Wednesday, May 25, 2016

THE TOTAL BENT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

In Passing Strange, the 2007 Off-Broadway musical (that moved to Broadway the following year), Stew, who coauthored the show with Heidi Rodewald, told the story of a young black man several …

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PARAMOUR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

On paper, Paramour sounds like a billion-dollar idea.

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Joe DiPietro's "Hollwyood" Debuts at La Jolla Playhouse by Bill Eadie

It's a sturdy, entertaining, mystery set in the heyday of silent filmmaking and in the early days of the Hays Code, which limited how commercial filmmakers would tell their stories

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

INCOGNITO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

At one time or another, we've all had our minds play tricks on us. But how often does someone else's mind play tricks on us?

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2016 Theatre World Awards Awards - Report & Photos by Michael Portantiere

The 72nd annual Theatre World Awards, honoring "outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway significant, reviewable debut performances," were presented last evening in a ceremony at Circle in the S…

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"Salomé," "Avenue Q," "Yerma" Lead at 2016 Helen Hayes Awards by Susan Berlin

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Salomé and the Constellation Theatre Company's production of Avenue Q each received seven Helen Hayes Awards at the 32nd annual ceremony, May…

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Monday, May 23, 2016

HADESTOWN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You're looking down in judgment. You're joined by a couple of hundred other tut-tutters whose opinions are just as set in stone as yours are, but without whom you can't make the decision....

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"When You Wish" Walt Disney bio-musical debuts in Phoenix by Gil Benbrook

While the story evokes the imagination, genius, and risk taking that Disney took in the first half of the 20th century, and the production has a capable cast and good creative aspects, the m…

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SIGNATURE PLAYS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

What's the best way to celebrate a milestone birthday? Why, with a show packed with loss, decay, and death, of course! Party down!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Eve Ensler's "In the Body of the World" at A.R.T. by Nancy Grossman

Ensler's performance is engaging and without a shred of artifice as she obliterates the fourth wall and addresses the audience in an intimate, conversational style.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

HALF MOON BAY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

As a pick-up line in a bar, Gabe’s invitation to “come watch me bowl” isn’t the best way to garner Annie’s interest, even if the bar happens to be in a bowling alley....

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"My Paris: The Story of Toulouse Lautrec" by Fred Sokol

Charles Aznavour, about to turn 92 and still writing, provides songs which sustain, and these are adapted with English lyrics by gifted Jason Robert Brown. Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) h…

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Interview with Zachary Levi, Tony Nominee for "She Loves Me" by Wayman Wong

... I'm so bummed that I'm 6-4 and will never be able to play Huck again.

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"A Night in Olympus" Premieres in Minneapolis by Arthur Dorman

—a few of the songs are well crafted, some of the jokes land well, and several characters capture our attention.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

"The Pericles Project" by Dean Yannias

We follow them from week one, when they are reading the script for the first time and devising backstories for their characters; to week two, when they start acting with each other, scripts …

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Monday, May 2, 2016

2016 Lucille Lortel Awards Report by Michael Portantiere

Guards at the Taj (Outstanding Play), FUTURITY (Outstanding Musical), and The Robber Bridegroom (Outstanding Revival) were among the big winners at the 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards honoring ex…

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The title character of Dear Evan Hansen, the gorgeous, affecting, and wayward new musical that just opened at Second Stage, is caught in a predicament that that would vex someone much older …

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TOAST - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Is there such a thing as white lung disease?

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

SHUFFLE ALONG - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Theatrical history does not come alive in Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed - and that's a good thing.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

THE SENSUALITY PARTY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When theatre folk want to mock either the explosion of off-color language in the theatre or those "puritanical" souls who fret about such things, their lead go-to guy for the past few decade…

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LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Even a small storm can be devastating.

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"Enchanted April" Musical Debuts in California by Eddie Reynolds

Two wives find themselves dodging raindrops on the streets of dark and dreary London and being ignored in small, equally dreary apartments by husbands much more focused on themselves than on…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TUCK EVERLASTING THE MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Where do you stand in the ongoing battle between "timely" and "timeless"?

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Monday, April 25, 2016

ARSENE LUPIN VS SHERLOCK HOLMES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The game is afoot as the famed English consulting detective Sherlock Holmes locks horns with the French “gentleman thief” Arsène Lupin in a mashup play based on stories by the creators …

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FULLY COMMITTED - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's been a heavy season of Broadway plays: Blackbird, The Crucible, Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans, and Long Day's Journey Into Night - and those are just the ones that are currently runn…

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

As much as we'd all love to believe we're above petty gossip, that we've moved beyond the world where every social faux pas rates a clucking tongue and agitated whispers from our neighbors, …

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WAITRESS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Sensory and emotional overload - to say nothing of mere engagement - are rare occurrences these days at the Brooks Atkinson, where the new musical Waitress just opened, but when they hit, th…

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ECHOES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The parallel stories of two teenage girls living 175 years apart take them leaping from the tepid frying pan of their stultifying lives into an all-consuming fire in Echoes, Henry Naylor’s…

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Trash Macbeth" World Premiere in St. Louis by Richard Green

Here, Shakespeare's famed story of ambition and murder and very slippery prophecy explodes in great, wretched chaos, with overlapping monologs and unexpected costumes and settings and props…

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

IN THE SECRET SEA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Can a theatre piece be too true to life? That's the implicit question beneath Cate Ryan's new work, In the Secret Sea, which just opened at the Beckett Theatre. . . .

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AMERICAN PSYCHO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The energy is unmistakable. It's genuine electricity, not the faux stuff, of the kind only a succinct, unique work of art can create.

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