‘The Wiz,’ With Added Street Cred, Heads for TV and Broadway

Rubric: Broadway | 1 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
‘The Wiz,’ With Added Street Cred, Heads for TV and Broadway

‘The Wiz': Why NBC’s Live Version Introduces “Empowered” Female Characters. BETHPAGE, N.Y. NEW YORK — Since seeing The Wiz on Broadway as a very young child in the ’70s, Queen Latifah has “gone through a phase of wanting to play every character,” she says, “from Dorothy to The Wiz.” On Dec. 3, Latifah will finally get her shot at the latter role in NBC’s The Wiz Live!, the latest installment in what has become a seasonal tradition.When the Peacock airs its much-anticipated live telecast of “The Wiz” this Thursday, it will also launch a video segment paid for by ConAgra Foods’ Reddi-wip whipped topping.NBC took a big gamble in ...

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New Musical Allegiance, With Lea Salonga and George Takei, Opens on Broadway …

Rubric: Broadway | 9 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
New Musical Allegiance, With Lea Salonga and George Takei, Opens on Broadway …

‘Allegiance’ review: George Takei lends luster to new Broadway musical. The heavy-handed, cliche-driven “Allegiance” which opened Sunday at the Longacre Theatre tries to take on all three — but does so unsuccessfully in a bombastic and generic Broadway musical. The production was inspired by the childhood of “Star Trek” icon George Takei, who had family members among the 120,000 Japanese-Americans incarcerated during World War II. While it’s great that an Asian cast is telling a chapter in its own history, it’s through an old-fashioned, stereotypical style that’s out of touch with where Broadway is going. Inspired by Takei’s personal ...

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Broadway Review: ‘Allegiance’ with Lea Salonga and George Takei

Rubric: Broadway | 9 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Broadway Review: ‘Allegiance’ with Lea Salonga and George Takei

‘Allegiance’ on Broadway is inspired by life of George Takei. The forced internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during the second world war remains one of the most shameful passages in America’s recent history, a move owing less to the exigencies of war and more to racist and xenophobic assumptions.“Allegiance,” a new musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans in camps during World War II, could be said to suffer from a problem of divided loyalties, and I’m not referring to its characters.The heavy-handed, cliche-driven “Allegiance” which opened Sunday at the Longacre Theatre tries to take on all three — but does so unsuccessfully in a bombastic and ...

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Broadway Review: Estefan Musical ‘On Your Feet!’

Rubric: Broadway | 8 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Broadway Review: Estefan Musical ‘On Your Feet!’

‘On Your Feet’ review: The good, the bad and the conga-licious. The electrifying and infectious Broadway musical, “On Your Feet!,” about the king and queen of Latin music, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, premiered Thursday to a star-studded crowd who could only praise the Cuban-American couple for making history. “It’s been a beautiful journey,” Gloria Estefan, 58, told Fox News Latino on the red carpet after the premiere at the Marriott Marquis Theater. “It’s been one of love and pain, but tonight on that stage, every single person gave their love, gave their story because it’s not just about Emilio and me. “How did [Alex Dinerlaris] write words that are more ...

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The stars come out for Broadway debut of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s ‘On Your …

Rubric: Broadway | 6 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
The stars come out for Broadway debut of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s ‘On Your …

‘On Your Feet’ review: The good, the bad and the conga-licious. The electrifying and infectious Broadway musical, “On Your Feet!,” about the king and queen of Latin music, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, premiered Thursday to a star-studded crowd who could only praise the Cuban-American couple for making history. “It’s been a beautiful journey,” Gloria Estefan, 58, told Fox News Latino on the red carpet after the premiere at the Marriott Marquis Theater. “It’s been one of love and pain, but tonight on that stage, every single person gave their love, gave their story because it’s not just about Emilio and me. “How did [Alex Dinerlaris] write words that are more ...

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Review: Broadway show about Estefans a fine addition to jukebox musicals

Rubric: Broadway | 6 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Review: Broadway show about Estefans a fine addition to jukebox musicals

‘On Your Feet’ review: The good, the bad and the conga-licious. The audience joins in the dance, and in a flash, Broadway is thrust into the vibrant, sparkling — and sometimes harrowed — world of Latin music’s most successful crossover artist.Miserable affairs, angsty German teens and sad-sack British royals — in shows like “Thérèse Raquin,” “Spring Awakening” and “King Charles III” — have made the season a dour one.The recipe may be familiar, but the flavor is fresh in “On Your Feet!,” the half-formulaic, half-original and undeniably crowd-pleasing musical about the lives of Emilio and Gloria Estefan that opened on Thursday at the Marquis Theater. As ...

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On Your Feet!, Gloria Estefan Bio Musical, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet …

Rubric: Broadway | 6 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
On Your Feet!, Gloria Estefan Bio Musical, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet …

‘On Your Feet’ review: The good, the bad and the conga-licious. The audience joins in the dance, and in a flash, Broadway is thrust into the vibrant, sparkling — and sometimes harrowed — world of Latin music’s most successful crossover artist.Miserable affairs, angsty German teens and sad-sack British royals — in shows like “Thérèse Raquin,” “Spring Awakening” and “King Charles III” — have made the season a dour one.The recipe may be familiar, but the flavor is fresh in “On Your Feet!,” the half-formulaic, half-original and undeniably crowd-pleasing musical about the lives of Emilio and Gloria Estefan that opened on Thursday at the Marquis Theater. ...

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On Your Feet!, Gloria Estefan Bio Musical, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet …

Rubric: Broadway | 6 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
On Your Feet!, Gloria Estefan Bio Musical, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet …

‘On Your Feet’ review: The good, the bad and the conga-licious. The audience joins in the dance, and in a flash, Broadway is thrust into the vibrant, sparkling — and sometimes harrowed — world of Latin music’s most successful crossover artist. Miserable affairs, angsty German teens and sad-sack British royals — in shows like “Thérèse Raquin,” “Spring Awakening” and “King Charles III” — have made the season a dour one.The recipe may be familiar, but the flavor is fresh in “On Your Feet!,” the half-formulaic, half-original and undeniably crowd-pleasing musical about the lives of Emilio and Gloria Estefan that opened on Thursday at the Marquis Theater. ...

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Review Roundup: ON YOUR FEET! Opens on Broadway

Rubric: Broadway | 6 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Review Roundup: ON YOUR FEET! Opens on Broadway

‘On Your Feet!': Theater Review. The recipe may be familiar, but the flavor is fresh in “On Your Feet!,” the half-formulaic, half-original and undeniably crowd-pleasing musical about the lives of Emilio and Gloria Estefan that opened on Thursday at the Marquis Theater. To cite the most unusual element: Many a musical could be described as a car crash, but I can’t think of any in which such a calamity figures as a dramatic turning point. But just try keeping the grin off your face when two massive human chains — of cast and audience members — flood the aisles of the Marquis Theatre right before intermission in On Your Feet! Charting the rise to international superstardom ...

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Review Roundup: KING CHARLES III Opens on Broadway- Updating Live!

Rubric: Broadway | 2 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Review Roundup: KING CHARLES III Opens on Broadway- Updating Live!

King Charles III review – provocative drama tells a ‘future history’. Genre: Play, Original; Starring: Tim Pigott-Smith, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Lydia Wilson; Director: Rupert Goold; Author: Mike Bartlett; Opening Date: Nov. 1, 2015 Those unfamiliar with this anecdote will find it too goofy to believe: On a telephone call, which was hacked and recorded in 1989 and fed like candy to the world’s media shortly thereafter, Prince Charles told his then-mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles that he wanted to be reincarnated as her Tampax tampon. “My luck to be chucked down the lavatory,” he told her, “and go on and on forever swirling round the top, never going down.” That ...

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