Nancy Grossman

Nancy Grossman From producing and starring in family holiday pageants as a child, to avid member of Broadway Across America and Show of the Month Club, Nancy has cultivated her love of the art and respect for the craft of theatre. She fulfilled a dream when she became an adult-onset tap dancer in the early 90's ("Gotta dance!"); she fulfills another by providing reviews for BroadwayWorld.com and serving on the Executive Board of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University and a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.


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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's 42nd STREET: The Show Must Go On!BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's 42nd STREET: The Show Must Go On!
Posted: Aug. 7, 2017


BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Comes HomeBWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Comes Home
Posted: Aug. 11, 2017


BWW Review: RANDY RAINBOW LIVE! IN BOSTONBWW Review: RANDY RAINBOW LIVE! IN BOSTON
Posted: Aug. 7, 2017


BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Israel Horovitz Comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABESBWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Israel Horovitz Comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES
Posted: Aug. 14, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack RepBWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack Rep
Posted: May. 6, 2017


BWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERTBWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Posted: Oct. 1, 2016


BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David SedarisBWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David Sedaris
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in CrisisBWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis
Posted: Dec. 17, 2016


BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for ChristmasBWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for Christmas
Posted: Dec. 1, 2016


BWW Review: In Very Good COMPANYBWW Review: In Very Good COMPANY
Posted: Sep. 11, 2016


BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go GreekBWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go Greek
Posted: May. 9, 2017


BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Israel Horovitz Comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABESBWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Israel Horovitz Comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES
August 14, 2017

Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage Company returns to direct the New England premiere of his latest comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES. Paula Plum, Sarah Hickler, Obehi Janice, and Debra Wise play four diverse women who meet in a spacious Paris apartment to remember and memorialize the recently departed 100-year old man who had lived there and loved them all during the last half century.

BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Comes HomeBWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Comes Home
August 11, 2017

FINDING NEVERLAND was born across the river in Cambridge at the American Repertory Theater three years ago, but has settled in for a fortnight in the downtown Boston Theater district. Under the direction of Diane Paulus, with choreography by Mia Michaels, the original design team remains intact, and an all-new cast brings the familiar characters to life. Broadway veterans Billy Harrigan Tighe, Lynnfield native Christine Dwyer, and John Davidson headline the multi-talented ensemble.

BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's 42nd STREET: The Show Must Go On!BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's 42nd STREET: The Show Must Go On!
August 7, 2017

In a bizarre and unfortunate case of life imitating art, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston found itself without its leading man only hours before the curtain going up on their season-ending production of 42nd STREET. Producing Artistic Director Robert J. Eagle announced that the understudy would step into the role and the show opened as scheduled. Rich Allegretto, headliner Rachel York, and the stellar company pulled it together to remind everyone what theater is all about.

BWW Review: RANDY RAINBOW LIVE! IN BOSTONBWW Review: RANDY RAINBOW LIVE! IN BOSTON
August 7, 2017

Randy Rainbow kicked off his first New England tour in Boston last night with two shows at the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. On his maiden trip to the Hub, Rainbow was greeted with a rousing ovation by a decidedly liberal audience primed to yuck it up at the expense of the 45th POTUS. The self-described internet sensation, famous for his viral satiric videos, lightly sang and quipped his way through a breezy hour-long first set, and graciously paused for a meet-and-greet with select guests between shows.

BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: Woody Allen's Roaring TwentiesBWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: Woody Allen's Roaring Twenties
July 11, 2017

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY brings Woody Allen's New Yorker sensibility to the seaside community of Ogunquit, Maine, along with a coterie of thugs, hoofers, show people, and one adorable pug. Based on Allen's and co-writer Douglas McGrath's 1994 film of the same name, the musical incorporates old songs from the 1920s to ground the madcap action in the era of prohibition, when bathtub gin and gangsters with pistols and fedoras were equally prevalent. Jeff Whiting recreates Susan Stroman's original direction and outstanding choreography, and the amazing ensemble dancers tilt and whirl with foot-stomping abandon that resonates through the Ogunquit Playhouse.

BWW Review: New England Premiere of THE EFFECT at Gloucester Stage CompanyBWW Review: New England Premiere of THE EFFECT at Gloucester Stage Company
June 19, 2017

It is a simple premise: Two candidates in a pharmaceutical drug trial fall in love, but is their chemistry real, or induced? This scientific debate is the subject of Lucy Prebble's THE EFFECT, now in its New England Premiere at Gloucester Stage Company. Under the direction of Sam Weisman, the play stars Lindsay Crouse as Dr. Lorna James and Brad Hall as Dr. Toby Sealey, a pair with a past, along with Susannah Hoffman and Mickey Solis as the volunteers who may have a future. Both relationships contribute talking points on either side of the discourse that fuels the drama, but the playwright leaves enough doubt to allow the viewer to wrestle with the conclusion.

BWW Review: RIPCORD: Nancy and Annie's Excellent AdventureBWW Review: RIPCORD: Nancy and Annie's Excellent Adventure
June 13, 2017

Laughs in abundance are in free fall in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's RIPCORD, a bejeweled vehicle for a pair of women of a certain age that is polished to a shine by the brilliant performances of Nancy E. Carroll and Annie Golden. Under the brisk, breezy direction of Jessica Stone (VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE), these two pros turn life in an assisted living facility into Abby and Marilyn's excellent adventure. As roommates who are anything but soulmates, they engage in a protracted battle of wits to win a bet for supremacy over their little corner of a shrinking world, and the only rule is to take no prisoners.

BWW Review: Rah Rah for THE MIDVALE HIGH SCHOOL FIFTIETH REUNIONBWW Review: Rah Rah for THE MIDVALE HIGH SCHOOL FIFTIETH REUNION
June 7, 2017

The Nora Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Alan Brody's THE MIDVALE HIGH SCHOOL FIFTIETH REUNION, a light-hearted, evocative trip down Memory Lane with the Class of 1954. Directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner, Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp and Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director Debra Wise portray two classmates returning to their alma mater for the first time. Neither is sure of what they're looking for, but they hope they'll recognize it if they find it.

BWW Review: DAYS OF ATONEMENT: The Strength of SisterhoodBWW Review: DAYS OF ATONEMENT: The Strength of Sisterhood
June 6, 2017

Israeli Stage presents the North American premiere production of Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari's DAYS OF ATONEMENT, a dramatic exploration of the Moroccan-Israeli immigrant experience through the eyes of four estranged sisters who reunite when their mother goes missing on the eve of Yom Kippur. Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon directs the stripped-down staging featuring a quartet of strong, complex performances from Jackie Davis, Adrianne Krstansky, Ramona Lisa Alexander, and Dana Stern.

BWW Review: BANK JOB: For Want of an Exit StrategyBWW Review: BANK JOB: For Want of an Exit Strategy
June 2, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company opens it 38th season with the New England premiere of John Kolvenbach's play about a pair of brothers who decide to try robbing a bank in an unwise career move. Taking the money turns out to be much easier than finding a way out of the executive washroom. A sympathetic bank teller, a cooperative cop, and a hostage who harbors some secrets all play a part in determining a convoluted outcome.

BWW Review: 4000 MILES at Shakespeare & Company: Definitely Worth the TripBWW Review: 4000 MILES at Shakespeare & Company: Definitely Worth the Trip
May 30, 2017

Amy Herzog's 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2012 Obie Award-winner for Best New Play opens the 40th Anniversary Season in Lenox under new Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. Annette Miller gives an incredible performance as the widowed nonagenarian Vera Joseph who is visited by her 21-year-old, untethered grandson Leo in her West Village apartment. These two outsiders engage in a series of battles, only to discover how much they have in common. Under the direction of Nicole Ricciardi, 4000 MILES is a delight from coast to coast.

BWW Review: CAMELOT: Feeling Nostalgic for JFKBWW Review: CAMELOT: Feeling Nostalgic for JFK
May 23, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston closes out the season with David Lee's adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's CAMELOT, a revision that hones in on the relationships among the three principals and retains the glorious score, while jettisoning considerable weight from the historically burdensome book. Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos shapes the production with his vision for the 21st century, assisted by the virtuosic Music Director Catherine Stornetta and Rachel Bertone, whose choreography blends medieval style with modern dance steps.

BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage?BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage?
May 13, 2017

SpeakEasy Stage Company's Boston premiere of Marsha Norman's (Book) and Jason Robert Brown's (Music and Lyrics) adaptation of Robert James Waller's novel is elevated by the luminescent Jennifer Ellis and hunky Christiaan Smith. The libretto wobbles, but the leads and ensemble warble Brown's soaring score beautifully. Bring tissues.

BWW Review: Boston Pops Open With John Williams Celebration and Special Guest, Queen LatifahBWW Review: Boston Pops Open With John Williams Celebration and Special Guest, Queen Latifah
May 11, 2017

The 2017 Boston Pops Spring season is a tribute to Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams who celebrates his 85th birthday this year. Opening night featured film and recording star Queen Latifah in her Pops debut and they'll do it all over again tonight.

BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go GreekBWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go Greek
May 9, 2017

GREECE is the word and the place where Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans take you for their latest musical extravaganza. It's 1950 B.C., the gods are gathered on Mt. Olympus, and the mean girls and toga-clad boys are returning to Olympia High School with a new student in their midst. Will Sandy steal the heart of heartthrob Danny, or can Pandora Spox lure him away, or will he remain loyal to his Titan buddies? Zeus, Venus, and Aphrodite may be pulling the strings and tossing thunderbolts, but true love is a formidable foe. Larry Coen directs a talented ensemble, blending GDO regulars and fresh faces, but, alas, no Rhoda the dog.

BWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack RepBWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack Rep
May 6, 2017

World premiere of MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND at Merrimack Repertory Theatre is based on the true story of Broadway singer/actress Charissa Bertels and her unlikely friendship with a decidedly older gentleman. The narrative is uplifting, the score floats along with the story like a raft on a lazy river, and the performer is delightful company.

BWW Review: DESIRE: Tennessee Williams in Others' WordsBWW Review: DESIRE: Tennessee Williams in Others' Words
May 4, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company introduces new faces that meld into an impressive ensemble to convey the unusual and flawed characters from the mind of Williams and the pens of half a dozen eclectic playwrights in DESIRE: AN EVENING OF PLAYS BASED ON SIX SHORT STORIES BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS. A self-admitted aficionado of Williams, Director David J. Miller mixes and matches his cast to meet the challenge of portraying diverse personalities.

BWW Review: GABRIEL: Better Angels Take Flight at Stoneham TheatreBWW Review: GABRIEL: Better Angels Take Flight at Stoneham Theatre
May 2, 2017

Stoneham Theatre seriously ups its game with Moira Buffini's 1997 play GABRIEL, a World War II tale of survival and intrigue, where the fate of a family may rest upon the identity of a mysterious stranger. Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes directs a cast that includes some of Boston theater's most stellar actors, as well as a nine-year old member of 'the young company' making her Mainstage debut in a pivotal role. Scenic designer Matthew Lazure's evocative set takes us to the island of Guernsey, to a rustic farmhouse lacking the creature comforts formerly enjoyed by the family before the Nazi occupation.

BWW Review: THE GIFT HORSE: Obehi Janice Sparkles in Lydia Diamond's Early PlayBWW Review: THE GIFT HORSE: Obehi Janice Sparkles in Lydia Diamond's Early Play
April 28, 2017

New Repertory Theatre takes us for a ride in the wayback machine for the Boston-area premiere of one of Lydia Diamond's earliest plays. THE GIFT HORSE is a somewhat autobiographical, witty play that is heavy on character, rife with serious themes, and about fifteen to twenty minutes longer than what we are accustomed to two decades later. Obehi Janice, Alejandro Simoes, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent make the ride worthwhile.

BWW Review: BARBECUE: A Dysfunctional Family RoastBWW Review: BARBECUE: A Dysfunctional Family Roast
April 26, 2017

BARBECUE is a play about which one cannot say too much without ruining its considerable effect. Here's the minimalist FYI, things you need to know but that won't give anything away. It is written by Robert O'Hara, directed by Summer L. Williams, and features an ensemble cast of ten actors who all give great performances and disappear into their richly drawn characters. Taking place on a raised pavilion in a pastoral park, the lovely setting belies the serious nature of the subjects (substance abuse, family dysfunction, race) that BARBECUE serves up on a platter. And one more thing - it's a comedy.



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