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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BWW Review: The Wonderful WINTER PANTO 2016 Journeys to OzBWW Review: The Wonderful WINTER PANTO 2016 Journeys to Oz
Posted: Jan. 11, 2016


BWW Review: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in Good Hands at Lyric StageBWW Review: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in Good Hands at Lyric Stage
Posted: Jan. 22, 2016


BWW Review: Merrimack Repertory Theatre Stages World Premiere of THE WHITE CHIPBWW Review: Merrimack Repertory Theatre Stages World Premiere of THE WHITE CHIP
Posted: Jan. 25, 2016


BWW Review: Who You Gonna Call? THE HOUSEKEEPERBWW Review: Who You Gonna Call? THE HOUSEKEEPER
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016


BWW Review: There's Something About MaryBWW Review: There's Something About Mary
Posted: Feb. 2, 2016


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BWW Reviews: THOROUGHLY MUSLIM MILLIE Thoroughly MirthfulBWW Reviews: THOROUGHLY MUSLIM MILLIE Thoroughly Mirthful
Posted: Apr. 14, 2015


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: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of WonderfulBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of Wonderful
Posted: Nov. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony HallBWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony Hall
Posted: Jun. 15, 2015


BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's Glamorous A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICBWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's Glamorous A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Posted: Sep. 25, 2015


BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's FORUM: A Comedy TonightBWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's FORUM: A Comedy Tonight
Posted: Sep. 14, 2015


BWW Review: Arthur Miller's BROKEN GLASS in Boston Premiere at New RepBWW Review: Arthur Miller's BROKEN GLASS in Boston Premiere at New Rep
Posted: Sep. 12, 2015


BWW Review: There's Something About MaryBWW Review: There's Something About Mary
February 2, 2016

New Repertory Theatre continues its third annual Next Rep Black Box Festival with Colm Toibin's THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, a controversial one-woman play that reimagines the life and attitudes of Mary some twenty years after the crucifixion of her son. Artistic Director Jim Petosa directs Paula Langton in an impressive solo performance, with texture added by lighting designer Matthew Guminski and composer/sound designer Dewey Dellay.
BWW Review: Merrimack Repertory Theatre Stages World Premiere of THE WHITE CHIPBWW Review: Merrimack Repertory Theatre Stages World Premiere of THE WHITE CHIP
January 25, 2016

MRT stages the first of three world premieres with Artistic Director Sean Daniels' play THE WHITE CHIP, a dark comedy about his own alcoholism and recovery. By sharing his personal story, he hopes to help someone else going through the same thing; by lightening the mood, he makes the story entertaining and accessible.
BWW Review: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in Good Hands at Lyric StageBWW Review: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in Good Hands at Lyric Stage
January 22, 2016

There's Sondheim music galore playing at the Lyric Stage Company as Producing Artistic Director and recognized Sondheim expert Spiro Veloudos directs an octet of Boston musical theatre performers in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM. In effect, the composer/lyricist is the ninth member of the ensemble as he appears onscreen, larger than life, providing intimate commentary on his life, his process, and his words and music. The video affords the opportunity to sit through a master class with the master, and the living, breathing actors demonstrate his brilliance with their starry interpretations.
BWW Review: Who You Gonna Call? THE HOUSEKEEPERBWW Review: Who You Gonna Call? THE HOUSEKEEPER
January 20, 2016

Fresh Ink Theatre Company presents the inaugural production of Ginger Lazarus' THE HOUSEKEEPER at Boston Playwrights' Theatre. The four-character drama includes a ghost, but she's less scary than the teenage girl struggling with her grief and growing pains. An inept father relies on the new housekeeper to return order to their chaotic existence, but she has to straighten out her own closet if she is to succeed.
BWW Review: The Wonderful WINTER PANTO 2016 Journeys to OzBWW Review: The Wonderful WINTER PANTO 2016 Journeys to Oz
January 11, 2016

Chase the post-holiday blues and January blahs away with a trip to Oz, courtesy of the imaginary beasts' annual WINTER PANTO 2016: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. Artistic Director Matthew Woods presents his 13th panto in collaboration with a talented ensemble of actors and an amazing team of designers. They sing, they dance, and they tell a great story, but they can't do it without you. Audience participation is a must and guarantees a good time for all ages.
BWW Review: VIA DOLOROSA: On the Road With David HareBWW Review: VIA DOLOROSA: On the Road With David Hare
January 6, 2016

New Repertory Theatre's 3rd Annual Next Rep Black Box Festival presents British playwright David Hare's VIA DOLOROSA as the first of its three shows. Minimal design elements sharpen the focus on David Bryan Jackson's virtuoso performance as the author. Serving as an animated and amiable tour guide, Jackson is fully committed to connecting with the audience, ensuring that the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are understood and keenly felt.
BWW Review: Make Merry With Tir Na's RETURN OF THE WINEMAKERBWW Review: Make Merry With Tir Na's RETURN OF THE WINEMAKER
December 13, 2015

RETURN OF THE WINEMAKER: AN IRISH CHRISTMAS COMEDY is a gift of the season from Tir Na Productions. An absurd little dark comedy about the second coming of Jesus, it's not your traditional Christmas show, but it boasts terrific performances by Derry Woodhouse, Colin Hamell, Stephen Russell, and Nancy E. Carroll, under the direction of Carmel O'Reilly. Singing, dancing, and freely flowing libations are crucial to playwright Bernard McMullan's story and you will definitely leave the Davis Square Theatre feeling merry.
BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Wish You A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMASBWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Wish You A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMAS
December 7, 2015

Ryan Landry taps into political and cultural hot topics for the Gold Dust Orphans' new holiday extravaganza. Everyone's favorite villainess Mrs. Grinchley returns, but she has competition from Whitey Bulger and Donald Trump for the most evil character in A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMAS. The mash-up of ANNIE and GREY GARDENS is ripe for hysterical situations, great singing and dancing, and the usual caution about leaving the children at home.
BWW Review: Laura Nyro's Music Carries OnBWW Review: Laura Nyro's Music Carries On
December 3, 2015

ONE CHILD BORN: THE MUSIC OF LAURA NYRO is a one-woman cabaret style show that can only be called a labor of love. Co-written by Louis Greenstein and its star Kate Ferber, it grew out of Ferber's own adoration of Nyro since childhood and blossomed into a genuine tribute by including testimonials from a variety of fictional "Nyrotics" whose lives were impacted by the late singer-songwriter.
BWW Review: Tune in to Christmas on the Radio at Stoneham and Merrimack RepBWW Review: Tune in to Christmas on the Radio at Stoneham and Merrimack Rep
December 2, 2015

In a departure from traditional seasonal fare, two local theater companies are bringing us back to the simpler days of yesteryear, staging live radio productions of Christmas shows set in the 1940s. Stoneham Theatre offers the frothy, musical bagatelle CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR while Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents an adaptation of the holiday film classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. Replete with evocative sound effects and on-air commercial messages, both plays invite audience participation for applause and a range of emotional reactions, to replicate a live studio broadcast.
BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Lacks SizzleBWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Lacks Sizzle
November 10, 2015

Bad Habit Productions continues Season 9: To Face Ourselves with John Guare's 1990 play about the interconnectedness of everyone in the world by a chain of no more than six people. In 2015, the parlor game featuring links with Kevin Bacon feels more relevant.
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of WonderfulBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of Wonderful
November 8, 2015

The U.S. National Tour of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL plays a two-week engagement at the Boston Opera House. Focusing on King's early life and career, the good-time time machine rolls out the incredible string of hits written by the composing teams of Carole King/Gerry Goffin and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. Abby Mueller is a standout in the role of the music industry icon and BEAUTIFUL excels as a musical journey.
BWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING: Women's War StoriesBWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING: Women's War Stories
November 5, 2015

Playwright Katori Hall's lively play about seven African-American women awaiting the end of World War II in a Memphis beauty parlor/boarding house shows a slice of life with authenticity, empathy, and humor. Dawn M. Simmons directs an ensemble of wonderful actors, and the design team brings out the flavor of 1945 Memphis.
BWW Review: CASA VALENTINA: High-heeled PoliticsBWW Review: CASA VALENTINA: High-heeled Politics
November 1, 2015

SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the New England premiere of Harvey Fierstein's 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best Play. CASA VALENTINA invites and initiates the audience into a world where normal is in the eye of the beholder when a group of heterosexual men meet secretly to release the girl within. Scott Edmiston directs a strong ensemble cast, with breakout performances by Eddie Shields and Greg Maraio.
BWW Review: David Sedaris Brings a Little Night Mirth to Symphony HallBWW Review: David Sedaris Brings a Little Night Mirth to Symphony Hall
October 16, 2015

David Sedaris makes his 11th appearance with the Celebrity Series of Boston, performing before a packed audience at Symphony Hall. His program adheres to a routine format, but there is nothing routine about the subject matter and content of Sedaris' writing, except for the irony, sarcasm and guaranteed mirth it promises.
BWW Review: ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME: High Tech Musical AdventureBWW Review: ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME: High Tech Musical Adventure
September 30, 2015

ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage opens its sixth season with ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, a time-traveling musical adventure that takes a modern-day woman out of her Brooklyn apartment and way out of her comfort zone to join the polar explorer on his harrowing expedition a century ago. Director Lisa Peterson and the engaging duo of Valerie Vigoda and Wade McCollum bring out the humanity of the characters through the magic of music and design.
BWW Review: Get Happy at GLOUCESTER BLUEBWW Review: Get Happy at GLOUCESTER BLUE
September 27, 2015

Gloucester Stage Company presents the New England Premiere of GLOUCESTER BLUE, written and directed by Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz. The latest in a series of Gloucester-based plays, this dark, funny play pits a pair of blue collar painters from The Fort section of town against a couple of tony one-percenters from Eastern Point. Esme Allen, Francisco Solorzano, Robert Walsh, and Lewis D. Wheeler pull out all the thrills and comedy along the twisty, turning road to a surprise ending.
BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's Glamorous A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICBWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's Glamorous A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
September 25, 2015

The genius of Stephen Sondheim is on display in Huntington Theatre Company's production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and Artistic Director Peter DuBois casts a vast array of local actors with a few Broadway veterans for a luminous spectacle. Lavish costumes and lush orchestrations counter a minimalist scenic design, and the singing and acting do justice to one of Sondheim's masterworks.
BWW Review: New England Premiere of APPROPRIATE Opens SpeakEasy Stage's 25th Anniversary SeasonBWW Review: New England Premiere of APPROPRIATE Opens SpeakEasy Stage's 25th Anniversary Season
September 22, 2015

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins enjoys ambiguity and messing with traditional concepts and constructs. His 2014 Obie Award-winner for Best New American Play, APPROPRIATE, is a prime example as it defies categorization. He borrows themes and tropes from classic American family dramas, and the ensemble of actors in the SpeakEasy production carve out brilliant individual performances that rival anything one might see on a Broadway stage. M. Bevin O'Gara directs this breathtaking drama.
BWW Review: Megan Hilty a Smash at The ShubertBWW Review: Megan Hilty a Smash at The Shubert
September 19, 2015

Megan Hilty gave a wicked good performance at the Citi Shubert Theatre last night as she sang her way through her signature songs from the NBC-TV series 'Smash' and selections from her Broadway appearances in WICKED and 9 TO 4 THE MUSICAL. Sirius XM star Seth Rudetsky shined as pianist and host for Broadway @ The Shubert, presented by Mark Cortale to benefit the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.


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