| Feb 14, 2014
| 4:22 AM
When director/producer Gordon Greenberg and Bucks County Playhouse approached “American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini to do a show to kick off the playhouse’s new cabaret series, Guarini signed on immediately. It didn’t take...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:38 AM
A new musical inspired by the rap songs of the late Tupac Shakur is heading to Broadway. "Holler If Ya Hear Me" is scheduled to open at the Palace Theatre in New York on June 19, with preview performances set to begin on May 26.
"Holler" isn't a...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 10:44 AM
Right now Bob Greenblatt is adding "live TV musicals" to his list of favorite things (right after brown paper packages tied up with string).
"Sound of Music Live!", the first live musical on network television in more than 50 years and a pet project...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 3:27 PM
There will come a day when regional theaters — and then colleges and even high schools — will be fighting over the rights to "Wicked." But there is no evidence that day is coming any time soon.
On Oct. 30, the phenomenally successful...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:07 AM
Disney's "The Lion King" can lay claim to two milestones for 2013. In October, the blockbuster musical passed the $1-billion mark at the Broadway box office. Now the musical is officially the top-grossing show of 2013, with approximately $96.9 million in...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 6:00 AM
If you like musicals packed with songs delivered by a vibrant cast boasting a certified star at the helm, all surrounded by cool stagecraft, then hasten to the National Theatre for the pre-Broadway tryout of “If/Then.”
If you’re more...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Big, bright, often beautiful and essentially an action movie, "Frozen" comes from Walt Disney Animation Studios. While Disney credits the 1845 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen" as primary inspiration, the movie owes much more to the...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:30 PM
If the eyes of Broadway producers light up at the mention of the word "Thanksgiving," it's not because they like turkey so much. It's because every year the Main Stem rings in big-money sales that are traditionally second only to the stratospheric...
| Dec 1, 2013
The bearded man quietly navigates the dimly lighted Hinterland restaurant to the corner table where my boyfriend and I sit. It's like the star of "Walker, Texas Ranger" has just appeared in this gastropub. "Does anyone ever ask you if you look like...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Word came from upon high that for “The Book of Mormon,” ushers were briefed on how to deal with walkouts during the Tony-winning show’s run at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
In order to prevent such Broadway blasphemy,...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:06 PM
The producers of “Wicked” said Monday afternoon that the popular musical grossed a whopping $1,935,432 in Chicago for the week ending Dec. 1. That figure, likely the highest-ever single week gross for a Chicago show, breaks the Broadway in...