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Friday, September 29, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Melissa Etheridge: My Window" 9/28/23 by Howard Miller

There's no telling how many fans of the raspy-voiced, label-defying, pop/rock/folk-rock/country-rock/indie-rock singer Melissa Etheridge are flocking to the Circle in the Square Theatre, whe…

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch" 9/27/23 by Howard Miller

Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch, Ossie Davis's 1961 satirical play about Jim Crow racism, opens tonight at the Music Box Theatre in a long-overdue first-ev…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:28AM
Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Infinite Life" - 9/12/23 by Howard Miller

Playwright Annie Baker is the ultimate eavesdropper, a seeming fly on the wall, able to capture with meticulousness the voices of ordinary people, examine them under a microscope, and distil…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:19AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Tempest" - 8/30/23 by Howard Miller

There are few theatergoing pleasures that can compare with the joy of attending a performance at the Public Theater's open-air Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park. It's especially t…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:36PM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Shark Is Broken" 8/10/23 by Howard Miller

"We want Bruce! We want Bruce! We want Bruce!" So shouted the audience-in-my-head at frequent intervals during the 95-minute talking version of a tribute band that is The Shark Is Broken, op…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:09PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Back to the Future" 8/3/23 by Howard Miller

No question but that the musical adaptation of Back to the Future, opening tonight at the Winter Garden Theatre and directed to a turn by John Rando, is a genuine star-studded extravaganza t…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:01PM
Monday, July 31, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Let's Call Her Patty" - 7/31/23 by Howard Miller

Zarina Shea's Let's Call Her Patty, opening tonight at the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, is a thin wisp of a play, a miscellany of memories about a woman, the narrator's aunt, who es…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:38PM
Monday, July 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Cottage" 7/24/23 by Howard Miller

Sandy Rustin's The Cottage, opening tonight at the Hayes Theater, is a farcical take on a Noöl Coward drawing-room comedy, but one that seemingly has been paired with party games like Truth…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:10PM
Saturday, July 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Unentitled" - 7/22/23 by Howard Miller

Will blood turn out to be thicker than the waters that lap along a valuable Long Island beachfront property? That's the question raised in Charles White's Unentitled, a Negro Ensemble Compan…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:06PM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Here Lies Love" 7/20/23 by Howard Miller

It's been a decade since the disco/pop musical Here Lies Love, based on the rise and fall of former Philippines politico Imelda Marcos, made its highly successful New York debut at the Publi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:04PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Flex" - 7/20/23 by Howard Miller

There's a lot of talk about basketball in Candrice Jones' Flex, opening tonight at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. If you are not well versed in the specifics of the sport, …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:02PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Prejudice and Pride" - 7/20/23 by Howard Miller

59E59 Theaters is having a bit of a Jane Austen season this summer. A few weeks ago, it played host to the solo show Being Mr. Wickham about a ne'er-do-well character from "Pride and Prejudi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:21PM
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Hamlet" - 6/28/23 by Howard Miller

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." OK. Wrong play, but right playwright, and very applicable to the Kenny Leon-helmed Public Theater production of Shakespeare's…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03AM
Monday, June 26, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Just for Us" 6/26/23 by Howard Miller

If you read the "Author's Note" in the Playbill for comic Alex Edelman's solo show Just for Us, opening tonight at the Hudson Theatre, you will see in writing some of what you will see on st…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:06PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Once Upon a One More Time" 6/22/23 by Howard Miller

Behold a recipe for Broadway Surprise Cake. Start with a distillation of Into the Woods. Incorporate two heaping tablespoons of Six. Add a generous dash of & Juliet and another of Wicked. Bl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:17PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Light in the Piazza" - 6/22/23 by Howard Miller

Composer/lyricist Adam Guettel is not exactly known for writing hum-mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-mable melodies, but that doesn't mean he doesn't write beautiful, emotionally gripping musical numbers t…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:24PM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Days of Wine and Roses" - 6/5/23 by Howard Miller

A dream of "sammen i himmelen" (together in heaven) turns into "sammen i helvete" (together in hell) for two alcoholics who bring out the best and the worst in each other in Days of Wine and…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:05PM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Grey House" 6/1/23 by Howard Miller

There are lots of appropriate adjectives to describe Levi Holloway's ghostly play Grey House, opening tonight at the Lyceum Theatre. Among these are "eerie," "mysterious," and sometimes even…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:12PM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Gas" - 5/25/23 by Howard Miller

As a playwright, Charles Cissel is an experimentalist, more concerned with digging deeply into what lies underneath the surface than with using conventional storytelling techniques. He is li…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:24PM
Friday, May 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" 5/5/23 by Howard Miller

An offhand wisecrack reference to filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's movie Rashomon in Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window might serve well to explain the many different possib…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:47AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Summer, 1976" 4/25/23 by Howard Miller

Playwright David Auburn's narrative two-hander Summer, 1976, opening tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, boasts a pair of supremely gifted actresses who are quite adroit at getting us…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:07PM
Saturday, April 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Breathless" - 4/22/23 by Howard Miller

The 2023 Brits Off Broadway Festival kicks off at 59E59 Theaters with the Theatre Royal Plymouth production of Breathless, playwright Laura Horton's tale of compulsion and anxiety that shine…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:35PM
Friday, April 21, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Thanksgiving Play" 4/20/23 by Howard Miller

Who owns history? Or more precisely, who gets to decide which aspects of history are moved to the front of the line and plastered with the title of "TRUTH"? A serious question that is taken …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:30AM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Peter Pan Goes Wrong" 4/19/23 by Howard Miller

What tickles your funny bone? Is it an evening of witty repartee and bon mots being tossed about with debonair aplomb? A bit of Noël Coward, perhaps, or the carefully structured comedy styl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:04AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Camelot" 4/13/23 by Howard Miller

Camelot, the 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical that is near and dear to the hearts of aficionados of Broadway's "Golden Age," has always been loved for its songs. This remains true to this day, …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:48AM
Thursday, April 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Fat Ham" 4/12/23 by Howard Miller

Fat Ham, James Ijames' fanciful Pulitzer Prize-winning riff on Hamlet that opened tonight at the American Airlines Theatre, takes a sad tale about bloody vengeance and reconfigures it into a…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:18AM
Friday, March 31, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Life of Pi" 3/30/23 by Howard Miller

Transforming a best-selling novel from page to stage is a risky affair. It takes a great deal of talent, imagination, and theatrical acumen to pull it off without getting bogged down in weig…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03AM
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" 3/26/23 by Howard Miller

I've got to confess that it is hard to erase the memory of a tuba-playing Patti LuPone from the stripped-down 2006 Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. But …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:12PM
Friday, March 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Bad Cinderella" 3/23/23 by Howard Miller

How best to describe Bad Cinderella, the new musical with a score by über-successful theatre composer and impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber that officially opened tonight at the Imperial Theat…

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Bob Fosse's Dancin'" 3/19/23 by Howard Miller

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Parade" 3/16/23 by Howard Miller

What a difference four months makes! Back in November, the Alfred Uhry/Jason Robert Brown powerhouse 1998 musical Parade, about the kangaroo court trial and subsequent lynching of Leo Frank,…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:14PM