Daniel Radcliffe’s Return To Broadway

It’s never easy adapting a literary classic for the stage. It’s more difficult to portray beloved literary characters in a way that would still be emotional for those who have read the book. Of Mice and Men, which opened on the 19th of March, has succeeded on both the fronts. It’s a wonderful stage adaptation of one of the best American novels of all times, and  Chris O’Dowd and James Franco manage to tug heartstrings with no effort at all.   Franco and O’Dowd made their Broadway debut as George Milton and Lennie Small in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck’s popular novel. The play also stars Leighton Meester, of Gossip Girls fame, as Curly, the flirtatious wife who brings about Lennie’s downfall. Anna Shapiro also does a wonderful job as the director.   The best part about Of Mice and Men is the fact that it’s a sum of parts. It works because it gets all the little things right. The actors hit it right on the nail, the direction is simply effortless, and the sets are terribly authentic. Looking at the set, you will certainly believe that you are living during the Great Depression, right next to the ranch.   Chris O’Dowd is certainly the star of the show. From the moment he steps on the stage, he IS  Lennie. He manages to do his part as the big, clumsy, lovable idiot wonderfully. Franco’s ability to showcase George’s emotional turmoil regarding Lennie is heart wrenching. It’s no surprise that the show did so well in the box office- opening at $688,832. The cast and crew of the play were pleasantly surprised about the strong opening- I’m most certainly not. It is one of the strongest plays of the season, and hopefully, will get the recognition it deserves during the Tony nominations....

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Broadway’s newest sweetheart?

Broadway’s newest sweetheart?

  When Wicked premiered in 2003, nobody expected the kind of dedicated fan-following it would develop. These fans are so dedicated that they patiently waited for a decade, for their Elpheba to make her return to Broadway. Except, a lot had changed in the mean time. Idina Menzel had come a long way, what with an Academy Award and all the fame that goes along with it.   Idina Menzel’s fame has a lot to do with “Let It Go”, the song that won her an Oscar, and the song that people will just not stop covering. Menzel’s Oscar fame might have had something to do with the fact that John Travolta could not pronounce her name. She has taken that in her stride though- claiming that Travolta’s name flub just made people talk about her more, which she is glad about.   “Let it Go” is certainly one of Menzel’s best. Long-time fans of her’s would recognize the fact that it sounds a lot like “Defying Gravity”, one of her songs as Elpheba from Wicked. Frozen shot Menzel to new levels of fame- a feat she is extremely proud of. Menzel believes that as a woman, she is always racing against time, and achieving fame as a 40 year old woman is something that one should be proud of. Menzel returned to Broadway after a whole decade, playing the lead in If/Then, a musical about choices and possibilities. The musical managed to cross the much cherished mark in the box-office and stands a chance of getting nominated for the Tonys as well. Even though the play was panned by the critics, Menzel received positive feedback.   It certainly looks like Idina Menzel is back in the game and is here to stay. Broadway will never be the same....

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