Smokey Joe’s Café - a musical revue featuring primarily the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has the distinction of being longest running revue on Broadway.
Better than that, though, it has just a ton of incredibly fun and iconic songs.
Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY presents Smokey Joe’s Café Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, August 10 and we are fortunate to be joined at The Linda by that production's musical director, Benet Braun and cast members Christopher Brasfield, Justin Scott Brown, Laura D’andre, Lulu Fall, Gizel Jimenez, Jannie Jones, Benjamin Mapp, Correy West, Jason Veasey.
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.
Richard Barrios worked in the music and film industries before turning to film history with his award-winning book, A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film. His encore to that book is the new book, Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter.
Gypsy: A Music Fable 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.
Mary Callanan plays Mama Rose. She recently appeared in Annie on Broadway and has performed in tours of Mamma Mia!, The Sound of Music, Big, Damn Yankees, and Cinderella.
The hit musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda is currently running on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre. The show, which was first staged and is still running in London, features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
Matilda 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 Lesli Margherita, declares: "This the worst day of my life!"
Emmy Award-winning television and theater writer, Glen Berger, is the author of the new book Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of The Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History.
The book follows the troubled production of the Julie Taymor-directed and U2-orchestrated Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, 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.
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.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Animal Crackers overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Animal Crackers brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.
The show is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.
Chester Theatre Company will open its 24th season with the world premiere of Arms on Fire, a new play-with-music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, the creators of the Tony and Olivier Award winning, Spring Awakening.
The production will run from June 26th to July 7th at the Chester Town Hall in Chester, MA.
We are thrilled to be joined today at The Linda by the aforementioned Steven Sater along with Byam Stevens, Director of Arms on Fire 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.
Futurity is an original indie-rock musical by The Lisps, 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.
The Lisps bring Futurity to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Saturday, April 27th at 8pm.
The World Premiere of the new musical, Single Girls Guide, is running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY through March 30th.
Inspired by Jane’s Austen’s Emma - the show is flush with fun songs and features movie send-ups of 1960 PSAs.
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.
The music and lyrics are by Tommy Newman and the production is directed its book-writer, Gordon Greenberg who join us.