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BWW Album Review: MURIEL'S WEDDING (The Original Cast Recording) Effortlessly Marries Classic ABBA Hits With Original Pop Numbers BWW Album Review: MURIEL'S WEDDING (The Original Cast Recording) Effortlessly Marries Classic ABBA Hits With Original Pop Numbers
by Tori Hartshorn - February 16, 2018

In the heyday of movies being adapted for the stage, one can't be shocked to see the ABBA infused MURIEL'S WEDDING next up to bat for the musical treatment. Based on the 1994 Australian blockbuster of the same title, MURIEL's WEDDING THE MUSICAL had its world premiere late last year thanks to the Sy... (more...)
BWW Review: In IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, What Doesn't Kill Eve Ensler Only Becomes The Subject of Her New Solo Play BWW Review: In IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, What Doesn't Kill Eve Ensler Only Becomes The Subject of Her New Solo Play
by Michael Dale - February 14, 2018

"Do you have any idea who I am?," Eve Ensler asks the doctor who suggests radiation treatment of her vagina to prevent the resurgence of her cancer. "Do you have any fucking sense of irony?"... (more...)
BWW Review:  Martin McDonagh's Darkly Comic HANGMEN is Enjoyably Discomforting BWW Review: Martin McDonagh's Darkly Comic HANGMEN is Enjoyably Discomforting
by Michael Dale - February 12, 2018

It might be easier to pity the hardworking gentleman at the core of Martin McDonagh's new darkly comic drama, who loses his job when his employer eliminates his position, if it weren't for the fact that the function of his profession was to kill people.... (more...)
BWW Review: HEY, LOOK ME OVER! from Encores!, a Fun Sampler of Musical Scenes and Songs BWW Review: HEY, LOOK ME OVER! from Encores!, a Fun Sampler of Musical Scenes and Songs
by Michael Dale - February 11, 2018

When the subject of New York City Center Encores! comes up among musical theatre enthusiasts, the conversation almost invariably steers to what shows they should be presenting in their series of concerts. Although several of their productions, like the mega-hit revival of CHICAGO, have transferred, ... (more...)
BWW Review:  #NijinskyToo Would Be The Hashtag For Terrence McNally's FIRE AND AIR BWW Review: #NijinskyToo Would Be The Hashtag For Terrence McNally's FIRE AND AIR
by Michael Dale - February 07, 2018

In the second act of Terrence McNally's fact-based drama, Fire and Air, the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev privately examines the technique of a young dancer he may consider as a successor to his protegee-turned-international star, Vaslav Nijinsky.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Anna Chlumsky Paints The Town Red in Greg Pierce's CARDINAL BWW Review: Anna Chlumsky Paints The Town Red in Greg Pierce's CARDINAL
by Michael Dale - February 06, 2018

In last season's GROUNDHOG DAY, the exceedingly charismatic Andy Karl was given the unenviable task of playing out a romantic comedy as a thoroughly despicable character. Now, in Greg Pierce's Cardinal at Second Stage, Anna Chlumsky's perfectly fine performance is similarly weighed down.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Ngozi Anyanwu's THE HOMECOMING QUEEN Considers The Boundaries of Self-Reinvention BWW Review: Ngozi Anyanwu's THE HOMECOMING QUEEN Considers The Boundaries of Self-Reinvention
by Michael Dale - February 04, 2018

Sentimental stories of adults returning to their childhood homes to face the demons of the past after achieving success far, far away are a staple of popular entertainment, and though Ngozi Anyanwu's engaging contribution to the genre, The Homecoming Queen, adds nothing surprising, the elegant story... (more...)
BWW Review: Stephanie Umoh is Thrilling In York Theatre's HALLELUJAH, BABY! BWW Review: Stephanie Umoh is Thrilling In York Theatre's HALLELUJAH, BABY!
by Michael Dale - February 03, 2018

Audiences and critics alike swooned over relatively unknown Leslie Uggams when she made her Broadway debut starring in Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Arthur LaurentsĀ and Jule Styne's progressively-minded 1967 Broadway musical HALLELUJAH, BABY!... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: PETER GABRIEL Revels in the Gravely Grandeur of Her Vocals BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: PETER GABRIEL Revels in the Gravely Grandeur of Her Vocals
by David Clarke - February 02, 2018

Today, Lena Hall released her second of 12 EPs in her Obsessed series, OBSESSED: PETER GABRIEL. The four-song collection is an immensely satisfying tribute to Peter Gabriel while allowing listeners to revel in gravely grandeur of Hall's delicious rock vocals.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Stearns Matthews' DECEMBER SONGS Shimmers with Vibrancy BWW Album Review: Stearns Matthews' DECEMBER SONGS Shimmers with Vibrancy
by David Clarke - February 01, 2018

Stearns Matthews, a Bistro and Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award-winning vocalist, recently released DECEMBER SONGS. This album is the first male recording of Maury Yeston's 1991 song cycle, which is inspired by Franz Schubert's beloved Winterreise song cycle. With this album, ... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Mad Ones' MILES FOR MARY Salutes The Understated Heroism of Public School Teachers BWW Review: The Mad Ones' MILES FOR MARY Salutes The Understated Heroism of Public School Teachers
by Michael Dale - February 01, 2018

With the past year bringing in a new administration with a new Secretary of Education, the national awareness of how overworked, undercompensated and financially burdened America's public school teachers are has fueled debate within discussions of federal budget restructuring and tax reform.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Scott Alan's LIFELINE is Spirited and Musically Diverse BWW Album Review: Scott Alan's LIFELINE is Spirited and Musically Diverse
by David Clarke - January 26, 2018

When an artist moves away from the cultural capital that is New York City, it goes against every belief we have in that place to acknowledge and accept that the ability to create powerful art can exist outside of that esteemed sanctuary. However, Scott Alan's LIFELINE is alive with spirited lyrics, ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Casual Sex Meets Edwardian Morals in Stanley Houghton's HINDLE WAKES BWW Review: Casual Sex Meets Edwardian Morals in Stanley Houghton's HINDLE WAKES
by Michael Dale - January 25, 2018

All too often, the word dated is misguidedly used to diminish the impact a play of a bygone era can have on contemporary audiences. Take, for example, the puritanical attitude towards pre-marital sex expressed by many of the characters in English playwright Stanley Houghton's social commentary, H... (more...)
BWW Review:  Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO) BWW Review: Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO)
by Michael Dale - January 21, 2018

As the ground-breaking theatre troupe Split Britches - which they founded with former member Deb Margolin in 1980 - Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have been challenging both gender norms and theatrical norms for nearly four decades, ranking them among the respected elders of America's performance art mo... (more...)
BWW Review:  Enda Walsh's Breakout Edge-Fest DISCO PIGS Reveals an Unsettling Friendship BWW Review: Enda Walsh's Breakout Edge-Fest DISCO PIGS Reveals an Unsettling Friendship
by Michael Dale - January 16, 2018

Fear not, all you American playgoers whose comprehension skills usually require a few minutes of ear adjustment whenever a production from Britain or Ireland crosses over with its native cast.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: HAMLISCH UNCOVERED Will Make You 'Smile' BWW Album Review: HAMLISCH UNCOVERED Will Make You 'Smile'
by Amanda Prahl - January 12, 2018

In the creative world, there are few names as admired and respected as Marvin Hamlisch. One of only two people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer (the other being Richard Rodgers), his contributions to the American music canon have been lauded and have entered the popular imagination.... (more...)
BWW Review: John Lithgow Recalls Telling Tales With His Father In STORIES BY HEART BWW Review: John Lithgow Recalls Telling Tales With His Father In STORIES BY HEART
by Michael Dale - January 12, 2018

'So what the hell is this?!,' John Lithgow quizzically quips to the audience at the outset of his Broadway solo stint.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: HEDWIG Delivers Powerful, Raw Vocals BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: HEDWIG Delivers Powerful, Raw Vocals
by David Clarke - January 11, 2018

Lena Hall, Broadway's reigning queen of rock, is poised to dominate 2018. And, to be honest, we couldn't be more excited. On Friday, January 5, 2018, she released the first of 12 monthly EPs in her Obsessed series OBSESSED: HEDWIG. For those of us who didn't get to see Hall play the titular char... (more...)
BWW Review:  Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To Be BWW Review: Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To Be
by Michael Dale - January 10, 2018

Savvy playgoers attending British lip-sync artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME at this year's Under The Radar Festival will notice that when a recording of Michael Douglas, playing Broadway director Zach in the film adaptation of A CHORUS LINE, instructs the solo performer to step forward, tell me yo... (more...)
BWW Review:  Men Worship Extinct Women in Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKIND BWW Review: Men Worship Extinct Women in Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKIND
by Michael Dale - January 09, 2018

That old adage that if men got pregnant, abortion and reproductive health would be fully funded by the federal government gets quite a workout in playwright/director Robert O'Hara's wild gender politics satire MANKIND.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Legendary Music Journalist Lester Bangs Revisited in HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC BWW Review: Legendary Music Journalist Lester Bangs Revisited in HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC
by Michael Dale - January 08, 2018

Be careful about expressing your admiration for certain artists during Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's hard-edged solo play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC. Though the audience is encouraged to engage in some give and take with Jensen as he impersonates the legendary writer Lester Bangs, fans of Jethro Tul... (more...)
BWW Review:  NYGASP Delights Aboard Gilbert & Sullivan's Love Boat, H.M.S. PINAFORE BWW Review: NYGASP Delights Aboard Gilbert & Sullivan's Love Boat, H.M.S. PINAFORE
by Michael Dale - January 02, 2018

Ninety-nine years before television producer Aaron Spelling first invited viewers aboard 'The Love Boat,' Gilbert and Sullivan made good on their promise of shipboard romance with their enduring hit, H.M.S. PINAFORE.... (more...)
BWW Review: Robert Fairchild Brings Captivating Dramatic Beauty To MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN BWW Review: Robert Fairchild Brings Captivating Dramatic Beauty To MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN
by Michael Dale - December 28, 2017

Boris Karloff... Peter Boyle... Shuler Hensley... and Robert Fairchild. One of these things is not like the others.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Fiasco Brings A Rousing TWELFTH NIGHT To CSC BWW Review: Fiasco Brings A Rousing TWELFTH NIGHT To CSC
by Michael Dale - December 21, 2017

Sure, HAMLET may be William Shakespeare's dramatic masterpiece, but when pining for some romantic comedy, it's hard to beat Twelfth Night.... (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Sutton Foster & Hugh Bonneville Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Magnificent Christmas Concert BWW Exclusive: Sutton Foster & Hugh Bonneville Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Magnificent Christmas Concert
by Tyler Hinton - December 20, 2017

Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster and television and film star Hugh Bonneville were the special guests at this year's magnificent Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert. The performances were presented free of charge as a gift to the community Thursday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Dec. 16 ... (more...)