BWW Review:  PURE YANNI Takes Up Residence at The Lunt-FontanneBWW Review: PURE YANNI Takes Up Residence at The Lunt-Fontanne
by Michael Dale - May 31, 2019

'This is an unscripted show. I have no idea what I'm going to do,' the internationally acclaimed composer and pianist Yanni tells his audience at the outset of his debut Broadway performance. (more...)

BWW Review: Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Make Rapturous Music in Terrence McNally's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNEBWW Review: Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Make Rapturous Music in Terrence McNally's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2019

'I guess I want you to play the most beautiful music ever written and dedicate it to us,' a hopeful romantic requests of the radio station he's phoned from his date's apartment. (more...)

Review Roundup: Audra McDonald And Michael Shannon Star In FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNEReview Roundup: Audra McDonald And Michael Shannon Star In FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Review Roundups - May 30, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, directed by Arin Arbus, opens tonight! (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 5/28: YANNI Begins Broadway Residency, and More!Wake Up With BWW 5/28: YANNI Begins Broadway Residency, and More!
by Stephi Wild - May 28, 2019

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! We hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend! Kick-start this short work week by catching up on the latest Broadway news! (more...)

BWW Review: Marin Ireland and Susan Sarandon in Jesse Eisenberg's Tale of Immigration and Codependency, HAPPY TALKBWW Review: Marin Ireland and Susan Sarandon in Jesse Eisenberg's Tale of Immigration and Codependency, HAPPY TALK
by Michael Dale - May 27, 2019

One of the many skills of the extraordinary, detail-oriented stage actor Marin Ireland is a habit of being so good that she can lift the audience's perception of a play that isn't quite there. For example, a year ago at this time, as she was making Tennessee Williams' SUMMER AND SMOKE, generally regarded as one of the great playwright's B-level efforts, appear to be just as rich and dramatically thick as A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. (more...)

BWW Review: Based on Carl Reiner's Classic, Hilarious ENTER LAUGHING, THE MUSICAL Returns To The YorkBWW Review: Based on Carl Reiner's Classic, Hilarious ENTER LAUGHING, THE MUSICAL Returns To The York
by Michael Dale - May 24, 2019

Though the 1976 musical SO LONG, 174th STREET didn't even last a fortnight on Broadway, it wouldn't be surprising to see the York Theater Company's completely delightful revised version, ENTER LAUGHING, THE MUSICAL, return the Joseph Stein/Stan Daniels effort to the main stem someday, especially if director/adaptor Stuart Ross' slam-bang mounting keeps getting a little snazzier and a little funnier every time they bring it back. (more...)

BWW Review: Aziza Barnes' Fast and Furiously Funny BLKS Follows Three Friends on a Crazy NightBWW Review: Aziza Barnes' Fast and Furiously Funny BLKS Follows Three Friends on a Crazy Night
by Michael Dale - May 21, 2019

There's a scene in poet-turned-playwright Aziza Barnes' fast and furiously funny debut stage piece, BLKS, where the main characters, a trio of black Brooklyn women in their 20s 'out on a mission to resurrect our fly back' find themselves at the corner of Prince Street and Broadway, where the N,R subway station entrance displays the faces of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in an ad for their Netflix comedy series, 'Grace and Frankie,' a show about two women who are there for each other during life's rough patches. In another time, the station might have shown an ad for 'Girls' or 'Sex and The City,' or any other such high-profile program where the default setting for the women who stick together is white. (more...)

BWW Review:  Brenda Pressley Ponders Infidelity and Classism in Chisa Hutchinson's PROOF OF LOVEBWW Review: Brenda Pressley Ponders Infidelity and Classism in Chisa Hutchinson's PROOF OF LOVE
by Michael Dale - May 18, 2019

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson, describes Constance Daley, the character who voices her solo play, Proof of Love, as 'close as you can get to a WASP while being black.' (more...)

BWW Review:  Well-Off Predators Feast On The Poor in Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASSBWW Review: Well-Off Predators Feast On The Poor in Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS
by Michael Dale - May 14, 2019

Latecomers to director Terry Kinney's finely-acted Signature Theatre revival of Sam Shepard's 1977 dysfunctional family drama, Curse of the Starving Class, will miss the showstopping bit of stagecraft that opens the production, as set designer Julian Crouch's kitchen interior of a worse-for-wear California Valley farmhouse literally becomes a house divided, splitting horizontally with the top half appearing to crumble upwards. (more...)

BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil's Glorious New Showpiece LUZIA: A WAKING DREAM OF MEXICOBWW Review: Cirque du Soleil's Glorious New Showpiece LUZIA: A WAKING DREAM OF MEXICO
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2019

Though the world-famous 35-year-old Montreal-based entertainment troupe Cirque du Soleil has never been known for making political statements with their extravaganzas of culture and athleticism - and while the timing is undoubtedly just coincidental - one can't help at least a passing thought of how appropriate it is to have their glorious new showpiece, LUZIA: A WAKING DREAM OF MEXICO, on tour during a time when America's president continually attempts to villainize our southern neighbor. (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! HIGH BUTTON SHOESReview Roundup: Encores! HIGH BUTTON SHOES
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2019

This week, New York City Center presents the final Encores! production of the City Center 75th Anniversary Season, High Button Shoes. The production features Aidan Alberto (Stevie), Jennifer Allen (Shirley Simpkins), Kevin Chamberlin (Mr. Pontdue), Carla Duren (Fran), Chester Gregory (Papa Longstreet), Mylinda Hull (Nancy), Marc Koeck (Oggle), Matt Loehr (Uncle Willy), Wayne Pretlow (Elmer Simpkins), Michael Urie (Harrison Floy), and Betsy Wolfe (Sara Longstreet). (more...)

BWW Review: Encores! Has Michael Urie and Kevin Chamberlin As A Pair of Clowning Con Men in HIGH BUTTON SHOESBWW Review: Encores! Has Michael Urie and Kevin Chamberlin As A Pair of Clowning Con Men in HIGH BUTTON SHOES
by Michael Dale - May 10, 2019

That crazy cacophony of choreographic chaos that careens across the City Center stage shortly after the commencement of Act II is the main reason for Encores! to bring back the smash hit 1947 musical comedy High Button Shoes. (more...)

BWW Review: Isabella Rossellini's LINK LINK CIRCUS Delves Into The Minds of AnimalsBWW Review: Isabella Rossellini's LINK LINK CIRCUS Delves Into The Minds of Animals
by Michael Dale - May 7, 2019

Don't let the abundance of cuteness fool you. Isabella Rossellini's LINK LINK CIRCUS is one of the brainiest shows in town. (more...)

BWW Review: Director Laurie Woolery Casts Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST With An Eye Toward Establishing a Non-Patriarchal ParadiseBWW Review: Director Laurie Woolery Casts Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST With An Eye Toward Establishing a Non-Patriarchal Paradise
by Michael Dale - May 7, 2019

Though Shakespeare's The Tempest commences with a spectacular act of revenge, director Laurie Woolery stresses in her program notes for Mobile Unit's thoroughly enrapturing new production her intention to highlight the play's moments of forgiveness, leaving audiences to ponder 'what it means to use one's power to heal rather than to destroy and what it means to break the a cycle of retribution and violence.' (more...)

BWW Review: Halley Feiffer Finds Symbolism In Her Real-Life Ailment With THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCEBWW Review: Halley Feiffer Finds Symbolism In Her Real-Life Ailment With THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE
by Michael Dale - May 5, 2019

If you're like this male theatre critic, you'll spend the first twenty minutes or so of Halley Feiffer's The Pain of My Belligerence wondering why the woman at the center of the story is putting up with the atrocious immature behavior of the guy who's her arrogant and disrespectful dinner date. If you're like the woman who was my theatre companion for the evening, you'll know exactly what's going on. (more...)

BWW Review: Alex Brightman Is Uproariously Subversive in Gothic Musical Comedy Gem BEETLEJUICEBWW Review: Alex Brightman Is Uproariously Subversive in Gothic Musical Comedy Gem BEETLEJUICE
by Michael Dale - Apr 26, 2019

'Holy crap! A ballad already?', sneers the leading man as he interrupts the opening song of his starring vehicle; a funeral dirge sung by his co-star, backed by a chorus of mourners. (more...)

BWW Review: James Graham's Wildly Raucous INK Chronicles Rupert Murdoch's Rise To Tabloid Journalism InfamyBWW Review: James Graham's Wildly Raucous INK Chronicles Rupert Murdoch's Rise To Tabloid Journalism Infamy
by Michael Dale - Apr 25, 2019

Long before the term clickbait entered into pop culture infamy, Chief Editor Larry Lamb of the Fleet Street tabloid The Sun was offering his staff a bonus every time the eye-catching words 'Win,' 'Free' and 'Love' appeared on the front page. (more...)

Review Roundup: INK Opens On Broadway- See What The Critics Are Saying!Review Roundup: INK Opens On Broadway- See What The Critics Are Saying!
by Review Roundups - Apr 24, 2019

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the American premiere of Ink, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham and directed by two-time Olivier Award winner, Tony and BAFTA Award nominee Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold opens tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Robert Horn, David Yazbek's Hilarious Take On TOOTSIE Addresses Contemporary Gender IssuesBWW Review: Robert Horn, David Yazbek's Hilarious Take On TOOTSIE Addresses Contemporary Gender Issues
by Michael Dale - Apr 24, 2019

Following in the footsteps of NETWORK and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Robert Horn (book) and David Yazbek's (score) musical comedy Tootsie continues this Broadway season's welcome trend of adapting classic, decades-old source material into brand new stage pieces that examine familiar stories through a contemporary lens. (more...)

Review Roundup: TOOTSIE Opens On Broadway - See What The Critics Had To Say!Review Roundup: TOOTSIE Opens On Broadway - See What The Critics Had To Say!
by Review Roundups - Apr 23, 2019

Tootsie, which opens tonight at the Marquis Theatre, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime - as the star of a new Broadway musical.  (more...)

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