Category Archives: world premiere

Why Fireflies Glow

Suddenly a spark. That’s an apt description of a firefly. It’s also pretty appropriate to describe the romantic theme of the play Fireflies. There is, after all, a reason why these otherwise invisible pinpricks of magic, who appear to us as the light of day changes, became the namesake for this Matthew Barber-composed work. “Fireflies… Continue reading →

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Drama Notes: Matthew Barber

Like the protagonist of her novel Eleanor & Abel – which Matthew Barber has adapted here into his new play Fireflies – Annette Sanford was a high school English teacher in a small Texas town. She was always fascinated by short stories, and would write them during her summers off. After 25 years, she left… Continue reading →

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Joining the ‘Beautiful Room’ Family

“This is a show about family,” explained Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein as he kicked off the meet and greet for The Most Beautiful Room in New York. Of course, he was referencing the story in the new musical, but if you didn’t know that you’d think he was talking about the dozens of people surrounding… Continue reading →

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DRAMA NOTES: An Interview with Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik, the writer of book and lyrics for The Most Beautiful Room in New York, is perhaps best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he’s contributed fiction, non-fiction, criticism, satire, and memoir since 1986. He’s written numerous books during his tenure there, including Paris to the Moon, inspired by the… Continue reading →

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The Most Beautiful Room In New York | A Note On The New Title

LEARN ABOUT THE SHOW Titles are magical things made by mundane means. Authors work hard at titles, compiling lists and sharing them anxiously with friends, but when a title works it just works – though whether it works because the title brought grace to the project or because the project gave the title a grace… Continue reading →

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Luda’s Famous Italian Meatball Recipe

Luda Muscolino has a way with food. “I am the best. He knows and I know it,” she delightfully says as she points at the heavens in Napoli, Brooklyn. So too do her family, their friends, the local butcher, and pretty much the whole borough of Brooklyn know of her culinary reputation. While no one… Continue reading →

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Costuming Napoli, Brooklyn

LWT costume designers and costume shop work notoriously hard to dress each character in each show we do just right. Despite the production the process always starts the same: RESEARCH. For some shows, such as more contemporary pieces, it’s fairly simple to figure out what the characters should wear. However, for period pieces like Napoli,… Continue reading →

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The Muscolino Family and My Immigrant Family

In the above photo, my grandmother Caroline (wearing a white blouse) sits at a tiny kitchen table surrounded (tightly!) by her immediate and extended family. “Grandma was sick, so we all got together,” my grandmother said. The Proto family regularly squeezed themselves around a table on Friday nights to share in an exorbitant feast. These… Continue reading →

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Drama Notes: Meghan Kennedy

In the early 1960s, the nation was on the precipice of great social change—the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the rejection of the social conformity of the 1950s would soon rock the country to its core. Meghan Kennedy’s new play Napoli, Brooklyn is set in Brooklyn, NY in 1960 and in it, you… Continue reading →

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Steve Martin Uses Urban Legend to Make Us Laugh

We’ve all heard the saying “there must be a full moon” or, at least, some version of it. Whether there’s any scientific truth to it or not, most of us seem content to continue this prevalent idea that astronomical events cause ‘strange’ things to happen. Sure, a full moon can cause more extreme tides making… Continue reading →

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