Yes, the opening song is called “Bless This Land,” but let’s also bless the York Theatre Company for reminding us that TENDERLOIN is a blessedly good musical. James Morgan’s troupe finished its Sheldon Harnick festival with a solidly staged reading of the 1960 show. Director Carl Andress demonstrated that TENDERLOIN is a viable title that [...]


Brisa’s Pieces: Breaking News From Fiorello

by Brisa Trinchero on January 24, 2013

in Brisa's Pieces,Fiorello!

It must be FIORELLO! week here on the MTI blog. This wonderful show is in the public eye again because it is receiving a star studded revival as part of New York City Center’s Encores Series. In fact, it is the first show the Encore Series has ever featured twice! However, there’s going to be [...]


What’s the best aspect of this new Encores! production of FIORELLO! that’s coming up at the end of the month? It will remind those who have forgotten what a fine show this Bock and Harnick musical is. We shouldn’t need reminding. After all, FIORELLO! is one of only five musicals that can boast of winning [...]

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It is with a heavy heart that MTI mourns the loss of beloved composer, Jerry Bock (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SHE LOVES ME).  Mr. Bock was 81 years old, and throughout his lifetime, he made many indelible contributions to the world of musical theatre.  Several industry websites are covering this sad event, including this tribute [...]


This is the fourth in a series looking at the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Previous articles are categorized under “Pulitzer Spotlight”. After opening on Broadway in November 1959, FIORELLO! became the second musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  A funny yet moving look at the life of New York mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, [...]