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Saturday, June 2, 2018

‘The Boys in the Band’: ‘Engrossing’ 50th anniversary revival boasts star-studded cast led by Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer by David Buchanan

The Tony Awards celebrating the 2017-18 Broadway season are still a week away but the derby for next year’s trophies has already begun with the opening of “The Boys in the Band,” the f…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Three Tall Women’: ‘Exquisite’ Glenda Jackson stars in ‘torrentially exciting’ Edward Albee ‘classic’ by David Buchanan

Edward Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his distinguished career, with two of those award-winning plays (“A Delicate Balance,” “Seascape”) bowing on Broadway during…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

‘Frozen’: Did new musical version of Oscar-winning film melt hearts of Broadway critics? by David Buchanan

Just a day after a spring Nor’easter blew through New York City, a much more permanent ice storm began to brew on Broadway as “Frozen,” the high-profile stage adaptation of Disney’s …

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Jan Maxwell dead: Tony Awards record holder dies at 61 by David Buchanan

Jan Maxwell, a beloved mainstay of New York City theater, died on Feb. 11 at the age of 61. Over the course of her illustrious career, in which she appeared in 13 Broadway and numerous Off-B…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

‘The Parisian Woman’: Uma Thurman lends ‘intelligence,’ ‘glamour’ to new Beau Willimon drama by David Buchanan

In a season already chock-full of starry Broadway debuts, Nov. 30 might have marked the biggest to date as Oscar-nominated Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction”) bowed at the Hudson Theatre in the…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

‘Meteor Shower’: Amy Schumer ‘delightfully’ debuts in ‘slick,’ ‘puzzling’ new Steve Martin play by David Buchanan

Only a year-and-a-half after his Broadway bow as a playwright, Steve Martin (“Bright Star”) has returned to the Great White Way with a new comedy “Meteor Shower,”which opened at the …

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Friday, November 10, 2017

‘The Band’s Visit’: ‘Miraculous,’ ‘ravishing’ new musical an undeniable Tony Awards frontrunner by David Buchanan

Last year, the small and intimate musical “The Band’s Visit,” based on the 2007 independent film of the same name, opened Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. The show, which …

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

‘Junk’: ‘Gutsy’ new play from Pulitzer-winner Ayad Akhtar ‘lacks satisfying punch’ by David Buchanan

In 2013, playwright Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize for “Disgraced,” which went on to bow on Broadway in 2014 and earn a Best Play nomination at the 2015 Tony Awards. His follow-up pl…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

‘M. Butterfly’: Despite a somewhat ‘clunky and unsteady’ production, groundbreaking play ‘still resonates’ by David Buchanan

In 1988, the original production of David Henry Hwang’s groundbreaking play “M. Butterfly” earned the admiration of critics and audience, won three Tony Awards out of seven nominations…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

‘Sunday in the Park With George’ 2017 Broadway cast recording: Jake Gyllenhaal enters Grammy contest against Bette Midler, Ben Platt by David Buchanan

Jake Gyllenhaal may have missed out on a chance to win a Tony Award for his performance in the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece musical “Sunday in the Park With George”…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

‘Marvin’s Room’ reviews: First Broadway production ‘keenly performed,’ but ‘fatally mild’ by David Buchanan

After an initial bow Off-Broadway in 1991 and a starry, Oscar-nominated movie adaptation in 1996 starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton, Scott McPherson’s “Marvin’s Room” has finally…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

‘1984’: First show of new Broadway season ‘intense,’ ‘discombobulating’ by David Buchanan

In a year in which dystopian narratives have dominated literature and television, it’s only fitting that “1984,” a stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel of the same name,…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tony Awards cliffhanger: Will Laurie Metcalf (‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’) or Laura Linney (‘The Little Foxes’) finally win? by David Buchanan

In the five weeks between Tony Awards nominations being announced on May 2 and Sunday’s ceremony, the Best Actress in a Play contest has gone from predictable to nail-biter. With a overwhe…

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Tony Awards predictions panic: Top races tighten as June 11 ceremony looms [WATCH] by David Buchanan

On the eve of the 71st Tony Awards on June 11, Gold Derby’s in-house trio of theater prognosticators — executive editor Paul Sheehan and contributing writers David Buchanan and Sam Eckma…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tony Awards: Will Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Sweat’ take Best Play without director nomination? by David Buchanan

In the weeks leading up to this year’s Tony Awards nominations, new drama “Sweat” seemed to be the show to beat in the Best Play category, not only because it marks the long-awaited Br…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Not so fast, Kevin Kline! Jefferson Mays (‘Oslo’) could still win Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play by David Buchanan

After victories at both the Outer Critics Circle Awards and Sunday’s Drama Desk Awards, Kevin Kline appears to be the clear frontrunner for the Best Actor in a Play Tony Award for his …

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tony Awards spotlight: Johanna Day bravely embodies thorny character Tracey in “Sweat” by David Buchanan

Theater veteran Johanna Day has only made four appearances on Broadway over the course of her long stage career, but she clearly has impeccable taste. Each one of Day’s outings on the Grea…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tony Awards predictions slugfest: Bette Midler is a lock but upsets loom in other top races by David Buchanan

Gold Derby’s in-house trio of Tony Awards prognosticators — executive editor Paul Sheehan, contributing writer Sam Eckmann, and myself — met via webcam to discuss our reactions to the …

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tony Awards: Will Mary-Louise Parker (‘Heisenberg’) and Cate Blanchett (‘The Present’) get nominated for shuttered shows? by David Buchanan

For the last three years running at the Tony Awards,  one of the five Best Actress in a Play nominees reaped her bid for a closed production. Last year, Laurie Metcalf earned her third To…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

‘Six Degrees of Separation’: ‘Elegant’ production features ‘magnetic’ performances from Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey, Corey Hawkin by David Buchanan

Tony-winner John Guare’s (“Two Gentleman of Verona”) acclaimed play “Six Degrees of Separation,” a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, has returned to Broadway, opening at the Et…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

‘Hello, Dolly!’: Bette Midler delivers a ‘perfect, once-in-a-lifetime’ performance by David Buchanan

Seldom does a pairing of actress and role feel so intrinsically perfect as Bette Midler and Dolly Gallagher Levi, the titular character in Jerry Herman’s classic musical comedy “Hello, D…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

‘Groundhog Day’: Andy Karl becomes ‘bona fide’ star in new musical by David Buchanan

After a beleaguered preview period marred by technical malfunctions and an injury, the new musical “Groundhog Day” based on the 1993 film of the same name opened on Monday, April 17. Dir…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

‘War Paint’: Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone ‘in top form’ as rival cosmetic queens by David Buchanan

In 2006, composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, and playwright Doug Wright teamed up to create the musical “Grey Gardens,” one of the most praised original musicals in recent th…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

‘Present Laughter’: Kevin Kline lauded for Broadway homecoming in Noël Coward comedy by David Buchanan

In the six decades since “Present Laughter” debuted on Broadway in 1947, Noël Coward’s farce has been revived five times including the new production starring Oscar winner Kevin Kl…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

‘Amélie’: Broadway critics say ‘non’ to new musical based on 2001 Oscar-nominated French film by David Buchanan

In 2001, the whimsical French film “Amélie” captivated audiences and earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Foreign Language Film. On April 3, a musical adaptation of the movie s…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

‘Sweat’: Lynn Nottage’s timely drama is Tony Awards Best Play frontrunner by David Buchanan

After nearly a quarter-century as a playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage has finally made her Broadway debut by way of new drama “Sweat,” which opened at Studio 54 on March 2…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tony Awards shocker: ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ withdraws from contention by David Buchanan

Jake Gyllenhaal just can’t seem to catch a break with American awards shows. After missing out on an Oscar nomination two weeks ago for his performance in “Nocturnal Animals,” Gyl…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat’ coming to Broadway: Will Pulitzer Prize winner add Tony to her mantle? by David Buchanan

“Sweat,” one of the most critically acclaimed plays of New York’s fall season, will open on Broadway this spring. The show, a timely chronicle of the lives of union factory workers in…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ revival will be strong Tony Awards contender by David Buchanan

“Sunday in the Park with George,” one of only nine musicals to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will return to Broadway this spring with Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (“B…

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Updated Tony Awards 2017 calendar: Six new productions join season by David Buchanan

Last month, six new Broadway productions announced that they will be joining the already-bountiful 2016-17 season. The calendar below details the opening dates for each of the 34 productions…

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‘Oh, Hello on Broadway’ reviews: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney lovingly skewer New York by David Buchanan

“Oh, Hello on Broadway,” a new stage play starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney as their sketch comedy characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland respectively, recently opened on Broad…

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