Theatre Saved My Life. It Can Save Others Too

Theatre Saved My Life. It Can Save Others Too

Depression: To me, it is one of the most destructive and misunderstood diseases on the planet. It is to the spirit what cancer is to the body. Slowly but surely, it eats away at who you are until there is nothing left of you but a miserable, empty shell of a person. The number of victims who lost their lives while fighting it off is countless. It is the worst possible thing that could be inflicted on a person’s psyche, and personally, I wouldn’t wish it on my own worst enemy.

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Theatre Will Survive

Theatre Will Survive

Well, good friends, we are living in volatile times. This is by no means a surprise. Predictions were made and reality soon followed suit. We are alerted on social media when the next controversy rolls in. Then, we find out it either wasn’t a controversy or it was and people don’t believe there even was a controversy. The comments section is filled to the brim with people who sit by their keyboards waiting to pounce on the next unsuspecting person they disagree with. To top it all off, there have been rumors that government funding for the arts will be cut. While this is disheartening, (one theatre maker I know personally questioned the longevity of our profession), it is not surprising.

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Countdown: My Top Ten Andrew Lloyd Webber Songs

Countdown: My Top Ten Andrew Lloyd Webber Songs

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a Broadway fixture for the past 50 years. He wrote his first show with Tim Rice, The Likes of Us, in 1965. Today the theatre icon turns 70 years old. 

So what better time to look back on this polarizing icon of musical theatre by ranking, what I feel, are his best 10 pieces of work. 

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6 Musical Theater Songs That Perfectly Capture the Creative Process

6 Musical Theater Songs That Perfectly Capture the Creative Process

Sometimes, when I’m looking for inspiration as I write, I turn to musical theater. It makes sense that such a creative medium would be chock full of songs that capture the creative process so well. Here are some of my favorites—while a few are specific to writing, I think anyone who has ever been stuck in a creative rut can find some inspiration within them. 

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From the Barricades to Yorktown: A Chat with Hamilton's Kyle Scatliffe

From the Barricades to Yorktown: A Chat with Hamilton's Kyle Scatliffe

Kyle Scatliffe is currently starring in the second National Tour of Hamilton, playing the roles of Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson which recently began performances in Seattle at The Paramount Theatre. Mr. Scatliffe is known for playing Enjolras in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Miserables, and Harpo in the 2015 Broadway Revival of The Color Purple.  He also has performed on the West End in The Scottsboro Boys playing the role of Haywood Patterson which earned him an Olivier Award Nomination for “Best Actor in a Musical”.

I had a chance to chat with Kyle about his journey as an actor. But first, I had to ask him what went through his mind when he got the call that he was cast in Hamilton. 

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Broadway Should Dim Lights for Everyone or No One

Broadway Should Dim Lights for Everyone or No One

Jan Maxwell deserved more. She deserved to win the Tony in 2012. She deserved to be just as highly praised on screen as she was on stage. 

She deserved many more years on this planet than 61, dying of breast cancer last week. 

But she certainly didn't deserve the treatment she initially received from the Broadway League in the ongoing guessing game that is who is deserving enough to have the tribute of Broadway dimming their lights. 

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RANKED: Top 10 Musicals That Never Made it to Broadway

RANKED: Top 10 Musicals That Never Made it to Broadway

There are a ton of factors to mull over before even beginning to produce a musical on Broadway. Given the financial risk, it's no wonder that a lot of great material gets left out. Even though they may have had legendary Off-Broadway, Regional or even West End productions, something about moving them to Broadway seemed a bit too far fetched. 

So here is our list of the 10 best musicals that have yet to get their shot at the Great White Way. 

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"As Long As Audiences Will Pay to See Me": A cabaret tribute to Broadway’s “feminist” past and present

"As Long As Audiences Will Pay to See Me": A cabaret tribute to Broadway’s “feminist” past and present

I so appreciate everyone coming out tonight, especially the women in this audience who put down their pot roasts and babies to celebrate Broadway’s illustrious and ongoing history of Feminist Musicals! As I’m sure you all know, 2018 has been a difficult year for women, so my friend SKEEZY PIANIST here and I thought we should thank Broadway for stepping it up in the wake of the #MeToo movement by presenting a triad of envelope-pushing revivals.

I’m going to now perform a song from one of these upcoming beauties. Let’s see if you showtunes nerds can figure them out! Hit it, SKEEZY PIANIST!

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It's Time for Native American Stories to Make it to Broadway

It's Time for Native American Stories to Make it to Broadway

As a POC(Performer of Color), I celebrate anytime Broadway demonstrates inclusion whether it's with casting or show selection. However there is one group that is massively getting left out from this new wave of diversity awareness, Native Americans.

The timing has never been better to bring Native American stories and performers to Broadway. 

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