Tag Archives: Musical Theater

Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  For the historical fictioneer there are two ways to research. One is of course through books. Paging through dusty tomes, plowing through period letters, digging up the original documents, oh yes. You can grow old this … Continue reading

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Theatre review: Escape to Margaritaville

In its slack, umbrella-drink-holding way, Margaritaville is body-image-positive, feminist, and egalitarian in its relationship developments. For you romance readers, the romance values are adult-level, in spite of the Parrothead themes. All the character arcs have twists I didn’t see coming. (As well as a few I did. Spoiler alert: the bride is seduced, no surprise . . . but via cheeseburger.) Continue reading

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Assassins: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Stephen Sondheim’s musicals divide out into those that are plot-driven, and those that are more thematic. The ones with a real plot arc  — among these I would place Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and … Continue reading

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A Little Night Music: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough One of the gems of the musical theater was staged this season at the Signature Theatre in Washington DC. A Little Night Music isn’t Stephen Sondheim’s greatest musical; that spot is reserved for Follies. But it’s … Continue reading

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Ragtime: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Many theaters are simply boxes — an empty space into which a show can be poured. But some theaters have so much history, they call for certain sorts of production. A good example would be the … Continue reading

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Company: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This is one of the major pillars of the modern musical theater. It won six Tony awards in its day and though it’s getting on for fifty years old, it’s still able to speak to us. … Continue reading

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Cagney: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough In January we spent a long weekend in New York City. I don’t do this often, and so I take care to do only things that I can’t do anywhere else. This is not the time … Continue reading

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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough There seem to be two ways that shows get onto Broadway. One is when persons of proven talent decide it’s time to start a new project. “Hey Oscar, you want to write a show?” “Sure, Rogers, … Continue reading

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La La Land: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Movie musicals are rare as the unicorn these days. When was the last time you saw them singing and dancing in an original production on a movie screen, except in children’s animation? So La La Land is a … Continue reading

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Carousel: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Over at Arena Stage in Washington DC a revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is wowing the town. In its day this was the perfect musical theater, uniting music, book and dance. Not until West Side … Continue reading

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