musical http://wamc.org en "Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter" By Richard Barrios http://wamc.org/post/dangerous-rhythm-why-movie-musicals-matter-richard-barrios <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Love them or love to hate them, embrace the glitter (however scratchy it may be) or deny the lure of those toe-tapping tunes - movie musicals have a storied - and serenaded - place in American popular culture.</p><p>Richard Barrios worked in the music and film industries before turning to film history with his award-winning book, <em>A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film</em>. His encore to that book is the new book, <em>Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter</em>.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 93509 at http://wamc.org "Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter" By Richard Barrios Mary Callanan Sings Out In Gypsy At CapRep Through 4/13 http://wamc.org/post/mary-callanan-sings-out-gypsy-caprep-through-413 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ultimate stage mother is making her presence known at </span><a href="http://www.capitalrep.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Capital Repertory Theatre</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Albany, NY.</span></p><p><em>Gypsy: A Music Fable</em> features classic Broadway belt-ables like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some People,” and “Rose's Turn.” The show opened on Broadway in 1959 and features a book by the late Arthur Laurents, music by the late Jule Styne, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This production at CapRep runs through Sunday, April 13th.</p><p><a href="http://www.marycallanan.com/">Mary Callanan</a> plays Mama Rose. She recently appeared in <em>Annie</em> on Broadway and has performed in tours of <em>Mamma Mia!</em>, <em>The Sound of Music</em>, <em>Big</em>, <em>Damn Yankees</em>, and <em>Cinderella</em>.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86381 at http://wamc.org Mary Callanan Sings Out In Gypsy At CapRep Through 4/13 A Whole Lotta Flash: Lesli Margherita In "Matilda: The Musical" http://wamc.org/post/whole-lotta-flash-lesli-margherita-matilda-musical <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hit musical adaptation of </span>Roald<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dahl’s </span><a href="http://us.matildathemusical.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Matilda</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is currently running on Broadway at The </span>Shubert<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The show, which was first staged and is still running in London, features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim </span>Minchin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><em>Matilda</em> is the story of an extraordinary young girl whose voracious reading habits help her to dream of a better life - as her current life is full of bullies and disregard for her well being - starting from the moment she’s born when her mother, Mrs. Wormwood played by <a href="http://www.leslimargherita.com/">Lesli Margherita</a>, declares: "This the worst day of my life!"</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 85476 at http://wamc.org A Whole Lotta Flash: Lesli Margherita In "Matilda: The Musical" Spider-Man Turn On The Tell-All http://wamc.org/post/spider-man-turn-tell-all <p></p><p>Emmy Award-winning television and theater writer, Glen Berger, is the author of the new book <em>Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of The Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History</em>.</p><p>The book follows the troubled production of the Julie Taymor-directed and U2-orchestrated Broadway show&nbsp;<em>Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark</em>, which was plagued from the beginning by technical difficulties. Berger was the co-writer of the play, and is here to tell us about how he got the job, what went right and what went very, very wrong.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78508 at http://wamc.org Spider-Man Turn On The Tell-All "Animal Crackers" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/animal-crackers-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.wtfestival.org">The Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> production of <em>Animal Crackers</em> overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. <em>Animal Crackers</em> brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.</p><p>The show is adapted and directed by <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/artists-archive/collective/henry-wishcamper/">Henry Wishcamper</a> and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68077 at http://wamc.org "Animal Crackers" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival World Premier of "Arms on Fire" at Chester Theatre Company http://wamc.org/post/world-premier-arms-fire-chester-theatre-company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.chestertheatre.org">Chester Theatre Company</a> will open its 24th season with the world premiere of <em>Arms on Fire</em>, a new play-with-music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, the creators of the Tony and Olivier Award winning, <em>Spring Awakening</em>.</p><p>The production will run from June 26th to July 7th at the Chester Town Hall in Chester, MA.</p><p>We are thrilled to be joined today at The Linda by the aforementioned Steven Sater along with Byam Stevens, Director of <em>Arms on Fire</em> and Artistic Director of Chester Theatre Company; Natalie Mendoza, who plays Josephina in the play; Musical Director and guitarist, Joe Belmont; and bassist, Rhees Williams.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 67827 at http://wamc.org World Premier of "Arms on Fire" at Chester Theatre Company "Futurity" by The Lisps at MASS MoCA http://wamc.org/post/futurity-lisps-mass-moca <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Futurity</em> is an original indie-rock musical by <a href="http://www.thelisps.com">The Lisps</a>, a Brooklyn-based co-ed of 21st century theater-prone indie rockers. Within a theatrically-staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and The Lisps' own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor.</p><p>The Lisps bring Futurity to Club B-10 at <a href="http://www.massmoca.org">MASS MoCA</a> in North Adams, MA this coming Saturday, April 27th at 8pm.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 62952 at http://wamc.org "Futurity" by The Lisps at MASS MoCA Single Girls Guide at CapRep http://wamc.org/post/single-girls-guide-caprep <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The World Premiere of the new musical, <em>Single Girls Guide</em>, is running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY through March 30th.</p><p>Inspired by Jane’s Austen’s Emma - the show is flush with fun songs and features movie send-ups of 1960 PSAs.</p><p>It’s 1966 Manhattan and newspaper columnist Emma Woodhouse writes a column she inherited from an older, now deceased, woman. Emma is still single and about to turn 30. In a Helen Gurley Brown inspired move, Emma recruits a ‘Single Girl’ from Rhode Island and vows to overhaul her life.</p><p>The music and lyrics are by Tommy Newman and the production is directed its book-writer, Gordon Greenberg who join us.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 59780 at http://wamc.org Single Girls Guide at CapRep Michelle Williams in FELA! http://wamc.org/post/michelle-williams-fela <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">FELA!</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the story of legendary Nigerian musician </span>Fela<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kuti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, whose soulful </span>Afrobeat<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rhythms ignited a generation.</span></p><p>Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.</p><p>Grammy winner and former member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, is in town to perform in the run of the musical FELA! at Proctor’s in Schenectady tonight and for two shows tomorrow.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59418 at http://wamc.org Michelle Williams in FELA! "A Wall Street Odyssey" at The Linda http://wamc.org/post/wall-street-odyssey-linda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the grand tradition of the English Rock opera, a la <em>Tommy</em>, <em>The Wall</em> and <em>The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway</em> – there is a new rock opera for the 21st century: <em>A Wall Street Odyssey</em>.</p><p>Yossarian, (from Joseph Heller's seminal book, Catch 22) is reborn as a burned out stockbroker on a path of self-destruction, rebirth and transcendence. The show includes live music, costumes, narration and videos on a giant screen.</p><p>Songwriter Sean Bigler and wife Bonnie Lykes live in the Woodstock area of upstate NY formed <a href="http://www.myspace.com/epigenemusic">Epigene</a> in 2000 and are the creators of <em>A Wall Street Odyssey</em>. They bring their show to <a href="http://www.wamcarts.org/event_details.php?id=251">The Linda</a> in Albany, NY on Saturday, February 23rd.</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 58233 at http://wamc.org "A Wall Street Odyssey" at The Linda