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Saturday, July 9, 2016

HowlRound: Reconstructing and Reimagining: Noah Diamond and the First Marx Brothers Musical by David Levy

While I’ll Say She Is has been largely ignored by the theatre historian crowd, it’s always been an object of fascination for students of comedy. Two sketches from the revue are well-know…

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Monday, June 6, 2016

WAR(Off-Broadway at LCT3)Review by David LevySo much of Branden... by David Levy

WAR(Off-Broadway at LCT3)Review by David LevySo much of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s latest is summed up in its name, War. The title simultaneously refers to a family at odds with each other, …

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250 Word Reviews: War by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. (Off-Broadway at LCT3) So much of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s latest is summed up in its name, War. The title simultaneously refers to a family at od…

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Friday, May 20, 2016

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Paint Your Wagon – Encores! Cast Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. Paint Your Wagon is exactly the kind of show Encores does best. It was an early effort by one of Broadway’s most successful songwriting teams (L…

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Three Alfred Drake Reissues by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. Alfred Drake is having a moment. Sure, he died nearly a quarter-century ago, but with three of his albums newly available, it’s a great time to be a…

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

RED SPEEDO(Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop)review by... by David Levy

RED SPEEDO(Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop)review by David LevyThe intersection of fame and family – and the tremendous pressure that each can produce – animates Lucas Hnath’…

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250 Word Reviews: Red Speedo by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. RED SPEEDO (Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop) The intersection of fame and family – and the tremendous pressure that each can produce –…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Merman’s Apprentice – Original Cast Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to anymore,” I would kindly direct your attention …

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Billboard: ‘Grease: Live!’ Freshens a Favorite With Mix of Old and New by David Levy

Originally published in Billboard.   Fox made a bold step into the live television musical arena tonight with Grease: Live!, a technically ambitious production that upped the ante set…

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Friday, January 22, 2016

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Studio Cast by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org.  If you only know The Hunchback of Notre Dame from the 1996 Disney animated film, you’re in for a surprise the first time you listen to the new…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Today, @reviews250 welcomes @benferber to our pages with his review of Skeleton Crew, which opens... by David Levy

Today, @reviews250 welcomes @benferber to our pages with his review of Skeleton Crew, which opens tonight at the Atlantic Theater Company. Watch this space!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

The Sondheim Review: No guarantee of happiness by David Levy

The destructive potential of the American Dream Originally published in The Sondheim Review. Stephen Sondheim has distanced himself from the practice of reusing discarded songs from old sho…

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

It’s dlevy!: David’s Favorite 2015 Theater by David Levy

Originally published on itsdlevy.net. I’m not sure how many shows I saw this year, and I didn’t keep good enough record to count. Suffice it to say, I saw a lot, but not everything. Ther…

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Talkin’ Broadway: Book Reviews – On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide by Ethan Mordden by David Levy

Originally published on TalkinBroadway.com. In Passion, Fosca sings, “If you have no expectations, you can never have a disappointment.” These are wise words to bring with you to…

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

250 Word Reviews: Puffs by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. PUFFS, OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC & MAGIC (Off-off-Broadway: The Peoples Improv Theater) Churchill said,…

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PUFFS, OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL... by David Levy

PUFFS, OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC & MAGIC(Off-off-Broadway: The Peoples Improv Theater)Churchill said, “History is written by the victors,” but ho…

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Friday, November 13, 2015

250 Word Reviews: The Pavilion by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. THE PAVILION (Off-off-Broadway: The Producer’s Club) You know the story: middle-aged white guy has a mid-life crisis, so attends high school reuni…

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THE PAVILION(Off-off-Broadway: The Producer’s Club)You know the... by David Levy

THE PAVILION(Off-off-Broadway: The Producer’s Club)You know the story: middle-aged white guy has a mid-life crisis, so attends high school reunion to attempt to rekindle things with his hi…

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Monday, November 9, 2015

250 Word Reviews: Dada Woof Papa Hot by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. DADA WOOF PAPA HOT (Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse) Most gay men of a certain age never envisioned a world in which t…

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DADA WOOF PAPA HOT(Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater at the... by David Levy

DADA WOOF PAPA HOT(Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse)Most gay men of a certain age never envisioned a world in which they could get married and have children. At …

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

250 Word Reviews: On Your Feet: THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. ON YOUR FEET:THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN (Broadway: Marquis Theatre) One gets the feeling about halfway through the first act of On You…

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ON YOUR FEET:THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN(Broadway:... by David Levy

ON YOUR FEET:THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN(Broadway: Marquis Theatre)One gets the feeling about halfway through the first act of On Your Feet that were you to quiz the cast where the …

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SYLVIA(Broadway: Cort Theatre)If there’s one reason to see... by David Levy

SYLVIA(Broadway: Cort Theatre)If there’s one reason to see Sylvia, A. R. Gurney’s 1995 canine comedy making its Broadway debut, it’s Annaleigh Ashford. As the titular tail-wagger, she …

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250 Word Reviews: Sylvia by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. SYLVIA (Broadway: Cort Theatre) If there’s one reason to see Sylvia, A. R. Gurney’s 1995 canine comedy making its Broadway debut, it’s Annalei…

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

250 Word Reviews: Dames At Sea by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. DAMES AT SEA (Broadway: The Helen Hayes Theatre) Dames at Sea first delighted audiences in 1966 with its low-budget, can-do spunk. A gentle spoof of…

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DAMES AT SEA(Broadway: The Helen Hayes Theatre)Dames at Sea... by David Levy

DAMES AT SEA(Broadway: The Helen Hayes Theatre)Dames at Sea first delighted audiences in 1966 with its low-budget, can-do spunk. A gentle spoof of 1930s movie musicals, the show prefigured t…

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Woman of the Year – Original Broadway Cast by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. There are certain shows by the giants of musical theater that have lesser reputations. While often these reputations are earned (e.g. late-period Andr…

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Friday, August 21, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Doctor Zhivago – Original Broadway Cast Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. I don’t think any of us expected to hear a cast recording from Doctor Zhivago, a show that had more above-the-title producers than performances …

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Pageant – 2014 Off-Broadway Cast by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. When Side Show hit Broadway in 1998, I became fascinated with the career of lyricist Bill Russell. I had never heard of him before, but I discovered h…

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: The Golden Apple – First Full-Length Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. The Golden Apple is one of those scores that has taken on something of a mythic air, which is entirely appropriate for this Broadway rethinking of The…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Medium: Blood, Sex, and Tears – The Queer Theater of Little Shop of Horrors by David Levy

Originally published on Medium. I found myself with an unexpected case of “the feels” last night at Little Shop of Horrors at Encores! Off-Center, so I sat down to word-vomit a bit on Tu…

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