Posts Tagged ‘musicals’
Anna Kendrick ponders what to do on the steps of the palace in Into the Woods.

Today Was a Fairytale

Into the Woods: There was a baker and his wife, and it was beautiful.
Way back before Disney rejuvenated itself by making animated musicals based on fairy tales sprinkled with witty songs, adult concerns, and a wisecracking modern attitude, Stephen Sondheim beat the studio to that territory with ...

Kevin Kratzke plays Buddy Holly in Texas Family Musicals’ farewell show, Fri.

Night & Day

WED ▪ 12 Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan have earned rave reviews in the U.K. for their performances in Skylight, a David Hare play about a wealthy restaurateur who drops in on his much-younger ex-girlfriend and finds her teach...

See Thursday

Night & Day

WED ▪ 11 The Tony-nominated songwriting team of Pasek and Paul (specifically Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) is best known for its songs for A Christmas Story, The Musical, based on the movie that came out a little more than a ye...

Major Attaway and Cedric Neal star in Jubilee Theatre’s Ain’t Misbehavin’.

The Joint Is Jumpin’

Jubilee Theatre takes a break from staging new fare to resurrect a classic this week. The Tony-winning 1978 musical revue Ain’t Misbehavin’ is built on the songs of Fats Waller, who in his short life (he died before his 40t...

Jeb Berrier’s documentary Bag It screens Wednesday at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Night & Day

WED ▪ 21 Night & Day makes an effort to reuse plastic bags from the grocery store, but too many people simply throw them away, which is a reason why there’s a huge patch of floating plastic in the middle of the Pacific ...

Anne Hathaway (center) and other seamstresses find work in "Les Misérables."

Les Misérables: Do You Hear the Actors Sing?

At the end of the day, a strong cast saves this musical.
I’ve never been a fan of Les Misérables, the Broadway musical, and the movie version reminded me of all the reasons: the bombast, the simplistic characters, the relentless self-seriousness, the endless ballads that all sound...

Ben Stidham and Elizabeth Dewhirst in Anything Goes.

Easy to Love

Anything Goes was revived on Broadway last year to great acclaim, but the musical has never really been in eclipse. Since it debuted in 1934, the show has endured as a vehicle for some of Cole Porter’s greatest songs. The sto...

Touch Me

Big Ticket
Duncan Sheik first came to prominence in the mid-1990s as a pop singer-songwriter, carving out airy, pleasing songs like “Barely Breathing” and “She Runs Away.” For all the lapidary artistry of these gems, he envisioned...

Amphibian Production

Traditional hand-drawn animation has been out of fashion for much of this decade. Most of Hollywood followed Pixar’s lead years ago and went to computers for their animated family movies. Now the novelty value of that has...

Move On

Kristian Lin
I always found ABBA’s melancholy ballads more interesting than their better-known disco-influenced hits, but I find those latter songs pleasant enough in small doses.