Archive for the ‘musical’ Category

Outer Critics Circle Awards

12th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Outer Critics Circle in New York has announced the winners of its 59th Annual Awards.

The following are the categories of particular interest for our members:

Outstanding New Broadway Play
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
Irena’s Vow by Tovah Feldshuh
Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil LaBute
33 Variations by Moises Kaufman

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical
Rock of Ages
Shrek the Musical
A Tale of Two Cities

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Ruined by Lynn Nottage
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo
Farragut North by Beau Willimon
Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself) by Donald Margulies
Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
The Toxic Avenger
Rooms A Rock Romance
What’s That Smell? The Music of Jacob Sterling

David Pearse won the award for Outstanding Feature Actor in a Play for The Cripple of Inishmaan. A full list of all the categories and the winners are available on the web site.

First Virtual Musical

2nd August 2007 by Maura McHugh

Further evidence that we live in a science fictional world is supplied with an article by The Stage that informs us that the first online musical–Joined at the Heart–will be staged in the Internet-based virtual world, Second Life. The production will be streamed live on August 4 at 7.30pm, and any of the seven million “residents” of the system will be able to watch it.

Mark Duffy, 3D manager of Fusion Unity, told The Stage: “It [Second Life] is a business tool – this proves it. People from all around the world can attend a premiere or a launch event, and actually be able to see it without invitations, travel or costs. This is the first musical to be streamed, and it just shows what is possible.

“You can log in, see the play and see people’s reaction to it. They will be able to turn round at the end and say it was a classic, or it was rubbish, and you’ll get that interaction the same way you would with an audience.”

Joined at the Heart is an original musical by Graham Brown and Geoff Meads, based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the real world, the production has a 30-strong cast and will run at The Junction in Cambridge from August 1 to 4. It will then play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from August 12 to 18.

The Queen Sinks

7th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Pirate Queen, the latest musical from Riverdance producers Moya Doherty and John McColgan, will close on Broadway on June 17.

RTÉ reports that the show will lose approximately $16m.

In their statement announcing the closing of ‘The Pirate Queen’, its producers said that plans “for a European English-language production are under way and will be announced in the near future.”

It’s Alive!

30th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

According to The Seattle Times Mel Brooks has decided to transform another of his early films into a theatrical musical.

This time he’s adapting his black and white horror homage film, Young Frankenstein (1974), to the stage. It will be called It’s Alive! The musical will rehearse in both Seattle and New York, and will have its premier on August 4 in Seattle, before opening in Broadway in the autumn.

As he did for The Producers, Brooks will pen the score for Young Frankenstein, and co-author the book (based on his screenplay) with Thomas Meehan. The design team: Robin Wagner on sets, William Ivey Long on costumes and Peter Kaczorowski on lighting.

All the above won Tony Awards for The Producers, which garnered an even dozen in 2001, including one for director Susan Stroman.