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Lisa Kron of “Fun Home” Fame Honored

Lisa Kron of “Fun Home” Fame Honored

BY DAVID NOH | On February 6, I attended one of my favorite events, the 27th annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre presented at ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Named after the late Ed Kleban, the quite wonderful lyricist for “A Chorus Line,” the prize is given to two honorees annually […]

Rallying in Pride and Solemnity

Rallying in Pride and Solemnity

  PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ESSAY | On a beautiful June 24 evening barely 36 hours before the June 26 Pride March, Heritage of Pride’s annual Rally, at Pier 26 in Tribeca, was a mix of vibrant entertainment and solemn remembrance of those lost in Orlando.

A Boisterous Reunion for WOW  

A Boisterous Reunion for WOW  

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Tickets for the book launch party for “Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Café Theater” on February 29 at Dixon Place sold out almost as soon as they went on sale. The demand was such that, if those standing in front of her hadn’t gotten in, playwright […]

Pride Plays — And Musicals and Spectacles  

Pride Plays — And Musicals and Spectacles  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Welcome to our fifth annual round-up of what’s on, what you should see, and how you can get in if you plan to make a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration — and you haven’t planned ahead. The good news is that if there’s something you want to see, […]

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | A rueful graphic novelist recalls her awkward first lesbian encounter. Distraught parents argue at the top of their lungs. A suicidal, closeted funeral director hits on underage boys. Not exactly the typical stuff of hit Broadway shows, that’s for sure. Welcome to “Fun Home,” the bittersweet musical based on Alison Bechdel’s popular […]

Musicals in Flux

Musicals in Flux

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The stark contrast between where musical theater has been and where it can — and arguably should — go in today’s world could not be more pronounced than in the difference between “Big Fish” on Broadway and “Fun Home” at the Public. “Fun Home,” Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s brilliant new musical […]