Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Roe is a history lesson and a warning by Catey Sullivan

Lisa Loomer's docudrama examines the landmark abortion rights case. In 1984, my roommate drove across two states so she could get a legal abortion. It took a wee…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Review: A Soldier’s Play on Broadway at long last. by Jonathan Mandell

Charles Fuller’s murder mystery, finally on Broadway in a fine production directed by Kenny Leon some four decades after it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is so good that even if you’…

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A Soldier’s Play on Broadway At Last by New York Theater

Charles Fuller’s murder mystery, finally on Broadway in a fine production directed by Kenny Leon some four decades after it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is so good that even if you’…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

London Theatre Review: Cirque du Soleil

In 1984, 20 fire-breathing, stilt-striding performers took to the streets of the colourful Baie-Saint-Paul in Québec City, Canada. The shows they put on there began a journey to bring the…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘The Karate Kid’ musical in the works for Broadway by Ben Cost

Wax on Broadway. After etching itself into the hearts of movie fans forever, “The Karate Kid” franchise is onto the next frontier — the big stage. That’s right, the original 1984 mov…

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New Musical The Karate Kid, Based on the Hit '80s Movie, Aims for Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

The Karate Kid is stomp-kicking its way to the stage. The 1984 martial arts drama, which spawned three sequels and legions of fans, is being adapted into a musical for Broadway, producers Ku…

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‘Karate Kid’ musical in development by Caitlin Huston

“The Karate Kid” is being developed into a Broadway-aimed musical.  The musical will feature a book by Robert Mark Kamen, the screenwriter of the 1984 film, and music and lyrics by Drew…

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The Karate Kid Will Receive Musical Adaptation for Broadway by Mark A. Robinson For Broadway Direct

The popular 80s film The Karate Kid hit the screens in 1984, where it became one of the decade’s most beloved films, an inspirational tale about overcoming one’s fears, taking on the bul…

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‘The Karate Kid’ In Training For Broadway: Musical Adaptation Has Original Screenwriter On Board by Greg Evans

The Karate Kid is being developed as a musical for Broadway, with the 1984 film’s screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen penning the book and Drew Gasparini writing music and lyrics. The project w…

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A Musical Adaptation of The Karate Kid Is in the Works by Ryan McPhee

Drew Gasparini and original screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen will collaborate on the Broadway-aimed take on the 1984 movie.

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The Karate Kid screenwriter to adapt film as a stage musical by Nick Romano

The Karate Kid has been to Japan (in the sequel), China (in the remake), and YouTube (in the TV series). Now, Daniel-san is heading for the stage. Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, who penned …

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

TOSOS celebrates blues legend Alberta Hunter in ‘Leaving the Blues’ at The Flea Theater by Deb Miller

From her meager beginnings in Memphis through her rise to international fame and triumphant comeback after 20 years of service as a nurse, the life and times of renowned blues and jazz singe…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tony Winners Stephanie J. Block & Linda Lavin Set For Sarah Silverman’s ‘The Bedwetter’ Musical by Greg Evans

Tony Award winners Linda Lavin and Stephanie J. Block are among the cast announced today for the world premiere production of Sarah Silverman’s Off Broadway musical The Bedwetter. Sami Bra…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

International theater attendees reach record high in Broadway League survey by Caitlin Huston

Broadway saw the highest number of international attendees on record during the 2018-2019 season, according to the Broadway League’s annual survey.  Last season, 14.8 million people atten…

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Ruth Taylor: Buck Henry’s Movie Star Mother by Trav S.D.

Her son Buck Henry having just passed away, and her birthday falling today, it would seem to be the perfect moment to bestow some attention on Ruth Taylor (1908-1984). Raised in Oregon, Tayl…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Rubye De Remer: Beauty and Beverly Hills by Trav S.D.

As is not unusual in Hollywood, Rubye De Remer (Ruby Burkhardt, 1892-1984) was to become best known for her house. Her mansion “Sunkist” was located at the highest point in Beverly Hills…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Themes of betrayal (and renewal) fill the Young Playwrights Festival by Kerry Reid

Pegasus Theatre Chicago celebrates 33 years of fostering teen writers. Pegasus Theatre Chicago has weathered some storms over the years. But one thing has remain…

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Actor and playwright Jacqueline Malcolm on her first job: ‘Waiting for someone to employ me wasn’t an option’ by John Byrne

My first job was forming the Acts drama group in 1984 with my sisters and a close friend. Growing up in a

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Legendary Broadway Composer Jerry Herman, Who Wrote Hello, Dolly! & La Cage aux Folles, Dies at 88 by Broadway.com

Tony winner Jerry Herman, the celebrated compose/lyricist who made his mark on Broadway with award-winning scores to an array of musical comedies, died on December 26 in Miami. According t…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Hello, Dolly! composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 by Christian Holub

Another Broadway legend has died. Jerry Herman, the Tony Award-winning composer behind Hello Dolly! and other popular works, died Thursday at age 88, according to The Associated Press. Born …

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Last Christmas — Wham!’s 1984 hit became an instant classic

George’s Michael’s song reflects the bitterness and vulnerability of a betrayed romantic

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Danny Aiello, Oscar-Nominated Screen Star & Award-Winning Stage Alum, Dies at 86 by Andy Lefkowitz

Danny Aiello, a veteran actor of major motion pictures who made several notable appearances on the New York stage, died on December 12 at a New Jersey medical facility where he was receiving…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Tony Winner René Auberjonois, Known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dies at 79 by Caitlin Moynihan

Stage and screen star René Auberjonois, who earned a Tony Award for his featured turn in 1970's Coco, passed away on December 8, according to The New York Times. The cause was metastatic lu…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Godfrey Gao, actor and model, 1984-2019

A rising star of the screen who inspired Asian actors

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

1984. A “spiritual happening” when Morgan Freeman preached The Gospel at Colonus at Arena Stage by Blair A. Ruble

Editor’s note: The mix of cultures has always provided a rich stew for theater, showing us both the universality of human longing and the diverse ways in which it can be expressed. So, for…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Past, present clash in Aquila Theatre’s ‘1984’ by Andy Arnold

Viewing Aquila Theatre’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, I couldn’t help but wonder which came first “newspeak” or “alte…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Electric Dreams: The Musical by Arts Review

Based on Rusty Lemorande’s classic 80s film, Electric Dreams, Music Theatre Melbourne presents the new stage production, Electric Dreams: The Musical at Gasworks Arts Park this November. E…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Justin Smith discusses returning to Billy Elliott a generation on by Peter J Snee

Based on the film of the same name, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, gritty, heart-warming and feel-good celebration following the journey of a young boy raised in a small British mining…

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Richard Burton: The Welsh Wizard by Trav S.D.

Like many of my favorite actors (George C. Scott, William Holden), Richard Burton (Richard Walter Jenkins Jr, 1925-1984) radiated a rare combination of intelligence and macho charisma. He wa…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tony Winner Alice Ripley to Star in Site-Specific Production of Baby by Caitlin Moynihan

Tony winner Alice Ripley is set to star in Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s 1984 musical Baby. The site-specific production will take place at a loft in Manhattan from December 6 thr…

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Walter Woolf King: The Man Who Played Lassparri by Trav S.D.

Walter Woolf King (1899-1984) will probably best known to readers of this blog as the singing villain of two Marx Brothers movies, A Night at the Opera (1935) and Go West (1936), and as a sh…

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