Monday, November 12, 2018

FATHERHOOD DISSECTED IN HYSTERICAL ‘NEW ONE’: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Mike Birbiglia likes lists. Early in his irresistible one-man comedy The New One, he cites seven reasons why he never wanted a child. “Number 1: I’ve never felt like there should…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO PRODUCE & OCCASIONALLY STAR IN HIP-HOP SHOW by Philip Boroff

With a top-ticket (so far) of $119, Lin-Manuel Miranda and three co-producers are mounting an engagement early next year of Freestyle Love Supreme,  the improv hip-hop group that the Hamilt…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

TONY, OBIE & MING: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NAMED FOR REVERED YALE DESIGNER (VIDEO) by Philip Boroff

The set designer and Yale professor Ming Cho Lee is officially synonymous with excellence in theatrical design. Last week at the Palm West Side restaurant, Lee was recognized for lifetime ac…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘THE FERRYMAN’ IS GREAT FECKIN’ THEATER: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Ninety minutes, no intermission has its appeal. But Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, with two dozen actors, a rabbit, goose, and a real-life baby dramatizing plot lines that explosivel…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

WHAT’S NEW WITH PLAYS & ILLUSIONIST DERREN BROWN’S ‘SECRET’ BROADWAY AMBITION: WEEKLY WRAP by Philip Boroff

Derren Brown‘s challenge: make a vacant Broadway theater appear out of thin air. In a conversation with Adam Green at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday, the British illusionist said …

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

AFFORDABLE ‘UNCLE VANYA’ AT HUNTER MAKES ENNUI EXCITING: REVIEW by James Feinberg

In Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Hunter Theater Project, Jay O. Sanders plays the title character as the kind of wisely figure you’d like to have as your own uncle. That is, …

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘OKLAHOMA!’ IN DUMBO IS A BOLD TAKE ON A PERFECT MUSICAL: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Some theatrical ideas are so ambitious it almost doesn’t matter whether they succeed or fail – the fun is in seeing them play out. In his audacious, stripped-down staging of Rodgers &…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘HAMILTON’ FOR NO MONEY DOWN: TICKETMASTER INTRODUCES ‘BUY NOW, PAY LATER’ by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Can’t afford to spend $1,551, including Ticketmaster fees, for two center orchestra seats to Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre? How about 12 monthly payments of $138…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

FONTANA IS FANTASTIC IN ‘TOOTSIE’ TRYOUT: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

CHICAGO — “Being a woman is no job for a man,” Michael Dorsey (Santino Fontana) concludes in the winning but inconsistent Broadway-bound musical comedy Tootsie,  which ope…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

RICHARD BEAN SNOOKERS AUDIENCE WITH DELIGHTFUL ‘NAP’: REVIEW by James Feinberg

It may seem necessary, before an American audience, to provide a primer on snooker, that English variant of billiards. But the unseen, bone-dry play-by-play snooker announcers in Richard Bea…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

SHANE O’REGAN ON TOGGLING AMONG 24 CHARACTERS by Philip Boroff

Shane O’Regan is going places — for starters, Philadelphia, Chicago and Austin, Texas. He and the 24 characters he plays in the World War I drama Private Peaceful  tour the U.S…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

‘FROZEN,’ ‘MEAN GIRLS’ POST WORST WEEK SINCE OPENING by Philip Boroff

Sales of Frozen and Mean Girls took a hit last week as children returned to school from summer vacation and Broadway contended with oppressive heat and competition from the latter rounds of…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

POLITICAL IS PERSONAL IN HELLMAN’S COMPELLING DRAMA: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Lillian Hellman’s second play, Days To Come, was a flop when it premiered on Broadway in 1936.  Sources differ on why — but it certainly wasn’t the writing. The well-acted product…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

LAVISH ‘DOLLY!’ EARNS MODEST RETURNS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Investors in Scott Rudin’s celebrated revival of Hello, Dolly! have earned a profit of 5 percent, according to two people familiar with the production. In a flop-filled bus…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘PRETTY WOMAN’ BOTCHED BY ALL-MALE CREATIVE TEAM: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Pretty Woman: The Musical, the over-amplified wannabe tourist trap that opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre, illustrates the limits of vision-free Broadway producing. The music is mon…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

KITT & YORKEY ON NAVIGATING DISNEY & BROADWAY by Philip Boroff

Pulitzer Prize-winning collaborators Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have a new musical that airs tonight on the Disney Channel. The pair say their adaptation of Mary Rodgers’ 1972 novel Fre…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ‘BE MORE CHILL’ IS EXPLOSIVE FUN: REVIEW by James Feinberg

The musical Be More Chill has some baggage. It’s about high school angst that verges on cliché, and it’s a showcase for the kind of head-banging pop, in this case by composer/lyricist J…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

RELUCTANT DAD BIRBIGLIA SCORES IN COMIC MONOLOGUE: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Early in his funny and poignant off-Broadway show, The New One, the comedian Mike Birbiglia expresses a low tolerance for children.  “We gotta get babies off planes,” he says.  “We g…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

JASON ROBERT BROWNS ON HAL PRINCE, ARIANA GRANDE & GOING HIS OWN WAY by Philip Boroff

INTERVIEW: The last five weeks have been busy for Jason Robert Brown, the 48-year-old composer, lyricist, arranger, orchestrator and performer. There was an acclaimed Encores! run of his 199…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

‘DELIGHTFULLY DAFFY’ TO ‘COCKAMAMIE MISH MASH’: GO-GO’S MUSICAL SPLITS CRITICS (WITH A PAN FROM OUR MAN) by James Feinberg

REVIEW : The question at the heart of Head Over Heels  is whether Elizabethan comedy and the music of the Go-Go’s go together. Sadly, the answer is no. (See below for other opinions.) Th…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

CLASSIC MUSTANGS, TEXAS BRISKET & OPEN REHEARSALS: INSIDE THE COLORADO NEW PLAY FESTIVAL by Philip Boroff

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO — The main event here: 502 Ford Mustangs, both late-model show cars and immaculately restored classics. The 30th-annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup compe…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

CELEBRATING RISK & THE INDEPENDENT PRODUCER: A TRIUMPHANT ‘BAND’S VISIT’ by Philip Boroff

There’s cause for celebration in Bet Hatikva and Petah Tikva. The Band’s Visit, a drama about acceptance, missed connections and the romance and ennui of everyday life, won 10 T…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘BAND’S VISIT’ WINS 10 TONY AWARDS by Philip Boroff

There’s cause for celebration in Bet Hatikvva and Petah Tikvah. The Band’s Visit, a quietly political drama about acceptance, missed connections and the romance and banality of e…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘BAND’S VISIT’ SPEEDS TOWARD RECOUPMENT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: On Broadway, selling out isn’t a prerequisite for cleaning up. The Band’s Visit, which is considered a lock for best new musical at the Tony Awards tomorrow, has repai…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

RADCLIFFE, JONES, CANNAVALE STAR IN MAVERICK’S SWAN SONG by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Conventional wisdom dictates that a new play needs an off-Broadway or out-of-town tryout before it’s Broadway-ready — unless it’s by David Mamet or stars Bette M…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BERNSTEIN MADE $3 MILLION IN TWO YEARS AT LINCOLN CENTER by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Jed Bernstein, a Broadway producer and former leader of the industry’s trade association, earned $3.3 million in pay and benefits during the 27 months he ran Lincoln Center…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

MUSICALS’ AVERAGE TICKET JUMPS TO $126; PLAYS REBOUND by Philip Boroff

The Broadway season that ended on Sunday was strong but not stellar. Overall attendance: up 4 percent to 13.8 million, according to the Broadway League. Grosses rose 17 percent, to $1.7 bill…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

SNUBBING ‘MEAN GIRLS’ & ‘SPONGEBOB,’ CRITICS’ CIRCLE SKIPS MUSICAL AWARD by Philip Boroff

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle voted not to give a prize for best musical this season, implicitly endorsing The Band’s Visit‘s Tony Award ambitions and rejecting Broadw…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘MEAN GIRLS’ GOOD MORNING & OTHER TONY TAKES by Philip Boroff

BEST MUSICAL SUSPENSE: There were just seven new musicals on Broadway this season, the fewest in at least a decade. Only one received “Critic’s Pick” from the New York Time…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

DISNEY CUTS ‘FROZEN’ PRICES by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Maybe Frozen isn’t critic-proof after all. Following mixed reviews and turmoil in the secondary market, Disney has been slashing prices for the musical — one of the mo…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

HOW ‘HAMILTON’ MAKES MONEY BY MAKING NEWS by Philip Boroff

LAST OF A SERIES: When the cast of Hamilton visited the White House on March 14, 2016, President Obama joked that the musical was the only thing he and Dick Cheney agreed on.  The excursion…

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