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Ellen's Stardust Diner

Two weeks ago, workers announced the highly publicized formation of Stardust Family United under the Industrial Workers of the World, which is supported by over 70 employees of Ellen's Stardust Diner, a restaurant in midtown Manhattan recently profiled for by the New York Times. Ken Sturm, owner, then fired six long-time employees in retaliation for their efforts to form a union to protect and improve their working conditions. Ellen's, a diner which primarily employs Broadway and off-Broadway singers, has been a mainstay source of income for many since 1995.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 14, 2016 - 37 comments

Tony Awards That Let Everyone In on the Joke

This year, Mr. Corden said he hoped to open the Tonys with “a song for, like, the theater kid who lives in Michigan or Nebraska, who just dreams of being on a stage. For them,” he continued, “this night being on TV is everything, and I wonder if we can open our show for them." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 10, 2016 - 71 comments

That was the most Broadway response

Broadway Carpool Karaoke, featuring James Corden, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski and Audra McDonald (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 7, 2016 - 51 comments

It’s so much safer in the world of Alexander Hamilton.

"This is all hilarious, of course — a 14-year-old girl utterly fanatical about the Founding Fathers — that is until you realize that it isn’t going away." Joe Posnanski of NBC Sports on taking his 14 year old daughter, Elizabeth, to see Hamilton.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 30, 2016 - 67 comments

Rent: An Oral History

Twenty years after Jonathan Larson’s posthumous triumph arrived on Broadway, the cast and creative team relive the rise of a musical that changed theater.
posted by trillian on May 26, 2016 - 10 comments

"I don't know about God, but I believe in Chris Jackson!"

He's done some things since, but In The Heights is what put Lin-Manuel Miranda on the map, winning 4 Tonys and running from 2008-2011 on Broadway. What is In The Heights? It's a musical about one summer weekend in the Latino community in Washington Heights, where personal relationships mingle with issues like education, gentrification, and legacy. Miranda started writing the show while in college at Wesleyan, and faced producers who didn't share his vision before finding the right team. The Tony performance gives a good sample of the flavor of the show. Below the cut, a lot more media about the show, almost all of it from an excellent roundup by tumblr user stickmarionette. [more inside]
posted by kmz on May 20, 2016 - 26 comments

WELCOME TO THE NEW AGE

When he first started working with Imagine Dragons, music producer Alex da Kid was looking for some inspiration for the Broadway musical, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

"I thought they would be great to help me come up with ideas for U2," the Grammy-nominated English producer said.

There was just one problem: The demos they recorded were too good.
--The songs that became Imagine Dragons' Night Visions are probably about Spider-Man.
posted by almostmanda on May 17, 2016 - 30 comments

A misunderstood art

In “ ‘Hamilton’ Aside, Where the Real Tony Competition Lies' ", one of your theater critics, Charles Isherwood, says of “Hamilton”: “I do find it slightly puzzling that it was nominated in the book of a musical category, since the show is almost sung-through.” [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 10, 2016 - 84 comments

I have no idea how these cats got wedged into a musical, or why

Cats, the popular musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot), will be adapted as a movie, to be directed by Tom Hooper. Noted for its longevity, Cats ran continuously on Broadway for 18 years, and on London's West End for 21 years. The show will return to Broadway in August, after a 16-year hiatus. Mee wow!
posted by schmod on May 6, 2016 - 98 comments

Wait for it.

Leslie Odom Jr. Is Not Throwing Away His Shot (SL Longform Buzzfeed)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 29, 2016 - 67 comments

the marketing team jokingly referred to as a “lesbian suicide musical.”

Selling Queerness: The Curious Case of Fun Home (SL Atlantic)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 27, 2016 - 41 comments

Doris Roberts RIP

Doris Roberts, an ubiquitous stage and screen actor from the United States, passed away April 17th at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Apr 22, 2016 - 36 comments

In the greatest city in the world....

"The statistics tell us that changing the way we think of race and ethnicity in the theater will not be easy. Of Equity’s 50,823 active members, 68% identify themselves as Caucasian." -- Actors' Equity President Kate Shindle, on the Hamilton casting debacle, and the real problem of diversity in theatre. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 8, 2016 - 39 comments

Not blackface but black faces. Well, blackface too.

He wanted to do not “Shuffle Along” but the making of “Shuffle Along” (official title: “Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”). He would tell the story of the original creators and cast and how they pulled it off ... Interesting approach, you say, sounds great. But to make it work, you couldn’t stint on the dancing and the songs. Those were what made the show go: syncopation, fire, artistry.
posted by ChuraChura on Mar 25, 2016 - 5 comments

Yeah, that's a concern.

I saw Hamilton, so now I'm going to orphan my son (McSweeney's) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 24, 2016 - 47 comments

#Bam4Ham

On Monday, the cast of Broadway's Hamilton will be going to the White House today to test a pilot version of its educational program as well as perform a concert of “Hamiltunes” for the kids and the First Family. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 10, 2016 - 163 comments

Six-Time Tony Winner Returns to the Great White(?) Way

Shocking As It Is to Believe, the Theater May Be in a New Golden Age One reason: Audra McDonald, Broadway’s greatest voice, is back.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Mar 9, 2016 - 16 comments

Yo my heart's like my planet/ A black hole of red granite

Star Trek + Hamilton = MY SPOCK -- a parody of "My Shot" retelling the story of a bastard, orphan, son of a Vulcan and a human, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Alpha Quadrant. (apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda) (SLYT, via Birth. Movies. Death.)
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 29, 2016 - 16 comments

You could feel the desire.

Remembering Jonathan Larson, who died 20 years ago this week, weeks shy of his 36th birthday. The 20th anniversary tour of the show that began previews the night of his death, RENT, will launch this fall. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 27, 2016 - 9 comments

Top this, Templeton

It's an familiar fable in New York City: Dumped on the curb by the West Side Highway, a stranger to the city with no name and no connections, just a ferocious will. With a little luck and a lot of talent, a year later she's making her Broadway debut: The Story of Rose, a white rat. (SLNYTimes)
posted by Diablevert on Jan 22, 2016 - 9 comments

The menu, the venue, the seating

In the Room Where It Happens, Eight Shows a Week and 8 Places to Celebrate Alexander Hamilton's birthday in New York and Beyond
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 11, 2016 - 104 comments

One great rock show can change the world

Indie auteur Richard Linklater pleasantly surprised audiences with his charming 2003 comedy School of Rock, in which a struggling musician (High Fidelity co-star and Tenacious D frontman Jack Black) hijacks a 4th grade prep school class and inspires them to become a killer rock band. Buoyed by likeable characters, a great soundtrack, remarkably talented kid musicians, and Black's lengthy, irrepressible, almost improvisational classroom scenes, the film earned rave reviews and inspired scads of copycat programs around the world (as featured in the '05 documentary and reality series Rock School). But while the cast kicked ass at their ten-year reunion concert in 2013, plans for a sequel fell through. Everyone loves an encore, though. And so this weekend saw the Broadway debut of the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical starring Alex Brightman, with a TV adaptation to air on Nickelodeon next year. Because there's no way you can stop... the School of Rock. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 7, 2015 - 37 comments

The Wiz Needed a Studio Audience

"There's an intimacy to live performance that's removed through the medium of television, and in-studio audiences help restore it. After soaring, cathartic numbers, we need applause breaks. The collective gasp of appreciation when an impressive set piece dazzles, or the murmur of amazement when a section of choreography transfixes are parts of the lived language of musical theater. If you want to make a movie, make a movie. If you want to put on a show, don't play to an empty house." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 6, 2015 - 38 comments

God, I Need This Job

RIP: Workshops. WTF is a Lab? "Now you're confused. 'Then, what's a Lab?' 'It's the exact same thing as a workshop, but without the good shit." [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Dec 4, 2015 - 1 comment

I'll show you where my shoe fits.

Cabinet Battle #1, explained
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 28, 2015 - 65 comments

There's a font for every broken heart on Broadway

13 miles of typography on Broadway from A to Zabar's, New York City's showiest street shows off its signage (and yes, it includes an example of Broadway font)
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 17, 2015 - 6 comments

Broadway Takes the Lead

At the A.V. Club, Caroline Siede examines how Hamilton and Allegiance might represent a new approach to historical drama.
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 5, 2015 - 59 comments

Marie's Crisis

The American Theatre Wing presents, Working in the Theatre: Marie's Crisis
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 25, 2015 - 5 comments

Say no to this.

Comedienne Kathleen Cameron does Hamilton: An American Musical, via Instagram (SL Instagram)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 12, 2015 - 73 comments

First Listen: Cast Recording , 'Hamilton'

"This is musical theater made by someone who knows rap to be all our cultural lingua franca, whose sense of humor is legible to people like us. It is songwriting done within rap's regulations and limitations. It's a work of historical fiction that honors the sentiments of rap, a play off collective memory that feels overwhelming personal." NPR is now streaming the Cast Recording of the hit broadway play Hamilton (previously).
posted by DynamiteToast on Sep 21, 2015 - 182 comments

#Ham4Ham

Almost twenty years ago, RENT changed the way Broadway shows offered cheap "rush" tickets by introducing the first lottery for $20 front row seats. This year, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer/lyricist/book writer of Hamilton, introduced #Ham4Ham, a lottery show where Broadway actors from all parts of the community perform in front of the Richard Rodgers theatre while waiting to hear their names called for $10 rush seats.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 4, 2015 - 17 comments

Kyle Jean-Baptiste

Kyle Jean-Baptiste died in an accident on Friday at the age of 21. Mr. Jean-Baptiste joined the company of Les Miserables this summer after his college graduation, and became the first African-American man to play Jean Valjean on Broadway on June 23, while understudying the role. He recently announced on Facebook that he would be joining the Broadway cast of The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson. His last performance as Valjean was on Thursday night. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 30, 2015 - 26 comments

Look at the extension on those jazz hands!

Broadway Draft 2015 (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 25, 2015 - 4 comments

“I should be a sleight of hand artist.”

Actress Patti LuPone talks about the incident at Shows for Days at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night where she, without breaking character, Ms. LuPone walked into the audience and took an audience member's cell phone who had been texting during the play. Ms. LuPone is not a stranger to taking charge of similar incidents. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 10, 2015 - 229 comments

The ten-dollar founding father.

After reading a "nicer" ending for the musical Hamilton proposed by a young fan, Lin-Manuel Miranda (as Alexander Hamilton) and Leslie Odom Jr (as Aaron Burr) decided to give it a shot. Written by and starring Tony-award winner Miranda and based on the Ron Chernow biography, Hamilton is a hip-hop musical about the life and times of the first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton starts previews soon on Broadway after an acclaimed and sold-out run at the Public. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Jul 7, 2015 - 13 comments

Haven’t you heard the word of your body?

Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles has announced it will bring its production of Spring Awakening to Broadway this fall. This will mark the first Deaf West production on the Great White Way for Deaf West since 2003's Big River.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 comments

Shall We Dance (in a second dress)?

Kelli O'Hara's 47-second costume change at last night's Tony Awards. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 8, 2015 - 43 comments

Actually, I have no idea what a blue corn moon is.

Judy Kuhn sings ‘Colors of the Wind’ in different styles and talks about her eleven o'clock number in "Fun Home" (Fun Home previously)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 29, 2015 - 6 comments

There's A Song About it

An Illustrated Review of Broadway Musical "Fun Home" [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 6, 2015 - 34 comments

"the actor who played Merrick would not wear makeup"

In 1980 David Bowie starred as John [Joseph] Merrick in the play The Elephant Man. Tim Rice interviews Bowie for Friday Night Saturday Morning [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 28, 2015 - 4 comments

The Opposite of the Super Bowl

The brilliant Seth Rudetsky conducts a 19-minute deconstruction of Stephen Sondheim's "Opening Doors" from the 1981 musical "Merrily We Roll Along." [more inside]
posted by How the runs scored on Feb 1, 2015 - 11 comments

Theatre should be written on water.

Iain talks about how it feels when a show closes (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 29, 2015 - 3 comments

45 Seconds from Broadway

This past Sunday, Café Edison, affectionately known as the Polish Tea Room, served its last bowl of matzos ball soup and shuttered. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 24, 2014 - 19 comments

"I cannot even remember a day when I didn't want to be Peter Pan."

"One day early in 1954, Mary Martin and her husband, Richard Halliday, were driving on the Merritt Parkway, near their home in Norwalk, Connecticut. On the car radio came Frank Sinatra’s new hit, “Young at Heart.” It was perfect! That is, the song had the exact sentiment and feel they wanted for the pet project they’d long been planning, a musical version of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play Peter Pan (original subtitle: “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”). Right on the spot, they decided they’d hire whoever had written the song to compose the score for their production." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 7, 2014 - 10 comments

A Lovely Night

Tonight, 21 year-old actress Keke Palmer will make her Broadway debut in the title role inRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first African American actress to play the role in any stage production of the show, first mounted as a television production on CBS in 1957, with Julie Andrews. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 10, 2014 - 19 comments

"Depressives can fake it better than Meg Ryan"

Broadway's Patrick Page Shares His Personal Struggle with Depression The night I heard that Robin Williams died, I slept very little. And it wasn't just grief keeping me awake. It was fear. I know my depression is lurking just around the corner-waiting. As Harvey Fierstein says, "All it wants to do is get you alone in a room and kill you."
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 19, 2014 - 21 comments

To life.

50 years ago tonight, Fiddler on the Roof began performances at the Fischer Theatre in Detroit. Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist, says: "I remember one audition for Fiddler. As people left I heard someone say dismissively 'Oh once they run out of Hadassah benefits there'll be absolutely no audience for it'. At the time I feared maybe they were right." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 26, 2014 - 25 comments

Draculas? Draculae? Draculii?

The gals at Anglo-Filles have an entertaining (and epicly long) talk about the history of Dracula and vampires as characters and symbols throughout the ages and throughout fiction - topics discussed include Varney The Vampire, The Vienna Vampire Scare, Where Does Sunlight Killing Vampires Come From, The Secret Spanish Dracula, and Jonathan Harker As An Abuse Survivor.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 24, 2014 - 30 comments

Here's to the Lady Who Lunched

Elaine Stritch, star of stage and screen, has died at the age of 89.
posted by rmd1023 on Jul 17, 2014 - 89 comments

Show Boat in the hands of its makers

The New York Public Library has posted four original typescripts from Show Boat, the 1927 musical by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist and bookwriter Oscar Hammerstein, along with a blog post for some historical background.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 8, 2014 - 4 comments

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