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Friday, April 28, 2017

Last Chance: ‘The Fantasticks’ by Matthew Wexler

Try to remember… when The Fantasticks wasn’t playing Off-Broadway. The production opened in 1960 and has been a fixture for nearly 60 years. But catch it while you can. Producers announc…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sentimental Journey: ‘Bandstand’ on Broadway by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter There’s a lot of heart and a considerable amount of talent off and onstage in Bandstand, a sincere, upbeat, but overly sudsy and clichéd musical that’s moved to Broa…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Great Imposter: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter “There are two sides to every story,” says a character in John Guare’s prize-winning dramedy, Six Degrees of Separation, now getting its first Broadway revival sinc…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sweets for the Sweet: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter As we squeezed our way through all the Oompa Loompas, I mean small children, clogging the arteries, I mean aisles, of the Lunt-Fontanne after eating, I mean seeing, Charl…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Benefit Reading: Keri Russell in ‘An American Daughter’ by Matthew Wexler

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wendy Wasserstein’s prescient play An American Daughter returns to New York on May 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. for a one-night-only benefit reading at the To…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Kiss is Still a Kiss: ‘Indecent’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter As I looked around during the standing ovation greeting Paula Vogel’s Indecent, now on Broadway after its successful run Off-Broadway last season, a few people were str…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Healthcare and the Church: ‘Rebel in the Soul’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Rebel in the Soul, a brisk, compact biodrama by musician/composer/writer Larry Kirwin, is set in Ireland a few years after World War II but its tale of Dr. Noel Browne’…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

‘Sunday in the Park with George’ Revival Announces Cast Recording by Matthew Wexler

The producers of the hit Broadway revival of New York City Center’s productionSunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, announced today that the show w…

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California Dreaming: Audra McDonals to Perform in Beverly Hills by Matthew Wexler

Audra McDonald heads west! The record-breaking, six-time Tony Award-winner makes her anticipated debut, as part of the acclaimed Broadway @ series, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Pe…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tormented in Life and Art: ‘Fragmented Frida’ by Matthew Wexler

By April Stamm A life so rich with pain and beauty and so complex with love and betrayal can be enticing and daunting to take on in performance. Many have tackled the challenge of Frida Kahl…

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Don’t Miss: An Evening with Bebe Neuwirth at Arena Stage by Matthew Wexler

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host An Evening with Bebe Neuwirth on Monday, May 1, 2017. The exclusive benefit features the presentation of the second annual Beth …

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Don’t Miss: Tennessee Williams Festival, May 3-7 by Matthew Wexler

St. Louis again celebrates its world-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—Tennessee Williams—with the 2nd Annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, May 3 – 7, in venues …

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Coming Soon: ‘Dreamgirls’ Original London Cast Recording by Matthew Wexler

Masterworks Broadway proudly announces the release of the highly anticipated Original London Cast Recording of Dreamgirls. The new double album will be available via online retailers an…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Serving Up Theatrics: ‘Cuisine & Confessions’ by Matthew Wexler

by April Stamm If only your dinner parties were this cool: your adorable kitchen packed with well-placed hipster kitsch and peopled with fascinatingly gorgeous, mustachioed, skinny-jeans-wea…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

He’s Back! Brian d’Arcy James Returns to ‘Hamilton’ 4/14 by Matthew Wexler

The musical Hamilton’s very first King George III, three-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, returns to the role for a limited engagement on Broadway starting April 14. James created …

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Here’s Looking at You, Kid: ‘CasablancaBox’ by Matthew Wexler

by Ryan Leeds CasablancaBox, the experimental play currently playing at HERE Arts Center had the potential to become a complete disaster. To begin with, it uses sacred material (The 1942 cl…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Cavalcade of Stars for New York Pops’ 34th Birthday Gala by Matthew Wexler

On Monday, May 1, 2017, The New York Pops will celebrate its 34th birthday with a grand gala evening honoring Karen van Bergen, the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and Tony Award winn…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Two Houses, Both Not Alike in Dignity: ‘The Profane’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Given today’s preoccupations with Islam, Zayd Dohrn couldn’t have hit upon a more succulent subject for a domestic dramedy than the one he uses in The Profane, his p…

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15 Rockin’ Minutes with Sheri Sanders by Matthew Wexler

by Ryan Leeds Life is full of choices but for Sheri Sanders, there’s no reason to choose. When it comes to performing, Sanders believes that you can combine legit trained musical theater s…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Listen: West of Broadway’s Premier Episode by Matthew Wexler

Curtain up! There’s plenty of Broadway caliber talent that’s ventured west, and that’s where Lara Scott and Will Armstrong come into play. Their new podcast, West of Broad…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

High Class Humor: ‘Present Laughter’ on Broadway by Matthew Wexler

Let’s cut to the chase. Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter is a brilliantly fine-tuned comedy of style and substance, and if you want to see a…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bring on the Monsters: ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Perhaps, like me, you didn’t notice that, beneath the Harry Potter hoopla of the past two decades, a series of young adult novels about another boy with supernatural po…

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On Sale: Drama Desk Award Tickets by Matthew Wexler

Tickets went on sale this morning, April 4,  for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, and can be purchased at This year’s awards, hosted by Michael Urie,…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Murphy’s Law: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter A bit of advice: if you’re going to see The Play That Goes Wrong make sure you visit the facilities first. Otherwise you’re going to have a hard time not peeing in yo…

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ Shatters Shubert Theatre Box Office Record by Matthew Wexler

The new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler has just, in its third week of preview performances, shattered the house record for the highest weekly gross of any show in…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Fight for the American Dream: ‘Sweat’ by Matthew Wexler

  Sweat, a new play Lynn Nottage, may make you do just that. It’s an occasionally squirmish drama that delves into the lives of a handful of residents in Reading, Pennsylvania, an industr…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Guns, God and Government: ‘Church & State’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter Despite its title, Church & State, a thoughtful but patchy political dramedy by Jason Odell Williams, has very little to do with the separation of powers as mentioned…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

It Only Takes a Moment: Bette Midler’s Gracious Gesture by Matthew Wexler

It’s no surprise that Bette Midler’s Broadway arrival is generating big buzz. Hello, Dolly! producers reported a record-breaking $9 million in first-day sales. But what happened during l…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Announces Audience Choice Awards, May 25 by Matthew Wexler announced today that the 18th Annual Audience Choice Awards will be presented at a private reception on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Each year, the excitement of the B…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MCC Theater Announces $2.5 Million Challenge Grant by Matthew Wexler

MCC Theater announced today the launch of a matching gift challenge made possible by The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust. The Trust has awarded a $2.5 million challenge grant in support of…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Don’t Miss: Broadway Cares Benefit at Don’t Tell Mama by Matthew Wexler

“Rainbows & Ribbons,” a new show by Ross Hewitt, will be presented tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, New York City).  This is a…

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