Arts and Humanities
1:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Under the Irreverence in 'The Book of Mormon' Beats a Sweet, Traditional Heart

Phyre Hawkins, Mark Evans and Christopher John O'Neill in "The Book of Mormon" first national tour.
Credit Joan Marcus / Broadway Across America

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.

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Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

REVIEW | Underwhelming 'American Idiot' Tour on Two-Night Stay at Kentucky Center

The touring cast of "American Idiot."
Credit The Kentucky Center

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.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A Killer Role: Million Dollar Quartet's Touring Jerry Lee

Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet."
Credit Paul Natkin / Broadway Across America

Ben Goddard, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis (and plays piano like him, too) talked with WFPL's 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.

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Arts and Humanities
1:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

REVIEW | "Flashdance-The Musical" Dances for Its Life

Emily Padgett as Alex and Matthew Hydzik as Nick in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

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.  “Flashdance” 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.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

National Tour Takes 'Flashdance' to Broadway via Louisville

Emily Padgett as Alex in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

The 1983 movie "Flashdance" wasn’t loved by film critics in its day—too much like music videos, they said. 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 “Flashdance—What a Feeling.” 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Seth Rudetsky Brings His 'Big Fat Broadway Show' to Town

As a pianist, Seth Rudetsky has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including "Ragtime," "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera." Listeners to Sirius/XM's On Broadway channel know afternoon host Rudetsky, also the hose of "Seth Speaks" on Sirius/XM Stars, is obsessed with Broadway.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Jersey Boys: Four Great Film Moments with the Four Seasons

Broadway in Louisville brings the hugely popular musical "Jersey Boys" back to the Kentucky Center today for a two-week run. "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.

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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Perennially Popular 'Wicked' Opens

Christine Dwyer as Elphaba in "Wicked."
Joan Marcus Broadway Across America

The touring production of the Broadway hit “Wicked” previews today and opens Thursday evening at the Kentucky Center. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical depicts "The Wizard of Oz" characters Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good as schoolgirls in an oppressive political regime.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

'The Book of Mormon' Coming to Louisville

The national tour of the hit musical "The Book of Mormon" will be part of next season’s Broadway in Louisville series. Broadway in Louisville won’t announce their 2013-2014 season until March, but a limited engagement of “The Book of Mormon” will be on the slate. 

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