Never Satisfied: Angelica Schuyler’s Story

What makes the secondary heroine of Hamilton stand out from her peers?

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Witch in the Woods

HALLOWEEN 2015: BY CHARITY BISHOP If ever there was a musical laced with double meaning, it is Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, a story that takes fairy tale tropes and turns them on their head with a dramatic shift in tone in the second act. The first half entwines the lives of Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack... Continue Reading →

Warning, It’s Wicked!

NOV / DEC 2013: BY LINDY ABBOTT Many wholesome, God-fearing folks didn’t need to look deeper. The title of the wildly popular musical ensured that those who could never associate with anyone wicked (much less dare to imagine they could be wicked) wouldn’t give this worthy musical a second glance. Thankfully, I’m over my do-not-open-the-cover,... Continue Reading →

The Band Wagon

NOV / DEC 2013: BY RUTH ANDERSON Musicals have always been a part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting in front of the television, entranced by the color and spectacle of a song-and-dance extravaganza. As I grew older, I came to love the stage-born genesis of the musical movies whose... Continue Reading →

Romantic Escapism: Meet Me in St. Louis

NOV / DEC 2013: BY VERONICA LEIGH It is 1944 and America is in the thick of WWII. Faced with tragedies and trials on the home front, people flock to the movie theaters for a momentary reprieve. Two hours of pleasure rejuvenates the soul. When MGM and its new director Vincente Minnelli conceived the idea... Continue Reading →

Once and Forever

NOV / DEC 2013: BY LAURA F. Once, an Irish musical released in 2006, tells a delicate story of what happens when some of life’s possibilities are left unexplored. No one can do everything, and everyone must make choices that shape their lives. As in many musicals, Once’s protagonists fall in love—but, ultimately, not with... Continue Reading →

Polishing Heaven’s Stars: Carousel

NOV / DEC 2013: BY HANNAH PRICE When I first saw Carousel (1956),I was surprised at the serious tone of the story and the dark plotlines running throughout it.  I was expecting something along the lines of Oklahoma or even The Music Man, two other movie musicals starring Shirley Jones that I had seen and... Continue Reading →

Singing Shakespeare: West Side Story

NOV / DEC 2013: BY RACHEL SEXTON When a story becomes a classic, the implication is that its quality has been established over time.  Its popularity lasts over generations. Such a story then becomes the basis for variations as culture shifts. The universal and timeless aspects of the story are retained as it is presented... Continue Reading →

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