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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.
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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little OnesBWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little Ones
Posted: Oct. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINSBWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINS
Posted: Oct. 11, 2014


BWW Reviews: Celeste Oliva Makes it Worth RECONSIDERING HANNA(H)BWW Reviews: Celeste Oliva Makes it Worth RECONSIDERING HANNA(H)
Posted: Oct. 4, 2014


BWW Reviews: High Energy TRACES Leaves Indelible Mark at ArtsEmersonBWW Reviews: High Energy TRACES Leaves Indelible Mark at ArtsEmerson
Posted: Oct. 2, 2014


BWW Reviews: Shopov and Reeves Do the Heavy Lifting in Zeitgeist Stage Company's BENTBWW Reviews: Shopov and Reeves Do the Heavy Lifting in BENT
Posted: Sep. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POEBWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POE
Posted: Oct. 13, 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: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICALBWW Review: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Posted: May. 15, 2014


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 Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour Haunts Boston Opera HouseBWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour Haunts Boston Opera House
Posted: Jul. 1, 2014


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


BWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little OnesBWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little Ones
October 21, 2014

Wheelock Family Theatre opens its 34th season with ALICE, a musical reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classics, ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. WFT veteran Andrew Barbato wrote the adaptation and directs the production featuring a garden of flower buds played by children who may one day follow in his footsteps, as well as some perennials on local theater stages who deserve to have more than a few bouquets tossed their way. From seedlings to adolescents to full-grown, the vibrant members of this ensemble are all ready to embark on the journey with Alice, down the rabbit hole and wherever it may lead.
BWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POEBWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POE
October 13, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group presents the world premiere of POE by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, imagining the last days of the writer before his untimely death in Baltimore in 1849. In the title role, David Adkins breathes life into the man, but the play needs life support. Kate Maguire mesmerizes with her recitation of 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' showing that Poe's own words can best provide the necessary drama.
BWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINSBWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINS
October 11, 2014

Despite all of its violence and disturbing themes, Director Jim Petosa and company find the humor in ASSASSINS and are able to make the characters come alive as people with flaws, rather than monsters. In the controversial Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical, the cure for what ails them is to kill a President and the 1991 show strikes a chord in our gun-happy culture. A terrific lineup of voices handles the Sondheim score with aplomb.
BWW Reviews: Celeste Oliva Makes it Worth RECONSIDERING HANNA(H)BWW Reviews: Celeste Oliva Makes it Worth RECONSIDERING HANNA(H)
October 4, 2014

IRNE Award-winning actress Celeste Oliva gives two riveting performances in Deirdre Girard's RECONSIDERING HANNA(H) to open the 2014-2015 season at Boston Playwrights' Theatre. With thoughtful direction by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary, RECONSIDERING HANNA(H) tells two good stories for the price of one, both of which will stay with you long after the curtain falls.
BWW Reviews: High Energy TRACES Leaves Indelible Mark at ArtsEmersonBWW Reviews: High Energy TRACES Leaves Indelible Mark at ArtsEmerson
October 2, 2014

Les 7 doigts de la main makes a high-flying return to open the fifth season of ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage with TRACES, an energetic mix of acrobatics, skateboarding, basketball, and contemporary dance performed by seven amazingly talented young artists.
BWW Reviews: Shopov and Reeves Do the Heavy Lifting in Zeitgeist Stage Company's BENTBWW Reviews: Shopov and Reeves Do the Heavy Lifting in Zeitgeist Stage Company's BENT
September 30, 2014

Following last season's award-winning production of THE NORMAL HEART, Zeitgeist Stage Company sets the bar high with the compelling drama BENT, featuring outstanding performances from Victor L. Shopov and Brooks Reeves. Directed with distinction by David J. Miller, the play challenges its audience to bear witness to atrocities, but illustrates the strength of the human spirit.
BWW Reviews: CAROLEE CARMELLO: THE BOSTON CONCERTBWW Reviews: CAROLEE CARMELLO: THE BOSTON CONCERT
September 23, 2014

Three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello wowed 'em in a one-night only performance presented by FUDGE Theatre Company Founding Artistic Director Joey DeMita, in association with Matt Phillipps. With her virtuoso piano accompanist/Music Director Phil Reno, the versatile artist stormed through a set list of eleven o'clock numbers from Broadway musicals. It was an unusual way for her to spend her night off from FINDING NEVERLAND at the A.R.T., but the appreciative audience at the Arsenal Center for the Arts didn't seem to mind.
BWW Reviews: Latest Tour is LION KING LightBWW Reviews: Latest Tour is LION KING Light
September 20, 2014

The national tour of THE LION KING returns to kick off the 10th Broadway In Boston season at the Boston Opera House, most fittingly as the musical reopened the venue following its historic renovation in 2004. Some of the effects have diminished over the years, but the opening night audience roared its approval.
BWW Reviews: All-Star Roster Brings the Bard to Fenway ParkBWW Reviews: All-Star Roster Brings the Bard to Fenway Park
September 20, 2014

It was a winning night at Fenway Park for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the hometown fans as they celebrated with an all-star roster for SHAKESPEARE AT FENWAY. The one-night event had comedy, tragedy, and some extra excitement (not unlike the Red Sox) for a great start to CSC's 20th anniversary season.
BWW Reviews: August Wilson's FENCES Is a Solid Base HitBWW Reviews: August Wilson's FENCES Is a Solid Base Hit
August 27, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company concludes its 35th season with Pulitzer Prize-winning drama FENCES, the sixth in August Wilson's ten-play chronicle of 20th century American history from the perspective of African-Americans. In Director Eric C. Engel's production that strives to illustrate the universal nature of one man's story, we can identify with the protagonist's anger and struggle for control in a rapidly-changing world. Daver Morrison and Jacqui Parker bat leadoff in a lineup of strong performances.
BWW Reviews: Nancy E. Carroll is Worth the Journey to 4000 MILES at Gloucester Stage CompanyBWW Reviews: Nancy E. Carroll is Worth the Journey to 4000 MILES at Gloucester Stage Company
August 10, 2014

Playwright Amy Herzog's 4000 MILES is a slice-of-life drama that observes a month in the relationship between a 91-year old grandmother (Nancy E. Carroll) and her 21-year old grandson Leo (Tom Rash) who drops in on her in the middle of the night at the end of a harrowing cross-country bicycle trip. The reason for the visit is a mystery, which is oh-so-gradually revealed, but the story doesn't cover much territory between point A and point B. Director Eric C. Engel grasps the timing necessary to bring out the play's humor and Carroll is a master of delivering a very funny line with a deadpan expression.
BWW Reviews: Chita Rivera Makes it Worth THE VISIT to Williamstown Theatre FestivalBWW Reviews: Chita Rivera Makes it Worth THE VISIT to Williamstown Theatre Festival
August 7, 2014

Broadway legend Chita Rivera makes her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut opposite Festival favorite and former Artistic Director Roger Rees in the newest incarnation of Kander and Ebb's THE VISIT, the musical based on the 1956 tragicomedy by Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt, with book by Terrence McNally. Director John Doyle has reimagined it as a one-act with a focus on the love story, and his collaboration with Choreographer Graciela Daniele results in a show that makes movement a vital component to convey elements of the narrative without words.
BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Makes a Pit Stop at Cape PlayhouseBWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Makes a Pit Stop at Cape Playhouse
August 5, 2014

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is a country music revue that feels right at home in the big old barn that is the Cape Playhouse in Dennis. It offers up rockin' music, folksy charm, and good home cookin' with a cast of six who sing, dance, and play a variety of instruments.
BWW Reviews: CREATIVE LICENSE: A NEW MUSICALBWW Reviews: CREATIVE LICENSE: A NEW MUSICAL
July 28, 2014

Writer/director Kevin Cirone's labor of love is having its world premiere in the subterranean Davis Square Theater in Somerville. Good musical variety and an ensemble of eager, committed actors are among the positive attributes, but character development and storyline need some fine-tuning.
BWW Reviews: Gloucester Stage Toasts AULD LANG SYNEBWW Reviews: Gloucester Stage Toasts AULD LANG SYNE
July 18, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company presents the Boston area premiere of Jack Neary's AULD LANG SYNE, an uneven vehicle driven by stellar performances from Paula Plum and Richard Snee, under the direction of Douglas Lockwood.
BWW Reviews: ME AND MY GIRL - Madcap Midsummer MirthBWW Reviews: ME AND MY GIRL - Madcap Midsummer Mirth
July 16, 2014

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston brings back this crowd-pleasing British musical comedy about a cockney gent who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford, but must choose between love and money. Director/Choreographer Cynthia Thole appeared in the original Broadway revival of ME AND MY GIRL and transmits her familiarity with the show to an exuberant cast, led by engaging, talented Peabody native Joshua Holden.
BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour Haunts Boston Opera House
July 1, 2014

In celebration of its 25 years on Broadway, Cameron Mackintosh brought forth a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for a North American Tour, now in its Boston premiere at the ornate Boston Opera House. Directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Scott Ambler, impressive set design by Paul Brown, Maria Bjornson's Tony Award-winning original costume design, and evocative lighting design by Paule Constable, the show is a visual spectacle that has enough magical effects to transport the audience to the Paris Opera House in the late 19th century.
BWW Review: World Premiere of Walt McGough's PATTERN OF LIFEBWW Review: World Premiere of Walt McGough's PATTERN OF LIFE
June 23, 2014

PATTERN OF LIFE asks a lot of questions and challenges the audience to search for their own answers. In this play about life and death, McGough exposes a situation that most of us have not thought about very much and asks us to put ourselves in the other person's sandals. Director Bridget O'Leary and the cast of Nael Nacer and Lewis D. Wheeler focus on the human aspect of the story.
BWW Review: JACQUES BREL Comes Alive at Gloucester Stage CompanyBWW Review: JACQUES BREL Comes Alive at Gloucester Stage Company
June 19, 2014

Good music stands the test of time and the Gloucester Stage Company celebrates its 35th Anniversary Season by revisiting one of their most requested productions. JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS still shows a lot of life more than 45 years since its off-Broadway debut. A quartet of polished actor-singers reveals the heart and soul in Brel's music and the brilliant complexity of his lyrics.
BWW Review: Smart Money is on Lydia Diamond's SMART PEOPLEBWW Review: Smart Money is on Lydia Diamond's SMART PEOPLE
June 16, 2014

Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia Diamond delves into uncharted territory in her provocative new comedy having its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois. She introduces four incredibly smart Ivy Leaguers who dare to budge the boundaries of polite conversation about racism by posing the question of whether our beliefs and prejudices are hard-wired.


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