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Celebrating Stephen Sondheim in Times Square

Celebrating Stephen Sondheim in Times Square

Today, hundreds of members of the Broadway community and casts of Broadway shows came together to celebrate and honor the life of the late Stephen Sondheim. Gathered on the iconic red steps in Duffy Square, participants sang “Sunday” from Sondheim’s celebrated work,...

Thoughts of a Colored Man

Thoughts of a Colored Man

By Samuel L. Leiter . . . If one of the purposes of theatre can be said to be communion, the sense of shared emotional and intellectual response to an event, then the experience of watching Thoughts of a Colored Man certainly fits the description. Keenan...

Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

by Sandi Durell . . . Born Stephen Joshua Sondheim, the great songwriter - composer died unexpectedly on Friday November 26 at his home in Roxbury, Ct. at the age of 91 as announced by publicist Rick Miramontez and Aaron Meier of O&M/DKC, thru his Texas based...

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

By Sandi Durell . . . This topical play about racism, Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress, currently part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new season, is a play within a play. It took 66 years to reach Broadway (the play written in 1955) because the then white...

The Dark Outside

The Dark Outside

by Yani Perez . . . The Dark Outside by Bernard Kops, directed by Jack Serio, presented by Theater for the New City this November, addresses familial issues and the need for healing and unification. The play is centered on the traditional family structure of a...

Nollywood Dreams

Nollywood Dreams

By Sandi Durell . . . Ah the allure of becoming a film star! It’s the same in Lagos, Nigeria (set in the 1990’s when the film industry was hopping) as it is in Hollywood. MCC’s Newman Mills Theater finds Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls: or the African Mean Girls Play)...

THE ALCHEMIST

THE ALCHEMIST

By Samuel L. Leiter . . . As I left Off-Broadway’s New World Stages, where the Red Bull Theater is reviving The Alchemist, Ben Jonson’s Jacobean comedy of 1610, two reviewers I know signaled to me their delight with what they’d just seen. I guiltily acknowledged my...

DIANA THE MUSICAL Opening Night

DIANA THE MUSICAL Opening Night

The much talked about Diana opened at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street last night, November 17. Theater Pizzazz’ Magda Katz was on the scene to capture photos of theater’s royalty who attended on the red carpet and at the after party at Bryant Park Grill. The...

Cullud Wattah

Cullud Wattah

By JK Clarke Corruption takes many forms, but one of the most horrifying is when government officials join forces with corporations (in either cost-cutting or money-grab scenarios) and endanger the lives and well-being of the citizens they are tasked with protecting....

Gnit

Gnit

By Carol Rocamora . . . Have you ever found yourself still laughing at a play you saw a day or two ago, or even longer?  Not a full-throated laugh, not a chuckle, but a tickle you feel at the back of your throat that comes from watching a play by Ionesco, say, or...

Morning’s at Seven

Morning’s at Seven

By Marilyn Lester . . . Paul Osborn’s foxy light comedy, Morning’s at Seven, has been a durable classic since its debut in 1940. This latest revival by The Peccadillo Theater Company demonstrates why, with Director Dan Wackerman smartly steering a remarkable cast...

Company Celebrates First Return Performance

Company Celebrates First Return Performance

Monday night, November 16, 2021, the new revival of Stephen Sondheim's and Marianne Elliott's Company celebrated its first performance back on Broadway following the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special celebratory curtain call at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre on West 45th...

A Turtle on a Fence Post

A Turtle on a Fence Post

By Sandi Durell . . . Labeled a musical comedy, A Turtle on a Fence Post, is an expose of the serious corruption prevalent in our political environment – a play with music to lighten the load - - In this case, referred to in the program as “… a fictionalized story...

THE VISITOR

THE VISITOR

by Carol Rocamora . . . Plays on immigrant issues in America have been flooding our stages in recent times.  David Henry Hwang has been writing about Chinese-American identity for decades (FOB, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Soft Power). Ayad Akhtar’s explosive play...

BABY

BABY

by Adam Cohen. . . Baby the Musical was a modest success in the 1980s.  An urbane musical that focuses on three couples navigating having a baby at various stages of their lives.  The show has been revitalized and modernized and is being...

Assassins at Classic Stage Company

Assassins at Classic Stage Company

By Marilyn Lester . . . The founding of the United States of America is often referred to as “the American experiment.” In the 245 years since the nation’s birth, that bright, apple pie American Dream has also shown a dark side—the subject of Assassins. The Classic...

TREVOR

TREVOR

by Brian Scott Lipton . . . Hurricane season is basically done, earthquakes are basically unheard of in the Big Apple, and blizzards rarely hit New York in November. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be shaken by a force of nature. In this case, it’s named Holden...

Midsummer: A Shakespearience

Midsummer: A Shakespearience

by Melissa Griegel . . . Variety Life Productions, a new NYC-based experiential theatre company overseen by Kaitana Magno (Queen of the Night, The Box) and James Sutherland, marries live music, dance, nightlife, variety, circus acts, and immersive entertainment in...

ODD MAN OUT: A Live Immersive Journey in the Dark

ODD MAN OUT: A Live Immersive Journey in the Dark

by Melissa Griegel . . . A new immersive experience, Odd Man Out, opened at The Flea Theater (20 Thomas Street between Broadway and Church) on November 9th, taking “passengers” on a journey through the darkness on a simulated airline flight. The limited engagement...

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

By Samuel L. Leiter. . . Even a dunghill can produce flowers. If we consider the Covid pandemic a dunghill, we can also appreciate flowers sprouting from it, like Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord by and starring Kristina Wong. A California-based performance artist, a...

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

Review by Barbara & Scott Siegel . . . Caroline, or Change is right on the money — and that is the truth in more ways than one. This revival of the critically acclaimed 2003 musical comes back to The Great White Way burnished from the fire of time. What it says...

“THE VISITOR” ARRIVES AT THE PUBLIC

“THE VISITOR” ARRIVES AT THE PUBLIC

By Ron Fassler . . . Boasting collective Tonys and Pulitzer Prizes among its high-end creative team, The Visitor, just opened at the Public Theatre, is a beautifully crafted musical that, though small, is mighty. Based on the 2007 film of the same name, it stays...

Mrs. McThing, the Musical—Perfect Fare at Halloween

Mrs. McThing, the Musical—Perfect Fare at Halloween

By Marilyn Lester . . . In a benefit for TADA! Youth Theater, the charmingly spooky musical, Mrs. McThing (Jack Urbont, composer and Michael Colby, book/lyrics), played two performances on Halloween, and it was spooktacular. Witches hats off to all concerned who...

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY ON BROADWAY

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY ON BROADWAY

By Ron Fassler . . . It seems hard to believe that I first encountered Connor McPherson and Bob Dylan’s Girl from the North Country three years ago upon its American premiere downtown at the Public Theatre. It took over a year from then to line up all the elements...

Winnie the Pooh—The New Musical Stage Adaptation

Winnie the Pooh—The New Musical Stage Adaptation

By Marilyn Lester . . . For nearly 100 years, Winnie the Pooh (aka Edward Bear, Pooh Bear or simply, Pooh), the anthropomorphic bear created by author and playwright A.A. Milne, has delighted children —and a lot of adults too—from young to old. This new musical stage...

LAUNCH PARTY FOR “WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT AGAIN”

LAUNCH PARTY FOR “WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT AGAIN”

THE BOOK WRITTEN BY THE THEATER COMMUNITY AMIDST THEIR 17 MONTH SHUTDOWN - - - The launch held at Haswell Greens on Nov. 1 celebrated the book created by Andrew Norlen that weaves more than 200 letters from Broadway theater veterans, devout theatergoers, teenage...

TAMMANY HALL AT SOHO PLAYHOUSE

TAMMANY HALL AT SOHO PLAYHOUSE

By Ron Fassler . . . Off-Broadway’s SoHo Playhouse, in lower Manhattan, is housed on the site of a colonial mansion where General George Washington once set up headquarters. Later the home of Aaron Burr, it was sold to fur magnate John Jacob Astor in 1817 upon which...

Dear Jack, Dear Louise

Dear Jack, Dear Louise

by Adam Cohen . . . Following Neil Simon mining personal lore for professional gain, playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor) turns tender and romantically serious with his new play “Dear Jack, Dear Louise.”  The play leverages the World War II letters of Ludwig’s...

The Art of Transformation

The Art of Transformation

by Carol Rocamora. . . Recently, I’ve been dazzled by the miracle of transformation happening on our New York Stages today. I’m referring to the art of an individual performer to transform himself or herself into another person so completely, so effortlessly, that it...

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