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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 4: Too Much of A Good Thing by Broadway & Me

If you love musicals, this is the season for you. Fourteen new ones will have opened by the time the season officially ends on April 27. And they range from small edgy chamber pieces to…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Highly Theatrical Hijinks of "Vanity Fair," "The Play That Goes Wrong" and "946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips" by Broadway & Me

Sometimes you want a little sizzle with your theatrical steak. Or at least I do.  Which is why I'm such a fan of shows that take an imaginative approach to their storytelling, using all…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 3: The Pulitzer Effect by Broadway & Me

And we're off: the awards season has officially begun. Nominations for the Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor off-Broadway productions, were announced this week. And since lots of shows run …

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"How to Transcend a Happy Marriage" Gets Bogged Down in the Metaphysics of Love by Broadway & Me

Happy marriages don't get much love in plays; they don't provide enough dysfunction for drama and there's not enough cutting up in them for comedy. So gratefully ensconced in one myself and …

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 2: The New Generation of Music Men (and Women) by Broadway & Me

Spring is always kind of a crazy time for me. I'm happy to see the end of winter weather and excited by all the new shows coming in but am inevitably so busy seeing them (and juggling all th…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Acts of Violence and Meditations on Grief in "When It's You" and "On the Exhale" by Broadway & Me

Mass shootings are now so commonplace that they've spawned a whole subgenre of theater. Over the past decade I've seen The Columbine Project and The Library, both based on the 1999 massacre …

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Introducing B&Me's new Tony Talk Podcast by Broadway & Me

If you read Broadway & Me, then you know how much I love theater. What you may not know is that I also love podcasts and so I've decided to combine the two because this is shaping up to …

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"X, or Betty Shabazz v. the Nation" is a Compelling Requiem for a Complex Man by Broadway & Me

People have been telling me I should see a Marcus Gardley play for years now. But I somehow missed his breakout play The House that Will Not Stand and all the subsequent ones. Until this pas…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Feminism is a Lost Cause in "Linda" by Broadway & Me

Being a woman today can be tough (just ask Hillary Clinton). But it isn't as Job-like tough as Penelope Skinner makes it out to be in the play Linda, which is running through April 2 at Manh…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"All the Fine Boys" is Fine Enough by Broadway & Me

You may have to be a young woman in your late teens or early 20s to truly appreciate All The Fine Boys, the new play that The New Group is running in the tiny Ford Foundation Studio Theatre …

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Meditations on Death: "Everybody," Wakey, Wakey" and "Evening at the Talk House" by Broadway & Me

Grief is strange. We deal with the loss of someone we love as best we can but sometimes, even months later, the lingering sorrow continues to inform the choices we make. I don't know if…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"The Skin of Our Teeth" is Wacky—but Wise by Broadway & Me

Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth premiered in 1942, just 10 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor launched the U.S. into World War II. Clearly tapping into the zeitgeist of the mome…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

"Bull in a China Shop" Marks a Breakthrough by Broadway & Me

Bull in a China Shop is a flawed play and yet I want to commend LCT3 for putting it on. For this is just the kind of show that a theater devoted to nurturing new artists should be doing. The…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Why "If I Forget" is So Memorable by Broadway & Me

In some ways, the family in Steven Levenson's new play If I Forget will be familiar to just about anyone who has a family. There's the bossy big sister and her henpecked husband, the ad…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Kid Victory" by Broadway & Me

Stephen Sondheim will turn 87 next month but he's working on a new musical tentatively called Buñuel that is scheduled to have a full workshop production at the Public Theater later this sp…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Sunset Boulevard" Shines Less Brightly by Broadway & Me

The day may come when attending a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard will be like going to one for The Rocky Horror Show where audience members dress up like their favorit…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Man From Nebraska" Doesn't Go Anywhere by Broadway & Me

Tickets for Man from Nebraska sold out almost as soon as Second Stage Theatre put them on sale. That's because the show was written by Tracy Letts (a Pulitzer Prize-winner for August: Osage …

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Real Landmark for Broadway & Me by Broadway & Me

Yesterday was a really special day for me. Of course, it was Valentine's Day, which my much-adored husband K and I delight in celebrating. But it also marked the 10th anniversary of Broadway…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Taking Time Out For (Bad) News by Broadway & Me

News for us theater junkies usually means a new show or a major cast replacement but this still-new year has brought some events that will shake up the way that those of obsessed with theate…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Acting Is Why You'll Need to See "Yen" by Broadway & Me

The Brits have such a fondness for plays about unhappy people who live in squalid settings and do unpleasant—and often violent—things to one another that they've even given the genre a n…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Yours Unfaithfully Takes On Marital Fidelity by Broadway & Me

A card-carrying member of the Bright Young Things, the bohemian artists and aristocrats who flouted conventional norms in England during the 1920s, the actor and playwright Miles Malleson ha…

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

"The Liar" is Honestly Just So-So by Broadway & Me

Staging a farce is a little like whipping up a soufflé. You need good ingredients, a skillful cook and the ineffable airiness that turns ordinary egg custard into a fluffy delight. The Liar…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Dear Evan Hansen" Leads this Spring's Invasion of New Shows by New Show Makers by Broadway & Me

It's hard not to be won over by Dear Evan Hansen, the new musical that has made a triumphant transfer from Second Stage Theatre, where it played last spring, to Broadway's The Music Box thea…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Speaking Up—and Singing Out—for America by Broadway & Me

This is a theater blog not a political blog but even before reports surfaced about how the new administration might eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (click here to read about th…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sharing the Sustaining Light of the Theater by Broadway & Me

Usually a photo here of the ghost light that theaters turn on when they're temporarily empty means that I didn't have time to write a full post. But it means something very different this ti…

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

"The Present" Attempts to Update Chekhov by Broadway & Me

People may be crowding into the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to see Cate Blanchett make her Broadway debut in The Present, her husband Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play Plat…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Festival Fever for the Cold Theater Months by Broadway & Me

It's been cold and snowy in New York over the past few days, the kind of weather that makes even a theater lover want to stay home and snuggle up with a book or something on the DVR.The thea…

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" Shines Brightly But Illuminates Little by Broadway & Me

The Oxford Dictionary declared "post-truth" to be 2016's word of the year but in the theater world, I think a better choice would have been the word "immersive." Everywhere you looked, …

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Top 10 Shows That I Was Happiest to See in 2016...Plus Some Other Looking Back by Broadway & Me

Most 10 Bests list came out around mid-December so I'm obviously arriving really late to the party with this one.  Which is probably OK because I can't even pretend to say which were th…

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year from Me to Each of You by Broadway & Me

Here's a toast to us all: may the next 365 days be filled with love, laughter, fortitude to get through the bad stuff and, of course, the sustaining comfort of good theater. Cheers!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Why "Finian"s Rainbow" Doesn't Glow for Me by Broadway & Me

Melissa Errico visited the cable news show "On Stage" this past weekend to talk about her latest show, the Irish Repertory Theatre's revival of Finian's Rainbow, which has been extended…

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