Broadway veteran and now a star on ABC’s hit show Nashville, Kyle Dean Massey joined Robert Hammond on Stage Notes to discuss his success on the boards and specifically his title role in Pippin. Music from the New Broadway Cast Recording of Pippin, original music sung by Kyle, and songs from other musicals he’s starred in are featured.
Broadway was represented in full-force at this year’s Academy Awards! Although John Travolta decimated the pronunciation of her name, Tony Award winner (Elphaba in Wicked) Idina Menzel, did the Great White Way proud with her performance of “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. Broadway songwriter (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) Robert Lopez not only won his first Academy Award but also became one of only 12 EGOTs — people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. A full Stage Notes recap with host Robert Hammond is just a click away.
Rarely do I leave a musical or straight play in utter disdain. In my view, there’s nearly always at least one positive take away. Keeping that in mind, there are three musicals that continually affect me personally and professionally. They’re stand outs—above the fray. I’m drawn to the soundtracks regularly. Hearing a single note from a song can instantly take me on a journey … some are delightful … some are dreadful. That is what theatre is all about, and sometimes f’uped IS next to normal. The suspense is over: A Chorus Line, RENT, and Spring Awakening. I add a fourth: Next to Normal.
I didn’t see Next to Normal on Broadway. It doesn’t matter! If I could turn back time (call me Cher!) and the production now on stage at Geva Theatre Center was magically transplanted to the Booth Theatre in April 2009, I suspect it would receive the same accolades and awards.
Next to Normal, on stage at Geva Theatre Center through February 10th, is a triumph! Don’t miss this groundbreaking, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. Congratulations to Geva; Scott Schwartz, director; and the entire, amazingly gifted cast and crew. Information about the show and its cast and crew is available at gevatheatre.org. My full interview with Scott Schwartz (director) is available below.
Click above to hear Robert’s full interview (including music) with Scott Schwartz