Monthly Archives: December 2012

Best of 2012: Top 10 New Musicals

Musical theater was “alive and kicking” this year, with debuts from new writers and comebacks from veteran scribes. Below is my list of the Top Ten new pieces of musical theater that debuted in the past 12 months – with … Continue reading

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Wicked Joins Smithsonian Collection

During “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” a special ceremony on Dec. 17, the award-winning musical Wicked joined Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Cats, The Lion King, and Rent in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: Top 10 Musical Revivals

New York saw a bevy of musical revivals this year, including a large pack of shows from the Eighties. There were also two prominent “revivals” of shows from the past five years, both presented at the Hirschfeld – though “remount” … Continue reading

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Chicago Milestone

Yesterday, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago surpassed the performance count of the original production of Les Misérables to become the third longest-running show in Broadway history. “Throughout the past 17 years, this production has exceeded my wildest expectations time … Continue reading

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Viva Forever: Review Roundup

The new jukebox musical Viva Forever, based on the music of the Spice Girls, has received scathing reviews for its West End premiere at the Piccadilly. The creative team includes Jennifer Saunders (book), Paul Garrington (direction), Lynne Page (choreography), John … Continue reading

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Working: Review Roundup

The latest revisal of the 1977 musical revue Working, adapted from Studs Terkel’s 1974 book, has received generally positive reviews for its Off-Broadway production at 59E59. The creative team includes Stephen Schwartz (book, lyrics, music), Nina Faso (book), Gordon Greenberg … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: Top 10 Musical Films

It wasn’t a banner year for musical films, but there were more than enough to compose a list of the top ten movies that told their stories through fully realized song and dance moments – both the non-diegetic (musicalized dialogue) … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: Top 5 Musical TV Moments

This week, I’ll be sharing my Best of 2012 lists. Today, it’s my countdown of musical TV moments during the calendar year, including a trio of songs in series about making music (from Broadway to high school and Nashville) to … Continue reading

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Bodyguard: Review Roundup

The new West End musical The Bodyguard, based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 film (whose Grammy-winning soundtrack featured Whitney Houston’s iconic recording of “I Will Always Love You”), has opened at London’s Adelphi Theatre to rave reviews for leading lady Heather Headley but poor … Continue reading

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2013 Golden Globe Nominations

This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for its 70th Golden Globe Awards. Among films, the recent adaptation of the musical Les Misérables picked up four nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor in a … Continue reading

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