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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 22:52

Broadway Blog: Live at the 2013 Tony Awards

The Tony AwardsJoin me for a birds-eye view as the Tony Awards ramp up for Sunday night.  I'll be blogging live from rehearsals, the red carpet and the press room.  You can view a continually updated 2013 Tony Award Nominations and Winners List as they are announced live this Sunday night on CBS.  You can view a live stream of the Red Carpet Arrivals and the Tony Awards Press Room;  Launch the 2013 Tony Awards Live Video Console! Coverage will begin at 6:00PM ET on Sunday, June 9.  Don't forget, you can catch the Tony Awards on CBS this coming Sunday, June 9 at 8:00/7:00 ET/CT, time delayed on the West Coast.

Published in 2012-2013 Season

Peter and the Starcatcher has just arrived on Broadway after last year's production at the New York Theatre Workshop and it still is an absolute delight. It has a perfect cast and ingenious direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers.  It tells the tale of three lost orphan boys and their adventures finding Neverland; this is the back-story of Peter Pan.  Based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  This production is cleverly written by Rick Elise, a Tony winner for Jersey Boys.  While parallels will be drawn between Wicked and this show, this charming show stands on its own merits.

Published in 2011-2012 Season
Sunday, 01 May 2011 12:22

Broadway Review: SISTER ACT

Sister Act answers the question theatre queens everywhere have been asking for generations, "what if nuns had sequins?" This show has more sequined habits than either Nunsense’s Dan Goggin or The Divine Sister’s Charles Busch could imagine... together.  These nuns sparkled so much that the other nun on Broadway without sequins (Kathleen Turner) went home.
Published in 2010-2011 Season
Saturday, 30 April 2011 12:40

Broadway Review: JERUSALEM

Just before the house lights went to half on Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, I was speaking with a colleague about London transfers and their oft-times hit or miss track record with New York audiences (think Enron). Jerusalem got generally good notices; but I gotta say, I just don't get it. The first act of this three-act, three-hour play is very funny.  The second and third act unravel into a prolonged mess.  The play takes place on St. George's Day, a day for local fairs and celebrating in England.  The title Jerusalem is from a hymn sung in England based on a poem by William Blake.  In it is celebrated the idea of heaven coming to earth.

Published in 2010-2011 Season
Sunday, 24 April 2011 13:15

Broadway Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Catch Me If You Can, the new Broadway musical is an extremely well constructed musical with a terrific cast. But the show has a couple of problems with it, for starters its book is humorless and and its songs, bland.  It's based on the real-life con-man turned 30+ year crime consultant, Frank Abagnale, Jr. and the FBI agent who hunts him down.  Leondardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks starred in Stephen Spielberg’s 2002 film of the same title.  

Published in 2010-2011 Season

Substance abuse seems to be of particular interest this season on Broadway. The Motherf**ker with the Hat, High with Kathleen Turner and Jerusalem with Mark Rylance all feature substance abuse in their plots. If you have had any experience with the illness of substance abuse, much of The Motherf**ker with the Hat will feel awfully familiar. You’ll recognize the patterns, the lies, the deceit and the do-anything-it-takes-to-get-high drive of addicts.

Published in 2010-2011 Season
Rob Ashford's 50th anniversary production of How To Success in Business Without Really Trying is crisp and stylish. It stars the former boy wizard of the “Harry Potter” franchise,  Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch, or Ponty, the ambitious young man who goes from window-washer to corporate executive using a few easy steps in his self-help book "How to Succeed in Business" (as read by Anderson Cooper).
Published in 2010-2011 Season
Monday, 04 April 2011 13:21

Broadway Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON

When I first saw the movie-musical “Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut,” the audience around me was laughing so hard you couldn’t hear or understand some of the lyrics.  It seems I can still watch that movie and hear lines I’ve never heard before.  I remember thinking, how can the best musical I’ve seen in years be an animated feature about 10-year old boys in Colorado?  Now its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have joined Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) to top that with the new musical darling, The Book of Mormon, one of the best new musicals on Broadway in years.

Published in 2010-2011 Season
Peter and the Starcatcher at the New York Theatre Workshop is an absolute delight. It has a perfect cast and ingenious direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers.  It tells the tale of three lost orphan boys and their adventures finding Neverland; this is the back-story of Peter Pan.  Based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  This production is cleverly written by Rick Elise, a Tony winner for Jersey Boys.  While parallels will be drawn between Wicked and this show, this charming show stands on its own merits.
Published in 2010-2011 Season
Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:15

Off-Broadway Review: WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS

What the Public Wants, currently being revived by the Mint Theater Company, has a contemporary feel.  What gives it that feel is the never-changing nature of mankind.  Written by Arnold Bennett and first produced in 1909 it concerns one Sir Charles Worgan, a Rupert Murdoch of the publishing world of early twentieth century London.  His publishing empire includes some 40 newspapers.  He’s an opportunist who will publish whatever content he needs to sell newspapers and lives by the credo to “give the public what it wants.” 

Published in 2010-2011 Season
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