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Thursday, November 15, 2018

'The Prom' Broadway review: This musical comedy is the happiest show around by Christopher Kelly

'The Prom' puts a smile on your face start-to-finish; also reviewed, Mike Birbiglia's "The New One"

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Friday, October 26, 2018

'The Waverly Gallery' returns Elaine May to Broadway, with mixed success: review by Christopher Kelly

The legendary comic Elaine May hasn't appeared on Broadway in nearly 60 years. She stars with Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen and Michael Cera in a revival of Kenneth Lonergan's "The Waverly G…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Broadway 2018 fall preview: 15 shows to see, 'King Kong,' The Cher Show,' more by Christopher Kelly

Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch, Daniel Radcliffe checking facts, Bryan Cranston in "Network" and a very expensive ape are headed to the Great White Way

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

'Pretty Woman: The Musical' on Broadway is a crowd-pleaser done right: review by Christopher Kelly

The Julia Roberts classic "Pretty Woman" is now a Broadway musical. The "Pretty Woman" Broadway cast includes Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, and Orfeh

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

'Straight White Men' starring Armie Hammer is more lecture than drama: Broadway review by Christopher Kelly

Young Jean Lee's "Straight White Men," starring Armie Hammer and Josh Charles, talks itself in circles

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Matthew Broderick, Mary Louise Parker and a 'Royal Family': 3 big shows premiere out of town by Christopher Kelly

"The Sound Inside," "The Royal Family of Broadway" and "The Closet" all had their out-of-town premieres, but will their be life beyond the Berkshires for them?

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The new play 'Cyprus Avenue' starring Stephen Rea is terrifying and brilliant by Christopher Kelly

Stephen Rea stars in David Ireland's original and eerie drama; also reviewed: Idina Menzel in Joshua Harmon's new play "Skintight"

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: All 22 Tony nominated shows, ranked from worst to best by Christopher Kelly

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," "Mean Girls," "Frozen" and "Angels in America" are among the Broadway shows competing for 2018 Tony Awards. The T…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

'The Boys in the Band' revival on Broadway is near-flawless: review by Christopher Kelly

"The Boys in the Band" 2018 cast includes Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto. This revival now on Broadway is affecting and intelligent.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

The Paper Mill just lost the most high-profile show of next season. What happened? by Christopher Kelly

The theater was supposed to host the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's newest musical.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on Broadway is just about the coolest thing ever by Christopher Kelly

No "Harry Potter" spoilers. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" on Broadway is a wonder and tickets are going to be tough to come by.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

'Carousel' on Broadway 2018 review: This ride gets stuck by Christopher Kelly

"Carousel" on Broadway in 2018 looks awfully stodgy. Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry and Renee Fleming are cast in this disappointing revival

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

'Mean Girls' on Broadway review: This show is so not fetch by Christopher Kelly

The "Mean Girls" on Broadway cast often charms, but this Tina Fey musical never quite achieves liftoff

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

'Angels in America' on Broadway review: A masterpiece soars again by Christopher Kelly

Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and Lee Pace headline an instant-classic revival of Tony Kushner's great play

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

'Frozen' on Broadway review: This one's hard to warm up to by Christopher Kelly

Disney's "Frozen" arrives on Broadway, but this one doesn't have the lasting power -- or imagination and creativity -- of "The Lion King" or "Beauty and the Beast&qu…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Escape to Margaritaville' review: The Jimmy Buffet musical is a sour mix by Christopher Kelly

This Broadway show is an unfortunate mishmash of Buffett staples like "Why Don't We Get Drunk" and "Margaritaville" and a handful of tepid new compositions

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Anna Chlumsky is the reason to see the new play 'Cardinal': review by Christopher Kelly

The "Veep" actress Anna Chlumsky stars with "Happy Endings"' Adam Pally in "Cardinal" a new play by Greg Pierce at the Second Stage Theater in New York.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

The 10 best shows on Broadway (and off) in 2017 by Christopher Kelly

Revivals of "Hello, Dolly," "Sweeney Todd," and "Jitney" made it a year to remember

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Monday, December 18, 2017

'It's a Wonderful Life' is a joyful surprise at Shakespeare Theatre: review by Christopher Kelly

Bring your ugly sweater and leave you cynicism at home because this is a show bursting with Christmas spirit.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Amy Schumer gets stranded in Steve Martin's trainwreck of a play 'Meteor Shower' by Christopher Kelly

Imagine a barely coherent "Saturday Night Live" sketch repeated for 80 interminable minutes, and you'll get a sense of this new play

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ayad Akhtar's 'Junk' might be the best play of the year: review by Christopher Kelly

Steven Paquale makes a tremendously complex anti-hero in "Junk," a fictionalized recreation of the Michael Milken scandal; also reviewed: "People, Places & Things" at…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Take a trip to 'Illyria,' a majestic new play at the Public: review by Christopher Kelly

Writer-director Richard Nelson has conjured up a low-key but poignant drama about Public Theater founder Joe Papp

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'Oedipus' lives in a gripping modern adaptation: 3 shows to see off-Broadway by Christopher Kelly

Luis Alfaro's "Oedipus El Rey' is an intense and inventive take on a classic; also reviewed: "The Last Match," by Anna Ziegler and "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train by Stephen …

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

17 shows you need to see on and off Broadway in fall 2017: Springsteen, SpongeBob, more by Christopher Kelly

"Springsteen on Broadway," "The Band's Visit," and Broadway appearances by Uma Thurman and Clive Owen are on tap for fall 2017

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

'Prince of Broadway' is a greatest hits tribute to its creator: review by Christopher Kelly

This revue of music from Hal Prince's shows -- including "West Side Story," "Cabaret" and "Sweeney Todd" -- contains all your favorites

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Michael Moore bashes Trump, GOP and even New Jersey in new Broadway show by Christopher Kelly

"The Terms of My Surrender," now playing on Broadway, drifts dangerously close to self-parody.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

This 'Parallelogram' doesn't measure up; plus 'A Midsummer Night's Dream': reviews by Christopher Kelly

Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris' latest is funny but uneven; also reviewed, a majestic "Midsummer Night's Dream" in Central Park

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

'Marvin's Room' Broadway review: This heartbreaking play is a must-see by Christopher Kelly

Lili Taylor and Janeane Garofalo are luminous in a new production of Scott McPherson's 1991 play.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The assault-your-senses '1984' puts Orwell on Broadway by Christopher Kelly

Starring Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge, this new production is intense, if not always coherent.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Panic! at the Disco star Brendon Urie is a revelation in 'Kinky Boots' by Christopher Kelly

Plus a new cast for the amazing revival of Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd"

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The revival of '6 Degrees of Separation' disappoints; 'Charlie' is just sorry by Christopher Kelly

The revival of "Six Degrees of Separation" is one of the season's biggest disappointments; also reviewed: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Antipodes"

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