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BWW Review: August Wilson's Compelling JITNEY Finally Arrives On Broadway BWW Review: August Wilson's Compelling JITNEY Finally Arrives On Broadway
by Michael Dale - January 20, 2017

When August Wilson's Jitney had its 1982 world premiere at Pittsburgh's Allegheny Repertory Theatre, there were no plans for it to serve as 1/10th of the greatest achievement in American drama. But by the time a revised version of that script opened Off-Broadway in 2000, six of the plays that would ... (more...)
BWW Review: Marga Gomez Honors Her Music Icon Father in LATIN STANDARDS BWW Review: Marga Gomez Honors Her Music Icon Father in LATIN STANDARDS
by Michael Dale - January 18, 2017

'Are you ready for autobiographical solo performance!?!' Marga Gomez would enthusiastically ask the crowd to commence performances of her recently concluded run at the Public Theater's 2017 Under The Radar Festival.... (more...)
BWW Review: Belarus Free Theatre Brings Illegal TIME OF WOMEN To Under The Radar Festival BWW Review: Belarus Free Theatre Brings Illegal TIME OF WOMEN To Under The Radar Festival
by Michael Dale - January 17, 2017

Traditionally, you can regard the name of the Public Theater's annual January festival, Under The Radar, as a reference to the relative obscurity of the theatre companies and artists involved. But in the case of Belarus Free Theatre, the meaning is a bit more literal and a lot more serious.... (more...)
BWW Review: Tony Winners Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen Revisit Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE BWW Review: Tony Winners Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen Revisit Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
by Michael Dale - January 17, 2017

The 1998 Tony Award ceremony was quite a history-making night, as THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE's Garry Hynes became the first woman to be awarded a Tony for directing a play. Her honor was received mere minutes before THE LION KING's Julie Taymor became the first woman awarded a Tony for directing a... (more...)
BWW Review: Watergate's Deep Throat Sings Again In MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR BWW Review: Watergate's Deep Throat Sings Again In MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR
by Michael Dale - January 15, 2017

While the title MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR may receive befuddled reactions from those not fully familiar with American political scandals, you can't blame bookwriter/composer/lyricist Joshua Rosenblum for not naming his smart, breezy, informative and extremely enjoyable show 'Deep Throat, the musical.'... (more...)
BWW Review: US Army's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS Enlists Laura Osnes and Will Swenson BWW Review: US Army's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS Enlists Laura Osnes and Will Swenson
by Michael Dale - January 14, 2017

When Americans think of the shows that entertained soldiers during World War II, visions of Bob Hope on a temporary outdoor stage wisecracking for thousands of servicemen, courtesy of the USO, are what usually comes to mind.... (more...)
BWW Review: New York City Opera Returns With A Princely CANDIDE BWW Review: New York City Opera Returns With A Princely CANDIDE
by Michael Dale - January 11, 2017

The opening fanfare of one of the most exhilarating overtures ever to hit Broadway signals the joyous return of New York City Opera. After financial woes threatened to pull down the curtain for good in 2013, the company that was christened in 1943 as 'the people's opera' by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia... (more...)
BWW Review: Gifted Cate Blanchett Adds Life To THE PRESENT BWW Review: Gifted Cate Blanchett Adds Life To THE PRESENT
by Michael Dale - January 09, 2017

Those introspective, philosophical, womanizing man-children who inhabit the oeuvre of Anton Chekhov tend to be annoying bores, so even though the unpublished manuscript discovered after the playwright's death has been posthumously named after, its leading man, Platonov, it's no surprise that it's th... (more...)
BWW Review: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Turn THE MIKADO Topsy-Turvey BWW Review: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Turn THE MIKADO Topsy-Turvey
by Michael Dale - January 04, 2017

As the history books and Stephen Sondheim tell us, in 1853 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy, sailed to Japan on a mission to forcibly end the island empire's policy of national seclusion and establish trade with America.... (more...)
BWW Review: National Theatre of Scotland's THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART An Immersive Highbrow Delight BWW Review: National Theatre of Scotland's THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART An Immersive Highbrow Delight
by Michael Dale - December 21, 2016

While the McKittrick Hotel's ongoing attraction SLEEP NO MORE requires audience members to seek out its immersive entertainment as they venture from floor to floor and room to room, the venue's new co-tenant, the National Theatre of Scotland's delightful production of David Greig's cleverly done THE... (more...)
BWW Review: David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' THE BAND'S VISIT Is A Captivating Cultural Blend BWW Review: David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' THE BAND'S VISIT Is A Captivating Cultural Blend
by Michael Dale - December 17, 2016

While David Yazbek's moxie-driven melodies and clever, character-creating lyrics are best known from his fast and funny Broadway hits THE FULL MONTY and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, his captivating and charming new Off-Broadway musical of cultural and romantic exchanges, THE BAND'S VISIT, begins with se... (more...)
BWW Review: FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) is Brilliant and Beautiful BWW Review: FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) is Brilliant and Beautiful
by David Clarke - December 16, 2016

Surprise! Ghostlight Records just pulled a Beyonce. They dropped the digital edition of FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) shortly after the stroke of midnight on December 16, 2016. To be fair, they did announce that the cast would be recording the score on October 26, 2016, but no hard date f... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS, Savoy Theatre BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS, Savoy Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - December 15, 2016

For UK audiences, Dreamgirls will be more familiar from the critically acclaimed 2006 film, but incredibly, the iconic musical started life on Broadway all the way back in 1981. The UK debut of the stage show has been a long time coming, but is resolutely worth the wait.... (more...)
BWW Recap: EVERYTHING Changes (No, Really!!) on YOUNGER's Explosive, Revealing, See-It-To-Believe It Season Finale BWW Recap: EVERYTHING Changes (No, Really!!) on YOUNGER's Explosive, Revealing, See-It-To-Believe It Season Finale
by Matt Smith - December 14, 2016

So, remember last week when I teased an explosive season finale? I wasn't kidding… and the cast is certainly all in agreement as well… these two episode change everything. Liza encounters trouble with all three men in her life (Charles, David and Josh), but it's not as fun and freewheeling as it was... (more...)
BWW Review: John Kevin Jones Delightfully Re-creates Charles Dickens' Readings of A CHRISTMAS CAROL BWW Review: John Kevin Jones Delightfully Re-creates Charles Dickens' Readings of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Michael Dale - December 14, 2016

Since its first publication in 1843, Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, has been adapted countless times for various stages, screens and pages, but undoubtedly the most authentic presentations of the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts who assist in his transformat... (more...)
BWW Review: IN TRANSIT Sets New York Stories To Glorious A Cappella Vocals BWW Review: IN TRANSIT Sets New York Stories To Glorious A Cappella Vocals
by Michael Dale - December 11, 2016

When the a cappella musical In Transit played Off-Broadway in 2010, most musical theatre fans would identify 'Let It Go' as composer/lyricist David Yazbek's finale song for musical version of THE FULL MONTY.... (more...)
BWW Review: Nia Vardalos' TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Offers Spoonfuls of Sugar BWW Review: Nia Vardalos' TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Offers Spoonfuls of Sugar
by Michael Dale - December 11, 2016

Sometimes when somebody offers you a job you have no time for that's a lot of work for no pay and no credit you just have to reply, 'Yeah, I'm in.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Mark Blum and Mare Winningham Encounter SoCal Suburbia in RANCHO VIEJO BWW Review: Mark Blum and Mare Winningham Encounter SoCal Suburbia in RANCHO VIEJO
by Michael Dale - December 10, 2016

Dan LeFranc's RANCHO VIEJO, now receiving its world premiere in a handsome Playwrights Horizons production featuring a terrific cast, is one of those three-hour long plays that may find you tempted to flip through your program at any time for a clue as to what the heck is going on.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PORTAL Offers Brain-Cleansing Bombardment of Sounds and Images BWW Review: THE PORTAL Offers Brain-Cleansing Bombardment of Sounds and Images
by Michael Dale - December 09, 2016

As audience members enter the Minetta Lane Theatre's auditorium for producer/director Luke Comer's abstract multi-media theatre piece THE PORTAL, they're greeted by a projected slide summarizing the 90 minute long production's plot, followed by the advisory, 'The show is less literal and more allego... (more...)
BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
by Matt Tamanini - December 08, 2016

There is one undeniable quality that HAIRSPRAY has retained as it has journeyed from the big screen to the stage, back to the big screen, and now to the small. The infectious excitement and optimism that Tracy Turnblad sings with in the opening number, 'Good Morning Baltimore,' is one of the most ma... (more...)
BWW Recap: Pigeons, Pregnancy & More Make a Big, Bold Return on YOUNGER BWW Recap: Pigeons, Pregnancy & More Make a Big, Bold Return on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - December 07, 2016

What a whirlwind this week's installment is! Yes, the much-hyped two part season finale is just a week away, and the YOUNGER writers waste no time in preparing us for the events to come. Without spoilers (natch), the episode ends perfectly, leaving every storyline in a semi-cliffhanger which brillia... (more...)
BWW Review: Richard Greenberg's THE BABYLON LINE Is a Warm and Funny Excursion BWW Review: Richard Greenberg's THE BABYLON LINE Is a Warm and Funny Excursion
by Michael Dale - December 07, 2016

The Long Island Rail Road doesn't have a station in Levittown, so the central character of Richard Greenberg's clever, sentimental and occasionally steamy drama travels the play's namesake, THE BABYLON LINE, to nearby Wantagh, in order to arrive at his weekly gig teaching creative writing to adults,... (more...)
BWW Review: Variety Returns To The Palace With THE ILLUSIONISTS - TURN OF THE CENTURY BWW Review: Variety Returns To The Palace With THE ILLUSIONISTS - TURN OF THE CENTURY
by Michael Dale - December 07, 2016

The Twentieth Century was only in its teens when playing Times Square's Palace Theatre was established as the pinnacle of success for vaudeville artists, so it's very appropriate that the latest Broadway offering from THE ILLUSIONISTS, titled TURN OF THE CENTURY, is playing the Palace.... (more...)
BWW Review: Exhilarating and Original DEAR EVAN HANSEN Moves To Broadway BWW Review: Exhilarating and Original DEAR EVAN HANSEN Moves To Broadway
by Michael Dale - December 04, 2016

While FUN HOME and HAMILTON have certainly not been the only high-quality new musicals to hit Broadway in the past two seasons, they've both displayed the kind of originality and relevance in subject matter, expertise in writing and imagination in execution that works wonders in elevating public awa... (more...)
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...)