Theater

Trilling for von Trier

Trilling for von Trier

Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek have created a stage opera from the 1996 Lars von Trier film Breaking the Waves. The plot, about a woman whose sexual awakening is interrupted by her new husband’s sudden paralysis, is full of enough melodramatic twists and turns to earn opera cred. The New York Times praises the […]

Beastie Boys Musical

Beastie Boys Musical

Licensed To Ill is the new musical about white rappers the Beastie Boys, staging at the Camden People’s Theatre in London, Nov. 23-Dec. 12. Presented by Simon Maeder and Adam El Hagar present the story of “hiphop’s most notorious pranksters” using a combination of live music and DJ-ing. Audiences will journey with Mike D, MCA and AdRock – the […]

‘Choir Boy’ Falls for Love

‘Choir Boy’ Falls for Love

Former punk icon Courtney Love stars in composer Todd Almond’s stage musical “Kansas City Choir Boy,” which had its West Coast premiere Oct. 19 at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre at the Ahmanson. Almond wrote the music and lyrics and stars with Love in the story of small-town lovers separated by fate. The story unfolds […]

Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

What started out as a warm fuzzy tribute to Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rent has turned into a bit of a musical tussle. The Harbor Lights Theater Company in Staten Island, which just began touting its September 18 through October 4 production was blindsided today by news of another production by the  5th Floor Theatre Company, whose […]

Jobs Musical to L.A.

Jobs Musical to L.A.

A musical about Apple founder Steve Jobs is coming to Los Angeles, courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera. The show, with music by composer Mason Bates, is scheduled to open in 2017, and will focus on Jobs’ entrepreneurial activities as well as his private life. Bates, who is also a successful electronic DJ, will collaborate […]

‘Up Here’ New Musical From Frozen Duo

‘Up Here’ New Musical From Frozen Duo

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the musical team behind the mega-hit Frozen, raise the curtain on a new stage production, “Up Here.” The romantic comedy gets its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, where it runs through Sept. 6. Lopez co-wrote the music and lyrics for the “Book of Mormon” and “Avenue Q.” “Up […]

Games Take Center Stage in ‘Claudio Quest’

Games Take Center Stage in ‘Claudio Quest’

“Claudio Quest,” the musical inspired by video games — specifically the Nintendo “Mario Bros.” series — was the top achiever at the New York Musical Theater Festival Awards, taking six trophies, including Outstanding Direction for John Tartaglia (a Tony nominee for “Avenue Q”). Singing eggplants, snappy pirhana plants and up-tempo turtles are among the colorful cast members […]