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They Call it Wonderful, and Rightfully So

The famous tale of an underdog taking a stand for what is right is a classic tale told by many movies and musicals. Audiences cannot get enough of stories that end in happy endings. This well-known path however, was rerouted in one of Braodway’s most popular musicals, Wicked. Wicked, directed by Joe Mantello, follows the tale of Elphaba, more famously known as The Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good and their…


Added by Kayli Schneider on April 15, 2017 at 11:12pm — No Comments

This Show is a "Miracle"

There is no better “feel good” story than that of someone who has never been loved in their entire life, finding all of the love they deserve in the end. Matilda the Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus, beautifully tells the story of  Matilda. Growing up without love or understanding from her parents, Matilda escapes into a world of books and storytelling. Along the way, she meets Miss Honey, a teacher willing to give her all of the love she never had,…


Added by Kayli Schneider on March 30, 2017 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Getting to Know The King and I

Some of the most popular musicals written follow the story of two people coming from completely opposite lifestyles, butting heads, and eventually finding peace. Containing some of the most well-known songs in musical theater to this day, The Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I proves to rightfully be amongst those popular shows. Set in the 1860’s, British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens moves to Siam to teach the…


Added by Kayli Schneider on March 2, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Honey, Honey, How You... Mediocrely Thrill Me?

Musicals are often a great source of lighthearted entertainment. Audiences flock to the theater to forget the real world for two hours and enjoy beautiful music. Mamma Mia! is the perfect musical for an audience looking for an upbeat and fun show. It follows the tale of Sophie Sheridan as she secretly attempts to find which of 3 men is her father at her wedding in Greece. Mamma Mia! features some of ABBA’s most popular hits,…


Added by Kayli Schneider on February 9, 2017 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

Where Do Scared Hearts Go?

Theater is usually associated with flashy tap numbers, a star-crossed love story, and a few ballads to make the audience’s hearts break. The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock, taken from the iconic 1992 movie that starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, tried to tie these three elements together but sadly, with the material they were given, fell short. The production is packed full of talented performers, and the opening and closing numbers had…


Added by Kayli Schneider on January 12, 2017 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

It Might Still Break a Heart or Two

Typically, a night at the theater entails a night full of song, dance, and laughter with the slightest touch of sadness to make your heart clench, before everything is put back together and the protagonist live happily ever after. Fun Home, directed by Sam Gold proves that there are some stories that just don’t end with a happily ever after. The show follows the true story of Alison Bechdel, a lesbian cartoonist and her intricate relationship with her father Bruce, who unknowingly to Alison,…


Added by Kayli Schneider on December 15, 2016 at 10:44pm — 2 Comments

The Silence is Deafening

There are very few moments in theater where silence is welcomed without there being questions about a mishap. There are even fewer moments during a show where your breath is stolen out of your body without the use of words at all. Throughout the entire production of The National Theater’s  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time I found myself repeatedly sitting on the edge of seat as I watched the beautiful story of young Christopher Boone…


Added by Kayli Schneider on November 30, 2016 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

The Troubles Left Inside the Theater


There are few shows in today’s era that involve upsetting or heavy subjects. Many shows aim for an uplifting story about an underdog achieving more success and happiness than they know what to do with. This in part is due to the idea that a night at the theater should be a night to “leave your troubles outside” and…


Added by Kayli Schneider on October 20, 2016 at 3:51pm — 2 Comments


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