Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sparkle: Album Reviews

Sony RCA Records has released the soundtrack to the upcoming film Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 musical picture (starring Irene Cara) inspired by The Supremes, to middling reviews. The recording includes new versions of four songs from Curtis Mayfield’s … Continue reading

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Into the Woods: Review Roundup

The second New York revival of the 1987 musical Into the Woods has opened Off-Broadway, as the closing show in the Public Theater’s summer season at the Delacorte in Central Park, to decidedly mixed reviews. For the record, the creative team … Continue reading

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Spamalot: Review Roundup

The London revival of the 2005 musical Spamalot opened last week at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End to lukewarm reviews. For the record, the creative team includes Eric Idle (book, lyrics, music), John DuPrez (music), Christopher Luscombe … Continue reading

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London Road: Review Roundup

The 2011 musical London Road returned to London’s National Theatre last week to overwhelmingly positive reviews for a limited summer revival. The creative team includes Alecky Blythe (book, lyrics), Adam Cork (lyrics, music, orchestration), Rufus Norris (direction), Katrina Lindsay (production … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Mark O’Donnell

Yesterday, musical theater lost another unique voice. On Monday, librettist Mark O’Donnell died after collapsing in the lobby of his New York apartment. With co-writer Tom Meehan, O’Donnell crafted the books for musical adaptations of two John Waters films. The first, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Marvin Hamlisch

On Monday, composer Marvin Hamlisch died in Los Angeles, after a brief illness. A “singular sensation” himself, Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys (including one as Best New Artist), one Tony, plus the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (The … Continue reading

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New LIT Fund

In February, Edward Albee and other Off-Off-Broadway luminaries joined Judith Malina at her Living Theatre, when the League of Independent Theater announced plans for its LIT Fund, to financially assist groups and individuals creating independent theater in New York City. … Continue reading

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Nutty Professor: Review Roundup

The Broadway-bound musical The Nutty Professor, based on the 1963 Jerry Lewis film, made its world premiere last week at Nashville’s Polk Theater to enthusiastic out-of-town reviews. For the record, the creative team includes Rupert Holmes (book, lyrics), Marvin Hamlisch … Continue reading

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Skippyjon Jones: Review Roundup

Last week at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel, Theatreworks/USA opened its free summer show, the world premiere one-act musical Skippyjon Jones, based on the popular picture book series by Judy Schachner, to near-unanimous positive reviews. For the record, the creative team includes … Continue reading

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Last Smoker: Review Roundup

The new one-act musical The Last Smoker in America, which had its world premiere in 2010 at Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus, opened Off-Broadway last night to weak reviews. For the record, the creative team is Bill Russell (book, … Continue reading

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