Music Box: Nobody Beats “The Wiz”

Too many changes pissed me off: Ne-Yo is bad enough, but Ne-Yo writing an original song FOR this? Ugh. Removing “I Was Born On The Day Before Yesterday” and replacing it with a song not even good enough to make the cut of the dreadful movie version, called “You Can’t Win”? Feh. (Though, I do … Continue reading Music Box: Nobody Beats “The Wiz”

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Music Box: Hamilton the Musical – History Is Happening In Manhattan

  I'm dazed. Literally. I first saw the off-Broadway production back in February, at the Public, as a birthday present to myself. It was a staggering achievement then, but even more so now.   Every so often a work of art descends upon us from the heavens, via the musical theater gods - so breathtaking, … Continue reading Music Box: Hamilton the Musical – History Is Happening In Manhattan

One Million, Five Hundred Seventy Six Thousand Minutes

When I first experienced RENT the week it opened, it was during a tumultuous period of my life, a life-altering turbulence. While the issues of HIV/AIDS and drugs that predominated this modern rock fable loosely based on Puccini’s “La Boheme” weren't even in the realm of the personal terrain I was sojourning, Jonathan Larson’s score … Continue reading One Million, Five Hundred Seventy Six Thousand Minutes

Music Box: Buckley’s Boulevard

I saw Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's flawed, erratic and overtly dismal SUNSET BOULEVARD the week it opened back in November 1994, and, despite her undeserved Tony Award win, it was not a very good performance (I saw her twice in the role just to verify/refute … Continue reading Music Box: Buckley’s Boulevard

Music Box: Levi’s Million Dollar Charm

**** Went to see the Tony-nominated Best Musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET last night, thanks to a co-worker’s extra ticket. It wasn’t a perfect production, but it was enjoyable on the jukebox musical genre level that’s sadly permeated Broadway in recent years. A semi-fictionalized account based on the iconic photo of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny … Continue reading Music Box: Levi’s Million Dollar Charm