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: Tony Yazbeck, Robyn Hurder Bring a Thrilling Dynamic To New York City Center's A CHORUS LINEBWW Review: Tony Yazbeck, Robyn Hurder in A CHORUS LINE
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


BWW Review: Stephanie J. Block Dazzles With Power In Gutsy, Glitzy and Glam THE CHER SHOWBWW Review: Stephanie J. Block Dazzles in THE CHER SHOW
Posted: Dec. 3, 2018


BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotically Elegant NUTCRACKER ROUGE Heats Up The Holiday SeasonBWW Review: Company XIV's NUTCRACKER ROUGE
Posted: Dec. 2, 2018


BWW Review: Hansol Jung's Imaginatively Told Internet Age Romance, WILD GOOSE DREAMSBWW Review: Hansol Jung;s WILD GOOSE DREAMS
Posted: Nov. 20, 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:  Taylor Trensch Brings Darker Shades To The Title Character of DEAR EVAN HANSENBWW Review: Taylor Trensch in DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Posted: Mar. 3, 2018


BWW Review: FLIGHT at McKittrick Hotel is More Art Installation Than TheatreBWW Review: FLIGHT at McKittrick Hotel
Posted: Feb. 20, 2018


BWW Review: Amy Heckerling Pens New Lyrics To 90s Hits To Bring CLUELESS To The Musical StageBWW Review: Amy Heckerling Pens New Lyrics To 90s Hits To Bring CLUELESS To The Musical Stage
December 13, 2018

The inherent problem with trying to craft a book musical around a score made of previously-existing hit songs is that the lyrics rarely match the character/situation specifics enough to keep the story moving. So film director/screenwriter Amy Heckerling tries finagling around that challenge in the new musical based on her 1995 coming-of-age romantic comedy, CLUELESS.

BWW Review: Former American Idol Rivals Bring Holiday Cheer in RUBEN & CLAY'S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL FAMILY FUN PAGEANT SPECTACULAR REUNION SHOWBWW Review: Former American Idol Rivals Bring Holiday Cheer in RUBEN & CLAY'S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL FAMILY FUN PAGEANT SPECTACULAR REUNION SHOW
December 12, 2018

It was fifteen years ago when over forty million people tuned into the season two finale of 'American Idol' to see Rubin Studdard win the crown over runner-up Clay Aiken. This reviewer wasn't one of them. And aside from Aiken's stint on Broadway as a replacement in SPAMALOT, he'll admit to not having paid much attention to the careers of the two vocalists. But, based on the enjoyable antics now on display at the Imperial titled RUBEN & CLAY'S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL FAMILY FUN PAGEANT SPECTACULAR REUNION SHOW, the fellows have definitely found an interested viewer if they ever hosted a television variety show.

BWW Review: Heather Raffo's NOURA Takes An Ibsen-Like Approach To Iraqi Assimilation Into AmericaBWW Review: Heather Raffo's NOURA Takes An Ibsen-Like Approach To Iraqi Assimilation Into America
December 11, 2018

The lack of visible doors in our view of the home of the title character of Heather Raffo's drama of an immigrant Christian Iraqi family in America, Noura, appears more and more to be a symbolic gesture once it becomes apparent that her story takes its cue from Henrik Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE.

BWW Review: Jeremy O. Harris' Extremely Daring SLAVE PLAY Explores Sexual Dissatisfaction Caused By Racial IssuesBWW Review: Jeremy O. Harris' Extremely Daring SLAVE PLAY Explores Sexual Dissatisfaction Caused By Racial Issues
December 10, 2018

It was over fifty years ago when designer Boris Aronson famously let a large mirror hang from the set of CABARET, forcing audience members to see their own reflections to bring home the point that what was happening in 1930s Germany could very well happen in America. And while that symbolic gesture may have become a bit of a cliche in the ensuing decades as it got used by other artists for other plays and musicals, designer Clint Ramos ads a provocative twist with the fully mirrored upstage wall in his design for Jeremy O. Harris' extremely daring, highly original and undoubtedly thought-provoking satirical drama, SLAVE PLAY.

BWW Review:  John Kevin Jones Returns To Merchant's House Museum For Warm and Intimate A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: John Kevin Jones Returns To Merchant's House Museum For Warm and Intimate A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 9, 2018

For the past five holiday seasons in a row, savvy New York playgoers have been filling the upstairs parlor of East 4th Street's Merchant's House Museum for a warm and intimate evening of Christmas cheer; Summoners Ensemble Theatre's delightful production of actor John Kevin Jones recreating Charles Dickens' solo readings of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Their 2018 engagement is the third time this reviewer has attended, and Jones' thoroughly engaging performance keeps getting better and better.

BWW Review: 1976 Satire Becomes 2018 Reality in Ivo van Hove and Lee Hall's Striking Adaptation of NETWORKBWW Review: 1976 Satire Becomes 2018 Reality in Ivo van Hove and Lee Hall's Striking Adaptation of NETWORK
December 6, 2018

The audience loudly booed at the end of last Saturday night's preview performance of the new Broadway offering based on Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1976 film classic "Network." Seriously, the great majority of viewers at the Belasco Theatre angrily booed what they were seeing onstage, a good many of them yelling out profanity-laced objections. Undoubtedly, playwright Lee Hall and director Ivo van Hove must have been delighted.

BWW Review: Stephanie J. Block Dazzles With Power In Gutsy, Glitzy and Glam THE CHER SHOWBWW Review: Stephanie J. Block Dazzles With Power In Gutsy, Glitzy and Glam THE CHER SHOW
December 3, 2018

From the moment the houselights dim and the music cranks up on The Cher Show, Broadway's newest bio-musical, the message is clear. Surrender to the fabulousness ahead and brace yourself for a show just as gutsy, glitzy and glam as the icon it ravishingly celebrates.

BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotically Elegant NUTCRACKER ROUGE Heats Up The Holiday SeasonBWW Review: Company XIV's Erotically Elegant NUTCRACKER ROUGE Heats Up The Holiday Season
December 2, 2018

Since family-friendly entertainments tend to dominate the holiday performing arts scene, it's especially cheery that for the past nineyears that scandalous crew called Company XIV has been offering grownups an option that's decidedly more naughty than nice.

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Return To Broadway With MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYSBWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Return To Broadway With MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS
November 30, 2018

If there's such a thing as subtlety in the world of The Illusionists, that band of touring magicians that have frequently been making Broadway their winter home, it's evident in their latest visit, titled MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS.

BWW Review: Hansol Jung's Imaginatively Told Internet Age Romance, WILD GOOSE DREAMSBWW Review: Hansol Jung's Imaginatively Told Internet Age Romance, WILD GOOSE DREAMS
November 20, 2018

'If you have to choose between family and flying, I hope you would choose the flying,' a father tells his children as the lesson behind a bedtime story involving an angel and a woodcutter. 'And don't tell mommy I said that,' he's quick to add.

BWW Review: Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEM Debates The Existence of Selfless ActsBWW Review: Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEM Debates The Existence of Selfless Acts
November 20, 2018

Yes, in the world of Tom Stoppard, post-coital pillow talk can be a debate about human consciousness and whether or not altruism truly exists. After all, nobody said anything about THE HARD PROBLEM was going to be easy.

BWW Review: Tony Yazbeck, Robyn Hurder Bring a Thrilling Dynamic To New York City Center's A CHORUS LINEBWW Review: Tony Yazbeck, Robyn Hurder Bring a Thrilling Dynamic To New York City Center's A CHORUS LINE
November 18, 2018

The lack of permanence that allows new artists endless chances to bring their own interpretations to classic material is the most significant aspect that separates live theatre from movies and television. But in musical theatre, it's sometimes the case that a director/choreographer such as Jerome Robbins or Bob Fosse may create visuals that become so indelible in the public's mind that they become fixtures of most remountings. In the case of A CHORUS LINE, it's the whole show.

BWW Review:  Brooks Ashmanskas Gives a Classic Musical Comedy Star Turn in Hilarious and Touching THE PROMBWW Review: Brooks Ashmanskas Gives a Classic Musical Comedy Star Turn in Hilarious and Touching THE PROM
November 16, 2018

Let's cut to the chase. The Prom is a great musical comedy on the same level as HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and THE PRODUCERS. Brooks Ashmanskas, the flamboyantly-styled song and dance man with a razor-sharp comic flair who has spent over twenty years on Broadway stealing scenes in supporting roles, is now giving a great musical comedy star performance that should rank up there with the classic turns given by Robert Morse, Zero Mostel and Nathan Lane in those smash hits.

BWW Review: Raul Esparza Is Bertolt Brecht's Symbolic Crime Boss in THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UIBWW Review: Raul Esparza Is Bertolt Brecht's Symbolic Crime Boss in THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
November 15, 2018

No, director/designer John Doyle does not have Raul Esparza wearing a blonde wig when he delivers his climatic oratory at the close of CSC's revival of Bertolt Brecht's 1941 allegorical satire, THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, but listen closely to the chant of the crowd provided by sound designer Matt Stine and the production's message is ever so clear.

BWW Review: In Ngozi Anyanwu's GOOD GRIEF, Shaping Memories Is A Part of HealingBWW Review: In Ngozi Anyanwu's GOOD GRIEF, Shaping Memories Is A Part of Healing
November 13, 2018

For those of us of a certain age, the phrase "good grief" has been a part of our vocabulary since childhood as simply an expression of exasperation, thanks to the influence of Charles Schulz and his Peanuts gang.

BWW Review:  Neil Diamond Is A Boy's Best Friend in THE OTHER JOSH COHENBWW Review: Neil Diamond Is A Boy's Best Friend in THE OTHER JOSH COHEN
November 13, 2018

Steve Rosen and David Rossmer's pop rock musical charmer THE OTHER JOSH COHEN has been hitting the regional circuit a bit since its 2012 Off-Broadway production that picked up Drama Desk, Lortel and Off-Broadway Alliance Award Nominations for Best Musical. It's great to have this very funny, very tuneful and very uplifting show back in town.

BWW Review: Mike Birbiglia's Musings on Fatherhood, THE NEW ONE, Moves To BroadwayBWW Review: Mike Birbiglia's Musings on Fatherhood, THE NEW ONE, Moves To Broadway
November 12, 2018

Though it often involves individuals speaking prepared material into a microphone in front of paying customers who may be enjoying a libation or two, and though generating laughter is usually a good sign of success, the art of storytelling should not be confused with stand-up comedy.

BWW Review: David Arrow's Informative and Bittersweet KENNEDY: BOBBY'S LAST CRUSADEBWW Review: David Arrow's Informative and Bittersweet KENNEDY: BOBBY'S LAST CRUSADE
November 11, 2018

'We are a great country,' presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assured his supporters in a speech given moments after winning the Democratic Party's 1968 California primary and moments before he was assassinated while leaving the celebration at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel.

BWW Review: KING KONG: It Was Inept Writing Killed The MusicalBWW Review: KING KONG: It Was Inept Writing Killed The Musical
November 9, 2018

Using Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's 1933 cinema classic 'King Kong' as the inspiration for a musical theatre piece really isn't such a bad idea. Among the film's notable achievements is the extraordinary dramatic underscoring music by Max Steiner, that supplied the title character's tragic death plunge from atop the Empire State Building with the kind of heartbreaking emotion that would make any operatic tenor jealous.

BWW Review: Patricia Ione Lloyd's Chilling and Evocative EVE'S SONG Honors The Spirits of Real-Life Murdered Black WomenBWW Review: Patricia Ione Lloyd's Chilling and Evocative EVE'S SONG Honors The Spirits of Real-Life Murdered Black Women
November 8, 2018

'Cuddles the puppy had fallen into the 50 foot deep well and was trapped,' an unseen television anchor is heard reporting at the outset of Patricia Ione Lloyd's chilling and evocative EVE'S SONG. 'After 30 hours volunteers rescued Cuddles from near death,' she continues. 'Locals are demanding stricter standards on well construction. The mayor's office will be holding a town hall meeting to address their concerns.'



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