Two on the Aisle
Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater
By Karen Isaacs
The Gift of Theater: Looking for gift ideas for friends and family? Every theater in Connecticut offers terrific options. A gift certificate will let recipients pick the show and the performance that fits their schedules and tastes. You can gift them with tickets to one show or multiple. Just contact the local theaters for exact details. You can also purchase Ticketmaster and Telecharge gift cards that can be used for New York shows or check with specific theater companies in New York. Many off-Broadway shows offer tickets through smarttix.com.
Music Galore: For lovers of Broadway musicals, there are lots of gift ideas this holiday season. On top of almost everyone’s list is the cast recording of Hamilton the show that is so hot that even critics have had trouble getting seats. I haven’t seen it yet. It’s number one on the charts. But if the hip-hop genre isn’t for you, many other choices are available. I enjoyed the CD of the revival of The King and I that is now playing at Lincoln Center as well as An American in Paris which features Gershwin music including some of his classical pieces. For those who enjoy broad humor Something Rotten! will tickle their funny bones. From this fall, I am waiting for the CDs of the off-Broadway hit Daddy Long Legs which is now available and the CD of the new musical Allegiance that may not be available until after the holidays.
Books for Theater Lovers: This season probably the one theater book that has gotten a ton of publicity – he even appeared at The Mark Twain House is NY Post columnist Michael Riedel’s Razzle Dazzle. It is billed as the rise, fall and rise again of Broadway (financially that is). It ends in the 1990s and covers lots of inside gossip. Another book that looks interesting is Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way by Stewart F. Lane. It covers both plays and musicals including the ground breaking A Raisin in the Son, Fences, Porgy and Bess and more. Abe Hirschfeld was known for his sketches of Broadway productions and performers. For years before his death, they were regulars in the NY Times. The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age” captures his 82-year career in both text and his iconic illustrations including the My Fair Lady illustration that graced the original poster and LP. NY Times contributor Eric Grode has given us his Book of Broadway: The 150 Definitive Plays and Musicals which begins with The Black Crook. There’s sure to be lots of debate on his selections.
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