In all the chaos of Christmas, with the running around, pressures of gift giving, try to carve out Sunday night (Dec. 21) to sing-a-long to “The Sound of Music” with the family. It’s a perfect time to sit together, wrap gifts, and order takeout pizza and wings for dinner.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical based on the real-life on Trapp family will air on ABC from 7-11 p.m. The Tony Award- and Oscar-winning musical includes the great opening scene as the helicopter skims over the tress and finds Julie Andrews on top of the mountain as she burst into the title song. Plus, there’s “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “The Lonely Goat Herd” puppet scene.
P.S. If you can’t wait, there’s “Sound of Music Live” airing on NBC 8-11 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 20), but it’s just not the same and never will be.
The real von Trapp family
Learn about the real von Trapp family and how it differs from the movie family here.
“Side Show” posted a Jan. 4 closing — against it’s will — because the Jujamcyn Theaters, the show’s landlord, is exercising a contract clause that allows it to close slow-selling shows that don’t gross $550,000 two weeks in a row.
According to a New York Times article (Dec. 13, 2014) by theater writer Patrick Healy “the fastest flop of the fall Broadway season” was doomed by poor ticket sales and the fact that another musical wanted the St James Theatre, a primo Broadway location at 46 West 44th St. between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Theatrical press agent Rick Miramontez no longer will give comp tickets to Wall Street Journal critic and culture writer Joanne Kaufman after she admitted in her Dec. 1 article “Confessions of a Broadway Bolter” that she often leaves shows at intermission and still writes reviews.
That is just appalling. And can’t you just hear the moaning of theater lovers everywhere who would love to have the primo seats she apparently disdains and cost hundreds for dollars that most people have to save up for a one or two time per year Broadway visit.
Or maybe it’s just the shows she dislikes and left early, which include “The Last Ship,” “The Country House,” “It’s Only a Play,” “Matilda,” “Kinky Boots,” “Pippin,” “Boeing-Boeing” and “Billy Elliott.”
Today’s Broadway matinee of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” was re-created for people with autism and was a hit. Let’s hope more Broadway shows do the same. Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ is offering its second autism-friendly performance on Dec. 23 for its holiday production of “Elf.”
If interested in taking someone with a disability to “Elf,” here are more details that also include sign-interpreted, open-captioned and audio-described performances, according to a recent Paper Mill press release.
For some lucky few, it’s who you know that gets you your dream job.
But not Michael Coale Grey. It’s what he knows and how well he can deliver it that got him the job as a member of the ensemble in “Elf,” this season’s holiday offering at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.
Grey, 22, spent nine years as a member of Paper Mill’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory — “I grew up there!” — getting to know members of the artistic staff and his way around a theater.
But for the Union, NJ, resident, it was his fourth audition for a show at the “Broadway in your backyard” theater that earned him a coveted spot in the “Elf” cast. (His previous PM auditions included “Newsies,” “High School Musical” and “Grease.”)
If you loved “Jersey Boys” you’re gonna love “The Midtown Men Live in Concert!” premiering tomorrow (Nov. 29) on NJTV. The special not only features four members from the original cast of the hit Broadway musical–still packing houses–it will be the New Jersey station’s first nationally-distributed show.
And, according to NJTV General Manager John Servidio, “The Midtown Men” is the first of what he hopes will be many more live events for local or national broadcast staged at New Jersey performing arts venues.
Two River Theater Company opens Lerner and Loewe’s musical “Camelot” tonight, but it’s not going to be what you expect. Instead of a large cast in sumptuous costumes with a pit orchestra, you’ll get 8 musicians and 8 actors in Arthurian street clothes. Oh, and some nudity.