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May Madess: Are Darker Musicals Better?

May is a mad month. A month of random musings about various topics related to musical theatre. Feel free to share your thoughts on each topic in the comment box below. Are Darker Musicals Better? I have heard plenty of … Continue reading

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Musical Comedy vs. Musical Play

Following my 2010 redux blog on “Genres of Musical Theatre“, I received a message from Hans Anders Elgvang, a regular visitor of this site, asking: ‘What are, in your opinion, the differences between the form categories musical comedy and musical … Continue reading

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RIP James Mitchell

James Mitchell was an American actor and dancer, who will be remembered chiefly as Palmer Cortlandt on All My Children. However, he was also a prominent figure in musical theatre dance history, working with Agnes de Mille many times during … Continue reading

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5 Smashing Musicals of the 1940s

This is a list of 5 of my favourite musicals of the 1940s. Anyone who is even vaguely interested in musical theatre should know about these shows and if you don’t… well, there’s no better time than the present to … Continue reading

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I finally tracked down a copy of this DVD, a tribute to the music of Richard Rodgers. On the whole, the piece felt a little empty to me, but I’m starting to wonder if that isn’t a general reaction on … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a revival of A CONNECTICUT YANKEE

In his review of the Encores! production of the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical, A Connecticut Yankee, Ben Brantley says of the show: There’s no pretending that A Connecticut Yankee… seems other than quaint today. The show, originally written … Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: 2000 OCR Track by Track

The original cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s new musical The Beautiful Game was released this past weekend. The production opened recently in London to mixed reviews, with many critics saving the most negative comments for Elton’s … Continue reading

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