TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2005, Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone star in an unusual revival of Sweeney Todd. Under the direction of John Doyle the ten cast members also serve as the orchestra, doubling on musical instruments when they are not performing in a scene. LuPone delights audiences with her capable tuba playing.
The Russian Government recently shut down all theatrical performances, deeming them to be homosexual propaganda. Outraged, Russian Broadway came together and decided to respond in a witty performance. In the video below they discuss issues of love and sexuality, as well as social constraints and stereotypes.
TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2004, the stage of Studio 54 turns into the underbelly of a carnival roller coaster — complete with shooting gallery, spinning wheel and unattainable prizes — as Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical Assassins premieres on Broadway. Directed by Joe Mantello, the cast includes Michael Cerveris, Neil Patrick Harris, Marc Kudisch and Denis O’Hare. The production will earn five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.