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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April 1 - Stephen Sondheim To Make Guest Appearance, Premiere New Song, On Crazy Ex-GirlfriendApril 1 - Sondheim To Make Guest Appearance On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Posted: Apr. 1, 2018


BWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club RumBWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells Tale Behind Havana Club Rum
Posted: Apr. 7, 2018


BWW Review:  In GRAND HOTEL, Berlin's Celebration of Decadent Luxury Fails To See The Horrors AheadBWW Review: Encores! GRAND HOTEL
Posted: Mar. 25, 2018


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April 1 - Stephen Sondheim To Make Guest Appearance, Premiere New Song, On Crazy Ex-GirlfriendApril 1 - Sondheim To Make Guest Appearance On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Posted: Apr. 1, 2018


BWW Review:  Company XIV's CINDERELLA, An Enchanted Evening of Erotic Fun by Austin McCormickBWW Review: Company XIV's CINDERELLA by Austin McCormick
Posted: Mar. 19, 2018


BWW Review:  Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODDBWW Review: Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello in SWEENEY TODD
Posted: Jun. 17, 2017


BWW Review:  Bartlett Sher's Contemporary Spin On MY FAIR LADY Allows Lerner and Loewe's Musical To Speak For ItselfBWW Review: Bartlett Sher's Contemporary Spin On MY FAIR LADY Allows Lerner and Loewe's Musical To Speak For Itself
April 20, 2018

From SOUTH PACIFIC to THE KING AND I to FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and now MY FAIR LADY, director Bartlett Sher has been spending the better part of this young century perfecting his method of mounting ravishing, emotionally stimulating productions of classic 20th Century musicals.

BWW Review:  Lynn Nottage's Ivory Trade Drama MLIMA'S TALE Honors The Beauty of The BeastBWW Review: Lynn Nottage's Ivory Trade Drama MLIMA'S TALE Honors The Beauty of The Beast
April 18, 2018

"When I was young I was taught by my grandmother to listen to the night," says the title character of Lynn Nottage's nobly lyrical drama of the ivory trade, MLIMA'S TALE.

BWW Review:  Lindsey Ferrentino's THIS FLAT EARTH Explores a Child's Reaction to a School ShootingBWW Review: Lindsey Ferrentino's THIS FLAT EARTH Explores a Child's Reaction to a School Shooting
April 16, 2018

The willingness to suspend disbelief is a long-standing tradition in live theatre, and as long as playwrights and directors firmly establish their boundaries of realism, it's reasonable for audience members to go along with them.

BWW Review:  Joshua Henry Thrills in Jack O'Brien's Drastically Edited Version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSELBWW Review: Joshua Henry Thrills in Jack O'Brien's Drastically Edited Version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL
April 13, 2018

During the first half of the 20th Century, there was no artist as important to the development of American musical theatre from strictly light entertainment to a legitimate dramatic art form that addressed controversial issues and exposed the country's uglier norms than bookwriter and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.

BWW Review:  Echoes of G.B. Shaw in Mark Medoff's CHILDREN OF A LESSER GODBWW Review: Echoes of G.B. Shaw in Mark Medoff's CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
April 12, 2018

While audiences gather at Lincoln Center to see Lerner and Lowe's musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's classic, there's a different kind of Pygmalion story being played out at Studio 54, where Mark Medoff's 1980 Tony winner for Best Play, Children of a Lesser God is receiving its first Broadway revival.

BWW Review:  Quiara Alegrķa Hudes and Erin McKeown's MISS YOU LIKE HELL Explores The Emotional and Political Walls That Can Separate a Mother and Daughter
April 11, 2018

The current American president is never mentioned in bookwriter/lyricist Quiara Alegria Hudes and composer/lyricist Erin McKeown's lovely and touching chamber musical MISS YOU LIKE HELL. But even though the piece has been in development well before anyone thought of the former reality TV star as a serious candidate, his presence is well-felt in their story of an undocumented Mexican-American mom who is facing deportation while trying to rebuild her relationship with her citizen daughter.

BWW Review:  High School Life Gets Un-Cliqued in Tina Fey, Nell Benjamin and Jeff Richmond's MEAN GIRLSBWW Review: High School Life Gets Un-Cliqued in Tina Fey, Nell Benjamin and Jeff Richmond's MEAN GIRLS
April 9, 2018

There's a theory, hopefully an accurate one, that the things that make you an outcast in high school are the things that make you awesome as an adult. And maybe that's why scenes in the buoyant new musical Mean Girls are often stolen by the Mathletes, the activist artist, the tap dancers and the kid who decided to attend the Halloween party as sexy Rosa Parks.

BWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club RumBWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club Rum
April 7, 2018

Magazine ads and television commercials may reach millions more, but perhaps the highest compliment I can pay Havana Club Rum's immersive theatre experience, AMPARO, is that it effectively guides visitors through a brief history of the company's trailblazing founding family, including generous tastes of both Cuban culture and their sugar cane libation, without ever feeling like a sales pitch.

April 1 - Stephen Sondheim To Make Guest Appearance, Premiere New Song, On Crazy Ex-GirlfriendApril 1 - Stephen Sondheim To Make Guest Appearance, Premiere New Song, On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
April 1, 2018

Broadway's legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim will be making a guest appearance next season on Rachel Bloom's musical romantic comedy television series 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' in an episode which will premiere a song from his upcoming musical based on two films by Spanish director Luis Buuel.

BWW Review:  Dan Lauria Stars As An Eccentric Children's Book Author in THE STONE WITCHBWW Review: Dan Lauria Stars As An Eccentric Children's Book Author in THE STONE WITCH
March 31, 2018

Older character men hungry for fresh scenery to chew will certainly look forward to the day when Shem Bitterman's The Stone Witch becomes available for regional and amateur productions.

BWW Review:  Retired From Parliament, Glenda Jackson Returns to Broadway in Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMENBWW Review: Retired From Parliament, Glenda Jackson Returns to Broadway in Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN
March 30, 2018

It's been nearly three decades since the superb stage artist Glenda Jackson took her last opening night bow on Broadway, playing Lady Macbeth in 1988. Since then she's been working in the somewhat less scripted field of British politics, serving in Parliament for over twenty years.

BWW Review:  Classical Standards Play Second Fiddle to Power Anthems in ROCKTOPIABWW Review: Classical Standards Play Second Fiddle to Power Anthems in ROCKTOPIA
March 29, 2018

As with the Broadway season's earlier pop concert extravaganza, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, this theatre critic readily admits to not exactly being an ideal arts journalist to authoritatively review the touring rock anthem/classical music fusion concert called Rocktopia that has made a stop at the Broadway Theatre. Though my knowledge of the highbrow oeuvre is perhaps slightly higher than a layperson's, my experience with classic rock power ballads rarely extends further than the snippets heard at baseball and hockey games or during the occasional car commercial.

BWW Review:  Kenneth Lonergan's LOBBY HERO Debates Doing The Wrong Thing For The Right ReasonBWW Review: Kenneth Lonergan's LOBBY HERO Debates Doing The Wrong Thing For The Right Reason
March 27, 2018

The best news coming out of 44th Street these days is that the refurbishing of the Helen Hayes Theater has been completed and that Second Stage, while retaining its longtime Off-Broadway home one block down, has set up residency, making the intimate playhouse Broadway's only venue exclusively dedicated to works by living American authors.

BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA Revival Flies In The Face of Trump PresidencyBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA Revival Flies In The Face of Trump Presidency
March 26, 2018

It wasn't exactly a stellar weekend for Donald Trump. Nationwide protest rallies condemned his party's relationship with the NRA, a woman revealed on national television that her life was threatened if she went public with details of their affair, and as for the cherry on top, ANGELS IN AMERICA: A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES, has returned to Broadway.

BWW Review:  In GRAND HOTEL, Berlin's Celebration of Decadent Luxury Fails To See The Horrors AheadBWW Review: In GRAND HOTEL, Berlin's Celebration of Decadent Luxury Fails To See The Horrors Ahead
March 25, 2018

Though the songwriting team of Robert Wright and George Forrest is best remembered by Broadway enthusiasts for adapting the music of Edvard Grieg into SONG OF NORWAY and similarly using the melodies of Alexander Borodin to create their score for KISMET, their greatest success came when director/choreographer Tommy Tune took interest in a musical of theirs that fizzled into obscurity on its way to Broadway, then known as AT THE GRAND.

BWW Review:  Patti Murin Is A Ray of Sunshine in Disappointingly Perfunctory FROZENBWW Review: Patti Murin Is A Ray of Sunshine in Disappointingly Perfunctory FROZEN
March 23, 2018

It was less than five years ago when little girls around the globe were presented with a computer-animated rebellious role model who was fed up with hiding her true self to conform to other people's ideas of what it meant to be a 'good girl' and, quite literally, dropped her gloves in defiant celebration of what makes her unique.

BWW Review:  Company XIV's CINDERELLA, An Enchanted Evening of Erotic Fun by Austin McCormickBWW Review: Company XIV's CINDERELLA, An Enchanted Evening of Erotic Fun by Austin McCormick
March 19, 2018

Typically, the immediate attraction between Cinderella and the handsome prince is presented as simply a matter of physical chemistry, but in Company XIV's newest variation of Charles Perrault's classic, the true bonding between the two occurs because they're both captivating aerialists.

BWW Review: Jimmy Buffett Jukeboxer ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is Breezy, Mindless FunBWW Review: Jimmy Buffett Jukeboxer ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is Breezy, Mindless Fun
March 16, 2018

The smiling, bobbing head and swaying shoulders of the self-proclaimed Parrothead who accompanied this Jimmy Buffett neophyte to the breezy fun new jukebox musical comedy, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, seemed proof enough that fans of the Mississippi-born singer/songwriter known for carefree Caribbean-inspired melodies should have a swell time.

BWW Review:  White Liberals Preach Diversity But Practice Privilege in Joshua Harmon's Hilarious ADMISSIONSBWW Review: White Liberals Preach Diversity But Practice Privilege in Joshua Harmon's Hilarious ADMISSIONS
March 15, 2018

Innovative genius Norman Lear will forever be remembered for expanding the limits of what television comedy could do by bringing Archie Bunker, and his everyday brand of casual and not-so-casual bigotry, into American homes every week and hold him up to public ridicule.

BWW Review:  Bruce Norris' Economic Commentary THE LOW ROAD is a Rollicking Anti-CandideBWW Review: Bruce Norris' Economic Commentary THE LOW ROAD is a Rollicking Anti-Candide
March 13, 2018

Teaser: There is a knockout of a surprise moment, cleverly devised and wonderfully played, contained within Pulitzer-winner Bruce Norris' mini-epic THE LOW ROAD, now getting a rollicking production at The Public, with a terrific ensemble of players guided by the talented hand of director Michael Grief.



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