Monday, December 5, 2022

Audra McDonald Is Broadway’s Busiest (And Most Awarded) Star by Harry Haun

The six-time Tony winner spent Saturday onstage at Carnegie Hall and opens in 'Ohio State Murders' on Broadway on Thursday, in what she calls "the most difficult role I’ve ever played."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:32PM

Review: ‘A Beautiful Noise’ Is A Portrait of The Rock Star As Depressed Senior Citizen  by David Cote

This sloppy Broadway embrace of Neil Diamond is a jukebox musical in search of a plot.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:38AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Three-Time Tony Winner Jack O’Brien Explains “How to Goddamn Direct” In New Memoir by Harry Haun

Having spent 54 of his 83 years directing stunning theater, Jack O’Brien talks about working with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tom Stoppard and Neil Simon, as well as his next Broadway show, 'Shuc…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:19PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Bruce Norris On The Moral Complexities of ‘Downstate’ by Harry Haun

The playwright’s latest examines society’s need to identify collective villains that can be perpetually punished.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:48AM
Friday, November 18, 2022

Review: The Excruciating “& Juliet” Fails on Every Level by Rex Reed

Set to the music of Max Martin, this moronic new Broadway show asks the question, "What if Romeo died but Juliet didn't kill herself and lived on to bore everybody else to death?"

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:54PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Directors of ‘1776’ Explain How The Revival Represents America Today by Harry Haun

"Every single person on that stage is someone who would not have been allowed to be inside Independence Hall in 1776."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:56PM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Father and Son Reed and Ephraim Birney Bring ‘Chester Bailey’ to Life at the Irish Rep by Harry Haun

Family ties provide added resonance to this two-character play about a welder who suffers a devastating injury, for both the audience and the actors. "But we’re still really goofy with eac…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:39AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Review: ‘Dodi & Diana’ Asks if a Relationship Can Survive the Past by Farah Abdessamad, Farah Abdessamad

From playwright Kareem Fahmy, 'Dodi & Diana' is a play reckoning with love's survival on the anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:30PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

She Screams, They Scream, We All Scream For Lea Michelle In ‘Funny Girl’ by Rex Reed

The ovations (many of them standing) greeting Lea Michelle as Fanny Brice are contagious.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:20PM
Monday, October 10, 2022

‘Leopoldstadt’: Tom Stoppard’s Epic Five-Act Tour of His Family Tree by Harry Haun

Stoppard's new show traces a Jewish family in Vienna as darkness overtakes them. Betsy Aidem and director Patrick Marber talk about the Broadway production.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:49PM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

David Geffen Hall Furthers Lincoln Center’s Uniquely Stunning Architectural History by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Soon to be opened to the public on October 8, Lincoln Center's new David Geffen Hall further cements its architectural reputation.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:26PM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Review: Memory Plays Are Huge in Theater Right Now but “The Memory Exam” May Be Easy to Forget by Rhoda Feng, Rhoda Feng

Memory plays are having a moment in theater but "The Memory Exam" may not live up to its name.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:44PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Dominic Fumusa Takes the Stage In a Play That Scares Him With ‘Jasper’ by Harry Haun

The actor — known for his role on 'Nurse Jackie' — talks about the challenges of playing a father with an ill son — and a fantasy life — in 'Jasper.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:25PM
Monday, September 19, 2022
Friday, September 16, 2022

Samuel L. Jackson Was Once an Understudy in “The Piano Lesson.” Now He’s A Star. by Harry Haun

Jackson gets the chance to revisit the August Wilson play that almost — but not quite — afforded him his Broadway debut.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:25PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Fall Arts Preview 2022: Theater You Won’t Want to Miss by David Cote

New York theater rolls into fall again with a packed schedule of Broadway, off-Broadway, and experimental theater.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:51AM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Daniel K. Isaac Brings A Korean Epic, Full of Fairy Tales and History, To The La MaMa Stage by Harry Haun

Best known for his role on 'Billions,' Isaac has written 'Once Upon a (korean) Time,' which traces the journey of a family from the wars in Korea to the riots in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:24PM
Friday, September 2, 2022

Michael Cavadias’ Claywoman Performance Returns to New York City by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Actor Michael Cavadias has been performing as Claywoman since the early 2000s; he will reprise the role September 11 at Pangea.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:50AM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

I Was Stranded in Canada on 9/11, and Even I Learned from ‘Come From Away’ by Amy Polacko, Amy Polacko

As a brief refugee in Canada on 9/11, Amy Polacko resisted seeing the "Come From Away" musical on Broadway. When she finally did, she found lessons all Americans should learn.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:00AM
Monday, August 22, 2022

Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton Talk About Taking Their Children’s Book Empire to the Stage by Harry Haun

After a mouse popped up in a Broadway theater, Julie Andrews and her daughter turned into a children's book. Now 'The Great American Mousical' is headed toward a run in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:21AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Mary Rodgers, Jesse Green and the Making of a No-Holds-Barred Memoir by Harry Haun

“I spent hundreds of hours with her, laughing, and I wanted to duplicate that,” Jesse Green says of the no-holds-barred Mary Rodgers memoir 'Shy.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:16PM
Friday, July 29, 2022

Review: Robert Icke’s ‘Oresteia’ Skillfully Brings Greek Tragedy to Today’s Crises by David Cote

At Park Avenue Armory, writer-director Robert Icke transforms Greek tragedy 'Oresteia' for a more postmodern audience.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:08PM
Monday, July 25, 2022

Alison Fraser Is a Different Kind of Big Mama In An Innovative ‘Cat On a Hot Tin Roof’ by Harry Haun

Alison Fraser — who plays Big Mama in the new Off Broadway production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' — calls the production "renegade theater."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:11PM

Review: A Weak Adaptation of a Rapidly Aging ‘The Kite Runner’ at Hayes Theater by David Cote

The bestselling novel 'The Kite Runner' has been adapted marvelously for screen and now for stage yet a weak adaptation does it no justice.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:02PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Review: Acclaimed Francophone Musical ‘Notre Dame de Paris’ Premieres in New York City by Farah Abdessamad, Farah Abdessamad

The musical of 'Notre Dame de Paris' opened in New York City on Bastille Day.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:44PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Ryan Murphy, Pick Up the Phone: What Went Down With Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ Revival by Erin Taylor, Erin Taylor

If you're having troubles figuring out all the angles and dramas with the 'Funny Girl' revival, this is for you.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:27PM

Review: The Explosive Production of ‘White on White’ Teaches Audiences How to Accept Being Uncomfortable by Rhoda Feng, Rhoda Feng

Running until July 16, 'White on White' may already be sold out for the rest of its extended run, yet clearly they did something right.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:38PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Review: Danai Gurira Carves a Bloody Path Through an Otherwise Lacking ‘Richard III’ by David Cote

Shakespeare adaptations come with a certain pressure, with some more successful than others. ‘Richard III’ struggles to make the cut.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:45PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

Review: ‘Into the Woods’ Still Casts a Sensational Spell on Broadway by David Cote

Revivals of Sondheim can be mixed business due to the pressure of his legacy yet some revivals. 'Into the Woods' does his legacy justice.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:47PM
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Review: Robert Icke’s Production of ‘Hamlet’ Misguidedly Embraces the Prince’s Incel-Nature by David Cote

Robert Icke's production of 'Hamlet' at Park Avenue Armory is nearly four hours and it's mostly Hamlet throwing a weird little fit.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:39AM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Review: ‘Epiphany’ Is a Clouded Insight With Pops of Clarity That Some Audiences Might Like by David Cote

An excellent cast with a so-so story, 'Epiphany' has great moments that don’t quite come together, but could appeal to some.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:39PM

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