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Broadway Musical: The Book of Mormon

Broadway Musical: The Book of Mormon

A Riotous, Irreverent Take on Christian Missionaries That Still Brings Out the Laughs In its original form, The Book of Mormon is a somber tome on religion and faith. The White Man’s burden is not to be taken lightly. The Mormon missionaries are messiahs who light up the lives of the “faithless” with hope and peace. Nobody questioned these pictures that The Book of Mormon painted till its Broadway version came along and turned the ... Read More »

Broadway: Fool for Love

Broadway: Fool for Love

A Tale of a Relationship That is Savage Yet Sensual Two kinds of romance are portrayed on the silver screen and the stage. There is the sugary-sweet, pink-hued kind of romance where the air is filled with melodious, foot-tapping music. And then there is the deep, dark, brooding kind of romance where the air is charged with unvarnished, stripped-down emotions. Daniel Aukin’s Broadway adaptation of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love depicts the latter kind of ... Read More »

Broadway Musical: An American in Paris

Broadway Musical: An American in Paris

A Theatrical Reproduction That Retains the Charm of the Cine Version While Being Innovative   Broadway seems to have found a love for classic movies. A host of musicals based on Hollywood classics have been produced in recent times; Gigi set the trend, now An American in Paris by Christopher Wheeldon is wooing audiences with its grand and exuberant song-and-dance routines. With ticket prices soaring and competition from tablets and Netflix intensifying, it is now ... Read More »

West End Musical: Bend It Like Beckham the Musical

West End Musical: Bend It Like Beckham the Musical

A Footie Play That Has Less Football and More Feminism and Multiculturalism It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a thing about football. Gurinder Chadha’s production Bend It Like Beckham the Musical, a musical theatrical version of her namesake film in 2002, has more feminism, music, and multiculturalism than football. This play won’t teach you how to take a penalty shot or send your free kick soaring into the net. Rather it is about the ... Read More »

Theater: Our Country’s Good

Theater: Our Country’s Good

The Revival of a Classic Reminds Us of the Humanizing and Transformative Power of Arts There are burglaries. There are shootings. Arsons. Bombings. Murders. The world we live in is not a very peaceful place. The perpetrators of these crimes—the “criminals”—are sometimes nabbed, convicted, and punished. Sometimes they remain at large, free to plot and execute more crimes. We could hardly care less. But once in a while a play like Our Country’s Good comes ... Read More »

Broadway Musical: Spring Awakening

Broadway Musical: Spring Awakening

A Broadway Musical by Deaf Actors That Shows the Broader Scope of Communication and Collaboration Communication is effective when the “C” in it stands for connection. Connection is a loosely-used word today, over-used and abused in commercials. In its essence, it means stepping into the shoes of another person, learning his language, empathizing with him, and speaking to his heart. We live in an age where communication has almost become synonymous with tweets, Facebook updates, ... Read More »

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