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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Clueless: As If… It Were Still the ’90s by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Amy Heckerling brings unapologetic nostalgia and joy to a musical adaptation of her '90s film, featuring Disney star Dove Cameron The post Clueless: As If… It Were Still the …

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Humor and Heart Make for a Great Night Out at Pretty Woman: The Musical by Elysa Gardner

It was easy to predict that a musical adaptation of Pretty Woman would find fans on Broadway. As producer and veteran film executive Paula Wagner points out, the 1990 movie, starring Julia R…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Bob Mackie’s Iconic Looks Head to Broadway in The Cher Show by Elysa Gardner

When the subject of a Broadway show is an icon of both music and fashion, it’s vital that the piece be dazzling both visually and aurally. To ensure this was the case for The Cher Show, se…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz on Crafting Be More Chill by Elysa Gardner

Teenage outsiders have not traditionally been considered ripe fodder for musical theater — heightened emotions like those expressed in, say, West Side Story notwithstanding. Be More Chill,…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Two By Friel: Love Stories, Fleeting and Bittersweet by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Director Conor Bagley pairs lovely, haunting accounts of innocence and experience by Brian Friel The post Two By Friel: Love Stories, Fleeting and Bittersweet appeared first on …

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Monday, November 19, 2018

The Hard Problem: Puzzling Over Beautiful Enigmas, the Mind and Heart by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ In Tom Stoppard's brilliant, moving new play, very smart people grapple with very big questions The post The Hard Problem: Puzzling Over Beautiful Enigmas, the Mind and Heart…

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What to Send Up When It Goes Down: Making Black Lives Matter Through Art by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Aleshea Harris's new play and "ritual" commemorates violence and a celebrates a community's resilience The post What to Send Up When It Goes Down: Making Black Lives Matter Thro…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Prom: Bringing Red and Blue Together with Song and Dance by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Broadway actors invade a Midwestern town to help a teenage lesbian, and themselves, in a new musical comedy helmed by Casey Nicholaw The post The Prom: Bringing Red and Blue Togeth…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thom Pain (based on nothing): Life, the Art of the Possible by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Will Eno's early one-man play is revived, its brutality and beauty in tact. The post Thom Pain (based on nothing): Life, the Art of the Possible appeared first on New York Stage…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

King Kong: The Beast Is Us, with Special Effects by Elysa Gardner

★★ A new, extravagant musical adaptation offers a feminist but emotionally exploitative take on the classic tale The post King Kong: The Beast Is Us, with Special Effects appeared first …

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Usual Girls: Aching Just Like A Woman, and Breaking Too by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Ming Peiffer charts the fraught, funny, frightful journey from female adolescence to womanhood in a stirring new play The post Usual Girls: Aching Just Like A Woman, and Breakin…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

American Son: Modern Injustice, Wrought As Melodrama by Elysa Gardner

★★ Topical and vital concerns get mired in banality in the new play marking Kerry Washington's return to Broadway The post American Son: Modern Injustice, Wrought As Melodrama appeared f…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Torch Song: Fierstein’s Epic, Shorter But Fierce and Funny As Ever by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Michael Urie shines in a condensed version of Harvey Fierstein's still-pertinent, piercing and accessible comedy The post Torch Song: Fierstein’s Epic, Shorter But Fierce …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Days of Rage: Talking About a Revolution, 50 Years Back by Elysa Gardner

★★★ The latest from Dear Evan Hansen playwright Steven Levenson follows young protesters in a divided nation The post Days of Rage: Talking About a Revolution, 50 Years Back appeared f…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Niceties: Inside Ivy Walls, No Room For Empathy by Elysa Gardner

★★ Two women separated by age and race find no common humanity in Eleanor Burgess's dispiriting new play The post The Niceties: Inside Ivy Walls, No Room For Empathy appeared first on Ne…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lewiston/Clarkston: A Western Landscape, Majestic and Tragic by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Samuel D. Hunter surveys the America we still don't know well enough in his beautiful, haunting two-part play The post Lewiston/Clarkston: A Western Landscape, Majestic and T…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mother of the Maid: A Soldier and Her Other Heart by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Glenn Close brings Joan of Arc's mother to radiant life in a luminous account of women's strength, and love The post Mother of the Maid: A Soldier and Her Other Heart appeare…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Popcorn Falls: Small-Town Drama, Played For Laughs by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Christian Borle directs two other facile funny men in a play by James Hindman. The post Popcorn Falls: Small-Town Drama, Played For Laughs appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Mandy Patinkin Has Found a ‘New Life Partner in Music’ by Elysa Gardner

With “Homeland” about to end, he’s released his first new albums in more than a decade, with a young pop-minded producer pushing him to take risks.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Beckett: Clowning in the Dark by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Bill Irwin offers an exuberant homage to a master of bleakness The post On Beckett: Clowning in the Dark appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Girl From the North Country: Souls Tangled Up In Blue, Bleak and Radiant by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Depression-era Minnesotans find no shelter from their storms in Conor McPherson's adaptation Bob Dylan's songs The post Girl From the North Country: Souls Tangled Up In Blue,…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur: Women Of A Certain Time, Alone Together by Elysa Gardner

★★★ La Femme Theatre Productions offers a fittingly languid revival of a later, lesser-known Tennessee Williams play The post A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur: Women Of A Certain Time, …

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The True: Behind Every Man, Resilience and Pain by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Edie Falco plays a political survivor, decades before #MeToo, in Sharr White's moving play. The post The True: Behind Every Man, Resilience and Pain appeared first on New York S…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Aladdin: Four Years On, A Fairy Tale For A Whole New World by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ One of Disney's most enduring screen-to-stage confections remains among its most adult-friendly--and seems freshly relevant, for all ages. The post Aladdin: Four Years On, A Fai…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Moms of Dear Evan Hansen by Elysa Gardner

During a recent rehearsal for the new touring production of Dear Evan Hansen, launching September 25 in Denver, actress Jessica Phillips — who plays Evan’s mom, Heidi — had what she de…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Cherry Jones Returns to Broadway by Elysa Gardner

Cherry Jones has proven herself as one of the greatest actors of her generation with her powerful work in both established and instant classics, from the Broadway productions of The Heiress …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties (Some More Memorable Than Others) by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Four winning performances and a stunning one add up to an absorbing production of Jen Silverman's entertaining but frustrating play. The post Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties (…

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Prom Committee: Creating the New Broadway Musical The Prom by Elysa Gardner

Back when celebrated director Casey Nicholaw was working on the 2010 Broadway musical Elf, he approached members of his creative team with something one of them, composer Matthew Sklar, desc…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

From Dear Evan Hansen to Anastasia, New Fall Tours to Look Out For by Elysa Gardner

As the fall theater season launches, a string of musicals that have enjoyed success on Broadway in recent years will become available to audiences across the country. Now fans who have just …

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Casey Nicholaw Brings the Big Musical Comedy The Prom to Broadway by Elysa Gardner

The Book of Mormon. Something Rotten!. The Drowsy Chaperone. What do these boisterously witty, aggressively entertaining, critically lauded musicals have in common? All were choreographed an…

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Broadway Stars Align to Help Craft the New Musical The Prom by Elysa Gardner

Twice Tony Award–nominated actor Christopher Sieber remembers walking to the gym one day several years ago and running into Tony-winning director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw. “And Casey…

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