musical theater http://wfpl.org en 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’ Kids Acting Against Cancer Grows Up http://wfpl.org/post/kids-acting-against-cancer-grows <p>The Louisville-based nonprofit organization Kids Acting Against Cancer has come a long way since two girls, Whitten and Jaclyn Montgomery, put on shows in their basement to raise money for cancer research. They started taking acting classes when their mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and their first show was “Annie.”</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:04:02 +0000 Erin Keane 8201 at http://wfpl.org Kids Acting Against Cancer Grows Up Do You Hear the People Sing? For a Limited Time Only, 'Les Mis' on Louisville Community Stage http://wfpl.org/post/do-you-hear-people-sing-limited-time-only-les-mis-louisville-community-stage <p>“Les Miserables” is one of the most popular musicals in the world. It's toured 42 countries in 22 languages. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, and the latest film adaptation won three Oscars. The London show, which opened in 1985, is the longest-running West End musical.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 7317 at http://wfpl.org Do You Hear the People Sing? For a Limited Time Only, 'Les Mis' on Louisville Community Stage 'Boy Meets Boy' Musical Launches Pandora's Marriage Equality Season http://wfpl.org/post/boy-meets-boy-musical-launches-pandoras-marriage-equality-season <p>Bill Solly and Donald Ward’s musical romantic comedy “Boy Meets Boy” premiered off-Broadway in 1975. It’s a sweet and charming old-school musical with a premise – in an alternate 1930s London, gay marriage is so normalized, it’s not even remarked upon – that was daringly ahead of its time.</p><p>The musical pairs a reclusive English lord who left his socialite groom at the altar with an American journalist sent to cover the scandal of King Edward’s abdication and engagement to the divorcée Wallis Simpson.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:31:20 +0000 Erin Keane 6790 at http://wfpl.org 'Boy Meets Boy' Musical Launches Pandora's Marriage Equality Season Musical Brings Songs to Life After Near-Death Experience http://wfpl.org/post/musical-brings-songs-life-after-near-death-experience <p><a href="http://centerstagejcc.org">CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center</a> opens a musical about creativity, legacy and brain surgery this week.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"A New Brain," by the Tony Award-winning creative team behind "Falsettos," chronicles the creative struggles of a composer diagnosed with a terminal brain disorder.</span></p><p>“It is an obscure musical," says artistic director John Leffert, who also directs. "I think the subject matter scares people away.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:42:19 +0000 Erin Keane 6458 at http://wfpl.org Musical Brings Songs to Life After Near-Death Experience Pirates! Still Trendy After All These Years http://wfpl.org/post/pirates-still-trendy-after-all-these-years <p>Irresistible pop culture pirates predate Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow by more than a century. W.S.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s enduring comic opera “The Pirates of </span>Penzance”<span style="line-height: 1.5; "> debuted in 1879, and it’s in no danger of fading from the stage.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:50:23 +0000 Erin Keane 6324 at http://wfpl.org Pirates! Still Trendy After All These Years Go See: 'West Side Story' Infused With New Energy http://wfpl.org/post/go-see-west-side-story-infused-new-energy <p>After Actors Theatre of Louisville's Tony Speciale-directed contemporary staging and the Louisville Ballet's classical interpretation,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadway in Louisville caps off a season of "Romeo and Juliet" with the touring production of "West Side Story."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The musical opened Tuesday and </span><a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/West-Side-Story/Louisville/10526#tab-show-information-link" style="line-height: 1.5;">runs through Sunday in Whitney Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, with matinees and eveni Fri, 17 May 2013 15:37:56 +0000 Erin Keane 5437 at http://wfpl.org Go See: 'West Side Story' Infused With New Energy The Middle of the Dial: A Conversation with 'Memphis' Producer Sue Frost http://wfpl.org/post/middle-dial-conversation-memphis-producer-sue-frost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In post-World War II Tennessee, radio stations were just as segregated as restaurants and hotels. The award-winning musical “Memphis” is loosely based on the life of Dewey Phillips, the white DJ who integrated the Memphis airwaves in the early days of rock and roll.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In "Memphis," Phillips is re-imagined as fast-talking DJ Huey Calhoun, who falls in love with an African American nightclub singer.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:43:26 +0000 Erin Keane 4801 at http://wfpl.org The Middle of the Dial: A Conversation with 'Memphis' Producer Sue Frost Music Of My Soul: 'Memphis' Tour Comes to Town http://wfpl.org/post/music-my-soul-memphis-tour-comes-town <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical “Memphis” stops in Louisville next week. It's the story of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">radio DJ Huey Calhoun, who becomes a sensation in 1950s Memphis for playing Black musicians on mainstream (white) commercial radio.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:25:07 +0000 Erin Keane 4745 at http://wfpl.org Music Of My Soul: 'Memphis' Tour Comes to Town '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