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Monday, May 23, 2022

Theater Reviews: “Hangmen” and “American Buffalo” on Broadway — From the Gallows to the Gutter by Christopher Caggiano

Two dark comedies explore American and British subcultures far below the line of decency.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:24AM
Friday, April 29, 2022

Theater Review: “The Minutes” on Broadway Beguiles and Befuddles by Christopher Caggiano

Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts’s new Broadway play features an intriguing premise and a shocking denouement. The post Theater Review: “The Minutes” on Broadway Beguiles and Befuddl…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:42AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Theater Review: “Kimberly Akimbo” is Heart-Rending and Life-Affirming   by Christopher Caggiano

The new musical by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire is a show that everyone who believes in the artistic future and emotional power of the American musical will want to see. The post …

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:18AM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Arts Remembrance: Stephen Sondheim – Musical Theater Mourns the Passing of a Giant by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano Stephen Sondheim was the most influential musical-theater artist of the modern era. His death leaves a permanent hole in the art form and in the hearts of his fans. W…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:54PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Theater Review: “Caroline, or Change” Reflects How Far We’ve Come – and How Far We Haven’t Come – Regarding Race by Christopher Caggiano

The first Broadway revival of this challenging 2004 musical makes a sincere but ultimately unpersuasive case. The post Theater Review: “Caroline, or Change” Reflects How Far We’ve Come…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:24PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Theater Review: “Come From Away” — A Heartening Tale of Human Connection by Christopher Caggiano

Come From Away is more than just a rousing and heart-warming 100 minutes of theatrical entertainment. It’s a poignant reminder, and celebration, of what we’re all capable of as people. T…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:33AM
Friday, November 8, 2019

Opera Review: A Decolonized “Magic Flute” by the Isango Ensemble by Christopher Caggiano

What if you took canonical Western works and reimagined them from an African perspective? The post Opera Review: A Decolonized “Magic Flute” by the Isango Ensemble appeared first on The…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:42PM
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Theater Review: “Linda Vista” on Broadway Upends the Male Midlife Crisis by Christopher Caggiano

Dramatist Tracy Letts’s new play is raw, funny, and intensely personal. The post Theater Review: “Linda Vista” on Broadway Upends the Male Midlife Crisis appeared first on The Arts Fu…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:54AM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Theater Review: “SpongeBob” Tour in Boston is Hardly Absorbing by Christopher Caggiano

This is a non-union production, and that means the actors are being paid a fraction of what they would be getting if the tour were offering performers a union contract. The post Theater Revi…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:54PM
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Theater Review: A Shattering “Slave Play” Rattles Broadway   by Christopher Caggiano

Jeremy O. Harris’s bold new play is wildly provocative and hysterically funny. The post Theater Review: A Shattering “Slave Play” Rattles Broadway   appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:24PM
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Theater Review: ArtsEmerson Presents the Exhilarating “Passengers” by Christopher Caggiano

The latest show from circus troupe The 7 Fingers is both intimate and gasp-inducing. The post Theater Review: ArtsEmerson Presents the Exhilarating “Passengers” appeared first on The Ar…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:48PM
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Theater Review: The Wives of Henry VIII Reclaim History in “Six” at the A.R.T. by Christopher Caggiano

The new pop musical tells the oft-told tale of uxoricide from the women’s perspective. The post Theater Review: The Wives of Henry VIII Reclaim History in “Six” at the A.R.T. appeared …

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:36PM
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Theater Review: “Hello, Dolly!” in Boston a Welcome Confection by Christopher Caggiano

The national tour of the smash-hit revival retains much of the charm of the original. The post Theater Review: “Hello, Dolly!” in Boston a Welcome Confection appeared first on The Arts …

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 07:42PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Theater Review: Company One’s ‘Greater Good’ Takes Us on a Tour of Privilege. Literally. by Christopher Caggiano

Greater Good is a fiercely compelling piece, confronting its audience with a complex exploration of some of the most pressing issues of our day. The post Theater Review: Company One’s ‘…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 07:12PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Theater Reviews: “Because of Winn Dixie” in Connecticut and “The Lightning Thief” in Boston by Christopher Caggiano

Two new musicals aimed at young audiences: One sings, the other yowls The post Theater Reviews: “Because of Winn Dixie” in Connecticut and “The Lightning Thief” in Boston appeared f…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:48PM
Monday, July 15, 2019

Theater Review: “Dear Evan Hansen” in Boston is Broadway-Worthy by Christopher Caggiano

The touring company of Dear Evan Hansen is every bit as good as its Broadway counterpart. The post Theater Review: “Dear Evan Hansen” in Boston is Broadway-Worthy appeared first on The…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:18PM
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Theater Review: “Tea at Five” Doesn’t Deserve Faye Dunaway by Christopher Caggiano

Faye Dunaway has chosen Tea at Five as the vehicle to bring her back to Broadway after a 37-year absence. Would that she had waited a bit longer for a vehicle more worthy of her considerable…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:03AM
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Book Review: A Critical Look at Barbra Streisand’s Career by Christopher Caggiano

Ethan Mordden’s exhaustive take on Barbra Streisand may not be what diehard fans are looking for. The post Book Review: A Critical Look at Barbra Streisand’s Career appeared first on Th…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:03PM
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Theater Review: A Raucous and Moving “Cloud 9” by Christopher Caggiano

Expert performers and taut direction make this Cloud 9 a natural high. The post Theater Review: A Raucous and Moving “Cloud 9” appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:36PM
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Theater Review: “The Flamingo Kid” — An Amiable Throwback by Christopher Caggiano

This new musical is charming and lively, but without some renovation its future life is in question. The post Theater Review: “The Flamingo Kid” — An Amiable Throwback appeared first o…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:06PM
Friday, May 24, 2019

Theater Review: “We Live in Cairo” — A Well-Intentioned But Amateurish Musical Take on The Arab Spring by Christopher Caggiano

Do musicals with honorable intentions deserve a pass when it comes to quality? The post Theater Review: “We Live in Cairo” — A Well-Intentioned But Amateurish Musical Take on The Arab …

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:18PM
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Theater Review: “Ink” Leaves Its Stain on Broaday by Christopher Caggiano

James Graham’s new play almost evokes sympathy for the devil. Almost. The post Theater Review: “Ink” Leaves Its Stain on Broaday appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:12PM
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Theater Review: “Beetlejuice” Bombards Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

Beetlejuice may not be the blockbuster its creators are hoping for, but it is occasionally humorous and rarely dull. The post Theater Review: “Beetlejuice” Bombards Broadway appeared fir…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:20AM
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Theater Review: Taming a Shrew in the #MeToo Era by Christopher Caggiano

The new Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate removes much of the objectionable material — and a lot of the fun The post Theater Review: Taming a Shrew in the #MeToo Era appeared first on The…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 07:08PM
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Theater Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Visceral “Birdy” by Christopher Caggiano

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of Birdy is at its best when it focuses on the play's central relationships. The post Theater Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Visce…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:24PM
Monday, February 25, 2019

The Robbins Effect by Christopher Caggiano

A concise history of dance integration in musical theatre The post The Robbins Effect appeared first on Dramatics Magazine Online.

SOURCE: Dramatics Magazine at 09:43AM
Friday, February 15, 2019

The Unusual Journey of Be More Chill by Christopher Caggiano

Teenage fans help launch the show to Broadway The post The Unusual Journey of <em>Be More Chill</em> appeared first on Dramatics Magazine Online.

SOURCE: Dramatics Magazine at 11:10AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Theater Review: “The Ferryman” – The Troubles, Once Again by Christopher Caggiano

Broadway hasn’t seen a play this harrowing yet eminently enjoyable since August: Osage County.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:24AM
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Review: Astaire, Balanchine, and Kelly — The Foundations of Film Dance by Christopher Caggiano

While Beth Genné proffers a terrific take on dance and its social context, she exhibits a shaky grasp of musical-theater history.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:18PM
Friday, August 24, 2018

Review: ‘Pretty Woman’ Panders on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 24, 2018 If you’re wondering whether the new musical version of Pretty Woman contains even a shred of inspiration, look no further than…

SOURCE: www.zealnyc.com at 02:09PM
Friday, August 17, 2018

Review: Could ‘Be More Chill’ Be More Shrill? by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2018 The musical Be More Chill was already a bit of a sensation even before it recently opened Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square S…

SOURCE: www.zealnyc.com at 10:00AM