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Thursday, July 11, 2024

‘Oh, Mary!’ review: The funniest show on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

The preposterously enjoyable non-musical play does the impossible —thanks to the irrepressible comic genius of playwright and actor Cole Escola.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Saturday, June 29, 2024

Nancy Pelosi and AOC play ‘N/A’ is a predictable snooze by Johnny Oleksinski

The behind-closed-doors scenes pitting the Speaker of the House against the upstart New York congresswoman are more like Disney’s Hall of Presidents — reverential and robotic — than Ca…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:59AM
Thursday, June 20, 2024

‘Cats: The Jellicle Ball’ review: The most fun you’ll have at the theater this summer by Johnny Oleksinski

The hottest show in town is… “Cats”? Nobody's said that since around 1984.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:18PM
Wednesday, June 19, 2024

How NYC’s massive Palace Theater was lifted into the air: ‘An inch an hour’ by Johnny Oleksinski

The iconic Broadway venue that’s played host to such luminaries as Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler was dramatically lifted 30 feet.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:10PM
Monday, June 17, 2024

Inside the Tony Awards afterparties: Angelina Jolie serves McDonald’s, Billy Porter protests by Johnny Oleksinski

“No more Carlyle! No more Carlyle!,” shouted Billy Porter. 

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:44PM
Sunday, June 16, 2024

‘Outsiders’ knocks out ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ at an otherwise dull Tony Awards by Johnny Oleksinski

They weren’t outsiders on Sunday night. In a neck-and-neck race, the fantastic new musical “The Outsiders” ultimately took home the coveted Best Musical trophy at the Tony Awards, hono…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:52PM
Saturday, June 15, 2024

Tony Awards 2024 predictions: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ or ‘Outsiders’ — which will win Best Musical? by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s not just the humidity that has Midtown Manhattan sweating bullets -- it’s the Tony Awards.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:26PM

Inside the Tonys’ most legendarily debauched after-party: Fights, fires and passed-out-legends: by Johnny Oleksinski

If you thought Broadway was Hollywood’s classier cousin, you thought wrong.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00AM
Friday, June 14, 2024

‘Titanic’ musical review: Tragic tale is sweeping and thrilling — even without Jack and Rose by Johnny Oleksinski

With a score as lush and transportive as this one, bigger is definitely better.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:32PM
Saturday, June 1, 2024

Tom Holland stuck in heinous London ‘Romeo and Juliet’: ‘2.5 hours of my life I will never get back’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Like a fly caught in a web, Tom Holland -- known best for playing Spider-Man in the MCU -- is trapped in a woeful West End production of “Romeo & Juliet.”

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:31AM
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Post was right — Audra McDonald WILL play Mama Rose in ‘Gypsy’ on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

A new Broadway revival of “Gypsy,” starring Audra McDonald as Mama Rose, was officially announced on Wednesday.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:59PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The 2024 Tony nominations were pretty brutal by Johnny Oleksinski

When the list was read aloud by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Renée Elise Goldsberry, it was snub city.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:27PM

Tony Awards 2024 nominations: The full list of nominees by Johnny Oleksinski

The nominations for the 2024 Tony Awards, honoring the best of Broadway, were announced Tuesday morning. The 2023-2024 Broadway season was a highly competitive and unpredictable one. Fifteen…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:57AM
Saturday, April 27, 2024

This year’s Tony Award nominees for Best Musical have never been so unpredictable by Johnny Oleksinski

This year, the nominations carry almost as much weight as the coveted prizes themselves. 

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:18AM
Friday, April 26, 2024

‘Illinoise’ review: Moving Broadway show is about love, loss — and dance by Johnny Oleksinski

Set to the songs of Sufjan Stevens, it is a transporting and soul-stirring experience.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:16PM
Thursday, April 25, 2024

‘Great Gatsby’ review: Broadway musical messes up beloved novel by Johnny Oleksinski

Forget East Egg and West Egg. The creators of the new musical “The Great Gatsby,” which opened Thursday night on Broadway, have laid an egg. This song-and-dance version of F. Scott Fitzg…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:22PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

‘Uncle Vanya’ review: Steve Carell’s Broadway play is funny, not feeling by Johnny Oleksinski

While the revival of Anton Chekhov's play has got the jokes down pat, it is quite a bit shakier when it comes to the pathos and hardship that spring from them. 

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM

‘Mary Jane’ review: Rachel McAdams is a strong mom in teary Broadway play by Johnny Oleksinski

Rachel McAdams brings an instantly heartbreaking quality to her performance in “Mary Jane”: Her steadfast optimism.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:14PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

‘Patriots’ review: ‘Crown’ creator’s Putin play is a bore on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s as slow and frigid as a cross-country skiing expedition through Siberia.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:52PM
Monday, April 22, 2024
Sunday, April 21, 2024

‘Cabaret’ Broadway review: Revival with Eddie Redmayne is luxe — and bleak by Johnny Oleksinski

Walking into the August Wilson Theatre, which has been gutted and impressively transformed into a sexy nightspot called the Kit Kat Club, my immediate reaction was, “Wow. This is cool!” …

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:38PM
Saturday, April 20, 2024

‘Stereophonic’ review: Broadway play goes behind the music by Johnny Oleksinski

Although “Stereophonic” is not a musical, it’s easy to get swept up by the terrific original rock songs that throb through it.  And as writer David Adjmi’s play, which opened Friday…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:12AM
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

‘The Wiz’ Broadway review: We’re off to see the cheap national tour! by Johnny Oleksinski

Yes, “The Wiz” should ease on down the road — but with boundless creativity and awe.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:00PM
Sunday, April 14, 2024

‘Lempicka’ Broadway review: Painter musical is an epic wreck by Johnny Oleksinski

What “Lempicka,” the mystifying new musical about Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka, needs more than anything else is turpentine.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:16PM
Saturday, April 13, 2024

Meet the Pete Townshend-approved breakout star of ‘The Who’s Tommy’ on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

“He hasn’t needed a lecture about what makes a star, and what can cause a star to fall. He just gets it.”

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:07AM
Thursday, April 11, 2024

‘The Outsiders’ Broadway review: Warring teens tug at the heart in one of the season’s best new musicals by Johnny Oleksinski

Driven by authenticity, earnestness, youth and ample heart, “The Outsiders” is very much an outsider itself.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:15PM

Patti LuPone is coming back to Broadway — with Mia Farrow — even after she ditched the actors union by Johnny Oleksinski

In 2022, LuPone very publicly left Actors Equity, the professional actors union that a performer must be a member of to work on Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:55AM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

‘The Who’s Tommy’ Broadway review: 4 stars for a galvanizing rock revival by Johnny Oleksinski

That we all have an inner adult and an inner child is a deeply relatable idea, even in a cuckoosical such as this one.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:05PM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

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