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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

‘Black No More’ review: Off-Broadway musical is a talent-filled mess by Johnny Oleksinski

A deeply uncomfortable experience for its audience — not because of its fascinating probes into the ugliness of racism, but due to how poorly the story has been handled theatrically.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:30PM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

‘The Music Man’ review: Hugh Jackman’s revival is a huge let-down by Johnny Oleksinski

“The Music Man,” I’m sorry to say, does not live up to our oversize expectations. Quite unexpectedly, you leave not raving about Jackman, but the music woman — Sutton Foster. She’s…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:33PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

‘MJ’ review: Michael Jackson Broadway show sanitizes his life and music by Johnny Oleksinski

The pat dialogue feels as if it was co-authored by a lawyer for the Jackson Estate — one of the producers — with Wite-Out and a Sharpie. 

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Monday, January 3, 2022

Standby to star: Meet the understudies and swings saving Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

With Omicron surging in New York, understudies, standbys and emergency last-minute fill-ins are the glue keeping Broadway from falling apart.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:22PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘Flying Over Sunset’ Broadway review: LSD musical is a bore on drugs by Johnny Oleksinski

"Flying Over Sunset” is a stuffy show with an off-putting premise: A 1950s acid trip between Cary Grant, Aldous Huxley and Clare Boothe Luce.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:01PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Company’ review: This is the Broadway show to see right now by Johnny Oleksinski

Minutes into the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company,” which opened Thursday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, it hits you — Broadway really is back.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:03PM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ review: Bringing the movie to Broadway was a huge mistake by Johnny Oleksinski

Why has a movie that was never anything more than a ridiculous vehicle for the late Robin Williams’ comedic talents been dragged onstage almost 30 years later without him?

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:11PM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Steven Spielberg honors Stephen Sondheim at ‘West Side Story’ premiere by Johnny Oleksinski

Spielberg also revealed that the two became friends, and had onset nicknames.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:41AM
Friday, November 19, 2021

‘Trouble in Mind’ review: A sharp Broadway satire about race & showbiz by Johnny Oleksinski

“Trouble in Mind,” which opened Thursday night at the American Airlines Theatre, was written way back in 1955 by Alice Childress, but never got to Broadway until now.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:26PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Diana’ review: A Lifetime Original Broadway show by Johnny Oleksinski

What’s the difference between streaming “Diana” at home and sitting through “Diana” live? At the latter, you feel a bit like you’re gagged and in a straitjacket.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

‘Diana’ Broadway audience member yells ‘F—k off!’ at Prince Charles actor by Johnny Oleksinski

Princess Diana wasn’t the only person upset with her ex-husband Friday night on Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:41PM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

‘Diana: The Musical’ starts on Broadway with an ovation – and tequila by Johnny Oleksinski

"How’s the show?” the bartender asked two Playbill-clutching men. “Fantastic!” replied one, before downing a shot of tequila.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:42PM
Thursday, October 28, 2021

‘Caroline, or Change’ review: A slow and pretentious Broadway revival by Johnny Oleksinski

It turns out "Caroline" hasn't changed that much. The lethargic Broadway production denies its star the snowballing build-up that would ensure a big payoff in the end.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:23PM
Monday, October 25, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’ musical needs work before Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Bibbidi-bobbidi-cut 30 minutes! There is a satisfying musical buried somewhere in here — but, like the title character, the new show could use a Fairy Godmother’s wand.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:26PM
Friday, October 15, 2021

Armie Hammer replaced by Noah Reid in Broadway’s ‘The Minutes’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Hammer, 35, has been embroiled in controversy since January when multiple women accused the "Call Me by Your Name" star of sexual abuse. Reid will be making his Broadway debut.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:09PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘Lehman Trilogy’ review: Broadway turns a big bank into big drama by Johnny Oleksinski

“The Lehman Trilogy,” a slick British import about the spectacular rise and fall of the Lehman brothers that opened Thursday night, is an exciting and invigorating piece of theater, even…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:58PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ review: Broadway tackles changing Brooklyn by Johnny Oleksinski

Keenan Scott II's entertaining new play at the Golden Theatre gives us what it promises: the internal musings of a group of New York black men.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:20PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Jane Lynch and more join Beanie Feldstein in Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Hey, Mr. Arrrrrnstein! And Eddie. And Mrs. Brice, too. Lynch, Ramin Karimloo and Jared Grimes will join Beanie Feldstein in the show, opening in March 2022.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:19PM

‘Diana the Musical’ is the legendary flop Broadway deserves by Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway wouldn’t really be back unless there was one show playing that’s so ridiculous we’re baffled by its very existence. Well, here she is, boys!

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:28AM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

‘Six’ finally opens on Broadway — and it’s a royal good time by Johnny Oleksinski

Hours before the curtain went up on “Six,” the new musical about Henry VIII’s sextet of wronged wives, Broadway went dark due to COVID. Now "Six" is back and vivacious as ever.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

Broadway folks bragged about forging COVID tests to go to Tonys parties by Johnny Oleksinski

A man at the 2021 Tony Awards loudly claimed he used to fake Covid test document to attend the hot afterparty for Best Play nominee “Slave Play” at Neuehouse.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:01AM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Here’s who will win at the 2021 Tony Awards by Johnny Oleksinski

The Post's predictions for who will win best musical, play and more on Broadway's biggest night.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:00PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

Why ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is much better than its terrible movie trailer by Johnny Oleksinski

During the world premiere of the moving movie “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday night, a nagging question kept coming up: Should this still be a musi…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:49AM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

André De Shields’ on Broadway reopening, and the return of ‘Hadestown’ by Johnny Oleksinski

The indomitable De Shields, 75, is excited, if cautious, about returning to the neighborhood where he's wowed audiences for decades.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:51PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

As Broadway nervously returns, London is having a ball by Johnny Oleksinski

While Broadway nervously approaches mass reopening in September, with casts and creatives terrified by the Delta variant, much of London’s West End has been happily chugging along since sp…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:45PM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘Pass Over’ Broadway review: An enticing, uneven play by Johnny Oleksinski

“Pass Over” is a compelling, if flawed, way to return to Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:02PM

What to know for Broadway’s reopening 2021: Shows, COVID, restaurants, more by Johnny Oleksinski

The Post’s guide to this year's unusual, unforgettable fall season on Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:50AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Beanie Feldstein to star in ‘Funny Girl’ Broadway revival in 2022 by Johnny Oleksinski

The role made a star out of Barbra Streisand in 1964, when the show played the Winter Garden Theatre, and she won the Oscar for Best Actress for the film version in 1968.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:35PM
Monday, August 9, 2021

‘Merry Wives’ review: Shakespeare in the Park is back — and hilarious by Johnny Oleksinski

Lest you think "Merry Wives" is a nonstop sex romp, get your mind out of the gutter. There are more innocent romances and scheming afoot too.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:19PM
Monday, August 2, 2021

Natalie Mendoza is the new Satine in Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway's “Moulin Rouge!” announced that Natalie Mendoza will take over the leading role of Satine when the musical resumes performances Sept. 24.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:35PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber may close ‘Cinderella’ musical due to COVID rules by Johnny Oleksinski

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, which was set to have its opening night on Tuesday in London, has been thrown into chaos due to a single case of the coronavirus among the cast of more t…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:27PM