Saturday, June 25, 2022

Broadway—Many Kinds of Media—& Me by Jan Simpson

For the second time this month, there will be no regular post here. It’s not because there haven’t been shows to see and talk about: although it will be weeks before anything new opens o…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:24PM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

"Exception to the Rule" and "soft" Offer Laments on the Tragedy of Being, Young, Poor and Black or Brown in Today's America by Jan Simpson

The settings and the circumstances are the same in two new off-Broadway shows that portray the plight of the young Black and Brown people who are so often trapped in systems that view them…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:06PM
Saturday, June 4, 2022

"Dreaming Zenzile" Gets Lost in Its Reveries by Jan Simpson

Dreaming Zenzile, the musical that opened at New York Theatre Workshop this week, began as a tribute concert.  And it probably should have stayed one.   The show, a co-production with the…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:37AM
Saturday, May 21, 2022

"Belfast Girls" Updates the History Play by Jan Simpson

The girls aren’t what they’re expected to be in Belfast Girls, the new show that opened at the Irish Rep this week. They also aren’t what we’ve come to expect to find in historical d…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:12AM
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Celebrating Even Making it to Awards Season by Jan Simpson

It may seem strange for a theater lover—and hip-hop know-nothing—like me to be quoting the rapper Drake but his self-congratulatory lyrics “Started from the bottom, now we're here” s…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:36PM
Saturday, May 7, 2022

In Praise of "A Case for the Existence of God" by Jan Simpson

Samuel D. Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God has been almost universally adored by the critics. And the play, which has just been extended at Signature Theatre through May 22, deserv…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:07PM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Four New Shows Try to Answer the Question "What Kind of Show Belongs on Broadway?" by Jan Simpson

Seventeen shows opened or reopened on Broadway this month and as I bounced from one to the other, I found myself asking what exactly is a Broadway show. The simplest answer to that question …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 09:18AM
Saturday, April 23, 2022

Riding High With "How I Learned to Drive" by Jan Simpson

We’re in the midst of the spring crush when new shows are opening literally every night as they rush in to be considered for the awards that celebrate the end of each theater season.  So …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 06:42AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Missteps of "Paradise Square" and "Suffs" by Jan Simpson

Making a good musical is hard. Now I don’t consider that statement to be a conceptual scoop that no one has ever considered before. But the thought has been much on my mind after seeing an…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:06AM
Saturday, April 9, 2022

"Confederates” Surveys Some Common Ground Bridging the Past and the Present by Jan Simpson

In the opening monologue of Confederates, now running at the Pershing Square Signature Center through April 24, a college professor runs down a list of popular culture centered around slaver…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:33PM
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Some Old-Fashioned Fun with "The Music Man," "MJ The Musical" and "Plaza Suite" by Jan Simpson

Here’s the dilemma: reviews are usually written by people who see anywhere between 200 and 300 shows a year but the people who read those reviews may see only two or three shows a year, of…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:03AM
Saturday, March 26, 2022

Paying Proper Respect to "The Chinese Lady" by Jan Simpson

There are so many things to admire about Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady which is currently running at The Public Theater through April 10.  And here are just a few of them. ADMIRATION #1: T…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:33PM
Saturday, March 12, 2022

"This Space Between Us" Needs More Filling by Jan Simpson

There are so many themes—cultural assimilation, filial responsibility, sibling rivalry, climate change, animal cruelty, homophobia—packed into This Space Between Us that this new dramedy…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:12PM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

"sandblasted" Lacks True Grit by Jan Simpson

The playwright Charly Evon Simpson had written a bunch of stuff before she got her breakthrough three years ago with Behind the Sheet, a devastating drama about how the father of American gy…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:42AM
Saturday, February 26, 2022

"English" Has Some Valuable Things to Say by Jan Simpson

There have been so many voices absent from the American stage that sometimes we don’t even know what we’ve been missing until we suddenly hear it. English, the deceptively simple play by…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 03:12PM
Saturday, February 19, 2022

"Black No More" is a Little Too Pallid by Jan Simpson

Even before it opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center on Tuesday, some people were calling the musical Black No More “the new Hamilton.” And it’s easy to see why.  The score, …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:36PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

A Really Special 15th Anniversary for B&Me by Jan Simpson

I can hardly believe it but I published the first Broadway & Me post 15 years ago on Valentine’s Day. So this post should have gone up yesterday. However I was so busy celebrating V-Da…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:12PM
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Too Familiar Tale of "Tambo & Bones" by Jan Simpson

It’s not easy to write about Tambo & Bones, the new play that opened at Playwrights Horizons this week. And I'm pretty sure its playwright Dave Harris intended it to be difficult.  Th…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:06AM
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Wishing All of Us a Really Happy New Year... by Jan Simpson

...and the chance to once again safely put the spotlights back on some really good theater:

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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas Tidings by Jan Simpson

Please click the arrow below and enjoy!  

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Tidings by Jan Simpson

My Smilebox Creation

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sizing Up An Uneven and Uneasy Fall Season by Jan Simpson

You might have thought that I’d given up on theatergoing if you’ve been checking in here to see what I had to say about this comeback season’s new shows only to discover that I’d wri…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:36PM
Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim, 1930-2021 by Jan Simpson

 Lots of words are going to be written over the next few days by people who knew him, people who admired him and people who have a better way with words than I do.  So although the pleasur…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:12PM
Saturday, November 20, 2021

"The Visitor" May Have Arrived Too Late by Jan Simpson

Everyone involved with The Public Theater’s new musical The Visitor seems to be walking on eggshells. And who can blame them?   The week before previews were scheduled to begin, the prod…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:48PM
Saturday, October 23, 2021

"Lackawanna Blues" and Other Laments by Jan Simpson

Eight plays written by black playwrights are scheduled to open on Broadway this fall. That’s twice the number of all the shows by black playwrights that opened on the too-aptly named Great…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 03:36PM
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Going Back to "Pass Over"—and live theater by Jan Simpson

  I went to see a show this week.  There was a time when that wouldn’t have been a remarkable statement. I routinely saw 150 shows a year and shared my thoughts about many of them here.…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:36AM
Saturday, September 4, 2021

B&Me's Annual Labor Day Salute This Year Goes to Theater's Frontline Workers: Ushers by Jan Simpson

What a difference a year makes.                   Or doesn’t.  During the spring and summer evenings of 2020 we New Yorkers stood at our windows or out on the sidewalks to appla…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:24AM
Saturday, July 3, 2021

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2021 by Jan Simpson

  After 16 long and scary months, the coronavirus seems to be in retreat. Over half of the country has now gotten at least one vaccination shot. And here in New York City, 60% of all adult…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 06:03PM
Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: News About This Year's Winner—And About My New Podcast on Winners of Yesteryear by Jan Simpson

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday and the winner for the drama prize was Katori Hall for her terrific play The Hot Wing King. I had several dogs in this fight. Like most theater …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:24AM
Friday, April 23, 2021

Finally, A Few Reasons to Celebrate: Shakespeare's Birthday, Covid Vaccinations by Jan Simpson

People are getting vaccinated, some at a new site right in the middle of New York City's Theater District (click here to read more about that). Meanwhile, theaters are taking steps to reope…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:48AM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Introducing My New "All the Drama" podcast by Jan Simpson

As some of you know, I’m a contributor to BroadwayRadio and over the past few years, I’ve hosted “Stagecraft,” a show that talks to playwrights and musical book writers about their r…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:36PM