Monday, March 21, 2016

I've moved! by Christopher Caggiano

Hey, all. After eight years of blogging, I've moved up in the world and am now writing for About.com. You can check out my regular posts, reviews, and ramblings at theater.about.com. I won't…

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Reviews - Side Show, Elephant Man, Plus the Best and Worst Musicals of 2014 by Christopher Caggiano

Regular readers with note that most of my posts lately have been lists of links to my About.com posts. When I took on the About.com gig, I thought that I would be migrating some of my more e…

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reviews - On the Town, Curious Incident, The Band Wagon and More by Christopher Caggiano

So, the combination of yet another busy semester at The Boston Conservatory and my contract with About.com to supply them with two posts a week has meant that I haven't had any time to post …

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review - The Last Ship on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

The fall theater season in New York is is full swing. I'll be publishing a series of reviews over the next few weeks, some of them here on the blog, and some of them over on About.com. Here'…

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

10 Musicals That Changed Broadway - And Other Posts by Christopher Caggiano

So, the new semester at The Boston Conservatory has officially begun. Now I get to see how well I'm going to be able to keep up with my posts on About.com, my reviews of the new Broadway and…

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review - The Phantom of the Opera With Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess by Christopher Caggiano

As I mentioned a while back, I picked up a new gig writing for About.com as the Musical and Theater Expert. I was hoping that the gig wouldn't interfere with my blogging, and so far that has…

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Review - Finding Neverland at the American Repertory Theatre by Christopher Caggiano

Quick quiz: 1. What musical is the following lyric from? 2. Which character is singing? 3. What is this character singing about? All that matters now Is where we go from here. There's an eas…

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review - The Visit at Williamstown Theatre Festival With Chita Rivera by Christopher Caggiano

John Waters writes in one of his books (I think it was Crackpot) that he wishes that someone would discover an unpublished Jean Genet novel. He's read everything extant by Genet, he says, an…

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Review - Piece of My Heart - The Bert Berns Story - Off Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

Most jukebox shows rely on the name-recognition factor to lure in the crowds. Well, here's a musical that has sort of the opposite goal: to bring our attention to a name that many of us have…

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reviews - 2014 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) - Part 4 by Christopher Caggiano

Here's my final roundup of reviews from the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). I saw 19 shows over the course of three weekends. It was a bit grueling at times, but overall I fou…

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reviews - 2014 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) - Part 3 by Christopher Caggiano

Here's my third round of reviews, out of four, of shows from the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Seeing so many shows in such a short time has been a really rewarding process,…

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review - Atomic the Musical Off Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

You gotta admire the cojones on anyone who writes a musical called Atomic. I mean, theater critics and their editors can be mean enough with headlines even without such low-hanging fruit. OK…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reviews - 2014 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) - Part Two by Christopher Caggiano

Here's my second installment of reviews from this year's New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). I continue to be impressed at the overall higher caliber of shows at this year's festival. …

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Contest - Win a Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill CD by Christopher Caggiano

One of my favorite theatrical experiences of this past season was seeing the lustrous Audra McDonald in the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, so much so that I went back a second tim…

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Reviews - 2014 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) - Part One by Christopher Caggiano

Ah, summer. Looks like it's time for a little NYMF-ing. Well, maybe more than a little. I mean, faced with the prospect of 24 new musicals, 9 concerts, 10 development readings, and numerous …

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cast Recordings, Broadway Grosses, What to See, What to Buy by Christopher Caggiano

Hey, folks. Here are my latest posts for About.com. Lots of fun info here regarding what to see on Broadway this summer, which recent cast recordings to buy, whether you spell in "theater" o…

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review - The Lion at Manhattan Theater Club Off-Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

I was in the Berkshires over the July Fourth weekend, and had no intention of seeing any theater. Honestly. But I wound up taking in two shows, one of which was The Servant of Two Masters at…

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Broadway Discounts, Theater Etiquette & More by Christopher Caggiano

Here's a roundup of my latest posts on About.com (theater.about.com). I'm supposed to post at least twice a week, which is a bit more frequent than I've been used to in my blogging, but so f…

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Review - Savion Glover's Om at the Joyce Theater by Christopher Caggiano

I just got back from a three-show day in NYC. I hadn't planned on blogging about any of the shows -- I wanted to just sit back and enjoy on this trip -- but as I sat watching one of...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Review - Holler If Ya Hear Me on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

I'm sure that some of you, like me, greeted the news of a prospective Tupac Shakur musical with at the very least a raised eyebrow. I think this is a vestige of our propensity of limiting ou…

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review - Fly By Night at Playwrights Horizons by Christopher Caggiano

I can't recall the last time I was so genuinely enchanted by the first act of a show, only to be so disenchanted by the final curtain. The new musical Fly By Night at Playwrights Horizons fe…

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Latest for About.com by Christopher Caggiano

Here are my two most recent posts for About.com. One of them is about some A-list Hollywood types that will be playing on Broadway in the coming season (including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenha…

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Take on the 2014 Tonys - Plus a New Gig by Christopher Caggiano

So, the Tonys are over, and another season has come and gone. I've caught up (mostly) on my reviews, but I wanted to alert y'all out there in EIKILFM land that I've picked up a companion wri…

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Review - Cabaret Revival on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

OK, I admit it. I was skeptical when the Roundabout Theatre Company announced its plans to bring its acclaimed 1998 revival of Cabaret back to Studio 54. It seemed like a cynical attempt to …

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Reviews - Act One, Casa Valentina, Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grille by Christopher Caggiano

Regular readers will recall that I occasionally attend "straight" plays. (I prefer to call them "non-musicals.) My attendance at these belting-deprived affairs is usually cont…

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Review - Violet Revival on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company by Christopher Caggiano

We can complain all we want about star casting, but the fact remains that it works. Not always, of course, as the producers of the recently canceled mega-tour of Jesus Christ Superstar disco…

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review - Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris by Christopher Caggiano

Wow. Just wow. I went into the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fully expecting to enjoy myself. What I didn't expect was that I would be so blown away, both by the power of the…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review - Bullets Over Broadway Musical on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

If I had to sum up musical-theater history in just one word, that word would be "integration," which I define for my Boston Conservatory students as the extent to which a song or dance contr…

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014

Review - Heathers: The Musical Off-Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

If I were producing a musical version of the darkly comedic film "Heathers," there are two guys I would have turned to in a New York minute to write the show: Laurence O'Keefe (of Bat Boy an…

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review - If/Then Musical on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

OK, grades are in. Let the catch-up begin. I saw quite a few shows this spring, both on Broadway and off, but so far have only had a chance to blog about a handful of them. Now that school i…

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