As we approach the closing weekend of Passing Strange, we reflect on revelatory rock musicals that have changed the face of musical theatre.
While the possibilities of what to include are endless, we feel the listed musicals made the most significant impact on the world of musical theatre. These show changed the game. More
Ah, September. The month where Torontonians and Canadians everywhere begin to accept the fact that summer doesn’t last forever, and after the short bliss of fall, winter will return. It always does, and it always will.
But! There is one way to keep the warm weather vibes continuing – and that is through these five musical tunes from Broadway. Keep these hits in mind during the long months of blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, and it’ll be steaming hot again before you know it. More
Ever since I was in my early 20s, I loved any excuse to borrow my parents’ minivan. Equipped with SiriusXM radio, it was my opportunity to roll down the windows and blast showtunes from the “On Broadway” station. (I’m certain you can’t imagine anything cooler than being seen in your parents’ minivan with “Ol’ Man River” blaring).
Looking back 40 years, Broadway music wasn’t always relegated to a very exclusive, expensive spot on the airwaves. In 1975, “Send In The Clowns” hit Number 36 on the US Billboard charts in a cover by Judy Collins. In 1971, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” reached Number 12 on the Billboard charts in a cover by Helen Reddy. The Beatles recorded Meredith Wilson’s “Till There Was You” in 1963 and they sang it on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Barbara Streisand’s version of “People” from Funny Girl reached number five on the Billboard charts in 1964 (four years before the movie came out). The list goes on and on. The farther back in time you go, the more closely aligned Broadway music was with the popular taste.
Looking at 21st century musical theatre, 90% of the time the genre either:
- Uses existing pop songs that hit big on the radio decades ago
- Creates original scores that don’t resemble anything that could have been on the radio in the last 40 years.
It’s a fascinating divide given the origins of the form. More
With Hamilton opening on Broadway earlier this week, there is plenty of buzz as the 2015/2016 season starts to heat up. It seems to be the year of the movie musical, with almost all the new musicals originating as a Hollywood blockbuster. Here are some of the most anticipated musical productions aiming to opening within the next few Broadway seasons.
With the recent announcement that Spring Awakening will return to Broadway this fall, we decided to dive into the history of this iconic musical.
The revival production, scheduled to open on Broadway on September 27, 2015 is being brought in from the L.A company Deaf West Theatre. The company centers itself around re-imagining theatre productions using a mix of hearing, deaf, and hard-of-hearing actors to perform shows. Under the directing leadership of Michael Arden (yes, that Michael Arden, think Bare, Big River, Hunchback), the company practice of assigning certain roles to two actors, one singing, the other signing opens the art form up to deaf performers and theatregoers. This staging is bringing new depths to character development and insight and has been wowing audiences since its inception.