`Wicked’ witches head west, Taylor Hicks follows

Sep 15

Wicked, the hit musical positively rolling in green, had its world premiere at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre before heading to Broadway ‘s Gershwin Theatre, where it has broken the house record 18 times and regularly grosses more than $1.4 million each week. Now one of the most successful shows in Broadway history (3.6 million people have seen it on...

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SHN/Best of Broadway’s new season

Jun 10

Megan Hilty (left) as Glinda and Eden Espinosa as Elphaba from the original LA company of Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus Old friends, new winners mark 30th anniversary season Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander’s new SHN/Best of Broadway season marks a milestone: 30 years of bringing Broadway to the Bay Area. The new season, announced today, kicks...

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Taylor Hicks gets `Grease’-y

May 17

News from the Rialto: “American Idol” winner (Season 5) Taylor Hicks is going to fly onto Broadway as Teen Angel in the revival of Grease (you know, the one you didn’t want but came with a reality TV show anyway). Hicks, who will be making his Broadway debut (alert the Tony Award nominating committee), is following in the footsteps of other...

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From the CD/download rack

Nov 14

Some interesting show and show-related CDs are popping up just in time for the holidays. In the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of winners and losers. Judy Kuhn, “Serious Playground: The Songs of Laura Nyro” (Ghostlight Records) — Kuhn was Broadway’s original Cosette in Les Miserables and she just joined the cast of the current...

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`Grease’ on Broadway

Aug 20

America spoke (or at least a very small percentage of America), and the first nationally televised casting session for a Broadway musical has turned into a full-blown Broadway musical. “Grease: You’re the One That I Want,” an “American Idol“-like attempt to make Broadway hip, resulted in viewers (and a panel of judges) picking the leads...

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Tony red carpet, etc.

Jun 11

(all photos Associated Press) “Musical theater rocks,” so said Duncan Sheik with a sly smile and a twinkle in his award-drunk eyes during Sunday’s Tony Awards. Here’s Sheik on the red carpet before the event. That’s the smile of someone who knows he’s going to win two Tonys (for best score and orchestration for Spring...

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