Long Beach Comic Con and Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will re-enact the 1954 comic book hearings

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Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is an LA-based theater troupe that combines pop culture references with the stage, and they’re bringing their brand of lunacy to this year’s Long Beach Comic Con, which is coming right for  you Sept, 17-18 in Long Beach, as usual. The programming is just rollign out and ehre’s a first look. CPTALA […]

‘Fun Home’ musical made money

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  The NY Times reports that Fun Home, the musical has earned back the money that investors put into it, after eight months. Meaning “It is now officially a hit.” OF course, the Tony Award for BEst Musical didn’t hurt, either. Many thought a musical about a lesbian and her suicidal closeted father would not […]

Archie Broadway musical is in development with Adam McKay and Funny or Die


The enduring and malleable world of Archie Comics is headed or another medium with a Broadway musical now in development with Adam McKay and his Funny or Die production shingle. McKay (Anchorman, Talledega Nights) will write the book; a team for the music has not been announced.

On the Archie side, the show is in good hands: CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has a long history as a playwright and he was once brought in fix Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. President Jon Goldwater will also assist with the development of a show that will be “bright, colorful and slightly demented” according to McKay.

Fun Home the musical gets 12 Tony Award nominations


The Tony Awards nominations are out today, honoring the best on Broadway, and Fun Home tied for most nominations with 12 (An American in Paris also got 12.) The musical, based on the Alison Bechdel graphic novel, was nominated for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), […]

Fun Home wows Broadway


    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: […]

Fun Home is coming to Broadway in March


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 […]

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway: A Sneak Preview


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.  […]

Spiegelman and Johnston’s WORDLESS! coming to the US


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 […]