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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Could Barbie Work on Broadway? Oppenheimer? 10 Best Picture Nominees of 2024 as potential plays or musicals by New York Theater

Unlike past years, none of the ten best picture Oscar nominees in 2024  were adapted from a play or musical. But could any of them be adapted into one?   Answering this question, which I…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Sunset Baby Review by New York Theater

The first meeting between Kenyatta and Nina is tense, as it surely would be for any father and daughter who have not seen each other for many years. But their encounter in this revival of Do…

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All The President’s Women. Vanessa Williams as the West End Meryl Streep. Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

February is always a month for love, presidents, and Oscar anticipation: What Broadway says about love on Valentine’s Day 2024(See also a video below of Jordan Fisher and Lola Tung as the …

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Five The Parody Musical review. Trump’s women in place of Six’s queens by New York Theater

It did seem like a clever idea, for at least five seconds:  Use the Broadway musical “Six” — the Broadway rock musical in which the six wives of Henry VIII compete to determine whom …

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Poll: Which 2024 Best Picture Oscar Nominee Would Be Best and Worst on Broadway? by New York Theater

Which of the ten movies nominated this year for the Best Picture Oscar would make the best play? The worst play? The best musical? Take the poll below. With so many movies, even blockbusters…

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

The Scarlet Letter Theater Review by New York Theater

Now that women’s bodies have become a political and legal battleground, it seems a good time to revisit Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan tale of the shunned and shamed Hester Prynne. Rework…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival: 6 features, 28 shorts, one weekend by New York Theater

Santino Fontana, Sarah Miles, and Julie Halston are each familiar to both theater lovers and filmgoers, so it feels fitting that they would be performing together in one of the thirty-four e…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Where Women Go Review. Tina Howe’s final play by New York Theater

The first play in New York written by Tina Howe, which was entitled The Nest, “must be on any reasonable short list of the worst plays I have ever seen,” New York Times critic Clive Barn…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

What Broadway says about love on Valentine’s Day 2024 by New York Theater

Shows currently on Broadway are full of love and kisses — some sweet, sexy, some with a decidedly dark edge — as these scenes and shots attest: From & Juliet: Francois: I just propos…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Between Two Knees Theater Review by New York Theater

It’s not exactly inaccurate to describe “Between Two Knees” as a play about American Indian history told through the experience of one indigenous family over several generations, from …

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Monday, February 12, 2024

What is avant-garde theater in 2024? Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Off Broadway Week begins today All five shows that I reviewed this past week (see below) could be described as avant-garde theater.  But what does avant-garde even mean in 2024? It’s a p…

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Broadway at Super Bowl LVIII: Wicked, Alicia, Reba by New York Theater

A commercial for the forthcoming movie musical “Wicked” during the Super Bowl came closest to Broadway fare, but it isn’t a complete stretch to offer a few other moments that were of i…

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Off Broadway Week 2024: 2 for 1 Tickets by New York Theater

Tickets are on sale for Off-Broadway Week, where you can buy two tickets for the price of one for 31 different Off-Broadway productions, for performances from February 12 to March 3. Click h…

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

My Mama and the Full-Scale Invasion Theater Review. A Ukrainian mother takes on the world. by New York Theater

After Russia invades her native Ukraine, Olga Ivanovna, 82 years old,  calls Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy  to strategize; admonishes both Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany and …

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Friday, February 9, 2024

I Love You So Much I Could Die Theater Review by New York Theater

In this experiment in storytelling, Mona Pirnot spends just over an hour with her back to the audience, intermittently picking up an acoustic guitar and singing a song (she does this five …

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Russian Troll Farm Off-Broadway Review by New York Theater

Much has changed – and nowhere near enough has changed – since I first saw “Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy,” a play by Sarah Gancher based on a frightening true story: How th…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Bark of Millions Review. Taylor Mac and Matt Ray’s 260 Minutes of Queer Love and Music by New York Theater

“Bark of Millions” is a concert of fifty-five original songs, each inspired by a queer figure in history, put together by the same team that produced the once-in-a-generation “A 24-Dec…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Following Evening Review. Living and Loving While Making Theater by New York Theater

When they started making theater together fifty years ago – at the same time that they started making love together, and making a life together – they’d already been eating cheap food,…

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Broadway at the Grammys. Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

“Some Like It Hot” won best musical theater album at the 66th Grammy Awards, among the 85 trophies handed out online in the afternoon, before the nine major Grammy categories were spotl…

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Some Like It Hot wins Best Musical Theater Album Grammy 2024 by New York Theater

 Some Like It Hot is the winner of the Grammy for Musical Theater Album. “Thank you Broadway first of all. Come to New York City, come to regional theater. Support live theater,” the al…

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Black Theater IS Black History by New York Theater

Ossie Davis, the author and star of “Purlie Victorious” in 1961; Leslie Odom Jr, the star of the play’s revival in 2024. Rose McClendon, who made her Broadway debut in 1926; Audra McDo…

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Theater Quiz, Winter Awards Up The Wazoo Edition by New York Theater

There seemed more awards than usual this past month, not all of them theater awards, but all with a theater connection or two. Answer these ten questions to see how well you were paying atte…

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Jonah Review by New York Theater

Jonah is sweet, awkward, inquisitive, respectful and clearly smitten – the sort of boy you might want for a first love if you were Ana, a scholarship student at a boarding school. After he…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

February 2024 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Below is a calendar of theater opening* in February, including a single Broadway show — a revival of a Tony and Pulitzer winner by John Patrick Shanley opening on Leap Year Day. But a new …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chita Rivera, 91: A Look Back at Her Career by New York Theater

Chita Rivera died today at the age of 91. Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero, she originated roles in “West Side Story,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Chicago” and “Kiss of the S…

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Cocktails with George and Martha…the Making of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by New York Theater

What first comes to mind when you think of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” To Philip Gefter, it is not the game-changing play by Edward Albee, but Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burt…

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Awards: Obies, Oscars, OCC, more… #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

The biggest “award” this past week was for $83.3 million, but, for the end of January, there was a surprising amount of news about entertainment-related awards — including winners (of …

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Days of Wine and Roses Broadway Review: Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James together again by New York Theater

Brian d’Arcy James and Kelli O’Hara return to Broadway for the first time together since 2002 to portray a couple who fall in love with alcohol as much as with one another in this musi…

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Obie Awards 2024: Dark Disabled Stories, Downstate, Public Obscenities artists among those honored by New York Theater

The 67th annual Obie Awards, honoring achievement Off and Off Off Broadway, were announced tonight. The 23 winners are listed below, some of them linked to my reviews BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY …

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Aristotle Thinks Again Review. Dreadful and lovely human nature, then and now. by New York Theater

The first disturbing story that we’re told in this hour-long collage of dancing and diatribes, horror and love, concerns a man named Tantalus, who killed his son and chopped him up with th…

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Once Upon A Mattress Encores Review by New York Theater

Sutton Foster, trying her hand at goofy physical comedy and affecting a rapid-fire comic patter reminiscent of early Barbra Streisand, is an undeniable draw in the Encores! series revival of…

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards