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: Chita Rivera Makes it Worth THE VISIT to Williamstown Theatre FestivalBWW Reviews: Chita Rivera Makes it Worth THE VISIT to Williamstown Theatre Festival
Posted: Aug. 7, 2014


BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Makes a Pit Stop at Cape PlayhouseBWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Makes Pit Stop at Cape Playhouse
Posted: Aug. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: CREATIVE LICENSE: A NEW MUSICALBWW Reviews: CREATIVE LICENSE: A NEW MUSICAL
Posted: Jul. 28, 2014


BWW Reviews: Nancy E. Carroll is Worth the Journey to 4000 MILES at Gloucester Stage CompanyBWW Reviews: Nancy E. Carroll Worth the Journey in 4000 MILES at Gloucester Stage
Posted: Aug. 10, 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: 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.
BWW Review: There is Nothin' Like SOUTH PACIFICBWW Review: There is Nothin' Like SOUTH PACIFIC
June 15, 2014

They don't make 'em like this anymore, so book your passage to Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham for an enchanted evening at SOUTH PACIFIC. Director David Hugo returns and sets the bar high with topnotch performances from Katie Clark, Peter S. Adams, and an ensemble of enlisted men and women who know their way around the terrific Rodgers and Hammerstein score.
BWW Review: Bridge Rep Ties Up First Season With GIDION'S KNOTBWW Review: Bridge Rep Ties Up First Season With GIDION'S KNOT
June 11, 2014

Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston concludes its first season with Johnna Adams' timely play about the aftermath of a traumatic school event. Noted Boston actor Karen MacDonald directs Olivia D'Ambrosio and Deb Martin in two stunning, emotional performances, challenging the audience to choose sides and try to untie the storyline's Gordian knot.
BWW Review: ABE LINCOLN'S PIANO Needs Fine-tuningBWW Review: ABE LINCOLN'S PIANO Needs Fine-tuning
May 23, 2014

Hershey Felder returns to ArtsEmerson for his third solo musical theater piece after charming and enlightening local audiences with GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE and MAESTRO: LEONARD BERNSTEIN in recent years. This time he departs from staging the lives of genius composers to delve into the tragic death of a giant of American history by blending Civil War-era songs and first-person stories in an imaginative retelling of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN Needs NurturingBWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN Needs Nurturing
May 22, 2014

THE SECRET GARDEN needs a good dose of Miracle-Gro to overcome a lack of vitality. A beautiful, lush score is weighed down by the sluggishness of the tale and static direction. The company has the vocals to do justice to the music and several performers shine, but this garden has a dearth of color.
BWW Review: The 2014 Elliot Norton 32nd Anniversary Awards
May 20, 2014

The Boston Theater Critics' Association hosted the 32nd anniversary presentation of the Elliot Norton Awards last night at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Barely before people were in their seats, the tap dancing ensemble of Stoneham Theatre's THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, led by Ephie Aardema, shuffled, ball changed, and kicked off the festivities. An enthusiastic Joyce Kulhawik, President of the BTCA, took the podium as Master of Ceremonies to introduce a parade of fellow critics and past winners as presenters, as well as two more nominated musical performances later in the program.
BWW Review: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICALBWW Review: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICAL
May 15, 2014

All hell breaks loose in CARRIE THE MUSICAL at SpeakEasy Stage Company thanks to a match made in heaven between The Boston Conservatory's rising junior Elizabeth Erardi and local diva Kerry A. Dowling as the tormented teen and her fanatical mother. Directed by Paul Melone with Musical Direction by Nicholas James Connell and Choreography by Larry Sousa, the much talked-about musical will give you plenty to talk about.
BWW Review: ON THE VERGE: Long Day's Journey Into 1955BWW Review: ON THE VERGE: Long Day's Journey Into 1955
May 10, 2014

Feminist fantasy about three time-traveling Victorian-era women who set out to explore 'Terra Incognita' is playwright Eric Overmyer's paean to language and the art of the spoken word. His craftsmanship as a writer is on display in ON THE VERGE, but the quartet of accomplished, committed actors aren't enough to keep everyone onboard until the end of the ride.
BWW Review: A Grand Night for Singing at The PopsBWW Review: A Grand Night for Singing at The Pops
May 8, 2014

America's Orchestra opened its 129th spring season with Keith Lockhart conducting and Jason Alexander as special guest artist. Best known as Seinfeld's best buddy George Costanza, the Tony Award-winning Alexander is a consummate showman and offered a celebration of Broadway music to complement the Pops' selections by American masters from Copland to Ellington to Gershwin.
BWW Reviews: Groans and Guffaws in THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED) at MRTBWW Reviews: Groans and Guffaws in THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED) at MRT
May 6, 2014

The Reduced Shakespeare Company finally tackles the subject of comedy, condensing the complete history (abridged) into a concise two-hour package that doesn't miss a trick. From cavemen to clowns, shtick to Stooges, and Seinfeld to the Supreme Court, there's something for everyone in the myriad sketches offered up by this trio of talented comedians. With the exception of the mention of a few of George Carlin's infamous seven words, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED) at Merrimack Repertory Theatre is good family entertainment and the kids might even learn to appreciate the pioneers of the art form.
BWW Review: GOOD TELEVISION Channels Great Theater at Zeitgeist Stage CompanyBWW Review: GOOD TELEVISION Channels Great Theater at Zeitgeist Stage Company
May 1, 2014

GOOD TELEVISION proves that live theater makes everything better, even reality television. First time playwright Rod McLachlan creates complex characters and focuses on their diverse motivations in this authentic take at Zeitgeist Stage Company. Artistic Director David J. Miller seamlessly directs an ensemble of eight actors who give fully-realized performances and bring us behind the scenes of a fictionalized intervention-style show.


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