Dario Fo got the last laugh. When the genius Italian political playwright was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, haters carped that it was because he'd been very sick and had gained a sympathy vote. Fo got better and lived for 19 more years, dying last week at the age of 90.
Fo's Nobel Prize caused at least as big a stir as did the awarding of the same prize to Bob Dylan last week.Read more
When it was announced a few months ago that the musical "Anastasia" would open on Broadway in the spring 2017, it was noted that four of the show's stars would be the same actors who appeared at Hartford Stage when "Anastasia" premiered there in the spring 2016.Read more
The Goodspeed Opera House season began with a musical written in the 1930s ("Anything Goes"), ends with a musical set during the 1920s and '30s ("Chasing Rainbows"), and had a show composed by Charles Strouse ("Bye Bye Birdie") in between.
Knowing a good programming strategy when it sees one, Goodspeed Musicals has just announced the six shows for its 2017 season.Read more
The score of "Chasing Rainbows" is made up of popular songs from the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the tunes ("Swing, Mr. Mendelssohn," "Meet the Beat of My Heart") will be deliciously obscure for today's theatergoers, sounding new to everyone but hardcore Judy Garland fans.
Other songs have been so ubiquitous for so long that they've been covered by an extraordinarily wide range of artists.Read more
TheaterWorks has announced which two women will offer equal and opposite reactions to Richard Dreyfuss' portrayal of Albert Einstein in the play "Relativity" at TheaterWorks Oct. 7 through Nov. 13. Christa Scott Reed ("The Great Divorce" Off Broadway and on tour) will play the young woman who interviews Albert Einstein about his daughter.Read more