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SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Tie for Most Tony Nominations

SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Tie for Most Tony Nominations

SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Tie for Most Tony Nominations It’s Broadway awards season (hello Tony, Chita Rivera and Drama Desk Awards!), and this year, there’s a lot for fans to sing and dance about. If you’re a millennial, your heart is certainly happy with this morning’s Tony announcement: SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls scored the most nominations for a musical at 12 each. (The two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child got 10.) ... Read More »

Camille A. Brown Choreographs Once On This Island, Her First Broadway Musical

Camille A. Brown Choreographs Once On This Island, Her First Broadway Musical

Camille A. Brown Choreographs Once On This Island, Her First Broadway Musical “Should I watch it to get a sense of what happened, or should I go with my own vision and understanding of the culture?” That’s what choreographer Camille A. Brown was wondering in June, when she started work on the Broadway revival of the Antilles-themed musical Once on This Island . Image via Once on This Island Facebook Page The 1990 show, directed ... Read More »

Spring breakers

Spring breakers

Spring breakers Surely no one can be surprised that the focus of attention among the cher public in April was Anna Netrebko‘s first Tosca. The list of our top ten stories for the month follows the jump.  Quantum leap: Like Julius Caesar before her, Anna Netrebko can rightly proclaim “Veni vidi vici” about her decisive Roman victory at the Metropolitan Opera where she took on her first-ever Tosca. Modern family: Yusif Eyvazov will sing the role of ... Read More »

Mia Michaels Has a New Book for All The “Donkeys” Out There

Mia Michaels Has a New Book for All The “Donkeys” Out There

Mia Michaels Has a New Book for All The “Donkeys” Out There Mia Michaels was 90% done writing her autobiography when something changed. She had plenty of material to fill the pages, from racking up three Emmy Awards on So You Think You Can Dance , to choreographing her first Broadway musical Finding Neverland , to collaborating with Prince, to revamping New York’s famous Radio City Rockettes . But then she stopped. “There was so ... Read More »

The finale countdown

The finale countdown

The finale countdown In Gounod’s sentimental take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, Charles Castronovo took an elegiac approach, refining his dark, haunting tenor to delicate piano tones. “Like most opera fans (or, let’s be accurate, opera queens) I have specialist tastes, with the soprano voice at the top of the list. But the final weeks’ offerings at the Metropolitan Opera, revivals of Lucia di Lammermoor and Roméo et Juliette might very well convert me to a tenor fanatic.” Our ... Read More »

Even Crystal Pite Gets Nervous Before a First Rehearsal

Even Crystal Pite Gets Nervous Before a First Rehearsal

Even Crystal Pite Gets Nervous Before a First Rehearsal Crystal Pite is a busy woman. While her company, Kidd Pivot, toured the globe recently performing Betroffenheit —its acclaimed collaboration with Jonathon Young and fellow Canadians Electric Company Theatre—Pite herself launched three productions at three of the world’s foremost dance companies: Nederlands Dans Theater ( The Statemen t , February 2016), the Paris Opéra Ballet ( The Seasons’ Canon , fall 2016), and London’s Royal Ballet ... Read More »

Lovedeath in swingtime

Lovedeath in swingtime

Lovedeath in swingtime You call this a tale of romance? I broke up with my first lover over the phone and while watching TV. I’m not proud of this.  Still, that’s an indication right there, wouldn’t you say? that we – Lili and I – had prolonged things beyond their natural life?  That we were no longer synchronized?  We had begun matters, how many years before? three? two? delighted with each other’s odd impulses and reactions ... Read More »

Jesus hopped the L train

Jesus hopped the L train

Jesus hopped the L train Just a few years back it would have been seen as ridiculous to put “Lyric Opera of Chicago” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the same sentence.  But the times they are a-changin’, and last night the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera opened for a month’s run, shaking up the staid Civic Opera House.   It’s the first non “American classic musical” that Broadway at Lyric has produced, and it ... Read More »

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That.

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That.

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That. Dancers are more than just vessels performing set material. We make contributions to creative processes all the time. Some of these are obvious: We often improvise material or generate entire phrases to be incorporated into a work. Others are more innocuous: Dancers are sometimes asked to give feedback that ends up shaping the composition of a work. This is choreography. As working relationships ... Read More »

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