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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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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Reviews:  Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAYBWW Reviews: Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAY
Posted: Oct. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews:  CINDERELLA Continues To Occupy BroadwayBWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Continues To Occupy Broadway
Posted: Oct. 11, 2014


BWW Reviews:  THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally LackingBWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally Lacking
Posted: Oct. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Stoppard's INDIAN INK Captivatingly Blends Romance, Sensuality, Politics and CultureBWW Reviews: Stoppard's INDIAN INK Captivatingly Blends Romance, Sensuality, Politics and Culture
Posted: Oct. 7, 2014


BWW Reviews:  LOVE LETTERS Gets Forwarded To Carol BurnettBWW Reviews: LOVE LETTERS Gets Forwarded To Carol Burnett
Posted: Oct. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Chekhov Goes All WTF in THE COUNTRY HOUSEBWW Reviews: Chekhov Goes All WTF in THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Posted: Oct. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Austin McCormick's ROCOCO ROUGE, an Intimate and Sensual DelightBWW Reviews: Austin McCormick's ROCOCO ROUGE, an Intimate and Sensual Delight
Posted: Sep. 28, 2014


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BWW Reviews:  Shapiro Gives OF MICE AND MEN a Classic TreatmentBWW Reviews: Shapiro Gives OF MICE AND MEN a Classic Treatment
Posted: Apr. 17, 2014


BWW Review:  Parsons and Spinella Clash in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMNBWW Review: Parsons and Spinella Clash in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
Posted: Apr. 22, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAYBWW Reviews: Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAY
Posted: Oct. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews:  ROCKY's Unusual Love Story Sings BeautifullyBWW Reviews: ROCKY's Unusual Love Story Sings Beautifully
Posted: Mar. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Disney Does Musical Comedy Right With ALADDINBWW Reviews: Disney Does Musical Comedy Right With ALADDIN
Posted: Mar. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Disappointing LES MISERABLES Revival Trudges to BroadwayBWW Reviews: Disappointing LES MISERABLES Revival Trudges to Broadway
Posted: Mar. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Volatile, Discomforting DISGRACED Earns Its PulitzerBWW Reviews: Volatile, Discomforting DISGRACED Earns Its Pulitzer
October 24, 2014

Ayad Akhtar's drama of being Muslin in post 9/11 American makes for enthrallingly provocative theatre.
BWW Reviews:  Richardson Brings Ironic Nerdiness to THE BELLE OF AMHERSTBWW Reviews: Richardson Brings Ironic Nerdiness to THE BELLE OF AMHERST
October 20, 2014

Emily Dickinson is played with a more contemporary feel in the new Off-Broadway production.
BWW Reviews:  Revised CAN-CAN Is Charmingly FizzyBWW Reviews: Revised CAN-CAN Is Charmingly Fizzy
October 19, 2014

Patti Colombo's choreography and Jason Danieley's performance highlight this rewritten version of the the Porter/Burrows musical.
BWW Reviews:  LOVE LETTERS Gets Forwarded To Carol BurnettBWW Reviews: LOVE LETTERS Gets Forwarded To Carol Burnett
October 18, 2014

The beloved comedy star joins Brian Dennehy in the first of the production's scheduled cast changes.
BWW Reviews:  Tex Avery-Inspired ON THE TOWN Really CooksBWW Reviews: Tex Avery-Inspired ON THE TOWN Really Cooks
October 17, 2014

John Rando's fast and furious revival is done in the style of the famed Warner Brothers animator.
BWW Reviews:  New Musical FOUND is a Real FindBWW Reviews: New Musical FOUND is a Real Find
October 15, 2014

Eli Bolin, Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree's telling of the creation of an unusual indie magazine is imaginative and spirited .
BWW Reviews: Billy Porter Turns Playwright With WHILE I YET LIVEBWW Reviews: Billy Porter Turns Playwright With WHILE I YET LIVE
October 14, 2014

The Tony-winning actor's largely autobiographical drama is about growing up black, gay and Christian.
BWW Reviews:  CINDERELLA Continues To Occupy BroadwayBWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Continues To Occupy Broadway
October 11, 2014

Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd and Judy Kaye join Douglas Carter Beane's political activist musical based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein television classic.
BWW Reviews:  Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAYBWW Reviews: Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAY
October 10, 2014

Terrence McNally updates his wickedly funny 1980s comedy set at a Broadway opening night party.
BWW Reviews:  Stoppard's INDIAN INK Captivatingly Blends Romance, Sensuality, Politics and CultureBWW Reviews: Stoppard's INDIAN INK Captivatingly Blends Romance, Sensuality, Politics and Culture
October 7, 2014

Carey Perloff's offers an exquisite production of Stoppard's tale of an English poet in colonial India.
BWW Reviews:  THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally LackingBWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally Lacking
October 6, 2014

Director Marianne Elliott and her designers do exceptional work replicating the world as experienced by a teenager with a behavioral condition.
BWW Reviews:  Chekhov Goes All WTF in THE COUNTRY HOUSEBWW Reviews: Chekhov Goes All WTF in THE COUNTRY HOUSE
October 3, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's latest addition to the genre of contemporary plays modeled after Chekhov is by far the company's best.
BWW Reviews: SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, Divorced From EmotionsBWW Reviews: SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, Divorced From Emotions
October 2, 2014

Director Ivo van Hove has three pairs of actors simultaneously playing out Bergman's dissolving partnership.
BWW Reviews:  Blessing Sees The Arms Race as A WALK IN THE WOODSBWW Reviews: Blessing Sees The Arms Race as A WALK IN THE WOODS
October 1, 2014

Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Niebanck star as Cold War negotiators out for a friendly stroll.
BWW Reviews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, a Classic Comedy Given a Classic ProductionBWW Reviews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, a Classic Comedy Given a Classic Production
September 29, 2014

James Earl Jones heads a terrific cast in Scott Ellis' hilarious revival.
BWW Reviews:  Austin McCormick's ROCOCO ROUGE, an Intimate and Sensual DelightBWW Reviews: Austin McCormick's ROCOCO ROUGE, an Intimate and Sensual Delight
September 28, 2014

Company XIV christens its new home with an elegantly erotic Baroque sampler.
BWW Reviews:  LaBute's Skewers L.A. Lifestyles in THE MONEY SHOTBWW Reviews: LaBute's Skewers L.A. Lifestyles in THE MONEY SHOT
September 23, 2014

Neil LaBute's new comedy is a riot from start to finish.
BWW Reviews: BEDBUGS!!! Delivers Mindless Sci-Fi Rocker FunBWW Reviews: BEDBUGS!!! Delivers Mindless Sci-Fi Rocker Fun
September 22, 2014

Grace McLean and Brian Charles Rooney are both wildly funny in this musical spoof.
BWW Reviews:  Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERSBWW Reviews: Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERS
September 19, 2014

The story of a lifelong relationship between two people is told through the handwritten correspondence sent between them throughout the decades.
BWW Reviews:  ROCK BOTTOM Offers Raunch Without WitBWW Reviews: ROCK BOTTOM Offers Raunch Without Wit
September 18, 2014

Bridget Everett's obsessively aggressive raunchiness gets tiresome very quickly.


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