Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Posts Tagged ‘broadway’

Mar

27

2015

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‘The Fantasticks’ Earned Investors a More-Than-24,000% Return

Tweet The Fantasticks is closing in New York City. For good this time. It’s not hard to have a personal relationship with a show that has been playing more or less consistently for 55 years—a lot of people were involved in presenting it over these nearly six decades. In the 1990s, I was one of […]

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Jan

14

2015

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‘Cabaret’: The Menace is Fading Because Berlin’s So Cool Now

Tweet The current revival of Cabaret on Broadway is a perfect copy of the revival that opened in 1998. Back then, a mostly unknown actor named Alan Cumming instantly made his career by emerging from darkness to play the Emcee, and Natasha Richardson was his Sally Bowles. The show played in a ruined theatre, the Henry […]

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May

24

2012

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You hate songs in the second person

Second person isn't just a way of announcing, I'm a musical! I'm talking metaphorically about abstract concepts! It's also a way for writers to distance themselves from the toughest feelings their creations have. As if to apologize for the absurdity of breaking into song, lyricists use You to provide some intellectual breathing room. It's the hot mitt of musical emotion.

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Apr

30

2012

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Movie musicals: Stuck in Renée Zellweger’s head for a decade

Something happened at the very start of Chicago that marked a pivot in musical theatre. In fact, what happened in the first five minutes of Chicago the movie could be said to have set the filmed musical on a new course forever, and few people even noticed it had happened.

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Dec

6

2011

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“Oklahoma!” is one of the dirtiest movie musicals of all time

Tweet You may think the musical Oklahoma! is a sweet little show about friendly farmers and cowmen, but I’ve got an arousing awakening for you. Oklahoma! is drenched in sexual innuendo, rape metaphor, and bestiality references. After all, the whole plot revolves around who gets to take Laurey to the “box social” — a coded […]

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Jun

29

2011

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Follies on Broadway, and why we shouldn’t shred the documents

Tweet Although a whole lot bothers me about musicals, there are some things that I love, specifically, what stems from history. I almost never listen to a cast recording and get goofily carried away. I start thinking about the place and time of it, the look of the cabs that passed outside the theatre, the […]

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Apr

15

2011

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Broadway shows always get standing ovations because tickets are so expensive

Tweet Something is very wrong on Broadway: There’s a standing ovation for every performance. Last year, I went to see the new musicalThe Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. A day later, the New York Timesproclaimed it “genuinely ghastly” and a “collapsing tomb.” Reuters said its “artistic inspiration pretty much ended with the pitch meeting.” The Washington Post […]

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Mar

28

2011

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Daniel Radcliffe’s rapture at meeting Liza Minnelli (makes me giddy, too)

Tweet I am beginning to think that Twitter appeals to the lazy guy in me. Instead of posting something here, I tweet it (@bastable) because that’s quicker and shorter. But so many of my activities are not being properly preserved except at the Library of Congress. Last night, for example. I went to the opening […]

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Nov

8

2010

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The Disney Store Times Square opens. I’m without words

Tweet On Tuesday, the Disney Store makes a triumphant official grand opening in Times Square, shutting down the so-called “Crossroads of the World” with an appearance by a rodent that’s huge even by Manhattan standards. The store has been open to customers for the past few days. I went, and although I’m pleased to see […]

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Nov

6

2010

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‘Scottsboro Boys’ protest: It Ain’t No Minstrel Show

Tweet Today was the only time I have ever had to cross a protest line to see a musical. As I approached the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street for today’s matinée of The Scottsboro Boys, I could see the shapes of banners, and I could hear a chant emerge from the noise around Times Square: […]

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