Broadway http://wfpl.org en Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon on His Work and the Importance of Preserving African American Classics http://wfpl.org/post/tony-award-winner-kenny-leon-his-work-and-importance-preserving-african-american-classics <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153719525&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153719525&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wi Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 9534 at http://wfpl.org Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon on His Work and the Importance of Preserving African American Classics Under the Irreverence in 'The Book of Mormon' Beats a Sweet, Traditional Heart http://wfpl.org/post/under-irreverence-book-mormon-beats-sweet-traditional-heart <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By now, everyone’s heard about how famously irreverent the award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is. The religious satire that pokes hard at the self-serving naïvete of young Mormon men dispatched to evangelize in rural Africa was written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” / “Frozen” writer Robert Lopez, a creative team whose pointed sense of humor is rivaled only by its love for and deep understanding of traditional musical theatre</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">.</em></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:14:37 +0000 Erin Keane 9446 at http://wfpl.org Under the Irreverence in 'The Book of Mormon' Beats a Sweet, Traditional Heart REVIEW | Underwhelming 'American Idiot' Tour on Two-Night Stay at Kentucky Center http://wfpl.org/post/review-underwhelming-american-idiot-tour-two-night-stay-kentucky-center <p>Some rock and roll musicals work. “Jersey Boys” doesn’t just coast on Boomer nostalgia – it has a great story and the production and performances are consistently first-rate. “Once,” currently on Broadway, is even better than the film from which it’s adapted, and does more than fine justice to The Swell Season’s haunting, lovelorn songs. Even “Rock of Ages,” that ridiculous swirl of hair metal cotton candy, delivers all of the camp and strut of the Eighties with a giant wink. And let’s not forget about “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” as if we ever could.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:13:10 +0000 Erin Keane 8421 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Underwhelming 'American Idiot' Tour on Two-Night Stay at Kentucky Center A Killer Role: Million Dollar Quartet's Touring Jerry Lee http://wfpl.org/post/killer-role-million-dollar-quartets-touring-jerry-lee <p>Ben Goddard, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis (and plays piano like him, too) talked with&nbsp;WFPL's&nbsp;Erin Keane yesterday about the touring life, acting vs. impressions, playing an American icon and growing up in England with rock and roll. The show plays at the Kentucky Center through Sunday, Feb. 17.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79388667&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:55:22 +0000 Erin Keane 4031 at http://wfpl.org A Killer Role: Million Dollar Quartet's Touring Jerry Lee REVIEW | "Flashdance-The Musical" Dances for Its Life http://wfpl.org/post/review-flashdance-musical-dances-its-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadway has seen no shortage of iconic, music-fueled films adapted for the stage in recent years, to varying degrees of success. “Sister Act” and “Footloose” met with mixed critical responses, but “Hairspray” knocked the ball out of the park, winning eight Tony Awards.&nbsp; </span>“Flashdance”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the latest Eighties film to get the Broadway musical treatment, and the musical is previewing with a national tour before it makes its way to New York later this year.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:24:53 +0000 Erin Keane 3454 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | "Flashdance-The Musical" Dances for Its Life National Tour Takes 'Flashdance' to Broadway via Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/national-tour-takes-flashdance-broadway-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 1983 movie "Flashdance" wasn’t loved by film critics in its day—too much like music videos, they said.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the film grossed more than $100 million, and the soundtrack spawned a series of top ten hits and an Academy Award for Irene Cara’s&nbsp;</span>“Flashdance<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—What a Feeling.”&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:00:46 +0000 Erin Keane 3426 at http://wfpl.org National Tour Takes 'Flashdance' to Broadway via Louisville Seth Rudetsky Brings His 'Big Fat Broadway Show' to Town http://wfpl.org/post/seth-rudetsky-brings-his-big-fat-broadway-show-town <p></p><p>As a pianist, <a href="http://sethtv.com/">Seth&nbsp;Rudetsky</a> has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including "Ragtime," "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera."&nbsp;Listeners to Sirius/XM's&nbsp;On Broadway channel know afternoon host Rudetsky, also the hose of "Seth Speaks" on Sirius/XM&nbsp;Stars, is obsessed with Broadway.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 2541 at http://wfpl.org Seth Rudetsky Brings His 'Big Fat Broadway Show' to Town Jersey Boys: Four Great Film Moments with the Four Seasons http://wfpl.org/post/jersey-boys-four-great-film-moments-four-seasons <p>Broadway in Louisville brings the hugely popular musical "Jersey Boys" <a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/Jersey-Boys/Louisville/9552#tab-show-information-link">back to the Kentucky Center today for a two-week run</a>. "Jersey Boys" tells the entertaining true story of how four blue-collar kids became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Their iconic hit singles—written by Bob Gaudio and produced by Bob Crewe—emit an instant retro signal. But they're also pretty timeless, so they work really well in film soundtracks. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 2546 at http://wfpl.org Jersey Boys: Four Great Film Moments with the Four Seasons Perennially Popular 'Wicked' Opens http://wfpl.org/post/perennially-popular-wicked-opens <p>The touring production of the Broadway hit “Wicked” previews today and <a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/Wicked/Louisville/9204#tab-show-information-link">opens Thursday evening at the Kentucky Center</a>. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical depicts "The Wizard of Oz" characters Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and&nbsp;Glinda&nbsp;the Good as schoolgirls in an oppressive political regime.</p><p>Performances of “Wicked” often sell out, but a limited number of steeply discounted orchestra-level tickets will be placed on sale the day of each performance.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:15:21 +0000 Erin Keane 1639 at http://wfpl.org Perennially Popular 'Wicked' Opens 'The Book of Mormon' Coming to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/book-mormon-coming-louisville <p>The national tour of the hit musical &quot;The Book of Mormon&quot; will be part of next season&rsquo;s <a href="http://louisville.broadway.com/">Broadway in Louisville </a>series.&nbsp;Broadway in Louisville won&rsquo;t announce their 2013-2014 season until March, but a limited engagement of &ldquo;The Book of Mormon&rdquo; will be on the slate.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 1249 at http://wfpl.org 'The Book of Mormon' Coming to Louisville