The imaginary romantics of Neil Simon’s early smash hit return to the stage of the Old Globe Theatre to remind us that, among other things, Broadway comedies have changed a lot in 50 years.
A difficult aspect about creating musicals based on the lives of popular musicians is the task of making both the music and the plot equally compelling. For the most part, On Your Feet! keeps audiences invested in the story of the Miami Sound Machine Cuban-American lead singer Gloria Estefan (Christie Prades), and her devoted husband Emilio (Ektor Rivera).
Most shows from Disney Theatrical Productions are adaptations of highly successful movies such as “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins.” Compared with those musicals, “Newsies”, a stage version of the 1992 family-friendly motion picture (and a box office bomb in theatres), sounds highly risky.
It’s easy to forgive Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart and Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for its many faults. It’s sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and the plot has been done for eons, or, at least, 200 BCE. It’s low comedy at its best. In fact, it might even be called the pinnacle of low comedy…
San Diego’s Backyard Renaissance Theatre opened an irresistible revival of Edward Albee’s iconic play “The Zoo Story” Saturday, July 14, at Diversionary Theatre in University Heights featuring Francis Gercke as the shiftless young man Jerry and Phil Johnson as the complacent Manhattan publishing exec Peter.