Thursday, September 29, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Weightless" - 9/29/22 by James Wilson

Weightless, the indie-rock musical by The Kilbanes and produced by the Women's Project, is described as a "theatrical concept album." The company of six musicians and singers present a tunef…

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Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "american (tele}visions" - 9/29/22 by Marc Miller

american (tele)visions, Victor I. Cazares's new play, in a premiere production at New York Theatre Workshop, is a kaleidoscope, an ever-shifting dazzlement of colors, patterns, shapes, multi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:30PM

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: "A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet," ChimyTina, and San Gabriel 7 - 9/29/22 by Rob Lester

The comet at hand is not the celestial object but a musical comedy with a title character named Regina Comet. Constellations and Under the Stars are the names of cool jazz releases. In any c…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:30PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Talkin' Broadway - Book Review: "Miracle of The Music Man: The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson" by Mark Cabaniss - 9/26/22 by Rob Lester

Miracle of The Music Man: The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson, while full of affection and appreciation, is also full of familiar tales and tidbits if you've read some of the othe…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:01PM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: Eleri Ward's second Sondheim album, plus three more. by Rob Lester

When the feats of production are at their most dense and intense, there's a risk of upstaging the essence of the material's drama or delicacy–at least on the first or second hearing. And I…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:12AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "This Beautiful Future" - 9/20/22 by James Wilson

This Beautiful Future defies cogent description, and it needs to be experienced to understand how the strange, disturbing, and life-affirming elements all fit perfectly together under Jack S…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 02:53AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Four Saints in Three Acts" - 9/19/22 by James Wilson

Under Ken Rus Schmoll's spot-on direction and Link's simple but effective lighting, the actor inexplicably becomes one with the words. Every utterance is imparted with the utmost conviction,…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:55AM
Saturday, September 17, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Our Man in Santiago" - 9/16/22 by Howard Miller

It's spy vs spy vs spy in Mark Wilding's spoofy Our Man in Santiago, a loose-knit political farce that draws its inspiration from Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana," a novel that pokes fun …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:25AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Jasper" - 9/14/22 by James Wilson

MacDermott addresses important issues about parenting, and there are some affecting moments among all of the conflicted characters. Ultimately, however, the play is unsatisfying as it hints …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:53PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Book Review: "The Book of Broadway Musical Debates, Disputes, and Disagreements" by Peter Filichia - 9/8/22 by Rob Lester

Full of fascinating facts, fond memories, musings, and proffered preferences, Peter Filichia's newest book may be a haven for the theatre maven unable to put it down. While perusing The Book…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:36AM
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Memory Exam" - 9/10/22 by Howard Miller

Dale is there to do nothing less than to help keep the other three alive in a society where you are deemed worthy of continuing to exist only until your mind starts to slip. And beware, beca…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:14AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Strings Attached" - 9/8/22 by Howard Miller

Is Schrödinger's cat alive or dead? How certain are we of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle? Does God indeed play dice with the universe? And how many physicists does it take to screw in a…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:13PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: "The Pleasure Garden," "It Happened in Key West," + 2 - 9/6/22 by Rob Lester

Let's check out two London cast recordings of newer musicals–The Pleasure Garden and It Happened in Key West–and then turn our focus to southern California to report on two singers based…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:48AM
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Los Otros" - 8/31/22 by James Wilson

The two characters that populate Los Otros, the affecting and intimate new musical by Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa, appear to be from different worlds entirely. One is a twice-di…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:56PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Once Upon a (Korean) Time" - 8/31/22 by Howard Miller

The 90-minute play is divided into a series of scenes that take us from the 1930s and the Japanese occupation of Korea through World War II, before crossing the Pacific to Los Angeles just i…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:56PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "As You Like It" - 8/30/22 by Howard Miller

If you are finding joy to be in short supply these days, do yourself a favor and get yourself over to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where joy has been uncorked and set loose in the …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:54AM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

Talkin' Broadway - Book Review: "Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers" by By Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green - 8/25/22 by Rob Lester

In her candid memoirs, self-aware Mary Rodgers (1931-2014) states this about the princess protagonist of the show she worked on as composer in the late 1950s, Once Upon a Mattress: "Despite …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:40PM
Friday, August 19, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: Molly Brown, 13, Anne of Green Gables, and More by Rob Lester

Here's some "colorful" music: tweaked scores of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and 13 (music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown), and the concept recording for Anne of Green Gables, plus vocals by…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:58AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Patience" - 8/17/22 by James Wilson

As portrayed in Johnny G. Lloyd's Patience, now playing as part of Second Stage's Uptown Season at the McGinn/ Cazale Theater, professional Solitaire is a highly competitive, cut-throat, and…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:59AM
Monday, August 1, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Butcher Boy" - 8/1/22 by Howard Miller

The Butcher Boy, the darkly comic musical opening tonight at Irish Repertory Theatre, where it was previously workshopped, is still a bit rough around the edges. But it has all the earmarks …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:18PM
Sunday, July 31, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Panic of '29" - 7/31/22 by Sam L. Leiter

Set at the time of the 1929 Wall Street crash and its aftermath, it's a bizarre farcical satire without a shred of wit, an ounce of creative inspiration, or a single hummable tune. An inedib…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:29PM
Friday, July 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Kite Runner" 7/21/22 by Howard Miller

Now we've got The Kite Runner, adapted by Matthew Spangler from Khaled Hosseini bestselling novel about one man's search for redemption, opening tonight at the Helen Hayes Theatre in a compa…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:52AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Saturday, July 16, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Seeking Additional Off-Broadway Reviewers by Talkin' Broadway

Talkin' Broadway is adding to our review staff. All positions are unpaid volunteers, though reviewers typically receive a pair of complimentary tickets to see the shows they review. Anyone i…

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Notre Dame de Paris" - 7/15/22 by Howard Miller

Compared to the 100 years it took to construct the cathedral that bears its name, what's the two decades that passed before the all-singing, all-dancing, emotionally relentless French confla…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:35PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Between the Lines" - 7/12/22 by James Wilson

Within the first few minutes of Between the Lines, currently running at the Tony Kiser Theater, audiences may have the feeling they are watching what one might call a "genre musical" of sort…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:19AM
Monday, July 11, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Richard III" - 7/11/22 by Howard Miller

... an inconsistent mix of Shakespeare and modern cadences that fails to help the audience to see the play as a full-bodied classic or as a satire with contemporary touches. By trying to be …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:24AM
Sunday, July 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Hamlet" - 7/3/22 by Howard Miller

This is a production that mixes art with artifice, with an overlay of quirky design elements that, even when they clash with the onstage action, rarely fail to engage. Both Shakespeare afici…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:23PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "53% Of" - 6/28/22 by James Wilson

The title refers to the percentage of white women that voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election, and the play presents a snapshot of the red and blue, gender and racial divide that…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:21PM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Talkin' Broadway - Book Review: "Offstage Observations: Inside Tales of the Not-So-Legitimate Theatre" by Steven Suskin - 6/27/22 by Joshua Ellis

It is no wonder that Steven Suskin's new book, Offstage Observations: Inside Tales of the Not-So-Legitimate Theatre, is the ultimate insider's guided tour of Broadway. Suskin has directly ex…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:42AM
Friday, June 24, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Epiphany" - 6/23/22 by Howard Miller

Playwright Brian Watkins has dipped his quill into the inkwell of James Joyce and has come up with a variation on Joyce's "The Dead" with his play Epiphany, opening tonight at the Mitzi E. N…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:56AM

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