Nancy Grossman

From producing and starring in family holiday pageants as a child, to avid member of Broadway Across America and Show of the Month Club, Nancy has cultivated her love of the art and respect for the craft of theatre. She fulfilled a dream when she became an adult-onset tap dancer in the early 90's ("Gotta dance!"); she fulfills another by providing reviews for BroadwayWorld.com and evolving as a freelance writer. Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University and a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's THE SEAGULL: Artists at WorkBWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's THE SEAGULL: Artists at Work
Posted: Mar. 24, 2014


BWW Review: Loyalties Tested in BECOMING CUBA at Huntington Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Loyalties Tested in BECOMING CUBA at Huntington Theatre Company
Posted: Apr. 15, 2014


BWW Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Harvard a Thing or TwoBWW Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Harvard a Thing or Two
Posted: Mar. 28, 2014


BWW Reviews: Beckett, Bananas, and Barkhimer Make REEL TO REEL Go RoundBWW Reviews: Beckett, Bananas, and Barkhimer Make REEL TO REEL Go Round
Posted: Mar. 31, 2014


BWW Review: Whistler in the Dark Fades Out With FAR AWAYBWW Review: Whistler in the Dark Fades Out With FAR AWAY
Posted: Apr. 8, 2014


BWW Review: World Premiere of THE UNBLEACHED AMERICAN at Stoneham TheatreBWW Review: World Premiere of THE UNBLEACHED AMERICAN at Stoneham Theatre
Posted: Apr. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews: TALLEY'S FOLLY Past Its PrimeBWW Reviews: TALLEY'S FOLLY Past Its Prime
Posted: Mar. 26, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: World Premiere Musical WITNESS UGANDA at American Repertory TheaterBWW Review: World Premiere Musical WITNESS UGANDA at American Repertory Theater
Posted: Feb. 19, 2014


BWW Review: Marion Steals THE HEART OF ROBIN HOODBWW Review: Marion Steals THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD
Posted: Dec. 22, 2013


BWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH Brings on January ThawBWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH Brings on January Thaw
Posted: Jan. 13, 2014


BWW Review: Intimate SPRING AWAKENING at Gloucester Stage CompanyBWW Review: Intimate SPRING AWAKENING at Gloucester Stage Company
Posted: Jun. 28, 2013


BWW Review: I Cannot Tell a Lie - PORNOCCHIO is a HootBWW Review: I Cannot Tell a Lie - PORNOCCHIO is a Hoot
Posted: Apr. 28, 2013


BWW Review: Bridge Rep's HELLO AGAIN SeducesBWW Review: Bridge Rep's HELLO AGAIN Seduces
Posted: Mar. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: IT'S A HORRIBLE LIFE (Adults Only!)BWW Reviews: IT'S A HORRIBLE LIFE (Adults Only!)
Posted: Dec. 9, 2013


BWW Review: OUR LADY: Savior in Kinky BootsBWW Review: OUR LADY: Savior in Kinky Boots
April 18, 2014

Solo performance piece written and performed by James Fluhr (Boston University CFA '11), OUR LADY was created as a response to hate and homophobia, as well as to reveal the author's own coming out story. It is a moving, riveting mixed media theatrical event playing as part of the Next Rep Black Box Festival at New Repertory Theatre.
BWW Review: Loyalties Tested in BECOMING CUBA at Huntington Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Loyalties Tested in BECOMING CUBA at Huntington Theatre Company
April 15, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company playwright-in-residence Melinda Lopez collaborates with Director M. Bevin O'Gara to bring BECOMING CUBA to the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Rich in historical content, the play is set in Havana in 1897 in the midst of the Cuban War of Independence (Spanish-American War), and features beautiful writing, fully-realized characters, and evocative design elements.
BWW Review: World Premiere of THE UNBLEACHED AMERICAN at Stoneham TheatreBWW Review: World Premiere of THE UNBLEACHED AMERICAN at Stoneham Theatre
April 14, 2014

Stoneham Theatre presents the world premiere of Michael Aman's THE UNBLEACHED AMERICAN, a play about Ernest Hogan, the "father of ragtime." A long forgotten African American musical innovator, Hogan attained great success before tumbling into infamy. This important story imagines his relationship with an Irish immigrant nurse charged with caring for him in the final months of his life at the turn of the 20th century.
BWW Review: Whistler in the Dark Fades Out With FAR AWAYBWW Review: Whistler in the Dark Fades Out With FAR AWAY
April 8, 2014

Whistler in the Dark Theatre is calling it a day, but not before staging one final play that will challenge their audience. Concluding their season celebrating Caryl Churchill, the Whistlers are fading out with the dystopian fable FAR AWAY.
BWW Reviews: Beckett, Bananas, and Barkhimer Make REEL TO REEL Go RoundBWW Reviews: Beckett, Bananas, and Barkhimer Make REEL TO REEL Go Round
March 31, 2014

Fort Point Theatre Channel pairs Samuel Beckett's KRAPP'S LAST TAPE with THE ARCHIVES by local playwright Skylar Fox for an engaging double bill. Steven Barkhimer in the former and Sally Nutt, Allison Smith, and Karin Trachtenberg in the latter all give quality performances in two one-acts that reflect on memory, regret, and preservation.
BWW Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Harvard a Thing or TwoBWW Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Harvard a Thing or Two
March 28, 2014

Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown is the Blodgett Artist in Residence at the Harvard University Department of Music for the spring term and he gave the equivalent of a master class last night at Oberon. In a seventy-five minute performance, Brown served a buffet of delicious morsels from his musical theater canon and had the audience eating out of his hand.
BWW Reviews: TALLEY'S FOLLY Past Its PrimeBWW Reviews: TALLEY'S FOLLY Past Its Prime
March 26, 2014

Merrimack Repertory Theatre cranks up the way back machine to transport the audience to Lebanon, Missouri, on July 4, 1944, in Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winner TALLEY'S FOLLY, but the play chugs along on fumes, despite the best efforts of all parties.
BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's THE SEAGULL: Artists at WorkBWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's THE SEAGULL: Artists at Work
March 24, 2014

Kate Burton, accomplished Chekhovian actress, plays onstage mother to her son Morgan Ritchie in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of THE SEAGULL, featuring an ensemble of local favorites and Broadway veterans. Director Maria Aitken leads a stellar team of designers to create magic at the BU Theatre.
BWW Review: Bridge Rep's HELLO AGAIN SeducesBWW Review: Bridge Rep's HELLO AGAIN Seduces
March 17, 2014

Leave your inhibitions at the door and fasten your seat belt for a musical theater experience that simmers, smolders, and titillates. Bridge Rep gets up close and personal with Michael John LaChiusa's HELLO AGAIN in an immersive, cabaret-style production. Emerson College alum Michael Bello directs an ensemble of six exciting, young actors and actresses.
BWW Review: TONGUE OF A BIRD Doesn't FlyBWW Review: TONGUE OF A BIRD Doesn't Fly
March 15, 2014

Ellen Mclaughlin's TONGUE OF A BIRD is the first show in New Repertory Theatre's inaugural Next Rep Black Box Festival. No one can dispute the intimacy of the venue, or the up-close-and-personal flavor of the production, directed by Emily Ranii and featuring an all-female cast. This band of sisters bares the souls of their characters and supports each other like birds in chevron flight, but the play lacks sufficient lift to let them soar beyond the blue horizon, or over the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains where the story takes place.
BWW Review: FLASHDANCE: More Flicker Than FlameBWW Review: FLASHDANCE: More Flicker Than Flame
March 14, 2014

FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL delivers on its promise of electrifying dance, but its story is forgettable and fails to inspire.
BWW Review: BULLY DANCE Looks for the LightBWW Review: BULLY DANCE Looks for the Light
March 11, 2014

Playwright David Valdes Greenwood offers a requiem to explore the randomness of violence, the collateral damage suffered by the community, and the road to reclaiming one's humanity. BULLY DANCE illuminates its unpleasant theme with thoughtful writing, respectful performances, and unexpected beauty.
BWW Review: Music, Murder, and Mystery in SOMETHING'S AFOOTBWW Review: Music, Murder, and Mystery in SOMETHING'S AFOOT
March 4, 2014

An homage to Agatha Christie, SOMETHING'S AFOOT rolls along merrily in the hands of a cast of Stoneham Theatre favorites.
BWW Review: New England Premiere of Annie Baker's THE FLICK at Company One TheatreBWW Review: New England Premiere of Annie Baker's THE FLICK at Company One Theatre
March 3, 2014

Annie Baker takes live theater to the movies in THE FLICK, set in a rundown, second-run Worcester movie house. The audience gets to be like a fly on the wall as the ushers sweep up the detritus and muddle through their existential struggles between shows. Not much happens, but everything changes over the course of three hours.
BWW Review: Baryshnikov Has All the Right MovesBWW Review: Baryshnikov Has All the Right Moves
February 27, 2014

Fusing theater, dance, music, and video, ArtsEmerson's MAN IN A CASE is an unusual entertainment, something that has to be seen to be appreciated. At the least, it is an example of thinking outside of the box and an opportunity to see one of the world's greatest dancers onstage; at best, it is an opportunity to see that one of the world's greatest dancers has many more tricks up his tights and that his fluid movements have not abandoned him. You can take the dancer out of the ballet, but you cannot take the ballet out of the dancer. Even in a straight play, the man still has all the right moves.
BWW Review: Actors' Shakespeare Project's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Bears FruitBWW Review: Actors' Shakespeare Project's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Bears Fruit
February 24, 2014

Actors' Shakespeare Project mounts a lighter, accessible version of Anton Chekhov's final play in Founder's Hall at The Dane Estate at Pine Manor College in Brookline. Performing in the round in this stately, dramatic setting, the actors inhabit space and time in a way that allows their characters to emerge naturally, enhanced by the proximity of their audience
BWW Review: Lyric Stage's SALESMAN Merits AttentionBWW Review: Lyric Stage's SALESMAN Merits Attention
February 22, 2014

Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN is sixty-five years old, but unlikely to face the same fate as its tragic protagonist Willy Loman. With Janie E. Howland's marvelously evocative set, Gail Astrid Buckley's period-appropriate costumes, Karen Perlow's lighting effects, and Dewey Dellay's brilliant original compositions, Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos guides us across the bridge to the era of the play. Strong performances abound, but Paula Plum and Kelby T. Akin excel as Loman's wife and prodigal son.
BWW Review: World Premiere Musical WITNESS UGANDA at American Repertory TheaterBWW Review: World Premiere Musical WITNESS UGANDA at American Repertory Theater
February 19, 2014

WITNESS UGANDA explores the American impulse to change the world. It is an electrifying production that combines stellar design elements, breathtaking choreography, and an ensemble of energetic young artists committed to telling their story. Artistic Director Diane Paulus again shows her flair for guiding a complex production and getting the best from her performers.
BWW Review: Moonbox Productions Steps Up in Class With COMPANYBWW Review: Moonbox Productions Steps Up in Class With COMPANY
February 17, 2014

Moonbox Productions moves upstairs to the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts for a large scale musical with Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY. Exploring friendship, love, commitment, and marriage through the eyes of a 35-year old bachelor, the vignettes resonate, but the songs really make the show worth seeing.
BWW Review: ABSENCE Offers Inside View of DementiaBWW Review: ABSENCE Offers Inside View of Dementia
February 13, 2014

Boston Playwrights' Theatre season concludes with Peter M. Floyd's ABSENCE, a witty and poignant exploration of a 76-year old woman's decline and the impact on her family relationships. Understudy Kippy Goldfarb stepped in and stepped up on the opening weekend for ailing Joanna Merlin and knocked it out of the park.


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