The songs of Pink Floyd, commonly characterized as psychedelic or progressive rock, have captivated the senses and opened the minds of music enthusiasts all over the world for decades. Band member Roger Waters wrote a screenplay based off of the lyrics of their album “The Wall,” which was turned into the 1982 film, “Pink Floyd The Wall.” Merging together live action and animation, this musical film, directed by Alan Parker and illustrated by Gerald Scarfe, uses mixed media to portray the fictional life of Floyd. The film revolves around his character, a rock star who struggles to break down the metaphorical wall he has built up around himself, alienating himself from everyone in his life. Both the film and Pink Floyds music profoundly inspired Hofstra student Paul Tiesler, so much so that it inspired his senior practicum.
It was surprising, to say the least, when I walked into the Black Box Theater last Friday night, faced a dark wall and was asked to pick a side. When I chose to go right, I found that the set was right in the middle of the room and the people who had chosen to go left were staring right back at me. I looked in on a small, old apartment, called a railroad flat, where a little show called “Awake and Sing” would spend the next three hours providing an intimate glimpse of the life of one small family, in one small home.
Odyssey If you aren’t already in the Christmas spirit, and let’s face it, many of you are, you certainly will be after seeing “Elf: The Musical”
The Broadway production of “Mamma Mia” recently celebrated its ninth anniversary at the Winter Garden Theatre. With the success of the 2008 film, “Mamma Mia” keeps bringing in audiences and continues to be one of Broadway’s most popular shows.
A surprising amount of talent convened in the tenth floor of the Axinn Library last Thursday. All of them were connected by their past attendance of Hofstra University and their successful careers in Drama related careers.
The Department of Drama and Dance’s production of “Cabaret” this weekend, directed by L.A. native Jason Tucker, was by far the sexiest depiction of debauchery I’ve seen on stage during my time enjoying shows at Hofstra (mostly thanks to a divine Natalie Fabian as Fraulein Kost and her various sailors). Though it is completely called for by the nature of the show, it was apparent that the cast’s Kit Kat girls (and boys) highly enjoyed portraying scandalous flapper floozies. And who could blame them, when “life is a cabaret old chum,” after all?
Things came full circle in Spiegel Theater Tuesday afternoon. Up and coming playwrights Mark Sanderlin and AlexandraRubin showcased the newest incarnation of their musical “Tangled” for Hofstra drama classes. The dramatic read through of the musical stood as a landmark for the writers, as it was staged at their alma mater.
The first event in The Department of Drama and Dance’s fall lineup turned out to be a thoughtful presentation of a play it seems everyone had forgotten. In the director’s note, it stated that the department’s production of “Intimations for Saxophone” is only the second production of the play, which was written in 1934 by Sophie Treadwell. Largely due to the economic standing of the time, the play was never produced until recently.
A good friend of mine summed up “Avenue Q” perfectly: “Puppets talking about sex; what’s not to love?” The racy musical comedy about a diverse group of puppets, monsters and humans is just as delightful and hilarious way off-Broadway at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY.
For me, the biggest surprise is “Million Dollar Quartet” in the categories Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.