Posts Tagged ‘Off-Broadway’

It wasn’t very long ago–just three years (despite the movie’s original release in 2006)–since “Once” became a stand-out musical hit both at the box office and in the eyes of the critics. It even walked away with an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song “Falling Slowly” and the entire soundtrack receiving a Grammy nomination.

Despite this short period in time since the height of its success, “Once” has already had an off-Broadway musical of the same name produced and performed at the New York Theater Workshop. Due to the show and the film’s success, a full-on Broadway production is the obvious next step, opening early next year.

The modern-day musical is set in Dublin and follows an unnamed man and woman throughout a week in their lives. The woman, a Czech immigrant who sells flowers, incessantly questions the man, an Irish street performer, about his music. Upon talking further, he realizes that she too is a musician. They work together to make him a demo that he could take to London in hopes of landing a recording contract. In the classic musical cliché (but they manage to do so without being cheesy), the two work through their past and discover their love for another through their music.

Broadway previews begin February 28. Tickets can already be ordered here. If you want to catch the show before it moves to Broadway, tickets for the off-Broadway production are available here.

-Diana Pearl

Steve Jobs, the recently deceased founder of Apple and technological wizard, made a tremendous impact in many spheres of people’s lives. However, one arena that Jobs’ impact would seem to not have reached is that of the world of theater. But after his death, Jobs’ influence continues to trickle its way through our society and has now landed itself a place in the world of theater.

Mike Daisey, the well-known monologist (well, as well-known as any monologists can be), has brought Steve Jobs to off-Broadway in his new one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”.  Daisey’s monologue is described on the show’s website as “illuminating how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods.”

The show focuses on America’s obsession with technology and how Apple and its legendary founder have shaped American life. A large part of the talk fixates on the effect of this passion for technology on the producers of the physical product in China. Daisey draws on his own experiences and visits to the nation to make his arguments about the effect of technology on China.

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Carrie,” the 1970s horror classic, is making its second appearance on the stage, with previews starting at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theater in January 2012.  Everyone’s heard the story of Carrie–the social outcast who gets pig’s blood dumped on her at the prom. In a fit of telekinetic rage, she wreaks havoc on the school’s gym, then leaves it burning, killing everyone inside. (No one wants to be covered in pig’s blood, but mass murder is a bit of an overreaction).

Carrie” first hit the Broadway stage in May 1988 for a lengthy three-night run. After abysmal reviews (contrary to what Joey from “Friends” thinks, abysmal is not a good thing) and five performances, the show closed. I’m not entirely sure, but that’s got to be some kind of record. Five performances, how bad could a show possibly be?

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