Sunday, March 31, 2019

'What the Constitution Means to Me' on Broadway is the best kind of political show, because first it's personal by Chris Jones

Most Broadway shows stick with playbills. Heidi Schreck hands out take-home copies of the Constitution of the United States of America. Or, as her 15-year-old self puts it in her mostly one-…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

'Ain't Too Proud' on Broadway: Great songs but this 'life and times of the Temptations' tells us little by Chris Jones

“Ain’t Too Proud,” the frustrating biographical Broadway musical about Motown’s hit-machine the Temptations, takes its title from a 1966 record, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” But i…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

'Kiss Me Kate' on Broadway goes for the feelings, and Kelli O'Hara is a pleasure as Kate by Chris Jones

Scott Ellis, whose body of work reveals him to be a softie, knows better than any other Broadway director how to key into the inner emotional lives of theater people. And he’s also keenly …

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

'Be More Chill' on Broadway: We're all terrified of the computers coming for our kids' brains by Chris Jones

The new high school musical “Be More Chill” needed to take it own advice: Chill out, kids. And fear not your own truth! If all of its overplayed, insecure, overwrought, dial-in-the-red-z…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge headline a deadly depressing double-act by Chris Jones

Did you know you die three times? According to Abe — the deep-thinking character played by Jake Gyllenhaal, no less, in the depressing double bill at the Public Theater — you actually co…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway: Harper Lee's story is dragged into the present by Aaron Sorkin by Chris Jones

Ever since Gregory Peck, the Tom Hanks of his moment, starred in the film version of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1962, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch has been a symbol of Am…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

'Network' opens on Broadway starring Bryan Cranston as the anchor who's still mad and not going to take it by Chris Jones

Americans were mad as hell and not going to take it anymore in 1976. And — take a look outside your window — they’re still mad as hell and not going to take it anymore in 2018. But the…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

'The Cher Show' on Broadway lets Cher be Cher by Chris Jones

Even jukebox musicals and celebrity bio-shows need clear reasons for theatrical being. In her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch memorably described herself as a “existential problem in tights…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

'The Prom': Hey, Indiana! Broadway wants to save you and your teens by Chris Jones

Hoosiers are a great mystery to the people of Broadway. Apparently, they live in small, economically challenged towns best flown over. They insist on homophobic traditional values and, when …

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

'Lifespan of a Fact' on Broadway: Daniel Radcliffe stars in a play with the debate of the moment: Are there versions of truth? by Chris Jones

“Truth isn’t truth,” Rudy Giuliani famously spluttered on “Meet the Press” last summer, trumping even presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway’s much-derided coinage of the phrase …

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

‘Othello’ director: ‘I highlight love, not race’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

Cue the green-eyed monster — and racist slurs.

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Summer theater stars ‘Pretty Woman,’ Armie Hammer, the Go-Gos by Joe Dziemianowicz

Our lips aren’t sealed. With a Go-Go’s jukebox musical, a happy hooker, and free Shakespeare all on deck, summer theater is heating up.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

‘Beast in the Jungle’ review: Dance play lets feet do the talking by Joe Dziemianowicz

Creators John Kander, David Thompson and Susan Stroman previously collaborated on "The Scottsboro Boys.'

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Andy Karl to star in ‘Pretty Woman’ on Broadway by Joe Dziemianowicz

Broadway’s red-light district has a new John — actually, Edward.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ariana Grande remembers Manchester bombing victims on anniversary by Peter Sblendorio

“Thinking of you all today and every day," Grande tweeted.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

NY high school student's art show benefits Parkinson's research by Joe Dziemianowicz

Math, chemistry, English and royal etiquette are on high schooler Sydney Goldstein’s to-do list.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

U2 to play invite-only show at Apollo Theater in Harlem by Kate Feldman

U2 will take a detour to Harlem on its upcoming tour — with or without you.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

'Harry Potter' theater’s pesky curse has people falling down by Joe Dziemianowicz

People are falling for Harry Potter on Broadway — and not in a magical way.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Broadway performance canceled due to Jim Parsons injury by The Associated Press

Members of the audience said Parsons tripped during the encore Saturday and limped off stage.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ coming to Broadway after suit settlement

The Broadway production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" will open after a lawsuit that threatened to shut down the production was settled.

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Ariana Grande and Mac Miller break up after nearly two years by Peter Sblendorio

Ariana Grande's romance with Mac Miller has come to an end.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Dance Nation’ review: Struggling to make all the right moves by Joe Dziemianowicz

“Dance Nation” offers a vivid reminder that nailing choreography in a routine with all the right moves isn’t easy. Either is life.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Paul Simon bio looks at his complex life as music days wind down by Jacqueline Cutler

After 60 years in the music business, Paul Simon is ready for the sound of silence.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tony nod reactions from ‘Mean Girls,’ 'Angels,' 'SpongeBob' by Joe Dziemianowicz

Tony nominees Tina Fey, Denzel Washington and Nathan Lane celebrate their nods.

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Tony nominations: ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob SquarePants' lead pack by Joe Dziemianowicz

It doesn’t take a Hogwarts wizard to know that Tony noms can conjure magic at the box office.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

ABBA to release first new music in 35 years by Joe Dziemianowicz

New music from ABBA means that fans have a reason to shout Mamma Mia!

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Iceman Cometh’ review: Denzel Washington top-shelf in boozy saga by Joe Dziemianowicz

Does Denzel Washington delivereith in “The Iceman Cometh”? You bet — and then some.

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Kanye West drags John Legend into Trump tweetstorm by Rachel Desantis

In the aftermath of a Trump-loving tweetstorm, West dragged another famous friend into his social media dumpster fire: singer John Legend.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘Saint Joan’ review: Shaw drama fails to ignite by Joe Dziemianowicz

Broadway’s “Saint Joan” is a head-scratching misfire.

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Fans of Disney songwriter Howard Ashman have reasons to ‘Smile’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

A documentary about the late Howard Ashman and a musical by him in New York.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘Travesties’ review: Tom Hollander leads Broadway revival by Joe Dziemianowicz

Broadway’s sly and spry revival of Tom Stoppard's “Travesties” is guaranteed to work your gray matter. It also engages smile muscles.

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