This past Wednesday, the Muny gave me a chance to visit a friend I hadn't seen in fifteen years. I'm not talking about a human friend, but a theatrical one: Disney's 1994 stage adaptation of the 1991 hit animated film "Beauty and the Beast." The years, I'm happy to say, have been kind to it, and the Muny's first-rate production certainly does it justice.
If you are among the few who have never seen a production of "The Fantasticks," the current one at Insight Theatre Company offers you a splendid introduction to this ever-charming musical. On Luke Shyrock's well-worn circus set, director Maggie Ryan has emphasized the theatricality of the piece. Little of a fourth wall — even less than in most musicals — stands between the audience and the actors. They address us not only in song but in speech.
The New Jewish Theatre production of David Hein and Irene Sankoff's unapologetically autobiographical musical "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding" is a pleasant and pleasing little show. It's so light that a stiff breeze would blow it away, but its heart is in the right place, which counts for a great deal.
When music legend and style icon Cyndi Lauper partners with award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein to score a Broadway musical, it's sure to be wild fun.
The “Cinderella” now at the Fox Theatre is not just any “Cinderella.” It's the “Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.”
With “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” the title explains the show itself. It’s not the story of Johnny Cash the man, nor his demons or his loves, but of his music, specifically the music he wrote.
I have a list of movies that should not have been made into stage musicals. I haven't seen the movie of “Dirty Dancing,” but my friends who were at the opening of the stage version at the Fox and have seen the movie told me that the stage version is very true to the movie. Maybe too true. Which is why I might add it to my list.
With its skimpy costumes and abundant references in word and deed to sex of various kinds, “The Rocky Horror Show” might seem an unlikely choice for a group calling themselves Family Musical Theater. But someone who first saw “Rocky Horror” on stage or screen 30 years ago could well be joined by a grandchild at this production for a pleasant family outing.
The Over Due Theatre Company is a small impecunious group. With a budget of about two cents and a shoestring they continue to impress me—especially with their musicals.
We recently saw a musical about people who kill presidents. Now we have a musical about people who kill anyone who gets in the way of what they want. It's being done by New Line Theatre. They've already done the presidential one three times. This musical is "Bonnie and Clyde," about the curiously fascinating pair of young Depression-era outlaws.