SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bendingby Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015
Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)
Hottest Articles on BWW 7/21/2015 - 7/28/2015by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015
Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/21/2015 - 7/28/2015. (more...)
WAKE UP with BWW 7/27/2015 - 'ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS' Opens and More!by Jessica Showers - Jul 27, 2015
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: James Lecesne brings 'ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS' off-Broadway and more! (more...)
BWW Reviews: Liza is Back!by Heidi Scheuermann - Jul 27, 2015
The sparkles and feather boas were out in full force last night because after more than a year away from the stage, EGOT winner Liza Minnelli is back in action! Last night she graced the Gulf Coast at Biloxi's IP Casino with her comeback performance "Liza Minnelli in Concert with Billy Stritch." (more...)
Photo Coverage: Liza's Back! Minnelli Performs First Concert in More Than a Yearby BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015
As previously reported, Liza Minnelli appeared in her first concert in more than a year this summer, on Friday, July 24 at 8 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the show! (more...)
BWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF Symphonyby Harmony Wheeler - Jul 24, 2015
Singer Scott Coulter joked that those sitting in the Terrace sections had the "view to kill" at Thursday's San Francisco Symphony concert, but truly all who attended enjoyed a "killer" evening of action-packed, sensual scores and vocals. (more...)
WAKE UP with BWW 7/24/2015 - Kristin, Liza, Lea and LUCKY STIFF!by Jessica Showers - Jul 24, 2015
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Broadway divas are heading out across the country and the globe today, and LUCKY STIFF premieres in NYC! (more...)
BWW's On This Day - July 23, 2015by - Jul 23, 2015
Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events!
BWW's On This Day - July 22, 2015by - Jul 22, 2015
Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 22 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events!
BWW's On This Day - July 21, 2015by - Jul 21, 2015
Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 21 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events!
Stage & Screen Star Carol Burnett to Receive 2015 SAG Life Achievement Awardby TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2015
Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. (more...)
BWW's On This Day - July 20, 2015by - Jul 20, 2015
Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 20 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events!
SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 More Norma Desmonds Ready For Their SUNSET BOULEVARD Close-Upby Pat Cerasaro - Jul 20, 2015
Last week, I selected ten top picks for a major headliner to star as Norma Desmond in a potential future stage and/or screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's Tony Award-winning Best Musical SUNSET BOULEVARD in honor of both the show's anniversary of its West End opening and recent news that Glenn Close is considering a return to her Tony-winning role in an upcoming revival. As a result of that column, BroadwayWorld readers took the title of this column to heart and sounded off on some of their ideal choices for a leading lady with major star quality to tackle the unforgettable role in a future production - and, what fabulous choices they are! Among the reader submissions, Ilene Argento posited, 'If not Patti Lupone, maybe Meryl Streep (with some more singing lessons!), but it should be Patti (although Patti plus ALW will probably never happen again).' while Brian Lipensky wrote, 'Glenn Close can still play her. That said, Meryl Streep can pull it off. We know she can sing and play characters with psychological problems. Susan Sarandon also. Maybe even Emma Thompson.' Furthermore, Jonathan Caplan offered, 'ANNIE LENNOX. Period. Well, if it can't be Elaine Paige, then absolutely, Annie Lennox. I said this before the musical ever opened, and I stand by it....ANNIE LENNOX!!!!!!' whereas David Macaluso relayed, 'Seriously. With a good director, in a film. LIZA! she could be AMAZING.' Other suggestions sure to inspire discussion included Cher, Lady Gaga, Ruthie Henshall, Donna Murphy and even Caitlyn Jenner. So, without further ado, here are ten more delectable choices for a new Norma Desmond for 2015. (more...)
BWW's On This Day - July 19, 2015by - Jul 19, 2015
Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events!
Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/18/2015by - Jul 18, 2015
BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/18/2015.
BWW's On This Day - July 18, 2015by - Jul 18, 2015
Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 18 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events!
Milford Arts Council & Pantochino to Launch NITE SPOT NIGHTS Series, 9/12by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015
Milford Arts Council, in association with Pantochino Productions Inc. has announced a new entertainment series, Nite Spot Nights, debuting this Fall at the Center for the Arts on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Milford. (more...)
Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015
Founded by BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling (On-air Producer and Host for live entertainment news events in Los Angeles), Sterling's Upstairs first opened its doors at the renowned Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City, CA. where it single handedly brought back to Los Angeles the art of intimate upscale cabaret concerts which had all but vanished from the cultural scene in movie town, USA. However, in due time, the venue was whole heartedly embraced by enthusiasts of LA's performing arts community and continued to thrive for 6 successful years in a former storage room that was transformed by Sterling into a true supper club environment. (more...)
Liza Minnelli Lists the 10 Things That Make Her Happyby Nora Dominick - Jul 17, 2015
Liza Minnelli is at it again! The Living legend of the stage and screen is set to perform at Mississippi's IP Casino Resort & Spa this month and will bring her new show, Great Day, to two venues in Oklahoma this November. This past week she sat down with PAPER to discuss her top 10 things that make her happy! (more...)
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