January 4, 1993 |
TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 1993: Our scene opens in the walnut-paneled boardroom of the Vanna White National Repertory Theater Company. Seated at a conference table the size of a pageant runway are the board of directors. They are meeting to select the plays the company will perform in the season ahead (inspired, no doubt, by the current trend toward the boob-tubing of culture, "When Stage, Television Collide," Calendar, Nov. 30).
March 9, 2003 |
The plot of the biggest production on Broadway Saturday had anger, accusations of greed, a chorus, a funeral march, pickets, disappointed theatergoers and worried business owners. At the root of it all was a bitter controversy over the use of digital music technology in theaters. The stage of virtually every Broadway musical was dark, and no negotiations between striking theater musicians and the League of American Theaters and Producers were scheduled.
June 10, 2013 |
Few may be popping Champagne corks for a Broadway season in which ticket prices went up, attendance went down and commercialism ran amok. But if anything could restore faith in the American theater it was Sunday's exuberant Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Beginning with an opening number by the impish showman and incomparable Tony host Neil Patrick Harris (please, CBS, make him sign a lifetime contract!), the telecast found ways of selling Broadway's wares to America while honoring the Great White Way's stubbornly eccentric soul.
October 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Sandy dimmed the lights on the Great White Way - but not for long. After days of shuttered performances in the wake of the storm, 27 of the 29 shows running on Broadway reopened Wednesday, despite continued power, transportation and community outages across New York City and the surrounding area. The exceptions, Disney's musicals "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King," will return Thursday. "Evita," "Jersey Boys" and "Scandalous" canceled their Wednesday matinees but resumed with Wednesday's evening performances.
June 12, 2006
Neither "Drowsy" nor "Purple," the color of the evening for the 2006 Tony Awards was brilliant gem-like red. Men, of course, chose de rigueur black as did more than a few women. There were the inevitable forays into pastel, along with a few dusky blues. But, primarily speaking, the Great White Way was bingeing on red.
May 7, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Musicals are supposed to raise your spirits and warm your heart, right? Not necessarily. And certainly not in the case of "The Scottsboro Boys," the fearlessly inventive show about one of the most notorious episodes of racial injustice in America. It disturbs audiences as much as it entertains them. Who else but Kander & Ebb could pull off such a daring combination? Best known for "Cabaret" and "Chicago," John Kander and Fred Ebb were masters of "the concept musical," and "The Scottsboro Boys," created with book writer David Thompson and completed after the death of Ebb in 2004, is arguably the duo's most audacious crack at the form.