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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2015 Tony Awards - Michael Dale's Live Blog from Backstage at Radio City in the Press Room!2015 Tony Awards - Michael Dale's Live Blog from Backstage at Radio City!
Posted: Jun. 7, 2015


BWW Reviews:  GUARDS AT THE TAJ Considers the Ugly Cost of BeautyBWW Reviews: GUARDS AT THE TAJ Considers the Ugly Cost of Beauty
Posted: Jun. 13, 2015


BWW Reviews:  Finn and Lapine Perform Minor Surgery on A NEW BRAINBWW Reviews: Finn and Lapine Perform Minor Surgery on A NEW BRAIN
Posted: Jun. 26, 2015


BWW Reviews:  Eisenberg's THE SPOILS Tests The Limits of CompassionBWW Reviews: Eisenberg's THE SPOILS Tests The Limits of Compassion
Posted: Jun. 3, 2015


BWW Reviews:  EVER AFTER Trades Cinderella's Fantasy for Human IngenuityBWW Reviews: EVER AFTER Trades Cinderella's Fantasy for Human Ingenuity
Posted: Jun. 7, 2015


BWW Reviews:  THE QUALMS Plays Like Sex in Clybourne ParkBWW Reviews: THE QUALMS Plays Like Sex in Clybourne Park
Posted: Jun. 15, 2015


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Posted: Jan. 30, 2015


BWW Reviews:  Volatile, Discomforting DISGRACED Earns Its PulitzerBWW Reviews: Volatile, Discomforting DISGRACED Earns Its Pulitzer
Posted: Oct. 24, 2014


Lady Gaga to Sing From Sondheim's Newest at the TonysLady Gaga to Sing From Sondheim's Newest at the Tonys
Posted: Apr. 1, 2015


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:  Gleefully Subversive HAND TO GOD Now Possesses BroadwayBWW Reviews: Gleefully Subversive HAND TO GOD Now Possesses Broadway
Posted: Apr. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews:  Stoppard's THE REAL THING Sings Its Heart OutBWW Reviews: Stoppard's THE REAL THING Sings Its Heart Out
Posted: Oct. 31, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Beane's Fizzy SHOWS FOR DAYS Recalls The Drama of Community TheatreBWW Reviews: Beane's Fizzy SHOWS FOR DAYS Recalls The Drama of Community Theatre
June 30, 2015

Douglas Carter Bean's funny and sentimental new comedy has Patti LuPone as an amateur playhouse diva.
BWW Reviews:  New BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Covers 1991-2015BWW Reviews: New BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Covers 1991-2015
June 29, 2015

The latest edition of Scott Siegel's acclaimed series shows the growing number of Broadway musicals without new scores.
BWW Reviews:  Finn and Lapine Perform Minor Surgery on A NEW BRAINBWW Reviews: Finn and Lapine Perform Minor Surgery on A NEW BRAIN
June 26, 2015

The musical inspired by William Finn's near-death experience gets a revised concert mounting from Encores! Off-Center.
BWW Reviews:  Mamet's GHOST STORIES Provides Little ChillBWW Reviews: Mamet's GHOST STORIES Provides Little Chill
June 25, 2015

Atlantic Theater revives a double bill of David Mamet one-acts.
BWW Reviews:  Noth Barely Sells It as DOCTOR FAUSTUSBWW Reviews: Noth Barely Sells It as DOCTOR FAUSTUS
June 22, 2015

Chris Noth does not command attention in a disjointed adaptation of Marlowe's classic.
BWW Reviews: SIGNIFICANT OTHER Takes a Familiar Plot Into The 21st CenturyBWW Reviews: SIGNIFICANT OTHER Takes a Familiar Plot Into The 21st Century
June 20, 2015

A single gay man keeps losing his straight female best friends to marriage in Joshua Harmon's sentimental comedy.
BWW Reviews:  Jacobs-Jenkins' GLORIA, A Fight For The Public's Collective MemoryBWW Reviews: Jacobs-Jenkins' GLORIA, A Fight For The Public's Collective Memory
June 19, 2015

The 30-year-old playwright is solidly emerging as one of American theatre's most provocative and challenging voices.
BWW Reviews:  Greif's THE TEMPEST of the Teapot VarietyBWW Reviews: Greif's THE TEMPEST of the Teapot Variety
June 17, 2015

Sam Waterston leads a Delacorte production that lacks firm propulsion.
BWW Reviews:  Malloy's PRELUDES Doesn't Lead To Very MuchBWW Reviews: Malloy's PRELUDES Doesn't Lead To Very Much
June 16, 2015

Sergei Rachmaninoff's reaction to the disastrous premiere of his first symphony inspires this abstract piece.
BWW Reviews:  THE QUALMS Plays Like Sex in Clybourne ParkBWW Reviews: THE QUALMS Plays Like Sex in Clybourne Park
June 15, 2015

Bruce Norris' latest Pam MacKinnon-directed offering keeps echoing the second act of his Pulitzer-winner.
BWW Reviews:  GUARDS AT THE TAJ Considers the Ugly Cost of BeautyBWW Reviews: GUARDS AT THE TAJ Considers the Ugly Cost of Beauty
June 13, 2015

Rajiv Joseph's thoughtful and engaging new entry is suggested by a gruesome legend regarding the Taj Mahal.
BWW Reviews:  EVER AFTER Trades Cinderella's Fantasy for Human IngenuityBWW Reviews: EVER AFTER Trades Cinderella's Fantasy for Human Ingenuity
June 7, 2015

Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich's adaptation of the 1988 film treats the fairy tale with realism.
BWW Reviews:  Greenspan Interprets Stein in COMPOSITION... MASTER-PIECES... IDENTITYBWW Reviews: Greenspan Interprets Stein in COMPOSITION... MASTER-PIECES... IDENTITY
June 6, 2015

David Greenspan approaches three Gertrude Stein pieces in a graceful solo performance.
BWW Reviews:  A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT; Interviews With a Political AssassinBWW Reviews: A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT; Interviews With a Political Assassin
June 4, 2015

Nicholas Wright's engrossing and superbly acted drama deals with the man South Africans called Prime Evil.
BWW Reviews:  Eisenberg's THE SPOILS Tests The Limits of CompassionBWW Reviews: Eisenberg's THE SPOILS Tests The Limits of Compassion
June 3, 2015

The playwright/actor's hyper-charged character drama is intriguing and well-acted.
BWW Reviews: LaBute Goes Soft in THE WAY WE GET BYBWW Reviews: LaBute Goes Soft in THE WAY WE GET BY
June 2, 2015

The playwright best known for displaying the uglier side of human nature takes a shot at quirky romance.
BWW Reviews:  Bio-Musical CAGNEY Has Legs but Needs To Pack More HeatBWW Reviews: Bio-Musical CAGNEY Has Legs but Needs To Pack More Heat
May 30, 2015

Composer/lyricist Robert Creighton gives a gutsy performance as Hollywood's tough-guy song and dance man.
2015 Tony Awards - Michael Dale's Live Blog from Backstage at Radio City in the Press Room!2015 Tony Awards - Michael Dale's Live Blog from Backstage at Radio City in the Press Room!
June 7, 2015

Welcome to Michael Dale's 2015Tony 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: Parsons Preaches It in AN ACT OF GODBWW Reviews: Parsons Preaches It in AN ACT OF GOD
May 29, 2015

Jim Parsons appears as God appearing as Jim Parsons in the first Broadway play based on a Twitter account.
BWW Reviews:  Mobile Shakespeare Unit's MACBETH Settles Into The PublicBWW Reviews: Mobile Shakespeare Unit's MACBETH Settles Into The Public
May 23, 2015

Edward Torres' gritty and energetic portable production opens a limited run after touring NYC prisons and shelters.


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