Michael Dale

Michael Dale After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become BroadwayWorld.com's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Citi Field pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.


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BWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLYBWW Review: Melissa Gilbert in IF ONLY
Posted: Sep. 6, 2017


BWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BEDBWW Review: THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED
Posted: Sep. 3, 2017


BWW Review:  The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE ITBWW Review: Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT
Posted: Sep. 8, 2017


BWW Review: The Scarlet Letter Stands For Abortionist in Suzan-Lori Parks' FUCKING ABWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' FUCKING A
Posted: Sep. 13, 2017


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Posted: Apr. 1, 2017


BWW Review: Bette Midler's The Star Attraction, But HELLO, DOLLY! is The StarBWW Review: Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce in HELLO, DOLLY!
Posted: Apr. 23, 2017


BWW Review:  Christian Borle Grabs The Spotlight as Willy Wonka in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORYBWW Review: Christian Borle in CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017


BWW Review:  Sarah Ruhl Pits Growing Up Against Growing Old In FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAYBWW Review: Sarah Ruhl Pits Growing Up Against Growing Old In FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY
September 24, 2017

It wasn't long after Mary Martin took her first Broadway flight as Peter Pan that Ann, the central character of Sarah Ruhl's sometimes-whimsical/sometimes-philosophical new drama took her own crack at the role as a 10-year-old.

BWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERERBWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERER
September 21, 2017

For over forty years, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have been Gotham's go-to company for high-quality G&S productions produced with full choruses and orchestras in the traditional D'Oyly Carte style.

BWW Review:  Simon Stephens' Olivier-Winning ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD Arrives in New YorkBWW Review: Simon Stephens' Olivier-Winning ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD Arrives in New York
September 18, 2017

British playwright Simon Stephens scored big his first time on Broadway, taking the 2015 Best Play Tony Award for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME two years after receiving the same honor at the Olivier Awards.

BWW Review: The Scarlet Letter Stands For Abortionist in Suzan-Lori Parks' FUCKING ABWW Review: The Scarlet Letter Stands For Abortionist in Suzan-Lori Parks' FUCKING A
September 13, 2017

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' may have served as the initial inspiration for Suzan-Lori Parks' ferocious 2000 drama, FUCKING A, but, especially in director Jo Bonney's chilling Signature Theatre production, her sardonically abstract portrait of human cruelty may remind playgoers of another writer, Bertolt Brecht.

BWW Review:  The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE ITBWW Review: The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT
September 8, 2017

'All the world's a stage / And everybody's in the show. / Nobody's a pro.' Those words, sung at the opening of Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery's thoroughly enchanting musical adaptation of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, were especially poignant at the Delacorte Theater this past weekend, where, since 2013, every Labor Day holiday has been celebrated with a production by the Public Theater's gloriously inclusive Public Works program.

BWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLYBWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLY
September 6, 2017

Snuggled at the curve of a quiet little Greenwich Village side street, the quaint and historic Cherry Lane Theatre is a perfect spot to engage in a quiet little drama.

BWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BEDBWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED
September 3, 2017

While the underrepresentation of women playwrights in contemporary American theatre remains an important issue, the Mint Theater Company, those invaluable specialists in rediscovering interesting obscurities from authors who are no longer with us, continue their practice of highlighting their seasons with contributions from a rich theatrical legacy of nearly forgotten women writers of the past.

BWW Review: PRINCE OF BROADWAY Celebrates The Great Characters, Stories and Themes Nurtured By Harold PrinceBWW Review: PRINCE OF BROADWAY Celebrates The Great Characters, Stories and Themes Nurtured By Harold Prince
August 25, 2017

Harold Prince, who has been honored with 21 Tony Awards for his seven decades of achievements as a Broadway producer and director, did not write one word nor compose one note of the 17 musicals represented in the enrapturing new revue that bears his name.

BWW Review: CURVY WIDOW is a Fun and Frisky Showcase For Nancy OpelBWW Review: CURVY WIDOW is a Fun and Frisky Showcase For Nancy Opel
August 22, 2017

It doesn't take long before Nancy Opel starts tearing your heart out as the title character of the new musical, Curvy Widow.

BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAMBWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM
August 15, 2017

'If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life?'

BWW Review:  New Cast Members Add New Dynamics To A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2BWW Review: New Cast Members Add New Dynamics To A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2
August 13, 2017

When this reviewer first critiqued Lucas Hnath's clever and intriguing A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, he envisioned much discussion being provoked over the fact that a new Broadway play that debates issues regarding a woman's fight against institutionalized sexism was written and directed by men.

BWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and
Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLSBWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLS
August 12, 2017

After Florenz Ziegfeld spent the early decades of Broadway's 20th Century 'glorifying the American Girl,' a young composer/lyricist named Jerry Herman spent a good hunk of the second half showcasing extraordinary women.

BWW Review: The Resistance Hits Broadway in Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDERBWW Review: The Resistance Hits Broadway in Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER
August 11, 2017

Red, white and blue bunting is draped across a stage left box at the Belasco Theatre because, as Michael Moore explains at the beginning of his more-or-less solo Broadway performance, THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER, it is reserved for President Donald Trump to sit in at any performance he chooses.

BWW Review:  Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating EarthBWW Review: Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating Earth
August 9, 2017

Given her distinguished career that includes such significant works at PAINTING CHURCHES, COASTAL DISTURBANCES and PRIDE'S CROSSING, a new play by Tina Howe is certainly a noteworthy event.

BWW Review:  Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIEBWW Review: Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE
August 6, 2017

New York City wasn't exactly the most magical place for a child to grow up in back in 1975. Crime and poverty rates were inhumanely high and when the city begged for federal assistance, the president, at least according to a Daily News headline, replied 'Drop Dead.'

BWW Review:  Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMBWW Review: Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
August 5, 2017

It was fifty years ago that The Summer of Love attracted throngs of lunatics, lovers and poets to New York's Central Park in a free-spirited embrace of life's passions and pleasures. That same spirit is now joyously celebrated in the park's Delacorte Theater, where director Lear deBessonet's luscious, lusty and laugh-out-loud funny production of Shakespeare's fantasy comedy, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM offers an evening of ravishing enchantment.

BWW Review:  Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity IssuesBWW Review: Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues
July 31, 2017

Connoisseurs of American musical theatre wishing to make a point about the genre's ability to dramatize even the most unlikely of subjects often cite examples like SWEENEY TODD's vengeful barber on a killing spree or THE PAJAMA GAME's labor/management dispute, but bookwriter/lyricist/composer Kirsten Childs may have topped them all in 2000 when Playwrights Horizons premiered THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN.

BWW Review:  Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary InfluenceBWW Review: Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence
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 they've never met.

BWW Review:  Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLETBWW Review: Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET
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 on the Brooklyn side of the L train.

BWW Review:  In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than EverBWW Review: In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever
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.



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