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Alain Boublil is the librettist and lyricists behind such HUGE musicals as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon - and the legendary Frenchie just premiered a new work in Manhattan, appropriately titled Manhattan Parisienne.
However, do not go into this show expecting a massive chorus or flying helicopters. Manhattan Parisienne is is super intimate - a mostly two person musical in a small theater. There are no reserved seats! General admission!
The show is a sweet and simple modern-day love fantasia between a French woman and an American man and the musical features some staples of the French and American songbook. From Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg to the Gershwins and Sinatra.
The story is almost irrelevant, though. Manhattan Parisienne is all about the song selections. And they prove to be a very enjoyable experience!
Performed without intermission, the show is like a fancier cabaret act. And because it's mainly all about the songs, our one big note is…. while the cast features some great singers, the intimacy of the theater and the grandness of these songs called for some PHENOMENAL singers. There is a big difference between great and phenomenal singers.
However, this cast did a fine job and it's a more than fine show!
With some bigger voices or bigger names, though, this could play to much larger audiences.
Manhattan Parisienne is very enjoyable - especially for a date night!
For those about to rock, we salute you!
There is finally confirmation that, after over a decade, there WILL be a School of Rock musical!
The 2003 movie, starring Jack Black, will make its way to Broadway in 2015, thanks to the actor and more famous theatrical
Andrew Lloyd Webber will write new music, in addition to some of the
Smash is coming back!! …sort of!
The beloved NBC series is coming back, not to TV, but in the form of a one-night-only benefit concert for The Actors Fund!
They'll be putting on Bombshell, the play within the show, based on Marilyn Monroe! What a fantastic idea!!
The cast and venue haven't been announced yet but the show's producers (Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) are the same folks who brought us Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live!
So you know it's gonna be FAB!!
Tickets are going on sale
She's said it before, and it looks like she's sticking to it!
Lindsay Lohan has been spending a lot of time in the U.K., and apparently she's loving it!
The actress recently did an interview with The Guardian, where the said a lot about her dislike of Los Angeles, and why life in London is worlds better for her!
Of all the acceptance speeches at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music event on Friday, Idina Menzel's was the best. By FAR!
She won the Breakthrough Artist award - breaking through at the age of 43! Yes, she touched on that too!
Check it out above!!
An early Christmas present, from us to you!
It's a song that you may not be familiar with, but we are pretty sure it will be an instant fave! It is so brilliant and FUNNY! My Simple Christmas Wish (Rich, Famous & Powerful) by the very talented David Friedman!
The song was recorded for Carols For A Cure, an annual compilation featuring the companies of all the current musicals on Broadway. And Perez!!
BCEFA awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers' Resource and the Stage Managers' Project.
Thanks also to our voice coach, Liz Caplan, the best in the biz, for suggesting the tune.
Thank you to David Friedman for letting us do it!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Andrew Keenan-Bolger for directing and producing the music video!
And thank you to the dancers and everyone else involved who donated their time!
Thanks for watching!
And happy holidays!!!!
This is pretty darn unprofessional, and frankly kind of despicable.
In a recent Wall Street Journal column titled Confessions of a Broadway Bolter, theatre reviewer Joanne Kaufman admitted that she typically only stays for half of a show… and then leaves! But she still reviews them anyway!!! She explains:
"I'm embarrassed by how unembarrassed I am to admit that the very next night, I took early leave of The Country House, and the following night of It's Only a Play."
And those are only a couple of plays that she names.
Well, the Broadway community is obviously — and rightly — outraged by this admission. So much so that theatrical press agent and president of O&M Co. Rick Miramontez wrote a scathing letter to the WSJ, which they predictably did not print.
But it didn't matter because people got ahold of it anyway.
Rick explained that Joanne won't be welcome at any show he represents anymore — and that's a LOT! He went on to ask pointed questions like: