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Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Outsiders: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ The classic YA novel, previously made into a hit 1983 film, has been unconvincingly adapted as a Broadway musical. The post The Outsiders: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM
Saturday, March 30, 2024

Andrea McArdle: The Broadway Baby Returns to Familiar Environs by Frank Scheck

The "Annie" star revisits highlights of her career in her 54 Below show. The post Andrea McArdle: The Broadway Baby Returns to Familiar Environs appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:30AM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Water for Elephants: Heavy Lifting for a Musical by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Acrobatics and puppetry abound in this musical adaptation of the best-selling novel about a love triangle that takes place in a Depression-era traveling circus. The post Wat…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM
Monday, March 18, 2024

An Enemy of the People: Ibsen’s Classic Trivialized with Gimmickry and Ice Cubes by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli star in Sam Gold's production of Ibsen's classic drama, adapted by Amy Herzog. The post An Enemy of the People: Ibsen’s Classic Trivial…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The Effect: A Play About a Scientific Experiment That Feels Like One by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Jamie Lloyd directs this London revival of Lucy Prebble's drama about two test subjects in a drug experiment falling in love. The post The Effect: A Play About a Scientific …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Monday, March 11, 2024

Corruption: Real-Life Events, Compellingly Dramatized by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ This gripping new effort from J. T. Rogers, author of "Oslo," concerns the News International phone hacking scandal that rocked Britain. The post Corruption: Real-Life Even…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:55PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Illinoise: An Explosion of Transporting Music and Dance by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Justin Peck's dance-theater piece, featuring a story he devised with Jackie Sibblies Drury, is based on Sufjan Stevens' acclaimed album. The post Illinoise: An Explosion of …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Friday, March 1, 2024

Brooklyn Laundry: John Patrick Shanley Rinses and Repeats, to Mostly Charming Effect by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Cecily Strong and David Zayas star in this romantic dramedy from the author of "Moonstruck." The post Brooklyn Laundry: John Patrick Shanley Rinses and Repeats, to Mostly Ch…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:56PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Ally: A Play of Ideas. And Ideas. And Ideas… by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Josh Radnor plays a university professor caught up in a maelstrom of conflicting ideologies in the talky new drama by Itamar Moses. The post The Ally: A Play of Ideas. And I…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 02:53AM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

A Sign of the Times: ’60s Pop Nostalgia for the Baby Boomer Crowd by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Chilina Kennedy and Crystal Lucas-Perry star in this 1965-set musical featuring dozens of pop hits by the likes of Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, The Monkees, and Dusty Springfie…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Apiary: Nothing to Buzz About by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Taylor Schilling and April Matthis in Kate Douglas' play about laboratory workers who develop an unconventional method of promoting beehive growth. The post The Apiary: Noth…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Connector: Journalism Scandal Musical Feels Too Little, Too Late by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Daisy Prince directs this new musical by Jason Robert Brown and Jonathan Marc Sherman, based on a real-life story and featuring Scott Bakula, Ben Levi Ross, and Hannah Cruz. …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:57PM
Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Prayer for the French Republic: Give Thanks for This Powerful Drama by Frank Scheck

★★★★★ Joshua Harmon's superbly staged and acted drama arrives on Broadway after its heralded premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club. The post Prayer for the French Republic: Give Than…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:55PM
Monday, December 18, 2023

Appropriate: Check Your Expectations at the Door for This Brilliantly Subversive Family Drama by Frank Scheck

★★★★★ Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's acclaimed play makes its Broadway debut in a revelatory staging. The post Appropriate: Check Your Expectations at the Door for This Brilliantly Subv…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Saturday, December 16, 2023

Christine Ebersole with Billy Stritch: I’ll Be Home for Christmas: Holiday Cheer Spiked with Wit by Frank Scheck

The veteran performers, who have been working together for twenty years, make their 54 Below debut with this holiday-themed show. The post Christine Ebersole with Billy Stritch: I’ll Be H…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:36AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Buena Vista Social Club: From Album to Screen to Triumphant Musical by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Marco Ramirez ("The Royale") provides the book for this show featuring the music of legendary Cuban musicians. The post Buena Vista Social Club: From Album to Screen to Triu…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:28PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Manahatta: History Repeating Itself, Didactically by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Mary Kathryn Nagle's play parallels the past and present struggles of Native Americans. The post Manahatta: History Repeating Itself, Didactically appeared first on New York…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:59PM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Spain: A history play that stays mainly in the plain. by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Jen Silverman's comedy-drama revolves around the figures involved in the making of the landmark 1937 anti-fascist documentary "The Spanish Earth." The post Spain: A history …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Hell’s Kitchen: A Musical Neighborhood Worth Visiting by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Featuring old and new songs by Alicia Keys, the musical is loosely based on the performer's early life. The post Hell’s Kitchen: A Musical Neighborhood Worth Visiting appe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:26PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Waiting for Godot: Beckett’s Classic Play Revived and, Spoiler Alert, He Still Doesn’t Arrive by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks deliver lived-in chemistry in this sturdy revival of the absurdist masterpiece. The post Waiting for Godot: Beckett’s Classic Play Revived …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:01PM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

I Need That: A Play About Hoarding Not Cluttered by Nuance by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Danny DeVito stars in Theresa Rebeck's play about a compulsive hoarder, also featuring his daughter Lucy DeVito and Ray Anthony Thomas. The post I Need That: A Play About Ho…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM

Sabbath’s Theater: Philip Roth’s Sexually Explicit Novel, Unabashedly Staged by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ John Turturro plays the licentious former puppeteer in this stage adaptation which he co-wrote, also featuring Elizabeth Marvel and Jason Kravits. The post Sabbath’s Theate…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:29PM
Monday, October 30, 2023

I Can Get It For You Wholesale: Garment District-Set Musical Gets Some Fresh Tailoring by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ The CSC's revival of the 1962 Harold Rome/Jerome Weidman musical features a terrific ensemble headed by Santino Fontana. The post I Can Get It For You Wholesale: Garment Dis…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:57PM
Sunday, October 29, 2023

Stereophonic: Musical and Personal Dynamics Writ Large and Small by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ An up-and-coming rock band struggles to record their new album in David Adjmi's drama, featuring music by former Arcade Fire member Will Butler The post Stereophonic: Musical…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Sunday, October 22, 2023

Here We Are: A Minor But Welcome Final Addition to the Sondheim Canon by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ A terrific ensemble performs Stephen Sondheim's final work, directed by Joe Mantello and featuring a book by David Ives adapted from two classic Luis Bunuel films. The post …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:55PM
Thursday, October 12, 2023

Gutenberg! The Musical!: A Meta-Musical Satire That Doesn’t Deserve Exclamation Points by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells reunite for the first Broadway production of this musical spoof by Scott Brown and Anthony King, creators of "Beetlejuice." The post Gutenberg!…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:56PM
Wednesday, September 27, 2023

‘Purlie Victorious’ A Revival That Lives Up to Its Title by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Leslie Odoms, Jr. plays the title role in Kenny Leon's revival of Ossie Davis' 1961 racial satire, also featuring Kara Young and Jay O. Sanders. The post ‘Purlie Victoriou…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Sunday, September 17, 2023

Swing State: Angst in the Heartland by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Rebecca Gilman's new play, imported from Chicago's Goodman Theatre, concerns the troubling chain of events that occur after a toolbox and gun are stolen from a woman's barn. …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:55PM
Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Infinite Life: Illness as Undeveloped Metaphor by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Annie Baker's new play concerns six patients suffering from serious ailments who are undergoing treatment at an alternative medicine facility. The post Infinite Life: Illnes…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:26PM
Sunday, August 20, 2023

El Mago Pop: European, Vegas-Style Magic on Broadway by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Antonio Diaz, "Europe's highest-grossing illusionist," makes his Broadway debut with a lavish show of illusions small and large. The post El Mago Pop: European, Vegas-Style …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:54PM
Monday, July 24, 2023

The Cottage: A New Sex Farce That Already Feels Dated by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Eric McCormack, Laura Bell Bundy, Lilli Cooper and Alex Moffat are among the stars of Sandy Rustin's Noel Coward-inspired sex farce. The post The Cottage: A New Sex Farce Th…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards