Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back From a Vacation in London With Thoughts on the West End Hit "Bringing Up the Bodies" by Broadway & Me

When I told people that my sister, niece and I were going on a just-us-girls vacation that included five days in London, they automatically assumed that I was going to be spending every minu…

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Turning on the (Summer Vacatiion) Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

I’m off on a just-us-girls vacation with my sister and niece and since I won’t be writing here for the next couple of weeks, I’ve put on the ghost light that theaters set up when they'…

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"The Who & The What" by Broadway & Me

What does it mean to be a Muslim in a post-9/11 America? That’s the question the Pakistani-American writer Ayad Akhtar has explored in his Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, his novel …

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2014 by Broadway & Me

The Fourth of July was yesterday so that means summer is definitely here.  Which also means it’s time for my annual list of books to keep theater lovers company through the remaining …

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Few Thoughts on "Much Ado About Nothing" by Broadway & Me

The main lovers in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing are supposed to be Hero, the sweet young daughter of an Italian aristocrat; and Claudio, the gallant nobleman who falls for her. But…

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Why "tick, tick...boom" Knocked Me Over by Broadway & Me

If you want to see a show that will lift your spirits, then drop what you’re doing right now and get a ticket to tick, tick…boom!, which is playing in the New York City Center Encores! O…

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Fly By Night" Smartly Navigates a Quirky Path by Broadway & Me

Whimsy is not usually my thing. But, what can I say, I was charmed by Fly By Night, the quirky new musical that is playing at Playwrights Horizons through Sunday.The show was originally crea…

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

"Arrivals & Departures" is Just a Passable Trip by Broadway & Me

Intermission had arrived for Arrivals & Departures, the latest Alan Ayckbourn play (reportedly his 77th!) that is running along with two of the master playwright’s earlier works in the…

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"The Village Bike" Offers an Adventurous Ride by Broadway & Me

Sign me up for the Greta Gerwig fan club. A few months ago, I saw—and very much liked—this appealing young actress in “Frances Ha,” the indie movie she and her boyfriend director Noa…

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

This "Macbeth" is Brawny But It Lacks Magic by Broadway & Me

You might think that I’d be ready to give Shakespeare a rest after the recent Bard-heavy season on Broadway. But I bought tickets to Kenneth Branagh’s acclaimed production of Macbeth the…

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Just Jim Dale" is Just Fine by Broadway & Me

If you should ever be invited to a dinner party with the actor Jim Dale, you should go. For Dale has all the qualities anyone would want in a table companion: he's got great stories to tell,…

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Flipping Over Being Featured by Flipboard by Broadway & Me

No new post today since I figure you’re probably still making your way through the mammoth one I did on Wednesday. Besides let’s face it, everyone who cares about theater, including me, …

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hi's and Lo's of Some Tony-Nominated Shows by Broadway & Me

As usual, I haven’t gotten around to weighing in on all the shows that opened during the run up to the Tony nominations. Although I have managed to have my say in these posts on all four o…

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

"The Anthem" Marches to An Oddball Beat by Broadway & Me

Cheesy musicals aren’t my thing. Unless, of course, they’re good cheesy musicals. Which is an apt description for The Anthem, the new Culture Project production that opened at the Lynn R…

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some Help in Handicapping the Tony Race by Broadway & Me

We’re 10 days away from the Tonys and the campaign is in full stride, with nominees in several categories running neck and neck. Which is great for us theater junkies because it means that…

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

"Heathers The Musical" Is Mistimed Mayhem by Broadway & Me

Some people (the Tea Party, the Republicans in the House) don’t mind being scolds but I find no pleasure in it, which is why I’ve taken so long to say anything about Heathers The Musical…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How "The City of Conversation" Spoke to Me by Broadway & Me

The City of Conversation, now at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse theater through July 6, is the kind of show I love: a well- made drama about big issues and ideas that isn’t afraid to…

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

"An Octoroon" Transforms an Old Melodrama into a Postmodern Meditation On Race by Broadway & Me

The first time I saw An Octoroon it was a hot mess. Its director had quit the show, then called The Octoroon: An Adaptation Of The Octoroon Based On The Octoroon, two weeks before it was sch…

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time Out for Spring Fever…and Spring Reading by Broadway & Me

After my marathon of non-stop play going over the past few weeks, I’ve developed a serious case of spring fever. So I played hooky over the last couple of days: took long walks, took naps,…

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

"The Few" Doesn't Fully Add Up to Much by Broadway & Me

The Whale, a play about a 600 lb. man eating himself to death, won Samuel D. Hunter a spot high on the leaderboard of hot young playwrights. But I was so simultaneously fascinated and repuls…

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"Casa Valentina" Houses a Superb Production by Broadway & Me

The last time I tried to rally support for an underappreciated show, I failed miserably. Despite my appeal for The Bridges of Madison County (click here to read what I wrote) the show failed…

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Turning on the Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

This is one of those crazy times when I find that I can either see shows or write about them but not both (cause as much as I love myself some theater—and sharing it with you all—there a…

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Taking Time Out for Tony Talk: 2014 Edition by Broadway & Me

The Tony nominations announced yesterday morning were as perplexing as ever. Maybe even more so. As happens every year, some “sure things” got left out (almost none of the big name movie…

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

"Of Mice and Men" is Mighty Damn Good by Broadway & Me

Appearing in a Broadway play has become almost as popular with Hollywood stars as having a charity of their own. Of course, some Hollywood actors—Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington…

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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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