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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Saturday, January 3, 2015

My 10+ Most Memorable Shows of 2014 by Broadway & Me

Just as I’m sure you’ve been doing, I’ve spent the holidays reading all of the year-end “Best” lists and after the usual “What were they thinking?” “Oh yeah, I forgot about t…

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hello to the New Year, Good-bye to Old Shows by Broadway & Me

Happy New!  Until this week, the weather in New York has been unseasonably mild but winter is about to hit Broadway hard. Eight main stem shows are scheduled to take their finals bows …

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

"Pocatello" is A Depressing Place to Visit by Broadway & Me

Samuel D. Hunter should be my kind of playwright. The characters he writes about are the blue-collar people that I’m always griping never appear in plays. He takes on the kind of big quest…

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! by Broadway & Me

May your holidays sparkle with peace, love, happiness—and the good cheer of live theater.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Hi's and Lo's of Four Star-Studded Shows: "The River," "The Real Thing," "A Delicate Balance," and "It's Only a by Broadway & Me

The city is filling up with holiday visitors and, of course, a lot of those folks want to see a Broadway show. And the ones who want to see a show probably want to see a show with a big-name…

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Not Even Stopping to Turn on the Ghost Light... by Broadway & Me

There's no post today cause after weeks of heavy-duty theatergoing, end-of-the-semester madness, assorted medical appointments and other life stuff, I'm taking the day off to play hooky with…

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

"The Elephant Man" Fulfills A Big Dream by Broadway & Me

Theater is all about dreams and so it’s nice when one comes true as triumphantly as it does with the revival of The Elephant Man, which opened at the Booth Theatre on Sunday night, fulfill…

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"The Invisible Hand" is a Sure-Handed Thriller by Broadway & Me

This is turning out to be Ayad Akhtar’s year. Of course last year, when his play Disgraced won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, wasn’t so bad for him either. But in just the past six months…

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Who’s Won the Chance to Be Beautifully Sung to Sleep by “Beautiful" Co-Star Anika Larsen? by Broadway & Me

You readers know your stuff. Or at least those of you who participate in my giveaway contests do because once again everyone who wrote in had the right answer to the question, in this case a…

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2, & 3" is WhollyOriginal—And Truly Important by Broadway & Me

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865, ends in just four months but observances of the anniversary have been surprisingly quiet. Which is just one of the many…

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

An Unanticipated Surrender to "Tamburlaine" by Broadway & Me

It’s embarrassing to say this but, Shakespeare aside, I know virtually nothing about Elizabethan theater. So I was going to skip Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, the double bill of two late 16…

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hey, It's A Broadway & Me CD Giveaway by Broadway & Me

This past weekend's medical emergency is over and my hand is better but I’m still going to take it a bit easy (I’ve even canceled cooking Thanksgiving dinner; my always-wonderful hu…

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

An Unwelcomed—But Hopefully Brief—Pause by Broadway & Me

No post today because I've developed a condition with my left hand that makes it difficult to type (I've pecked this message out with my right hand, which has been no fun). This is particula…

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Hi’s and Lo’s of “Grand Concourse,” “The Oldest Boy” and “Our Lady of Kibeho” by Broadway & Me

The rush of see-worthy shows continues. So I’m resorting to another highlights-and-lowlights summary, focusing this time on three intriguing works that deal in varying ways with the l…

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