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Monday, May 5, 2014

Creating Two Worlds for “If/Then” by Linda Buchwald

Inside the development of the ambitious new musical — It all starts so simply. In the first scene of If/Then, recently-divorced Elizabeth (Idina Menzel) meets her friends Kate (LaChanz…

SOURCE: TDF at 09:00AM
Monday, April 28, 2014

Here’s How Hedwig Walks (and Falls) by Linda Buchwald

Teaching Neil Patrick Harris to move like a punk goddess — You won’t see Neil Patrick Harris (pictured above) doing kick ball changes in the current Broadway production of Hedwig and…

SOURCE: TDF at 09:00AM
Friday, March 21, 2014

How Real Should “Documentary Theatre” Be? by Linda Buchwald

Two shows at Culture Project prod our definitions of “journalism” and “theatre” — When you first hear about them, the one-man shows The Junket and The Real Amer…

SOURCE: TDF at 09:00AM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Celtic Music, British Crimes by Linda Buchwald

To revisit Irish history, Larry Kirwan fuses Celtic and Broadway sounds — Larry Kirwan has become a fusion artist. For one thing, he’s not only the lead singer of the political r…

SOURCE: TDF at 02:53PM
Monday, January 27, 2014

The Yankees Dream Differently on Broadway by Linda Buchwald

Inside the magic of the Bronx Bombers set — When you see Bronx Bombers, the new play about the Yankees that’s currently on Broadway at Circle in the Square, pay attention to the …

SOURCE: TDF at 03:11PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How Do You Act Like a Computer? by Linda Buchwald

John Ellison Conlee plays multiple Watsons, including a machine Welcome to Building Character, TDF’s ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles — This season, sever…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:00PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How to Write a Merry Murder Musical by Linda Buchwald

Inside the creation of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder — Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak like a challenge. That’s why they wanted to musicalize Israel Rank: The…

SOURCE: TDF at 11:28AM
Monday, October 7, 2013

Chase Brock Makes a River Dance by Linda Buchwald

For Tamar of the River, the choreographer imagines how water should move — In the new musical Tamar of the River, now at Baruch Performing Arts Center in a production from Prospect T…

SOURCE: TDF at 10:52AM
Friday, September 13, 2013

Mercutio Wants You at This Party by Linda Buchwald

How Christian Camargo creates his role in Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet — Welcome to Building Character, TDF’s ongoing series about actors and how they create their roles Christi…

SOURCE: TDF at 03:15PM
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How Would Odets Serve You Dinner? by Linda Buchwald

NAATCO’s Awake and Sing! brings the audience close to the play — When you take your seat at the National Asian American Theater Company‘s (NAATCO) production of Clifford Od…

SOURCE: TDF at 11:30AM
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Becoming a Rock Star Rabbi by Linda Buchwald

How Eric Anderson Becomes Shlomo Carlebach in “Soul Doctor” — Welcome to Building Character, TDF’s ongoing series about actors and how they create their roles To play…

SOURCE: TDF at 03:32PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Duncan Sheik Gets Brechtian by Linda Buchwald

Inside Sheik’s score for “Caucasian Chalk Circle” When he composes for the theatre, Duncan Sheik almost always works with a lyricist. Typically, though, the lyricist is sti…

SOURCE: TDF at 02:35PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Not-So-One-Man “Macbeth” by Linda Buchwald

Why Alan Cumming’s Co-Stars are Crucial to the Broadway Revival — The current Broadway revival of Macbeth is often called a one-man show, but that’s not entirely accurate. …

SOURCE: TDF at 12:08PM
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Designing “Jekyll & Hyde” by Linda Buchwald

On Broadway, designer Tobin Ost isn’t a perfect Victorian — Tobin Ost is not interested in being Victorian. Or at least not slavishly so. He might be designing sets and costumes …

SOURCE: TDF at 08:00AM
Monday, March 18, 2013

Meet This Season’s Breakout Actor by Linda Buchwald

Now on Broadway, Cory Michael Smith stars in his third play of the season Many actors would be lucky to book one high-profile play in a season, but Cory Michael Smith is on his third. He is …

SOURCE: TDF at 02:02PM
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Playwright Keeps It “Really Really” Ambiguous by Linda Buchwald

Paul Downs Colaizzo invites arguments at MCC Theater In Really Really, a wild party leads to a damaging rumor that tests the loyalties and friendships of a group of college friends. The even…

SOURCE: TDF at 01:23PM
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Who Takes Care of Broadway’s Kids? by Linda Buchwald

Inside the world of a professional child guardian This season, Broadway is practically a kiddie convention. There are currently eight Rialto shows featuring child actors, including Annie, Th…

SOURCE: TDF at 10:59AM
Friday, December 21, 2012

Reworking “Working” by Linda Buchwald

The 1970s docu-musical gets updated for the 21st century Can a musical about jobs in the 1970s seem relevant today? Ask director Gordon Greenberg, who’s staging a new version of Workin…

SOURCE: TDF at 02:09PM
Monday, November 19, 2012

Making “A Christmas Story” a Musical by Linda Buchwald

How composers Pasek and Paul set the classic film to music As they were becoming rising stars of the musical theatre, composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were told that to learn about …

SOURCE: TDF at 12:48PM
Friday, October 26, 2012

Writing on the Paper of Hip Hop by Linda Buchwald

How beatboxers, actors, dancers, choreographers, and composers are collaborating on an ambitious new hip hop play — How do seven people collaborate on a play and end up with a cohesive…

SOURCE: TDF at 11:11AM
Monday, September 24, 2012

So Many Sondheim Songs, But Just One Character by Linda Buchwald

How actors find a story in the Sondheim revue “Marry Me a Little”   Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages’ ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles W…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:26PM
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Clothes Mock the Man by Linda Buchwald

Behind the parody costumes in Forbidden Broadway Jenny Lee Stern, in a beaded two-piece pantsuit and green scarf, channels Judy Garland while singing “You Made Me Love You.” Exce…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:43PM
Monday, August 13, 2012

On The Fringe, All Alone by Linda Buchwald

The World of Solo Shows at FringeNYC Solo shows are an excellent fit for the New York International Fringe Festival. They can be cheap and easy to produce—there’s only one cast m…

SOURCE: TDF at 10:36AM
Monday, July 23, 2012

Tony Winner John Gallagher Jr. Stars in HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ by Linda Buchwald

The seasoned theater actor spends his time as senior producer Jim Harper in HBO’s "The Newsroom."

SOURCE: Backstage at 06:11AM
Friday, July 6, 2012

The Heart of a “Dogfight” by Linda Buchwald

Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena find love in a spiky new musical At a crucial point in the new musical Dogfight, now at Second Stage Theatre, shy waitress Rose Fenny and Marine Eddie Birdlace…

SOURCE: TDF at 11:01AM
Friday, June 29, 2012

‘Tribes’ Star Susan Pourfar Learns New Skills for Her Role by Linda Buchwald

Pourfar plays Sylvia in "Tribes," and for the part, she needed to speak with a British accent, plus learn American Sign Language and the piano.

SOURCE: Backstage at 05:00AM
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How Do You Pot “Harry Potter”? by Linda Buchwald

All 7 Harry Potter novels get staged in 70 minutes In paperback, the 7 Harry Potter novels have 4,167 pages, and those pages contain dozens of stories and hundreds of characters. But if you …

SOURCE: TDF at 12:15PM
Monday, May 21, 2012

How Poets and Strippers Sing by Linda Buchwald

Gabriel Kahane creates musical languages for famous names in “February House” Composer Gabriel Kahane has spent most of his career in pop and opera, and he was never a fan of mus…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:31PM
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Building Character: Michael Cerveris by Linda Buchwald

The actor becomes Perón in Broadway’s “Evita” Welcome to Building Character, TDF’s ongoing series about actors and how they create their roles Michael Cerveris has r…

SOURCE: TDF at 04:07PM
Monday, February 27, 2012

Building Character: Finn Wittrock by Linda Buchwald

The actor gets “Happy” in Broadway’s Death of a Salesman — Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages‘ ongoing series about actors and how they create their role…

SOURCE: TDF at 11:25AM
Monday, January 9, 2012

Opera Star, Broadway Star, But Always In “Porgy” by Linda Buchwald

Once again, Phillip Boykin stars in “Porgy and Bess” At the curtain call of a recent preview of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, actor Phillip Boykin gave a dainty curtsy. Th…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:36PM

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