Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fiddlehead "Show Boat" at Citi PAC by Josh Garstka

The historic Shubert Theatre allows Fiddlehead to create a large-scale production that looks and sounds sumptuous. But in Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens's co-directed production, this swee…

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sound Advice" and "Brooklyn Crush" cast recordings by Rob Lester

Here are two contemporary musicals whose scores on disc are among Broadway Records' cluster of recent releases. Neither would be mistaken for a Rodgers & Hammerstein-style musical or a whole…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

STET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For a play that contains absolutely no blood or gore, Stet, which was written by Kim Davies and is now receiving its world premiere at the Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre, cont…

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THE HEALING - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The Healing, the new play by Samuel D. Hunter that just opened at the Clurman Theatre, could - on the surface, anyway - not be a better match for the company producing it.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Westport "Buyer & Cellar" Bound for PBS by Zander Opper

The production reunites original star Michael Urie, original director Stephen Brackett, and original scenic designer Andrew Boyce from the 2013 Off-Broadway production. What's more, it has b…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review "Then & Now: A Memoir" by Barbara Cook by Stanford Friedman

There are goodly amounts of backstage lore and music appreciation surrounding her memories of Candide, The Music Man, She Loves Me and Follies—catnip for theater buffs. Her descriptions of…

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Transport Group "I Remember Mama" Now in New Jersey by Cameron Kelsall

But anyone who's sat through a slavishly literal production of a kitchen-sink play can tell you that it's not always a pleasant experience. How wonderful, then, to watch I Remember Mama and …

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Friday, June 10, 2016

SHINING CITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Not all ghost stories are created equal.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

INDIAN SUMMER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Young love needn't always be confined to adolescents....

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED . . . - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If laughter really is the best medicine, the afflicted looking for the next, best miracle cure are well advised to stay away from the Lucille Lortel Theatre. ...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

AN ACT OF GOD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Six thousand years is a pretty long run, so who can blame the Powers That Be for calling in a replacement? Wait, sorry, He is the Powers That Be, so... Oh, forget it....

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HIMSELF AND NORA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Lovers of literature rightly treasure the works of James Joyce ....

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WAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

His (superb) Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist from last year, Gloria, notwithstanding, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's works are among the most compelling that new playwrights are producing about …

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Donna Lynne Champlin: Horensio in "The Taming of the Shrew" - 6/6/16 by Beth Herstein

Through June 26 she'll be appearing as Hortensio in Shakespeare in the Park's all-female production of The Taming of the Shrew.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

ACT World Premiere "Chester Bailey" by Richard Connema

This 95-minute drama is performed by two amazing actors, David Strathairn and Dan Clegg, who give vivid performances. I was spellbound by their presentation of this tale of a young man named…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A PERSISTENT MEMORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

David Huntington has a problem: He doesn't know when he is.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's an unusual—but wonderful—conceit of the theatre that a blatant falsehood often leads to a deeper truth....

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Monday, May 30, 2016

"Anastasia" Premieres at Hartford Stage by Fred Sokol

The scope of the panoramic musical encourages all willing theatergoers to be transported, along with the actors, on a prolific journey. The production elements are, throughout, boldly impres…

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

World Premiere "Prowess" in Chicago by John Olson

Through its four thoroughly original inner-city dwelling characters and a plot that, like Disney's theme park ride Space Mountain, never lets you know exactly where the next turn or free fal…

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Barrington Stage World Premiere "Presto Change-O" by Fred Sokol

... it is a show about illusion, reality, and the lives of a family of magicians and others ... Eric Price provides book and lyrics and Joel Waggoner the music.

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THE KING AND I - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

East-West relations have just improved a lot on Broadway.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

FRIEND ART - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The title of Friend Art, the play by Sofia Alvarez that just opened at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre as part of the Second Stage Theatre Uptown series, refers in large part to the type of work y…

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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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