Aileen Jacobson is an award-winning journalist who has covered the arts for many years. A long-time Newsday staffer, she now freelances for the New York Times and other publications. Earlier, she was a staff writer for the Washington Post’s Sunday magazine and worked for Time magazine in Atlanta....
During one tricky moment in the rehearsal, Mr. Lippa (“The Addams Family,” “Big Fish”) stepped out of character and back into his role as composer. When the actors found they didn’t have time to move from one part of the stage to another during “Getting It Right,” the opening number, he suggested adding a little vocalizing to bridge the timing gap. He ran to a piano to tap out the four notes. “Is that a good thing?” he asked. “That’s a great thing,” answered Spencer Liff, the choreographer.
Live from the Lilith Blog 1 of 2Who would ever have imagined that a sequel based on any play by Henrik Ibsen could be a nearly nonstop laugh fest? But “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” now playing on Broadway, is just that—and without being disrespectful toward the serious feminist themes in Ibsen’s 1879 drama, a benchmark in its examination of women’s struggles in a male-dominated environment and an affirmation of a woman’s right to go her own way.
Live from the Lilith Blog 1 of 2 Toward the end of “War Paint,” the new Broadway musical about two queens of the cosmetics industry, one Jewish and one not, Elizabeth Arden (the blond, blue-eyed Christian one) asks in a lyric whether they had made women more free or helped “enslave them.” Helena Rubinstein, the makeup mogul with darker hair and a longer nose, who was born in a Polish shtetl, replies, “Perhaps they will forgive us when they look at what we gave them.” That would be more than...