Thursday, April 17, 2014

Act One Review: Moss Hart’s Beloved Theater Memoir Brought to Broadway Stage by Jonathan Mandell

“Act One,” the  well-meaning stage adaptation of the beloved theatrical memoir by Moss Hart, aims to explore the intoxicating appeal of the theater, but it instead demonstrates …

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Broadway Dogs of 2014 by Jonathan Mandell

Broadway barks indeed. This season, dogs are in the casts of four Broadway shows. All four were rescued from a dog pound, and now perform eight shows a week. Are their Pooper-Scoopers monogr…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Santino Fontana’s Act One, The Unluckiest Lucky Actor in New York by Jonathan Mandell

“The theatre is not so much a profession as a disease, and my first look at Broadway was the beginning of a lifelong infection,” playwright and director Moss Hart wrote in Act One, his l…

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Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner: Annie Baker’s The Flick by Jonathan Mandell

Annie Baker’s The Flick has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Here is my review of The Flick. Citation: “Awarded to “The Flick,” by Annie Baker, a thoughtful dr…

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Bullets and Billie Holiday on Broadway. Tax Help for Artists. Spring Beefcake. The Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

Eight Broadway shows are opening in the next ten days. Two opened last week, Bullets Over Broadway and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. It’s tax time, which may be why there …

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Review: Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday by Jonathan Mandell

click on any photo to see it enlarged Audra McDonald is the same age as the Billie Holiday she is depicting in the first Broadway production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” a…

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bullets Over Broadway Reviews and Photographs by Jonathan Mandell

“Bullets Over Broadway,” based on Woody Allen’s 1994 movie about a novice playwright in the 1920s whose show is saved by a mobster, is opening tonight at the St. James Thea…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Denzel, Menzel, Michael C. Hall. RIP Mickey Rooney. The Broadway Effect. NYC on Stage. Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

If/Then with Idina Menzel, A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington and The Realistic Joneses  with Michael C. Hall opened on Broadway; Adrian Lester gives a star turn portraying the f…

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Realistic Joneses Review: Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts On Broadway With Beckett Light by Jonathan Mandell

In “The Realistic Joneses,” a kind of “Endgame” reoriented to the American suburbs, Michael C. Hall and Marisa Tomei as a couple named Jones pay an unexpected visit to introduce the…

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun Review. Denzel Washington, Anika Noni Rose: Age-blind Casting in a Masterpiece by Jonathan Mandell

“Me and my family…we are very plain people,” Denzel Washington says in “A Raisin in the Sun,” at the start of a monologue that by the end – “we are very proud people” —…

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

If/Then Review: Idina Menzel, Of Two Minds by Jonathan Mandell

In “If/Then,” Idina Menzel portrays two different versions of the same character Elizabeth, and at the beginning of the musical, I was feeling like two versions of myself as well.  Eliz…

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The Mysteries: The Flea Takes On The Bible, Epically, Irreverently by Jonathan Mandell

  Ed Iskandar talked with God. Then it was Lucifer’s turn. Now he was addressing Adam and Eve. “The audience has just paid $50 to watch the Bible, so bite the fuck out of the apple …

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 2014 Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway by Jonathan Mandell

In April, there are more than 30 shows opening on Broadway,  Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway, at least one for each day of the month, although the schedule is more chaotic than that. (Get …

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Off Broadway Best: Fun Home, Here Lives Love, Natasha Pierre, 2014 Lortel Award Nominees by Jonathan Mandell

Here Lies Love; Fun Home, and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 received the most nominations for the 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards celebrating Off-Broadway, presented by the Off-Broa…

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Monday, March 31, 2014

New York March 2014 Quiz by Jonathan Mandell

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news in March, 2014? Answer these 10 questions and find out.

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Red Velvet Review: Adrian Lester as First Great Black Shakespearean Actor by Jonathan Mandell

When Ira Aldridge played Othello in London, they were still debating whether it was a good thing to end slavery in the British colonies. Aldridge is the real-life African-American actor port…

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

If/Then Reviews: Idina Menzel Returns To Broadway by Jonathan Mandell

In “If/Then,” the new musical by the team that created Next To Normal, Idina Menzel returns to Broadway after a nine-year absence, playing Elizabeth, a city planner who returns t…

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Neil Patrick Harris AS Hedwig, Complete With Blonde Wig, Custom Heels by Jonathan Mandell

We saw the poster of Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig – a close-up of his face with a little mascara and lipstick — but now we’re getting him in full dress — or full ho…

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Broadway’s April Avalanche. Hugh Jackman Sings Wolverine The Musical. The Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

In the calm before the April avalanche — with 13 shows opening on Broadway alone within the next four weeks,  piling up to open as close as possible to the Tony Awards cut-off deadlin…

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Poll: What Broadway Show Opening in April 2014 Are You Most Looking Forward To? by Jonathan Mandell

There are 12 shows opening on Broadway in April, 2014.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

House of Cards Writer Goes Off-Off: Breathing Time Review by Jonathan Mandell

  Kevin Spacey doesn’t strangle a dog within the first few minutes, nor become President of the United States in the last few, but “Breathing Time,” a play by Beau Willimon, the c…

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Today Is World Theatre Day — How will you be celebrating? by Jonathan Mandell

World Theatre Day, created in 1961, is celebrated annually on March 27. How will you be celebrating? International Message by Bretty Bailey The 2014 World Theater Day International Message i…

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tennessee Williams, Born Today, Forever Quotable by Jonathan Mandell

“Time is the longest distance between two places.” — Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams was born on March 26, 1911 — he would be 103 years old today &…

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Watch Toni Braxton in After Midnight on Broadway by Jonathan Mandell

Toni Braxton and Babyface are the guest stars of the Broadway musical After Midnight, which offers an evening of the kind of entertainment that was in Harlem’s Cotton Club in the 1930s…

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mothers and Sons Review: Tyne Daly as Andre’s Mother, Still Angry, Grieving by Jonathan Mandell

In “Mothers and Sons,” Terrence McNally’s well-acted, sometimes touching new play, Tyne Daly as Katherine Gerard pays an unexpected visit to Cal (Frederick Weller) the lover of her son…

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New Les Miz. New Phantom. Aladdin Alights. Sondheim Favs. The Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

Broadway’s big guns fired the first volley this week of what will be a month-long assault — 13 more shows are opening within the next month, ending the 2013-14 Broadway season. B…

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The Book of Mormon, Three Years Old by Jonathan Mandell

The Book of Mormon opened three years ago today. It won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Costing about $9.1 million to mount, it has earned nearly $250 million on Broadway alone (with…

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Les Miserables Review: Darkened Stages, Brilliant Broadway Cast by Jonathan Mandell

When the grim-faced actors in the revival of “Les Miserables” man the barricades and wave the red flag at the Imperial, to my surprise, I didn’t just see red. For this third pr…

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Aladdin Video by Jonathan Mandell

New teaser for Aladdin

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Poll: Which is Your Favorite Stephen Sondheim Show on Broadway? by Jonathan Mandell

Stephen Sondheim turns 84 today, and in honor of his birthday, a poll that shows the extraordinary range of Broadway plays and musicals, world-famous and completely obscure, with which he ha…

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Idina Menzel on the Cover of Billboard by Jonathan Mandell

Idina Menzel, who is starring on Broadway in the new musical “If/Then,” which opens on Sunday,  is on the cover of Billboard next week. It says: “It’s taken her 18 y…

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