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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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eight Roles is Enough for Jefferson Mays

Actor Jefferson Mays is only one man, but he’s happy not to limit himself to a single role when he goes on stage. In 2004, Mays won a Tony Award and several other awards for his two-charac…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Jazz Age is Revived in After Midnight

An iconic moment in American history is the subject of a new Broadway revue at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. After Midnight purports to take its audience to a Jazz Age Harlem nightclub. It wa…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Grisham Novel Comes to Broadway for the First Time

Crime novelist John Grisham is one of the most successful novelists of our time. Now, his novel "A Time to Kill," has come to the Broadway stage at the John Golden Theater. It’s Grisham’…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rattigan Revived: The Winslow Boy Back on Broadway

More than a century after the incident that inspired it, Terence Rattigan’s play The Winslow Boy, is back on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in a production from Roundabout Theat…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Spend A Night with Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin's star burned briefly, but brightly. For only about three years was her name prominent among pop musicians of the late 1960s. She made a single — "Me and Bobby McGee" — that…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Billie Holiday's Story and Music Hits Broadway in Lady Day

Billie Holiday’s voice and image are icons of 20th century America and the jazz world. Now her story comes to the stage in the musical biography Lady Day at the Little Shubert Theater. Wri…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Bryan Cranston in 'All the Way'

Fans of “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston can see him up close at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cranston stars as Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way,” a…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

'Romeo and Juliet' Returns to Broadway

The first of this fall's unusually ample supply of Shakespeare-on-Broadway is a production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as t…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Exploring Stereotypes in 'Fetch Clay, Make Man'

A relationship between two prominent African-Americans with markedly different profiles is at the heart of "Fetch Clay, Make Man," a new play by Will Power at New York Theater Workshop. The …

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Adulterers Flirting with the World Beyond

"The Cheaters Club" is the latest production from The Amoralists, a downtown theater group self-described as producing “work of no moral judgment.” The company may be standoffish about …

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fall Preview: An Eclectic NY Theater Season

Labor Day Weekend is here – alas, the unofficial end of Summer. But with that ending comes many new beginnings, one of which is the new theater season in New York City. In this brief g…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Opposites Attract in New Broadway Musical 'First Date'

Who doesn't remember the awkwardness of a first date? First Date, the first new Broadway musical of the season playing at the Longacre Theatre, is a romantic comedy about a young couple meet…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Less Shakespeare and More Musical in the Park

The second offering from The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park this summer is a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost, the Bard's early comedy about four young men wh…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

'The Jungle Book' Comes to the Stage

The 1967 animated Disney film "The Jungle Book" — inspired by Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name — springs to life in a new musical that had its world premiere at the Goodman Theat…

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