I'm an engineer by training and by day, with a comfortable paycheck. My evening hobby has been Music Directing community musical theater. I recently took a weeklong masterclass/intensive that has made me realize that I need this to be a bigger part of my life. Can I take it to the next level and make it my job? [more inside]
posted by jeffjon
on Feb 3, 2014 -
Is there some sort of online repository where I can find photographs of the sets of Broadway productions? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ
on Nov 14, 2013 -
I really really want to see the upcoming Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris, and will be planning a trip to NYC around it as soon as I have tickets. The show is supposed to premier Spring 2014. Tickets are not yet on sale, and all the sources I've found say there's no information available yet about when they will go on sale. So how far in advance to tickets to Broadway shows generally go on sale? What are the best Twitter accounts, mailing lists, blogs, etc. to follow to find out the on-sale date as soon as it's announced? I'm usually pretty good at this, but I'm having a surprisingly hard time finding this stuff out, and I really don't want to miss it!
posted by rhiannonstone
on Aug 31, 2013 -
I was driving around up near Boston a few months ago when I heard a show tune on the radio, and I haven't been able to get it (or more accurately, the novelty and good execution of its conceit) out of my head. If memory serves, it was a female solo piece. The lyrics began with the question Parlez-vous français?
, but proceeded to cobble some common French phrases and famous names (I think I remember hearing Maurice Chevalier
) into enjoyable rhyming gibberish, before finally ending with a belted Oprah Winfré
! A Google search for what little I remember has proven useless. Does anyone here have any suggestions as to what the song was and where I might purchase it?
posted by The Confessor
on Aug 26, 2013 -
In an effort to distract myself from my life, I've decided to spend next week in NYC. I've never been, and am getting a little overwhelmed trying to decide what to do there. Oh yeah, and I'd like to not have to sell my firstborn to pay for everything. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies
on Aug 22, 2013 -
My partner is a huge, huge theater buff, particularly musicals, and he is going away to work for the next three months directing shows at a performing arts camp. Last summer, before he left, he hid little love notes for me to discover in the apartment, and it was just the sweetest gesture ever. I want to return the favor to him this year, and sneak my own notes into his luggage before he leaves and in his cabin when I visit. I decided that it would be perfect to use romantic quotes from show tunes - but I really don't know anything about theater other than what I've picked up from osmosis. I could google for Broadway quotes, but they wouldn't have any significance to me. So I'm hoping that if I give some ideas of what he likes and dislikes, the hivemind could make some thoughtful suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara
on May 29, 2013 -
How can I get a pair of tickets for the Book of Mormon in NYC, ideally without spending a ton of money?
posted by kat518
on Sep 23, 2012 -
Broadway-musical-meta-performance-filter: In "shows within a show," do actors/singers/dancers typically play down from their top standard, if the character is not at the top of the profession? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on Jul 29, 2012 -
Should we see "Wicked" on Broadway, or something else? My friend and I want to see a show tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 30. She still remembers seeing "Phantom of the Opera" in London with Sarah Brightman. We're pretty sure we can't get in to see "Book of Mormon". Tasteful-ish is important (so, no Avenue Q). Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Oct 29, 2011 -
Where can I find pictures of all the New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" ticker–tape parade plaques? [more inside]
posted by Jehan
on Oct 29, 2011 -
Is there something like TWoP for Broadway Shows?
I'm looking for a resource like Television Without Pity for Broadway shows - something that will give a reader an in-depth plot synopsis sufficient to formulate a rough opinion (or fake one's way through conversations about the plays if someone hasn't actually seen them).
posted by mccn
on Oct 26, 2011 -
Looking for books about the history of HIV/AIDS in North America. Wanting both clinical/ epidemiology and social narratives. Also, would love anything that touches on stage performers and the affect it had on creative fields during the 80s.
posted by asockpuppet
on Jun 30, 2011 -
There was a vaudeville dog act in the Broadway play "Sugar Babies" that I saw back about 1980. It was a comedian with a bassett hound. Does anyone remember who it was? Or a youtube link?
posted by JohnE
on May 23, 2011 -
I'm trying to find information on the translation of musical theater, particularly the songs. [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin
on Apr 29, 2011 -
In Bob & Ray's soap opera parody "Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife" the characters put on a show, and during one rehearsal a musical number is played, called "In Your Hat". It's obviously an original cast recording from some obscure musical, but what? Google returns no results except for references to the Bob & Ray usage itself. The lyrics are odd and the meter is strange, and the featured male singer sings off-key several times, but its no amateur production, as it has a full orchestra and chorus. Can anyone recognize it from the lyrics below? [more inside]
posted by bigguy1960
on Jan 28, 2011 -
Is there a site that can email me when a specific play starts selling tickets? Difficulty: it has been announced, but no dates or theater yet. [more inside]
posted by alaijmw
on Oct 20, 2010 -
Does anyone know if there is a recording of the original opening night of the "RENT" Musical; from the night after Jonathan Larson passed away, and if so, where I might find it? [more inside]
posted by linzenoonoo
on May 28, 2010 -
My old and frugal great uncle needs a music and audio book set up. He's recovering from a heart procedure and needs to walk 2-4 miles every day. He's thinking Walkman. I'm thinking Apple. [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack
on May 3, 2010 -
What obscure musical gems have you unearthed from the Great American Songbook genre -- Broadway show-tunes, cabaret and jazz standards from the 1930s-1960s? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry
on Mar 26, 2010 -
SongFilter: What funny, contemporary (last 50 years) Broadway song can I break out for an upcoming cabaret? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk
on Jan 20, 2010 -
What does "Look I'll call you in the morning or my service will explain" (from the song "Another Hundred People") mean? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke
on Dec 23, 2009 -
Looking for a good place to have a birthday brunch for my mom in midtown manhattan before a matinee at 3. There's six of us and we're leaving in an hour or so.
posted by Oktober
on Nov 29, 2009 -
A couple of my friends are coming to New York to visit near the end of July, and we want to take in a show (preferably a musical). We're all students and we're trying to find cheap tickets, but we want to have this sorted out in advance instead of waiting to buy tickets day-of. Does anyone know a good way to do this? I'm in New York if it's something that needs to be done in person, although through a website would be preferable. We're just looking for good deals or discounts, or something.
Also I know nothing about Broadway, so recommendations for fun shows would be very welcome!
posted by howgenerica
on Jun 25, 2009 -
Is there an archive somewhere that has films of specific productions of plays? [more inside]
posted by prior
on May 19, 2009 -
Asking for a friend: Please suggest a dark, confessional female pop/blues song, suitable for a "Spring Awakening" musical theater audition. [more inside]
posted by dziga
on Mar 24, 2009 -
RestaurantFilter: Restaurant Recommendations for NYC on Saturday evening (13Dec2008), around the Broadhurst Theatre - near W44th St. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by lonemantis
on Dec 8, 2008 -
What are the worst on or off Broadway shows playing currently?
posted by sharksandwich
on Jul 16, 2008 -
Can you recommend a good live-but-recorded upbeat Broadway performance in the style of MTV's Legally Blonde or the London Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman a few years back? I'm not looking for a Hairspray Movie (though I loved it) but rather recordings of shows performed as shows, not as movies. Thanks!
posted by moof
on Jul 4, 2008 -
Looking for Broadway funnymen...and women! In the spirit of this post
, I am looking for theater know-it-alls who comment on theater with a detached but loving sense of humor. [more inside]
posted by LeeJay
on Mar 2, 2008 -
What is the musical term for songs that feature overlapping or simultaneous verses? The only two examples that I can think of to illustrate what I'm talking about are "All for the Best" from Godspell and Irving Berlin's "You're in Love." Anyone ever come across a list of songs of this type, specifically songs from the world of musical theater?
posted by trivirgata
on Feb 28, 2008 -
Broadway Musicals? Why do I hate them so? I cringe when I hear "that music". What would you say to a hater of musical theater that might create an appreciation?
posted by Area Control
on Jan 1, 2008 -
In Vancouver, BC, the avenues are numbered sequentially, except the street that should be 9th Ave is called Broadway. I thought nothing of this until noticing that the same is true in Eugene, OR. Is that a bizarre coincidence or is there more to it? I thought maybe it was the same in NYC but it doesn't look like it. What gives?
posted by PercussivePaul
on Oct 20, 2007 -
BroadwayFilter: My Google-fu is failing me... When did the tradition of dimming the marquee lights on Broadway in mourning or as a sign of respect begin? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams
on Sep 15, 2007 -
Which movie really inspired Bob Gaudio (of the Four Seasons) to write the song "Big Girls Don't Cry"?
It's not Tennessee's Partner
. [more inside]
posted by bingo
on Sep 9, 2007 -
What is the origin of the name "Ado Annie" in the musical Oklahoma? [more inside]
posted by nax
on Aug 24, 2007 -
In a few weeks, I have the wonderful opportunity to go see a Broadway show (my first!). My options are Hairspray, Wicked, or the Drowsy Chaperone. Which one should I pick?
posted by kidsleepy
on Aug 5, 2007 -
My mother wants to take the entire family to see "The Lion King" at the Minskoff Theater in New York City. The party will include my ten-year-old twin nephews, who will be seeing a Broadway show for the first time, so we want this to be a memorable experience. (Also, the tickets are very pricey!) Seat maps of the theater, not showing all dimensions of the space, do not really give one a good idea of which would be the best place to sit. Has anyone seen this show, or is anyone familiar with the Minskoff? How would this best be enjoyed - especially if one is ten and doesn't want to be stuck behind someone with a big head?
posted by Wylie Kyoto
on Jul 23, 2007 -
BroadwayFilter: Is it possible to get a non-broadway cast recording of Wicked? [more inside]
posted by Rowgun
on Jun 7, 2007 -
I'm looking for the lyrics to the song "In My Own Lifetime," from the 1970 Broadway musical, "The Rothschilds." I know lyrics sites are spotty at best, pop-up and virus havens at worst, and probably all illegal...but maybe someone even knows the lyrics? Or can give me a line or two I can search on? The title, musical name, etc, pulled up nothing useful for me. Thanks!
posted by GaelFC
on Dec 8, 2006 -