Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ah Paree: "An American in Paris" and "Gigi" by Broadway & Me

Like most Americans, I’m a sucker for the mystique of Paris. And I’ve recently had the chance to overindulge that fascination by seeing the new productions of Gigi and An American in Par…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Skylight"—And Its Stars—Shines Brilliantly by Broadway & Me

So much money is now spent on creating spectacles for theatergoers that we sometimes forget that all that’s really needed are a play with something to say and actors who know how to say it…

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Buzzer" Provokes the Right Kind of Noise by Broadway & Me

After-show talkbacks set my teeth on edge. Instead of talking about the show or what it provoked in them, most people just seem to want to show off. So I sighed inwardly when my theatergoing…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Onboard With "On the Twentieth Century" by Broadway & Me

“They might as well give the Tony to her right now,” my husband K said as we walked out of the American Airlines Theatre after seeing Kristin Chenoweth in the Roundabout Theatr…

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

"The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” Sings by Broadway & Me

The bathroom at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a tiny space that sits between the backstage and the audience and that can accommodate just a couple of people at a time and so there…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Fish in the Dark" is Light But Satisfying by Broadway & Me

By all accounts (and there have been many of them; click here to read one) Larry David didn’t intend to star in Fish in the Dark, the new farce that is playing at the Cort Theatre. But the…

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

"The Heidi Chronicles" Still Speaks to Me by Broadway & Me

Several waves of nostalgia swept over me as I watched the revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, which is running at the Music Box Theatre through Aug. 9. The first came beca…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Whose Wish to Win the Just-Released DVD of "Into the Woods" is Going to Come True? by Broadway & Me

As I said, people love Into the Woods. I’ve never gotten more responses for a giveaway than I got for last week’s offer of a free copy of the Blu-ray DVD of Rob Marshall’s all-sta…

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Hi's and Lo's of Four Recent Shows by Broadway & Me

The umpteenth snowstorm of the year and yet another fresh coat of snow on the ground make it hard to believe that spring officially arrived yesterday. But the New York theater season has bee…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hey, It's an "Into the Woods" DVD Giveaway by Broadway & Me

People love Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical that interweaves four familiar fairytales into a larger fable about desire, dreams and the tangled bonds between parents and children…

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Why "Fashions for Men" Is Just My Style by Broadway & Me

Good guys don’t stand much of a chance in today’s popular culture, as evidenced by the popularity of the school-teacher-turned-drug-dealer series “Breaking Bad” and the beats-up-his-…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Lives of the Saints" Has Its Own Virtues by Broadway & Me

On our way into Lives of the Saints, my theatergoing buddy Bill and I ran into a friend who told us that his wife had been in the hospital and he was eager to see something to take his …

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Bright Half Life" is Only Partly Satisfying by Broadway & Me

Everyone seems to be fracturing narratives these days, from the low-brow antics of TV’s “How to Get Away With Murder” to the high-brow musings in Kate Atkinson’s metaphysical novel …

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"The Events" Doesn't Live Up to Its Billing by Broadway & Me

Every show is an event of some kind but The Events, the docudrama now playing at New York Theatre Workshop, promised to be a particularly special one. Inspired by the 2011 massacre of 77 peo…

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

There's Nothing All That Super About the New Superhero Musical "Brooklynite" by Broadway & Me

Maybe it’s because I stopped watching superhero movies around the time Michael Keaton left the "Batman" franchise. Or it could be because I don’t live in Brooklyn and only visit when the…

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Hamilton" Really is a Revolutionary Show by Broadway & Me

If you care anything about musicals, you must have heard by now about Hamilton, the everybody’s-talking-about-it show that’s playing down at The Public Theater (even David Brooks the Tim…

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Singular Pleasures of Two Solo Shows: "The Lion" and "Every Brilliant Thing" by Broadway & Me

If you’d ask me, I’d say that I’m no fan of one-man shows. But, apparently, I’d be lying. Cause over the past week, I’ve seen and, in varying degrees, really enjoyed two of them. T…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rasheeda Speaking: A Review + a Giveaway by Broadway & Me

Talking about race is hard. So instead, most of us talk about talking about race. But playwright Joel Drake Johnson goes full tilt at the main subject in Rasheeda Speaking, now playing in a …

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Very Happy Valentine's Day for You, A Very Happy Anniversary forBroadway & Me by Broadway & Me

Valentine’s Day now means I get to celebrate two big romances in my life. The first, of course, is the ongoing one I share with my incredible husband K. And the second is with those o…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cozy At-Home Options for Theater Lovers by Broadway & Me

We’re in that annual lull between the shows that rushed to open before the holidays and those waiting in the wings to make their bows in the spring. A few shows have bravely ventured out o…

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

"Honeymoon in Vegas" Deserves More Love by Broadway & Me

The new musical Honeymoon in Vegas has been doing terrible business. It’s playing to audiences that are barely three-quarters full and most of those folks have gotten such heavily discount…

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Guest Blogger: Bill Says "Let the Right One In" is a Bloody Good Vampire Story by Broadway & Me

A note from Jan: Scary stuff spooks me. A lot. As in, not able to sleep for nights and so as much as I wanted to see the new John Tiffany-Stephen Hoggett show about vampires, I just couldn'…

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

"A Month in the Country" Proves Uneventul by Broadway & Me

A Month in the Country, which opened at Classic Stage Company this past Thursday, was written five years before Anton Chekhov was even born. But the setting, the themes and the characters wi…

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"The Road to Damascus" is Worth the Trip by Broadway & Me

As regular readers know, I’m always griping about how so few plays today grapple with current events. Well, I certainly can’t say that about The Road To Damascus, the political thriller …

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

"I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard" is Merciless by Broadway & Me

Anger, not the forgiveness of sins, is the guiding principle in I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard, the brand new two-hander by Halley Feiffer that opened at Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage…

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brief Encounters with "Constellations" and "A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes" by Broadway & Me

Lots of theatergoers breathe a sigh of relief when they hear that a show is just one act. But increasingly quick gasps might be more apt. For two of the shows I saw last week—Constellation…

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Memoriam: Jean-Claude Baker by Broadway & Me

Years ago, I took my aunt, then in her 80s, for lunch at Chez Josephine, the Theatre District bistro named for the legendary performer Josephine Baker. At some point during our meal, Jean-Cl…

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How "Winners and Losers" Lost It for Me by Broadway & Me

If watching two guys drink beer and try to one up each other is your idea of a good time, then Winners and Losers, which opened last week at Soho Rep., may be the show for you. Alas, I need …

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A New Look for a New Year by Broadway & Me

Yep. You're at the right place. Things just look different. That's cause I've been promising myself for ages that I'd give B&Me a facelift and I finally got around to doing it. This is s…

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Very Personal Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

My husband K and I have gone off to celebrate our 20th anniversary and so no post today but I'll be back with lots to say next Wednesday. 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TV Goes Broadwayish with ABC's "Galavant" and Amazon Prime's "Mozart inthe Jungle" by Broadway & Me

As the great Frank Loesser once wrote, Baby, it’s cold outside.  On top of that, lots of theaters have gone dark in this annual cold-weather interregnum when old or failing shows have…

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