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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 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: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre Company
Posted: Nov. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of BostonBWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of Boston
Posted: Nov. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family MemoriesBWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family Memories
Posted: Nov. 7, 2014


BWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old DaysBWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old Days
Posted: Oct. 29, 2014


BWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOONBWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and CelebratesBWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and Celebrates
Posted: Nov. 5, 2014


BWW Interviews: Girl-Talk With Andrea McArdleBWW Interviews: Girl-Talk With Andrea McArdle
Posted: Nov. 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: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICALBWW Review: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Posted: May. 15, 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 Interviews: Girl-Talk With Andrea McArdleBWW Interviews: Girl-Talk With Andrea McArdle
November 26, 2014

Andrea McArdle talks with BroadwayWorld about 4 GIRLS 4: A CHRISTMAS TOGETHER , a star vehicle with Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, and Faith Prince driving into Boston next week for one night at The Wilbur Theatre. A modernization of the original show which starred Rosemary Clooney, this version presents four fabulous musical stars who each take a turn performing their signature material and some music of the season, with Music Direction by John McDaniel.
BWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOONBWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
November 20, 2014

PigPen Theatre Company tells a good, old-fashioned story in a good, old-fashioned style with folk music and various forms of theatrical magic at the Paramount Center Main Stage. In THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON, the PigPen guys will draw you into their imaginative world of shadow puppets, sailboats, and swordplay while acting like a bunch of energetic school boys.
BWW Reviews: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre Company
November 15, 2014

It is a signal of good writing and significant dramatic impact that a play which premiered in 1935 can be relevant nearly eighty years later. Clifford Odets' classic AWAKE AND SING! is grounded in the dire economics of the depression era and the circumstances of a Jewish immigrant extended family struggling to survive in their overcrowded Bronx apartment. Informed by her own family history, Obie Award-winner Melia Bensussen directs the Huntington Theatre Company production with intensity and an inherent understanding of the challenges faced by the Bergers and their ilk.
BWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of BostonBWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of Boston
November 10, 2014

Hub Theatre Company of Boston draws the curtain on its second season with the Boston premiere of 6 HOTELS by Israel Horovitz. Half a dozen slices of life share comedic and poignant DNA, with four actors playing twenty-two characters trying to connect in hotel rooms, bars, and restaurants. Club Cafe serves as an ideal venue and co-directors John Geoffrion and Daniel Bourque use the space well. Some vignettes land better (lightly) than others (with a thud), but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
BWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family MemoriesBWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family Memories
November 7, 2014

Boston Playwright's Theatre alumna Monica Bauer turned her memoir into a memory play that tells her compelling personal story. CHOSEN CHILD travels between times and places, as well as across generations, but it is worth staying with it to get inside these characters and understand their motivations. A stellar cast under the direction of Megan Schy Gleeson gives nuanced performances, brimming with intensity and commitment.
BWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and CelebratesBWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and Celebrates
November 5, 2014

Israeli Stage celebrates its fourth anniversary and looks ahead to its first full theatrical production, in partnership with ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon continues to expand his roster of incredible Boston theater talent, featuring an all-star cast in MAKE MY HEART FLUTTER at the Goethe-Institut.
BWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old DaysBWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old Days
October 29, 2014

Regardless of your opinion about the Affordable Care Act, you might be interested to know how paying for healthcare started and the reluctant role played by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital. Set primarily in Hartford and Boston, ETHER DOME has special significance for the local audience, offering both a history lesson and theatrical entertainment of the highest order.
BWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELSBWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS
October 24, 2014

Happy Medium Theatre starts its sixth season by ending the run of the Factory Theatre with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, a testament to the ambience and creative possibilities of the soon-to-be-defunct space. Director Lizette M. Morris does a masterful job of building and prolonging the suspense, with a strong assist from her design team and ensemble cast.
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.


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