West Side Story

Last week, while reviewing LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION, I suggested that producing the British mega-hit may lead to one unexpected benefit. It may be a logical successor to WEST SIDE STORY in attracting boys into musical theater. I quoted Rhode Island director Bert Silverberg, who says, “Ask a boy to dance, and he’ll refuse. But [...]

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Entertainment Weekly recently released a special issue of The 100 All-Time Greatest in Movies, TV, Music, Books and Plays.  This issue included a Top 10 Greatest Musicals List.  Of the top ten listed, four of the musicals were MTI titles – including RENT, WEST SIDE STORY, SWEENEY TODD and the number one musical, GUYS AND [...]

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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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As has been the case with thousands of musicals before it, MARRY ME A LITTLE starts with an overture. Or does it? Our program tells us that this new Keen Company production with recycled Stephen Sondheim songs is a two-character musical. We’ll meet Him and Her, as they were solely named by Craig Lucas and [...]

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Some of us close to Arthur believe he wrote himself into characters on the stage and one of the people closest to him believes that Arthur and Rose were one. -Freddie Gershon MTI’s Chairman and CEO Freddie Gershon shares a touching tribute to his friend, the late, great Arthur Laurents in his latest article on [...]

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Music Theatre International is deeply saddened by the loss of beloved librettist, playwright, screenwriter, director and friend Arthur Laurents.  Arthur died in Manhattan on May 5th and was 93 years old.  Among his many accomplishments, Arthur was the book-writer for MTI shows WEST SIDE STORY and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE. MTI's Chairman and CEO, Freddie Gershon [...]

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With so many great shows criss-crossing the country, there’s never been a better time to experience the thrill of an MTI musical.  The following is a list of some of MTI’s shows that are currently on tour in the U.S.  Ticketing and scheduling information can be found on each show’s official website, so click away [...]

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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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In the first installment of our Marquee Q & A Series, Broadway actor Tituss Burgess catches up with MTI’s Tyler Paul to  discusses GUYS AND DOLLS, Frank Loesser, and more… Vocalist extraordinaire and Broadway actor Tituss Burgess, best known for his portrayal of Sebastian in the Broadway mounting of DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, began his [...]

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by Yui Kitamura August 25th marks composer Leonard Bernstein’s birthday. Born in 1918, this prolific artist created a wide variety of music until he died in 1990 at the age of 72. Bernstein was a great educator, conductor, and music director, as well as a composer of classical, film, and theatre music. Of the many [...]

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