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The national tour of Bat Out Of Hell has been put on hold. http://www.playbill.com/article/bat-out-of-hell-tour-put-on-holdNovember 8, 2018 at 9:02 am #1202670876
I got to see the second national (otherwise known as the ‘Philip’) tour of Hamilton in my area last night. It was my second time seeing the show after seeing it on Broadway with most of the original cast intact, and here are my thoughts.
So now, you would all probably like to know one thing: does Hamilton live up to the hype? OF COURSE IT DOES! Lin-Manuel Miranda has brilliantly created a genius piece of musical theatre that takes a piece of American history, and makes it accessible to a wider audience with a contemporary presentation. The musical takes place over the course of 28 years, beginning with Alexander’s arrival to America in 1776, and ending with his assassination in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. It is through Miranda’s book (in other words, script) and director Thomas Kail’s inventive staging that the plot moves at such a great pace. I should also point out that Kail does an incredible job at staging things in a more suggestive way as opposed to literal. It also blends very seamlessly with Andy Blankenbuehler’s precise choreography. Not to mention that Alex Lacamoire’s orchestrations do an excellent job of bringing Miranda’s score to life.
The creative team also made a very wise move to have most of these historical figures played by people of color as a way to pull contemporary audiences into the story. The musical is very much an ensemble piece, where each member of the cast not only has their own opportunities to shine, but also provide narrations. Joseph Morales gives a charismatic performance in the titular role of Alexander Hamilton as we follow him through all his major life events in the United States. Yet, his story is told through the perspective of rival, Aaron Burr, portrayed by Nik Walker. His performance is understated, but stays compelling to keep the audience’s attention. Shoba Narayan provides the musical’s heart and soul as Alexander’s wife, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, whose importance to him is perfectly emphasized. Her sister, Angelica, is given a terrific performance by Ta’Rea Campbell, who portrays her as extraordinarily witty and intelligent. Other standouts include Marcus Choi as George Washington; Jon Patrick Walker, who provides some memorable comic relief as King George III; and Kyle Scatliffe gives such memorable performances in two different characters. In Act I, he plays Marquis de Lafayette, who very impressively raps at such lighting speed. In Act II, he plays Thomas Jefferson, who makes quite a Michael Jackson-esque entrance.
There are so many words used to describe Hamilton, and anyone of them can be acceptable. In my opinion, it’s mind blowing and breathtaking! Hamilton not only deserves all the success it’s received, but also its place as one of the best American musicals of the century (if not, the best).November 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm #1202671198
Casting has announced for Big Leagues Productions’ national tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical, which kicks off in Orange, Texas on November 19. http://www.playbill.com/article/cast-set-for-holiday-tour-of-a-christmas-story-the-musicalNovember 9, 2018 at 8:29 am #1202671429
Clint Black’s new musical, Looking for Christmas, will embark on a holiday tour next season.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Clint-Black-to-Launch-US-Tour-of-New-Musical-LOOKING-FOR-CHRISTMAS-20181109November 9, 2018 at 10:28 am #1202671526
The national tour of Bat Out Of Hell will re-launch next year. http://www.playbill.com/article/after-postponement-bat-out-of-hell-tour-will-now-launch-in-2019November 9, 2018 at 10:31 am #1202671530
In honor of his 80th birthday, Ian McKellen will be launching a new one-man show that will tour at 80 different theaters all over the U.K. http://www.playbill.com/article/ian-mckellen-will-celebrate-80th-birthday-with-80-venue-tourNovember 12, 2018 at 10:00 am #1202673382
Casting has been announced for the third national tour of Hamilton. http://www.playbill.com/article/new-hamilton-tour-to-star-julius-thomas-iii-and-donald-webber-jrNovember 13, 2018 at 9:13 am #1202674189
In response to today’s cultural sensitivities, Chicago’s famed Oriental Theatre (site of many a Broadway tryout and national tour) will be renamed the James M. Nederlander Theatre in 2019.November 14, 2018 at 11:23 am #1202675000
Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of The Lightning Thief.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Sarah-Beth-Pfeifer-James-Hayden-Rodriguez-and-More-Will-Join-Chris-McCarrell-and-Kristin-Stokes-in-THE-LIGHTNING-THIEF-Tour-Full-Cast-Announced-20181114November 14, 2018 at 8:23 pm #1202675325
Complete casting has been announced for the U.K. tour of Glengarry Glen Ross. http://www.playbill.com/article/cast-complete-for-uk-tour-of-david-mamets-glengarry-glen-rossNovember 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #1202675338
Initial casting for the international tour of The Phantom Of The Opera has been announced, with Meghan Picerno as Christine Daae, Jonathan Roxmouth as the Phantom, and Matt Leisy as Raoul. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/194047/love-never-dies-alum-meghan-picerno-to-revisit-christine-daae-on-international-tour-of-phantom/November 15, 2018 at 8:19 am #1202675607
Complete casting has been announced for the non-equity tour of Kinky Boots, which will begin performances next month.
http://www.playbill.com/article/casting-complete-for-north-american-tour-of-kinky-bootsNovember 15, 2018 at 8:25 am #1202675612
At a performance of the current Fiddler on the Roof national tour in Baltimore last night, a man reportedly shouted ‘Heil, Hitler, Heil Trump’ during intermission. Police were called and the man was escorted out by security.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Man-Shouts-Heil-Hitler-Heil-Trump-During-Performance-of-FIDDLER-ON-THE-ROOF-20181115November 16, 2018 at 7:42 am #1202676219
In an update published by the Baltimore Sun, the man who was escorted out by the police was drinking heavily prior to his outburst. The Act I finale of Fiddler on the Roof apparently reminded him of his hatred for President Trump, which led to him expressing it during intermission.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Update-Man-Shouting-Heil-Hitler-Heil-Trump-at-FIDDLER-Claims-to-Have-Been-Expressing-Hatred-Toward-the-President-20181116November 24, 2018 at 7:25 am #1202681062
Well, the current national tour of Fiddler on the Roof is still making headlines because during its run in Pittsburgh, a man apparently fired a BB gun near the Benedum Center, where a crowd was waiting before a performance.
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