Andy Blankenbuehler’s Pride and Joy in HAMILTON

Bridgett Raffenberg from 365 Things to Do in Cincinnati caught up with Cincinnatian Andy Blankenbuehler in NYC to talk about choreographing HAMILTON. Bridgett Raffenberg:  Tell us a bit about your background and career. Andy Blankenbuehler:  I’m a director and choreographer in New York City.  I grew up in Cincinnati.  I moved to New York City... Continue Reading →

Disney’s THE LION KING Fun Facts

Fun Facts Tony Award-winning director and designer Julie Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, hand sculpted and painted every prototype mask that now appears in the iconic “Circle of Life” opening of the show. Their department of skilled mask makers, sculptors, puppeteers, and artisans spent 17,000 hours to build the characters for the original Broadway... Continue Reading →

ANASTASIA Costumes Raise the Bar

by Genevieve Holt Anastasia costume designer Linda Cho and costume builder Eric Winterling have raised the bar on Broadway costumes.  Literally.  Some of the dresses they created for the Broadway production of Anastasia are so heavy, a pulley system had to be rigged up at New York’s Broadhurst Theater to lift the more elaborate pieces.... Continue Reading →

License to Chill

Escape to Margaritaville tour director Amy Corcoran chats with Kathrine Nero about taking Jimmy Buffett’s music to the Broadway stage KN: Tell us the story of Margaritaville. AC: Escape to Margaritaville takes two people at different stages in their lives and looks at how they meet. One of them, Tully, is incredibly talented, but he... Continue Reading →

Beyond the Dream we Dreamed

The multiple award-winning Les Misérables has become a global success on stage and screen, sweeping audiences through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion, and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation seething with revolution. Les Misérables is now the longest running musical in the world. Here, writers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg discuss the... Continue Reading →

You’re Lookin’ Swell, Dolly

by Genevieve Holt Younger theater fans may not realize it, but Hello, Dolly! was the Hamilton of its day.  The show, which opened on Broadway in January 1964, was an instant sensation and one of the hottest tickets in New York, mounted by the legendary producer David Merrick.  With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman,... Continue Reading →

So Fetch – MEAN GIRLS

Composer Jeff Richmond talks with Kathrine Nero about creating MEAN GIRLS Kathrine Nero: What is the story of MEAN GIRLS? Jeff Richmond: MEAN GIRLS is a story of a young lady named Cady Heron, who grew up in the African jungle with her scientist parents. She has had no real contact with people or the... Continue Reading →

What Really Happened… JERSEY BOYS

Writer Rick Elice talks about the Jersey Boys phenomenon By Diane Snyder Forget about show-stopping finales. In Jersey Boys, the smash-hit musical about the rise and fall of The Four Seasons, the pinnacle of excitement comes about 45 minutes into the first act. That’s when back-to-back presentations of three of the group’s biggest hits —... Continue Reading →

Opening Hearts and Homes in COME FROM AWAY

Married writing team David Hein and Irene Sankoff reflect on creating Come From Away in a conversation with Kathrine Nero Kathrine Nero: Let’s start from the beginning. How did you find this story? David Hein:  A friend turned us on to this story about all of these thousands of people who had been diverted to... Continue Reading →

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