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BWW Album Review: RAGS PARKLAND SINGS THE SONGS OF THE FUTURE is Poignant, Captivatin Photo BWW Album Review: RAGS PARKLAND SINGS THE SONGS OF THE FUTURE is Poignant, Captivating, and Deeply Satisfying
by David Clarke - March 31, 2020

Forced indoors and relying on our memories of life before quarantine, the cast album for a musical about music recovered from memory data seems oddly apropos and strangely relatable. This is the moment where Broadway Records' RAGS PARKLAND SINGS THE SONGS OF THE FUTURE (Original Cast Recording) meet...
BWW Review: THE 24 HOUR VIRAL MONOLOGUES Return for a Second Dose of Streaming Theatr Photo BWW Review: THE 24 HOUR VIRAL MONOLOGUES Return for a Second Dose of Streaming Theatre
by Amanda Prahl - March 26, 2020

Broadway may be dark and silent right now, but the theatre community isn't. After a successful first run, The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues returned on March 24 with a fresh set of quarantine-inspired short plays and monologues. Since 1995, the 24 Hour Plays project has been matching up writers an...
BWW Update: Australian Artists Entertain During Forced Shutdown - List of People And Photo BWW Update: Australian Artists Entertain During Forced Shutdown - List of People And Companies To Follow For Your Theatre World Fix.
by Jade Kops - March 26, 2020

BWW Update: Australian Artists Entertain During Forced Shutown - List of People And Companies To Follow For Your Theatre World Fix....
BWW Album Review: Linda Lavin's LOVE NOTES is a Bright Spot in Uncertain Times Photo BWW Album Review: Linda Lavin's LOVE NOTES is a Bright Spot in Uncertain Times
by Courtney Savoia - March 27, 2020

Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning TV and stage star, Linda Lavin – will release her new album Love Notes this Friday, March 27 from Club44 Records. A swinging and elegant collection of standards, jazz classics, and pop hits, set to a top-tier band led by Billy Stritch, this album is what the world...
BWW Review: Rosie O'Donnell Helps the Show Go On for One Night Only Photo BWW Review: Rosie O'Donnell Helps the Show Go On for One Night Only
by Amanda Prahl - March 24, 2020

When all this is over, one of the enduring cultural moments of the coronavirus pandemic will be the memories of the music. Across the world, people have been turning to music for comfort and community. Clips have gone viral of Italians holding nightly singalongs from their balconies and Spaniards ja...
BWW Review: The 24 Hour Plays' VIRAL MONOLOGUES Takes Site-Specific Theatre Further O Photo BWW Review: The 24 Hour Plays' VIRAL MONOLOGUES Takes Site-Specific Theatre Further Outside The Black Box
by Michael Dale - March 23, 2020

When thinking of site-specific theatre, visions of following actors through a forest as they play out A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM or sitting in a musty old playhouse for a performance of FOLLIES may dance through your head, but in these days of government-regulated social distancing necessitating the ...
BWW Album Review: LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM is Just What the Docto Photo BWW Album Review: LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM is Just What the Doctor Ordered
by David Clarke - March 21, 2020

LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM is more necessary today than could have ever predicted. Meant to be a celebration of Sondheim's 90th birthday, it's ebullient, mirror-ball infused joy is just what we all need to help us dance a little and get through this era of social distancing, self-c...
BWW Update: Australian Artists Join Together To Keep Creating During The COVID-19 Wit Photo BWW Update: Australian Artists Join Together To Keep Creating During The COVID-19 With HOPE. A NEW WORKS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
by Jade Kops - March 18, 2020

With the Australian government restricting gatherings of more than 100 people Australian writer/composer/actor James Millar came up with the idea of HOPE. A NEW WORKS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE to keep artists 'exercising' their creativity while the world and particularly the Arts industry recovers from...
BWW Review: Company XIV's SEVEN SINS, A Lavish Feast Of Biblical Misbehaviors Photo BWW Review: Company XIV's SEVEN SINS, A Lavish Feast Of Biblical Misbehaviors
by Michael Dale - March 12, 2020

As someone who has indulged in all the creations concocted by the genius director/choreographer Austin McCormick for his spectacular mix of performing artists, Company XIV, since the early years of this century when they displayed their talents in modestly-scaled productions on East 4th Street, this...
BWW Review: Michael Friedman/Daniel Goldstein's Captivating UNKNOWN SOLDIER Explores Photo BWW Review: Michael Friedman/Daniel Goldstein's Captivating UNKNOWN SOLDIER Explores The Unreliability Of Memory And The Romance Of Imagination
by Michael Dale - March 10, 2020

For BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, Michael Friedman whipped up an emo rock score that comically skewered white male privilege. For LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST his music and lyrics embraced the open-hearted awkwardness of lovers testing the waters of adulthood, and in THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, they nostalgic...
BWW Review: A Family Is Separated By Immigration Policies in Hilary Bettis' 72 MILES Photo BWW Review: A Family Is Separated By Immigration Policies in Hilary Bettis' 72 MILES TO GO...
by Michael Dale - March 11, 2020

If it were up to Billy, the sweet-natured Unitarian pastor who opens Hilary Bettis' 72 Miles to Go... speaking to audience members as if they were members of his Tucson, Arizona congregation, the play about his family would be one of those warm domestic comedies where the kids learn valuable life le...
BWW Review: Christopher Chen's Detective Drama THE HEADLANDS Unravels a Family Myster Photo BWW Review: Christopher Chen's Detective Drama THE HEADLANDS Unravels a Family Mystery
by Michael Dale - March 08, 2020

From the Marin Headlands, a hilly peninsula north of San Francisco that overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge, a father points out to his ten-year-old son the spot across the bay where he first met the boy's mother....
BWW Review: Deidre Goodwin Directs/Choreographs Richard Rodgers' Ambitious And Darin Photo BWW Review: Deidre Goodwin Directs/Choreographs Richard Rodgers' Ambitious And Daring NO STRINGS
by Michael Dale - March 08, 2020

After spending two full careers as a Broadway composer, first writing jazzy smash hits with lyricist Lorenz Hart and then adapting more dramatic and character-driven styles for scores penned for classics with Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers, upon his second partner's passing, for the first time suppli...
BWW Review: Conor McPherson's Somber And Touching Bob Dylan Tapestry GIRL FROM THE NO Photo BWW Review: Conor McPherson's Somber And Touching Bob Dylan Tapestry GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Moves Uptown
by Michael Dale - March 06, 2020

Even the best written of Broadway's jukebox musicals tend to sacrifice dramatic content in order to showcase the beloved hit songs that fans came to hear. But it would be misleading to label playwright/director Conor McPherson's lovely, introspective drama Girl from the North Country, which incorpor...
BWW Review: Powerfully Plainspoken COAL COUNTRY Speaks The Truths of Mining Disaster Photo BWW Review: Powerfully Plainspoken COAL COUNTRY Speaks The Truths of Mining Disaster Victims
by Michael Dale - March 05, 2020

It seems every four years, as political primaries come upon us, Americans start thinking more about those far off people in drastically different communities we share this country with. If New Yorkers have had many thoughts about the coal industry recently, they probably had to do with President Tru...
BWW Review: In Lauren Yee's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Music Spits In The Face Of Oppressi Photo BWW Review: In Lauren Yee's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Music Spits In The Face Of Oppression
by Michael Dale - March 03, 2020

Family secrets, political history, moral dilemmas in the face of genocide and loud, kick-ass rock tunes mix terrifically in Lauren Yee's gripping and (for this reviewer) informative new drama Cambodian Rock Band, an often horrifying, but ultimately exhilarating reminder that if there's one thing tot...
BWW Album Review: EMOJILAND Is More Than Meets the Smize Photo BWW Album Review: EMOJILAND Is More Than Meets the Smize
by Amanda Prahl - March 03, 2020

Going into a show titled Emojiland, you're probably not expecting allegories about immigration, politics, mental illness, and the ups and downs of the human condition. Surprise! Keith Harrison and Laura Schein have created a musical that's remarkably straightforward and thoughtful underneath its gim...
BWW Review: Pearl Cleage's Ravishingly Written Post-Harlem Renaissance Portrait BLUES Photo BWW Review: Pearl Cleage's Ravishingly Written Post-Harlem Renaissance Portrait BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY
by Michael Dale - March 02, 2020

'I'm tired of Negro dreams. All they ever do is break your heart,' contemplates an unemployed nightclub singer after an audition that turned out to be for a mistress rather than for an entertainer in Pearl Cleage's ravishingly written post-Harlem Renaissance portrait, Blues for an Alabama Sky....
BWW Review: Beth Malone Grandly Skippers New Progressive-Minded Musical Vaguely Resem Photo BWW Review: Beth Malone Grandly Skippers New Progressive-Minded Musical Vaguely Resembling THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
by Michael Dale - March 01, 2020

'Revitalized' is new euphemism for 'about 80% rewritten', or at least it appears that way in regards to the new musical that carries the name The Unsinkable Molly Brown....
BWW Review: Deirdre O'Connell Is Extraordinary in Lucas Hnath's Very Personal Docudra Photo BWW Review: Deirdre O'Connell Is Extraordinary in Lucas Hnath's Very Personal Docudrama DANA H.
by Michael Dale - February 27, 2020

It's been said that movies are made in the editing room. To some extent, the same might be said of Lucas Hnath's unconventional, and very personal docudrama, Dana H....
BWW Review: Eva Noblezada is a Seasoned Pro in WITH LOVE at The Green Room 42 Photo BWW Review: Eva Noblezada is a Seasoned Pro in WITH LOVE at The Green Room 42
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 25, 2020

During Eva Noblezada's introduction to the stage of The Green Room 42 last night, the audience was informed of this eye-popping fact: Eva Noblezada's show has been heralded as the most successful run of any cabaret show since Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, and has sold out more than twenty times at Th...
BWW Review: Alice Birch's ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE, A Verbal Chamber Trio Themed On A Neu Photo BWW Review: Alice Birch's ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE, A Verbal Chamber Trio Themed On A Neurological Legacy
by Michael Dale - February 25, 2020

'The text has been 'scored',' states the script for British playwright Alice Birch's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning Anatomy of a Suicide, a fascinating, tragic piece about a neurological legacy shared by three generations of women, now receiving a fine American premiere at the Atlantic's Linda ...
BWW Review: Encores! MACK & MABEL Boasts Jerry Herman's Best Score and Terrific Turns Photo BWW Review: Encores! MACK & MABEL Boasts Jerry Herman's Best Score and Terrific Turns By Alexandra Socha, Douglas Sills
by Michael Dale - February 23, 2020

Count this reviewer among those who, contrary to conventional musical theatre wisdom, never thought there was anything horribly wrong with Michael Stewart's original book for MACK & MABEL, the big, splashy 1974 musical about silent movie director Mack Sennett and the star he discovered, Mabel Norman...
BWW Album Review: Janet Dacal's MY STANDARDS Swings with Vivacious Life Photo BWW Album Review: Janet Dacal's MY STANDARDS Swings with Vivacious Life
by David Clarke - February 21, 2020

With her debut solo album, MY STANDARDS, Janet Dacal perfectly marries her Cuban heritage with American standards. Carlos Josè Alvarez, as principal arranger (with additional arrangements by Alexis a?oePututia?? Arce, John Di Martino, Alberto Salas, and Ramón Stagnaro), brings a sublimely jazzy flai...
BWW Review: Ivo van Hove's Alarmingly Charmless WEST SIDE STORY Photo BWW Review: Ivo van Hove's Alarmingly Charmless WEST SIDE STORY
by Michael Dale - February 20, 2020

Dear kindly Ivo van Hove, I often like your work, But when you stage revivals Your concepts go berserk. Your symbolism's clunky, Your edits are too thick. West Side Story doesn't need your schtick....