Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wishing William Shakespeare a Happy Birthday, On the Occasion of a Really Big-0 by Broadway & Me

The spring season is firing along on all cylinders. Six shows are opening this week. The Outer Critics Circle announced its nominations yesterday (click here to see them), the Drama League l…

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

How "Aladdin" Worked Its Magic on Me by Broadway & Me

Standing ovations have become so much a part of the Broadway theater-going experience that the producer Ken Davenport recently conducted a survey to find out why people keep jumping up at th…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"The Library" Isn't as Savvy as It Should Be by Broadway & Me

Moviemaking—the old-fashioned kind with people and plots but no aliens or armageddons—has become so rare in Hollywood that there’s been a mass migration of some of its best talent into…

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Red Velvet" Could Use A Little More Texture by Broadway & Me

Ira Aldridge, the first black man to play Othello before a white audience, is a fascinating character. And Adrian Lester, who recently played the Moor in an acclaimed production by London’…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Go See "The Bridges of Madison County" by Broadway & Me

The new musical The Bridges of Madison County isn’t doing well. And I’m not sure why. It’s based on the 1992 novel about the star-crossed love affair between a war bride turned Iowa ho…

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

An "I Remember Mama" Worth Remembering by Broadway & Me

Back in the days when both writers and audiences prized loving families as much as dysfunctional ones, people couldn’t get enough of the Hansons, a poor but close-knit clan of Norwegian-Am…

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Breathing Time" Passes the Time Nicely by Broadway & Me

Beau Willimon’s first play, Farragut North, was produced by the Atlantic Theater Company with John Gallagher and Chris Noth in the lead roles and then turned into the movie “The Ides of …

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Turning on the Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

I can't say exactly how it happened but I've obviously missed the deadline for Wednesday's post and so I'm belatedly turning on the ghost light, the traditional sign that theaters are tempor…

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

"The Open House" Is Underfurnished by Broadway & Me

After years of seeing dramas about dysfunctional families, I’d begun to wonder if it was even possible for there to be a good play about a happy family. So I suppose I should have been hap…

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Appropriate" Reformulates the Race Card by Broadway & Me

The two previous plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that I’ve seen– Neighbors and The Octoroon: An Adaptation of the Octoroon Based on the Octoroon—featured black actors wearing black fac…

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Very Nourishing "Dinner with Friends" by Broadway & Me

If you asked a random sampling of playgoers to list the best living playwrights in the country today, names like Edward Albee, Tony Kushner and Sam Shepard would come up long before anyone g…

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Satchmo, Antony & Cleopatra + "Me" in Playbill by Broadway & Me

Two shows have recently opened that I’d like to talk about but don’t feel as though I should since I’ve a rooting interest in each. The first is Satchmo at the Waldorf, a one-man (but …

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

How I Fell in Love with "Stage Kiss" by Broadway & Me

Almost everything—the acting, the directing, the costumes, the set, and most especially the play itself—works in Stage Kiss, the romantic comedy now running at Playwrights Horizon throug…

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"The Tribute Artist" is Stuck in the Past by Broadway & Me

Drag queens have long played a central role in gay life. In the old almost-everybody-in-the-closet days, they provided a way for gay men (those who dressed up as women and those who simply a…

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Middle of the Night" Turns Out to Be Timeless by Broadway & Me

When a revival doesn’t work, people often say it’s because the show has outlived its time.  Well, we no longer live in a time when the marriage of a Jew and a gentile would be a sca…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Kung Fu" Provides Too Few Real Kicks by Broadway & Me

When Time magazine put together its list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, Bruce Lee won a spot, right alongside Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Pablo Picasso and Mother…

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

"Love and Information" Offers Plenty of Both by Broadway & Me

It turns out to be surprisingly easy to love Love and Information the new Caryl Churchill play that New York Theatre Workshop opened this week at the Minetta Lane Theatre. I don’t always f…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"The Correspondent" Botches Its Message by Broadway & Me

Death pops up fairly regularly in plays. But its companion grief—the agonizing bewilderment that follows the loss of a loved one—appears less frequently. And that’s why I thought it mi…

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Seventh Anniversary Message by Broadway & Me

As you surely know, yesterday was Valentine’s Day (hope you enjoyed yours as much as my husband K and I did ours). But, as you may not know, it was also the anniversary of Broadway & M…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Almost, Maine" is a Cozy Winter Treat by Broadway & Me

If you crossed the linked stories in the 2003 movie “Love Actually” with the quirky small-town characters of the ‘90s-era sitcom “Northern Exposure” you might end up with Almost, M…

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Guest Blogger: Bill's Big Praise for "Little Me" by Broadway & Me

From Jan: So much theater.  So little time.  I put the Encores! production of Little Me on my calendar as soon as I heard about it but somehow I didn’t get around to getting tick…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"A Man's A Man" is Brecht with Heart by Broadway & Me

Bertolt Brecht famously championed the theater of alienation but the revival of his A Man’s a Man that opened last week at Classic Stage Company is oddly endearing.Like so many works by Br…

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Love Overcomes All in "Outside Mullingar" by Broadway & Me

Plays about the Irish so often portray their characters in such a twee way that you’d think they were just one step removed from leprechauns. And I feared I was in for more of that kind of…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Stop Hitting Yourself" is Too Self-Indulgent by Broadaway & Me

Mincing words would be a waste of time so I’m going to get right to it:   I don’t know what the hell the folks at LCT3 were thinking when they booked Stop Hitting Yourself…

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Machinal" is a Finely-Crafted Piece of Theater by Broadaway & Me

Machinal, the 1928 drama inspired by the real-life story of a woman who murders her husband, is not an easy play to like. And so I can’t really use the word "like" to describe how I feel a…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Beautiful" is a Pleasing Mash-Up of "Jersey Boys" and "Funny Girl" for Baby-Boomer Gals by Broadaway & Me

The baby boomer musical, shows stitched together around the songbooks of acts popular in the ‘50s, 60’s and ‘70s, is taking over Broadway. The  trend started with the ABBA-scored …

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

A "Loot" Revival that Offers Few Rewards by Broadaway & Me

The challenge of reviving a game-changing work is that the game has already been changed and so it’s really tough to recreate the titillating shock of the original. The challenge of doing …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"I Could Say More" Tries to Say Too Much by Broadaway & Me

Gay plays usually fall into three categories: the coming-out story, the AIDS drama, the cri de couer for acceptance from the wider society...or from the self.  So I was intrigued when I…

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

"The Glass Menagerie" Really Does Glitter by Broadaway & Me

From its out-of-town run at The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge last spring right through to the news this week that the Broadway production has recouped its investment, the current …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"What's It All About?" by Broadaway & Me

If you’d asked me to name my favorite songwriters, the composer Burt Bacharach and his frequent lyricist Hal David wouldn’t have made the list (in case you’re interested, Cole Porter, …

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Truly Visionary "Midsummer Night’s Dream" by Broadaway & Me

If you've seen the opening number of The Lion King or even some of the outlandish set pieces in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (which turns off for the final time on Broadway tonight) you kno…

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