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Riverdale Is Doing a Musical Episode of Heathers

We love that Riverdale is so regularly bonkers that at any point, the show can just up and do a musical episode. Last year, it was Carrie. This year, we now know it’s Heathers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Musicals, The Cw, Heathers, Riverdale, Archie Comics


La Cage aux Folles

"We are what we are,And what we areIs an illusion."That's the first lyric in La Cage aux Folles, and though on the surface, it's talking about drag, it's saying way more than that. Just like the show it introduces. Those few line encapsulate the entire story and all its themes.Nobody realizes that the first time they hear it, but it's all there.It introduces us to two ideas that will permeate every moment of the show. First, "we are what we are" -- in other words, we accept and embrace ourselve...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Gay, New York Times, Broadway, Theater, St Louis, Zaza, Scott Miller, La Cage aux Folles, Harvey Fierstein, Ben Brantley, Brantley, Jean Michel, Georges, Douglas Hodge


Fascinatin' Rhythm

When I wrote my history book, Strike Up the Band, I had two primary agendas. One was to reject the premise of all other musical theatre history books, that the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical was the pinnacle of the art form. It wasn't. The other agenda was to include in the story of our art form all the people of color, the women, the people with disabilities who helped shape the American musical theatre but get left out of almost all history books. I hope I did a decent job of re-balancing our ...
Tags: New York, Cook, Musicals, Boston, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, America, New Jersey, Broadway, African American, Manhattan, Theater, Johnson, Black, Chinatown


A Hot Cup of Murder

One time, the Archbishop of St. Louis tried to shut down a New Line show called Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. I'm not kidding. He failed. Well, he successfully shut down our preview, but we were open again for opening night. You can read about that here.Our show was just a revue of theatre songs on those topics, three of the most powerful forces on humans, including songs from Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q, Songs for a New World, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Kiss of the Spider Woman,...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Sex, Senate, Religion, Theatre, America, Preston, Broadway, Violence, Rent, Arthur Conan Doyle, Theater, Shakespeare, St Louis, Rocky Horror


Broadway Hot Damn!

I am in love with the BroadwayHD channel on Amazon Prime Video. I'm convinced that HD stands for Hot Damn!When we were working on Yeast Nation, last summer, Greg Kotis told me that he and Mark Hollmann had based their story loosely on both Macbeth and Antigone. So I watched both plays on video, and it helped me a lot with Yeast Nation.And then I wanted to see the rest of the Oedipus trilogy, which includes Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. One way to see them was to subscribe ...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Theatre, Bbc, Live, Broadway, Morgan Freeman, John, Theater, Shakespeare, Plays, Dorothy, Macbeth, Juliet Stevenson, Scott Miller, Gene Wilder


Into the Words

When young musical theatre artists ask me how to get where they're going, I always give the same advice, to consume as much musical theatre as humanly possible, to see every musical (live and on screen) that they can, read scripts and biographies and history books and analysis books, listen to cast albums -- and not just the new ones.In other words, drink all of it in. And part of that is creating a good library for yourself.I was browsing my own considerable musical theatre script library, and...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Scripts, Theatre, Theater, Kate, Sondheim, Neil Simon, Scott Miller, Tommy, George C Wolfe, Original Broadway Cast, Broadway Musical, Michael John LaChiusa, Kate West, Amazon American Musicals


Broadway Pop!

I have fallen in love with Funko Pops figures -- they're so odd but so wonderful. In recent months, Funko has released several Little Shop of Horrors figures, as well as two versions of both Danny and Sandy in Grease, and big collections of figures from Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.But wait, there's more! I was fortunate enough to happen upon Amanda Tang's Broadway Pop store on Etsy, and it was like I had died and gone to musical theatre memorabilia heaven. She has custom Funko Pops for Ham...
Tags: Musicals, Etsy, Berlin, Theatre, Chicago, Claude, Broadway, Hud, Rent, Brian, Reno, Hamilton, Rosemary, Rose, Lin-manuel Miranda, Rosie


Thank You, St. Louis!

I know 2018 was a rough one in many ways, but in my position as artsy-cynic-optimist, I can't help but see a lot of awesomeness in 2018. What a year of New Line shows! One of my most loved shows, the classic Anything Goes; the wild, new(-ish) rock musical Yeast Nation (from the Urinetown team); and my own Zombies of Penzance. Wow, talk about variety!So many people came up to me after Anything Goes performances, saying some version of, "This has always been one of my favorite shows, but I didn't...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Musicals, Theatre, Zombies, Broadway, John, Cole Porter, Gilbert, Louis, Sullivan, Scott Miller, Pirates of Penzance, Ryan Day, Sarah Nelson, Rock Musicals


'Twas a Year Full of New Line 2018

'Twas a year full of New Line, rambunctious and swell,And the New Liners kept themselves busy as hell:A reading, a classic, a new show, and then,An old show that substitutes zombies for men.The new shows were cool, and the old shows seemed new,A year full of crazy surprises for you,'Cause that is exactly what New Liners do.The year started off with a reading, one nightOf a Gilbert and Sullivan cheeky rewrite,With zombies and daughters (as hunters of such);And response was so warm and it cheered...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Theater, Cole Porter, Gilbert, Sullivan, Scott Miller, Rock Musical, Gilbert and Sullivan


Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump‘I hate watching my plays,” Tony Kushner says. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.”Caroline is Caroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written wit...
Tags: Politics, London, Musicals, Film, Race, Theatre, America, World news, US news, Culture, Britain, US politics, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Manhattan, West End


The Musical Love In America Lands Issa Rae as Producer

The musical Love In America lands Issa Rae as producer Universal Pictures has landed Issa Rae to produce their new romantic musical feature Love in America. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rae, who co-created in stars in Insecure, will team with one of the HBO show’s writers, Amy Aniobi, to help bring Love in America to life. There are no details about the project at this point, other than Rae will be producing through her ColorCreative banner with her production partner Deniese Davis. ...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Musicals, America, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, Kevin Hart, Universal Pictures, Brothers, Golden Globe, Rae, Dope Queens, Issa Rae, Movie News, Marsai Martin


There’s a True Blood Musical in the Works According to Creator Alan Ball

BEGIN SLIDESHOW There’s a True Blood musical in the works according to creator Alan Ball It’s been 10 years since the moody vampire drama True Blood premiered on HBO. Since then, the show ran for seven seasons, concluding in 2014 with the episode “Thank You.” Now, it seems that the story’s being resurrected for the stage — as a musical. Show creator Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his reflections on the show, when the musical came up in conversa...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Musicals, TV News, Louisiana, True Blood, Ball, Extras, Charlaine Harris, Alan Ball, ComingSoon, Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton Stephen Moyer, Sookie Stackhouse Anna Paquin


As Soft and as Pink as a Nursery -- 13 Really Sexist Musicals

In this moment in our cultural history, in which we're finally calling out expressions of sexism, racism, and other bias, it's worth looking closer at the shows we produce. Maybe the Era of Trump has made it necessary.A while back, I wrote a blog post about musicals that are much darker than most people think. Now we're having debates about problematic content in older musicals, and whether or not some older shows should be largely retired.Sometimes people tell me -- apologetically, but not rea...
Tags: Musicals, Sexism, Theatre, America, Broadway, Adelaide, Alps, Theater, Annie, Jfk, Pink, Kate, Shakespeare, Times, Pacific, Andrew Lloyd Webber


Yes, We Need a Little Christmas!

Happy Holidays from the New Liners!First of all... As I wrote in my last post, when you're heading to Amazon to shop for gifts this holiday season (and all year 'round), just go to Smile.Amazon.com instead. You'll end up in the same place except when you go to Smile, it'll ask you to pick a charity (you'll choose New Line Theatre, of course), and then whenever you buy anything through Amazon Smile (bookmark it!), New Line gets a small donation. And it really adds up! Last season the total in Sm...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Etsy, Theatre, Holiday, Gift, Broadway, New Line, Brian, Theater, St Louis, Princeton, Present, Hamilton, Michael, Sondheim


Top Ten Totally Painless Ways to Support New Line

You matter. After all, New Line exists for you. Theatre isn't theatre without an audience.And also, you are powerful. In fact, you are one of the most powerful marketing tools ever devised by humans.New Line Theatre is a small nonprofit company, doing somewhat less-than-mainstream work, so we will always struggle financially. We could do Nunsense and South Pacific and not struggle, but we'd rather do Yeast Nation, Lizzie, and Sweet Smell of Success, so we struggle.The most direct ways you can s...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Musicals, Mac, Theatre, Social Media, RAC, Paypal, Broadway, New Line, Theater, South Pacific, St. Louis, Nonprofit, Lizzie, Scott Miller


Jersey Boys The Musical At The Dr. Phillips Center October 30 – November 4th

Jersey Boys The Musical At The Dr. Phillips Center October 30 – November 4th | Written By: Lee Nostalgic, for me, that is the word I would use to describe the musical Jersey Boys The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons playing at the Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando. Having come of age in the 60’s this musical took me back to a time when pop music was full of close harmonies, great instrumentation, and moving rhythms and Jersey Boys was spot on. From the opening bar to the final refrain the...
Tags: Musicals, Parenting, Local, Frankie Valli, Jersey Boys, Dr Phillips Center, Dr. Philips Center, Lee Nostalgic, Dr Phillips Center Orlando


Valentina’s casting in the live version of ‘Rent’ has divided the musical’s fans

Some fans think the role should be played by a trans or genderfluid actress.
Tags: Twitter, Musicals, Lifestyle, Rent, Ad Friendly, Drag Queens & Entertainers, Dragaholic, Rupaul's Drag Race, Drag Queens, Valentina, Transwomen


The Power of Love Can Make a Zombie Too!

It's hard to believe it's over. It was five years ago that I set out to write The Zombies of Penzance. It seemed so perfect, so deliciously fucked up, and the process of "translating" the story , the changing of Gilbert's pirates into zombies, hardly disturbed the plot at all (though I later made some larger plot changes).I know you want to ask, so yes, I was seriously stoned when I thought of the idea.I immediately loved everything about it. I already deeply loved The Pirates of Penzance. I lo...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Horror, Theatre, Zombies, Walking Dead, World, Christianity, Lea, Victoria, John, Satire, British, St Louis, George Romero, Gilbert


First official trailer for "Rocketman," musical film about Elton John

No, this isn't a movie about North Korea's Kim Jung-un, but rather, "Rocketman" singer Elton John. The film, which stars Welsh actor Taron Egerton as Elton John, comes out next summer. Here is its first trailer.
Tags: Video, Musicals, News, North Korea, Elton John, Kim Jung, Taron Egerton, Rocketman


Hail, Zombies!

Hail, zombies, thou heav’n-made dead, Forsaken by the God we dread; Great metaphor for all we fear! All hail the end of all that we hold dear! It was back in 2013, after watching the movie Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (coincidentally starring BBAJ's Benjamin Walker). It was just a few hours after watching the movie that I started thinking about what kind of similar mashup I might concoct in the realm of musical theatre. I've always been fascinated by the idea of art made from other art...
Tags: Musicals, Horror, Theatre, Zombies, Walking Dead, Christianity, John, Satire, British, Shakespeare, Richard, George Romero, Todd Haynes, Gilbert, Sondheim, Sullivan


We'll Hunt the Dead and Mount Their Head

Now that we're running all of The Zombies of Penzance at each rehearsal, it's easier to assess my writing, and I'm pretty happy with it. The public reading we did in January was enormously helpful, and I did tons of small rewrites, and several big rewrites, after that, including 1 1/2 new songs. Watching it now, I think those changes were all good ones.It's still weird for me because Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance has been a part of me since I saw it on Broadway in 1981, and I've know...
Tags: Musicals, Horror, Theatre, Zombies, Walking Dead, America, Christianity, Broadway, Satire, British, Kevin Kline, George Romero, Ruth, Gilbert, Frederic, Scott Miller


The New Regional Arts Commission

To our great surprise and horror, after 27 years of funding New Line Theatre, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) decided not to fund us this season. We were truly baffled by the decision -- we get rave reviews for every show we produce, we have a national profile for both excellence and risk-taking, and Broadway writers periodically come see our productions of their shows, particularly when those shows were destroyed on Broadway, but brought back to life by New Line.One article about RAC's new ...
Tags: Facebook, Musicals, Funding, Theatre, RAC, Live, Stage, Broadway, New Line, St. Louis, Irs, Felicia, Scott Miller, Gilbert Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance, Penzance


We Triumph Now, God Only Knows How

We've blocked our zombies and zombie hunters, and we've run the two acts separately. Next week we move into the theatre, and start running the whole show. The vocal music is sounding amazing, in part because we're spending a lot more time than usual reviewing music in blocking rehearsals, which makes the actors so much more comfortable. We're now at that point now where they have to put down their scores, and that moment terrifies some of them.The score is learned, the show has been staged, and...
Tags: Musicals, Horror, Theatre, Zombies, Walking Dead, Christianity, Satire, British, George Romero, Andrew Jackson, Scott Miller, Gilbert Sullivan, Hal Prince, Pirates of Penzance, Edwin Drood, Broadway Musical


A Zombie Hunter's Life's a Bloody Drag

In adapting The Pirates of Penzance into The Zombies of Penzance, part of the process was reverse engineering my crazy meta origin story. Our origin story says that Gilbert & Sullivan wrote The Zombies of Penzance first, but their producer Richard D'Oyly-Carte refused to produce it, so they rewrote it as the now famous Pirates of Penzance.Just to be clear, that didn't actually happen.So as I was figuring out how to translate the original story into a zombie story, I was also imagining Glibert's...
Tags: Musicals, Horror, Theatre, Zombies, Walking Dead, Christianity, Jesus, Satire, British, George Romero, Ruth, Gilbert, Frederic, Sullivan, Scott Miller, Gilbert Sullivan


A Potent, Little Metaphor

In the late 1980s, I wrote a musical called Attempting the Absurd, about a young man who has figured out he's only a character in a musical and doesn't actually exist, and that knowledge causes him lots of grief. Ultimately, he wins the day by producing the script for Attempting the Absurd. I recently published the script and vocal selections for the show on Amazon, and I described the show as "meta before meta was cool."But you know who did meta way before any of us? Gilbert and Sullivan.Their...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Australia, Theatre, Zombies, Walking Dead, Christianity, Broadway, Satire, British, Kevin Kline, George Romero, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Gilbert, Frederic, Romero


Frites first: the Belgians making audiences laugh, sing and squirm

The Edinburgh festival’s Big in Belgium season features daft whimsy, a Eurovision anthem and a headlong charge into uncomfortable territoryWhen the Smiths released Paint a Vulgar Picture , the obligatory rock-band moan about the music business, Morrissey came up with a characteristically waspish one-liner. It was the fate of every singer doing the media round, he protested, to “please the press in Belgium”. Behind the joke is the idea of the pop star having to kowtow to a country of no significa...
Tags: Europe, Comedy, London, Musicals, France, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Belgium, Edinburgh, Morrissey, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh festival 2018, Nele Van den Broeck, Nele Needs


"New Line Theatre is Saving the Musical."

New Line will soon start our 28th season. And I'm feeling more optimistic right now than I have in a long time. We have some long overdue good fiscal news...!Believe me, this has never been an easy journey. I knew that when I started the company in 1991, but knowing it doesn't make it any easier. Throughout most of our history, we've generally stayed on an even keel fiscally -- one season might end in the hole a few hundred dollars, or less often, a few thousand, but the next season would alway...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Funding, Theatre, RAC, Live, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, New Line, Theater, Tickets, St Louis, Premiere, Miller, John Waters, Scott


Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

More than anything else, Assassins is about a battle for control of the storytelling. Every moment in the show is about that.And isn't that a metaphor for all our lives?On one team, Balladeer, as a stand-in for American pop culture and entertainment throughout our history, simplifying and misrepresenting the truth. His music is pure Americana, but his lyrics are shallow, simple-minded. Storytelling is central to any culture, but the Balladeer's songs show us how American culture distorts the co...
Tags: Politics, Musicals, Theatre, America, History, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, New Line, Santa Claus, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, Sondheim, Scott Miller, John Weidman, Oswald, John Philip Sousa


Nothing's as Amazing as a Musical

I've written nine musicals -- book, music, and lyrics -- and all but one have been produced. My earlier shows are respectable efforts, but I wouldn't want anyone of them to be produced today. After all, I wrote my first show the summer before senior year in high school. It wasn't bad for a seventeen-year-old with no training, writing his first musical, but that's not really saying much.But I really like my later shows, particularly three of them (Attempting the Absurd, In the Blood, and Johnny ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, London, Musicals, Scotland, Marijuana, Theatre, Vampires, America, Los Angeles, Live, Gay, Harvard University, House, Stage, Broadway


My Kind of Town

Every so often I like to point out how incredibly exciting, varied, and interesting the St. Louis musical theatre scene is.It's always been important to me not only to promote New Line and our work, but also the art form itself, and the rest of the St. Louis theatre scene. We keep pages on our website listing all the theatre companies in town, and all the upcoming productions of musicals in town.Keeping in mind we're already halfway through the summer, here's a list of musicals coming up locall...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Rock, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Theater, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Westport, Piazza, James, Sweeney Todd, Scott Miller, Musical Theatre, Regional