A Purple Elephant?

Seth Godin would be proud. It looks like Rodgers and Hart were great songsters and marketers, based on Edward Albee’s reminiscence of his first Broadway show, in this Sunday’s Times. The first Broadway show I ever saw was in 1935 . . . and it was a musical starring a small elephant and Jimmy Durante.  …

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The ‘In The Heights’ Prequel

I saw my favorite flop this weekend. I braved a borough and traveled to Brooklyn to see the BAM concert of Capeman, which featured Mr. Simon himself. It was a wonderful celebration of a musical that didn’t work on Broadway, and still has its flaws.  But those flaws are found in some of the most …

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The Definition of a Jukebox Musical

Wikipedia is wrong. According to everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia, “A jukebox musical is a stage or film musical that uses previously released popular songs as its musical score.” I disagree.  And I’d bet another $100 that Hal Prince would too.  Would you want to tell him that LoveMusik was a jukebox musical? Here’s my definition: …

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Different is nice, but it sure isn’t pretty . . .

Musical Theater and Straight Plays are different. I’m not just talking about the fact that one has chorus girls and sequins and higher price tickets. There is an inherent difference in the expectations of the audiences that creators of musicals need to recognize. Need an example? At the end of Romeo & Juliet, what happens?  They both die.  Tragedy. Sadness.  …

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Be kind to the animals.

A friend of mine was telling a story today and he used Cats as a reference. And, on cue, most of the group snickered. What’s so funny about Cats?  I’m going to spare you an essay on whether or not Cats is a good musical.  That’s not my point. My point is that whether you …

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