Nancy Grossman

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 serving on the Executive Board of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). 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 Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David SedarisBWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David Sedaris
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Review: Beth Leavel Boffo @ Birth of The Black Box Broadway SeriesBWW Review: Beth Leavel Boffo @ Birth of The Black Box Broadway Series
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company Extends New Comedy TIGER STYLE!BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company Extends New Comedy TIGER STYLE!
Posted: Oct. 31, 2016


BWW Review: World Premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LININGBWW Review: World Premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LINING
Posted: Nov. 10, 2016


BWW Review: Mozart's Music Lifts Moonbox Productions' AMADEUSBWW Review: Mozart's Music Lifts Moonbox Productions' AMADEUS
Posted: Nov. 28, 2016


BWW Review: ALL MY SONS: An Entreaty To Be BetterBWW Review: ALL MY SONS: An Entreaty To Be Better
Posted: Nov. 17, 2016


BWW Review: Laughter Amidst the Tears and Fears in MALABWW Review: Laughter Amidst the Tears and Fears in MALA
Posted: Nov. 8, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERTBWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Posted: Oct. 1, 2016


BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Wish You A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMASBWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Wish You A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMAS
Posted: Dec. 7, 2015


BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David SedarisBWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David Sedaris
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Review: In Very Good COMPANYBWW Review: In Very Good COMPANY
Posted: Sep. 11, 2016


BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Opens Huntington Theatre Company SeasonBWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Opens Huntington Theatre Company Season
Posted: Sep. 16, 2016


BWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a MenagerieBWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a Menagerie
Posted: Sep. 17, 2016


BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and SoulBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and Soul
Posted: Apr. 5, 2016


BWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESSBWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS
December 5, 2016

The Gold Dust Orphans' 2016 Christmas show features "The World's Foremost Drag Detective" Shirley Holmes and her sidekick Dr. Jody Watley attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in Ryan Landry's MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS. Directed by Larry Coen, it has an impressive roster of veterans and newcomers playing all of your favorite fictional Christmas characters, and a cameo appearance by Rhoda, the dog. Scott Martino's costumes are to-die-for, and Meredith Langton and the GlitterPuss Dancers kick up a (snow)storm.

BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Asks Musical QuestionsBWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Asks Musical Questions
December 2, 2016

MURDER FOR TWO is a musical whodunit in its Boston premiere at Lyric Stage Company. A pair of versatile actors provide their own piano accompaniment and play a total of thirteen characters between them. Jared Troilo and Kirsten Salpini are a charming and energetic twosome who entertain with song, dance, and shtick.

BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for ChristmasBWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for Christmas
December 1, 2016

Kathy St. George may be diminutive in stature, but she is a feisty force of nature as the title character in MAME at Stoneham Theatre. Mary Callanan returns from Broadway and national tours to play her sidekick Vera, and ten-year-old triple threat Cameron Levesque plays her precocious nephew Patrick. One of Jerry Herman's great works, MAME is a joyous celebration of living life with brio and without apologies.

BWW Review: Mozart's Music Lifts Moonbox Productions' AMADEUSBWW Review: Mozart's Music Lifts Moonbox Productions' AMADEUS
November 28, 2016

Moonbox Productions, Director Allison Olivia Choat, and Music Director Dan Rodriguez pay precise attention to the musical framework of Peter Shaffer's AMADEUS, with music performed by the Baroque ensemble Grand Harmonie Orchestra. Matthew Zahnzinger owns the spotlight as Antonio Salieri and newcomer Cody Sloan embodies the boyishness of the prodigy. The cast impresses, but the playwright had a hard time finding an ending he liked, so be prepared for a long night.

BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David SedarisBWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David Sedaris
November 21, 2016

Author and humorist David Sedaris made his 12th appearance with the Celebrity Series of Boston as the final stop on his Fall 2016 tour. He read some of his essays and diary entries to a packed Symphony Hall Sunday night and proved that there is no such thing as a bad show when he is at the podium.

BWW Review: Beth Leavel Boffo @ Birth of The Black Box Broadway SeriesBWW Review: Beth Leavel Boffo @ Birth of The Black Box Broadway Series
November 21, 2016

Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel launched the Broadway Series at The Black Box at the Franklin Performing Arts Company in a boffo one-night-only concert, accompanied on piano by Musical Director Phil Reno. The star was joined onstage by five young FPAC vocalists who portend a bright future for musical theatre.

BWW Review: ALL MY SONS: An Entreaty To Be BetterBWW Review: ALL MY SONS: An Entreaty To Be Better
November 17, 2016

Arthur Miller's 1947 Tony Award-winning play ALL MY SONS is strikingly relevant nearly seventy years later. There is still much to be learned from this compelling play and the Elements Theatre Company production doesn't shy away from the ugly truths or raw emotions embedded in Miller's story. Sr. Danielle Dwyer reaches unbelievable depths in her portrayal of Kate Keller, the heart and soul of this damaged family, and the work of the entire cast of artists is truly worthy of the word ensemble.

BWW Review: World Premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LININGBWW Review: World Premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LINING
November 10, 2016

Bad Habit Productions inaugurates their 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LINING, a historically-based play about the unusual relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress Elizabeth Keckley, a freed slave. Director M. Bevin O'Gara draws strong performances from Bridgette Hayes, Elle Borders, and versatile, diverse ensemble, to tell a story that resonates on many levels in today's political climate.

BWW Review: Laughter Amidst the Tears and Fears in MALABWW Review: Laughter Amidst the Tears and Fears in MALA
November 8, 2016

ArtsEmerson presents the world premiere of Melinda Lopez's one-woman play MALA. Ostensibly autobiographical, it is an honest representation of the ups and downs of one woman's journey as she bears witness to the most ordinary, shared human experience, the act of dying. As playwright, she incorporates a cultural sensibility; as actor, she is deeply in touch with the mixed emotions that are part and parcel of this bumpy ride. This full-length monologue is powerful and compelling.

BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company Extends New Comedy TIGER STYLE!BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company Extends New Comedy TIGER STYLE!
October 31, 2016

Success in academia is not always transferable to personal or professional success upon leaving the halls of ivy. Playwright Mike Lew explores this phenomenon in his new comedy TIGER STYLE! The laughs come fast and furiously as siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen struggle to figure out who to blame for their recent failures as adults. From California to China, they try on different identities in an effort to find out where they belong. Think Dorothy Gale takes a newer, hipper journey.

BWW Review: WARRIOR CLASS: Early Voting Projects a WinBWW Review: WARRIOR CLASS: Early Voting Projects a Win
October 25, 2016

Boston premiere of Kenneth Lin's ('House of Cards') "political thriller" at Lyric Stage Company ultimately works because of a trio of fine performances by Steven Barkhimer, Michael Tow, and Jessica Webb, under the taut direction of Dawn M. Simmons. You may have had more than your fill of politics for now, but the cat and mouse game devised by the playwright and the authentic portrayals will keep you guessing until the final blackout.

BWW Review: New England Premiere of ABIGAIL/1702 Fits the SeasonBWW Review: New England Premiere of ABIGAIL/1702 Fits the Season
October 22, 2016

ABIGAIL/1702 is playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's exploration of the aftermath of the 1692 Salem witch trials. Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Director Tlaloc Rivas push all the right buttons to give the audience a scary ride. The outstanding design elements create an atmosphere that is spooky on many levels, and Rachel Napoleon is convincing as the troubled young accuser trying to escape her past.

BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Morally Ambiguous UNCANNY VALLEYBWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Morally Ambiguous UNCANNY VALLEY
October 11, 2016

Stoneham Theatre presents the New England premiere of playwright Thomas Gibbons' UNCANNY VALLEY, a view into the not too distant future when researchers have found a way to extend the human lifespan through artificial intelligence. While it raises more questions than it answers, its rich subtext and the fine work of Nancy E. Carroll and Lewis D. Wheeler combine to make this a compelling piece of theater.

BWW Review: MAN IN SNOW: World Premiere of Chilling TaleBWW Review: MAN IN SNOW: World Premiere of Chilling Tale
October 7, 2016

MAN IN SNOW, Israel Horovitz's newest play, receives its world premiere at Gloucester Stage in a riveting production directed by the playwright. A full-length stage adaptation of an earlier radio play, the seed of the fictional story was sown from a real-life event in Alaska nearly twenty years ago. A stellar cast, led by a convincing and commanding Will Lyman, fully inhabits their characters, and the design team creates an effective, evocative landscape and soundscape.

BWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERTBWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
October 1, 2016

Fiddlehead Theatre Company's Boston premiere production of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT dazzles, and it's not just because of the millions of sequins used by Director/Costume Designer Stacey Stephens for the ab-fab fashions of the glamorous drag performers and their entourage. With over 300 costumes, eleven 3-foot wide head-dresses, more than two dozen musical numbers, and a life-size bus named Priscilla, the show offers a visual and aural smorgasbord to rival a midnight snack on a cruise ship.

BWW Review: SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Wedding Bell BluesBWW Review: SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Wedding Bell Blues
September 23, 2016

SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting the New England premiere of a new comedy by Joshua Harmon (BAD JEWS) prior to its scheduled Broadway run in February, 2017. Under the insightful direction of Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault, SIGNIFICANT OTHER offers a cornucopia of talented players (Greg Maraio atop the list), pointed humor, and poignant commentary on the universal human condition.

BWW Review: Patti LuPone: No Monkeying Around in WorcesterBWW Review: Patti LuPone: No Monkeying Around in Worcester
September 21, 2016

Music Worcester had a grand opening to its 157th season last night at beautiful Mechanics Hall, a treasure in downtown Worcester, presenting Patti LuPone in her latest solo concert program, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY. She shared the stage with her fantastic musical director/accompanist Joseph Thalken, and was joined by The Worcester Chorus for several songs in the second act. It was thrilling to hear so many signature songs performed live by one of the great Broadway divas.

BWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a MenagerieBWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a Menagerie
September 17, 2016

Zeitgeist Stage Company presents a collection of short plays by Tennessee Williams. EIGHT BY TENN has the trademark lyrical writing style that makes Williams Williams, but not all characters are equally developed, posing a challenge for the actors. Artistic Director David J. Miller directs an ensemble of three newcomers and five returnees whose performances are uneven.

BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Opens Huntington Theatre Company SeasonBWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Opens Huntington Theatre Company Season
September 16, 2016

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE opens the Huntington Theatre Company's 2016-2017 season. Directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois, with Music Direction by Eric Stern, it features a large and talented ensemble with a mix of Boston theater artists and those with Broadway credits. Jenni Barber is a delight as Dot/Marie, but Adam Chanler-Berat does not match her intensity as George. The production looks great, sounds good, but feels less filling than a Sondheim show should.

BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF: Loosey-goosey Fun For AllBWW Review: LUCKY STIFF: Loosey-goosey Fun For All
September 13, 2016

Stoneham Theatre has a lively hit on its hands with the Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty 1980s musical murder mystery farce, LUCKY STIFF. The rom-com romp stars young company alum Andrew Barbato, with direction by Caitlin Lowans, choreography by Ilyse Robbins, and music direction by Bethany Aiken. It's a madcap journey to Monte Carlo with a rich, dead uncle, mistaken identity, slamming doors, romance, and great songs.



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