This is a must watch Broadway show that makes your fine, terrible, or even boring day, an absolute blast. The Play That Goes Wrong has finally made its way to America and right at the heart of New York City near Times Square at the Lyceum Theatre. Therefore, the experience is a win-win situation for the audience. The Lyceum Theatre’s architecture is astonishing as it is filled with ornaments, I also realized the letter ‘L’ around the theater, but the most interesting fact is that it is a landmark. It has a proscenium stage while the audience is in the orchestra, balcony, or the mezzanine seats, like where I sat, and there is barely any space if you are a tall person. My seat was near the far end of mezzanine, I couldn’t see a part of the left side of the stage, so I found myself bending sideways to see what was going on, but I saw nothing. I found the side stage lights and a side balcony blocking my view and yet I had a great time.
I’ve adored theatre for as long as I can remember. From writing plays throughout elementary school, to being involved in Drama Club in middle school, to performing in community theatre in high school, and to visiting the theatre as often as I could from the very beginning, theatre has always been a part of my life. Every aspect of it engages me: the directors working to bring their vision of the show’s scenes, choreography, or music to life, the actors transforming into different characters through their expression of dialogue, song, or dance, the costumers and set-builders transporting the audience into the setting and time period with their artistry, the backstage tech and crew working quickly and precisely to keep the show flowing to curtain call, and the orchestra bringing the show to life through music. There is nothing like the experience of live theatre, both as a member of the audience and as a member of the cast and crew.
The play Wicked, written by American lyricist Stephen Schwartz, was a play that demonstrated several conflicts that a person went through during their lifetime. Elphaba, the protagonist, was born with green skin because of a choice that her mother made. She had to deal with the fear and the looks that people gave her because of her appearance. Elphaba dealt with the mockery of others during her years in school. When reading the play, one could compare Elphaba’s circumstances to discrimination or racism towards African Americans in the nineteen sixties. In college, she discovered that she had magical powers that she could use for good. The people in the town of Oz stereotyped her and assumed she was a witch who wanted to harm everyone because of her
Have you ever wished you could travel to another land like Oz and go on a magical adventure? Well I know for after seeing the Wiz with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, I sure wanted did. I finally got my wish of traveling to Oz by being in a production of the Wiz in elementary school. Ever since then I have been going to see as many productions of the musical because it is my favorite so why not choose this as one of my third shows to see for class. Wrong!!! To my hearts dismay, I should have relived the glory days of myself. In the production of the Wiz I saw, there were only 30 children so most of them played multiple roles ranging from being a background dancer to the main character. My goal was to focus on the main characters: Dorothy, Scarecrow,
“The Producers” is one of the most famous musicals in Broadway. Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan adapted the musical from the 1968 film of the same name. The musical is about two producers that oversell interest in a Broadway flop in order to become wealthy. The musical consist in play with in the musical. The producers, Max and Leo, choose the worst play ever written and the worst director. However, the play turns out to be successful and Max goes to jail and Leo escapes with the money to Rio. The two more important external event in the play are the event when Leo decides to help Max and the moment when the play becomes a success.
Theatre and Musical Theatre has been a form of entertainment since before North America was “discovered”. Broadway shows have been dated back to the early 1920’s and 1930’s. By 2016, over 25,000 tickets are sold to Broadway shows in a week. Thousands of people enjoy the shows that are featured on Broadway but have no idea the work and process that brought it to life. The process of getting a show on to Broadway can be broken down into three phases: pre-production, staging, and performance/promotion.
The children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, which was published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum is conceded as a classic story that many people love. The book gained so much popularity and that led to the release of the film adaptation, “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939. Even though the film adaptation was very similar to the original book, there were some changes in the main character (Dorothy) and the roles of the witches, which were ineffective and effective respectively. First, I will talk about Dorothy’s character and her quest to get back home. Second I will talk about the roles of the witches.
On February 26th 2016, I went out with my friend to saw this event. It was the first time of my life to be in such production. I was not a fan of theaters. I thought they are boring. Now, my mind has changed because the play was amazing. So, on the next day,
As we dressed for the show, my thoughts were flooded with images and ideas. We descended the hotel stairs, hailed a taxi, and arrived at the theatre; while I remained in a pleasant daze. My first impression of the Nederlander met and exceeded all my expectations. I had envisioned an old theater, forgotten by the Broadway elite. As we walked to the door, we were able to see the wall signed by the cast and photos of the premier. The theater itself had a rundown feel to it and left you with the distinct impression that the magic was within the walls and on stage. As we entered the doors, I soaked in every thing. Our seats were located in the center, orchestra section, which gave us a perfect view of all the action.
In the 1980s, the cost of staging a Broadway show soared so high that major shows have to run for more than two years to break even (showtime, 604). The strong-willed individualistic producers were replaced by “artistic director, a general manager and various multi-producers.(showtime 604)” The latter were made up by businessman and theater owners whose priority is to sell tickets rather than create art. What’s more, the producers were less willing to take risks both financially and artistically, which made Broadway productions bleaker(showtime 604). As for the production of Rent and The Phantom of the Opera, the producers used different tactics to cope with the staggering cost. The rent cut cost on stage setting and location.They abandoned the expensive curtains and fancy settings and used sculptures of “junk, wire and Christmas-tree lights” to symbolize different sites(Wollman, 170).
In the 2016-2017 season, over 13,000,000 people saw a Broadway show. (CBS New York p. 1) Were you one of them? The Great White Way has been a focal point of American culture for centuries, dating all the back to 1866. Fans of all ages have been left in awe of dazzling costumes, glittering dance numbers, and exquisite scenery. Over the course of American history, Broadway has delighted people from around the world, from the very first Broadway musical The Black Crow to the smash hit Hamilton. History has influenced Broadway in many ways, by breaking racial boundaries, producing timeless musical classics, and creating a culture in America that will never fade.
has been recognized as a new kind of musical play that denied its Broadway audiences many of their most treasured traditions, says David Ewen in American Musical Theatre. There was no opening chorus line, no chorus until midway through the first act, in fact. There was rather a serious ballet and other serious overtones, including a killing in act two. The story, which was so simple, seemed to engage the audience in more than mere evening diversion. (248) These changes, far from disappointing to viewers, were upheld by a success that had never been seen in the history of musical theatre.
The original Little Shop of Horrors Book and lyrics was written by Howard Shaman and Music composed by Alan Menken. The horror comedy musical was based on a movie directed by Roger Corman. However, the student of St. Petersburg College Theater and director/ set design was by Scott Cooper. Scott Cooper and his crew did a good job transforming the stage to a downtown set call Skid Row. Therefore, the set had some social and cultural context as the homeless and young student was hanging out on the steps of buildings. This was an indication of the play writer using Comedy of Manners and Comedy of Character when the owner of the flower shop Urchins was chasing them from in front his store. The playwright was ridiculing individuals of this types and their social behaviors.