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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …