Friday, January 20, 2017

LONELY, I'M NOT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Falling in love is hard enough, but who knew that not falling in love could be such a struggle?

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

JITNEY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

August Wilson, who built his playwriting name on his "Century Cycle" covering the African-American experience during each decade of the 20th century, eventually proved expert at intertwining…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Music Reviews: Pretty Singing and Pretty Filthy by Rob Lester

Chenoweth & McGovern's pretty inging plus Pretty Filthy, a cast recording.

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THE DORK KNIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Obsessive behavior is usually treated as pitiable, but why shouldn't what we love—or what we love too much—represent who we are?

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reviews: "Hairspray Live!," "Disaster!," and "The Bodyguard" Recordings by Rob Lester

Taking their cues from the movies ...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There may be no sadder or more sobering experience than getting what you always thought you wanted or needed, only to discover downsides you never imagined possible.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE FIRST NOEL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Christmas theatre, like Christmas songs, Christmas movies, and Christmas TV shows, tends to follow a predictably tooth-rotting pattern about bringing people around to the "spirit of the seas…

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Book Review: "The Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals" by Dan Dietz by Bob Verini

Surveys of musicals, if they do nothing else, inevitably incite arguments between the author and the reader. There's plenty of grist for the argument mill in Dietz's tome.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

IN TRANSIT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

That New York's MTA subway system is a microcosm of humanity is the closest you'll find to a detectable point - and concept - in In Transit, which just opened at Circle in the Square.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

THE DEAD, 1904 - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Because so much of stage acting is keeping the small small while also allowing it to appear big, it's easy to forget that you can remove the additional amplification and still get a transfix…

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THE BAND'S VISIT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's a unique characteristic of art that it's capable of being "great" without actually being "good."

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Dialogue is the chief building block of theatre for a reason.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

RANCHO VIEJO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When you've landed somewhere you feel you don't belong - or you know you don't belong - everything just seems wrong.

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THE BABYLON LINE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Where better to observe the racing heartbeat of change than the epitome of conformity?

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

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

Anxiety, isolation, and depression, the kinds of feelings that crush inward rather than expand outward, do not naturally sing.

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THE ILLUSIONISTS: TURN OF THE CENTURY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There is no shortage of captivating magic to be found in The Illusionists: Turn of the Century, which just opened at the Palace.

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PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

When is it appropriate for our government officials to hide information from the public?

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ALLIGATOR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If President-elect Trump is still interested in "draining the swamp," he might want to start with that particular part of the Florida Everglades that is the setting for Hilary Bettis's gutpu…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A BRONX TALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

As far as I could tell from scouring the Playbill for the new musical A Bronx Tale, which just opened at the Longacre, Disney Theatrical Productions was not involved in its creation.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RIDE THE CYCLONE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

At least Ride the Cyclone has style.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Interview with Jeffrey Brian Adams and Monique Hafen in "She Loves Me" by Wayman Wong

Jeffrey Brian Adams and Monique Hafen really know how to make beautiful music on stage and off in She Loves Me, opening November 30 at San Francisco Playhouse.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

THIS DAY FORWARD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Love and marriage are part of a long game that's getting longer all the time, if Nicky Silver's new play This Day Forward is to be trusted.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

SWEET CHARITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Poor Charity Hope Valentine: so lovely, so talented, so awash in an identity crisis.

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RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's been tempting, over the course of this long, hyperpoliticized year, and especially during the past (yikes) tumultuous week and a half, to want to check out entirely.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

DEAD POETS SOCIETY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If you're adapting a film to the stage, so the theory goes, you'd better find a way to make it theatrical.

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A DOG STORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Leave it to Cupid to melt all the hearts he's not able to pierce with his arrows.

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A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's been said that the kitchen is the most important room in the house - and why not?

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SHADES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

“Thank you for your service” can be an honest expression of gratitude for members of the military.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are going to adapt a well-known book or movie for a theatrical production, there are a couple of ways to go about it.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PARTY PEOPLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It takes way, way too long, but Party People, the combination play and in-your-face musical art installation that just opened at The Public Theater, eventually comes to ask a fascinating que…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

A NAME FOR A GHOST TO MUTTER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A Southern Gothic breeze wafts gently through playwright Cyndi Williams’s haunted family saga, A Name For A Ghost To Mutter, a production of Theatre East having its New York premiere at Ur…

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