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It's Not That I Don't Love Lucy Live On Stage...
Even for all the cynicism that I can muster, I must say that I never expected to see a sitcom adapted to the stage. Perhaps a webcomic, snapchat or hour long television drama (CSI: Dead on stage), would make it, but a sitcom? But more shocking than a sitcom adapting to stage is that my…Continue
Go to Motown, I'll Be There
One of the least exciting developments in recent years has been of the biographical musical. All too often, the music, story, and execution are mutually unlikable, and all too often they fail to interest me at all. Musicals like Evita, Million Dollar Quartet and Jersey Boys are a recent phenomena that will soon hopefully be a facet of the recent…Continue
In the spirit of holiday integrity, I try to disavow all Christmas frenzy before Thanksgiving. In a serious breach of my self discipline, I saw White Christmas in time to tell my family gathered Thanksgiving not to see it. In search for a metaphor, I compare White Christmas to reheated turkey: the glamor is gone and now you lovelessly consume it.
White Christmas is a spectacle. The singing and…Continue
Warning: This show has extensive display of man-back. Man-back ranges from the mid-torso up to the shoulders, and usually on a man. You will see man-back onstage. You will see it on the playbill. You will see it when you close your eyes at night, trying to sleep. If you cannot handle a little man-back, Dirty Dancing is not the show for you.
Dirty Dancing is the adaption of the beloved 80’s movie musical, originally starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick…Continue