Broadway Theater Reviews


BWW Album Review: KATHRYN GALLAGHER - DEMOS, VOL. I BWW Album Review: KATHRYN GALLAGHER - DEMOS, VOL. I
by Cindy Marcolina - May 19, 2020

Directly from her Covid-induced isolation, Kathryn Gallagher has released a collection of five cuts titled Demos, Vol. I. After listening to it, we already want a Vol. II. The Broadway performer is no stranger to putting out insightful, deep numbers that present spotless writing, but her latest rele... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Forget Sleepy, Wachter's TARRYTOWN Will Awaken Your Soul BWW Album Review: Forget Sleepy, Wachter's TARRYTOWN Will Awaken Your Soul
by Courtney Savoia - May 18, 2020

Adam Wachter's original musical, Tarrytown, offers a contemporary twist to an iconic story, based on Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and features the astonishing voices of Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, and Krysta Rodriguez. This trio is pure magic and their voices make this legend a... (more...)
BWW Album Review: RAGS - THE MUSICAL (Original London Cast Recording) is Timely & Beautiful BWW Album Review: RAGS - THE MUSICAL (Original London Cast Recording) is Timely & Beautiful
by David Clarke - May 15, 2020

Ghostlight Records has released RAGS - THE MUSICAL (Original London Cast Recording). The musical's examinations of attitudes towards immigration and its frank discussions of labor and unions are timely, even if the lyrics keep the songs from being truly memorable.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Revisit Their Broadway Success in Audible's Recording of SEA WALL/A LIFE BWW Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Revisit Their Broadway Success in Audible's Recording of SEA WALL/A LIFE
by Michael Dale - May 07, 2020

It's been nearly two years since the recording company Audible set up residency in Greenwich Village's Minetta Lane Theatre to produce small-cast plays, usually solo pieces, for short Off-Broadway runs that are recorded for commercially released audios.... (more...)
Streaming Review: THE GOODBYE GIRL – Neil Simon's Timeless Gem Streaming Review: THE GOODBYE GIRL – Neil Simon's Timeless Gem
by Marina Kennedy - May 04, 2020

New Yorkers and many more will enjoy viewing 'The Goodbye Girl,' a 1977 movie that has timeless charm.... (more...)
BWW Review: Richard Nelson Zooms In On The Apples in WHAT DO WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT? BWW Review: Richard Nelson Zooms In On The Apples in WHAT DO WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT?
by Michael Dale - April 30, 2020

'The first cough in the audience and who's listening to the play?,' wonders a character when contemplating the return of live theatre.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER Uncovers the Warrior Within BWW Album Review: BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER Uncovers the Warrior Within
by Courtney Savoia - April 29, 2020

Featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis (Smash, Be More Chill) who also co-wrote the book with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams, Broadway Bounty Hunter follows the journey of determined actress Annie who just can't catch a break. Through the challenges, she comes to know... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Bobby Conte Thornton's ALONG THE WAY Elevates the Standards BWW Album Review: Bobby Conte Thornton's ALONG THE WAY Elevates the Standards
by Amanda Prahl - April 28, 2020

Bobby Conte Thornton's new album, Along the Way, puts a new spin on some of the best of pop and Broadway. It's further proof that he's definitely one of Broadway's rising stars to watch.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: SOFT POWER Packs a Punch BWW Album Review: SOFT POWER Packs a Punch
by Courtney Savoia - April 22, 2020

The groundbreaking musical from Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home; Violet; Caroline, or Change), Soft Power, ran last fall at the Public Theater and is an exploration of America's place in the world, told through an East-West musical from C... (more...)
BWW Album Review: SHE IS RISEN: VOLUME ONE is a Must-Hear Artistic Communion BWW Album Review: SHE IS RISEN: VOLUME ONE is a Must-Hear Artistic Communion
by David Clarke - April 21, 2020

Earlier this month, Hedonist Records released SHE IS RISEN: VOLUME ONE, a concept EP of Andrew Lloyd Webber's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR performed by an all female cast. The record, inspired by and featuring cast members of a 2017 concert at the Highline Ballroom, takes the cherished rock opera back to ... (more...)
Streaming Review: JERSEY BOYS Movie Complements the Hit Jukebox Musical Streaming Review: JERSEY BOYS Movie Complements the Hit Jukebox Musical
by Marina Kennedy - April 18, 2020

Although I've had the pleasure of seeing 'Jersey Boys' performed on Broadway and on tour, I never before watched the 2014 film by the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood and distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's THE VILLA SATORI is Perfectly Polished Yet Intensely Raw BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's THE VILLA SATORI is Perfectly Polished Yet Intensely Raw
by David Clarke - April 15, 2020

As of April 14, 2020 data from Spotify indicated that listeners were turning to throwback hits during the era of quarantines and stay-at-home orders. For fans of music looking for something new that is also nostalgic, they need look no further than Lena Hall's lively new album, THE VILLA SATORI: GRO... (more...)
BWW Review: Candle House Collective's Remote Immersive Experiences Bring Participatory Theatre To Your Phone BWW Review: Candle House Collective's Remote Immersive Experiences Bring Participatory Theatre To Your Phone
by Michael Dale - April 15, 2020

For over two years, the Chicago-based Candle House Collective has been creating non-tradition, immersive theatre for both site-specific locations and virtual enjoyment. But with the current health crisis putting live theatre on hold, their virtual plays can be especially inviting for audience member... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Viral Monologues Continue Portraying Our New Normal BWW Review: THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Viral Monologues Continue Portraying Our New Normal
by Amanda Prahl - April 14, 2020

Where the first couple of weeks heavily featured monologues directly about the pandemic situation, more and more of these recent monologues are changing direction, portraying the 'new normal' with all that entails.... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Presents Exciting 60-Minute Streaming Specials BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Presents Exciting 60-Minute Streaming Specials
by Marina Kennedy - April 09, 2020

For those of us who love Cirque du Soleil performances, you can now tune in CirqueConnect for 60-minute video streaming specials.... (more...)
BWW Review: The 24-Hour Plays Viral Monologues Offer a Dose of Humor and Heartbreak BWW Review: The 24-Hour Plays Viral Monologues Offer a Dose of Humor and Heartbreak
by Amanda Prahl - April 04, 2020

As the shutdowns continue and it becomes increasingly obvious that a?oeregulara?? theatre isn't starting back up as soon as we'd hoped, it's also increasingly obvious that adjusted, adapted performances like these are more important than ever.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: RAGS PARKLAND SINGS THE SONGS OF THE FUTURE is Poignant, Captivating, and Deeply Satisfying 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... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Linda Lavin's LOVE NOTES is a Bright Spot in Uncertain Times 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... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 24 HOUR VIRAL MONOLOGUES Return for a Second Dose of Streaming Theatre 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... (more...)
BWW Update: Australian Artists Entertain During Forced Shutdown - List of People And Companies To Follow For Your Theatre World Fix. 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Rosie O'Donnell Helps the Show Go On for One Night Only 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... (more...)
BWW Review: The 24 Hour Plays' VIRAL MONOLOGUES Takes Site-Specific Theatre Further Outside The Black Box 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 ... (more...)
BWW Album Review: LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM is Just What the Doctor Ordered 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... (more...)
BWW Update: Australian Artists Join Together To Keep Creating During The COVID-19 With HOPE. A NEW WORKS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Company XIV's SEVEN SINS, A Lavish Feast Of Biblical Misbehaviors 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... (more...)