musicals

Theater

Still like those old time musicals: SpeakEasy’s “The Drowsy Chaperone”

May 26, 2011

SpeakEasy’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone is a perfectly executed comic romp through what is both musical theater’s golden age and awkward adolescence.

Theater

♩Da, Da, Da♩ A.R.T.’s “The Blue Flower”

December 15, 2010

With characters based on German Expressionists Max Beckmann and Franz Marc, Marie Curie, and Dada artist Hannah Höch The Blue Flower, at the American Repertory Theater through January 8th, is certainly not a musical that strikes up an immediate familiarity with most audiences, like I imagine Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark might. But this somewhat […]

Theater

Breaking the Curse: The A.R.T.’s “Johnny Baseball”

June 9, 2010

Theater……and sports? Bryce Lambert reviews the ART’s “Johnny Baseball.”

Theater

A Trailer Park Pulls into the South End

May 12, 2010

The SpeakEasy Stage hauls some trailer trash into the South End with “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”

Theater

Shakespeare Gone Japanese: The New Rep’s “Hot Mikado”

May 11, 2010

Victoria Petrosino covers a very un-Japanese “Hot Mikado.”

Theater

Hollywood in Split Screen: The Longwood Players’ “City of Angels”

April 26, 2010

Victoria Petrosino reviews The Longwood Players’ production of “City of Angels,” a Hollywood noir musical.

Theater

Punk Fairy Tales: “Le Cabaret Grimm”

April 23, 2010

Bryce Lambert hits up a punk fairy tale cabaret.

Theater

Add It Up: SpeakEasy’s “Adding Machine”

March 18, 2010

Victoria Petrosino reviews SpeakEasy’s new musical spin on the 1923 Elmer Rice play “Adding Machine.”

Theater

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January 21, 2010

Whatever you say about SpeakEasy’s [title of show], you can’t say it’s not funny. I don’t even like contemporary musicals. The knock-off plots, simplified music, un-lyrical lyrics, gratuitous flamboyance, and high ticket prices don’t appeal to me, as much as I love the Golden Age Hollywood productions. But, [title of show] is the straight-up funniest […]

Lectures

Stanley Donen at the HFA

October 10, 2009

I caught the Stanley Donen appearance at the HFA‘s screening of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) on Friday night. The film represents MGM’s first foray into CinemaScope, which produced a picture about twice as wide as the then current standard Academy format. Donen used every inch of it by the way, seven brides + […]

Movies

Not The Dueling Cavalier: Stanley Donen at the Harvard Film Archive

October 2, 2009

This month the Harvard Film Archive presents a series of films drawn from the career of Stanley Donen. Donen’s pictures can be conveniently divided into two sections: the iconic musicals of the 1950s, like On the Town (screens Oct.2), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Oct.9), and Singing in the Rain (Oct.2), and those films made […]