Celebrity gossip and scandals are constantly in the news these days, but it wasn't always so. In the 1950s, a publisher by the name of Robert Harrison started up a magazine called Confidential, which is the precursor to current-day outlets like TMZ and Gawker. His story serves as the inspiration for Mr. Confidential, an engaging yet unevenly crafted New York Musical Theatre Festival
The hour-long, one-woman play is an adaptation of the blog www.singlemarriedgirl.com based on Laurel Spears, who finds herself trapped in a dead-end marriage and wondering what else life has to offer
Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Lyricist/Author/Pianist/Conceptualizer/Singer/Entertainer LOUIS ST. LOUIS will open his "Still Comin' In Thru The Kitchen" a raise-the-roof concert that will return him to his earliest showbiz roots when he was conducting on Broadway while moonlighting at Manhattan's hottest cabarets where he packed 'em in nightly.
Bistro Award Winner, Elaine St. George makes her debut at The Iridium Singing Steve Goodman on Sunday July 27th with sets at 8:00 & 10:00PM. Steven Benjamin "Steve" Goodman (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984) was an American folk music
True story # 1: 1950. Johnny Cash has just been signed to a record label and he needs some performance couture, so he goes to his friend Manuel and commissions five suits. Manuel has a stock of back fabric. He creates five suits. Cash say's "They're all black." "Yes,' says Manuel, "and they're each one of a kind." The next time Cash ordered suits, there was no discussion about color. Johnny Cash becomes known as the "Man in Black".
New York – July 16 – Award winning composer/lyricist, Scott Evan Davis, will make his 54 Below debut on September 23rd with special guest vocalists singing new music, favorites from his debut CD, Cautiously Optimistic, and material from his upcoming musical, Indigo (with book by Tessa Derfner).
There are some clever bits and fun songs in WikiMusical, part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. However, the show's premise can't really support a two-act musical structure, and becomes more tiresome than amusing.
Featuring book and lyrics by Frank Ceruzzi and Blake J. Harris, with music by Trent Jeffords,
Molly Ryan returns to The Iridium, Tuesday, July 29th with sets at 8:00 & 10:00PM. "A critic's favorite" – so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. He goes on to say, "Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability
In the 19th century, before folks started calling us Music City, Nashville was known as "The Athens of the South" because of it's outstanding educational institutions - with Vanderbilt University at the top of that list.
Today, in addition to it's academic contributions, Vanderbilt is a major player on the
Mary Harris Jones – a.k.a. Mother Jones – was called "the most dangerous woman in America" for her efforts in labor organizing. Cheryl E. Kemeny's new musical, Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade, is a fitting tribute to this historical figure's fighting spirit. The New York Musical Theatre Festival entry wears its pro-union politics on its sleeve, but that's not a bad thing, at all.
Wearing a skimpy black dress and fishnet stockings, Alexis Fishman commands the stage with a seductive sensuality and fiercely independent outlook in Der Gelbe Stern (The Yellow Star), part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Fishman portrays Erika Stern, a Jewish cabaret entertainer at the crucial moment in 1933 Germany when the Nazis came to power.
Bayonets of Angst is the musical theatre equivalent of Comedy Central's Drunk History. Presented as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the tuner by Rick Kunzi, Justin Zeppa, and Adam Barnosky tells the story of the Civil War from a skewed perspective. However, the narrators here aren't drunk (well, some of them might be). Instead, they're the last remaining survivors of that military conflict,
Fall is just around the corner and pretty soon Nashville's university theatre departments will be back in action. Since I arrived here i 1999, Belmont University has lead the way on this front by proudly putting it's young actors and theatre artists on the front line where most universities put the football team. Belmont's Department of Theatre
The Gig is a pleasure to watch from start to finish. Part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, this tuner from Douglas J. Cohen features smartly sophisticated lyrics and a jazzy musical theatre score.
Set in the summer of 1975, the show tells the story of a group of amateur jazz musicians who decide to live their dream
Disney's animated hit Frozen drew inspiration from the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Snow Queen, but drastically altered the plot. Those looking for something much closer to the original will find it in the new musical The Snow Queen by Kirsten Brandt, Rick Lombardo, and Haddon Kime, currently performing as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. But despite a stylishly designed production,