All stories by Jesse Green on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chita Rivera, Finding Her Voice by Jesse Green

Her dancing sometimes overshadowed her thrillingly dramatic way with a song: husky yet clarion, unaffected but full of comment and character.

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Leave the Poor Princess Alone by Jesse Green

Less than 30 years after her death, fictional reincarnations of Diana are everywhere. But even icons deserve more time to rest in peace.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

‘Terce’ Review: How the Other Half Prays, in a Reimagined Mass by Jesse Green

Heather Christian’s latest exploration of the religious sublime is a musical spectacle about the often overlooked “caregivers and makers.”

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Review: For Jews, an Unanswered ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ by Jesse Green

In Joshua Harmon’s play about the legacies of antisemitism, a Parisian family must decide when it’s time to get out.

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Monday, January 1, 2024
Thursday, December 28, 2023

For a Times Critic on Deadline, a Dramatic Reversal by Jesse Green

Stories evolve. But a recent review proved to a theater critic that people can change even more.

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Review: Sarah Paulson Makes a Horrible Discovery in “Appropriate” by Jesse Green

Making a blistering Broadway debut, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s 2014 play about the legacies of hatred feels like a new work entirely.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Review: Bringing a Classic Record to Life by Jesse Green

A new Off Broadway musical adds the thrill of intimacy and the weight of history to the Cuban songs popularized on a 1997 album.

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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Review: In ‘How to Dance in Ohio,’ Making Autism Sing by Jesse Green

A musical about seven autistic young adults, played by seven autistic young actors, breaks new ground on Broadway.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Review: A Shady Documentary Becomes a Weapon of War in ‘Spain’ by Jesse Green

Jen Silverman’s noir play considers the role of artists in the making of propaganda.

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Review: Alicia Keys’s Musical Is Ambitious by Jesse Green

A promising Off Broadway jukebox musical features hits by the R&B star (including “Fallin’,” “If I Ain’t Got You” and “No One”) and a story much like her own.

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

‘Spamalot’ Review: You’ll Laugh in Its General Direction by Jesse Green

In the first Broadway revival of the Monty Python musical, the old bits are verbatim but the clowns are running the circus.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Review: In ‘Scene Partners,’ Dianne Wiest Delivers Another Master Class by Jesse Green

The transcendent Dianne Wiest stars in an absurd yet poignant new play about a 75-year-old woman who sets out to be a star.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

‘Harmony’ Review: Barry Manilow Writes the (Broadway) Songs by Jesse Green

The pop star of the 1970s and ’80s crosses over to musical theater with a dark story about pop stars of the 1920s and ’30s.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

‘I Need That’ Review: It’s Always Messy in New Jersey by Jesse Green

Danny DeVito returns to Broadway in a Theresa Rebeck comedy about a lonely old man lost in a houseful of junk.

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‘Pal Joey’ Review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildering by Jesse Green

Joey is still a heel in this major revision of the 1940 antihero musical, but he’s now a Black artist trying to find his true voice.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

‘I Can Get It for You Wholesale’ Review: Rag Trade Revival, Recut for Today by Jesse Green

A story considered too dark for Broadway in its time is too much of a patchwork in ours.

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Review: In ‘Stereophonic,’ the Rock Revolution Will Be Recorded by Jesse Green

David Adjmi’s riveting new play, with songs by Will Butler, is about a ’70s band that nearly destroys itself making an epochal album.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

‘Here We Are’ Review: The Last Sondheim, Cool and Impossibly Chic by Jesse Green

This inventive, beguiling and not quite fully solved puzzle of a show is a worthy and loving farewell to the great musical dramatist.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ Review: Revenge of the Broadway Nerds by Jesse Green

The history of movable type is a terrible idea for a show. Which is why it’s so on brand for this satire of theater and its eternal hopefuls.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Review: ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ Finally Found in the Dark by Jesse Green

Jonathan Groff, supported by Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, is thrillingly fierce in the first convincing revival of the cult flop Sondheim musical.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding’ Review: A Shop Where Everybody Knows Your Mane by Jesse Green

Jocelyn Bioh’s Broadway playwriting debut, set in a Harlem hair braiding shop, is a hot and hilarious workplace sitcom.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

‘Purlie Victorious’ Review: Leslie Odom Jr. Shines in Revival by Jesse Green

Ossie Davis’s 1961 play is no period piece, as a blazing and hilarious revival starring Leslie Odom Jr. testifies.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

‘Lunar Eclipse’ Review: A Dark, Cloudy Night of the Soul by Jesse Green

In Donald Margulies’s heavy-handed new play, Reed Birney is terrific as a farmer forced by his wife, played by Karen Allen, to face his grief.

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Sunday, September 17, 2023

‘Swing State’ Review: All Is Not Well in Wisconsin by Jesse Green

Rebecca Gilman’s play, set in a rural farmhouse, sees an image of the decline of Americans’ interdependence in the death of wildflowers.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

‘Infinite Life’ Review: Is There a Cure for Pain and Desire? by Jesse Green

Illness is no metaphor, and neither is pleasure, in Annie Baker’s weird and great new play set at a fasting clinic.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Sondheim’s Last Musical, ‘The Wiz’ Revival and More Coming to Broadway This Fall by Jesse Green

Remaking a vintage musical for the 2020s takes guts, sensitivity and perhaps a medium.

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Have You Met My Collaborator? He’s So Classic, He’s Dead. by Jesse Green

Remaking a vintage musical for the 2020s takes guts, sensitivity and perhaps a medium.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Review: In Central Park, ‘The Tempest’ Sings Farewell to Magic by Jesse Green

A joyful, bumpy musical version of Shakespeare’s late romance closes the Delacorte Theater before an 18-month renovation.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

At a Rejuvenated Stratford, Second Chances for Plays and Theaters by Jesse Green

A smash, a romp, a mess and a mystery are part of this Ontario festival’s 12-play repertoire after two seasons of retrenchment.

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Review: Is William Finn’s ‘A New Brain’ a Stroke of Genius? by Jesse Green

Barrington Stage Company’s revival of the 1998 musical brings vocal luster and newfound relevance to the story of a songwriter’s near-death experience.

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards