“Billy Elliot” has Big Night at the 2009 Tonys

As predicted in this blog a month ago (and most blogs about Broadway, lets be fair) Billy Elliot had a big night at the Tony awards last night, winning 10 awards, including Best Musical. The voters took pity on Next to Normal by awarding it Best Score, one of only two major awards that BillyContinue reading ““Billy Elliot” has Big Night at the 2009 Tonys”

Shrek; 9 to 5; Billy Elliot — Broadway Musicals

While on a quick weekend trip to NYC this weekend, I had the opportunity to see three top notch musicals, all of them adaptations of movie screenplays…and surprise of surprises not one of them was a clunker — Like The Wedding Singer and Legally Blonde the past few seasons, ¬†Shrek, 9 to 5, and BillyContinue reading “Shrek; 9 to 5; Billy Elliot — Broadway Musicals”

Why Elton John’s AIDA by YPT was so good…If I do say so myself

Audiences saw one fine production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA presented by Young People’s Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre last weekend. In fact, it looked better than most community and high school productions in the region….but why? First — talent — YPT is a pay-to-play young people’s organization that draws some ofContinue reading “Why Elton John’s AIDA by YPT was so good…If I do say so myself”