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ccaggiano
Professor at the Boston Conservatory of Music, and a life-long, inveterate, theater queen.
Interests: Musical theater, choral singing, Monty Python, musical theater, skiing, roller coasters. Did I mention musical theater?
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I've seen a lot of boxing puns in the reviews of the new Broadway musical Rocky, based on the 1976 film of the same name. Rocky is a "contender," some contend. Others say Rocky "goes the distance" or that the... Continue reading
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The Walt Disney Company continues to comb its catalog for stage-musical candidates. You can hardly blame them: The Lion King has become a license to print money, Newsies is still going strong after two years, and New York audiences continue... Continue reading
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I somehow made it through the '90s, the '00s, and nearly half of the '10s without reading The Bridges of Madison County. Nor have I seen the 1995 film of the same name, despite an abiding passion for all things... Continue reading
Rich, my understanding is that they did quite a bit of work on the show during previews, to the point where the second act in particular was almost entirely rewritten. The first act felt completely different from how you describe it. This might be a combination of our personal tastes as well as any tightening and reworking the creators may have done on the show. I know a lot of people found the show predictable and cliche. I found it immensely enjoyable. I'm not saying that it's in league with any of the great musicals of the past, but as jukebox shows go, this was one of the best. (Damning with feint praise? You be the judge.)
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Here are three things that I learned from seeing Beautiful: The Carol King Musical: 1. Jukebox musicals don't automatically have to be atrocious 2. Pandering to baby boomers isn't necessarily a bad thing 3. Jessie Mueller can do no wrong... Continue reading
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You may have heard that the new musical Murder for Two, now playing at the New World Stages, announced today that the production is now selling tickets through July. Take it from me, that's a good thing. I've seen the... Continue reading
Here's the cd: http://www.psclassics.com/cd_farfromheaven.html
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Matt, thanks for being respectful in your disagreements. Would that all of my commenters could be as civil.
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As I pointed out in my recent post of The Best Musicals of 2013, it was a darned good year for musicals, but it was also a doozy for not-so-great musicals. Try as I might, I just couldn't get the... Continue reading
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Hey, you know what? The year 2013 was a pretty good one for musicals. And I'm not even talking about the crowd-pleasers that seemed to please everyone in the crowd except me (Kinky Boots, Here Lies Love, and Pippin, all... Continue reading
Ah, yes. You are correct, sir. Thanks for the heads-up.
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The musical Working has always held a sort of fascination for me. Opportunities to see it staged live are somewhat rare, but it's one of those shows that, when I listen to the original cast recording, it's hard to believe... Continue reading
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Every few seasons or so, a musical comes to Broadway that just warms the cockles of my heart. (And as Woody Allen says in Love and Death, "Nothing like hot cockles.") Avenue Q was one. Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, and... Continue reading
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If any of you happened to be in the Times Square area on the night of Saturday, December 14th, 2013, you may have heard some blood-curdling screams emanating from the Lyceum Theatre. But it wasn't coming from Mary Bridget Davies,... Continue reading
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OK, now I can breathe. It has been one busy semester here at The Boston Conservatory, let me tell you. Of course, amid the hullabaloo, I continually remind myself that I'm teaching what I love -- musical-theater history -- and... Continue reading
Hey, Taylor. Glad to help if I can. Well, those are two very different shows, be each terrific in its own way. Urinetown is very satirical and dark, whereas Into the Woods is very light-hearted at first, although it gets much darker toward the end. And the answer to the question "Should I audition?" Is almost always "Yes." The more auditioning experience you get, the more comfortable you'll be auditioning in the future. Break a leg. -Chris
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The end-of-the-semester crush is upon me, and I find myself scrambling to grade papers, plan finals, meet with students, and yet still keep up with my blogging backlog. As Tevye said, "It isn't easy." One rather interesting byproduct of the... Continue reading
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One of the great unexpected pleasures of the new Broadway season is After Midnight, an effervescent tribute to the joys and spirit of Harlem in the 1920s and '30s, in particular the fabled Cotton Club. Bottom line: You're unlikely to... Continue reading
Actually, both La Cage and How to Succeed have been on Broadway three times. But in each case that counts the original production and two revivals.
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Every once in a while, a musical comes along that restores my faith in the art form. Fun Home, the shattering new musical now playing an extended engagement at The Public Theater, is one of those musicals. I'll elaborate as... Continue reading
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If you're going to create a musical about the magic of storytelling, you had better have some genuine magic on display, either in the piece itself, or in the presentation. Unfortunately, the new Broadway musical Big Fish has neither. I'm... Continue reading
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When I started this blog in April of 2006, it was really just an effort to find an alternate outlet for my theatrical rants and ravings. My friends were sort of sick of my posturing and pedantry, and my family... Continue reading
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The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston announced today that its current production of The Jungle Book is now the highest-grossing production in the company's history, with three weeks still left in the show's twice-extended run. Yet again, I find myself... Continue reading
John, I'm not sure what you're talking about. I don't recall ever making any script, any licencsed script, available for "anyone to download." What part of my blog are you referring to?
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Every few seasons or so, Broadway seems to attract a WTF musical. As in, "WTF is this doing on Broadway?" The kind of show that, even if it was any good, just didn't seem to have enough of an audience... Continue reading