Author Archives: Jim

Parade

In the writing and portrayal of the character of Leo Frank, are we meant  at any time to suspect that he might have committed the crimes he’s accused of and then convicted, and if so why? Why did the creators choose to insert the chain gang scene that so powerfully grabbed the audience’s attention in

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Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

  Sister Helen with Susan on opening night at the WNO ———————————— Question 1 – On Character As we go on this journey with the young nun, Sister Helen, what does she mean when she describes it as one both to her Christ and to herself? And does she ever believe Joseph De Rocher is fully

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Titanic

Titanic

This past week, twenty people participated in Alliance’s Live & About to take in Signature Theatre in pre-opening performances of Titanic, the Musical. We began our post-performance conversation in the theatre lobby, joined by Director Eric Schaeffer, where he generously shared time with us despite opening that evening. My thoughts below. Won’t you join me

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Urinetown

Urinetown is our second outing of our 2016-2017 season. We have a total of 23 participants joining the Alliance for two performances.Composer and Artistic Associate Maurice Saylor led off our first discussion. Board Member Melinda Murray will lead the second discussion. We invite you to blog your experience. It informs and benefits our group, the

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Protest Performances

Václav Havel’s PROTEST Presented by Alliance for New Music-Theatre and Dupont Underground at DU’s new Subterranean Arts & Cultural Center  May 10-20, 2017 for 16 performances Tickets available on the Dupont Underground Website Alliance for New Music-Theatre is going underground – literally. Starting May 10, in celebration of Dupont Underground’s Workspace Residency Program and Alliance

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Blackberry Daze

We started Live & About’s seventh season throwing our own “opening night” party with friends at Metro Stage.  Following the performance and joined by several others from the audience, there was lively discussion about issues relating to the play. It was clear the work touched many personally. It proved once again that the life of

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Black Pearl Sings!

Black Pearl Sings!

Frank Higgins’ play is set in Depression-era Texas and, while based on some of the early musicologists’ collecting folk songs, imagines a meeting between a White musicologist from the Library of Congress and a jailed African American woman with a powerful voice. Their subsequent relationship shows that they both are carrying a great deal that

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kabarett

Kabarett & Cabaret

Artists like Frederick Hollander, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hanns Eisler, and Franz Waxman took the music-theatre form of cabaret and created a potent expression of the zeitgeist of Berlin from World War I into the thirties. What distinguished it for you, and how did you feel it change, even with several of the same artists working

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Road Show

Road Show

More than one person mentoring me in the writing of music-theatre works has reminded me that they are not so much written as re-written. Stephen Sondheim, who has managed to dominate “the American musical” writing for the last half a century, has taken this much to heart. Not able to let this project of his

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