Inside ANYTHING GOES background and analysis by Scott Miller Anything Goes is widely considered one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, and yet most people seeing it – and working on it – don’t really understand what it is.
Inside NEXT TO NORMAL background and analysis by Scott Miller Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s surrealistic, expressionistic Next to Normal was surely the most adult, most mature rock musical to hit Broadway in decades when it opened, an unrelentingly intense, brutally honest story about a bipolar woman undergoing electroshock therapy, about the impact of her illness on her family, and about the ...
Inside GREASE background and analysis by Scott Miller The year is 1959, a pivotal moment in American cultural history, when rock and roll was giving birth to the Sexual Revolution and everything in America culture was about to be turned upside down.
Inside LES MISERABLES background and analysis by Scott Miller In 1973, Alain Boublil was invited to the Broadway premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar and it changed his life. Already a big fan of musical theatre, here he saw a work that combined the conventions of grand opera, historical subject matter, and contemporary pop musical vocabulary.
Inside CABARET Background and Analysis by Scott Miller The burgeoning political activism in the United States when Cabaret hit the stage in 1966 – and its growth by 1972 when the film hit theatres – as well as Hal Prince's desire to break through to a new kind of socially responsible musical theatre all conspired to make Cabaret one of the most fascinating stage pieces of the 1960s and a ...
Inside CHICAGO Background and Analysis by Scott Miller Bob Fosse assembled his cast for Chicago in 1975, and during the very first week of rehearsals he was rushed to the hospital for pains in his chest. They found he had almost had a heart attack and needed open heart surgery, which was not as common then as it now.
INSIDE. JACQUES BREL. IS ALIVE AND WELL. AND LIVING IN PARIS. background and analysis by Scott Miller . More than any other piece written for the musical stage, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris utterly defies description. It is an evening of independent songs, yet it is more than a revue.
inside. THE KING AND I. background and analysis by Scott Miller Today, at the end of the millennium, many of the leaders and intellectuals of mainland China are wondering how their country can continue to modernize, to compete with the western nations, while still maintaining their cultural identity and traditions.