But you gotta wait a year for "Hamilton"
The penultimate production of Blackfriars
Theatre's 2016-17 season is an interesting one. "Hands on a Hardbody"
is a 2012 musical co-written by Trey Anastasio of
Phish and Amanda Green.
The existence of MuCCC, a
church-turned-arts venue, enables many small performance groups with a script
and a dream to produce theatrical works. And while it's important to support
and encourage this kind of community theater, it's
equally as important for the troupes to reward audience members with a quality
night out -- especially if there's a charge for the show.
In what has now become an annual tradition, JCC CenterStage Artistic Director Ralph Meranto
held a "virtual
press conference" via YouTube yesterday to announce the organization's 2017-18
season. From his seat in front of the camera in the pristine Lipson Lounge --
part of the $17 million, 26,000-square-foot renovations the JCC unveiled last
fall -- Meranto described the five shows and three
special events coming up next year.
By now, "Sister Act" is a story firmly etched into the
cultural consciousness. A lounge singer aspiring to stardom finds herself in
mortal danger when she accidentally witnesses her shady boyfriend murder
someone; suddenly part of a witness protection program, she takes cover in a
local convent, and light-hearted, slightly sacrilegious fun ensues.
"The Flick" is a show for anyone who's worked a job where their world has grown (perhaps
too) small; for anyone who's been radically underpaid or thrown together with a motley crew of coworkers
When "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" debuted 50 years ago, it
was the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Interracial marriage was still
illegal in 16 states, and the subject made a lot of people uncomfortable.
Hollywood has plenty of glittering folklore and
tabloid-worthy stories that provide a brief glimpse into the dramatic past of
the elite. Few, though, maintain the mystery of one particular November weekend
The topic of feminine undergarments has fascinated humans for
centuries, dating back to a time when a pair of "underpants" contained more
material than a pair of modern shorts. In many ways, the intimate garments
represent vulnerability, gender roles -- and an excellent opportunity for social
Sometimes the person you need to meet is not the person you'd
choose to encounter. That is, in essence, the premise of "The Lake Effect," the
2013 play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph.
When it comes to opera companies, you are what you perform. The works you produce tell the audience everything it needs to know about what you value in opera and where you see the art form heading.