Fun Home opened on Broadway last night and the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic novel won rave reviews. The show stars Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas (above) as Bechdel at various ages, and Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn and Oscar Williams as the rest of the Bechdel family. A sampling: […]
The Pulitzer Prize nominated musical version of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is coming to Broadway near year and the cast and crew have been announced. Michael Cerveris will be reprising his role as Bruce Bechdel, Alison’s closeted father. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a press preview event yesterday at which Bechdel, composer […]
Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir about her closeted gay father and her own coming out, is racking up the awards following a limited run at the Public Theater. Over the week it won the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and earlier the Lortel Awards for Best Musical. In […]
Before I get into the nitty gritty.. Buy your tickets NOW. Stop reading, and go buy them. This is “Lion King” big. This is “plan a vacation around the tickets you can get” big. It’s fun, it’s spectacular, and will please almost every theater-goer. (Except for a few theater reviewers. There’s always one.) I’ll wait. […]
or at least to BAM in Brooklyn. WORDLESS! originally was staged as a one-off in Sydney, Australia last year and features a multimedia mix of comics, music, and slideshow. Here’s a piece from The Australian on the debut. Better get tickets fast. Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: WORDLESS! Words / Music / Comix Picture stories […]
It turns out the drama- and deficit-plagued Spider-man Broadway musical wasn’t enough to turn Marvel off live theatrical events. Thus they are launching ‘The Marvel Experience’ in 2014, a $30 million “interactive road show with a “4D motion ride” and high-tech attractions featuring Marvel’s most popular superheroes.” It’s a joint venture between Marvel and something […]
We’ve been following the development a musical based on Alison Bechdel’s classic comics memoir Fun Home for a while, and nowNew York’s prestigious Public Theater has announced its fall schedule and the show will have it’s world premiere in October. A lot less drama than Spider-Man, eh? Here’s the logline: World Premiere Musical FUN HOME […]
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Red Hook, New York, hosted “An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer” on the 6th of April, an event packed with poetry, prose, and musical performance numbers from Gaiman and Palmer alike, frequently in combination. Here are some photos and a few choice […]
Theater fans and Superman fans have some fun in store for them this week when the Encore production of It’s a Bird, It’s Plane…It’s Superman hits the stage with Edward Watts as Clark/Superman, Jenny Power as Lois Lane and Alli Mauzey as Sydney Carlton. Originally produced in 1966 with music and lyrics by Charles Strause and Lee Adams and book by David Newman and Robert Benton, it’s definitely a retro view of Superman — he’s dating Lois for one thing — but if you like the most iconic view of the Man of Steel, this fits the bill. Plus – show tunes.
About four times a year, noted cartoonist Robert Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) hosts Carousel: Cartoon Slide Shows and Other Projected Pictures. This is an event where artists and writers present their comics though a slide show while vocalizing the dialogue and narrative, sometimes incorporating music and sound design. For those in attendance, the resulting experience comes closer to watching a play than a movie or an animation. Sikoryak describes it as “a cross-pollination of theater and comics.”
One of the most colorful ephemera of Superman lore is his stage appearance in the show “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman!” a musical with book by David Newman and Robert Benton, and music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adam (That’s the guys behind Bye Bye Bride and Applause.) The show is being revived for a seven performance run at New York City Center from March 20 through 24. Tickets can be purchased here.
Will the saga of Spider-Man The Musical ever end—or at least break even?? A piece on how a proposed King Kong musical is eyeing Spider-Man’s theater reveals some of the numbers behind Spidey’s fabled, tangled past. Lawsuits have been settled and injuries abated—the show even set a record for the biggest one-week take ever on […]