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Roundabout Roundup: “Best of 2011” Lists

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

We are thrilled several Roundabout productions from the past year have landed in multiple "Top 10" lists of 2011.  Check out the lists below for some highlights of "Best of 2011" coverage!

TIME Magazine: The Top 10 Plays and Musicals 0f 2011

4.  Death Takes a Holiday
"The book (by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan) takes its time to actually create characters and builds to a truly moving climax, while composer Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) has served up a lovely, often soaring score. Death deserves to live on. "

10.  Anything Goes
"[Kathleen Marshall] has come up with an ideal showcase for Sutton Foster, who slides with confidence into the role created by Ethel Merman, and puts herself at the top of an impressive new class of Broadway musical divas."

Jill Paice and Kevin Earley in 'Death Takes a Holiday'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

The New York Times: Charles Isherwood's Top 10 of 2011

8.  Sons of the Prophet
"In the standout play of the fall season, the playwright Stephen Karam depicted a kaleidoscope of human suffering with both biting humor and boundless compassion. The gifted actor Santino Fontana led a flawless cast, portraying a young man plagued by a mysterious ailment who also has to cope with the sudden death of his father, the failing health of a troublesome uncle, and a needy boss also battling the brutal fates."

Read the full list.

Entertainment Weekly: Best of 2011

4.  Anything Goes
"A remarkable number of 2011′s new productions found fresh and inventive ways to surprise, delight, and challenge audiences...Without further ado, here are EW’s top 10 standouts in stage..."

Sutton Foster and the Company of 'Anything Goes'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

New York Magazine: This Year in Theater

7.  Sons of the Prophet
"In a single, dolefully sweet show, and one of the only new plays to take on the Great Recession at ground level, we discovered an important playwright in Stephen Karam and a bright new star: Santino Fontana...Greatness is prophesied herein: Perhaps all’s well in the future of American playwriting."


Newsday: 2011's Best: Plays took center stage

7.  Sons of the Prophet
"This major new play by gifted young playwright Stephen Karam takes us to a world both exotic and familiar with elegance and the kind of humor that understands how perilously we all linger near the emotional abyss. Peter DuBois' lean production, which includes a harrowing performance by Joanna Gleason as an unraveling publisher, is terrific."

Jonathan Louis Dent, Chris Perfetti, Santino Fontana and Yusef Bulos in 'Sons of the Prophet'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011


Related Categories:
2010-2011 Season, 2011-2012 Season, Anything Goes, Death Takes A Holiday, Roundabout News, Roundabout Roundup, Sons of the Prophet


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On Music

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by Stephen Karam

 

I want to highlight the music we use in Sons of the Prophet, composed by
Nico Muhly
.

Nico Muhly & Stephen Karam

Our sound designer M. L. Dogg (or Mutt) deftly weaves Nico’s music throughout the show during Peter DuBois’ beautifully orchestrated transitions. Nico’s music speaks for itself. Here are a couple samples, which can all be found on iTunes (most are from his Decca album “I Drink The Air Before Me”):

Salty Dog
[audio:http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Roundabout/media/Media/I-Drink-The-Air-Before-Me_Salty-Dog.mp3]

Music Under Pressure #3
[audio:http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Roundabout/media/Media/I-Drink-The-Air-Before-Me_Music-Under-Pressure-3_Ensemble.mp3]

The song that ends the show is called “Relief”, arranged by Nico, sung by the incomparable Sam Amidon (Sam’s albums are all on iTunes). When I first heard this song, I was in physical therapy (and was fascinated by nerve glides—the closest I ever got to feeling like a ballet dancer), and I would practice them to “Relief”.

Nerve Glides

Sons of the Prophet is likely the only time I can claim the credit of both Dance Captain and Arm-Choreographer as well as playwright.

I discovered Mark Abernathy’s version of Come, Come, Ye Saints (All Is Well) on YouTube:

After sending Mark the script (which I thought was the best proof that the play isn’t mocking anyone’s faith) Mark was kind enough to re-record it for Mutt so we could use it in the show. Nico then added a few instrumental kicks to help it fit into the soundscape of our show.

Back to “Relief”. I thought it embodied the emotional landscape I was trying to create–emotional and hopeful and sad…but not sentimental (this is my opinion, of course).

Relief
[audio:http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Roundabout/media/Media/Relief.mp3]

More remarkable is that it’s a remake of an R Kelly song. Nico/Sam made a poignant, heart-rending song out of an R Kelly song that is, well, not so poignant and heart-rending.


Okay who am I kidding I like the R Kelly version too.

Nico Muhly & Stephen Karam

Sons of the Prophet is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre through January 1, 2012. For more information, click here.


Related Categories:
2011-2012 Season, Sons of the Prophet, Stephen Karam's Blog


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Roundabout Roundup: Week of December 5, 2011

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

Josh Radnor, Jane Krakowski, Kelli O'Hara & More Shine in Benefit Concert of She Loves Me
"Love was in the air on December 5 when a star-studded production of Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me took to the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre for one night only! Stage and screen favorites were on hand to savor the classic show, a benefit for the Roundabout Theatre Company, which revived the show to acclaim in 1993."
- Broadway.com

Read the entire article.

Two Roundabout Productions Land in TIME Magazine's "Top Ten Plays & Musicals of 2011" List

TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad, of the past 12 months

4. Death Takes a Holiday: The book (by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan) takes its time to actually create characters and builds to a truly moving climax, while composer Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) has served up a lovely, often soaring score. Death deserves to live on.

10.  Anything Goes: [Kathleen Marshall] has come up with an ideal showcase for Sutton Foster, who slides with confidence into the role created by Ethel Merman, and puts herself at the top of an impressive new class of Broadway musical divas. - TIME Magazine

Read the entire article.

Newsday Names Sons of the Prophet as One of 2011's Best

"Sons of the Prophet: This major new play by gifted young playwright Stephen Karam takes us to a world both exotic and familiar with elegance and the kind of humor that understands how perilously we all linger near the emotional abyss. Peter DuBois' lean production, which includes a harrowing performance by Joanna Gleason as an unraveling publisher, is terrific." - Newsday

Read the entire article.


Related Categories:
2010-2011 Season, 2011-2012 Season, Anything Goes, Death Takes A Holiday, Roundabout Roundup, She Loves Me, Sons of the Prophet


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