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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BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Sizzles at SpeakEasy Stage CompanyBWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Sizzles at SpeakEasy Stage Company
Posted: Jan. 16, 2018


BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN: Feel Like Singin' the BluesBWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN: Feel Like Singin' the Blues
Posted: Jan. 20, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calder?n's Syrian Soap OperaBWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calder?n's Syrian Soap Opera
Posted: Oct. 30, 2017


BWW Review: Boston Premiere MEN ON BOATSBWW Review: Boston Premiere MEN ON BOATS
Posted: Sep. 18, 2017


BWW Review: IDEATION: Is It Only a Test?BWW Review: IDEATION: Is It Only a Test?
Posted: Sep. 8, 2017


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


BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Ask the Musical Question: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS?BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Ask the Musical Question: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS?
Posted: Dec. 5, 2017


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


BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN: Feel Like Singin' the BluesBWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN: Feel Like Singin' the Blues
January 20, 2018

On the occasion of what would have been her 75th birthday, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN opened a two-night engagement at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, sharing with Boston the spirit of Janis and the blues vocalists who inspired her. Newton native Kelly McIntyre evokes Joplin with her body language, a rapid verbal patter, and a powerhouse voice that can go from zero to sixty. The show is at its best when focusing on the musical numbers, a generous offering from the singer's canon of hits.

BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Sizzles at SpeakEasy Stage CompanyBWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Sizzles at SpeakEasy Stage Company
January 16, 2018

SpeakEasy Stage Company's New England premiere production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is a meaty, fast-paced comic romp with lots of sizzle to go with that steak. Jennifer Ellis and new leading man in town, George Olesky, are a match made in heaven, surrounded by a talented ensemble that includes Nancy E. Carroll, Remo Airaldi, Eddie Shields, and Lewis D. Wheeler. Director Scott Edmiston wrangles a cast of 18 into a cohesive bundle of joy

BWW Review: A.R.T. Rolls Out BEDLAM'S SENSE & SENSIBILITYBWW Review: A.R.T. Rolls Out BEDLAM'S SENSE & SENSIBILITY
December 16, 2017

BEDLAM'S SENSE & SENSIBILITY is Kate Hamill's adaptation of Jane Austen's classic woman-centered novel, a free-wheeling offering for the holiday season that is the right story at the right time. The ensemble cast embraces the spirit of play that is Bedlam's stock in trade, while conveying the power and beauty of Austen's language.

BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS: Past is PrologueBWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS: Past is Prologue
December 8, 2017

HOLD THESE TRUTHS blends historical fact with fiction to tell Gordon Hirabayashi's compelling story of standing up for his constitutional rights when he was ordered to report to an internment camp only months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The events of the past echo loudly today and there is much to be learned about resistance and persistence from the actions of this patriot.

BWW Review: New Rep's Season of Resilience: MAN OF LA MANCHABWW Review: New Rep's Season of Resilience: MAN OF LA MANCHA
December 7, 2017

New Repertory Theatre's 2017-2018 season is labeled Resilience, and it doubles down on the theme with its current production of MAN OF LA MANCHA. The 1965 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which was based on the play I, DON QUIXOTE, ran for 2,328 performances, has been revived on Broadway four times, and was subsequently adapted for a film. This enduring piece of musical theater is also the story of one man's resilience as he maintains his idealistic quest despite the odds against him.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Recited by the AuthorBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Recited by the Author
December 5, 2017

Merrimack Repertory Theatre's production of Tony Brown's adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL has Joel Colodner as the author performing his own work in front of an audience. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, this inventive version is enhanced and enriched by the musical accompaniment of Rebecca White and Nathan Leigh.

BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Ask the Musical Question: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS?BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Ask the Musical Question: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS?
December 5, 2017

As sure as Christmas rolls around every December 25th, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans return to the stage at the Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts at Machine Night Club with a Christmas-themed musical mystery, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS? The inventive mash-up is unlike any other holiday show in town and will send you out fa-la-la-ing into the night.

BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL: Spiritual RevivalBWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL: Spiritual Revival
December 2, 2017

ELF THE MUSICAL is a fun family favorite for all ages. Based on the 2003 film which starred Will Ferrell, the show debuted on Broadway in 2010 with George Wendt as Santa Claus. He reprises the role in the touring production at the Wang Theatre, leading an ensemble of singing and dancing elves, and a big, childlike Erik Gratton as Buddy the Elf.

BWW Review: Lots to Love in SHE LOVES ME at Greater Boston Stage CompanyBWW Review: Lots to Love in SHE LOVES ME at Greater Boston Stage Company
November 30, 2017

Ilyse Robbins leads a team of champions in Greater Boston Stage Company's SHE LOVES ME, a delightful musical for the holiday season - or any season, for that matter. Music Director Matthew Stern brings out the best in the Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick score with the voices of Jennifer Ellis, Sam Simahk, Aimee Doherty, and Jared Troilo at the front and center of a talented ensemble.

BWW Review: Moonbox Ascends THE 39 STEPSBWW Review: Moonbox Ascends THE 39 STEPS
November 21, 2017

Moonbox Productions requires you to use your imagination, but you will be duly rewarded thanks to the talents of Director Allison Olivia Choat, her crew, and the four-person cast of THE 39 STEPS. Kevin Cirone, Sarah Gazdowicz, Bob Mussett, and Matthew Zahnzinger are all top-notch, and the designers pull out all the stops to take you on a wild ride.

BWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric VersesBWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric Verses
November 17, 2017

Moli re's TARTUFFE, as translated by Ranjit Bolt, is directed by Huntington Theatre Company's Artistic Director Peter DuBois and features an accomplished cast, led by Frank Wood and Brett Gelman. The story of a charlatan getting the better of a fool, despite the misgivings and warnings of his family, the dialogue is delivered in rhyming couplets, or what I refer to as satiric verses.

BWW Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Starry Reading of Brecht's Anti-Nazi PlayBWW Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Starry Reading of Brecht's Anti-Nazi Play
November 15, 2017

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Steven Maler directed an accomplished cast in Bertolt Brecht's FEAR AND MISERY IN THE THIRD REICH, in a staged reading at Babson College, headlined by notable stage and screen actors Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams.

BWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli StageBWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli Stage
November 13, 2017

In celebration of its seventh anniversary, Israeli Stage presents the American premiere of Renana Raz's theatrical event. The staged reading by Nael Nacer, Maureen Keiller, Melinda Lopez, and Lonnie Farmer explores the basic question of freedom of speech as it pertains to an educational setting. Co-translated by Natalie Fainstein and Guy Ben-Aharon, THE HEARING is both thought-provoking and timely.

BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a BeachBWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a Beach
November 8, 2017

Boston Playwrights' Theatre presents the Boston premiere of Molly Smith Metzler's own revision of her charming, funny 2011 play ELEMENO PEA. Set at the end of the summer on Martha's Vineyard, a couple of blue collar siblings from Buffalo try to reconnect with each other while caught up in the world of pink pants and new money. Metzler also writes for film and television (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SHAMELESS), and this production is ready for prime time.

BWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calderón's Syrian Soap Opera
October 30, 2017

ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presents Chilean-born playwright Guillermo Calder n's KISS, a play-within-a-play that delivers a message about cultural ignorance, the danger of living within a comfortable remove, and the potential of artists to change the world. Directed by Co-Artistic Director David Dower and featuring a talented ensemble of protagonists played by Emerson College undergrads, KISS is an unusual and discomfiting piece of theater that is part Syrian soap opera, part improv, and totally worth your time.

BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not WarBWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not War
October 26, 2017

The Nora Theatre Company presents Lauren Gunderson's THE REVOLUTIONISTS, a play which loudly and proudly shows the contribution of four badass women to the story of the French Revolution. The play is set in 1793, but these themes echo too loudly in 2017, reminding us that women must persist to resist, to claim their due.

BWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful NoiseBWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful Noise
October 25, 2017

What matters most is the music you hear in your head, according to Florence Foster Jenkins, a passionate music lover who never met a tune she could actually carry. Lyric Stage Company Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos celebrates his 20th season in his post by revisiting one of his favorite productions from a decade ago. Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan reprise their roles as the diva and her accompanist, bringing warmth and intimacy to their relationship, while capturing all of the humor and joyful noise as written by playwright Stephen Temperley.

BWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World PremiereBWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World Premiere
October 24, 2017

Playwright Ken Urban was commissioned by Epic Theatre Ensemble to write a play about international aid workers, and his interviews with volunteers for Doctors Without Borders inform his new thought-provoking drama, A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK, now receiving its world premiere by the Huntington Theatre Company at the Boston Center for the Arts. Flawlessly directed by Colman Domingo, the two-hander features a pair of remarkable, synchronized performances by McKinley Belcher III and Samuel H. Levine.

BWW Review: OLEANNA: Still Controversial After All These YearsBWW Review: OLEANNA: Still Controversial After All These Years
October 19, 2017

Twenty-five years after first being produced, David Mamet's OLEANNA remains controversial as an intense drama driven by themes of political correctness, sexual harassment, power, and perception. Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice, two of Boston's finest actors, give fiery performances in this timely and searing enactment at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown.

BWW Review: ALLIGATOR ROAD: More Bark Than BiteBWW Review: ALLIGATOR ROAD: More Bark Than Bite
October 16, 2017

Greater Boston Stage Company has a commitment to produce a world premiere play each year, a mission now underwritten by the largesse of a long-time audience member and supporter. The 18th season at the Stoneham theater continues with ALLIGATOR ROAD, the inaugural offering of the Don Fulton New Play Project, by Maine playwright Callie Kimball. Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes is at the helm of this quirky, slice-of-life-you-don't-see-everyday comedy. Scenic designer Katheryn Monthei steals the spotlight and, thanks to props master Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, there's lots of eye candy to draw your attention throughout the play.



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