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Musical Revivals: Purists versus Radicals

Musical Revivals: Purists versus Radicals

Musical Revivals: Purists Versus Radicals - Where to Draw the Line?     By Barbara & Scott Siegel     We didn’t used to have a big hubbub when a musical revival hit the boards on Broadway. Sure, a song might be added or dropped, a revision/cut...

The Siegel Column

The Siegel Column

  By Barbara & Scott Siegel   The Confession of Lily Dare - Another Charles Busch Comic Masterpiece!   Charles Busch puts the amp in camp; his shows spark with comic electricity, lighting up stages with bright creative surprise. And his latest...

The Business of Broadway

The Business of Broadway

  By Barbara & Scott Siegel   While Broadway ticket sales this year are lagging slightly behind last year’s robust business, the actual income this year is somewhat higher than last year because ticket prices (believe it or not) are yet still higher. One...

Look at What’s Been Happening . . .

Look at What’s Been Happening . . .

  By Barbara & Scott Siegel   We have not been writing this column for awhile, due in large part to Scott’s major Citibike accident that put him in the hospital for 19 days with a six month recovery period. That is not to say, however, that we have not...

Theater on the East Side Is Alive and Well

Theater on the East Side Is Alive and Well

  By Barbara & Scott Siegel   Broadway is the destination for the vast majority of people who come to New York City for the theater. Of course, theater lovers with more time, more courage, and often with more discernment, seek out the plays and musicals...

Diversity on Broadway: A Fresh Look

Diversity on Broadway: A Fresh Look

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel     Last year we wrote a column about the significant increase in the number of new shows on Broadway that featured Latin and Afro-American casts. This year, aside from Once On This Island, something different but...

Let’s Talk About The Tony Awards…

Let’s Talk About The Tony Awards…

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel   First comes the discussion of who should be nominated. Then comes the complaining about who was snubbed. That’s followed by who will win versus who should win. But now, as we get closer to the actual voting, and most...

The Miracle of 59E59 Theaters!

The Miracle of 59E59 Theaters!

  by Barbara and Scott Siegel   We recently returned from a emotionally potent production of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Brief History of Women at 59E59, part of the theater complex’s exemplary and long-running annual festival of UK plays titled “Brits Off Broadway.”...

Dance Nation & Summer and Smoke

Dance Nation & Summer and Smoke

  The Cost of Art in DANCE NATION, and a Fiery Performance by Marin Ireland in SUMMER AND SMOKE       by Barbara and Scott Siegel     Clare Barron’s new play, Dance Nation at Playwrights Horizons, is a painfully funny, horrifyingly...

The 2017-18 Season: The Dramas

The 2017-18 Season: The Dramas

Part 2: The 2017-18 Season - The Dramas     By Barbara & Scott Siegel   Like this season’s Broadway musical revivals, as detailed in our last column, the Broadway play revivals of this season are the dominating productions of the year.  Simply put...

What Happened to the 2017-2018 Theater Season?

What Happened to the 2017-2018 Theater Season?

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel   Part 1: The Musicals…   This is the first of a series of columns devoted to the 2017-2018 NYC theater season. It isn’t about what was nominated and what was snubbed…we’ll get to that in future columns. Nor is it...

Nathan Lane is Monumental in Angels in America

Nathan Lane is Monumental in Angels in America

  by Barbara and Scott Siegel   When the history of contemporary American theater is written, Nathan Lane will surely dominate in any chapters about our actors — and he’ll dominate in the chapter about musical theater actors just as much as he’ll soar above...

The Siegel Column – Sending a Message

The Siegel Column – Sending a Message

Sending a Message: From The Band’s Visit to Jerry Springer: The Opera         By Barbara & Scott Siegel   There is a famous quote, usually attributed to the famous Hollywood film director Frank Capra, who said, “If you want to send a...

The Serious Side of Gerard Alessandrini

The Serious Side of Gerard Alessandrini

  The Serious Side of Gerard Alessandrini (or) Why Did Our Most Hilarious Musical Theater Parodist Conceive and Direct a Show Devoted to the Music of Maury Yeston?     By Barbara & Scott Siegel   When you think of Gerard Alessndrini, you think...

The Siegel Column – Tony Talk and More

The Siegel Column – Tony Talk and More

Some Tony Talk Plus A Look at The Inspector General   Come From Away (Jenn Colella) Photo: Matthew Murphy   By Barbara & Scott Siegel     The last thing you want to read is yet another column of Tony predictions by people who are no better at...

The Siegel Column on Christy Altomare

The Siegel Column on Christy Altomare

  By Barbara & Scott Siegel   This Season’s Breakout Star Discovery…   Not every season boasts a breakout star, but when it happens, there is never any doubt about it. Watching Christy Altomare, who plays the title character in the big budget...

The Siegel Column – Homegrown Stars!

A Welcome New Trend on Broadway: Homegrown Stars!       By Barbara & Scott Siegel     It wasn’t long ago when it was much remarked upon that the musical Memphis had become a hit Broadway show without using either TV or movie stars as its...

The Siegel Column – Foaming at the Mouth

The Siegel Column – Foaming at the Mouth

  By Barbara & Scott Siegel   Some Things You Should Know About This Theater Award Season…   The crazy theater awards game of who was snubbed and what was over-praised is now in full swing after the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards...

The Siegel Column – Indecent & The Jewish Audience

The Siegel Column – Indecent & The Jewish Audience

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel In 1964 Fiddler on the Roof opened the floodgates for Jewish related fare on Broadway. It’s not that there weren’t Jewish plays and musicals on Broadway before – consider shows as specific as Bagels & Yox (1951) and Milk...

The Siegel Column – The Theatrical Elite

The Siegel Column – The Theatrical Elite

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel   Theatrical Elite: Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, John Leguizamo, Harvey Fierstein, Kevin Kline…They’re Back!   As we head toward the end of the 2016-17 theater season, never quite knowing if the waterfall of...

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