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.


MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: Robert Fairchild Brings Captivating Dramatic Beauty To MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEINBWW Review: Robert Fairchild in MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN
Posted: Dec. 28, 2017


BWW Review:  Men Worship Extinct Women in Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKINDBWW Review: Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKIND
Posted: Jan. 9, 2018


BWW Review:  NYGASP Delights Aboard Gilbert & Sullivan's Love Boat, H.M.S. PINAFOREBWW Review: NYGASP Delights With H.M.S. PINAFORE
Posted: Jan. 2, 2018


BWW Review:  Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To BeBWW Review: Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME
Posted: Jan. 10, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

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: Peccadillo Revisits George Kelly's 1924 Smash, THE SHOW-OFFBWW Review: Peccadillo Revisits George Kelly's THE SHOW-OFF
Posted: Oct. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Hatches Up OVOBWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Hatches Up OVO
Posted: Jul. 9, 2017


BWW Review:  Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO)BWW Review: Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO)
January 21, 2018

As the ground-breaking theatre troupe Split Britches - which they founded with former member Deb Margolin in 1980 - Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have been challenging both gender norms and theatrical norms for nearly four decades, ranking them among the respected elders of America's performance art movement.

BWW Review:  Enda Walsh's Breakout Edge-Fest DISCO PIGS Reveals an Unsettling FriendshipBWW Review: Enda Walsh's Breakout Edge-Fest DISCO PIGS Reveals an Unsettling Friendship
January 16, 2018

Fear not, all you American playgoers whose comprehension skills usually require a few minutes of ear adjustment whenever a production from Britain or Ireland crosses over with its native cast.

BWW Review: John Lithgow Recalls Telling Tales With His Father In STORIES BY HEARTBWW Review: John Lithgow Recalls Telling Tales With His Father In STORIES BY HEART
January 12, 2018

'So what the hell is this?!,' John Lithgow quizzically quips to the audience at the outset of his Broadway solo stint.

BWW Review:  Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To BeBWW Review: Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To Be
January 10, 2018

Savvy playgoers attending British lip-sync artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME at this year's Under The Radar Festival will notice that when a recording of Michael Douglas, playing Broadway director Zach in the film adaptation of A CHORUS LINE, instructs the solo performer to step forward, tell me your real name, your stage name if it's different, where you were born, and how old you are, they're watching a take-off of a moment that originated in the very space where they're sitting; The Public's Newman Theater, where that classic Pulitzer-winning musical was first seen by audiences in 1975.

BWW Review:  Men Worship Extinct Women in Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKINDBWW Review: Men Worship Extinct Women in Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKIND
January 9, 2018

That old adage that if men got pregnant, abortion and reproductive health would be fully funded by the federal government gets quite a workout in playwright/director Robert O'Hara's wild gender politics satire MANKIND.

BWW Review:  Legendary Music Journalist Lester Bangs Revisited in HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITICBWW Review: Legendary Music Journalist Lester Bangs Revisited in HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC
January 8, 2018

Be careful about expressing your admiration for certain artists during Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's hard-edged solo play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC. Though the audience is encouraged to engage in some give and take with Jensen as he impersonates the legendary writer Lester Bangs, fans of Jethro Tull, Herb Alpert, Styx and others may find their tastes abruptly dismissed as the gonzo journalist flings the LPs of musicians he can't abide by across the room.

BWW Review:  NYGASP Delights Aboard Gilbert & Sullivan's Love Boat, H.M.S. PINAFOREBWW Review: NYGASP Delights Aboard Gilbert & Sullivan's Love Boat, H.M.S. PINAFORE
January 2, 2018

Ninety-nine years before television producer Aaron Spelling first invited viewers aboard 'The Love Boat,' Gilbert and Sullivan made good on their promise of shipboard romance with their enduring hit, H.M.S. PINAFORE.

BWW Review: Robert Fairchild Brings Captivating Dramatic Beauty To MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEINBWW Review: Robert Fairchild Brings Captivating Dramatic Beauty To MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN
December 28, 2017

Boris Karloff... Peter Boyle... Shuler Hensley... and Robert Fairchild. One of these things is not like the others.

BWW Review:  Fiasco Brings A Rousing TWELFTH NIGHT To CSCBWW Review: Fiasco Brings A Rousing TWELFTH NIGHT To CSC
December 21, 2017

Sure, HAMLET may be William Shakespeare's dramatic masterpiece, but when pining for some romantic comedy, it's hard to beat Twelfth Night.

BWW Review:  Mark Rylance Returns To Broadway in Unamplified and Candlelit FARINELLI AND THE KINGBWW Review: Mark Rylance Returns To Broadway in Unamplified and Candlelit FARINELLI AND THE KING
December 18, 2017

Fans of trained actors filling Broadway houses with the richness of their unamplified voices (not to mention those who believe electric lights are overrated) have reason to rejoice. Shakespeare's Globe, the British theatre company that in 2014 arrived on Broadway with their productions of TWELFTH NIGHT and RICHARD III that replicated Elizabethan theatre technological, is back in town with a new play that is also witnessed solely by candlelight and graced with actors who project.

BWW Review:   John Kevin Jones Recreates Charles Dickens' Readings Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Landmark Merchant's House MuseumBWW Review: John Kevin Jones Recreates Charles Dickens' Readings Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Landmark Merchant's House Museum
December 15, 2017

It may not be as well-known a holiday tradition as seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, but for the fifth straight year, the Summoners Ensemble Theatre's delightful presentation of John Kevin Jones' thoroughly engaging solo performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Merchant's House Museum is one of the hardest-to-get tickets in town.

BWW Review:  Lucy Kirkwood's Thoughtful THE CHILDREN Considers What Older Generations Owe To Younger OnesBWW Review: Lucy Kirkwood's Thoughtful THE CHILDREN Considers What Older Generations Owe To Younger Ones
December 13, 2017

When you consider the number of years that humans have been the dominant species on this planet, it was a comparatively quick burst of industrialization that set up the very real dilemma of progress causing irreversible harm to the environment that could lead to our ultimate demise.

BWW Review: A 1976 Attack in Washington Square Park Inspires DOWNTOWN RACE RIOTBWW Review: A 1976 Attack in Washington Square Park Inspires DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT
December 12, 2017

Despite its provocative title, and despite a game effort by director Scott Elliott's ensemble cast, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's fact-inspired drama DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT, is a bit of a bore.

BWW Review: Tina Landau Spins Seaweed Into Gold With SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTSBWW Review: Tina Landau Spins Seaweed Into Gold With SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
December 7, 2017

Feel free to lavish director Tina Landau with a flood of praise for spinning seaweed into gold with SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, the hyperactive new musical based on the long-running Nickelodeon animated series that brings a cartoon vaudeville to the famed Palace Theatre.

BWW Review:  The Public Theater's Mobile Unit Offers A Free THE WINTER'S TALEBWW Review: The Public Theater's Mobile Unit Offers A Free THE WINTER'S TALE
December 8, 2017

Before every performance by The Public Theater's Mobile Unit, the audience is reminded of Joseph Papp's credo that the plays of William Shakespeare belong to everyone. The theatre pioneer created the world-famous Shakespeare In The Park based on that simple philosophy, and it's the driving force behind this unique outreach branch helping to fulfill the historic company's mission.

BWW Review: Michael Arden Stages ONCE ON THIS ISLAND With a Nod To The Dangers of Climate ChangeBWW Review: Michael Arden Stages ONCE ON THIS ISLAND With a Nod To The Dangers of Climate Change
December 5, 2017

While there's nary a mention of global warming or human-made climate change in Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens', captivating and joyous Caribbean story-theatre musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, director Michael Arden's exhilarating new Broadway production of the popular 1990 hit based on Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love, smacks audience members with the issue as soon as they enter Circle In The Square.

BWW Review:  Lesli Margherita's a Riot in Matthew Lombardo's Grinch Spoof WHO'S HOLIDAYBWW Review: Lesli Margherita's a Riot in Matthew Lombardo's Grinch Spoof WHO'S HOLIDAY
December 3, 2017

Don't be fooled. That familiar-sounding melody played at the top of Matthew Lombardo's hilariously subversive WHO'S HOLIDAY is not Welcome Christmas, the joyous chorale from the beloved television adaptation of Dr. Seuss' equally beloved How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

BWW Review:  Beau Willimon's THE PARISIAN WOMAN Has Uma Thurman Seeking Pleasure and Power in Trump's WashingtonBWW Review: Beau Willimon's THE PARISIAN WOMAN Has Uma Thurman Seeking Pleasure and Power in Trump's Washington
December 1, 2017

Donald Trump hadn't even won his first Republican primary when Henri Becque's comedy of sexual liberation, LA PARISIENNE, created such an uproar at its 1895 Paris premiere. But while the current president never makes an appearance in Beau Willimon's new version of the story, THE PARISIAN WOMAN, the current White House resident is certainly on the tips of everyone's tongues.

BWW Review: Steve Martin's Hilarious METEOR SHOWER is Undiluted Surrealist VaudevilleBWW Review: Steve Martin's Hilarious METEOR SHOWER is Undiluted Surrealist Vaudeville
November 30, 2017

They say communication is the key to a successful relationship. They also say there's such a thing as overdoing it.

BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotic Holiday Treat NUTCRACKER ROUGE Christens Their New Brooklyn HomeBWW Review: Company XIV's Erotic Holiday Treat NUTCRACKER ROUGE Christens Their New Brooklyn Home
November 28, 2017

For over a decade, the unquestionably brilliant director/choreographer Austin McCormick's Company XIV has been dazzling audiences with unexpected wonders.



...
1