Thursday, July 31, 2014

This Beauty Contest is a Drag

Your usual beauty contest features a lot of the same elements as this Off-Broadway musical making its return — lots of makeup, form-fitting costumes, noble speeches of rehearsed sinceri…

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Trophy Wife Trouble in Texas

Lili is young, beautiful and married to South Texas magnate Alberto, who never appears on stage in the new Off-Broadway play Mala Herbia by Tanya Saracho, who writes for the HBO series “…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Mother's Life Told by Her Daughter in Music

Classical pianist Mona Golabek is a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also now a stage performer, telling t…

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Brigadoon, Awakened Once Again

The title of Brigadoon, the 1947 musical by Lerner and Lowe, refers to a mythical Scottish town that appears for only a single day every 100 years. Though not quite as seldom seen as the to…

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Look Back at Burgeoning Feminism

Cherry Jones, who won acclaim for her portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway this past fall, has made a quick return to the New York stage. She’s starring in a ne…

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Singer-Songwriter's Coming-of-Age Story in Song

Benjamin Scheuer is a New York City singer-songwriter and the star — in fact, the only performer — in a new Manhattan Theater Company production called The Lion directed by Sean Daniels…

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The '90s Jukebox Sounds Different

Broadway's latest jukebox musical — a show built around pre-existing songs — is a new twist on this now-familiar theatrical form. Holler If Ya Hear Me is inspired by music of the late ra…

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Who & the What Examines Family and Faith

The playwright Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize last year for his breakthrough play Disgraced, about the clash between traditional Islamic beliefs and contemporary American culture. He ret…

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kenneth Branagh Makes New York Stage Debut in Macbeth

If the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth need a lot of space to cook up their double helping of toil and trouble, they've got it at the Park Avenue Armory. That’s where the latest New York …

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jim Dale's Showbiz Story

The versatile actor Jim Dale takes the stage solo in his new show, aptly and modestly entitled Just Jim Dale. Accompanied by the pianist Mark York, the show, directed by Richard Maltby Jr., …

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Cripple of Inishmaan Comes to Broadway

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan isn’t even 20-years-old, but the play is already getting its third New York production. The latest does have a couple of speci…

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Woody Allen's Bullets Comes to Broadway

The latest silver-screener to migrate to the Great White Way is Bullets Over Broadway, Woody Allen’s 1994 film about a playwright who becomes entangled with mobsters. The musical-comedy, s…

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Talking Tony Nominations

Nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced Tuesday, with tough competition in several categories. For instance, Tyne Daly, Cherry Jones and Audra McDonald are among the nomin…

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Violet Blooms on Broadway

The Off-Broadway musical Violet has found new life on Broadway in a revival by the Roundabout Theater Company. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the production features Broadway star Sutton Fost…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Audra McDonald is Broadway’s Lady Day

One of the most celebrated voices of our era meets one of the most distinctive voices of an earlier era. Audra McDonald, the five-time Tony-winning singer and actress, becomes the latest per…

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Playwright Will Eno debuts on Broadway

A star-packed cast — Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei — is assembled for the Broadway debut of a playwright known for “experimental theater.” Will Eno’…

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Les Miserables Returns to Broadway

Les Miz s back. (Did you know it had ever gone away?) The original Cameron Mackintosh theatrical colossus ran for more than 15 years before closing in 2003, then came back for a brief encore…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Disney's Aladdin Comes to Broadway

The people at Disney Theatrical Group, who produce the company’s live shows, have certainly had a genie in a bottle for the past 20 years, coming up with hit stage musicals based on the fi…

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Broadway Takes on Stallone's Rocky

Yo, Adrian! I’m on Broadway! It might not be the last movie you ever expected to see turned into a Broadway musical, but it’s probably not one of the first either. Nevertheless, here it …

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bryan Cranston debuts on Broadway in All the Way

Actor Bryan Cranston’s roles keep getting bigger. He gained fame for his work on the TV sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle,” then went on to even greater acclaim — and three Emmy awards …

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Romance Rekindled in Stage Kiss

Sarah Ruhl's new play Stage Kiss follows the antics of two actors who renew an old romance when they appear together in an antique drama from the 1930s. Jessica Hecht and Dominic Fumusa sta…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bombers on Broadway

A lineup of famous Yankees from several eras past and present are on the same stage in Bronx Bombers, a new play now running at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter a…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sleep No More Meets Mozart in New Immersive Production

Theater that knocks down the wall between performers and spectators has become a fashionable trend in recent years. Sleep No More, an interactive riff on Macbeth, has been a runaway hit, pla…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Irish Romance of 'Outside Mullingar'

Two Irish farmers, Anthony and Rosemary, are deeply tied to the land. Because they grew up as neighbors, they also have deep ties to one another, but their personal connections are not …

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Carole King Comes to Broadway

Carole King is one of the great pop songwriters of the 1960s and '70s. Now, her songs — from early novelties such as “Who Put the Bomp” to intimate, soulful compositions such as “So …

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Month of Theatrical Experimentation

January is traditionally a lean month for the commercial theater, with tourists leaving and Broadway offering discounts. If you need help climbing out of the winter theater doldrums, New Yor…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Art Imitates Scandal in The Commons of Pensacola

A playwright’s art imitates a financier’s life in a work about the reverberations of corruption and public scandal in The Commons of Pensacola by actress Amanda Peet, who embarked on a n…

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Curtain Up on Broadway 2014

The turn of the year marks the halfway point in the New York theater season. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood runs down a partial list of some 20 new shows opening between now…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović

The distinctive performance artist Marina Abramović is telling her life story — and attending her own funeral — at the Park Avenue Armory. Be assured, Abramović is very much alive, but…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Distinctive Pop Voice, Refreshed Off-Broadway

When it comes to the songs of Burt Bacharach, you know more than you think you do. Bacharach, best known for his collaborations with lyricist Hal David, has written in a style that is very m…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Two Knights on Broadway

Two fabled knights are jousting on Broadway these days, and no, it’s not a revival of Camelot. The knights are Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart and they’re appearing together at …

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