Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERER BWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERER
by Michael Dale - September 21, 2017

For over forty years, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have been Gotham's go-to company for high-quality G&S productions produced with full choruses and orchestras in the traditional D'Oyly Carte style.... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT BWW Review: The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT
by Michael Dale - September 08, 2017

'All the world's a stage / And everybody's in the show. / Nobody's a pro.' Those words, sung at the opening of Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery's thoroughly enchanting musical adaptation of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, were especially poignant at the Delacorte Theater this past weekend, where, since... (more...)
BWW Review: FOLLIES, National Theatre BWW Review: FOLLIES, National Theatre
by Marianka Swain - September 06, 2017

Theatre has a long memory. Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical has been through myriad incarnations, donning and shedding numbers, an interval, an ill-conceived upbeat ending, and yet the original vision has lingered. It comes to extraordinary life in a blockbuster National Theatre rev... (more...)
BWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLY BWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLY
by Michael Dale - September 06, 2017

Snuggled at the curve of a quiet little Greenwich Village side street, the quaint and historic Cherry Lane Theatre is a perfect spot to engage in a quiet little drama.... (more...)
BWW Exclusive: A Eulogy to The Great Comet of 1812 BWW Exclusive: A Eulogy to The Great Comet of 1812
by Trevor Durham - September 05, 2017

After five years, four venues, and a tragedy worthy of a Russian novel, The Great Comet of 1812 has thrown its final revelries.... (more...)
BWW Retrospective: And What About Pierre? Looking Back at GREAT COMET's Four Pierres BWW Retrospective: And What About Pierre? Looking Back at GREAT COMET's Four Pierres
by Kerry Breen - September 03, 2017

Four actors have taken to the Imperial Theater's stage as the titular Pierre Bezukhov during the Broadway run of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 - read on for a comparison of their performances!... (more...)
BWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED BWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED
by Michael Dale - September 03, 2017

While the underrepresentation of women playwrights in contemporary American theatre remains an important issue, the Mint Theater Company, those invaluable specialists in rediscovering interesting obscurities from authors who are no longer with us, continue their practice of highlighting their season... (more...)
BWW Review: PRINCE OF BROADWAY Celebrates The Great Characters, Stories and Themes Nurtured By Harold Prince BWW Review: PRINCE OF BROADWAY Celebrates The Great Characters, Stories and Themes Nurtured By Harold Prince
by Michael Dale - August 25, 2017

Harold Prince, who has been honored with 21 Tony Awards for his seven decades of achievements as a Broadway producer and director, did not write one word nor compose one note of the 17 musicals represented in the enrapturing new revue that bears his name.... (more...)
BWW Review: CURVY WIDOW is a Fun and Frisky Showcase For Nancy Opel BWW Review: CURVY WIDOW is a Fun and Frisky Showcase For Nancy Opel
by Michael Dale - August 22, 2017

It doesn't take long before Nancy Opel starts tearing your heart out as the title character of the new musical, Curvy Widow.... (more...)
BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM
by Michael Dale - August 15, 2017

'If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life?'... (more...)
BWW Review:  New Cast Members Add New Dynamics To A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 BWW Review: New Cast Members Add New Dynamics To A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2
by Michael Dale - August 13, 2017

When this reviewer first critiqued Lucas Hnath's clever and intriguing A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, he envisioned much discussion being provoked over the fact that a new Broadway play that debates issues regarding a woman's fight against institutionalized sexism was written and directed by men.... (more...)
BWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and
Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLS BWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLS
by Michael Dale - August 12, 2017

After Florenz Ziegfeld spent the early decades of Broadway's 20th Century 'glorifying the American Girl,' a young composer/lyricist named Jerry Herman spent a good hunk of the second half showcasing extraordinary women.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Resistance Hits Broadway in Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER BWW Review: The Resistance Hits Broadway in Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER
by Michael Dale - August 11, 2017

Red, white and blue bunting is draped across a stage left box at the Belasco Theatre because, as Michael Moore explains at the beginning of his more-or-less solo Broadway performance, THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER, it is reserved for President Donald Trump to sit in at any performance he chooses.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating Earth BWW Review: Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating Earth
by Michael Dale - August 09, 2017

Given her distinguished career that includes such significant works at PAINTING CHURCHES, COASTAL DISTURBANCES and PRIDE'S CROSSING, a new play by Tina Howe is certainly a noteworthy event.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE BWW Review: Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE
by Michael Dale - August 06, 2017

New York City wasn't exactly the most magical place for a child to grow up in back in 1975. Crime and poverty rates were inhumanely high and when the city begged for federal assistance, the president, at least according to a Daily News headline, replied 'Drop Dead.'... (more...)
BWW Review:  Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM BWW Review: Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Michael Dale - August 05, 2017

It was fifty years ago that The Summer of Love attracted throngs of lunatics, lovers and poets to New York's Central Park in a free-spirited embrace of life's passions and pleasures. That same spirit is now joyously celebrated in the park's Delacorte Theater, where director Lear deBessonet's luscio... (more...)
BWW Review:  Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues BWW Review: Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues
by Michael Dale - July 31, 2017

Connoisseurs of American musical theatre wishing to make a point about the genre's ability to dramatize even the most unlikely of subjects often cite examples like SWEENEY TODD's vengeful barber on a killing spree or THE PAJAMA GAME's labor/management dispute, but bookwriter/lyricist/composer Kirste... (more...)
BWW Review:  Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence BWW Review: Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence
by Michael Dale - July 23, 2017

Even if you've never heard a note sung by Ella Fitzgerald (and if that's the case, you should stop reading this review immediately and look up some of her recordings on YouTube) Andrea Frierson's duo-bio solo show, ME & ELLA, can be related to by anyone whose life was influenced by a popular artist ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET BWW Review: Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET
by Michael Dale - July 20, 2017

Though your ticket says you're seated at The Public's Anspacher Theater, don't be surprised if once director Sam Gold's jaunty mounting of Shakespeare's Hamlet shifts into gear, you find yourself wondering if you may have stumbled into some indie production playing in the back room of a hipster bar ... (more...)
BWW Review:  In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever BWW Review: In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever
by Michael Dale - July 15, 2017

A folk-singing black man with an optimistic view of America looks back at our nation's history of angry white people finding no better way to cope with their grievances than by firing a gun at the president.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Dominique Morisseau Attacks The School-To-Prison System in PIPELINE BWW Review: Dominique Morisseau Attacks The School-To-Prison System in PIPELINE
by Michael Dale - July 11, 2017

In December of 2015, shortly before her excellent drama SKELETON CREW opened Off-Broadway, playwright Dominique Morisseau essayed an article for American Theatre titled 'Why I Almost Slapped a Fellow Theatre Patron, and What That Says About Our Theatres.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Douglas Carter Beane's New Musical HOOD at Dallas Theater Center BWW Review: Douglas Carter Beane's New Musical HOOD at Dallas Theater Center
by Kyle Christopher West - July 10, 2017

Not every new musical can be a HAMILTON, but that's exactly what makes the eclectic genre of American musical theatre thrive and bloom. However, there are a few necessary, key ingredients in creating musical theatre magic, including relatable principal characters and some heartfelt showtunes. And, a... (more...)
BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Hatches Up OVO BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Hatches Up OVO
by Michael Dale - July 09, 2017

After PARAMOUR, last season's ambitious but underwritten attempt to incorporate their world-class circus arts performers into a book and score Broadway musical, Cirque du Soleil returns to town doing what they do best.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Madcap Frolic BASTARD JONES Riffs On Henry Fielding's Bawdy Classic BWW Review: Madcap Frolic BASTARD JONES Riffs On Henry Fielding's Bawdy Classic
by Michael Dale - July 07, 2017

While it's not unexpected to have the title character of a musical based on Henry Fielding's infamously bawdy 1749 novel "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" be introduced to the audience while enjoying the afterglow of a lusty time with an agreeable lass, what's a bit surprising at first about B... (more...)
BWW Review: Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY Arrives At The Cherry Lane BWW Review: Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY Arrives At The Cherry Lane
by Michael Dale - July 02, 2017

As America's great playwrights go, Horton Foote, who passed on in 2009, just shy of his 93rd birthday, was perhaps the most understated of them all.  In a prolific career that involved golden age television dramas, Academy Award winning screenplays and dozens of stage works, his favorite source of i... (more...)