The Devil Wears Prada…The Musical! That’s All….

The Devil Wears Prada…The Musical!  That’s All….

It’s one of my favorite films. And now it’s going to be presented on stage in a musical format with music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, and book by Paul Rudnick.

And just announced, Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro, a 2008 Tony winner for her direction of August: Osage County, has been named as the director.

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OOPS…Britney Spears’s Music In A New Broadway Musical!!! Really???

OOPS…Britney Spears’s Music In A New Broadway Musical!!! Really???

Now I am not one to judge before a product is released and reviewed but this just feels wrong.  I am personally not a big fan of Spears but there is just something about a musical with her music coming to Broadway. I will be the first to admit I was wrong if it turns out to be a hit.   It seems we are starting to see a trend of musicals coming out with the music of popular artist.

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Take The Time To Say Thank You to Your Fans

Take The Time To Say Thank You to Your Fans

Recently, Chris Peterson, the Editor-In-Chief of OnStage Blog, wrote about meeting actors whom we respect and admire and the effect that it had on them. In digesting the article, I wanted to weigh in on this subject and maybe give it some more food for thought.

Personally, I have had the opportunity to meet some celebrities after a show either at the stage door or, on a few special occasions, in their dressing rooms. My expectations were based on my admiration for their work in theatre, TV and/or film. And I was ready to be humbled at the opportunity to meet them.

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Please Stop Looking Down on Community Theatre

Please Stop Looking Down on Community Theatre

It truly hurts me to acknowledge that there are people out there who try to give community theatre a bad reputation. It’s the truth, folks, they exist, and I genuinely feel they need to be educated on the importance of community theatre the benefits that it provides to all of us.

Having been involved in community theatre for over 40 years…yes, I admit it and do it proudly….I have personally seen this wonderful genre from multiple sides. As an actor, producer, stage manager, director….I have seen it. And the benefits that have been reaped have contributed to many aspects of my life, socially and privately.

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In Defense of Negative Reviews

In Defense of Negative Reviews

A while back, I saw an upsetting case of deconstructive criticism brought to the surface in the case of “Karlan Judd and the Cyberbully”. Basically, a show’s creator publicly shamed an actor for posting a negative review. Both the comment and the review have since been taken down. 

Others have talked at length about how unprofessional it was for the creator to take a public stance on a negative review but I want to talk about something else that sparked my interest: the purpose of negative reviews and the role of the contemporary audience member.

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After 'Leaving Neverland', Michael Jackson Musical Should Be Cancelled...Right?

After 'Leaving Neverland', Michael Jackson Musical Should Be Cancelled...Right?

Last week, it was officially announced that a Michael Jackson musical would be making its way to Broadway next year. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” is set to open its out-of-town tryout in Chicago on Oct 29th with plans to move to New York in Spring 2020.

However, should plans for the upcoming show be altered considering the detailed sexual abuse allegations in a new documentary?

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#boycottRudinplays and Stand up for Community Theatres

#boycottRudinplays and Stand up for Community Theatres

I don’t take calling for boycotts likely. I don’t think they should be thrown out casually because if they are effective, they can have a lasting impact on everyone involved. While they target those at the top, they immediately impact those at the bottom. I’m well aware of that which is why this has weighed on me.

But after seeing the behavior of Scott Rudin and his representatives over the past month, and seeing the way they have threatened community theatres across the country, I’m fed up.

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Dear High School Theatres, Stop Writing Your Own Shows Based on Movies

Dear High School Theatres, Stop Writing Your Own Shows Based on Movies

This weekend, students at the Heritage Private School in Cyprus are going to be performing a world premiere musical of sorts. The original musical is titled “As You Wish” and it’s directly based on the book and film “The Princess Bride.”

The problem with all of this? By taking a work this specific work and adapting it the way these teachers are technically violating copyright owned by the William Goldman estate and even bigger, the Walt Disney Company.

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Director Downfalls #1 - Poorly Worded Casting Calls

Director Downfalls #1 - Poorly Worded Casting Calls

As an actor in community theatre in a city in Australia I come across some… interesting directors. As a director of youth theatre I’ve definitely made a blunder or two. Thus I watch and analyse directors I work with in order to improve my own practice. This series will explore the various downfalls I’ve experienced or witnessed and how to fix the situation. In part one we’re looking at casting calls. These have needed to evolve over the years to move with the times. Unfortunately, we have directors in community theatre (and probably professional too) that haven’t kept up.

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Journey to the Past: Broadway Productions I'd Loved to Have Seen

Journey to the Past: Broadway Productions I'd Loved to Have Seen

A meme or photo (not sure the difference tbh) posted on this site made a joke about time traveling to see closed Broadway shows, which made me think about shows I'd see if time travel was possible. To keep this piece under 10,000 words, I limited myself to five shows. I further narrowed it to shows that are no longer running (i.e., not going back to the opening night of Hamilton) AND limiting the list to shows I never saw if they originally ran during my lifetime. Here are my time travel shows in no particular order.

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