charlie 700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a new musical based on the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl. A story that was woven into the everlasting fabric of our zeitgeist by the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder’s portrayal of the odd-but-intriguing candy man left a lasting impression on an entire generation of young people. A warmth and nostalgia that, although some have tried, has never been fully replicated…Read More →

rent 700

It’s a tragic, recurring cycle. Every generation loses artistic visionaries too soon, and the mourning of that loss embeds itself into the fabric of popular culture. Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, died suddenly in 1996 at the age of 35, leaving a gaping wound in the theatre-loving community upon which he had already generously bestowed his talent and vision. Although he was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize, as well as several of the most coveted Tony, Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards, he passed before seeing his greatest success open on Broadway, and its subsequent meteoric rise…Read More →

play that goes wrong 700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

The Play That Goes Wrong is a play within a play. A college production with a small but mighty cast, making due as things go devastatingly awry. Bringing back memories of shows from childhood when everyone invests their entire soul into a production, building sets from scraps and piecing together costumes from Goodwill finds and parents closets. Desperate to making it work. Improvising as things fall apart along the way. Yet this is not a cobbled-together, low budget passion project. It is a Broadway show with a Tony Award-winning set, perfectly constructed and capable of doing the unimaginable. Accompanied by a script with carefully considered errors yielding hilarious results. And as if that wasn’t enough, there are some very impressive magic tricks sprinkled in for good measure…Read More →

aladdin 700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

Disney knows how to do Broadway.

They’ve proven it again and again, arguably most successfully with The Lion King which began its run on the Great White Way in 1997 and is ranked amongst the longest running Broadway shows of all time. Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and most recently Frozen. Disney has proven that animated films built on a foundation of magical and unhappenable-happenings can be adapted for the stage and brought to live audiences. Aladdin proves it yet again…Read More →

2019 ASU Gammage Season

It’s the start of a new year. The brief reflective period when we pause, if only for a few moments, for an exercise in introspection. Contemplation of the year past. Ambitions for the months to come. Even if things are good, we imagine how they can be better. How we can be better. Yes, January is a wonderful, fleeting, hopeful month…Read More →

color purple 500

by Rebecca Rudnyk – The lights dim, the cast ascends into the fractured light projected onto the stage, and the audience is almost immediately taken to church — encouraged to make ‘a joyful noise’. And, to some extent, the audience remains enveloped in this ‘holy’ reverence for the duration of theRead More →

asu gammage 500

by Rebecca Rudnyk – Arizona State University’s ASU Gammage recently announced its 2018-2019 Broadway Season, further solidifying its place amongst the most reputable venues for seeing high-caliber theatre in the southwest. In early 2018, Gammage hosted one of the earliest runs of the Hamilton tour, reportedly bringing in patrons from allRead More →

king an i 500

by Rebecca Rudnyk – Before The King and I even begins, the beautifully draped stage greeted attendees with the promise of exotic extravagance. Thai Buddhist goddesses, almost holographic, peered out at the audience. It is an appropriate primer for the stunning opening scene: Anna (a well-traveled Welsh widow, and teacher ofRead More →