On this THROWBACK THURSDAY, we are taking a look at one of renowned playwright David Henry Hwang’s greatest works: M. Butterfly. The gender-bending play inspired by Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premiered on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in 1988. John Lithgow starred as Rene Gallimard, a French civil servant working at the Embassy in China who falls in love with Chinese Opera singer Song Liling, played by B.D. Wong. Song, a man masquerading as a woman to serve as a spy, and Gallimard, carry on a 20 year affair with Gallimard believing Song is a woman. Gallimard is tried and sent to prison for treason, learning that his love is really a man. This play has received many awards and nominations, including the Tony for Best Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play (Wong), and Best Direction of a Play (John Dexter).
This week we’re only throwing it back 6 years, but it’s a fun one! Now I know what you may be thinking: “Zorro the musical?” Yes, it exists, although it hasn’t made it to Broadway yet, this musical has graced the stage all over the world ( New York is just slow on the uptake). Zorro is based on the iconic figure that many of you may know from the Antonio Banderas films or the old black and white shows that came on way back when. Based on the fictional biography of the title character, lets take a look at the Stephen Clarke (book and lyrics) and Helen Edmundson musical (book).
What are you doing on the evening of Monday April 14th? Well you should be heading to 54 Below at 9:30 to check out Who We Are: The Songs of Lyons & Pakchar featuring music by Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar. You may have recently seen Lyons on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, and Pakchar is a guitarist and composer who has played for Broadway shows such as Wicked and Book of Mormon. Together, they have developed a catalogue of pop/R&B music that will be performed by many incredible artists including Tony Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela), Ben Platt (“Pitch Perfect,” The Book of Mormon), Naturi Naughton (3LW, “Notorious,” “Fame”), Katie Thompson (Giant), Robin De Jesus (In the Heights), Christine Dwyer (Wicked),Mykal Kilgore (Motown), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Felicia Boswell (Memphis), Tamika Sonja Lawrence(If/Then), Daniel Torres (Evita), John Brink (Les Misérables) and many more.
Find out more about Douglas Lyons, his upcoming show, and his collaboration with Ethan Pakchar below!
How many of you have seen or at least heard of the 1949 Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific? This week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY is taking a look at the 10 time Tony award winning musical that has resonated with audience members for decades. The show was last revived in 2008, taking home 7 Tony awards while featuring Kelli O’Hara (currently in Bridges of Madison County) and Matthew Morrison (Glee).
This week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY is a precursor to next weeks! We wanted to try something fun and have you guess, based on clues, which show will be featured. This show hit the stage in 1990 and has been a major icon ever since. Do you know what it is? Check out the images below and use your Broadway expertise to guess which show it is!
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This week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY takes a look at Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun. Many of you may know that the play is currently being revived at the Barrymore Theatre with a star-studded cast including Denzel Washington, Sophie Okonedo, and Anika Noni Rose. Well today we are taking a look back at the 1959 play that continues to make an impact to this day.
How many of you Broadway babies grew up on the good old Rogers and Hammerstein collection? I certainly did! For this week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY we are taking a look back at a one of R&H’s golden oldies: The King and I. Did you know that The King and I is based on a the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon? In fact, Landon wrote the novel based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens who was the governess to Siamese King Mongkut’s 82 children in the early 1860s! How do you remember all of those kids’ names? Or do you just start numbering them? They didn’t have name tags back in the 19th century did they? I digress.
While it may have been a flop on Broadway, this weeks THROWBACK THURSDAY is taking a look at the Japanese musical Shogun: The Musical based on James Clavell’s 1975 novel of the same name. In 1990 this 17th century romantic drama, with a book by John Driver, lyrics by John Driver and music by Paul Chihara, graced the stage at the Marquis Theatre. The cast of Shogun included Philip Casnoff, June Angela, Joseph Foronda, Eric Chan, JoAnn M. Hunter, Leslie Ishii, and Francis Ruivivar and opened on November 20th following 18 previews. The novel had previously been turned into a 12 hour mini-series, and thus the original concept for the production ran 3.5 hours and had 38 characters before being drastically condensed for Broadway. Continue reading
I had the wonderful opportunity to see David Henry Hwang’s latest work, Kung Fu, at Signature Theater this weekend, and I implore you to catch this evocative piece before it closes March 30th. The story of Bruce Lee is brought to the stage in this masterpiece filled with impressive choreography courtesy of Sonya Tayeh (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Hwang’s (M. Butterfly, Golden Child) writing workmanship, and direction by Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish).
Mardi Gras will be here soon, so we’re taking it down to New Orleans this week with our THROWBACK THURSDAY featuring Marie Christine. Inspired by Marie Laveau (the historical Voodoo priestess) and written by Michael John LaChiusa, this retelling of the greek tragedy Medea came to Broadway in 1999 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center. The musical had a very short run, opening in December and closing in January, perhaps due to less than ideal reviews. Despite it’s brevity on Broadway, the show does deserve praise. Audra McDonald played the titular character with astounding force (I managed to catch the whole show at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center). She, along with LaChiusa, was nominated for a Tony award that year.