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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Posted: Nov. 18, 2016


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Posted: Nov. 5, 2016


BWW Review: A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME Cooks Up Frothy Musical FunReview: A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME Cooks Up Frothy Fun
Posted: Nov. 25, 2016


BWW Review: Jason Sudeikis Stars in CSC's Crisp and Engaging Stage Premiere of DEAD POETS SOCIETYBWW Review: Jason Sudeikis Stars in CSC's DEAD POETS SOCIETY
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BWW Review: Exhilarating and Original DEAR EVAN HANSEN Moves To BroadwayBWW Review: Exhilarating and Original DEAR EVAN HANSEN Moves To Broadway
December 4, 2016

While FUN HOME and HAMILTON have certainly not been the only high-quality new musicals to hit Broadway in the past two seasons, they've both displayed the kind of originality and relevance in subject matter, expertise in writing and imagination in execution that works wonders in elevating public awareness of the dramatic potential of the art form and smashing the lingering bias that says singing and dancing diffuses the impact of serious theatre.

BWW Review: Nick Cordero Leads Robert De Niro/Jerry Zaks-Directed A BRONX TALE To BroadwayBWW Review: Nick Cordero Leads Robert De Niro/Jerry Zaks-Directed A BRONX TALE To Broadway
December 2, 2016

When the new musical based on Chazz Palminteri's autobiographical solo play, A BRONX TALE had its world premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse earlier this year, it boasted a solid first act, a terrific star performance by Nick Cordero, an Alan Menken/Glenn Slater song that every Sinatra-styled saloon singer will want to grab. It also featured some of those traditional second act problems that often plague new musicals looking for a Broadway home.

BWW Review: Teen Angels Compete For A Second Chance in RIDE THE CYCLONEBWW Review: Teen Angels Compete For A Second Chance in RIDE THE CYCLONE
December 1, 2016

For a musical about the accidental death of six teenagers and a contest to select just one of them to return to life, Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond's Ride the Cyclone, mounted by MCC after development in Canadian cabarets and a successful Chicago run, is curiously lacking in any kind of emotion or tension.

BWW Review: A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME Cooks Up Frothy Musical FunBWW Review: A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME Cooks Up Frothy Musical Fun
November 25, 2016

While Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME isn't the first musical to contrast the accepted female gender roles of the 1950s with the liberated revolution of the 1960s (Off-Broadway's second visit from THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES is still running at the Kirk.) the York's fun and frothy new entry features a dynamite cast and enough tuneful cleverness for a brightly entertaining evening.

BWW Review: Bad Choices Have Lasting Impact In Nicky Silver's THIS DAY FORWARDBWW Review: Bad Choices Have Lasting Impact In Nicky Silver's THIS DAY FORWARD
November 23, 2016

As with their Vineyard Theatre success of five years ago, THE LYONS, in THIS DAY FORWARD, the team of playwright Nicky Silver and director Mark Brokaw display an impressive talent for packaging complex family drama as hip, off-beat comedy before getting to the guts of the long-term effects of dysfunctionality.

BWW Review: Leigh Silverman and Sutton Foster Discover Fresh Nuances In Intimate SWEET CHARITYBWW Review: Leigh Silverman and Sutton Foster Discover Fresh Nuances In Intimate SWEET CHARITY
November 21, 2016

Ever since it opened in 1966 as the Broadway production that made the Palace Theatre go legit, the final scene of Neil Simon (book), Dorothy Fields (lyrics) and Cy Coleman's (music) hyper-swinging Sweet Charity has been a trouble spot.

BWW Review: Jason Sudeikis Stars in CSC's Crisp and Engaging Stage Premiere of DEAD POETS SOCIETYBWW Review: Jason Sudeikis Stars in CSC's Crisp and Engaging Stage Premiere of DEAD POETS SOCIETY
November 20, 2016

While the work of director John Doyle has been a frequent presence at Classic Stage Company for the past few years, his tenure as the company's artistic director gets off to an impressive start this season with a crisp and engaging world premiere production of Tom Schulman's DEAD POETS SOCIETY.

BWW Review: Shakespeare Goes Hip-Hop In The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIXBWW Review: Shakespeare Goes Hip-Hop In The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX
November 18, 2016

To say that The Q Brothers put a new spin on OTHELLO might be too obvious a pun, but their fun and lively hip-hop retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy of racism and revenge, Othello: The Remix not only sets the Elizabeth characters to rap rhythms, but switches the whole story around to the present-day music industry.

BWW Review: The Revolutions Of The 60s Meet Laptop Activism in PARTY PEOPLEBWW Review: The Revolutions Of The 60s Meet Laptop Activism in PARTY PEOPLE
November 18, 2016

The term 'generation gap' first came into use during the 1960s, when sociologists and trend-watchers began noting the extreme differences in lifestyle, politics, fashion, music and language between the American parents who fought the Axis in World War II and the Baby Boom teenagers they raised.

BWW Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Makes Rousing, Sexy Musical Fun Out Of 'War And Peace'BWW Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Makes Rousing, Sexy Musical Fun Out Of 'War And Peace'
November 15, 2016

No, you didn't fall asleep on the Q train on your way to Broadway's latest musical and accidentally wind up at the largest, and perhaps rowdiest Russian supper club in all of Brighton Beach.

BWW Review: Signature Revives Suzan-Lori Parks Free-Form Dramatic Riff, THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLDBWW Review: Signature Revives Suzan-Lori Parks Free-Form Dramatic Riff, THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD
November 15, 2016

The symbolic nature of Suzan-Lori Parks' 1990 free-form dramatic riff, THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD AKA THE NEGRO BOOK OF THE DEAD is made apparent to viewers as soon as they open their programs and see the characters have names like 'Black Woman With Fried Drumstick,' 'Before Columbus' and 'Lots of Grease and Lots of Pork.'

BWW Review: Richard Nelson Concludes His Election Year Trilogy With WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGEBWW Review: Richard Nelson Concludes His Election Year Trilogy With WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE
November 14, 2016

It can be safely assumed that the majority of playgoers filing into The Public's LuEsther Theater for the 7:30 opening night performance of author/director Richard Nelson's Women Of a Certain Age on Tuesday night took their seats expecting to see Hillary Clinton declared the President-Elect of The United States sometime during the party that followed.

BWW Review: Athol Fugard's 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS Has, Sadly, Not Lost Its RelevanceBWW Review: Athol Fugard's 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS Has, Sadly, Not Lost Its Relevance
November 9, 2016

The subject of sensitive, well-intentioned white people growing up unaware of their own privilege has been receiving more and more attention in American, but back in 1982, South African playwright Athol Fugard approached the issue as experienced in his apartheid-infested homeland.

BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, A Moving Labor TragedyBWW Review: Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, A Moving Labor Tragedy
November 7, 2016

The doorway to the neighborhood bar designed with great detail by John Lee Beatty for director Kate Whoriskey's tense and finely-acted mounting of Lynn Nottage's hard-hitting new drama, Sweat, is decorated with a neon light advertising Yuengling Beer, the Pennsylvania brew that dates back to 1829.

BWW Review: Anna Deavere Smith's NOTES FROM THE FIELD; Voices From America's School-To-Prison PipelineBWW Review: Anna Deavere Smith's NOTES FROM THE FIELD; Voices From America's School-To-Prison Pipeline
November 5, 2016

Placed throughout Anna Deavere Smith's revealing new theatre piece, NOTES FROM THE FIELD, are violent video clips that have become all too familiar to any American with access to YouTube.

BWW Review: Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber Star In Visually Gorgeous and Emotionally Stark LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSESBWW Review: Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber Star In Visually Gorgeous and Emotionally Stark LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
October 31, 2016

An older man makes it clear that he intends to have his way with a young woman who trusted him. When she struggles, he assures her that she won't be believed if she says she wasn't asking for it, and she knows he's right.

BWW Review: Qui Nguyen's VIETGONE Raps Its Refugee Love StoryBWW Review: Qui Nguyen's VIETGONE Raps Its Refugee Love Story
October 30, 2016

Playwright Qui Nguyen is a tricky fellow. First he has an actor appear on stage, claiming to be him, welcoming the audience with the usual pre-show ritual about turning off cell phones and warning against any form of recording.

BWW Review: William Finn and James Lapine Offer A Revised Look At FALSETTOSBWW Review: William Finn and James Lapine Offer A Revised Look At FALSETTOS
October 28, 2016

The fact that William Finn and James Lapine's 1992 Broadway musical FALSETTOS began as two separate one-act musicals - parts two and three of a trilogy - that premiered Off-Broadway nine years apart makes it unique theatre piece, especially when you consider that the heighted awareness of the AIDS epidemic that occurred during those nine years gave each one, despite being about the same characters, significantly different tones.

BWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In City Center's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGEBWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In City Center's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
October 26, 2016

In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1985 Pulitzer Prize winning musical SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, 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: David Hyde Pierce Breathes Life Into Adam Bock's A LIFEBWW Review: David Hyde Pierce Breathes Life Into Adam Bock's A LIFE
October 25, 2016

The tensest, most dramatic moments in director Anne Kauffman's premiere production of Adam Bock's A Life occur whenever designer Laura Jellinek's large unit set slowly rotates horizontally, like a rotisserie, to change locations. The loud extended creaking that accompanies every change sounds like something is about to snap and make the whole thing collapse.



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