Saturday, January 21, 2017

Speaking Up—and Singing Out—for America by Broadway & Me

This is a theater blog not a political blog but even before reports surfaced about how the new administration might eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (click here to read about th…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sharing the Sustaining Light of the Theater by Broadway & Me

Usually a photo here of the ghost light that theaters turn on when they're temporarily empty means that I didn't have time to write a full post. But it means something very different this ti…

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

"The Present" Attempts to Update Chekhov by Broadway & Me

People may be crowding into the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to see Cate Blanchett make her Broadway debut in The Present, her husband Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play Plat…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Festival Fever for the Cold Theater Months by Broadway & Me

It's been cold and snowy in New York over the past few days, the kind of weather that makes even a theater lover want to stay home and snuggle up with a book or something on the DVR.The thea…

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" Shines Brightly But Illuminates Little by Broadway & Me

The Oxford Dictionary declared "post-truth" to be 2016's word of the year but in the theater world, I think a better choice would have been the word "immersive." Everywhere you looked, …

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Top 10 Shows That I Was Happiest to See in 2016...Plus Some Other Looking Back by Broadway & Me

Most 10 Bests list came out around mid-December so I'm obviously arriving really late to the party with this one.  Which is probably OK because I can't even pretend to say which were th…

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year from Me to Each of You by Broadway & Me

Here's a toast to us all: may the next 365 days be filled with love, laughter, fortitude to get through the bad stuff and, of course, the sustaining comfort of good theater. Cheers!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Why "Finian"s Rainbow" Doesn't Glow for Me by Broadway & Me

Melissa Errico visited the cable news show "On Stage" this past weekend to talk about her latest show, the Irish Repertory Theatre's revival of Finian's Rainbow, which has been extended…

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Broadway & Me

And may your day be merry and bright, sparkling in whatever way you choose.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"The Babylon Line" Doesn't Go Anywhere by Broadway & Me

Earlier this year, the playwright Richard Greenberg released a collection of odd little pieces that weren't entirely fiction but not quite memoir either. Instead they unspool like the unanch…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

"In Transit" Stalls Due to Stereotypes by Broadway & Me

It took me awhile to get the double meaning of the title In Transit, the a cappella musical that opened last Sunday at Circle in the Square. The show is set primarily in the subway so I got …

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Sweet Charity" Adds Bitter to Its Sweet by Broadway & Me

The pop culture magazine Entertainment Weekly made Sutton Foster's TV show "Younger" its top pick of the week and even though I've not seen the show, I'm not surprised. Foster is a joy box o…

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Why "A Bronx Tale" Deserves More Respect by Broadway & Me

Some shows just aren't made for critics, theater snobs and other members of the theatergoing aristocracy who are always on the prowl for something cutting edge. A Bronx Tale, which opened at…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

An Intermission by Broadway & Me

I've fallen into another hole and so can't post today but I'm hoping to have climbed out by the weekend and to see you then.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

"This Day Forward" Lacks Momentum by Broadway & Me

The playwright Nicky Silver sat in a seat in the back of the audience the night my theatergoing buddy Bill and I saw Silver's new play This Day Forward, which is running at the Vineyard Thea…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Sweat" Speaks Up for The Working Class by Broadway & Me

They may not know it but serious theatergoers owe a big debt of gratitude to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which, despite its name, has commissioned a series of dynamic plays that focus o…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

"My Name is Gideon: I'm Probably Going to Die, Eventually" is as Cutesy as Its Title by Broadway & Me

There's no question that Gideon Irving is a really talented guy. He's been blessed with an ingratiating stage presence, a plangent singing voice and an irrepressible love of music in the Pau…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Taking Time Out for Thanksgiving by Broadway & Me

Let's be honest: it's been a tough few weeks. But there are still things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Among them are the comfort of family, friends—and, of course, good theater. T…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Hip-Hop Aesthetic Infuses Hipness into Three New Shows: "Othello:The Remix," "Party People" and "Vietgone" by Broadway & Me

Intentionally or not, most shows that make their way to Broadway or the major off-Broadway stages are geared for people who usually go to the theater. Which usually means you get a lot of st…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"Plenty" Isn't Nearly Enough by Broadway & Me

Casting, they say, is half the job of putting on a successful play. In the case of Plenty, the revival of the David Hare drama that is running at The Public Theater through Dec. 1, the misca…

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Talented Women Take on Tough Topics in "Notes from the Field" and "Sell/Buy/Date" by Broadway & Me

One of the many things this week's election has revealed is that people in this country have very different beliefs about some very important subjects but tend to talk almost exclusively to …

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Politics as a Blood Sport in "Coriolanus" by Broadway & Me

The presidential campaign that will finally end on Tuesday has been particularly ugly but as the Red Bull Theater's kinetic—and often bloody—production of Coriolanus reminds us, politics…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

"Love, Love, Love" Badmouths the Baby-Boomer Generation by Broadway & Me

Are we Baby Boomers really so selfish? I ask because over the last few years, young playwrights have been hinting at the resentment and anger they feel toward those of us born in the middle …

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Art of Making Art in "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Tick,Tick...Boom!" by Broadway & Me

In 1984, Stephen Sondheim had already created the game-changing shows Company and Follies but, feeling disillusioned by the failure of Merrily We Roll Along, he was thinking about leaving th…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Stuffed" Isn't Totally Filling by Broadway & Me

Stuffed, the new comedy by Lisa Lampanelli, is a perfect fit for the Women's Project Theater, now known as the WP Theater. It's written by a woman and deals with a subject that just about ev…

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

"The Cherry Orchard" is Too Arid by Broadway & Me

Actors, directors, playwrights and producers are now eager for ways to make theater more inclusive (which is a good thing) but the rules for how to do that are still being worked out. Which …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"She Stoops to Conquer" Falls Too Short by Broadway & Me

The Anglo-Irish writer Oliver Goldsmith wrote She Stoops to Conquer in 1771 but The Actors Company Theatre's revival of this classic farce works hard to be contemporary. Maybe too hard. Befo…

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Turning on the Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

Well, it's late in the day and I still haven't had a chance to write today's post so I'm going to drag out the old ghost light that theaters turn on when they're temporarily empty. Octo…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Judith Light Provides the Heart—and the Soul—in "All the Ways to Say I Love You" by Broadway & Me

Neil LaBute made his name in the '90s by creating narcissistic characters who do mean and horrible things to the other characters in his films and plays. But over the years, this prolific pl…

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Counting Me Out of "The Encounter" by Broadway & Me

Immersive experience is the phrase that everyone keeps using to describe The Encounter, the unusual one-man show that is playing a limited run at Broadway's Golden Theatre through Jan. 8 whe…

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