Broadway Series http://wfpl.org en 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 Broadway in Louisville Will Hold Lottery for Cheap 'The Book of Mormon' Tickets http://wfpl.org/post/broadway-louisville-will-hold-lottery-cheap-book-mormon-tickets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The wildly-popular Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is coming to Louisville next week for a two-week engagement. Broadway in Louisville just announced that they'll hold a pre-show lottery for $25 tickets before each performance of the hit musical, which runs in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall May 27-June 8.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:58:08 +0000 Erin Keane 9404 at http://wfpl.org Broadway in Louisville Will Hold Lottery for Cheap 'The Book of Mormon' Tickets REVIEW | Video and Effects Star in Broadway’s ‘Ghost: the Musical’ http://wfpl.org/post/review-video-and-effects-star-broadway-s-ghost-musical <p>Love it or hate it, the trend of adapting stage musicals from hit films isn’t leaving Broadway any time soon&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">– <a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/188669-Musical-Version-of-Julia-Roberts-Blockbuster-Pretty-Woman-Aiming-for-the-Stage?tsrc=hph">a musical adaptation of "Pretty Woman"</a> is in the works now</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sometimes it works beautifully – the smash hit comedy “Legally Blonde” is arguably an even better musical (thanks largely to incredibly catchy and heartfelt songs by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin) than film, and the wistful musical romance “Once” has taken a charming, small film and turned it to a powerful live experience (currently featuring Louisville native Adam Brown on Broadway, too!). </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both of those stories are transformed significantly by the addition of song and dance, which means there were artistic reasons (aside from business reasons) to adapt them for the stage.</span></p><p>Currently on its American tour, another film-to-stage adaptation, “Ghost: the Musical,” opened yesterday and runs through Sunday in the Broadway in Louisville series at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ Whitney Hall.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:44:44 +0000 Erin Keane 8848 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Video and Effects Star in Broadway’s ‘Ghost: the Musical’ Broadway Series Brings 'Lion King' Back to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/broadway-series-brings-lion-king-back-louisville <p></p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadway in Louisville is bringing "Disney's The Lion King" back next year. The organization announced its 2014-15 season today, which opens October 7 with "I Love Lucy Live On Stage," a live re-enactment of two episodes of the iconic </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sitcom.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All shows play in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8687 at http://wfpl.org Broadway Series Brings 'Lion King' Back to Louisville REVIEW | 'War Horse' Balances Spectacle With Heart http://wfpl.org/post/review-war-horse-balances-spectacle-heart <p>Much has been made of the puppetry wizards who bring the eponymous heroes of "War Horse," a horse named Joey and his cavalry buddy Topthorn, to life. The <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/puppeteers-bring-war-horse-equine-star-life">life-sized horse puppets</a> created by the Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company are certainly impressive, but the beating heart behind the acclaimed play is the strong relationship between Joey and his owner Albert, who enlists in the British Army in an attempt to rescue Joey from the unspeakable terrors of World War I.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:16:34 +0000 Erin Keane 7621 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | 'War Horse' Balances Spectacle With Heart Puppeteers Bring 'War Horse' Equine Star to Life http://wfpl.org/post/puppeteers-bring-war-horse-equine-star-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2011 Broadway premiere of the World War I drama “War Horse” won five Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction. But the show also garnered a special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company, which designed the show’s star – a life-sized horse puppet named Joey.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:29:57 +0000 Erin Keane 7555 at http://wfpl.org Puppeteers Bring 'War Horse' Equine Star to Life REVIEW | Whimsy Lightens the Dark in 'The Addams Family' Musical http://wfpl.org/post/review-whimsy-lightens-dark-addams-family-musical <p>They’re still creepy and kooky, but in “The Addams Family” musical, you can only snap along to that old theme song during the overture. With new songs and a story sourced not from the 1960s television show or the popular films but Charles Addams’ old New Yorker cartoons, the accomplished creative team behind the Broadway musical crafted a visually-rich, likable comedy by drawing on familiar Addams family character traits, gentle wit and a fun mix of musical styles.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:22:42 +0000 Erin Keane 7245 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Whimsy Lightens the Dark in 'The Addams Family' Musical 'War Horse' Joining Slate of All-New Broadway Series Season http://wfpl.org/post/war-horse-joining-slate-all-new-broadway-series-season <p></p><p>The acclaimed Broadway drama “War Horse” is coming to the Kentucky Center in November. The Broadway in Louisville series announced their next season today, which includes the popular musical “The Book of Mormon.” All of the shows scheduled for next season are new to Louisville.</p><p>Rounding out the season are musical adaptations of two early-Nineties films, “Ghost” and “Sister Act,” and “The Addams Family,” which opens the season in October.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 4360 at http://wfpl.org 'War Horse' Joining Slate of All-New Broadway Series Season Great 'I Want' Moments in Musicals http://wfpl.org/post/great-i-want-moments-musicals <p>The Broadway touring production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" <a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/Disney-s-Beauty-and-the-Beast/Louisville/9639#tab-show-information-link">opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall</a>. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:04:17 +0000 Erin Keane 2131 at http://wfpl.org Great 'I Want' Moments in Musicals Review: 'Wicked' Stars Shine Extra Bright http://wfpl.org/post/review-wicked-stars-shine-extra-bright <p>The Broadway in Louisville production of the smash hit “Wicked” <a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/Wicked/Louisville/9204#tab-show-information-link">opened Thursday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts</a>. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical depicts the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, polar opposite witches from the classic tale “The Wizard of Oz,” as schoolgirls struggling with their ambitions, convictions and loyalty in an oppressive political climate.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:20:30 +0000 Erin Keane 1660 at http://wfpl.org Review: 'Wicked' Stars Shine Extra Bright