Monday, October 27, 2008

Broadway Monday

The Boy from Oz
Flamboyant performer and introspective songwriter Peter Allen had a meteoric run on the world stage. He packed houses all over the world and wrote some of the most enduring ballads of the 1970s and 80s including career-making hits for Olivia Newton-John ( I Honestly Love You ) and Melissa Manchester ( Don't Cry Out Loud ) before succumbing to AIDS in 1992.This Broadway musical is based on the documentary of the same name tells the story through Allen's own words and interviews with his family, friends, and famous colleagues.
Hugh Jackman starred as the flamboyant songwriter with an incredible life story of which few outside of show business knew. He was responsible for many modern day standards we all hear in the grocery store!
Stephanie J. Block takes on the role of Liza Minnelli to whom Peter marries and eventually becomes estranged. I know I'm biased, but Steph does a great job filling such big shoes! Take a look!

Isabel Keating brings Liza's mother, Judy Garland to life in a respectful and fabulous way!
This high energy, joke-filled show began it's limited run at the Imperial Theatre in October 2003 and ended in September 2004 for a total of 364 performances.
Tony nods were given to in the areas of Best Musical, Best Book, Best Actor, and Best Featured Actress. Hugh Jackman walked away with the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical, and rightly so. It was said in many interviews that while he was starring in this show, no one worked harder than Hugh Jackman to pay tribute to this incredible songwriter. If you already love Hugh, take a look at this incredible performance from the Tony Awards. It's a whole new side to Wolverine!

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