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:  Randy Newman's FAUST More Concert Than Musical TheatreBWW Reviews: Randy Newman's FAUST More Concert Than Musical Theatre
Posted: Jul. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE LION Roars with Irresistible CharmBWW Reviews: THE LION Roars with Irresistible Charm
Posted: Jun. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: PIECE OF MY HEART Should Let The Jukebox Do The TalkingBWW Reviews: PIECE OF MY HEART Should Let The Jukebox Do The Talking
Posted: Jul. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews:  THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short ShriftBWW Reviews: THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short Shrift
Posted: Jul. 14, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

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:  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


Review – ROMEO AND JULIET: Deny Thy Director and Refuse Thy ProductionReview - ROMEO AND JULIET: Deny Thy Director and Refuse Thy Production
Posted: Sep. 19, 2013


BWW Reviews:  DROP DEAD PERFECT Showcases the Legendary Everett QuintonBWW Reviews: DROP DEAD PERFECT Showcases the Legendary Everett Quinton
July 27, 2014

A new comedy demonstrates a knowledgeable affection for the Ridiculous style but the evening never takes off into the kind of hilarity expected.
BWW Reviews: PIECE OF MY HEART Should Let The Jukebox Do The TalkingBWW Reviews: PIECE OF MY HEART Should Let The Jukebox Do The Talking
July 23, 2014

Bert Berns bio-musical has a swell cast, fun songs and a book that drags mercilessly.
 BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Serves Up Twangy Charm BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Serves Up Twangy Charm
July 19, 2014

Encores! Off-Center brings back one of Broadway's more surprising success stories.
BWW Reviews:  PAGEANT Wins For CongenialityBWW Reviews: PAGEANT Wins For Congeniality
July 16, 2014

A revival of the 1991 drag musical beauty contest spoof is a pleasing ninety minutes of good, clean fun.
BWW Reviews:  THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short ShriftBWW Reviews: THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short Shrift
July 14, 2014

First-time playwright Robert Boswell and first-time director James Franco deal with the issue of rape and miscommunication.
BWW Reviews:  Randy Newman's FAUST More Concert Than Musical TheatreBWW Reviews: Randy Newman's FAUST More Concert Than Musical Theatre
July 5, 2014

Randy Newman's take on Goethe's opera is an enjoyable collection of songs with little dramatic context.
BWW Reviews: THE LION Roars with Irresistible CharmBWW Reviews: THE LION Roars with Irresistible Charm
June 30, 2014

Benjamin Scheuer's one-man musical is engaging, heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable.
BWW REVIEW:  Larson's TICK, TICK... BOOM! Is Too Good For ObscurityBWW REVIEW: Larson's TICK, TICK... BOOM! Is Too Good For Obscurity
June 28, 2014

While Rent is an explosion of youthful feelings of invincibility, tick, tick BOOM! is a more introspective work and one of the best musicals to premiere in New York in this century.
BWW Reviews: The Mint Digs Up 1930 French Farce, DONOGOOBWW Reviews: The Mint Digs Up 1930 French Farce, DONOGOO
June 25, 2014

Clever projections steal this revival of Jules Romains' satire of European colonialism.
BWW Review:  Confrontational HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Channels Anger Into ArtBWW Review: Confrontational HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Channels Anger Into Art
June 20, 2014

Despite a weak book, director Kenny Leon's daring theatre piece utilizing the lyrics of Tupac Shakur is an exciting dramatic work.
BWW Reviews:  WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID Debates Meanings of EqualityBWW Reviews: WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID Debates Meanings of Equality
June 18, 2014

Sarah Treem's engrossing drama is set in a 1972 safe haven for abused women.
BWW Reviews:  FLY BY NIGHT Wears Its Romantic Youthful Hopefulness On Its SleeveBWW Reviews: FLY BY NIGHT Wears Its Romantic Youthful Hopefulness On Its Sleeve
June 17, 2014

Connolly, Mitnick and Rosenstock's fanciful new musical expresses the human need for explanations.
BWW Reviews:  THE VILLAGE BIKE Offers a Thought-Provoking RideBWW Reviews: THE VILLAGE BIKE Offers a Thought-Provoking Ride
June 15, 2014

Eugene O'Neill described the period of a woman's heightened sexual desire as a strange interlude. Of course, that was 1923 and he was a guy.
BWW Reviews:  Lewis and Boggess Add Luster to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERABWW Reviews: Lewis and Boggess Add Luster to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
June 12, 2014

Two terrific stars join a 26-year-old production that's in excellent shape.
BWW Reviews: OUR NEW GIRL is Only Scantly ThrillingBWW Reviews: OUR NEW GIRL is Only Scantly Thrilling
June 10, 2014

Nancy Harris' psychological thriller peaks at it's opening.
2014 Tony Awards - Michael Dale's Live Blog from Backstage at Radio City in the Press Room!2014 Tony Awards - Michael Dale's Live Blog from Backstage at Radio City in the Press Room!
June 8, 2014

Welcome to Michael Dale's 2014 Tony Awards Live Blog! Follow along with him, live from backstage at Radio City Music Hall's press room where he'll be reporting on the winners as they come backstage, scoops and much more!
BWW Reviews:  GREASE Offers a Nostalgic Look at 1978BWW Reviews: GREASE Offers a Nostalgic Look at 1978
June 8, 2014

Paper Mill mounts a buoyant and polished new production of the 2007 Broadway revival's script.
BWW Reviews:  JUST JIM DALE, A Lifetime of LaughterBWW Reviews: JUST JIM DALE, A Lifetime of Laughter
June 4, 2014

Jim Dale learned early in life that he loves making people laugh and he still does it so well.
Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - NYC!Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - NYC!
June 3, 2014

Summer in New York is traditionally a quiet time for Broadway, although the now-previewing Tupac Shakur musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me is certainly creating quite a buzz. Perennials like Shakespeare In The Park and the New York International Fringe Festival always draw mobs of playgoers looking for a great time, but everywhere you turn in this arts-crazy city there's somebody putting on a show.
BWW Reviews: Tuminas' EUGENE ONEGIN Keeps You On Your ToesBWW Reviews: Tuminas' EUGENE ONEGIN Keeps You On Your Toes
June 1, 2014

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia's adaptation of Pushkin's verse novel is broadly theatrical.


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