All stories by Peter Marks on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laura Linney, going it alone on Broadway as both a mother and her estranged daughter by Peter Marks

“My Name Is Lucy Barton,” based on Elizabeth Strout’s novel, has its official New York opening.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

‘My Fair Lady’ at the Kennedy Center is sheer melodious pleasure by Peter Marks

The touring production matches the splendid Broadway version.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Shereen Ahmed dreamed of playing Eliza Doolittle, not Princess Jasmine. Her wish came true. by Peter Marks

The actress blazes a trail in the national tour of “My Fair Lady” premiering at the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

It’s been 18 years since 9/11, but ‘Come From Away’ will still bring you to tears by Peter Marks

The irresistible musical returns to D.C. amid its triumphant Broadway run.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

This charming new version of J.M. Barrie’s timeless play is all about girl power by Peter Marks

Wendy dreams big in Shakespeare Theatre’s “Peter Pan and Wendy.”

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

‘Woman in Black’ wants to scare you the old-fashioned way by Peter Marks

A London warhorse trots into Washington at an unsurprising pace, aiming to give you goose bumps.

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Out of dozens and dozens of plays and musicals, these deserved the hottest spotlight by Peter Marks

The slate included “Fairview,” “Lehman Trilogy,” “A Chorus Line” — and a new musical in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year by Peter Marks

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and actress Judith Ivey collaborate on a deeply felt drama.

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Kennedy Center Honors: It’s a boogie wonderland by Peter Marks

The 42nd annual ceremony, to be televised Dec. 15, recognizes Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sesame Street,” Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical. by Peter Marks

Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough 1995 album breaks no new ground as theater.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Now hear this! Playwrights are making theater for the ears. Yes, that’s a thing. by Peter Marks

Audible produces plays designed to be listened to on its digital platform and maybe also seen off-Broadway.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is epic in length, but not always in satisfaction by Peter Marks

Matthew Lopez’s two-part gay drama has its official Broadway opening.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

‘Newsies’ has legs. It’s the other parts that still need work. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage digs into the Disney catalogue for the first time with a well-danced version of the 1992 movie musical.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

In ‘Mockingbird,’ a deaf actor finally gets his wish: Not to be defined solely by deafness by Peter Marks

The acclaimed Russell Harvard joins the cast of a hit Broadway play — in a pair of hearing roles.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘White Pearl’ is an amusing take on the beauty business. But watch out — things get ugly. by Peter Marks

Studio Theatre stages the U.S. premiere of Anchuli Felicia King’s comedy.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

‘Amadeus’ at the Folger will be music to your ears by Peter Marks

Peter Shaffer’s massive play is fully realized in Richard Clifford’s production.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

As rock-star portrayals go, it doesn’t get any better than Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner by Peter Marks

The new jukebox musical “Tina” has its official opening at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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‘A Chorus Line’ is back, and you’ll enjoy the new spring in its step. by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre revives the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical, with energy and heart.

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Government support for a song? How seven teens won their own piece of the American Dream. by Peter Marks

A National Endowment for the Arts competition rewards high school musical theater songwriters with Broadway-caliber recording sessions.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A cool musical where? The autumn season of plays at American Shakespeare Center is a rich one. by Peter Marks

Troupe debuts “The Willard Suitcases,” a show that calls forth the ghosts of a shuttered insane asylum.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

In ‘Theory,’ a professor lets students say anything they want online. Disaster follows. by Peter Marks

Mosaic Theater stages Norman Yeung’s erratic thriller.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Signature Theatre will take over the Anthem for a buoyant summer run of ‘Mamma Mia!’ by Peter Marks

“We want this to be a huge dance party,” says Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Without Michael Bennett’s choreography, is it still ‘A Chorus Line’? by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre rewrites the road map of a storied Broadway show.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

A new play asks: Should the Internet let you erase your past bad acts? by Peter Marks

If only “Right to Be Forgotten” at Arena Stage were better at addressing this vital question.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Read all about it: Why Disney owns the live stage, too by Peter Marks

As the entertainment giant marks 25 years on Broadway, Arena Stage brings back “Newsies.”

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

For ‘Everybody,’ it’s not. This riff on ‘Everyman’ has archness all over it. by Peter Marks

A new era opens at Shakespeare Theatre Company on a minor key.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

David Byrne brings his entertaining brain to Broadway in ‘American Utopia,’ and it’s totally dope by Peter Marks

“American Utopia” bathes its audience in a collective cool.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ever wondered how China sees America? ‘Soft Power’ offers amusing ideas. by Peter Marks

David Henry Hwang’s musical-in-a-play comes to New York’s Public Theater.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Don’t believe it if they claim ‘What to Send Up When it Goes Down’ isn’t for you. It is. by Peter Marks

Courtesy of Woolly Mammoth, a play tallies the toll of racism in contemporary America.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

You’ll groove to the pop hits in this stage revival of ‘Footloose.’ And nothing else. by Peter Marks

The Kennedy Center’s musicals-in-concert series hits a road bump with this 1998 show.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Four fine actresses bring order to a world undergoing climate change in Signature’s ‘Escaped Alone’ by Peter Marks

Caryl Churchill’s one-act play is expertly staged by Holly Twyford.

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