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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Meet the Pete Townshend-approved breakout star of ‘The Who’s Tommy’ on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

“He hasn’t needed a lecture about what makes a star, and what can cause a star to fall. He just gets it.”

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:07AM
Thursday, April 11, 2024

‘The Outsiders’ Broadway review: Warring teens tug at the heart in one of the season’s best new musicals by Johnny Oleksinski

Driven by authenticity, earnestness, youth and ample heart, “The Outsiders” is very much an outsider itself.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:15PM

Patti LuPone is coming back to Broadway — with Mia Farrow — even after she ditched the actors union by Johnny Oleksinski

In 2022, LuPone very publicly left Actors Equity, the professional actors union that a performer must be a member of to work on Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:55AM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

‘The Who’s Tommy’ Broadway review: 4 stars for a galvanizing rock revival by Johnny Oleksinski

That we all have an inner adult and an inner child is a deeply relatable idea, even in a cuckoosical such as this one.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:05PM
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Off-Broadway is booming — and it’s a lesson for theaters everywhere by Johnny Oleksinski

Midtown’s swell, but lately New York’s hottest tickets are well below 42nd Street. While theaters in the city and around the country have struggled in the face of skyrocketing expenses a…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:29PM
Monday, March 18, 2024

‘An Enemy of the People’ review: Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli duke it out on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

There is an unintentionally funny line in the compelling revival of “An Enemy of the People” that opened Monday night on Broadway. “We’re behind you like a wall!” a small-town news…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Friday, March 15, 2024

Climate activists halt Jeremy Strong, Michael Imperioli Broadway play ‘An Enemy of the People’ mid-show by Johnny Oleksinski

At Thursday night’s performance of “An Enemy of the People” on Broadway, starring Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli, three environmental activists interrupted the start of the second…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:04AM
Thursday, March 14, 2024

‘The Notebook’ review: Broadway musical doesn’t match the film’s sweep by Johnny Oleksinski

Not a single change book writer Bekah Brunstetter has made improves the simple story’s effectiveness. In most cases, the alterations dull its punch and turn it into a wispy memory play. A …

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

‘Doubt’ Broadway review: Nun play still scorches — even in a so-so revival by Johnny Oleksinski

John Patrick Shanley wrote an immaculate work that can stand up to even adequate productions like the one starring Amy Ryan and Liev Schreiber that opened Thursday on Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

‘Oh, Mary!’ review: Wild West Wing comedy is the funniest show in town by Johnny Oleksinski

Director Sam Pinkleton stages this fabulously overdramatic display with both scrappiness and sheen.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

An understudy takes center stage — story of a Chita Rivera mistake by Johnny Oleksinski

Liane Plane, who died a month ago at age 92, adored being in the vibrant picture nonetheless.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:10PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Broadway legend Chita Rivera dead at 91 by Johnny Oleksinski

Chita Rivera, the dazzling Broadway star who originated roles in the musicals "Chicago," "West Side Story" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" died Tuesday, her daughter Lisa Mordente said in a s…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:58PM
Monday, January 29, 2024

‘Days of Wine and Roses’ review: Alcoholism Broadway show is no happy hour by Johnny Oleksinski

The worst bar sales on Broadway have got to be at Studio 54, where “Days of Wine and Roses” opened Sunday night.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:39PM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

‘Succession’ Emmy winner Sarah Snook will make her Broadway debut by Johnny Oleksinski

She’s ditching Waystar Royco for the Great White Way. Sarah Snook, the “Succession” star who won the Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series on Monday night, plans to make her Br…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:48PM
Thursday, January 4, 2024

‘Sunset Boulevard,’ starring Nicole Scherzinger, will open on Broadway this fall by Johnny Oleksinski

Get ready, Mr. DeMille. The London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Nicole Scherzinger, will arrive on Broadway later this year, a spokesman for th…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 14, 2023

‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ review: Netflix stage play is a total disaster by Johnny Oleksinski

Message to Netflix: Stick to the flicks. “Stranger Things: The First Shadow,” the streamer’s freshman attempt at a stage play is a huge, insufferable embarrassment. Mega-fans of the TV…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:09PM
Sunday, December 10, 2023

‘How To Dance In Ohio’ review: Autism musical is a better idea than show by Johnny Oleksinski

“How To Dance In Ohio,” the new musical that opened Sunday night at the Belasco Theatre, marks a laudable first for Broadway: A show about autistic persons who are actually played by act…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:13PM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ review: Alicia Keys’ musical has fabulous songs, lacking story by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s when the singing stops that this show with its sights set on Broadway is no longer on fire.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:32PM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ Broadway review: An OK copy of the original by Johnny Oleksinski

Never hilarious, the revival stalls out at pleasant. Spamalot, laugh a little.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

‘Office’ star Steve Carell is headed to Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Steve Carell, the Academy Award nominee who played Michael Scott on NBC’s “The Office,” will make his Broadway debut this spring in the play “Uncle Vanya,” Lincoln Center Theater a…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:06PM
Monday, November 13, 2023

‘Harmony’ review: Barry Manilow’s Broadway musical is moving, but doesn’t quite sing by Johnny Oleksinski

While “Harmony” is about a sextet of singers whose voices blend like milk and coffee, its elements do not similarly fuse into a cohesive and satisfying musical.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:18PM
Friday, November 10, 2023

‘Old Friends’ review: Bernadette Peters’ Sondheim show is a stellar tribute by Johnny Oleksinski

This major moment for Stephen Sondheim’s musicals is not limited to New York, where the late composer’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Sweeney Todd” and final show “Here We Are” a…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:56PM
Monday, November 6, 2023

Netflix returns to the Upside Down with first glimpse of ‘Stranger Things’ play by Johnny Oleksinski

“Stranger Things: The First Shadow" begins performances this month in London.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:03PM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

‘I Need That’ review: DeVito is a hoarder in a messy Broadway play by Johnny Oleksinski

Theresa Rebeck’s new play,“I Need That,” is a drama about someone’s mess, but it needn’t be so messy.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Monday, October 23, 2023

‘Here We Are’ review: Sondheim’s last musical sadly doesn’t sing by Johnny Oleksinski

It was always wishful thinking to believe that Stephen Sondheim’s final musical, which was tinkered with for almost a decade before the composer died in 2021, would hold a candle to his fi…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:00AM
Thursday, October 19, 2023

Nicole Scherzinger stars in a sexy, seismic ‘Sunset Boulevard’ in London by Johnny Oleksinski

Some will view the striking changes to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Boulevard,” and by extension Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film it’s based on, as trampling on what was d…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:27PM
Friday, October 13, 2023

‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ review: Gad and Rannells have almost too much fun by Johnny Oleksinski

Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad, that match made in “Mormon,” are back together and hamming it up again on Broadway. It’s swell to see them twelve years later, like old friends from colle…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:10AM
Tuesday, October 10, 2023

‘Merrily We Roll Along’ review: Infamous Sondheim flop is a smash by Johnny Oleksinski

Like most people do, the three New York friends at the center of the musical “Merrily We Roll Along” get more cynical, jaded, greedy and stubborn with age. Or, as book writer George Furt…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:31PM

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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