Those of a certain age will remember Steve Martin’s 1978 novelty song, “King Tut.” And those of another certain age will likely wax poetic about their college days listening to indie band Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians.
Brickell’s 1988 album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, went double platinum and her career—both with the band and solo—soared until she made a decision to step away from the limelight to raise her children with husband Paul Simon.
Martin (post-Saturday Night Live) has spent decades as the goofy comedian in such hits as Pennies From Heaven, All of Me, Father of the Bride, and dozens more, but also has established himself as a notable playwright and musician.
The pair have teamed up to create a charming new musical that recently opened on Broadway. Here is Roo’s review for The Broadway Blog, where you can find out if this shooting star is worth catching.
Click here for roodeloo’s review of Bright Star on Broadway.
It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Roo takes one for the team each month, hunting down the hunkiest performers for Passport Magazine‘s Broadway Blog. This month features a charming chat with Brandon Leffler, who happens to hail from Roo’s hometown.
Brandon is currently appearing off Broadway in Trip of Love, a jukebox musical that pays homage to the Summer of Love. Will this be the summer of love for Roo? Only time will tell. But in the meantime, there’s always another Theater Buff to look forward to. . .
Click here for this month’s Theater Buff on The Broadway Blog.
It is not easy to watch The New Group’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child. Originally produced in San Francisco, then New York City, in 1978, the play was later revived in 1996 on Broadway, earning accolades (the production was a transfer from Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.) Now, a decade later, director Scott Elliott helms this complex work that tackles the disintegration of an American family during the agricultural and economic wasteland of the 1970s.
How does it hold up, nearly 40 years later? Read my review for Passport Magazine’s Broadway Blog to find out…
Colman Domingo’s new play, Dot, now playing at the Vineyard Theatre, has vestiges of a familiar kitchen sink drama. In fact, Allen Moyer’s realistic Act I set features functioning appliances—including an actual kitchen sink. While the water runs from the faucet and the stove sizzles scrambled eggs, matriarch Dotty Shealy (Marjorie Johnson) is starting to show signs of frayed wiring. She’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and we see her in the early stages when she’s cognitive enough to realize that life, as she knows it, is starting to slip away.
Wondering if this kitchen sink drama-comedy can hold water? Read Roo’s review on Passport Magazine’s The Broadway Blog.
While Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be bedazzled from head to toe and speaking with fake old-school Hollywood lilts while drunk celebrities trip over Jack Nicholson as they weave their way through your-worst-Bar-Mitzvah-nightmare seating arrangements, you can throw your own soirée from the comfort of your own home.