Theater

Dee Snider’s Rock And Roll Christmas Tale

By Helen Bach | September 7, 2013

The break is over my friends cuz the kinky headed obnoxious man is back and ho ho ho-ing. It’s an odd angle considering he proclaims his Judaism often enough but lets face it us Christians are a cash cow so get milkin’ us for Christmas!

"Diablo Love" At Central Park Summerstage, Monday, August 19th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 21, 2013

The staging is minimal in the extreme and compared with, say, “Power Of Trinity” there isn’t much dancing. But “Diablo Love” is powerful stuff and overwhelms and negates its shortcomings. with song and story.

Queen Musical ‘We Will Rock You’ US Tour

By Helen Bach | August 18, 2013

his wouldn’t quite cut it in your major theater district

80's Heroes Win Outer Critics Circle Awards

By Helen Bach | May 18, 2013

Growing up you don’t think of longevity of greatness. None of us thought pop stars like Cyndi Lauper would still be around. I mean not dead but rather still in the news.

"All or Nothing": The Mod Musical based on the Small Faces

By Helen Bach | May 18, 2013

A new show is coming London called “Mod” based upon Small Faces and the Mod scene. I doubt it will ever make it to the US because we have no allegiance to that movement but I sure hope it makes it to film

"We Want To Really Engage, Bring It Right To The Audience": Arthur Preisser and Randy Weiner's "King Kong"

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2013

From Macbeth to Haile Selasie, Kings abound, from King Kong to Caligula to Faust, monsters are around and from Al Bowly , Optical, Howling Wolf, Alicia Bridges and Tomas Doncker there is music in the cafes at night and revolution in the theatrics of Randy Weiner and Alfred Preisser

"School of Rock" A Theatrical Production? Please Lord Webber, No

By Helen Bach | April 19, 2013

This loser is fabulously portrayed by Jack Black. Suffering from a case of “stickittothemandiosis” as well as just plain ‘sticking it to the man’, became the catch phrase for anyone who saw the film.

“Motown: The Musical,” Berry Gordy’s Last Hurrah

By Helen Bach | March 14, 2013

A feel good musical journey through racism and stereotype. Keep in mind this cat ended up moere wealthy than you will ever be- simply by having $800 determination and a damn good ear.

"American Idiot",The Musical, Bushnell Theater Hartford CT Reviewed

By admin | March 6, 2013

The set consisted of what appeared to be multiple little “homes”, a wall of televisions, and fun metal structures to climb on. Opening up with Johnny, Will, and Tunny, our three adorable rocker protagonists, it’s high-energy and nearly impossible to not fall in love with.

An Orphan Molly Writes…

By Miriam El Djazairy | December 17, 2012

Since Annie had a ginger afro, we had to get Molly a wig, and any time she walked on stage we all started laughing, but if we wanted to be professionals we had to keep it in.

Nikki Sixx "The Heroin Diaries" Heading To Broadway

By Helen Bach | November 28, 2012

The 2007 book by Motley Crue’s bassist Nikki Sixx ‘The Heroin Diaries’ will soon join the ranks of ‘Shrek The Musical’ and even ‘West Side Story’. Why? What makes this worthy of the Great White Way?

Barry Does Broadway

By Helen Bach | October 26, 2012

Manilow is returning to the place where it all began, his hometown, New York City, with a new concert series on Broadway – marking his return to The Great White Way

"Hands on a Hardbody," Broadways New Musical Opens in March

By Helen Bach | October 12, 2012

A brand new Broadway musical is opening this spring with a pretty interesting story line. Perhaps you have heard of the contests to win a prize, the challenge being you must keep your hand on something for hours and hours

“Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries”, Coming To Your Town

By Helen Bach | September 3, 2012

Dora The Explorer, The Wiggles, Sesame Street, where there is a guilt trodden parent there is a money making scheme to be had. With these shows comes so much souvenir merch that you can literally triple if not quadruple earnings just by setting up flashy merch in the concourse.

"Motown: The Musical," Broadway Details

By Helen Bach | August 30, 2012

Motown;The Musical will open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013. There ya go, its official and with no one swinging from the ceiling or being shot out of cannons we can be fairly confident the opening will not be delayed.

The Real Jersey Boys Frankie Valli and the Four Season On Broadway

By Iman and hel | August 20, 2012

Since 2005 Jersey Boys had rocked Broadway with the tale of Frankie Valli. That’s all well and good but in honor of their 50th Anniversary, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will actually have a full week run on Broadway.

The Premiere of the Flaming Lips' Musical 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' To Be Played In November At La Jolla Playhouse

By Alyson Camus | August 16, 2012

Too bad it’s gonna be in San Diego and not in Los Angeles! The Flaming Lips have finally announced a date for the musical version of ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’, which will run from November 6 to December 16 at La Jolla Playhouse.

Something "Wicked" This Way Comes: A Return To Oz At The Gershwin, Thursday Night

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2012

By subverting the expectations of beauty and ordinariness, it awakes the pre-teen girl, it asks for her to embrace her own and other peoples differences. The wicked ugly girl got the guy and the beautiful Glinda is not the hero of the story. No wonder it is so popular. It’s the right fantasy for a whole lotta people.

Dusty Springfield Tribute Broadway Bound

By Helen Bach | August 8, 2012

Tribute shows are tricky business.Youre either a parody or a scary wanna be. Without too much effort a great idea can become an almost insult to the integrity of an artist. We have all seen ‘bad’ impersonations. Although, most are done with love and hero worship they can still suck.

Tomas Doncker: A Shining Moment In Black History Will Come To Life At Summerstage

By Iman Lababedi | July 31, 2012

There is no doubt about the music here, it took a little while to sink in but it is masterful, powerful and beautiful music which should gain added resonance (But not power: it already has that) through transmogrification

Barry Gordy's "MOTOWN" Planned For Broadway

By Helen Bach | July 21, 2012

Need a job? The show is in casting and at present are looking for someone ot play a single actor who can take on three roles in the play, the pre-teen Barry Gordy, Little Stevie Wonder and the young Michael Jackson. Yeah, thats should be easy to find

Spice Girls Reunite!

By Helen Bach | July 1, 2012

The upcoming musical is described as telling the story of ‘a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today’s TV celebrity culture [and it] charts her journey into the world of overnight fame and its impact on her relationships with her mother and the friends

Chers Life On Stage

By Helen Bach | June 28, 2012

Cher went on to be a well respected actress and had a solo disco career before becomeing Queen of the Queens replaceing Liza Minelli and followed by Madonna, Brittany and now Gaga

Billy Ray Cyrus On Broadway

By Helen Bach | June 28, 2012

Flash forwardest and Billy Ray Cyrus got a new job! Hot dang, and almost all by himself!! But on behalf of all Thespians and the mayor of New York bow your head as Billy Ray Cyrus is going to be on Broadway. Yeah, I’m not joking

"Surf the Musical," Beach Boys Hit Las Vegas

By Helen Bach | May 23, 2012

The play will offer audiences “a carefree story of good vibrations set in the nostalgic, happy times of the 1960s Southern California beach community,” according to Surf Productions LLC.”We want to capture the essence of what made the music great,” they said of the production.

Henry Sins, Emcee of "Cabaret"

By Helen Bach | May 19, 2012

Now I already knew Sins to be a wonderful intelligent guy with a hipster flair and a way with words but what I found most startling tonight was the watching what a brilliant actor he is. In his first production he not only stole the show he stole the hearts and minds of every audience member.

Zooey Deschanel To Play in Broadway musical based on Loretta Lynn's life

By Alyson Camus | May 13, 2012

‘I know Zooey is going to be great – she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same color eyes!’

Cat Stevens "Moonshadow", The Musical

By Helen Bach | April 28, 2012

Yousef has captivated millions with his Cat Stevens work and has carried it gracefully throuhg name change and personal changes. His voice remains true and there are many performances recorded to prove this. I had no idea he was working on a show, but it seems a wonderful thing

"End Of The Rainbow" At The Belasco Theater, 2pm, Saturday, April 21st, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | April 23, 2012

that mix of vulnerability and ego, ecstatic foul mouthed exuberance and self-aware been there done that in your face honesty, is a full on look into one of the greatest artists, and celebrities, ever. It is a disaster play, and also not really a play

Back To The Future For Broadway Musicals

By Iman Lababedi | April 20, 2012

With the exception of “Hairspray” has sucked from one end of the long white way to the other. Here is what is coming out: read e, and weep. The grades are for the movie not the musical

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim,"Here Lies Love " April 2013

By Helen Bach | April 13, 2012

This marks the first theatrical production of Here Lies Love, which was first presented as a concert (they actually called it a ‘show cycle’?)at the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in 2006 and in concert at Carnegie Hall in 2007

The Flaming Lips’ musical ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ to premiere in La Jolla, CA

By Alyson Camus | March 16, 2012

Poetic? Sure it is the Flaming Lips! And be prepare for a lot of ‘fireworks’ as La Jolla has announced that the show will feature ‘multimedia stage effects’…. No surprise there, knowing what the Lips can do with just balloons and confetti.

Val Kilmer as Mark Twain at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

By Alyson Camus | March 15, 2012

“Form the ladder to my heaven.” Storytelling was a lifeline for Twain, and in Kilmer’s Citizen Twain, this lifeline continues into and after Twain’s death

A little less King in Vegas

By Helen Bach | March 14, 2012

Anyone who can swing from a ribbon is nuts anyway but these extravaganzas bring in the crowds and with good reason. Simply said its pure entertainment visually and auditory.

Jesus Christ Superstar At The Neil Simon, A Second Opinion

By Bert Contestible | March 8, 2012

am a Catholic but non-practicing. I found the lashing of Jesus Christ disturbing. Again, I am a bad Catholic but I don’t see the crucifixion or torture of Jesus Christ as musical theatre. I felt the 39 lashes to a great rock hook is surreal. Not sure how I was supposed to react to it? And the finale with Christ on the glitzy cross almost brought the audience to its feet. It was a bit too surreal for me.

"Warhorse" At The Vivian Beaumont Theater, Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 8, 2012

This would be another nothing special war yarn if not for a terrific conceit that works spectacularly. The horses are puppets moved by three men, clearly visible. It doesn’t take long for you to believe in the horses

Animal House: The Musical

By Helen Bach | March 8, 2012

By far one of the best college humour film of all time. John Belushi and Tim Matheson owned this movie. Who on Earth can fill those shoes?

"Jesus Christ Superstar" In Previews At Neil Simon Theater, Saturday,2pm March 3rd, 2012, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 7, 2012

towering, thundering “Jesus Christ Superstar”, with the recently deceased Judas in a blue tux dancing across the stage and the very nature of catharsis and all the confusions of the show resolved in the glory of sound and beauty.

"Sleep No More" At The McKittrick Hotel Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 12, 2012

You put on mask that make it hard to breath if you wear glasses and you wander through darkly lit mazes and pop in and out of rooms and spaces where you run into extremely fit looking athletic actors not wearing masks who, with minimal speech but lotsa balletic movements rush about from foom to room, often disappearing entirely (a bitch if you are trying to catch up with them.

"Priscilla Queen Of The Desert" Reviewed, Friday, January 20th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | January 22, 2012

What do you expect when you go to a Broadway Musical filled to overflowing with 1980’s disco hit songs telling the story of two drag queens and a transgendered person in Australia? You expect a gay fantasia somewhere in the land where camp, cliche and homosexual equality lives? Good. Grade: B+

U2’s Spider-Man Musical Breaks Broadway Records

By Helen Bach | January 10, 2012

Actors flopping from the sky, sets on fire, staff changes, its like an old time soap opera with the added pizzaz of Bono and the Edge to muck it all up.

Peter Pan At The Theater At MSG, Thursday, December 22nd, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 24, 2011

Rigby is a pleasant singer and ridiculously athletic for any age, the children in the audience adored it, and it kept their attention, including Juliet, who sat next to me, eating popcorn and watching the action intently.

"Yeah Baby!", Austin Powers, The Musical

By Helen Bach | December 16, 2011

The storyline will explain how the swinging bloke got his infamous ‘mojo’. Myers will not appear in the show, the character will be portrayed by a younger actor.

"On A Clear Day You Can See Forever", Harry Connick Jr on Broadway

By Helen Bach | December 10, 2011

wacked out sorta hipster New York show that now takes on new turns as its ‘conceptualized and reworked’, this means it’ll be more risqué’ then the 1965 play or 1970’s film. The show is being recreated by Michael Mayer of “Spring Awakening” and “American Idiot” fame- need we say more?

Yusuf Islam's "Moonshadow" Musical in Melbourne

By Helen Bach | December 7, 2011

For those of you unfamiliar with Cat Stevens or Yusef Islam, its time to school yourself. One of the most soothing voices and most graphical lyrcists of all time. Islam has faced some opposition and rough press upon his religious conversion. He had made some controversial statements

David Bowie Denies Musical

By Alyson Camus | December 2, 2011

The show, called ‘Heroes: The Musical’ was described as a futuristic fantasy, featuring various Bowie-esque characters like Major Tom, the starman and a ‘young dude’ called David

Jesus Christ Superstar Returning To Broadway In March

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, not to mention lyricist Tim Rice), greatest moment, perhaps because it’s the greatest story ever told, right, is making a comeback. Broadwy eagerly awaits the March 2012 mounting of Jesus Christ Superstar. faux rock? Sure. but better faux-rock than faux-opera.

Salzburg Finally Sees The Sound Of Music

By Helen Bach | November 23, 2011

Bus driver Peter Proetzner carts around caravans of tourists on pilgrimage to sites made famous in the film and calls The Sound of Music the cities second biggest draw, over only the music festivals and is quoted as saying “TheSound of Music is better known than Mozart worldwide,”

Rocky: The Musical, Resurected

By Helen Bach | November 22, 2011

Rocky, you’ll recall is dim witted boxer with the heart of gold and pet turtles, who beat meat in a freezer locker.
That project tanked. Yes, I know a musical boxing show was a sure thing.

"Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway" At The Broadhurst Theater, Saturday, November 19th, 2011, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2011

The performance is sexy, charming, self-effacing, hugely fun, fleet of foot, beautifully maintained, with a full orchestra and six back up dancers/singers for the guys in the audience. Jackman’s rapport is easy and genuine and his singing fine and robust. This is a star making a star turn.