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Saturday, September 4, 2021

B&Me's Annual Labor Day Salute This Year Goes to Theater's Frontline Workers: Ushers by Broadwayandme

What a difference a year makes.                   Or doesn’t.  During the spring and summer evenings of 2020 we New Yorkers stood at our windows or out on the sidewalks to appla…

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2021 by Broadwayandme

  After 16 long and scary months, the coronavirus seems to be in retreat. Over half of the country has now gotten at least one vaccination shot. And here in New York City, 60% of all adult…

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: News About This Year's Winner—And About My New Podcast on Winners of Yesteryear by Broadwayandme

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday and the winner for the drama prize was Katori Hall for her terrific play The Hot Wing King. I had several dogs in this fight. Like most theater …

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Finally, A Few Reasons to Celebrate: Shakespeare's Birthday, Covid Vaccinations by Broadwayandme

People are getting vaccinated, some at a new site right in the middle of New York City's Theater District (click here to read more about that). Meanwhile, theaters are taking steps to reope…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Introducing My New "All the Drama" podcast by Broadwayandme

As some of you know, I’m a contributor to BroadwayRadio and over the past few years, I’ve hosted “Stagecraft,” a show that talks to playwrights and musical book writers about their r…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

World Theatre Day by Broadwayandme

Even, or maybe especially, in these pandemic times, it's time to put on a good face and celebrate the theater that we all continue to love:  

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

A Theatrical Anniversary None of Us Wanted by Broadwayandme

, A year ago today, I was gearing up for the intense out-every-night theatergoing of awards season and, as I told my friend David Gordon who has been publishing a chronicle of this past pand…

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Black History Portrayed in Civil Rights Plays by Broadwayandme

We’re in the middle of African American History Month, a commemoration made all the more urgent by the events of last summer that were prompted by the police murders of George Floyd and Br…

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

B&Me's Happy—and Sad—14th Anniversary by Broadwayandme

This is a bittersweet anniversary for me: I published the first Broadway & Me post 14 years ago on Valentine’s Day but it’s now been nearly a year since I’ve seen a show in person.…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

In Memoriam: Cicely Tyson by Broadwayandme

  Deeply mourning the death of the great Cicely Tyson, a trailblazer and role model in so many ways.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Raves for "Ratatouille: The Tik Tok Musical" by Broadwayandme

I had planned to write a review of Ratatouille: the Tik Tok Musical, the delicious online presentation that began as a 15-second video created by a fan of the Disney animated film about a ra…

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

10 Spots of Theatrical Joy in a Dire Year by Broadwayandme

This is the time of year when people like me create lists that tout the best things we’ve experienced in the areas of interest we followed over the last 12 months. But it’s hard to put t…

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Wishing You As Merry a Christmas... by Broadwayandme

...as is safely possible this year:  

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

A Solo "Christmas Carol" for A Solitary Time by Broadwayandme

Christmas as we know it—the tree, the cards, the carol singing—began during the early Victorian age and perhaps no one popularized those now-familiar traditions more than did Charles Dic…

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Even in These Pandemic Times by Broadwayandme

Let’s be honest: it’s been a tough year.  For the world. For the nation. For the theater community. And yet, there are still things for us theater lovers to be grateful for, be it the p…

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Thoughts on Some Offerings of Theatrical Methadone for Those Missing Live Theater by Broadwayandme

A Zoomed scene from the staged reading of Lisa Loomer's docudrama Roe  It hit me unexpectedly. I’d been going along for the past seven months telling myself that I didn’t really miss …

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Power Plays: Shows About U.S. Politics by Broadwayandme

The first face-to-face debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is scheduled for this Tuesday, Sept. 29, and the uncertainty over the outcome of the election five weeks from now has me in a…

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

A Special Labor Day Salute to All of Broadway's Truly Essential Performers by Broadwayandme

Traditions are important even—maybe especially—in troubled times. And so although theaters remain dark and I’ve been posting here infrequently, I’ve decided to go ahead with my annua…

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Seeing "Macbeth" Again, Again, And Again by Broadwayandme

Macbeth is a great gateway drug for Shakespeare newbies. It’s got a straight-ahead plot, some of the Bard’s most memorable lines, plus witches. Us Shakespeare oldies like it too. It’s …

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"Seared" is Cooking on Almost All Burners by Broadwayandme

Sometimes you want a gourmet meal filled with rare or surprising ingredients. But sometimes you just want a big yummy bowl of macaroni and cheese. Seared, the latest play by Theresa Rebeck, …

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The Irish Rep's "Pumpgirl" Drives Too Hard by Broadwayandme

The monologue play is an odd hybrid. Unlike traditional monologues in which one actor talks directly to the audience, it usually features three or more performers. But unlike traditional pla…

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"Tina, The Tina Turner Musical" May Not Run Deep, But Its Sensational Star Soars High by Broadwayandme

In the old days, when tickets were cheaper, people went to musicals for the thrill of hearing new songs. Today, when seeing a Broadway show can cost more than a car note, they go for the sec…

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The Humble Appeal of "One November Yankee" and "Harry Townsend's Last Stand" by Broadwayandme

Yes, I know it’s not a Saturday when I usually post but the holidays and other end-of-the-year obligations have turned my schedule topsy-turvy. So I’ve decided to invoke my old practice …

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Turning on the Ghost Light by Broadwayandme

It’s been a while since I last turned on the ghost light that theaters use when they’re temporarily empty but I’m doing it now. That's mainly because I’ve been running around seeing …

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Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas... by Broadwayandme

..and a Happy Chanukah, a tardy Good Winter Solstice, a strong Happy Festivus, a slightly premature Joyous Kwanza and the all-around sincere hope that however you celebrate it, your holiday …

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The Most Meaningful Shows of 2019 For Me by Broadwayandme

For those of us who write about culture, the holiday season includes making Top 10 lists. But this year, I’ve decided against trying to anoint the best shows I’ve seen or even tallying u…

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Happy New Year by Broadwayandme

Happy New Year!  Happy New Decade!!  Here’s hoping that they’re both filled with more happiness (including lots of good theater) than not.  Cheers!!!

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Why "Sing Street" is Slightly Off-Key For Me by Broadwayandme

Sing Street, the new musical that opened last week at New York Theatre Workshop and which is the final big show of the fall season to open, arrived with high expectations. But that can hurt …

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"Judgment Day": More Style Than Substance by Broadwayandme

Bigger isn’t always better. The British director Richard Jones won deserved kudos in 2017 for staging The Hairy Ape in the vast drill hall at the Park Avenue Armory. That production lite…

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An Invitation to Join Me (and Some Great Playwrights) at This Year's BroadwayCon by Broadwayandme

No review post this week (although if you have a chance you should try to catch Talene Monahon’s How to Load a Musket, a really thought-provoking play about historical reenactors and the f…

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Some Must See Shows for the Spring Season by Broadwayandme

The best preview for the spring 2020 theater season I’ve seen was the one that my friend and fellow theater junkie Howard Sherman posted on his Facebook page a couple of weeks ago: I c…

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