Michael Dale

Michael Dale After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become BroadwayWorld.com's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Citi Field pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.


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BWW Review:  Caryl Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE Yearns For a Post-Apocalyptic Return To NormalcyBWW Review: Caryl Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE
Posted: Feb. 22, 2017


BWW Review:  Janie Dee Makes a Smashing Return To New York as Feminist Fighter LINDABWW Review: Janie Dee's Smash Return as LINDA
Posted: Mar. 4, 2017


BWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In A Glorious SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGEBWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Posted: Feb. 24, 2017


BWW Review: Glenn Close Is  Luminous As The Faded Star of SUNSET BOULEVARDBWW Review: Glenn Close Is Luminous in SUNSET BOULEVARD
Posted: Feb. 9, 2017


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BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's Incisive Labor/Racism Drama, SWEAT, Transfers To BroadwayBWW Review: Lynn Nottage's Incisive Labor/Racism Drama, SWEAT, Transfers To Broadway
March 27, 2017

After her breakout Off-Broadway production of INTIMATE APPAREL and a Pulitzer Prize for her brutal depiction of rape as a weapon of war in RUINED, Lynn Nottage has been well established as one of America's most important 21st Century playwrights.

BWW Review:  Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERSBWW Review: Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERS
March 26, 2017

The authors who wrote the books for even the most successful Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 30s often get a bum rap for the flimsiness of their plots and the nonsensical nature of their gags.

BWW Review: MISS SAIGON Gains New Relevance As Americans Debate Refugee IssuesBWW Review: MISS SAIGON Gains New Relevance As Americans Debate Refugee Issues
March 24, 2017

The helicopter is real this time, as is the Asian heritage of the leading man, as Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's MISS SAIGON lands at the Broadway Theatre once more. Laurence Connor does a solid job of mounting producer Cameron Mackintosh's newest version, with three of its West End stars crossing the Atlantic to make their Broadway debuts.

BWW Review:  Societal Norms Meet Animal Natures in Sarah Ruhl's HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGEBWW Review: Societal Norms Meet Animal Natures in Sarah Ruhl's HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE
March 21, 2017

As patrons enter the Mitzi Newhouse for Sarah Ruhl's newest clever and quirky comedy, HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE, they're greeted by set designer David Zinn's rendering of a smart and simply furnished living room, above which hangs the carcass of a slaughtered and skinned goat.

BWW Review: Jo Lampert Is Stellar In David Byrne's JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIREBWW Review: Jo Lampert Is Stellar In David Byrne's JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE
March 19, 2017

Who is she? Where did she come from? These are questions likely to pass through the minds of Off-Broadway's regular attendees while witnessing Jo Lampert's stellar performance as the title character of David Byrne's new musical, JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE.

BWW Review: Arthur Miller's THE PRICE Checks The Cost of Life DecisionsBWW Review: Arthur Miller's THE PRICE Checks The Cost of Life Decisions
March 17, 2017

By the time Arthur Miller's THE PRICE hit town in 1968, the playwright had already established himself during the 1940s and 50s as one of America's greatest dramatists with classics such as ALL MY SONS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE CRUCIBLE and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.

BWW Review: THE LIGHT YEARS Salutes Starry-Eyed Innovators Who Remain EarthboundBWW Review: THE LIGHT YEARS Salutes Starry-Eyed Innovators Who Remain Earthbound
March 15, 2017

At the beginning of The Debate Society's premiere production of THE LIGHT YEARS (written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, developed and directed by Oliver Butler) we're told that Arcturus, the star that guided Christopher Columbus to what he thought was India, is precisely forty light years away from Earth.

BWW Review: Exhilarating New Musical COME FROM AWAY Celebrates The HelpersBWW Review: Exhilarating New Musical COME FROM AWAY Celebrates The Helpers
March 12, 2017

'Look for the helpers,' Fred Rogers would say. 'When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.''

BWW Review: Sally Field Stars In Sam Gold's Exquisite Production of THE GLASS MENAGERIEBWW Review: Sally Field Stars In Sam Gold's Exquisite Production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE
March 12, 2017

One of the great things about live theatre is its lack of permanence. In film, the words, directorial choices, performances and other artistic contributions all exist as an unchangeably whole work of art. But with theatre, each production of a play, no matter how many times it has been done before, begins with only the author's text, leaving a new collection of creative souls to decide what to do with it.

BWW Review: Ethan Lipton's THE OUTER SPACE Seeks Suburbia Orbiting MercuryBWW Review: Ethan Lipton's THE OUTER SPACE Seeks Suburbia Orbiting Mercury
March 9, 2017

Five years ago, playwright/composer/lyricist/performer Ethan Lipton stood on the stage of Joe's Pub as the central character of his solo musical NO PLACE TO GO, explaining the choices he had to make when the company he worked for announced it was relocating to Mars.

BWW Review:  Sex, Pizza and Slasher Flicks in Erica Schmidt's ALL THE FINE BOYSBWW Review: Sex, Pizza and Slasher Flicks in Erica Schmidt's ALL THE FINE BOYS
March 8, 2017

Straight cisgender teenage boys looking to lose their virginity are generally accepted as a staple of coming-of-age comedies that make movie theatre box offices hum. But when it comes to the matter of young girls being eager to have their first sexual encounter, audiences tend to prefer a bit more delicacy.

BWW Review: Demon Barber Moves To Barrow Street In An Intimate SWEENEY TODDBWW Review: Demon Barber Moves To Barrow Street In An Intimate SWEENEY TODD
March 7, 2017

When Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's classic musical thriller Sweeney Todd: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET opened on Broadway in 1979, Harold Prince's production was of grand operatic proportions. Opera houses frequently produce the show in that manner, but New York's stage revivals seem to be getting increasingly smaller.

BWW Review:  Janie Dee Makes a Smashing Return To New York as Feminist Fighter LINDABWW Review: Janie Dee Makes a Smashing Return To New York as Feminist Fighter LINDA
March 4, 2017

It's not exactly a spoiler to note that the closing scene of Penelope Skinner's wonderfully absorbing and issue-oriented dramatic comedy, LINDA, has the title character, a successful marketing executive, addressing a group of colleagues in the year 2007, excited about how the anti-aging cream she promotes has been putting out the message that the beauty in all women of all ages is a cause for celebration.

BWW Review:  Gideon Glick Yearns For Romance in Joshua Harmon's Enrapturing SIGNIFICANT OTHERBWW Review: Gideon Glick Yearns For Romance in Joshua Harmon's Enrapturing SIGNIFICANT OTHER
March 3, 2017

'I'm almost twenty-nine years old and no one has ever told me they love me,' says the sweet, funny and open-hearted Jordan during a monologue that opens the second act of Joshua Harmon's giddy and enrapturing romantic comedy, Significant Other.

BWW Review: David Mamet's Tense and Terse THE PENITENT Debates Moral IssuesBWW Review: David Mamet's Tense and Terse THE PENITENT Debates Moral Issues
March 2, 2017

A night out at David Mamet's tense and terse new play, The Penitent, now getting a hard-edged premiere by director Neil Pepe via Atlantic Theatre Company, isn't so much an observance of human behavior as it is a debate of moral issues.

BWW Review: Tyne Daly Brings Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD To The York TheatreBWW Review: Tyne Daly Brings Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD To The York Theatre
February 28, 2017

Listening to the original Broadway cast album of Jerry Herman's 1969 entry, DEAR WORLD, it's almost unimaginable to think you're hearing the score of a show that shuttered on Broadway after less than four months worth of performances.

BWW Review: Will Eno's WAKEY, WAKEY Offers Punch, Cake and Ruminations on LifeBWW Review: Will Eno's WAKEY, WAKEY Offers Punch, Cake and Ruminations on Life
February 28, 2017

You can't say that playwright/director Will Eno doesn't go out big with his new piece, WAKEY, WAKEY. Just before curtain calls, an extra-bright video montage, set to The Olivia Tremor Control's Love Athena, wreaks havoc with audience members' pupils. Once eyes are able to adjust, they'll notice bubbles floating through the house, followed by balloons. There's even a large disco ball reflecting lights all over the place.

BWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In A Glorious SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGEBWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In A Glorious SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
February 24, 2017

Inspired by Georges Seurat's pointillism masterwork 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,' the authors explore how 'the art of making art' can be less about applying paint to a canvas as it is about applying a signature to a check.

BWW Review:  John Kander Musicalizes Another Dark and Dangerous Subject In KID VICTORYBWW Review: John Kander Musicalizes Another Dark and Dangerous Subject In KID VICTORY
February 24, 2017

Though the brilliant musicals that composer John Kander created with his late lyricist partner Fred Ebb frequently tackled dark and violent issues (CABARET, CHICAGO, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS among them), they did so with a shiny, often cynical veneer of show-biz. Snazzy melodies and joyful lyrics barely hid horrific subtext.

BWW Review: 120 Variations of Life and Death in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' EVERYBODYBWW Review: 120 Variations of Life and Death in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' EVERYBODY
February 23, 2017

'We're dealing with some fairly old and ancient material, so maybe let's trust it to be really wise and meaningful, okay?' asks a character acting as a kind of host at the beginning of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' fun and breezy new play, Everybody.



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