Filichia Features

He’d called and said he’d be a little late for the 10 a.m. rehearsal, so even when the clock struck 10:15 and Bernie Yvon hadn’t yet arrived, no one gave it much of a thought. By 10:30, a few started to worry. By 10:45, most everyone was concerned. Then someone heard on the radio that [...]

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It was an inspired notion. Ten years after Sandy Wilson had struck gold as the bookwriter, composer and lyricist of THE BOY FRIEND, he decided to revisit those “perfect young ladies from finishing school” that he’d created. Now he’d imagine how they’d fare a decade later with the boy friends who’d become their husbands. As [...]

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Living to be 90 represents a generous life span. Most of us, if we could, would sign a contract today if we were assured we’d be able to last that long. And yet, even after we see someone has attained nonagenarian status, we’re still saddened when he leaves us. Nevertheless, Sandy Wilson, who died at [...]

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The thought occurs to me while I’m driving to Cranford, New Jersey, to see The Theatre Project Jr.’s production of BUGSY MALONE, JR. This was minutes after I’d finished watching Alan Parker’s 1976 film, a spoof of Prohibition-era speakeasies and the gangsters and molls who loved them. Parker’s gimmick was that children would play all [...]

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They’re still talking about your wildly successful production of THE MUSIC MAN, aren’t they? Oh, that dynamic actor who played Harold Hill! Ah, that equally potent actress as Marian Paroo! Why not pair them again in LEAP OF FAITH? LEAP OF FAITH’s Jonas Nightingale is described as “charismatic, complex and wired” in the stage directions. [...]

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VIOLET — the 1997 off-Broadway hit that became this year’s Tony-nominated revival – just closed on Broadway this past weekend. But the tuneful and heart-rending show will continue to affect the country at large, as long as there are resourceful directors such as Marty Strohmeyer and Sarah Hairston. They collaborated on a production that was [...]

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August is the month when kids who have been enrolled in summer theater arts programs show what they have learned in June and July. New Jersey School of the Dramatic Arts Kids on Stage! shows its skill via HONK! JR. It’s composer George Stiles and bookwriter-lyricist Anthony Drewe’s fanciful take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The [...]

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You could, of course, do CATCH ME IF YOU CAN the way it was done on Broadway. Take Troupe 4982 from Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which brought its production to the Thespian Festival in Lincoln in June. Through a production that pretty much replicated what director Jack O’Brien, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and set [...]

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Does the musical that toasted “To Life!” have any life left? Oh, yes. Almost 50 years to the day that FIDDLER ON THE ROOF began rehearsals at the Lyceum Theatre in New York, Edina (Minnesota) High School proved that through the production it brought to Lincoln, Nebraska during the Thespian Festival. The tears shed from [...]

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Some of the Thespian Festival workshops on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus are held in modest classrooms. Not this one. The mammoth all-purpose room in the Westbrook Music Building will be needed today, for no less than Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be holding an audition coaching workshop. Some high-schoolers are itching to perform [...]

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