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BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, a Breathtakingly Emotional And Daring Original Musical BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, a Breathtakingly Emotional And Daring Original Musical
by Michael Dale - May 02, 2016

Composer/lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and bookwriter Steven Levenson's tale of social anxiety and social media.... (more...)
BWW Review: George C. Wolfe's SHUFFLE ALONG, An Exhilarating Demand For Recognition BWW Review: George C. Wolfe's SHUFFLE ALONG, An Exhilarating Demand For Recognition
by Michael Dale - April 29, 2016

The director/bookwriter tells the story of a groundbreaking 1921 musical that has since been reduced to a footnote.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jessica Lange Magnificently Unsettling in an Excellent LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT BWW Review: Jessica Lange Magnificently Unsettling in an Excellent LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
by Michael Dale - April 28, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical masterpiece is sumptuously played.... (more...)
BWW Review: TUCK EVERLASTING, A Hearty And Magical Charmer BWW Review: TUCK EVERLASTING, A Hearty And Magical Charmer
by Michael Dale - April 27, 2016

The new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's novel is full of poignancy and good humor, very suitable for families.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Takes On The Difficult Juggling Act of FULLY COMMITTED BWW Review: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Takes On The Difficult Juggling Act of FULLY COMMITTED
by Michael Dale - April 26, 2016

Becky Mode's 1999 Off-Broadway hit has been updated for 2016 Broadway.... (more...)
BWW Review: Scorching Social Satire Musical AMERICAN PSYCHO Examines The Demon Banker of Wall Street BWW Review: Scorching Social Satire Musical AMERICAN PSYCHO Examines The Demon Banker of Wall Street
by Michael Dale - April 22, 2016

Based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel, AMERICAN PSYCHO nails 1980s financial boom excessiveness.... (more...)
BWW CD Review: Broadway Records' FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) Charms with Nuance BWW CD Review: Broadway Records' FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) Charms with Nuance
by David Clarke - April 20, 2016

When I saw the current Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, I enjoyed it. So, it was a surprise when I didn't feel the same way about Broadway Records' FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) upon first listen. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is one of my top four favorite shows of all time, so I... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway Records' THE COLOR PURPLE (New Broadway Cast Recording) is Powerfully Enchanting BWW Review: Broadway Records' THE COLOR PURPLE (New Broadway Cast Recording) is Powerfully Enchanting
by David Clarke - April 18, 2016

THE COLOR PURPLE's critically lauded revival is currently impressing audiences eight times a week at the Jacobs in New York City. The show is one of Broadway's most popular shows, making tickets somewhat scarce. So, if you're like me, you haven't been able to see it. Luckily, Broadway Records has re... (more...)
BWW Review: Mobile Shakespeare Unit's Spirited ROMEO & JULIET Settles Into The Public BWW Review: Mobile Shakespeare Unit's Spirited ROMEO & JULIET Settles Into The Public
by Michael Dale - April 18, 2016

After touring New York's prisons, nursing homes, community centers and shelters the compact production enjoys a run at the House of Papp.... (more...)
BWW Review: Frank Langella Gives a Commanding Turn in Florian Zeller's THE FATHER BWW Review: Frank Langella Gives a Commanding Turn in Florian Zeller's THE FATHER
by Michael Dale - April 15, 2016

The French playwright makes his Broadway debut with his Moliere Award winning drama.... (more...)
BWW Review: F. Murray Abraham and Stark Sands Tackle Religious Tolerance In NATHAN THE WISE BWW Review: F. Murray Abraham and Stark Sands Tackle Religious Tolerance In NATHAN THE WISE
by Michael Dale - April 14, 2016

German philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play was forbidden to be performed until after his death.... (more...)
BWW Review: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is a Tasty Bite of Comfort Food BWW Review: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is a Tasty Bite of Comfort Food
by Michael Dale - April 12, 2016

The surprise Broadway hit of 1982 is served up fresh at Paper Mill.... (more...)
BWW Review: Cara Reichel and Peter Mills' DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES, A Compelling Musical of a Renaissance Composer BWW Review: Cara Reichel and Peter Mills' DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES, A Compelling Musical of a Renaissance Composer
by Michael Dale - April 10, 2016

The new musical is inspired by the life of visionary composer, and murderer, Carlo Gesualdo.... (more...)
BWW Review: Much-Improved Bio-Musical CAGNEY Returns Off-Broadway In A Flashy Producton BWW Review: Much-Improved Bio-Musical CAGNEY Returns Off-Broadway In A Flashy Producton
by Michael Dale - April 03, 2016

It was ten months ago when composer/lyricist Robert Creighton buck and winged it to the York Theatre with a spirited and gutsy performance as the screen's greatest tough guy song and dance man, James Cagney. His pocket-sized musical vehicle, Cagney, while certainly rousing and entertaining, came off... (more...)
BWW Review: Ivo van Hove Takes Possession of Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE BWW Review: Ivo van Hove Takes Possession of Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE
by Michael Dale - April 01, 2016

The esoteric director stages the Arthur Miller classic with a relatively restrained hand.... (more...)
BWW Review: Encores! Modern Dress, Diversely Cast 1776 Strikes Contemporary Chords BWW Review: Encores! Modern Dress, Diversely Cast 1776 Strikes Contemporary Chords
by Michael Dale - March 31, 2016

Santino Fontana's smart and empathetic performance highlights the production of one of Broadway's best-written musicals.... (more...)
BWW Review: HEAD OF PASSES; When It Pours, Phylicia Rashad Reigns BWW Review: HEAD OF PASSES; When It Pours, Phylicia Rashad Reigns
by Michael Dale - March 29, 2016

Tarell Alvin McCraney's drama inspired by the Book of Job ends with a thrilling acting performance.... (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Presents GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Presents GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
by Herbert Paine - March 28, 2016

The gates of David Mamet's competitive hell are open anew on the stone cold set of Desert Stages Theatre, and, under the direction of Virginia Olivieri, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS storms into a riveting eruption of raw emotion and rage, driven by a palpable fear of failure.... (more...)
BWW Review: Carmen Cusack Shines In Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Southern Gothic BRIGHT STAR BWW Review: Carmen Cusack Shines In Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Southern Gothic BRIGHT STAR
by Michael Dale - March 24, 2016

The pleasantly earnest new show boasts nice music and fine performances, but lacks engaging storytelling.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, A Country Music Superstar Tries Ditching Fame BWW Review: HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, A Country Music Superstar Tries Ditching Fame
by Michael Dale - March 24, 2016

Kenneth Lonergan's new play seems to have satirical intentions, but the lethargic production plays for naturalism.... (more...)
BWW Review: Sarah Burgess' DRY POWDER, an Aridly Humored Exercise in Corporate Ethics BWW Review: Sarah Burgess' DRY POWDER, an Aridly Humored Exercise in Corporate Ethics
by Michael Dale - March 23, 2016

Thomas Kail's bracing production matches the playwright's vicious verbal chess match with plenty of pop and vibrancy.... (more...)
BWW Recap: No More Wasting Time on THE GOOD WIFE BWW Recap: No More Wasting Time on THE GOOD WIFE
by Jacqueline Bublitz - March 21, 2016

Alicia Florrick is done with bad timing. By the end of the hour, she's not even really concerned with good timing. She just wants what she wants. When she wants it. We might have only been waiting seven to her twenty years when it comes to seeing THE GOOD WIFE come into her own ... but man o' handso... (more...)
BWW Review: Is It Love Or Chemistry?  Lucy Prebble's Intriguing THE EFFECT BWW Review: Is It Love Or Chemistry? Lucy Prebble's Intriguing THE EFFECT
by Michael Dale - March 21, 2016

Two volunteers for a pharmaceutical study fall in love, but is it a drug-induced emotion?... (more...)
BWW Review:  SHE LOVES ME, a Sublime Production of a Perfect Musical Comedy BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME, a Sublime Production of a Perfect Musical Comedy
by Michael Dale - March 18, 2016

Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi head a sterling cast in Scott Ellis' ravishing production.... (more...)
BWW Recap: Liza Keeps a Few More Secrets, Bewares the Wrath of the Sky on YOUNGER BWW Recap: Liza Keeps a Few More Secrets, Bewares the Wrath of the Sky on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - March 16, 2016

Beware the wrath of the sky!! (Too soon?) And also, more seriously, beware of spoilers! No really. As much as I love people reading my recaps, if you have not yet seen the episode and do not want to be spoiled, turn back now…. 'cause I offer you no mercy. This episode is. a. doozy.  As we all kno... (more...)




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