- is proving to be more difficult than anticipated ... More >>
I mean the first one you saw, not starred in! Mine was Man of La Mancha, the hit musical about Cervantes sitting around prison and telling the inspiring story of crazy, old Don Quixote, who jousts with windmills and sings "The Impossible Dream" through false teeth.
The Village Voices October 21, 1971, review of the Broadway premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar
Passing Strange was the small-scale, autobiographical musical about a rocker named Stew's adventures as a teen, breaking out of the racial restrictions of his religious upbringing and finding himself abroad in search of "the real." The show was like an open wound, reveling in the feelings of ... More >>
The Tony Award nominees have just been announced. The best musical nominees are Billy Elliot, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, and Shrek the Musical. (Rock of Ages being a jukebox musical, its place in the Best Score category was taken by 9 to 5; [title of show] replaced it in the Best Book list.) Best ... More >>
Too Briefly, Finian's Rainbow Brought Back Old Joys; Hair and West Side Story Still Offer Some
The President and First Lady were over t'England the other day, and they gave the Queen an iPod loaded with HRH footage and musical comedy scores, and a songbook for The King and I signed by composer Richard Rodgers. Get it? RIghtbloggers, who generally regard Britain as a PC hellhole, nonetheless c ... More >>
Arthur Riordan and Bell Helicopter stage a historical musical comedy
The Voice chats with the U.K.'s leading critic
Siddown and shuddup! It's da Kollege of Musical Knowledge.
The hero won't play along in Sondheim's distinctively bleak musical
Gleeful printing-press musical is top of the flops
A potential weapon against terrorists: Bloodsuckers who sing
Christina Applegate favors her injured foot but the production starts on the wrong one
The saddest musical in the world: A Lloyd Webber revival that proves the show musn't go on
Is that an undead corpse biting our collective necks, or just another corporation at work?
What You Hear's OK, but What Are You Seeing?
The Expanding Role of Theater Sound Design
Pop-Rock Sounds Console Those Growing Up, or Refusing To