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Monday, February 27, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Becomes a Woman" - 2/27/22 by Michael Portantiere

The little-known or virtually unknown plays that have been expertly revived by the Mint Theater Company throughout its history have fallen into two broad categories: (1) obscure works by obs…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:15PM
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Daughter-in-Law" - 2/22/22 by Michael Portantiere

Almost miraculously, the Mint has given us new-old winners time and again for 30 years now, with only a few re-dos. Its current offering is a revival of a true rarity that the company first …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:26AM
Sunday, August 26, 2018

DAYS TO COME - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

It's interesting to debate just where Lillian Hellman's reputation as a playwright stands as compared to her contemporaries in terms of quality, prolificity, and also revivability.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:58PM
Thursday, June 21, 2018

CONFLICT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Sex, politics, and sex in politics have been rich subjects for theatrical treatment pretty much since day one, and will no doubt continue to be

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:56PM
Thursday, January 18, 2018

HINDLE WAKES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The year 1912 was a bad one for certain trans-Atlantic ship passengers—and, based on what happens in the first scene of Stanley Houghton's 1912 play Hindle Wakes, currently on view in a ra…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:04PM
Thursday, November 9, 2017

THE BAND'S VISIT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

It's demonstrably true that people who think they're supposed to hate each other due to cultural, racial, religious, ideological, and other differences amplified by tribalism can actually li…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:14PM
Thursday, October 26, 2017

M. BUTTERFLY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Director Julie Taymor has stated that a Chinese puzzle box was the metaphor that came to her mind as the jumping-off point for her new Broadway production of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:07PM
Thursday, August 24, 2017

PRINCE OF BROADWAY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

When it was first announced that there would be a show celebrating the Broadway career of Harold Prince, some people expressed the opinion that this did not sound like a good idea.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:04PM

THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

In Michael Moore's Broadway show, he makes the powerful point that a single person can effect tremendous change for the better in our world, and he gives several examples. . . .

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:51PM
Thursday, August 10, 2017

MICHAEL MOORE: THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER – Talkin’ Broadway’s Review by Michael Portantiere

Have you seen the electoral map of New York City for the 2016 Presidential election?

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:36PM
Thursday, June 29, 2017

MARVIN'S ROOM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Dark comedies don't get much darker that Scott McPherson's funny, sad, beautiful play Marvin's Room, about a caregiver who contracts a serious illness herself.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:12PM
Thursday, June 22, 2017

1984 - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The dystopia depicted by George Orwell (real name, Eric Arthur Blair) in his chillingly prescient novel 1984 has not come true in all of its nightmarish particulars, at least not to the…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:01PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017

THE GOLDEN APPLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The current, wish-come-true, New York City Center Encores! presentation of The Golden Apple will have seven performances over a five-day period.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:39PM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

YOURS UNFAITHFULLY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

It's not surprising that Yours Unfaithfully, Miles Malleson's 1933 play about a couple's attempt to successfully negotiate the terrain of what we would now call an “open marriage,” was n…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:26PM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

A DAY BY THE SEA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The program for the Mint Theater Company's production of N.C. Hunter's A Day by the Sea tells us that the author “took his place among the leading British dramatists of the 1950s,” but i…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:34PM
Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Sound of Musicals: Christine Andreas by Michael Portantiere

“The Sound of Musicals,” is a monthly podcast devoted to musical theatre recordings of all types, including Broadway cast albums, London cast albums, studio cast albums, and soun…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 03:44PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 Theatre World Awards Awards - Report & Photos by Michael Portantiere

The 72nd annual Theatre World Awards, honoring "outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway significant, reviewable debut performances," were presented last evening in a ceremony at Circle in the S…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:39PM
Monday, May 2, 2016

2016 Lucille Lortel Awards Report by Michael Portantiere

Guards at the Taj (Outstanding Play), FUTURITY (Outstanding Musical), and The Robber Bridegroom (Outstanding Revival) were among the big winners at the 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards honoring ex…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:25AM
Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Sound of Musicals: The King and I by Michael Portantiere

“The Sound of Musicals,” is a monthly podcast devoted to musical theatre recordings of all types, including Broadway cast albums, London cast albums, studio cast albums, and soun…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 05:59PM
Thursday, February 25, 2016

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN by Michael Portantiere

Women Without Men sounds like it could be the title of a girl-on-girl porno flick, or maybe one of those trashy, lesbian-themed pulp novels of the 1950s.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:52PM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

“Editing Without Betraying Jonathan’s Conception”  The 1996 Interview About Rent’s Finishing Touches by Michael Portantiere

As the 20th anniversary of Rent's Off-Broadway debut approaches, we look back to our 1996 interview with musical director Tim Weil, who talked about putting the finishing touches on …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Double Exclamation Points: Oh, Kay! at Musicals Tonight! by Michael Portantiere

George and Ira Gershwin's utterly delightful 1926 musical Oh, Kay! is the current production of Mel Miller's essential Musicals Tonight! company.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:57PM
Monday, September 21, 2015

THE NEW MORALITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

In theatrical comedy, drama, and even tragedy, an entire play can revolve around or turn upon the smallest of plot points.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:05PM
Monday, June 22, 2015

Jonathan Groff: So Much Spring, and Summer by Michael Portantiere

A Tony Award nominee for Spring Awakening, Jonathan Groff has been away from theater for a while, making himself known and beloved in two of the most disparate roles imaginable: as the flawe…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 01:04AM
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jessica Molaskey: Portraits of Joni by Michael Portantiere

In collaboration with her husband John Pizzarelli, as well as solo appearances in musical theater, in concert and cabaret, on recordings, etc., the "singers' singer" Jessica Molask…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 08:52AM
Monday, May 25, 2015

Fall-ing in Love With Cabaret by Michael Portantiere

Bryan Batt, Paula West, Karen Akers, Paulo Szot, and Jay Armstrong Johnson are only some of the super-talents now playing in clubs around town.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 05:58PM

Tale as Old as Time, Now on Blu-Ray! by Michael Portantiere

Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Terrence Mann, and Gary Beach talk about the magic of Beauty and the Beast.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 05:58PM

Shaping Up With Craig Ramsay by Michael Portantiere

BroadwayStars talks with the pumped and ripped Broadway veteran who serves as Jackie Warner's co-trainer on the new Bravo TV reality series Thintervention.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 05:58PM

Onward, Vittorio! by Michael Portantiere

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo, the Metropolitan Opera's newest star, is definitely ready for his close-up.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 05:58PM

Bernstein and Schwartz at the Opera by Michael Portantiere

As a tremendously exciting new season begins at the New York City Opera, general manager and artistic director George Steel waxes enthusiastic

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 05:58PM
Monday, May 4, 2015

Marin Mazzie is Leader of the Pack in Zorba! by Michael Portantiere

Zorba! may be the greatest Kander and Ebb musical you've never seen. A story of life and death in the Greek isles, originally produced and directed by Harold Prince, the show was well regard…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 03:29PM

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