February recalls the premieres of 2 groundbreaking Black musicals on Broadway, the contentious beginnings of English theatre in the Big Easy, and a little company that could in Pennsylvania.
The famed essayist and author has long loomed in the background of the songwriter’s work. Stew’s new concert musical pushes the influence to forefront—but don’t expect a hagiography.
Theatremakers joined students at the University of the Arts for theatricalized concert versions of sounded the limits of the musical theatre form.
Forget jukebox shows and rock stars; the American musical looks and sounds more like a jam session between indie bands and theatre artists.