Assassins

The Pennsylvania Players certainly got the timing right. Just before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the troupe presented Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s maverick musical ASSASSINS. Because the actors were all college students (from U of Penn and elsewhere), they were particularly right for this show. While we may not think [...]

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The Season 1 finale of NBC’s Smash featured the first Boston preview of Bombshell with Karen stepping into the leading role at the last minute.  The episode ended with Karen giving the preview of Bombshell and a fantastic ending with “Don’t Forget About Me.” We certainly haven’t forgotten about you Karen Cartwright!  As we begin [...]

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“Fifty years from now, they'll still be arguing about the grassy knoll, the Mafia, some Cuban crouched behind a stockade fence.” So says Lee Harvey Oswald's role model in ASSASSINS. And as of this week, the 49th anniversary of the assassination of President John  Fitzgerald Kennedy, the speaker is at least 98% correct. Despite a [...]

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Two literary proverbs, adapted for musical theatre, are mottos of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman: “Musical comedies aren’t written, they’re re-written,” and “Musicals are never finished, they are abandoned.”  These certainly apply to the long and winding journey that has led to the aptly-named ROAD SHOW.  Sondheim has been quoted in interviews that the idea [...]

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On March 9, 2012 a group of “prickly, opinionated writers on the arts” gathered for lunch at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark, United Kingdom. These giants of artistic criticism congregated not to discuss the Factory’s production of ABIGAIL’S PARTY. And though MTI family member, Stephen Sondheim was in attendance, the group did not come [...]

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A Collection of Shows as Diverse in Their Stories as Any In Our Extensive Catalogue! These are shows that move audiences to the edge of their seats with excitement and anticipation, pushing the envelope beyond the edge of the traditional into the realm of the innovative and the groundbreaking.  They have prompted audiences to fall [...]

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MTI CEO Freddie Gershon, and wife Myrna, have partnered with the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to create and fund a grant program to reward outstanding teachers in honor of their friend, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.  According to the Washington Examiner, “The Kennedy Center-Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards announced Tuesday will award $10,000 grants [...]

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This is the second in our Non-Profit Spotlight Series. The first, on Lincoln Center Theater, can be found here. For a lot of people, 42nd St has become synonymous with the glitz and glamour of classic Broadway, complete with big sets, big production numbers, and big money.  But walk a few blocks west, and you’ll [...]

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