We went to see Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera last year and we were very underwhelmed. It felt uninspired and too safe.
So we went Monday night to the Met to see their new production of Verdi's timeless Rigoletto with low to moderate expectations. And we were BLOWN AWAY!!!!
This is not your mother's opera!
Check out a song from the show above!
MANY liberties were taken with this production, helmed by Broadway director Michael Mayer. MM transported the show and set it in Las Vegas in the 1960s, and with that simple yet brilliant decision he injected this new Rigoletto with ten shots of adrenaline!
The entire cast seemed to be having so much FUN! And that score is just sooooooo good! From beginning to end!
The set design, Christine Jones, was stunning!
And while Dmitri Hvorotsky did a great job as the titular character, it is Irina Lungu and Matthew Polenzani who steal the show with their electric performances as the star-crossed lovers. Their duets in Act 1 were some of THE MOST THRILLING theatrical moments we have ever experienced!
The Met's new production of Rigoletto is a show (probably purposefully designed this way) that will appeal to the masses. And it is a show that must be seen!
We are still FEELING it!!!
The thought of this cult classic movie presented as a Broadway show is simply…
Disney Theatrical has embarked on a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride — and we couldn't be more excited!
The adventures of Westley, Buttercup, Fezzik, Inigo Montoya, Prince Humperdinck, and the Man in Black will be developed into an upcoming play or a musical, for realz!
We're not a fan of disaster movies, but we are a big fan of Disaster, a new musical playing off-Broadway that spoofs the film genre.
New York theater snobs may shy away from going to see a show at St. Luke's Theater, and they're missing out! Lovers of fun and lots of tourists went to see the new satire with us on Friday night. And the audience went away extremely entertained!
A jukebox musical featuring songs from the '70s, these tunes are expertly woven in to the brilliantly absurd storyline by show writers Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick.
You may not catch all the references or be familiar with the disaster genre, but you will know and love these songs! And the show!
Disaster is referential and self-aware. Tongue-in-cheek. Cheesy. Camp. And so much fun!
This is not highbrow entertainment, but Disaster isn't trying to be. It just wants to entertain.
And a truly sensational cast of Broadway veterans, like Mary Testa, help the show be anything but a disaster! A real standout is Matt Farcher as the romantic lead. His voice is so beautiful and pure! It impressed us tremendously and we see a big future for him!
Disaster is like the little engine that could!
Well here's some AH-Mazing news that You Oughta Know!
Alanis Morissette is turning her '90s hit album Jagged Little Pill into a Broadway musical!
OMG! Front row seats please!!!
Ms. Morissette will be working with veteran composer Tom Kitt, who helped adapt Green Day’s blockbuster American Idiot into a stage show, to turn all of the tracks of JLP into what we hope will be a smash hit! A workshop of the production is already planned for 2014!
But wait, it gets better — Alanis might be starring in the show herself!!!
She admitted to always wanting to take center stage and this might be her big shot! She explained though that she won’t decide if she’ll play the lead role just yet, saying:
The new revival of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway is worth seeing, purely for the performance of Cherry Jones.
Best known to TV audiences from her work on 24, the actress really shines on stage and commands the audience's attention at the Booth Theater - whenever she speaks or is just standing there. In fact, her presence is so powerful that it lingers when she's off stage too!
It is truly a Tony-worthy performance!
Menagerie is not one of our favorite plays from Tennessee Williams. It relies far too much on narration and not that much action happens in Act 1.
John Tiffany does a fine job directing, but Bob Crowley's scenic design - or lack thereof - left much to be desired.
As far as the other performers, Celia Keenan-Bolger was solid. Brian J. Smith was barely in the show. And, Zachary Quinto, while good, unfortunately attempted a very specific Southern accent that he just couldn't pull off and that had mostly disappeared by the end of Act 2.
Jones, however, is a Tennessee native and radiates not just authenticity but also brilliance in this production. See it for her! She is giving us some Meryl!!!
She might not be a Material Girl like her mom, but it looks like she's going to be a Pink Lady!
Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon will be making her momma proud as she's landed a role in the LaGuardia High School production of Grease!
According to sources, she'll be playing Betty Rizzo, the spunky leader of the Pink Ladies who eventually befriends Sandy Dumbrowski!
Can U imagine how FANTASTIC she's going to look and sound singing There Are Worse Things I Could Do??? SWOOOOON!
Lourdes definitely can use some of her mom's acting AND singing skills, but we have a feeling she'll be fine just on her own!
With a coach like Madonna, we're sure Lola will do great! Break a leg, girl!!
[Image via WENN.]
How time does fly!
It hit us this morning like a house from Kansas — today is the 10th anniversary of Wicked's opening night on Broadway! For the past decade, the beautiful story of how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good became friends, enemies and soul sisters has delighted audiences not only in New York, but around the world!
It all began with the immense talent of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith, but so many other outstanding Broadway talents have donned green makeup and teased their blonde curls to be the two witches from Oz and with such immense talent gracing the productions, along with it's beautiful story and memorable songs, we doubt Wicked will be going anywhere for years to come!
To honor one of our favorite shows, and to share in this moment with all the fellow Wicked fans, check out our list of reasons Wicked remains at the top of Broadway!