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Tag: musical theater

Coloring Broadway – Musicals and Mindfulness

Coloring Broadway – Musicals and Mindfulness

Clinical psychology has been recently touting the therapeutic benefits of coloring. Research has shown that engaging in this activity can reduce both physical and emotional stress. Lucky for fans of musical theater, adult coloring has recently entered the Broadway world.  Andrea Koehler heads up Coloring […]

Darnell Abraham – Divine Appointment

Darnell Abraham – Divine Appointment

There are moments when the full power of a musical is amplified and lifted beyond its prior potential by the events occurring outside of the theater walls. I witnessed such a moment this past summer during a stellar production of Ragtime when hatred and violence […]

Calling All Theater Nerds! You, Yes You!

Calling All Theater Nerds! You, Yes You!

I have lots of great interviews in the works, some in the process of editing and some exciting Broadway favorites scheduled. Continuing to work on setting up great folks for upcoming pieces. I would love to hear from YOU who you want to see interviewed […]

Lauren Weinberg – The Purest Form of Free Speech

Lauren Weinberg – The Purest Form of Free Speech

Lauren Weinberg knew she wanted to be an actor from her earliest memory and has barely looked back since. She broke through professionally playing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls on the national tour in 2014, a role she adores. Lauren has gone on to play Adelaide […]

Top 10 Musicals about Mental Health

Top 10 Musicals about Mental Health

Art is a powerful medium for understanding ourselves and each other. As one of those art forms, theater can elucidate and educate, allowing us inside of the internal lives of the characters through song and dance in a way that other genres cannot, making it […]

Rodney Hicks: Finding Meaning in Art

Rodney Hicks: Finding Meaning in Art

Rodney Hicks is a 43-year-old Broadway veteran but it would be easy to mistake him for a master yogi. He has a fitness worthy of an athletic professional, creating an appearance that defies age, and a public presentation that exudes a level of peace and knowledge that comes from decades of philosophical study. […]

Come From Away and Trauma – The Healing Power of Community

Come From Away and Trauma – The Healing Power of Community

It happened sixteen years ago this week. The sky was falling, the fright was blinding. A sickening coordinated attack by humans on other humans. A sense that the world would never again be safe. Sounds like the least likely topic for a musical. Yet playing eight times a week […]

Dear Evan Hansen – Capturing Anxiety

Dear Evan Hansen – Capturing Anxiety

An adolescent male stands downstage, a searing hot spotlight singularly illuminating his isolation. The teen fumbles through his index cards, desperatedly searching for the lost place in his speech and an anchor for his fear. His lower lip trembles while this young man unevenly sucks in oxygen, trying to remain afloat. […]

Burn All Night and Collective Trauma: Shall We Dance?

Burn All Night and Collective Trauma: Shall We Dance?

Burn All Night is a gritty immersive musical making its world premier at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. It follows young Bobby, freshly arrived in New York City, as he runs into his old friend, Holly and then tries to settle into his adulthood. […]

Waitress and Domestic Violence – Portraying Financial Abuse

Waitress and Domestic Violence – Portraying Financial Abuse

At the Brooks Atkinson Theater, Jenna Hunterson, the lead character in the musical Waitress, is abused by her husband eight times a week. We see Earl grab her roughly by the wrist, raise his hand to strike her, intimidate her with his physicality, and financially control her. The […]