My love for this stunning, deceptively profound piece of theater has only grown since I first saw it. The show documents the unexpected collision between the residents of a small Israeli town and the members of an Egyptian band who find themselves stranded there overnight. It was hard not to think about the end of the world in Audience members largely stood on the dance floor, moving around the characters as they performed synth-pop bangers and pondered an uncertain future. There was a sense of dread that underscored the proceedings, with vague doom lurking on the horizon, but the show was firmly committed to a good time. It helps that the production assembled a vibrant cast including Lincoln Clauss, Krystina Alabado, Kenneth Clark, and Perry Sherman — their voices rose above the heavy beats and the rumble of the crowd to let the intensely catchy score shine through. Conversations about representation and inclusion have proliferated over the past few years, but trans voices , both onstage and off, have too often been left out of the discussions.
8 and 9. Sunday in the Park With George and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
It happens every year thank god. Fans of Broadway musicals get all excited over the barrage of new musicals announced for the coming season. We are always salivating over the newest sleeper hit, blockbuster, and even flop, anticipating that glorious adrenaline that comes with attending a Broadway show. Since the cycle never really stops, this is perpetual anticipation and as Mr. Sondheim reminds us, such suspense may good for the soul, but bad for the heart. Out of the myriad musicals that arrive in New York each year, only a handful go on to glory and recoupment. Broadway is busting at the seams with new musicals slated to open in the season. Though I am sure that this list is far from complete, here is what we can look forward to this season on Broadway.
Broadway knows how to make an entrance. What better way to kick off the — season of Main Stem musicals than a celebration of musical theatre milestones of the last 60 years? Prince of Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club marks the first musical opening of the season August Based on the Israeli film of the same name, the musical from Itamar Moses and David Yazbek blends Middle Eastern music with American musical storytelling to tell the true story of an Egyptian Police Band that winds up in the wrong Israeli desert town. Winning the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, the moving tale celebrates the power of music to connect the most distant of peoples. Brown, the show stars newcomer Hailey Kilgore as Ti Moune, after an international search. The original production earned eight Tony nominations, and this iteration is sure to break new ground as it plays in the round at Circle in the Square beginning November 9 and opening December 3. With an original score composed by a roster of Grammy Award-winning songwriters—from Cyndi Lauper to Steven Tyler—the new musical brings the beloved animated character to life onstage as he attempts to save Bikini Bottom from destruction.
Book, Lyrics and Music Daniel Zaitchik. Darling Grenadine is a seriocomic musical about Harry, a fanciful jingle composer, and his precarious relationships with his girlfriend Louise, his brother Paul, and his Labrador Retriever …also named Paul. Told with a rich contemporary score and a wink to the classic MGM musical, Darling Grenadine explores the friction between romance and reality, bitter and sweet, serving something magical, moving, and boldly new. Book Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Music Niko Tsakalakos. It has big dreams, but at what cost?