Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Conversation with John Cariani (actor) and Julianne Boyd (director) discussing Mark St. Germain's Dancing Lessons by Fred Sokol

[Cariani] has been rehearsing the two person Dancing Lessons with Paige Davis for two weeks. Playwright Mark St. Germain has been in the hall for virtually all rehearsals.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MALA HIERBA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Women who are trapped in loveless marriages because of the financial security their husbands provide may no longer seem like a scintillating, or even relevant, topic for a play.

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Sarasota "The Sty of the Blind Pig" by William Oser

The direction by Mark Clayton Southers is not showy but such extraordinary ensemble acting does not come out of nowhere. He paces the play well and keeps things in focus.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Marin Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet" by Patrick Thomas

... if you get thyself to the somewhat-rustic Forest Meadows Amphitheatre on the campus of Dominican University in San Rafael, you can rediscover for yourself why this love story (if a roman…

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Stages St. Louis "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" by Richard Green

In an outstanding new production of Frank Loesser and Abe Burrow's famed musical comedy, we have a show that may, nevertheless, be remembered as the "Psychedelic H2$." And, of course, I pick…

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"Funny Girl" at Stray Dog by Richard Green

Lindsey Jones is the latest to stake her claim, singing the role terrifically, and playing comedy and tragedy with honesty and simplicity.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

STRICTLY DISHONORABLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Fans of classic romantic screwball comedy films like Preston Sturges’s The Lady Eve are well advised to make their way to The Flea Theater for the Attic Theater Company’s first-rate revi…

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MADAME INFAMY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For a generation now, Les Misérables has been providing young women (especially belters) with choice material, but it wouldn't really be correct to say it's a woman's show.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The one good reason to see Propaganda! The Musical, an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, is to catch the rising star performance by Dale Sampson as a befuddled young man who fi…

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A Summer in Ohio: Ohio Light Opera by Ann Miner

The OLO company is comprised of student and veteran regional opera and theatre performers, with many returning to Wooster summer after summer. From eight shows a week to the incredible sched…

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Living on Love" with Renee Fleming and Douglas Sills by Fred Sokol

Joe DiPietro and director Kathleen Marshall collaborated to present Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway. Now, they pair once again by working from Garson Kanin's script for Peccadillo an…

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WIKIMUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Though they based their New York Musical Theatre Festival entry on a profound idea, Frank Ceruzzi, Blake J. Harris, and Trent Jeffords for some reason want you to think WikiMusical is shallo…

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Sound Advice: Audra McDonald Is Lady Day by Rob Lester

McDonald is equally adept at capturing the insouciance of chipper pieces or the resigned role of needy romantic. Her struggle through "Easy Living," with much help from the pianist, and the …

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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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