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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Scott Z. Burns' tense and effective drama shows public opinion formed by a competitive media.
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April 13, 2014

There's a lady on stage, and not only is she an entrancing singer, but she's one hell of an actor.
BWW Reviews:  Stroman Knocks 'Em Dead with BULLETS OVER BROADWAYBWW Reviews: Stroman Knocks 'Em Dead with BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
April 12, 2014

Ladies and gentleman, Susan Stroman is back.
BWW Reviews:  Ives' Verse Play THE HEIR APPARENT is Divinely SillyBWW Reviews: Ives' Verse Play THE HEIR APPARENT is Divinely Silly
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David Ives' new version of Regnard 1708 French comedy is written in nimbly penned rhyming couplets.
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Despite some fine contributions, Martha Clarke's mounting lacks sexual spark and rebellious edge.
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The divisive playwright's most accessible piece comes off as a Neil Simon attempt at absurdism.
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Encores! serves up Frank Loesser's superb score with a 38 piece orchestra and an excellent cast.
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If Kenny Leon would like to keep on mounting productions of Lorraine Hansberry's riveting classic every decade I'd be most happy to go see them all.
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Outcast high-schoolers knock off the cool kids in Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe's musical version of the '88 film.
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Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's ambitious new musical splits a woman's life between marriage and career.
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He may have passed away over 50 years ago, but you might say John Van Druten is the hottest playwright in New York right now.
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March 25, 2014

A few days after counter-protesters display compassion for grieving members of the Westboro Baptist Church, Terrence McNally asks us to feel compassion for a grieving anti-gay mother.
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The new design is gorgeously moody but uninspired acting and singing voices that do not seem up to their tasks plague the production.
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The laughs are plentiful, the songs are bright and jazzy and there's not an actor dressed as an animal or inanimate object in sight .
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Nina Arianda is outstanding in David Grimm's drama of a woman surviving post-war Vienna.
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Husband and wife performing artists Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz draw parallels between their romance and de Beaumont's fairy tale.
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Broadway's newest musical romance is filled with honest sentiment and warmth.
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Steven Boyer repeats his Obie-winning performance as a shy Christian teen whose sock puppet is possessed.
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Bryan Cranston leads a top-notch ensemble as LBJ politicking the country toward civil rights.
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Jim Brochu's new solo piece will warm the heart of anyone who has ever looked out from an audience with awe and wonder.


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