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BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2017

Traditionally, the human beings with uncommon attributes who are featured as carnival side-show attractions can hold a certain degree of power in their profession. It is their indisputable reality that adds an illusion of legitimacy to the flim-flam and shenanigans that fill out the rest of the show... (more...)
BWW Recap: Patti Murin Reacts to the Historic BACHELORETTE Season Premiere BWW Recap: Patti Murin Reacts to the Historic BACHELORETTE Season Premiere
by Patti Murin - May 22, 2017

Bonjour, America! I currently just spent a gorgeous spring day in Paris sequestered my hotel room. Why, you ask? Because I had to watch the first episode of the new season of THE BACHELORETTE. If you're reading this, you probably would have done the same.... (more...)
BWW CD Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Multifaceted and Riveting BWW CD Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Multifaceted and Riveting
by David Clarke - May 19, 2017

Inspired by a 70-page sliver of the sprawling 1215-page tome War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Dave Malloy's NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 is an all-encompassing feat of musical theater. Now, Reprise Records has released the sterling and elaborate NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (O... (more...)
BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME
by Michael Dale - May 19, 2017

Kat, the woman who's at the center of the wildly fun and unpredictable new two-person musical comedy Ernest Shackleton Loves me, is not exactly in a good emotional place when the show begins.... (more...)
BWW CD Review: GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Charmingly Animated BWW CD Review: GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Charmingly Animated
by David Clarke - May 16, 2017

A musical adaptation of 1993's Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis may not seem like the most plumb choice for Broadway. However, the show's score and lyrics by Tim Minchin will make audiences reconsider any doubts they may have had.... (more...)
BWW Review: Martín Zimmerman's War Drama SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mixes Brutality and Magical Healing BWW Review: Martín Zimmerman's War Drama SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mixes Brutality and Magical Healing
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2017

Most people don't like war. We know that. So when a playwright sets out to write an anti-war drama, it helps to present some kind of specific angle that offers a clear, and hopefully original, message.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Takes Its Text From Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings BWW Review: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Takes Its Text From Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings
by Michael Dale - May 14, 2017

Visitors observing the United States Senate in session from the chamber galleries are instructed to refrain from applauding, booing or - perhaps most crucial - laughing at their public servants as they undergo official business.... (more...)
BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2017

In the late-night hours of June, 14, 1994, when hockey's New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years, there were fans visiting the gravesites of loved ones, armed with six-packs of beer and radios, to share with long-gone fans a moment they thought they might never live to ... (more...)
BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched
by Michael Dale - May 11, 2017

As it pertains to the 2016 presidential election, the title HER OPPONANT doesn't necessarily refer to Donald Trump. As the first woman to top the ticket of one of America's major political parties, the name of co-creators Joe Salvatore (who also directs) and Maria Guadalupe's fascinating theatre pi... (more...)
BWW Review: John Doyle Cuts PACIFIC OVERTURES Down To Prelude Size BWW Review: John Doyle Cuts PACIFIC OVERTURES Down To Prelude Size
by Michael Dale - May 09, 2017

The best thing about Classic Stage Company's small-scale, extensively trimmed production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's extraordinarily-written 1976 musical, PACIFIC OVERTURES, is a chance to see a terrific ensemble of actors taken from the New York stage's severely underutilized pool of Asi... (more...)
BWW Review: Mobile Unit Brings Free TWELFTH NIGHT To The Public Theater BWW Review: Mobile Unit Brings Free TWELFTH NIGHT To The Public Theater
by Michael Dale - May 03, 2017

Sixty years ago, Joseph Papp packed a truck with a small troupe of actors, some modest props and the firm belief that the plays of William Shakespeare belonged to everyone, and traveled throughout New York City giving free performances.... (more...)
BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, Christopher Fitzgerald and Lauren Worsham in MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLAND BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, Christopher Fitzgerald and Lauren Worsham in MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLAND
by Michael Dale - May 02, 2017

After producer Fred Hamlin christened Columbus Circle's Majestic Theatre with a spectacular musical extravaganza based on L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' (The show had nothing to do with the classic MGM film.), he sought to follow up with another memorable production with a family-frien... (more...)
BWW Review: Can Andy Karl Draw Sweet Water From GROUNDHOG DAY's Foul Well? BWW Review: Can Andy Karl Draw Sweet Water From GROUNDHOG DAY's Foul Well?
by Michael Dale - May 01, 2017

In 1957, Meredith Willson wagered he could get Broadway audiences to cheer for THE MUSIC MAN's serial swindler who cheats nice people out of their hard-earned money and harasses the leading lady on the street and at her workplace while lying his way into her arms. Fortunately for him, the handsome a... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Door Slams Back in Lucas Hnath's A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 BWW Review: The Door Slams Back in Lucas Hnath's A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2
by Michael Dale - April 29, 2017

When a classic play from the past is revived, there's always the temptation to point out its relevance to today, or at least to present it through a contemporary lens. In some ways, that's what playwright Lucas Hnath is doing with his entirely new play, A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, where characters from... (more...)
BWW Review: In Exhilarating and Moving BANDSTAND, War Veterans Use Music To Express What They Can't Put Into Words BWW Review: In Exhilarating and Moving BANDSTAND, War Veterans Use Music To Express What They Can't Put Into Words
by Michael Dale - April 27, 2017

As they sit in darkness, the first thing the audience hears is the sound of distant explosions. They come with an erratic frequency, edging frighteningly closer with each blast. But gradually, the sound becomes more rhythmic, adapting a fierce pulse until what we're hearing is a drum set beating o... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Raise a Glass to SPAMILTON BWW Album Review: Raise a Glass to SPAMILTON
by Remy Holzer - April 27, 2017

One would have to have a heart of stone not to like Lin-Manuel Miranda. No, love Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is not only tremendously talented but one of the most endearing figures on Broadway. Devoted to his wife, son, and parents; committed to raising money for worthy causes; a pop-singing child, a FID... (more...)
BWW Review:  John Guare's Pre-Google SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Examines The Need For Human Connections BWW Review: John Guare's Pre-Google SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Examines The Need For Human Connections
by Michael Dale - April 27, 2017

Long before websites like Friendster (Remember Friendster?) increased the awareness of how few people it takes for one's social network to spread worldwide, John Guare's smart and funny 1990 entry, SIX DEGREES OF SEPERATION, helped popularize the concept that you can connect any two people in the wo... (more...)
BWW Review: ANASTASIA Brings Romantic Golden Age Style Back To Broadway BWW Review: ANASTASIA Brings Romantic Golden Age Style Back To Broadway
by Michael Dale - April 25, 2017

No, that's not some forgotten Golden Age musical floating effervescently across the Broadhurst stage, but ANASTASIA sure has the old-fashioned romantic feel of one. The story of a young woman who may or may not be the presumed dead Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia has been told in many ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Christian Borle Grabs The Spotlight as Willy Wonka in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY BWW Review: Christian Borle Grabs The Spotlight as Willy Wonka in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by Michael Dale - April 24, 2017

With two supporting actor Tony Awards under his belt, the versatile and immensely talented Christian Borle finally spent an opening night as a Broadway leading man earlier this season, playing neurotic New Yorker Marvin in a limited run revival of William Finn's FALSETTOES. Now, with the New York p... (more...)
BWW Review: Bette Midler's The Star Attraction, But HELLO, DOLLY! is The Star BWW Review: Bette Midler's The Star Attraction, But HELLO, DOLLY! is The Star
by Michael Dale - April 23, 2017

Yes, yes, we all know… Bette Midler is the above the title attraction and her presence is the reason the latest Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY! is the season's hottest new ticket. And she delivers. As Dolly Gallagher Levi, one of the most grandly showcased leading characters ever written for the... (more...)
BWW Review: Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney Alternate Roles in Lillian Hellman's Fascinating THE LITTLE FOXES BWW Review: Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney Alternate Roles in Lillian Hellman's Fascinating THE LITTLE FOXES
by Michael Dale - April 20, 2017

With her throaty elegance, sharp comic bite and aggressively sexual allure, Tallulah Bankhead quickly earned a loyal following when she appeared in her first five Broadway plays in the years between 1918 and 1922. Unfortunately, her performances were often the only positive attraction and each of th... (more...)
BWW Review: Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Thrilling INDECENT Recalls A Case of Broadway Censorship BWW Review: Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Thrilling INDECENT Recalls A Case of Broadway Censorship
by Michael Dale - April 19, 2017

Passion, as it applies to the need to create and communicate through artistic endeavors, is a word that can be overused. Certainly countless numbers derive immense pleasure from their participation in the arts, and may even feel an uncontrollable need for it. But to continue on despite the risk of l... (more...)
BWW Review: Prospective In-Laws Clash Over Religion In THE PROFANE BWW Review: Prospective In-Laws Clash Over Religion In THE PROFANE
by Michael Dale - April 17, 2017

From ABIE'S IRISH ROSE to LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and beyond, the conflicts that occur when future in-laws meet for the first time have been a traditional source of comedy for both stage and screen.... (more...)
BWW Review: J.T. Rogers' Fascinating OSLO Transfers To Broadway and to The Trump Administration BWW Review: J.T. Rogers' Fascinating OSLO Transfers To Broadway and to The Trump Administration
by Michael Dale - April 14, 2017

When J.T. Rogers' fascinating play about the power and beauty of human interaction and diplomacy, OSLO, premiered Off-Broadway this past July at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theater, it was a week before the national convention where Donald Trump was to be voted in as the Republican party's presi... (more...)
BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD, Leicester Square Theatre BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD, Leicester Square Theatre
by Marianka Swain - April 13, 2017

Six-time Tony winner and reigning Queen of Broadway - plus 'Olivier Award…presenter', jokes partner-in-crime Seth Rudetsky in his introduction (though surely that's just a matter of time, with her Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill coming to Wyndham's this summer) - lauded actress and singer Audra ... (more...)