September 17, 2009 |
Who knew a rejection to join the fantasy team of ESPN's Bill Simmons and Matthew Berry would lead to a full-length musical? That's exactly what happened to David Ingber, whose show, "Fantasy Football: The Musical," opens Oct. 1 at the New York Musical Theater Festival. He originally pitched the idea to Simmons and Berry when they were fielding applications last year to join their basketball fantasy league. Upon being rejected, Ingber followed through with his project. The musical is set in 1991 and features Simmons and Berry inventing fantasy football.
June 4, 2006
IT is interesting to contrast your piece ["It's Not Quite Time to Mourn the Musical," May 28] with Ben Brantley's critique of the musical season on Broadway last week in the New York Times. Maybe it takes 3,000 miles to give perspective to the current state of the musical theater. Pacheco had it and was able to highlight some of the remarkable young talent like Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown. Los Angeles will be fortunate to see both Guettel's "Light in the Piazza" and the world premiere of Brown's "13" next season.
November 10, 1990
So, NBC's Perry Simon has come to the realization there is not much appetite for large-scale production numbers ("TV's Blackboard Bungle," Oct. 27). What a genius! People, in general, don't like to see someone pop out of the bushes and bust into a song or start dancing; people just don't do that, it's stupid. Talk about TV-speak: " . . . find ways to integrate music in a more organic fashion." Huh? Who is Perry Simon and how did he get this job? I cannot conceive that he thought for even one minute that "Hull High" had a chance.
November 6, 2009 |
As this Spider-Man tale opens, the audience sees New York City "on fire and in ruins" as "a section of the Brooklyn Bridge ascends with Mary Jane bound and dangling helplessly from the bridge." Soon thereafter, a new villainess called Arachne flies into the picture spinning her own deadly trap, and as Spider-Man battles all kinds of criminals he's swinging right over the audience. It sounds like the 3-D opening for the next "Spider-Man" sequel, and even though this superhero story is filled with Hollywood-style special effects, it is instead a glimpse from a confidential script of a planned "Spider-Man" musical -- the priciest undertaking, and among the most troubled productions, in Broadway history.
September 8, 2008 |
LA JOLLA -- The story of early rock 'n' roll is a truly American tale. The music probably wouldn't have been possible if not for the proximity of people from diverse backgrounds, overhearing each other and appropriating what they liked. Yet if America in the late 1940s and early '50s was beginning to come together in music, the country, in most other ways, remained deeply divided. "Memphis" -- a musical being given an exuberant, high-gloss staging at La Jolla Playhouse -- looks back on this time and finds a message at once chilling and full of hope.
July 28, 2010 |
"Magdi, Magdi," the kid yells, running in off the street. A bottle of water flies up to the loft and Magdi Ali catches it and shouts thanks. The child disappears through the sawdust and back into the sunlight. Ali scrapes his planer, pale curls weightless as snow tumble around his sandals, his glue pot simmers on a stove. He tightens strings of copper and silk until the pluck-pling of ancient music rises from his worn hands and drifts out the door. A single note. Then it vanishes.