The golden age of Broadway musicals saw many stage shows turned into classic films. But reversing that process has not always been as easy or successful and that trend unfortunately continues with THE BODYGUARD, a production that could more aptly be titled THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY instead of using the name of the hit 1992 movie.
November 13th will mark the 20th Anniversary of “The Lion King” premiering on Broadway. The tour first appeared in Houston in 2002 and has visited two other times since then. Yesterday, the national touring company nicknamed the “gazelle company” arrived at The Hobby Center for a one month summer run. Has the show held up over the last two decades?
Being a big theatre fan, I love the Tony Awards. This year, I’m at sea for the show so I won’t get to see it or live blog it, but I’ll be keeping tabs. So this auto-post is my predictions, made before I set sail on Carnival Valor. I’ll update when I return with my win/loss percentage and thoughts on the winners & show.
The directions to Neverland, according to Peter Pan, are quite simple: “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” Making a musical about the development of Peter Pan and what inspired its writer J.M. Barrie to pen the classic is a bit more complex. “Finding Neverland” arrived earlier this week at The Hobby Center as part of its first national tour and while it made it to the second star just fine, it doesn’t quite get all the way to morning.
“Dreamgirls” is a Tony-winning musical about the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts like The Supremes, The Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, James Brown and many more. This show, much like those legendary acts, mostly shines but does have some bumps along its road to eventual success.
“We’re at war with Italy but nobody’s putting Joe DiMaggio in a camp!”
This one chilling line from the Broadway musical “Allegiance” – screened last night by Fathom Events – sums up the central theme of this thought-provoking passion project helmed by George Takei.
It’s a transitional year at Theatre Under the Stars, with a new Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps, and a new vision to take this long-time Houston show producer and presenter into its next chapter. So it’s only appropriate that with the turn of a page comes a story based some of the most famous works in literature…and what happens when you get what you think you want.