HAMILTON Choreographer (and Cincinnati Native) Gives CATS a New Spring in Its Step

By Gerard Raymond “So many millions of people have a love affair with this show; I feel it is important to give them what they remember,” says Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed the first Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, the musical phenomenon that has captivated audiences since the 1980s.  Blankenbuehler, one of the preeminent Broadway choreographers working... Continue Reading →

Point of Inspiration for MISS SAIGON

The creators of Miss Saigon describe the photo that inspired a Broadway classic “This photograph was, for Alain and I, the start of everything…” – Claude-Michel Schönberg The composer of Miss Saigon, Claude-Michel Schönberg, traces his inspiration for the development of the musical to a 1975 photograph he found of a Vietnamese mother seeing her... Continue Reading →

An Interview With Alex Lacamoire

By Ryan Lee Gilbert, national editor of broadway.com Alex Lacamoire is the music supervisor for the Broadway, Chicago, and touring produc­tions of Hamilton, as well as the co-arranger—along with Lin-Ma­nuel Miranda—of the show’s score. In 2016, Lacamoire won the Tony Award for Best Orches­trations for Hamilton. He’s been involved in the show’s concep­tion and success... Continue Reading →

Universal Struggles and Heartfelt Refrains

A conversation with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF lyricist Sheldon Harnick How did your upbringing influence your writing? The starting point for Fiddler on the Roof was several stories from Sholem Aleichem’s major work, Tevye’s Daughters. That was the basis for the show. Once we started to work on it, I was reminded of the way... Continue Reading →

RENT Continues to Inspire

Twenty years later, RENT still celebrates the power of youth, diversity, and love On April 29, 1996, a musical opened on Broadway that looked and sounded unlike anything that had come before it. It told a powerful, moving, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story of young, impoverished New York artists who were seeking to make their... Continue Reading →

The Joy in Watching Things Go ‘Wrong’

Imagine you’ve sat down in the audience of an amateur British theater company’s murder mystery production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.”  The show starts off well enough but then things start to go, well, wrong.  The set may not be entirely secure.  There may not be any trained understudies.  The actors may not be fully... Continue Reading →

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