Tag Archive for: Broadway

A group of dancers dressed as cats dance onstage in CATS

The Enduring Life of Cats

Thomas Stearns Eliot is widely regarded as one of England’s greatest writers and was awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.” While Eliot was writing about cats at a time when they served the useful purpose of keeping mice in check, he had a lifelong affection for […]

Actors dressed in cat costumes pose while they dance in CATS the musical

Dance For Your Health

While dance is something we can both do and watch for pleasure, the movement goes beyond entertainment. It’s actually good for your body and mind. “Dancing is excellent for your health, and it’s a wonderful example of an activity where art and sport meet,” said Dr. Joshua A. Metzl, MD, the head orthopedic physician for […]

Jersey Boys. Four men in red suits and sunglasses accompanied by two doting women in black dresses. Fog effects and NYC skyline background

A Beginner’s Guide to Newark Slang

Francesco Castelluccio, better known by his stage name, Frankie Valli, was born in the First Ward of Newark, New Jersey in 1934. A working-class neighborhood filled with immigrants, the world in which Frankie Valli grew up would have been a mashup of Italian and American culture.   The colorful language that has become synonymous with North […]

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The Mob in Denver

The Smaldone family, Denver’s version of the Mafia, was low key, unlike their more high-profile brethren in New York, Chicago and New Jersey. They wore big hats and spiffy suits, but they didn’t race around town in big cars, mowing down rivals. In fact, they weren’t in the Mafia. Isolated far out in Denver, they […]

Who Are The Four Seasons?

Compiled from material by Center Theatre Group How is it possible that The Four Seasons have been part of American culture for four-and-a-half decades, and who they are has remained a mystery? Why is it that we have known their songs by heart while knowing or learning little about the singers? Four Seasons lead singer […]

Jersey Boys. Four men in red suits and sunglasses accompanied by two doting women in black dresses. Fog effects and NYC skyline background

First Look: Jersey Boys

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international […]

First Look: Tootsie Photos

This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Check out some of the production photos! Tootsie will be on stage March 29 through April 10, 2022. Purchase […]

“No one here is boring:” Actor Profiles from Tootsie

By: Madison Stout Think you know the kooky characters from Tootsie? How about the actors behind the names? The national tour’s cast of Tootsie shared some of their interesting audition experiences and how they relate to the characters they play on stage. See their responses here! Michael Dorsey’s egotistical, stubborn caricature is a stark contrast […]

What Really Happened… Rick Elice Talks About The Jersey Boys Phenomenon

By: Diane Snyder Forget about show-stopping finales. In Jersey Boys, the smash-hit musical about the rise and fall of The Four Seasons, the pinnacle of excitement comes about 45 minutes into the first act. That’s when back-to-back presentations of three of the group’s biggest hits — “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a […]