MUSICAL

Holiday Inn Musical Not Equal to the Sum of Its Parts on Broadway

Holiday Inn has all of the ingredients for a sparkling Broadway musical–glitzy costumes, actors with the vocal chops, twenty Irving Berlin classics and dance numbers so energetic, performers almost fly from the stage. The story is another matter. Director Gordon Greenberg and co-writer Chad Hodge turned the film, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, into a feel-good piece of eye candy.... Read More...

Jennifer Hudson Bittersweet Finale in Color Purple on Broadway (Pics!)

Jennifer Hudson ended her six-month run as lead actress in Broadway’s ever popular The Color Purple with a bittersweet fan sendoff last night outside the stage door of the Bernard Jacobs Theater in New York City. Fans were on hand to greet the actors as they exited. Heather Headley, who won a 2000 Tony Award for “Aida,” will take over in the lead role.... Read More...

Cirque du Soleil to Challenge Biggest Shows for Broadway Supremacy

Cirque du Soleil, the famed Canadian avante garde circus, is about to set up its tent poles for the first time on Broadway. The spectacular show will challenge the supremacy of some of the street’s biggest and most popular shows. The only question is, what took so long? For it’s Broadway production, Cirque du Soleil is pulling out all the stops. It will be staging Paramour, a show set during Hollywood’s Golden Age.... Read More...

Van Dean Keeps Artistry of Musicals Alive at Label, Broadway Records

Van Dean of Broadway Records has made an indelible mark on Broadway over the past four years by steadily releasing some of the best cast albums. He’s also released soundtracks from such hit productions as NBC’s ‘The Wiz.’ But he has some new surprises in store for 2016. Among his recent initiatives is a diversification of the brand to include a debut album, Stopping Time from Nickelodeon pop princess Isabel Moner. ... Read More...

Beth Malone Takes the Lead in First Broadway Musical About a Lesbian

Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas will make history when they debut in a new Broadway musical featuring the first openly lesbian woman as the lead actress in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Will conservative theatergoers buy into it? The show is based on the best-selling, graphic memoir by writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel. It’s a coming-of-age musical that examines Bechdel’s life as a lesbian growing up in a dysfunctional family. ... Read More...

Les Miserables Opens on Broadway to a Celebrity Crowd (photos!)

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka added some glitz last night (Mar. 23) to the opening of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables on Broadway. The revival at the Imperial Theatre is a re-imagined telling of the classic tale, with Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. He’s best known for his work on London’s West End. Tony Award nominee Will Swenson plays his determined pursuer Inspector Javert.... Read More...

Rocky on Broadway Connects For a Blockbuster Opening (15 photos!)

Sylvester Stallone’s famous movie line, “I ain’t no bum,” could apply to his rockin’ new musical Rocky on Broadway. It’s no tanker either. Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser. Actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren were all spotted in the crowd. ... Read More...
Former Monkee Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz Eyed for New Musical ‘Garage Band’

Former Monkee Micky Dolenz, who dazzled in London’s Hairspray” is rehearsing a potential new Off-Broadway musical. Garage Band is part Jersey Boys and part American Graffiti. Dolenz was recently at New York City’s Ha! Comedy Club for the reading. Ken Davenport is directing with book by The Grundleshotz and music and lyrics by Mark Allen.... Read More...

Emily Shoolin Swings on Web of Talent in Spider-Man

Actress Emily Shoolin is known for having a great sense of humor. On her own Web site, she points out that she makes a great nerd, she gets the job done, and that she’s an ingénue with chutzpah. It’s her penchant for laughs coupled with her extraordinary talent as a performer that recently helped her win her debut role on Broadway as Emily Osborn (in addition to other roles) in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.... Read More...