If you start thinking about musical theater, images of chorus lines, detailed dance numbers or elaborate Broadway sets probably come to mind. But then there are musicals like John & Jen, a two-person show projected against the backdrop of heavy topics like abuse and the Vietnam War that demand a gentle touch.
A curious cartoon by Charles Addams appeared in The New Yorker on April 6, 1938. In the single-panel drawing, a witchy woman in a low-cut, Gothic black dress and a tall butler resembling a Cro-Magnon man listened to a traveling vacuum salesman’s pitch in a crumbling, cobwebbed house. Over the years, Addams grew the cast […]
It’s hard to say if the Addams Family (the cartoon, the TV show, the movie) translates successfully to the musical format. The answer is is subjective and depends upon the viewer’s feelings about music theater and/or Addams-brand noir-schtick. There’s something jarring around the gloriously macabre Addamses cavorting and bursting into song. On the other hand, […]
This evening, Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville premieres a new musical memoir of Bascom Lamar Lunsford.
Bioflyer Productions stages the Broadway musical (based on the ‘80s Kevin Bacon film). Everybody cut, everybody cut!