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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Inside the Brutal Economics of Broadway’s Omicron Shutdowns by Gordon Cox

“It just turned into triage.” That’s how Anne Quart describes the past few weeks on Broadway. As senior VP of production and co-producer at Disney Theatrical, Quart saw first-hand the …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

How ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ Star Robin de Jesús Played the Long Game, Even Through the Setbacks by Gordon Cox

Robin de Jesús is a three-time Tony Award nominee who’s currently co-starring in “Tick, Tick… Boom!,” one of this year’s film awards season contenders. But de Jesús will be the f…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:06PM
Friday, January 7, 2022

‘Force Majeure’ Review: Bold Adaptation Brings an Avalanche to the Stage With Humor by Gordon Cox

No one stages something set across mountainous ski slopes in a 251-seat, three-sided theater without a sense of humor. Which is why director Michael Longhurst has attached the bold and perky…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Why Peter Dinklage Didn’t Want a Fake Nose for ‘Cyrano’ by Gordon Cox

Peter Dinklage was never very interested in playing the lead role in “Cyrano de Bergerac” — until a new musical adaptation of the story got rid of the fake nose that has come to define…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:26PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘Flying Over Sunset’ Review: A Trippy New Broadway Musical by Gordon Cox

In the midst of the deadly dull 1950s, Hollywood celebs Cary Grant, Claire Booth Luce and Aldous Huxley escape their ennui by dropping acid. No serious sex is involved and no one rushes out …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:02PM

‘Cabaret’ Review: Eddie Redmayne Dazzles in Triumphant West End Revival by Gordon Cox

Ever since Bob Fosse cast a never-better Liza Minnelli in his Oscar-winning re-imagining of the musical “Cabaret,” revivals of the original musical have leaned toward being “All About …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:44AM
Friday, December 10, 2021

‘Best of Enemies’ Review: Behind the Scenes of 1968’s Revolutionary TV Debates by Gordon Cox

Like all historical plays, James Graham’s latest, now playing at the Young Vic in London, is as much about the time in which it’s written as the time depicted. His version of the 2015 do…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:28PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Company’ Review: A Sublime Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Beloved Musical by Gordon Cox

Half a century has passed since Stephen Sondheim and George Furth first dazzled Broadway with “Company,” their tartly astute 1970 musical about a single Manhattanite dogged by coupled fr…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:05PM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

‘The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage’ Review: ‘His Dark Materials’ Prequel Is a Triumph of Theatrical Storytelling by Gordon Cox

At a moment of the highest possible tension, a character shoots a puppet. What makes that not just exciting, but truly extraordinary, is that you feel the entire audience shudder. “We’re…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:24PM
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

How the Cast of ‘Company’ Learned of Stephen Sondheim’s Death: ‘It Was Crushing’ by Gordon Cox

The cast of the new Broadway revival of “Company” was in the middle of a two-show Friday on Thanksgiving weekend when they heard the news that the musical’s legendary composer, Stephen…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:28PM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Review: An Unmemorable Broadway Musical Banks on Familiar Material by Gordon Cox

A face smothered in banana cream has already sprung out from behind a refrigerator door. A silicone breast plate has been scorched over a stovetop. A man dressed like Margaret Thatcher on he…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

‘Life of Pi’ Review: A Fantastical Story Becomes a Fantastic West End Production by Gordon Cox

Bestseller though it is – 10 million copies and counting – it’s fair to say that “Life of Pi,” the extraordinary story of a shipwrecked 17-year-old who did (or maybe didn’t) spen…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00PM

Masks, Vax Cards and an Army of Orphans: Behind the Scenes of NBC’s ‘Annie Live!’ Dress Rehearsal by Gordon Cox

For audience members checking in at the final dress rehearsal of NBC’s “Annie Live!” on Dec. 1, there was an additional stop along the usual security gauntlet. Between the airport-styl…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:01PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

‘Clyde’s’ Review: Uzo Aduba Stars in Lynn Nottage’s New Broadway Comedy by Gordon Cox

A sandwich has always been a kind of vehicle, ingredients riding between sliced bread. Lynn Nottage improbably turns the lunchtime staple into the storytelling engine of “Clyde’s,” her…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

Why Uzo Aduba’s New Broadway Role Reminds Her of ‘Jaws’ by Gordon Cox

Uzo Aduba does not play a great white shark in Lynn Nottage’s new Broadway comedy “Clyde’s” — but her role in the show does make her think, somewhat surprisingly, of “Jaws.” Li…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00PM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘Trouble in Mind’ Review: A Timely Broadway Play Elevated by a Stellar Cast by Gordon Cox

Alice Childress’ timely play “Trouble in Mind” is finally getting its Broadway debut — after a 65-year wait. The late playwright’s first full-length work, about discrimination and …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

‘Paradise Square’ Review: Broadway-Bound Musical Premieres in Chicago by Gordon Cox

“Paradise Square,” an ambitious new musical heading to Broadway in March, is a fictionalized historical take on the Five Points area of Manhattan and the social forces leading up to the …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:55PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Diana, The Musical’ Review: A Royal Tragedy Turned Vacuous Rom-Com by Gordon Cox

Is it possible that Lady Di might have loved “Diana, The Musical”? We’re talking about the princess who surprised Covent Garden with a duet to Billy Idol’s “Uptown Girl,” a brash…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

‘Assassins’ Review: A Killer Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Macabre Masterpiece by Gordon Cox

Director John Doyle’s electrifying staging of “Assassins,” Stephen Sondheim’s macabre masterpiece about our national infatuation with fame and our appetite for violence, is a revival…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:45PM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

‘Nollywood Dreams’ Review: A Comedy With Heart About the Nigerian Film Industry by Gordon Cox

If the team of Ghanaian-American playwright Jocelyn Bioh (“School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play”) and Kenyan-born director Saheem Ali brings nothing else to the stages of New Yo…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00PM
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

How Edie Falco’s Handprint Inspired Her New Off Broadway Play ‘Morning Sun’ by Gordon Cox

The new Off Broadway play “Morning Sun” was written for Edie Falco — and it’s not the most comfortable thing for her. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: “It …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:05PM
Thursday, November 4, 2021

‘The Visitor’ Review: David Hyde Pierce Stars in a Musical With No Beat by Gordon Cox

The djembe drum is the sacred heartbeat of West Africa, a powerful instrument conveying messages of struggle and liberation for African people. Traditionally used by griots to connect histor…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

‘Morning Sun’ Review: Edie Falco Headlines an Ode to an Ordinary Woman by Gordon Cox

Stunning performances from Edie Falco, Blair Brown and Marin Ireland humanize Simon Stephens’ new play “Morning Sun,” an earnest if bland love letter to a kind, selfless but fundamenta…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

‘Pride and Prejudice (sort of*)’ Review: A Smashingly Smart Austen Adaptation by Gordon Cox

“Young hearts, to yourself be true.” It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen never sang along with Candi Staton. But among the many things that the frankly sensational …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

‘Caroline, or Change’ Review: Broadway Revival Starring Sharon D. Clarke Is Timely and Necessary by Gordon Cox

The musical “Caroline, or Change” is back on Broadway for the first time since its captivating original production closed in 2004. The best theater revivals highlight the relevance of cl…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30PM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

‘Caroline, or Change’ Then and Now, With Anika Noni Rose and Samantha Williams by Gordon Cox

The first thing audiences see at the new Broadway revival of “Caroline, or Change” is a statue of a Confederate soldier that, early on in the show, gets torn down in an act of protest. I…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:13PM
Friday, October 22, 2021

‘The Shark Is Broken’ Review: The ‘Jaws’ Backstory, Watered Down by Gordon Cox

From “42nd Street” onwards, backstage stories were once a staple in the theater, and while there was often a shark or two, they were usually only of the loan variety. But in the West End…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:09PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Talks Transgender Performers, Theater Advocacy and ‘Starlight Express’ by Gordon Cox

Andrew Lloyd Webber would welcome a transgender performer in the cast of one of his shows, the composer and producer said in an interview recorded live at the Variety Legit: Return to Broad…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:32PM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

‘Dana H’ Review: A Riveting Act of Theatrical Shamanism by Gordon Cox

“I’m in this world but I’m not,” the middle-aged woman confesses to an unseen interviewer in Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.,” a mesmerizing solo show of theatrical shamanism that is re…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Review: A Dazzling Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of American Capitalism by Gordon Cox

Welcome to America, all ye wretched immigrants from impoverished foreign lands. Watch closely and learn as the three Lehman brothers from Bavaria — Henry the brainy head, Emanuel the power…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:07AM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Review: James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan in an Over-Directed and Under-Dramatized Production by Gordon Cox

The title character of “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is unequivocal: “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it was done quickly.” Director Yaël Farber begs to differ. She …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:01PM

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Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre