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BWW Review: Nick Cordero Leads Robert De Niro/Jerry Zaks-Directed A BRONX TALE To Broadway BWW Review: Nick Cordero Leads Robert De Niro/Jerry Zaks-Directed A BRONX TALE To Broadway
by Michael Dale - December 02, 2016

When the new musical based on Chazz Palminteri's autobiographical solo play, A BRONX TALE had its world premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse earlier this year, it boasted a solid first act, a terrific star performance by Nick Cordero, an Alan Menken/Glenn Slater song that every Sinatra-styl... (more...)
BWW Review: Teen Angels Compete For A Second Chance in RIDE THE CYCLONE BWW Review: Teen Angels Compete For A Second Chance in RIDE THE CYCLONE
by Michael Dale - December 01, 2016

For a musical about the accidental death of six teenagers and a contest to select just one of them to return to life, Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond's Ride the Cyclone, mounted by MCC after development in Canadian cabarets and a successful Chicago run, is curiously lacking in any kind of emotion ... (more...)
BWW Review: A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME Cooks Up Frothy Musical Fun BWW Review: A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME Cooks Up Frothy Musical Fun
by Michael Dale - November 25, 2016

While Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME isn't the first musical to contrast the accepted female gender roles of the 1950s with the liberated revolution of the 1960s (Off-Broadway's second visit from THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES is still running at the Kirk.) the York's fun and f... (more...)
BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Is A Loving Tribute To The Best In All Of Us BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Is A Loving Tribute To The Best In All Of Us
by Alan Henry - November 23, 2016

Come From Away is not a musical about the September 11th terrorist attacks - if anything it is the exact opposite. Come From Away is a musical about all that is good in people - compassion, care, love, acceptance, equality, and treating others with kindness. Truly, it is a musical written for now.... (more...)
BWW Review: Bad Choices Have Lasting Impact In Nicky Silver's THIS DAY FORWARD BWW Review: Bad Choices Have Lasting Impact In Nicky Silver's THIS DAY FORWARD
by Michael Dale - November 23, 2016

As with their Vineyard Theatre success of five years ago, THE LYONS, in THIS DAY FORWARD, the team of playwright Nicky Silver and director Mark Brokaw display an impressive talent for packaging complex family drama as hip, off-beat comedy before getting to the guts of the long-term effects of dysfun... (more...)
BWW Review: Leigh Silverman and Sutton Foster Discover Fresh Nuances In Intimate SWEET CHARITY BWW Review: Leigh Silverman and Sutton Foster Discover Fresh Nuances In Intimate SWEET CHARITY
by Michael Dale - November 21, 2016

Ever since it opened in 1966 as the Broadway production that made the Palace Theatre go legit, the final scene of Neil Simon (book), Dorothy Fields (lyrics) and Cy Coleman's (music) hyper-swinging Sweet Charity has been a trouble spot.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jason Sudeikis Stars in CSC's Crisp and Engaging Stage Premiere of DEAD POETS SOCIETY BWW Review: Jason Sudeikis Stars in CSC's Crisp and Engaging Stage Premiere of DEAD POETS SOCIETY
by Michael Dale - November 20, 2016

While the work of director John Doyle has been a frequent presence at Classic Stage Company for the past few years, his tenure as the company's artistic director gets off to an impressive start this season with a crisp and engaging world premiere production of Tom Schulman's DEAD POETS SOCIETY.... (more...)
BWW Review: Shakespeare Goes Hip-Hop In The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX BWW Review: Shakespeare Goes Hip-Hop In The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX
by Michael Dale - November 18, 2016

To say that The Q Brothers put a new spin on OTHELLO might be too obvious a pun, but their fun and lively hip-hop retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy of racism and revenge, Othello: The Remix not only sets the Elizabeth characters to rap rhythms, but switches the whole story around to the present-day... (more...)
BWW Review: The Revolutions Of The 60s Meet Laptop Activism in PARTY PEOPLE BWW Review: The Revolutions Of The 60s Meet Laptop Activism in PARTY PEOPLE
by Michael Dale - November 18, 2016

The term 'generation gap' first came into use during the 1960s, when sociologists and trend-watchers began noting the extreme differences in lifestyle, politics, fashion, music and language between the American parents who fought the Axis in World War II and the Baby Boom teenagers they raised.... (more...)
BWW Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Makes Rousing, Sexy Musical Fun Out Of 'War And Peace' BWW Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Makes Rousing, Sexy Musical Fun Out Of 'War And Peace'
by Michael Dale - November 15, 2016

No, you didn't fall asleep on the Q train on your way to Broadway's latest musical and accidentally wind up at the largest, and perhaps rowdiest Russian supper club in all of Brighton Beach.... (more...)
BWW Review: Signature Revives Suzan-Lori Parks Free-Form Dramatic Riff, THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD BWW Review: Signature Revives Suzan-Lori Parks Free-Form Dramatic Riff, THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD
by Michael Dale - November 15, 2016

The symbolic nature of Suzan-Lori Parks' 1990 free-form dramatic riff, THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD AKA THE NEGRO BOOK OF THE DEAD is made apparent to viewers as soon as they open their programs and see the characters have names like 'Black Woman With Fried Drumstick,' '... (more...)
BWW Review: Richard Nelson Concludes His Election Year Trilogy With WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE BWW Review: Richard Nelson Concludes His Election Year Trilogy With WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE
by Michael Dale - November 14, 2016

It can be safely assumed that the majority of playgoers filing into The Public's LuEsther Theater for the 7:30 opening night performance of author/director Richard Nelson's Women Of a Certain Age on Tuesday night took their seats expecting to see Hillary Clinton declared the President-Elect of The U... (more...)
BWW Review: Athol Fugard's 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS Has, Sadly, Not Lost Its Relevance BWW Review: Athol Fugard's 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS Has, Sadly, Not Lost Its Relevance
by Michael Dale - November 09, 2016

The subject of sensitive, well-intentioned white people growing up unaware of their own privilege has been receiving more and more attention in American, but back in 1982, South African playwright Athol Fugard approached the issue as experienced in his apartheid-infested homeland.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, A Moving Labor Tragedy BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, A Moving Labor Tragedy
by Michael Dale - November 07, 2016

The doorway to the neighborhood bar designed with great detail by John Lee Beatty for director Kate Whoriskey's tense and finely-acted mounting of Lynn Nottage's hard-hitting new drama, Sweat, is decorated with a neon light advertising Yuengling Beer, the Pennsylvania brew that dates back to 1829.... (more...)
BWW Review: Anna Deavere Smith's NOTES FROM THE FIELD; Voices From America's School-To-Prison Pipeline BWW Review: Anna Deavere Smith's NOTES FROM THE FIELD; Voices From America's School-To-Prison Pipeline
by Michael Dale - November 05, 2016

Placed throughout Anna Deavere Smith's revealing new theatre piece, NOTES FROM THE FIELD, are violent video clips that have become all too familiar to any American with access to YouTube.... (more...)
BWW Recap: Liza Discovers an Author with a Secret, Michael Urie Returns on YOUNGER BWW Recap: Liza Discovers an Author with a Secret, Michael Urie Returns on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - November 02, 2016

As far as YOUNGER episodes go, this week's installment was pretty HUGE for both Liza and Empirical… in so many more ways than one! Our favorite 40-year-old-posing-as-26 makes a shocking discovery about one of Empirical's esteemed authors, before acquiring their book as her next project (so, good new... (more...)
BWW Review: Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber Star In Visually Gorgeous and Emotionally Stark LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES BWW Review: Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber Star In Visually Gorgeous and Emotionally Stark LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
by Michael Dale - October 31, 2016

An older man makes it clear that he intends to have his way with a young woman who trusted him. When she struggles, he assures her that she won't be believed if she says she wasn't asking for it, and she knows he's right.... (more...)
BWW Review: Qui Nguyen's VIETGONE Raps Its Refugee Love Story BWW Review: Qui Nguyen's VIETGONE Raps Its Refugee Love Story
by Michael Dale - October 30, 2016

Playwright Qui Nguyen is a tricky fellow. First he has an actor appear on stage, claiming to be him, welcoming the audience with the usual pre-show ritual about turning off cell phones and warning against any form of recording.... (more...)
BWW Review: William Finn and James Lapine Offer A Revised Look At FALSETTOS BWW Review: William Finn and James Lapine Offer A Revised Look At FALSETTOS
by Michael Dale - October 28, 2016

The fact that William Finn and James Lapine's 1992 Broadway musical FALSETTOS began as two separate one-act musicals - parts two and three of a trilogy - that premiered Off-Broadway nine years apart makes it unique theatre piece, especially when you consider that the heighted awareness of the AIDS e... (more...)
BWW Review: Company XIV's PARIS! Is A Big, Splashy Cavalcade of Sensuality BWW Review: Company XIV's PARIS! Is A Big, Splashy Cavalcade of Sensuality
by Michael Dale - October 27, 2016

Despite a string of bad fortune that has kept them moving from venue to venue to venue, the genius director/choreographer Austin McCormick's Company XIV, with its distinct style mixing classical dance, burlesque, acrobatics and pop music presented in an erotic baroque fashion inspired by the courtly... (more...)
BWW Recap: P is for Pigeon, Pancake, and Pregnancy on YOUNGER BWW Recap: P is for Pigeon, Pancake, and Pregnancy on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - October 26, 2016

As you can tell from the title of the recap, P is for a lot of things on this week's installment. In addition to (finally!) canning Bryce and making progress with the Charles/Liza ship, the episode also sees Kelsey take another stab at dating post-Thad (with disastrous results, natch), Josh contempl... (more...)
BWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In City Center's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE BWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In City Center's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
by Michael Dale - October 26, 2016

In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1985 Pulitzer Prize winning musical SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, the 'art of making art' can be less about applying paint to a canvas as it is about applying a signature to a check.... (more...)
BWW Review: David Hyde Pierce Breathes Life Into Adam Bock's A LIFE BWW Review: David Hyde Pierce Breathes Life Into Adam Bock's A LIFE
by Michael Dale - October 25, 2016

The tensest, most dramatic moments in director Anne Kauffman's premiere production of Adam Bock's A Life occur whenever designer Laura Jellinek's large unit set slowly rotates horizontally, like a rotisserie, to change locations. The loud extended creaking that accompanies every change sounds like s... (more...)
BWW Review: Post-War Is Hell For Women in David Hare's PLENTY BWW Review: Post-War Is Hell For Women in David Hare's PLENTY
by Michael Dale - October 24, 2016

Those who have lived through it may agree that war is hell, but for the central character of David Hare's 1978 drama, Plenty, the excitement of confusing, distracting and demoralizing the Germans in occupied France was a slice of heaven compared with living as a woman in post-war England.... (more...)
BWW Review: Nick Blaemire Leads Keen's Terrific Revival Of Jonathan Larson's Self-Portrait, TICK, TICK... BOOM! BWW Review: Nick Blaemire Leads Keen's Terrific Revival Of Jonathan Larson's Self-Portrait, TICK, TICK... BOOM!
by Michael Dale - October 24, 2016

While Jonathan Larson's RENT, his 1996 East Village adaptation of Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa's LA BOHEME, presents a romanticized look at bohemians living in poverty for the sake of their art, his TICK, TICK… BOOM!, now getting a superb Off-Broadway revival via Keen Company, ... (more...)


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