Today in Theater History

February 26

Priscilla Lopez– Birthday

“Jerome Robbin’s Broadway”– Opened 1989

Justin Matthew Sargent– Birthday

“Fiddler on the Roof”– Opened 2004

Michael Cumpsty– Birthday

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West Side Story

Also my school is currently in a production of “West Side Story” and I’m cast as Bernardo.  I’ll let you guys know how every aspect of the rehearsal and show turns out, from singing, acting, dance, and technical things.

Going to New York

My school is taking the musical theater majors to New York to see 4 Broadway shows in the spring.  We are definitely going to see “Shuffle Along” and maybe “The Color Purple”. I will be sure to post reviews and let you guys know about them!

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Malcolm

Racial portrayal in the arts

Shows that portray racist things are not a bad thing, as long as they teach that it is wrong and that it educates.  If we didn’t portray racism in the arts we wouldn’t have the so many biographies and musicals.  People really believe that racism is over and it is not and this is a way to teach children what had happened to their grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on.

Live Musicals

This past couple of years the main broadcasting networks have been bringing us live musicals which is honestly one of the best things.  Even if we can’t afford to see them in person we have the luxury of seeing them in our homes.  The arts have now reached kids who cannot go out to see them and are now interested in pursuing the arts.

Shuffle Along

This Tap musical features a Black cast of incredibly talented Broadway legends and new people as well.  Feature Billy Porter who was previously Lola in “Kinky Boots,” Audra McDonald who need no further explanation she is a Broadway legend, and Brian Stokes Mitchell who is making a return to Broadway.  Brian is an power baritone with a smooth quality.  Savion Glover is the choreographer who is a Tap Master and unbelievable qualified to choreograph a show like this.  This show was made in the 20s so it’s of course set in the 20s.  It hasn’t been revived since 1952 and it’s sure to be amazing.