Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MOTHER JONES AND THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If you need a charismatic leading lady who’s at once lovable and caustic, seeming as prone to beat you senseless as to give you her life savings, why wouldn’t you cast Lynne Winterstelle…

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"Much Ado About Nothing" at American Players Theatre by John Olson

One of the jewels of the southern Wisconsin/northern Illinois region ... especially for lovers of classical theater, is the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, about 35 miles west of M…

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Book Review: "The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the world's most famous theaters (Volume 1)" by David Levy

History, as we all learned from Stephen Sondheim's "Something in a Tree," is shaped as much by the storytellers as it is by the story. Herein lies both the charm and the challenge of The Unt…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EDDIE AND THE PALACEADES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Eddie and the Palaceades, the self-proclaimed “corny and square” musical now on view at the June Havoc Theatre as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, taps into the yearni…

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Interview with Mary Rodgers by Michael Portantiere

The current issue of The Sondheim Review includes Michael Portantiere's recent interview with Mary Rodgers; the publication has given Talkin' Broadway permission to reprint the interview onl…

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Monday, July 21, 2014

THE GIG - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There’s more to music — and to life — than sounding perfect.

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Bay Area "Old Money" by Patrick Thomas

"If the rich aren't happywho will be?" It's a good question Wendy Wasserstein asks in Old Money, one of her later plays (first produced a dozen years after The Heidi Chronicles) and one tha…

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DEPLOYED - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

No one would ever confuse Jessy Brouillard’s musical Deployed, which is playing through Tuesday as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with Les Misérables.

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PIECE OF MY HEART: THE BERT BERNS STORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Once upon a time, jukebox and songwriter-showcase musicals didn’t pretend to be much more than they are.

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American Century Theater "An Evening with Danny Kaye" by Susan Berlin

American Century Theater, Brian Childers, and Danny Kaye: together again in An Evening with Danny Kaye, and well worth the wait.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Into the Woods" at the Old Globe by Bill Eadie

In short, productions of Into the Woods can get bogged down in details of the various fairy tales and relationships that become mashed up while the characters are "in the woods." Not here.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

OPRAHFICATION - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Rachel Dunham may not look much like Oprah Winfrey, but from the instant she opens her mouth at the start of the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Orpahfication, she sure sound…

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DER GELBE STERN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Subtlety is not typically a feature of Germany-in-World-War-II properties; when Cabaret (the original, thank you, not the Sam Mendes rethink) is about as close as you can get in terms of the…

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THE SNOW QUEEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Disney’s animated movie musical Frozen had barely begun its white-hot life when The Snow Queen, based on exactly the same Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, opened at San Jose Repertory T…

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Steppenwolf "The Qualms" by John Olson

Though Norris is a funny and fearless writer, this play risks falling into a formulaic trap.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Fluffy is not always a bad thing.

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Sound Advice: All is Lost: Love's Labour's Lost & Lost Kern by Rob Lester

"Love's Labour's Lost," ... freshly musicalized ... And the not-so-classic lost-in-the-shuffle Kern.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GERTRUDE: THE CRY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Gertrude – The Cry, Howard Barker’s 2002 cerebral/visceral take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, opens with an eye-searing bang....

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PENTECOST - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Sometimes playwrights just have a lot to say, and they insist on saying it all in a single work.

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RESCUE RUE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Love at first sight is as cliché and useless as storytelling can get, right? Maybe.

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THE MAPMAKER'S OPERA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The beauty and magic of both the Yucatán and the wild possibilities of romance charge the impressively conceived musical The Mapmaker's Opera, which plays its final performance today as par…

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"Benefactors" in Stockbridge, Mass. by Fred Sokol

Benefactors, a Berkshire Theatre Group presentation at its Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is an exceptionally well-written play which continues through July 26th. Precision i…

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Albuquerque's Desert Rose Playhouse Takes on "One Man, Two Guvnors" by Dean Yannias

But nobody cares about the plot. It's just the scaffolding for a manic run of gags and physical comedy and song and dance and a little audience participation.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Arizona Broadway Theatre "Peter Pan" by Gil Benbrook

The ABT production is appropriately light and comical but with a huge heart at the core.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

PAGEANT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Who was the last famous Miss America? When's the last time you even watched the telecast?

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Shakespeare NJ "The Devil's Disciple" by Bob Rendell

Melodrama, adventure, romance and comic wit await you at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's robust and delightful production of George Bernard Shaw's not very often performed The Devil'…

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

THE LONG SHRIFT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You think you know the depths to which men and women will sink to get what they want from each other? Think again.

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ATOMIC - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It was, perhaps, the most important achievement in scientific history: when, for the first time, the line between humanity and deity was blurred beyond recognition.

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Uggams "Gypsy" in CT by Fred Sokol

Leslie Uggams brings presence, charisma and dignity to the stage as she embodies Rose in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's production of Gypsy.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

RESCUE RUE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are looking to introduce your preschooler to musical theater, one surefire option is Rescue Rue, a sweet little show about a pup’s journey from abandonment to finding her “furever…

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CLONED! - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Cloned!, one of the entries in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, is a rollicking musical comedy filled with screwball characters ...

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