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.
It’s that time of year again…Showcase Season! Last year we had a blast featuring the students of color who were graduating from Acting and Musical Theatre BFA/MFA programs across the country. We covered NYU Steinhardt, Columbia, Michigan, and Tisch MFA. This year we’re doing the same thing (and even expanding our reach), but first we thought we would catch up with some of last years grad’s! Read on to hear about life post Showcase (new gigs, Bway debuts, agents and more).
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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
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.
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Nothing can be more horrifying than paying money to have a bad headshot experience (especially for the ones you’ll be using for your introduction to the industry). I myself had a not so great experience as a kid with a headshot photographer who had no idea how to capture a person of color (my smile was radiant partially because my lips came out bright, gleaming, white in the photos-don’t ask). AIC is here to hopefully save you from some of that trauma, by providing you with a list of photogs who are guaranteed to show off your best attributes as a performer of color (some are even offering discounts to Arts in Color readers!) Read on for info, testimonials, and deals!
This Throwback Thursday we’re to headed Vietnam in the adaptation of Puccini’s iconic opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon. This romantic tragedy was brought to life by book writers Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil and lyricists Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. in 1989 when it premiered on the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Miss Saigon opened at the Broadway Theater in 1991 and ran for 10 years! That’s a whopping 4,092 performances, making it the 12th longest running musical on Broadway. Continue reading
It’s Throwback Thursday once again my friends, and this week we are focusing on a major classic: West Side Story. Now, if you’re a theater person and you don’t already know this show-shame on you! If you aren’t a theater person and you also don’t already know this show-still, shame on you! Only kidding! With a book by Arthur Laurents, iconic music by Leonard Bernstein, unforgettable lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and incredible choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the Upper West Side of 1950s New York City as two gangs battle for control of their turf. It’s the white-American Jets versus the Puerto Rican immigrant Sharks, and the star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria get caught in the cross-fire as they fight to be together.
In 2002, the Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams graced the stage in London’s West End. The musical was produced by the father of Phantom of The Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber, with music by A. R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black and the book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan. The show ran for 2 years at the Apollo Victoria Theatre before moving across the pond to Broadway in April 2004 at the Broadway Theatre. The show closed the following January after 284 performances.
This week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY we’re bring you way back to 1978 when The Longacre transported audiences to the Harlem Renaissance in Ain’t Misbehavin’. This musical, which featured five performers (Irene Cara, Nell Carter, André DeShields, Armelia McQueen, and Ken Page), recreated the Manhattan night clubs of the 20’s and 30’s (a la The Savoy or the Cotton Club) and provided a variety of songs that reflected artist Fats Waller’s style. The hit musical took home the Tony for Best Musical, Best Director (Richard Maltby Jr.), and ran for almost 4 years.