Meet the BroadwayWorld Staff- Chief Theatre Critic Michael Dale!
BroadwayWorld would be nothing without its ever-growing staff of dedicated writers, reviewers, interviewers, photographers and videographers that help keep you informed about everything that happens on Broadway and beyond. The BroadwayWorld team makes magic happen every day of the week and we want you to get to know the individuals who are responsible for it.
Below, we launch our 'Meet the Staff' series by profiling our Chief Theatre Critic Michael Dale!
Name: Michael Dale
Title: Chief Theatre Critic
Years with BroadwayWorld: 10
First Broadway show: REX, the short-lived Richard Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick, Sherman Yellen musical about Henry VIII. I got to meet Sheldon Harnick a few years ago and when I told him Rex was my first Broadway show he immediately shot back, "We're making it better!"
Favorite show: The most perfect production I've ever seen was the original ON THE 20TH CENTURY. I love strong book musicals like 1776 and adventurous stuff like anything by Michael John LaChiusa. My favorite straight plays are THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, AMADEUS and PYGMALION.
Listening to now: TICK, TICK... BOOM! I was born just a month before Jonathan Larson, spent a lot of time in the East Village he wrote about and completely relate to his theme of turning thirty in 1990 and trying to figure out if you're too old to be a struggling young artist.
Favorite site feature: The message boards! I love reading everybody's opinions about what's going on in the theatre world.
Favorite piece he's done: My first April Fools' Day column. I was stunned that I had actually convinced some people that Harold Prince had arranged for Andrew Lloyd Webber to help Stephen Sondheim fix the score of Bounce.
Favorite thing about being a part of BroadwayWorld: Being part of an astoundingly talented collection of writers, photographers, videographers, editors and administrators; brilliant people who inspire me to try and live up to their standards with every article.
Photo: Me in my acting days, playing Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Subtlety was never my strong point.