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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BWW Review: New York City Opera Returns With A Princely CANDIDEBWW Review: NYC Opera Returns With A Princely CANDIDE
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BWW Review: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Turn THE MIKADO Topsy-TurveyBWW Review: NYGASP Turns THE MIKADO Topsy-Turvey
Posted: Jan. 4, 2017


BWW Review: Tony Winners Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen Revisit Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANEBWW Review: Hynes/Mullen Revisit THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
Posted: Jan. 17, 2017


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BWW Review: 120 Variations of Life and Death in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' EVERYBODYBWW Review: 120 Variations of Life and Death in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' EVERYBODY
February 23, 2017

'We're dealing with some fairly old and ancient material, so maybe let's trust it to be really wise and meaningful, okay?' asks a character acting as a kind of host at the beginning of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' fun and breezy new play, Everybody.

BWW Review:  Caryl Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE Yearns For a Post-Apocalyptic Return To NormalcyBWW Review: Caryl Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE Yearns For a Post-Apocalyptic Return To Normalcy
February 22, 2017

When tragedy strikes a community, after the initial shock and the effort to neutralize the situation, there's always a strong desire to return to normalcy.

BWW Review: It's Norman Mailer Vs. Feminism in Wooster Group's THE TOWN HALL AFFAIRBWW Review: It's Norman Mailer Vs. Feminism in Wooster Group's THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR
February 18, 2017

It would be nice to be able take in The Wooster Group's intriguing docu-theatre piece, THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR, as a look at the grotesquely blatant brand sexism of nearly 50 years ago that we have since outgrown. Sadly, this glimpse at a carnival-like event disguised as a serious debate on the subject of, as it was known at the time, women's lib, is likely to remind audience members of current headlines.

BWW Review:  Wallace Shawn's EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE Explores Fascism And The Fall Of TheatreBWW Review: Wallace Shawn's EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE Explores Fascism And The Fall Of Theatre
February 21, 2017

Those who have yet to have their fill of half-price post-Valentine's Day candy will be happy to discover that what looks like crudites when you step into Derek McLane's environmental set for Wallace Shawn's fascinating Evening at the Talk House are actually sugary treats such as marshmallows, Swedish fish and gummy worms.

BWW Review: Reed Birney Beautifully Sensitive in Tracy Letts' Riveting MAN FROM NEBRASKABWW Review: Reed Birney Beautifully Sensitive in Tracy Letts' Riveting MAN FROM NEBRASKA
February 16, 2017

Deceptively, little seems to happen in the first several scenes of Tracy Letts' riveting 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Man from Nebraska, now receiving a superb New York premiere at Second Stage.

BWW Review: York's BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL Tells How A Refugee Made Good In AmericaBWW Review: York's BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL Tells How A Refugee Made Good In America
February 14, 2017

When Nazis began publicly burning copies of his latest musical theatre piece, composer Kurt Weill took it as a hint that he might be better off sailing to America and writing for Broadway.

BWW Review: Encores!'s BIG RIVER Matches Mark Twain's Humor With Roger Miller's MelodiesBWW Review: Encores!'s BIG RIVER Matches Mark Twain's Humor With Roger Miller's Melodies
February 12, 2017

One would assume that Mark Twain would have been amused that his 1884 novel condemning America's history of enslavement of Africans, 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,' has occasionally been condemned itself as racist literature for its realistic use of a certain slur.

BWW Review: Glenn Close Is  Luminous As The Faded Star of SUNSET BOULEVARDBWW Review: Glenn Close Is Luminous As The Faded Star of SUNSET BOULEVARD
February 9, 2017

With all due respect to the world class singers and dancers who trod Broadway's boards every season, watching Glenn Close completely enthrall and mesmerize an audience with her two dramatic solos in the new concert revival of Sunset Boulevard is a reminder that musical theatre is at its most thrilling when musical moments are enhanced by incisive acting.

BWW Review: La MaMa Explores Robert Patrick's Past, Present and Future in HI-FI | WI-FI | SCI-FIBWW Review: La MaMa Explores Robert Patrick's Past, Present and Future in HI-FI | WI-FI | SCI-FI
February 11, 2017

After establishing himself as resident doorman, stage manager and sex slave at the Caffe Cino, the historic Cornelia Street birthplace of Off-Off Broadway and America's gay theatre movement, Robert Patrick summoned up the courage to join the ranks of the venue's resident staff of playwrights (Lanford Wilson, Tom Eyen and William Hoffman among them) to begin submitting his own creations to owner Joe Cino. Eventually, the Broadway production of KENNEDY'S CHILDREN would help Patrick gain recognition as one of the significant dramatic voices emerging from New York's downtown scene.

BWW Review: A Puerto Rican Singing Legend Symbolizes Better Days In TELL HECTOR I MISS HIMBWW Review: A Puerto Rican Singing Legend Symbolizes Better Days In TELL HECTOR I MISS HIM
February 6, 2017

The legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe, who died of AIDS in 1993 at age 46, has been long gone when Paola Lazaro's humorous drama, Tell Hector I Miss Him, takes place, but his absence has the same symbolic meaning as when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel asked, 'Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?'

BWW Review: Anna Jordan's YEN, An Unsettling, Hard-Edged DramaBWW Review: Anna Jordan's YEN, An Unsettling, Hard-Edged Drama
February 3, 2017

As soon as you enter the Lortel for director Trip Cullman's tight and tense production of Anna Jordan's unsettling, hard-edged drama, YEN, the intention to catch audience members a little off-balance is evident.

BWW Review: Jerry Herman's MILK AND HONEY Gets A Spirited Concert Staging at The YorkBWW Review: Jerry Herman's MILK AND HONEY Gets A Spirited Concert Staging at The York
February 1, 2017

When Jerry Herman was pegged by producer Gerard Oestreicher to write the score for a Broadway musical set in the fledgling State of Israel, he was a 28-year-old composer/lyricist mostly known for writing clever lyrics and snazzy tunes for Greenwich Village topical reviews like NIGHTCAP and PARADE. But now, instead of writing for hip, downtown performers like Charles Nelson Reilly and Dody Goodman, he'd be penning a romantic score for opera stars Mimi Benzell and Robert Weede, with special comic relief material for Yiddish Theatre legend Molly Picon.

BWW Review: The Mint's YOURS UNFAITHFULLY, An Intriguing 1930s Look At Open MarriageBWW Review: The Mint's YOURS UNFAITHFULLY, An Intriguing 1930s Look At Open Marriage
January 31, 2017

Teetering somewhere between an incisive study of human fidelity and a sexy comedy of manners, Miles Malleson's Yours Unfaithfully is the kind of play that, under different circumstances, might have been made into a classic Hollywood romantic comedy starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall.

BWW Review: David Ives' Verse Comedy, THE LIAR, Offers Alternative CorneilleBWW Review: David Ives' Verse Comedy, THE LIAR, Offers Alternative Corneille
January 30, 2017

Press performances for David Ives' sharp and funny verse comedy THE LIAR began just around the time when political headlines were being made about the phrase 'alternative facts.'

BWW Review: August Wilson's Compelling JITNEY Finally Arrives On BroadwayBWW Review: August Wilson's Compelling JITNEY Finally Arrives On Broadway
January 20, 2017

When August Wilson's Jitney had its 1982 world premiere at Pittsburgh's Allegheny Repertory Theatre, there were no plans for it to serve as 1/10th of the greatest achievement in American drama. But by the time a revised version of that script opened Off-Broadway in 2000, six of the plays that would each represent a decade in his American Century Cycle had made it to Broadway and Wilson was firmly established as one the country's great playwrights.

BWW Review: Marga Gomez Honors Her Music Icon Father in LATIN STANDARDSBWW Review: Marga Gomez Honors Her Music Icon Father in LATIN STANDARDS
January 18, 2017

'Are you ready for autobiographical solo performance!?!' Marga Gomez would enthusiastically ask the crowd to commence performances of her recently concluded run at the Public Theater's 2017 Under The Radar Festival.

BWW Review: Belarus Free Theatre Brings Illegal TIME OF WOMEN To Under The Radar FestivalBWW Review: Belarus Free Theatre Brings Illegal TIME OF WOMEN To Under The Radar Festival
January 17, 2017

Traditionally, you can regard the name of the Public Theater's annual January festival, Under The Radar, as a reference to the relative obscurity of the theatre companies and artists involved. But in the case of Belarus Free Theatre, the meaning is a bit more literal and a lot more serious.

BWW Review: Tony Winners Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen Revisit Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANEBWW Review: Tony Winners Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen Revisit Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
January 17, 2017

The 1998 Tony Award ceremony was quite a history-making night, as THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE's Garry Hynes became the first woman to be awarded a Tony for directing a play. Her honor was received mere minutes before THE LION KING's Julie Taymor became the first woman awarded a Tony for directing a musical.

BWW Review: Watergate's Deep Throat Sings Again In MARK FELT, SUPERSTARBWW Review: Watergate's Deep Throat Sings Again In MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR
January 15, 2017

While the title MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR may receive befuddled reactions from those not fully familiar with American political scandals, you can't blame bookwriter/composer/lyricist Joshua Rosenblum for not naming his smart, breezy, informative and extremely enjoyable show 'Deep Throat, the musical.'

BWW Review: US Army's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS Enlists Laura Osnes and Will SwensonBWW Review: US Army's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS Enlists Laura Osnes and Will Swenson
January 14, 2017

When Americans think of the shows that entertained soldiers during World War II, visions of Bob Hope on a temporary outdoor stage wisecracking for thousands of servicemen, courtesy of the USO, are what usually comes to mind.



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