Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review:  Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence BWW Review: Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence
by Michael Dale - July 23, 2017

Even if you've never heard a note sung by Ella Fitzgerald (and if that's the case, you should stop reading this review immediately and look up some of her recordings on YouTube) Andrea Frierson's duo-bio solo show, ME & ELLA, can be related to by anyone whose life was influenced by a popular artist ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET BWW Review: Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET
by Michael Dale - July 20, 2017

Though your ticket says you're seated at The Public's Anspacher Theater, don't be surprised if once director Sam Gold's jaunty mounting of Shakespeare's Hamlet shifts into gear, you find yourself wondering if you may have stumbled into some indie production playing in the back room of a hipster bar ... (more...)
BWW Review:  In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever BWW Review: In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever
by Michael Dale - July 15, 2017

A folk-singing black man with an optimistic view of America looks back at our nation's history of angry white people finding no better way to cope with their grievances than by firing a gun at the president.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Dominique Morisseau Attacks The School-To-Prison System in PIPELINE BWW Review: Dominique Morisseau Attacks The School-To-Prison System in PIPELINE
by Michael Dale - July 11, 2017

In December of 2015, shortly before her excellent drama SKELETON CREW opened Off-Broadway, playwright Dominique Morisseau essayed an article for American Theatre titled 'Why I Almost Slapped a Fellow Theatre Patron, and What That Says About Our Theatres.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Douglas Carter Beane's New Musical HOOD at Dallas Theater Center BWW Review: Douglas Carter Beane's New Musical HOOD at Dallas Theater Center
by Kyle Christopher West - July 10, 2017

Not every new musical can be a HAMILTON, but that's exactly what makes the eclectic genre of American musical theatre thrive and bloom. However, there are a few necessary, key ingredients in creating musical theatre magic, including relatable principal characters and some heartfelt showtunes. And, a... (more...)
BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Hatches Up OVO BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Hatches Up OVO
by Michael Dale - July 09, 2017

After PARAMOUR, last season's ambitious but underwritten attempt to incorporate their world-class circus arts performers into a book and score Broadway musical, Cirque du Soleil returns to town doing what they do best.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Madcap Frolic BASTARD JONES Riffs On Henry Fielding's Bawdy Classic BWW Review: Madcap Frolic BASTARD JONES Riffs On Henry Fielding's Bawdy Classic
by Michael Dale - July 07, 2017

While it's not unexpected to have the title character of a musical based on Henry Fielding's infamously bawdy 1749 novel "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" be introduced to the audience while enjoying the afterglow of a lusty time with an agreeable lass, what's a bit surprising at first about B... (more...)
BWW Review: Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY Arrives At The Cherry Lane BWW Review: Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY Arrives At The Cherry Lane
by Michael Dale - July 02, 2017

As America's great playwrights go, Horton Foote, who passed on in 2009, just shy of his 93rd birthday, was perhaps the most understated of them all.  In a prolific career that involved golden age television dramas, Academy Award winning screenplays and dozens of stage works, his favorite source of i... (more...)
BWW Review: Director Anne Kauffman Finally Hits Broadway With Scott McPherson's MARVIN'S ROOM BWW Review: Director Anne Kauffman Finally Hits Broadway With Scott McPherson's MARVIN'S ROOM
by Michael Dale - June 30, 2017

After thirteen years and eighteen directing credits for major Off-Broadway companies such as Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard, Lincoln Center Theatre and The New York Theatre Workshop, another accomplished New York stage talent, Anne Kauffman, takes her overdue Broadway bow with Roundabout's revival o... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Romance of Backstage Haunts Third Rail Projects' GHOST LIGHT BWW Review: The Romance of Backstage Haunts Third Rail Projects' GHOST LIGHT
by Michael Dale - June 27, 2017

The newest offering at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater features a beautiful dreamscape depicting a woman in a small boat being guided through swelling ocean waves by a friendly face painted on the moon. As designed by Brett J. Banakis (set), Montana Levi Blanco (costumes) and Eric Southern (ligh... (more...)
BWW Review: Gentlemen Prefer Booty in Kirsten Childs' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE BWW Review: Gentlemen Prefer Booty in Kirsten Childs' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE
by Michael Dale - June 24, 2017

The recent Signature Theatre revival of Suzan Lori-Parks' VENUS, based on the true story of Saartjie Baartman, depicted a 19th Century African woman who was subjected to exploitation because of white people's fascination with her prominent posterior.  But the mood is considerably lighter over at Pla... (more...)
BWW Review:  1984 Takes Playgoers Back To The Future BWW Review: 1984 Takes Playgoers Back To The Future
by Michael Dale - June 23, 2017

Ronald Reagan was re-elected president, the first human baby conceived by artificial insemination was born and the Tigers won the World Series, but for much of the world, the public perception of the year 1984 was forever shaped in 1949, with the publishing of George Orwell's dystopian novel, titled... (more...)
BWW Review:  Martyna Majok's Bittersweet and Humorous COST OF LIVING Explores The Mending of Various Wounds BWW Review: Martyna Majok's Bittersweet and Humorous COST OF LIVING Explores The Mending of Various Wounds
by Michael Dale - June 21, 2017

Though the lonely, out-of-work truck driver Eddie continued to text love notes to his estranged wife's cell phone number long after her death, he never expect to get an answer.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Jim Brochu Returns With Drama Desk-Winning Mostel Tribute ZERO HOUR BWW REVIEW: Jim Brochu Returns With Drama Desk-Winning Mostel Tribute ZERO HOUR
by Michael Dale - June 19, 2017

When playwright/actor Jim Brochu was announced as the 2010 Drama Desk Outstanding Solo Performance Award winner for his loving tribute to the great Zero Mostel, ZERO HOUR, circumstances of the evening set up an opportunity for him to open his acceptance speech with an incredibly funny, totally filth... (more...)
BWW Review:  Kevin Spacey Aces CLARENCE DARROW at Arthur Ashe Stadium BWW Review: Kevin Spacey Aces CLARENCE DARROW at Arthur Ashe Stadium
by Michael Dale - June 18, 2017

Ask any New York Mets fan and they'll tell you that one of the unique quirks about watching a game at the teams' Flushing home - be it the now-demolished Shea Stadium or the current Citi Field - is the frequent rumbling of planes coming in and out of LaGuardia airport.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODD BWW Review: Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODD
by Michael Dale - June 17, 2017

The new Off-Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD just got a whole lot meatier.  No, the chef hasn't been adding more filling to the tasty meat pies audience members can enjoy before the performance.  The new reason for checking into the Barrow Street Theater is a chance to see two top shelf singer/ac... (more...)
BWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR BWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
by Michael Dale - June 13, 2017

For the past 400+ years, the title character in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has been traditionally regarded as one of the good guys. Oh sure, there was that time back in '37 when Orson Welles staged a production that had the Roman ruler interpreted as a stand-in for Mussolini, but The Bard's... (more...)
BWW Review: Rebecca Hall Intrigues in  Clare Lizzimore's Psychological Drama ANIMAL BWW Review: Rebecca Hall Intrigues in Clare Lizzimore's Psychological Drama ANIMAL
by Michael Dale - June 12, 2017

The confusion one might feel trying to follow Atlantic Theater Company's production of British playwright Clare Lizzimore's psychological study, Animal, is no doubt an intentional reflection of the emotional state of its central character.... (more...)
The Political Is Personal This Tony Season: THE GREAT COMET and SWEAT The Political Is Personal This Tony Season: THE GREAT COMET and SWEAT
by Marianka Swain - June 10, 2017

In this febrile climate, do we want societal critique from our theatre or pure escapism? As I experienced when I recently swapped BroadwayWorld UK Editor duties for a New York trip, both theatrical regions are currently just as charged by provocative, resonant commentary as by jazz hands ­– as this ... (more...)
BWW Review: Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING or The One About The Sexist Male Fantasies BWW Review: Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING or The One About The Sexist Male Fantasies
by Michael Dale - June 09, 2017

In the opening scene of MCC's American premiere production of THE END OF LONGING, playwright/star Matthew Perry, playing the drunk, caustic and cocky Rolling Stone photographer Jack, looks deeply into the eyes of Stephanie, his latest attempt at a cocktail lounge pickup.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway-Bound ROMAN HOLIDAY is A Sweet Confection BWW Review: Broadway-Bound ROMAN HOLIDAY is A Sweet Confection
by Linda Hodges - June 07, 2017

“Roman Holiday” is a sweet confection of a show for sure, though in its present form, it lacks the meaty bite needed to make it a Broadway special.... (more...)
BWW Review: Michaels Urie and McGrath are Comic Dynamos in THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR BWW Review: Michaels Urie and McGrath are Comic Dynamos in THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
by Michael Dale - June 05, 2017

Though Anton Chekhov popularized the notion that there's nothing sadder than a Russian comedy, playgoers seeking a few more yuks than can be found in a night at THE CHERRY ORCHARD can look to one of The Good Doctor's countrymen, Nikolai Gogol, whose rip-roaring classic The Government Inspector is gr... (more...)
BWW Review: Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Envisions The Future of Trump's Presidency BWW Review: Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Envisions The Future of Trump's Presidency
by Michael Dale - June 02, 2017

By necessity, Robert Schenkkan's tense and frightening political drama, BUILDING THE WALL, had to be a rush job written with the understanding that national events could sap it of its impact at any moment.... (more...)
BWW Review: Women Balance Sex, Marriage and Finance in Gina Gionfriddo's CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? BWW Review: Women Balance Sex, Marriage and Finance in Gina Gionfriddo's CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?
by Michael Dale - May 31, 2017

As with her first Pulitzer-finalist play, BECKY SHAW, the title of Gina Gionfriddo's sharp-tongued comedy CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? is a literary reference.... (more...)
BWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Stars in Hamish Linklater's Ambitious Drama THE WHIRLIGIG BWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Stars in Hamish Linklater's Ambitious Drama THE WHIRLIGIG
by Michael Dale - May 28, 2017

"In a whirligig of grief" is how one character describes the emotional state of another in Hamish Linklater's ambitious new play, THE WHIRLIGIG, receiving a fine premiere mounting by The New Group's artistic director, Scott Elliott.... (more...)