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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Here Lies Love: It’s a Vibe by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ An all-Filipino cast and a group of powerhouse Filipino producers bring the nightclub-set, karaoke-style musical to Broadway The post Here Lies Love: It’s a Vibe appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:56PM
Friday, July 7, 2023

Screen Gems–Liz Callaway Sings the Movies: Film Fans, Rejoice! by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The actor, singer, and 54 Below regular returns with a musical salute to the silver screen The post Screen Gems–Liz Callaway Sings the Movies: Film Fans, Rejoice! appeared …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:43PM
Thursday, July 6, 2023

Uncle Vanya: Misery Loves Company by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Nothing could be better than an extra-intimate evening with Chekhov’s temperamental, depressive characters The post Uncle Vanya: Misery Loves Company appeared first on New …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Hamlet: To See Or Not To See? by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Kenny Leon puts family front and center in this contemporary take on Shakespeare's tragedy The post Hamlet: To See Or Not To See? appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:30PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

The Light in the Piazza: A Brief But Beautiful Trip to Italy by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ operatic musical soars with Ruthie Ann Miles and Anna Zavelson The post The Light in the Piazza: A Brief But Beautiful Trip to Italy appeared …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 04:24PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2023

One Woman Show: Liz Kingsman Makes the Most of Her Meta Moment by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ The convulsively funny confessional comes from the West End to NYC The post One Woman Show: Liz Kingsman Makes the Most of Her Meta Moment appeared first on New York Stage Re…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:00PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Good Vibrations: Belfast Calling by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Plunge into the 1970s Irish punk scene with this indie movie turned amiable musical The post Good Vibrations: Belfast Calling appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:30PM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Primary Trust: Cheers to New Beginnings by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Grab a mai tai and settle in for Eboni Booth’s delicate world-premiere drama The post Primary Trust: Cheers to New Beginnings appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:30PM
Monday, May 22, 2023

Monsoon Wedding: An Exceptional Movie Becomes An Unremarkable Musical by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Mira Nair’s beloved 22-year-old movie takes the long road to the stage The post Monsoon Wedding: An Exceptional Movie Becomes An Unremarkable Musical appeared first on New …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:30PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

King James: A Winning Basketball Bromance by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Rajiv Joseph shoots and scores with his new two-character LeBron James–inspired dramedy The post King James: A Winning Basketball Bromance appeared first on New York Stage …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:58PM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Fat Ham: James Ijames’ Play Is the Thing by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Revenge is a dish best served smoked in this backyard barbecue Bard-inspired Pulitzer winner The post Fat Ham: James Ijames’ Play Is the Thing appeared first on New York St…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:53PM
Thursday, April 6, 2023

The Wife of Willesden: Zadie Smith Pays Homage to a Centuries-Old Tale by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Clare Perkins gives a tour de force performance as the very liberated much-married woman of Chaucerian fame The post The Wife of Willesden: Zadie Smith Pays Homage to a Centu…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:55PM
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Sweeney Todd: A Bloody Good Treat for Sondheim Fans by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford topline a grand revival of the 1979 musical about a bloodthirsty barber and his pastry-making accomplice The post Sweeney Todd: A Bloody Goo…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:53PM
Sunday, March 19, 2023

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’: A Love Story of Rhythm and Rhyme by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The steps are Fosse’s, the vision is Wayne Cilento’s: a valentine to the nine-time Tony-winning director-choreographer The post Bob Fosse’s Dancin’: A Love Story of R…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:54PM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Dear World: A Macaron-Sweet Revival of Jerry Herman’s Paris-Set Musical by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Encores! shines a spotlight on yet another overlooked Jerry Herman musical with a troubled history and memorable score The post Dear World: A Macaron-Sweet Revival of Jerry H…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 12:06PM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Misty: Arinzé Kene Breaks Ground and Defies Genres by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The British performer mixes poetry, music, comedy, and piles and piles of orange balloons in his Olivier Award–nominated play The post Misty: Arinzé Kene Breaks Ground and…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:23PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Crumbs From the Table of Joy: A Wonderful but Overlooked Memory Play Lovingly Revived by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Lynn Nottage’s 1950s-set richly crafted coming-of-age play gets its first New York restaging thanks to the Keen Company The post Crumbs From the Table of Joy: A Wonderful b…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Monday, February 27, 2023

Letters From Max, a ritual: A Playwright and Poet Open Their Hearts by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Sarah Ruhl’s newest work proves a deeply moving meditation on life and the afterlife The post Letters From Max, a ritual: A Playwright and Poet Open Their Hearts appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:30PM

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: An Opaque Revival of an Obscure American Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Lorraine Hansberry’s unheralded, untidy ode to 1960s NYC gets a high-wattage off-Broadway production The post The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: An Opaque Revival of a…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:55PM
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Fall River Fishing: Black Comedy With a Side of Bolognese by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Lizzie Borden, Sharon Tate, and Ibsen (sort of) collide in Bedlam’s period-slash-contemporary piece The post Fall River Fishing: Black Comedy With a Side of Bolognese appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:00PM
Thursday, February 16, 2023

The Wanderers: 2 Generations, 2 Couples, 1 Engaging Drama by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Anna Ziegler’s new play tackles identity, religion, career, and marriage The post The Wanderers: 2 Generations, 2 Couples, 1 Engaging Drama appeared first on New York Stage…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:30PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Cornelia Street: A Hazy New York Nostalgia Trip by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★☆☆☆ Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel team up for an unpromising new musical at the Atlantic The post Cornelia Street: A Hazy New York Nostalgia Trip appeared first on New York Stag…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:58PM
Monday, February 13, 2023

Twelfth Night: A Terrific Trimmed-Down Take on Shakespeare’s Comedy by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Classical Theatre of Harlem’s acclaimed summer staging returns for a short winter stint The post Twelfth Night: A Terrific Trimmed-Down Take on Shakespeare’s Comedy appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:29PM
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Endgame: A Fine-Tuned Production of Beckett’s Favorite Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Bill Irwin and John Douglas Thompson headline Irish Rep’s revival of the 1957 tragicomedy The post Endgame: A Fine-Tuned Production of Beckett’s Favorite Play appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:01PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Small Talk: Colin Quinn On the Lost Art of Casual Conversation by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ In his newest one-man show, the comedian reminds us of the importance of informal in-person interaction The post Small Talk: Colin Quinn On the Lost Art of Casual Conversati…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:34PM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Appointment: Satire at Its Best on Perhaps the Worst Possible Topic by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A musical satire centered on the abortion debate? Only from the provocative, topical, and always edgy Lightning Rod Special. The post The Appointment: Satire at Its Best on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Song of Joy: A One-Man Transcontinental Memory Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Writer-performer Carol Mazhuvancheril reconciles growing up (and eventually coming out) in India, Austria, and America The post Song of Joy: A One-Man Transcontinental Memor…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:21PM
Monday, December 19, 2022

Between Riverside and Crazy: Wild and Wonderful New York Story by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Eight years after its premiere, the Austin Pendleton–directed production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play is as gripping as ever The post Between Riverside and Crazy: Wild …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Merrily We Roll Along: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sondheim Show by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ To quote one of the songs from the much-maligned, but very beloved, musical: It’s a hit! The post Merrily We Roll Along: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sondh…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:57PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

A Beautiful Noise: Reaching Out, Touching Neil Diamond, Touching You by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Will Swenson shines in flashy bio-musical salute to the singer-songwriter with a voice like “gravel wrapped in velvet” The post A Beautiful Noise: Reaching Out, Touching…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:23PM

Becky Nurse of Salem: Do You Believe in Magic? by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Deirdre O’Connell plays a descendant of an accused Salem witch in Sarah Ruhl’s newest play The post Becky Nurse of Salem: Do You Believe in Magic? appeared first on New …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM

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