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Friday, January 28, 2022

‘Skeleton Crew’ reviews: ‘Commanding’ Phylicia Rashad leads this ‘moving’ Dominique Morisseau play by David Buchanan

Ten days after her first Broadway show ended an acclaimed run, playwright Dominique Morisseau has just opened another. The Tony-nominee penned the libretto for musical “Ain’t Too Proud: …

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Monday, January 17, 2022

‘Flying Over Sunset’ closes on Broadway: Will Tony voters remember this ‘delectable’ but ‘bewildering’ new musical? by David Buchanan

Cary Grant back on Broadway? For five weeks this winter, the debonaire actor treaded the boards again in spirit in the form of Tony Yazbeck, who portrayed the Golden Age movie star in the mu…

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

‘Company’ returns to Broadway reimagined in a ‘sublime’ production that honors the late Stephen Sondheim’s ‘indelible’ score by David Buchanan

Over fifty years after its debut on Broadway in 1970, Stephen Sondheim’s genre-redefining musical “Company” has returned in a reimagined production by Tony Award-winning director Maria…

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Friday, December 10, 2021

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ reviews: Stage musical ‘predictable’ and ‘pandering,’ but Rob McClure is ‘vivacious’ by David Buchanan

Almost thirty years after Robin Williams played “Mrs. Doubtfire” on the big screen, a musical adaptation has bowed on Broadway. The farcical plot follows divorced father Daniel, who dre…

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

‘Clyde’s’ reviews: Uzo Aduba hailed for return to Broadway in ‘delightful’ new play by Lynn Nottage by David Buchanan

It has been almost five years since playwright Lynn Nottage made her Broadway debut with “Sweat” and almost 10 since Uzo Aduba last appeared on a Broadway stage. They both return, triump…

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Friday, November 19, 2021

‘Trouble in Mind’ reviews: Alice Childress’ ‘exemplary,’ ‘eye-opening’ play an early Tony Awards Best Revival contender by David Buchanan

Many plays and musicals have had to wait a long year and a half to open on Broadway, with premieres delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. But none are more overdue than Alice Childres…

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘Diana, The Musical’ reviews: ‘Cold and crass’ new show fails to live up to its beloved subject by David Buchanan

Diana, Princess of Wales has been portrayed in no shortage of high profile works of fiction this past year, from her introduction on the fourth season of Netflix’s “The Crown” to Pablo…

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

‘Caroline, or Change’ reviews: ‘Thrilling’ revival showcases Sharon D Clarke’s ‘titanic’ performance by David Buchanan

Seventeen years after its Broadway debut, musical “Caroline, or Change” has returned in what critics describe as an “electrifying” production. The show is set in 1960s Louisiana and …

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Monday, October 18, 2021

‘Dana H.’: ‘Harrowing’ play about abduction showcases ‘astonishing’ Deirdre O’Connell by David Buchanan

Last week, “Is This a Room” opened on Broadway to rave reviews as one half of a repertory production that also features Tony-nominee Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” This companion piece, o…

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Friday, October 15, 2021

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ arrives on Broadway ‘gorgeous and intoxicating,’ a ‘captivating’ but dense financial epic by David Buchanan

“The Lehman Trilogy” has had a protracted journey to Broadway. Not quite as long as the nearly two centuries of history that the play chronicles, of course, but what began in London in 2…

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘Girl From the North Country’ reopens on Broadway: ‘Ravishing’ Bob Dylan musical eligible for 2022 Tony Awards by David Buchanan

Back in March 2020, the Bob Dylan songbook musical “Girl From the North Country” opened on Broadway on March 5, just one week before theaters shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. N…

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‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’: Critics find this new Broadway play to be ‘poetic’ but ‘uneven’ by David Buchanan

Back in February, the new play “Thoughts of a Colored Man” installed its marquee at the Golden Theatre, an encouraging sign almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic that the frost on …

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

‘Is This a Room’ on Broadway is an ‘astonishing’ new play that dramatizes a real FBI interrogation by David Buchanan

The long-awaited reopening of Broadway has just welcomed one of its most unique offerings of the season with the debut of new drama “Is This a Room.” One of a duo of transcript plays to …

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Broadway comedy ‘Chicken & Biscuits’ has ‘fresh’ humor and heart, but some critics hunger for more by David Buchanan

Ten years after making his Broadway debut as an actor in “The Book of Mormon,” Douglas Lyons just took his first bow as a playwright with “Chicken & Biscuits,” which opened at th…

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Friday, October 8, 2021

‘Lackawanna Blues’: Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s ‘vibrant’ play and performance are a ‘master class’ by David Buchanan

Twenty years after Ruben Santiago-Hudson first brought the town of Lackawanna, New York to life Off-Broadway, his autobiographical play “Lackawanna Blues” has arrived on Broadway. The so…

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Monday, October 4, 2021

The wait was worth it: ‘Six’ opens on Broadway to ‘fantastic’ reviews and is early Tony Awards favorite by David Buchanan

In March of last year, the new musical “Six” was literally minutes away from opening on Broadway when the coronavirus pandemic halted its performance. Eighteen months later, the musical …

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Monday, September 27, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge!’ wins 10 Tony Awards, two shy of record set by ‘The Producers’ by David Buchanan

As our exclusive odds predicted, “Moulin Rouge!” won 10 of its 13 Tony Awards races, including the top prize, Best Musical. It also claimed the awards for Best Director (Alex Timbers), B…

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Tony Awards mystery explained: How did Tom Hiddleston (‘Betrayal’) lose? by David Buchanan

Heading into Sunday night’s Tony Awards, Tom Hiddleston looked like a lock for the Best Actor in a Play award. The Emmy-nominated actor and star of Marvel movies and the “Loki” series …

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Danny Burstein (‘Moulin Rouge!’) finally wins at Tonys on lucky nomination #7 by David Buchanan

On his seventh try, Danny Burstein finally has a Tony Award. The beloved Broadway veteran claimed his career-first trophy for his featured performance in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” The…

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Tony Awards: Will ‘Moulin Rouge!’ sweep the long-delayed 74th ceremony? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG] by David Buchanan

The long-delayed 74th Tony Awards was held on Sunday, September 26 in a two-part telecast staged at the Winter Garden theater. Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald hosted a ceremony on Paramo…

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Tony Awards 2021 winners list [UPDATING LIVE] by David Buchanan

Broadway has just reopened after shuttering on March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To mark the return of the rialto, the 74th annual Tonys were handed out on Sunday, September 26 at…

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

20 years after her first Tony, Mary-Louise Parker (‘The Sound Inside’) could finally take home bookend by David Buchanan

Two decades ago Mary-Louise Parker won her first Tony Award for her enthralling performance in David Auburn’s “Proof.” Five Broadway appearances later, Parker is on the cusp of winning…

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Nearly 30 years after his first nomination, David Alan Grier (‘A Soldier’s Play’) could finally win a Tony by David Buchanan

Almost 30 years after earning his first Tony Awards nomination for portraying Jackie Robinson in the musical “The First,” David Alan Grier may finally take home his first trophy. Nominat…

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

‘Slave Play’ predicted to win Best Play at the Tonys, but will it claim any acting awards? by David Buchanan

“Slave Play” made history back in October when it received 12 Tony Awards nominations, the most ever for a play. Five of those citations recognize members of its stellar ensemble, includ…

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Musical sweeps are on the rise at the Tonys, so how many awards will ‘Moulin Rouge!’ win? by David Buchanan

Five years ago, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s “Hamilton” won 11 Tony Awards, just one shy of the record held by “The Producers.” In the years since, landslide sweeps in the musical categori…

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Broadway returns with ‘Pass Over,’ a ‘rhapsodic’ play with ‘magnetic’ performances by David Buchanan

Almost 18 months after the last new show opened on Broadway – the musical “The Girl from the North Country,” which bowed on March 5, 2020 – the New York theatre community celebrated …

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Tony Awards 2021 slugfest: Who has the edge in the incredibly competitive Play races? [WATCH] by David Buchanan

“The plays are really where it’s at in terms of races,” Sam Eckmann declares to kick off the first of our 2021 Tony Awards predictions slugfest. Though we don’t yet know the date whe…

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s’ Jane Levy could pull off a Golden Globes upset like fellow TV songstress Rachel Bloom by David Buchanan

When Golden Globes nominations were announced, Jane Levy beat our odds and landed a slot in the Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress category. The singing star of NBC’s musical comedy “Zoey…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

5 reasons why ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ can sing its way to a series bid at the Golden Globes by David Buchanan

In the Golden Globes race for Best Comedy/Musical Series, a category that will most likely boast shows about a riches-to-rags family saga, Catherine the Great and a cadre of vampires, there …

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Glynn Turman (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’): From Independent Spirit bid to Golden Globes nomination? by David Buchanan

Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is slated to have a big morning when Golden Globes nominations are announced on Feb. 3, with predicted bids for Best Film Drama, Drama Actress (V…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Bryan Cranston (‘Your Honor’) could surprise at SAG Awards with an ‘All the Way’-style nomination and upset victory by David Buchanan

Four years ago Bryan Cranston pulled off a huge upset at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in the TV movie/limited series acting category, winning for HBO’s “All the Way.” Lightning could…

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