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It’s all on the Great White Way. Rogers & Hammerstein. Lerner & Lowe. Guys & Dolls. We love the side-splitting humor, the heart-stopping drama, and the show-stopping music. We love the American theater.


Hamilton: An American Musical

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Featured, The Arts, Theater | 0 comments

Have you ever thought, “I’m going to sit down at the old piano and compose a musical. I’ll make it about a historical figure from 200...

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Guys and Dolls

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Featured, Theater | Comments Off on Guys and Dolls

First of all, it has some of the best names in the history of American musical theater, including Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, and the...

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South Pacific, Musical

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Featured, Theater | Comments Off on South Pacific, Musical

When James Michener wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, I can’t imagine he thought it would be turned...

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My Fair Lady, Play and Film

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Featured, Film, Theater | Comments Off on My Fair Lady, Play and Film

George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion in 1912, but refused to allow it to be converted into a musical during his lifetime. Curmudgeon. So...

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Man of La Mancha

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Featured, Theater | Comments Off on Man of La Mancha

“Let’s make a musical out of a 17th century book called Don Quixote.” (crickets) Well, they did – and Man of La...

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“Oklahoma!,” Rodgers & Hammerstein

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Featured, Theater | Comments Off on “Oklahoma!,” Rodgers & Hammerstein

Mr. Rodgers, please meet Mr. Hammerstein. You’ve worked well with separate partners, but the stars have aligned for the two of you to...

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A Chorus Line

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Featured, The Arts, Theater | Comments Off on A Chorus Line

  A Chorus Line was the first play I ever saw on Broadway. It was in the mid-80s, I think, in the middle of its streak of 6,137...

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Theater: Jersey Boys

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Featured, The Arts, Theater | Comments Off on Theater: Jersey Boys

Were the Four Seasons really that interesting? Maybe. In the hands of writers Marshall Brickman (who co-wrote Annie Hall with Woody Allen)...

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Theater: Grease

Posted by on Jul 28, 2011 in The Arts, Theater | Comments Off on Theater: Grease

Hard to imagine now, but this show was created initially with very little music. And when it debuted in Chicago, it even had a different...

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Music: Rodgers and Hammerstein

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in Music, Theater | 1 comment

Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals are, well, as corny as Kansas in August. But is there anything better than some good old corn, every once...

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