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.
NBC is no stranger to the live musical genre, having already produced “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan” and last year’s “The Wiz.” So you’d think that by now, they’ve got this down to a science. The answer is mostly yes – with a large and unfortunate no or two along the way.
“The Rocky Horror Show” is not a musical, but rather an experience, whether you see it as part of an interactive movie showing or live on stage. Theatre Under the Stars has embraced this notion to great success with their latest production in the smaller Zilka Hall at The Hobby Center.