Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: The Late Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING Evokes an Emotional Response From Encores! Off-Center Audience BWW Review: The Late Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING Evokes an Emotional Response From Encores! Off-Center Audience
by Michael Dale - July 16, 2018

The person seated in the back of the orchestra section on opening night of the Encores! Off-Center concert mounting of GONE MISSING, who was loudly sobbing during the closing song, was by no means causing a disturbance. In fact, the choked-up moans of heartbreak being emitted throughout New York Cit... (more...)
BWW Review: High School Machiavellian With Cerebral Palsy Claws His Way To Power in Michael Lew's Shakespeare Riff TEENAGE DICK BWW Review: High School Machiavellian With Cerebral Palsy Claws His Way To Power in Michael Lew's Shakespeare Riff TEENAGE DICK
by Michael Dale - July 12, 2018

'Now that the winter formal gives way to glorious spring fling,' recites our antihero at the outset of Mike Lew's enormously clever contemporary riff on Shakespeare's RICHARD III, titled Teenage Dick, 'we find our rocks for brains hero Eddie - the quarterback - sleeping through his job as junior cla... (more...)
BWW Review:  Anika Noni Rose is Captivating , But John Doyle Heavily Edits Oscar Hammerstein's CARMEN JONES BWW Review: Anika Noni Rose is Captivating , But John Doyle Heavily Edits Oscar Hammerstein's CARMEN JONES
by Michael Dale - July 07, 2018

This is not shaping up to be a good year for Oscar Hammerstein II, American musical theatre's most important writer, who spent the first half of the 20th Century not only making significant strides to convert the genre from loosely assembled entertainments into respected and influential pieces of dr... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: Jack White Channels Raw Punk Grit and Heart BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: Jack White Channels Raw Punk Grit and Heart
by David Clarke - July 06, 2018

Lena Hall kicks the seventh month into overdrive with her OBSESSED: JACK WHITE. This four-track gem contains songs from the singer and songwriter that many remember as the lead singer and guitarist for The White Stripes. This solid collection of tunes is delightfully guitar heavy and features Hall b... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Us To React And Recover BWW Album Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Us To React And Recover
by Amanda Prahl - July 05, 2018

The name "Jason Robert Brown" on a piece of music can strike joy in the hearts of singers and listeners (and mild trepidation in the hands of pianists everywhere). The Tony-winning composer has created a sound that has helped define contemporary musical theatre: pop-tinged melodies combined with lyr... (more...)
BWW Review:  Jesse Tyler Ferguson As A Gay Man Facing His Own Privilege in Jordan Harrison's LOG CABIN BWW Review: Jesse Tyler Ferguson As A Gay Man Facing His Own Privilege in Jordan Harrison's LOG CABIN
by Michael Dale - July 02, 2018

'We're all fully interested in navigating this brave new world with them,' says an exasperated character in Jordan Harrison's comedy of social politics, Log Cabin, 'but it sometimes seems like they want us to get it wrong... Like they're filling a quota of perceived transgressions.'... (more...)
BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Reveals The Remarkable Artistic Maturity of a Young Jason Robert Brown BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Reveals The Remarkable Artistic Maturity of a Young Jason Robert Brown
by Michael Dale - June 30, 2018

Jason Robert Brown was just 25 years old when his SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD took the stage of Off-Broadway's intimate WPA Theatre. As he played piano and led the handful of musicians in director Daisy Prince's production, a quartet of actors who all had big things ahead of them (Brooks Ashmanskas, Andre... (more...)
BWW Review:  Carey Mulligan Considers Violence and Gender in  Dennis Kelly's GIRLS & BOYS BWW Review: Carey Mulligan Considers Violence and Gender in Dennis Kelly's GIRLS & BOYS
by Michael Dale - June 29, 2018

Perhaps some of the good people at Britain's Royal Court are in need of a hug these days.  This week New York playgoers welcomed two transfers of exceedingly violent productions from that celebrated London theatre.  But while, over at The Public, the bloody finish of David Ireland's CYPRUS AVENUE is... (more...)
BWW Review:  Stephen Rea is Chillingly Understated in David Ireland's CYPRUS AVENUE BWW Review: Stephen Rea is Chillingly Understated in David Ireland's CYPRUS AVENUE
by Michael Dale - June 27, 2018

On the surface, the plot of CYPRUS AVENUE is just a little too weird to take seriously, and that's one of the strengths of David Ireland's creepy drama, as director Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of London's Royal Court, seamlessly transitions the piece from cerebral exploration to dark comed... (more...)
BWW Review:  Donja R. Love's SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS Depicts Gay Love Between Slaves During The Civil War BWW Review: Donja R. Love's SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS Depicts Gay Love Between Slaves During The Civil War
by Michael Dale - June 26, 2018

"The existence of queer people of color, particularly of African descent, has repeatedly been washed over, or forgotten altogether," writes Donja R. Love, whose SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS is receiving a handsome and well-acted production from Manhattan Theatre Club, via director Sahaam Ali.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Antoinette Nwandu's PASS OVER, A Tightly Written Bit Of Urban Absurdism BWW Review: Antoinette Nwandu's PASS OVER, A Tightly Written Bit Of Urban Absurdism
by Michael Dale - June 24, 2018

If upon entering a theatre, the stage is populated by a young black man sleeping under a street lamp as another young black man quietly scrutinizes all in attendance, while the pre-show music plays Doris Day singing 'Que Sera, Sera,' it's a good sign that there are going to be some strong opinions e... (more...)
BWW Review: Problem Solved!  Wild West Shakespeare Musical DESPERATE MEASURES is Hilarious and Tuneful BWW Review: Problem Solved! Wild West Shakespeare Musical DESPERATE MEASURES is Hilarious and Tuneful
by Michael Dale - June 22, 2018

David Friedman and Peter Kellogg may be billed, respectively, as composer and bookwriter/lyricists of the rollickingly fun new musical comedy DESPERATE MEASURES, which has just moved from the intimate York Theatre to more spacious digs at New World Stages, but they can also add 'problem-solver' to t... (more...)
BWW Album Review: CAROUSEL 2018 Broadway Cast Recording Will Have You Spinning With Jubilation BWW Album Review: CAROUSEL 2018 Broadway Cast Recording Will Have You Spinning With Jubilation
by Tori Hartshorn - June 20, 2018

For the first time in over 20 years, Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL is gracing the Broadway stage once again. The classic American musical tells the unconventional love story between Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. This production sees Josh Henry as Bigelow, the charismatic but impulsive carniva... (more...)
BWW Review:  Angelina Fiordellisi and Michael O'Keefe Are Charming As Older Leftists in Charles Mee's FIRST LOVE BWW Review: Angelina Fiordellisi and Michael O'Keefe Are Charming As Older Leftists in Charles Mee's FIRST LOVE
by Michael Dale - June 20, 2018

Is there anything more charming than watching two older people falling in love? Well, perhaps. Like when the romance occurs, as instructed by playwright Charles Mee in his 2001 one-act, FIRST LOVE, in 'the world of Magritte.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll Give Memorable Turns in Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson's OTHELLO BWW Review: Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll Give Memorable Turns in Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson's OTHELLO
by Michael Dale - June 19, 2018

From the very beginning, one of the most important tenants of Joseph Papp's vision of free Shakespeare in Central Park has been the insistence the company of actors audiences see on stage will always reflect the extraordinary and powerful cultural diversity of New York City.... (more...)
BWW Review: Doug Hughes Sharply Directs Anthony Giardina's Biting Social Commentary DAN CODY'S YACHT BWW Review: Doug Hughes Sharply Directs Anthony Giardina's Biting Social Commentary DAN CODY'S YACHT
by Michael Dale - June 14, 2018

'Vassar. See yourself there,' a successful adult advises a high school student who has impressed him with her talent for writing poetry, but not with her low expectations for securing a spot in a good college.... (more...)
BWW Review: An Irresistible Tom Hanks Goes for the Gusto as Falstaff in HENRY IV BWW Review: An Irresistible Tom Hanks Goes for the Gusto as Falstaff in HENRY IV
by Ellen Dostal - June 11, 2018

Director Daniel Sullivan's adaptation of HENRY IV, Parts 1 & 2 may only be playing in the Japanese Garden on the VA campus for another three weeks but it is bound to rank as one of the summer's most talked-about events. Why? Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has saved up a secret weapon for the prod... (more...)
BWW Review: The Best and Worst of the 2018 Tonys Broadcast! BWW Review: The Best and Worst of the 2018 Tonys Broadcast!
by Amanda Prahl - June 11, 2018

Last night, the 72nd annual Tony Awards rewarded some of the biggest (and smallest) shows on Broadway. Missed the broadcast or want to relive the highlights? I've got you covered: I watched the entire show, notepad in hand; below are some of the biggest moments of the night.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP Mixes Basketball and Politics in Communist China BWW Review: Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP Mixes Basketball and Politics in Communist China
by Michael Dale - June 10, 2018

Commencing in 1958, Chairman Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward was a 5-year plan to convert Communist China's largely agricultural economy into government-run farming collectives, freeing up resources for manufacturing and building infrastructure. It didn't end well.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: MY FAIR LADY Is Beyond 'Loverly' BWW Album Review: MY FAIR LADY Is Beyond 'Loverly'
by Amanda Prahl - June 08, 2018

If you've ever been involved in high school or community theatre, you probably have a My Fair Lady memory. Mine is of my junior year of high school, waltzing around in a vintage amber-colored gown (complete with mildly uncomfortable vintage proportions) and trying desperately to hang onto the alto h... (more...)
BWW Review: John Kander and Susan Stroman Mix Henry James With Henri Matisse in THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE BWW Review: John Kander and Susan Stroman Mix Henry James With Henri Matisse in THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE
by Michael Dale - June 06, 2018

From the mid-1960s through to the early years of this century, the musicals scored by the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb have exemplified Broadway pizzazz while exploring darker issues under the glitzy polish.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Versatility on Display with Mandy Gonzalez's FEARLESS B-Sides BWW Album Review: Versatility on Display with Mandy Gonzalez's FEARLESS B-Sides
by Amanda Prahl - June 03, 2018

Mandy Gonzelez's Fearless, released last winter, combined original tracks with some sweet Broadway nostalgia. More than that, it became the jumping-off point for an online community, nickednamed the #FearlessSquad, that brought people together for straightforward, honest inspiration and support. Wit... (more...)
BWW Album Review: There Is No Room In The Burn Book For MEAN GIRLS Original Broadway Cast Recording BWW Album Review: There Is No Room In The Burn Book For MEAN GIRLS Original Broadway Cast Recording
by Tori Hartshorn - June 01, 2018

Regardless of whether fetch happens or not, MEAN GIRLS fans can for sure be glad the 2004 hit film is now a musical-- a 12 time Tony nominated musical no less. The musical iteration of Tina Fey's MEAN GIRLS opened on Broadway last month after an out of town run in Washington D.C. Like the film, this... (more...)
BWW Review: Fifty Years of Changes Makes Mart Crowley's THE BOYS IN THE BAND All The More Intriguing BWW Review: Fifty Years of Changes Makes Mart Crowley's THE BOYS IN THE BAND All The More Intriguing
by Michael Dale - May 31, 2018

A younger playgoer knowing nothing about Mart Crowley's classic 1968 Off-Broadway comedy/drama The Boys in the Band except, perhaps, that its original run is regarded as an important landmark in depicting gay men on stage, might be shocked to witness the happenings these days at the Booth Theatre, w... (more...)
BWW Review:  Lois Smith Brings Tenderness to Darkly Comic Dysfunctional Family Drama PEACE FOR MARY FRANCES BWW Review: Lois Smith Brings Tenderness to Darkly Comic Dysfunctional Family Drama PEACE FOR MARY FRANCES
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2018

The fact that Broadway hasn't seen fit to provide a role for Lois Smith in over twenty years can be regarded as one of the top arguments denouncing the popular assumption that Times Square is where you go to take in the best of New York theatre.... (more...)