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‘SOME LIKE IT HOT’ HITS THE SPOT

‘SOME LIKE IT HOT’ HITS THE SPOT

By Ron Fassler . . . If you’re in need of a reminder of what it’s like to luxuriate in the ecstasy of a big fat Broadway musical comedy, then get on over to the Shubert Theatre where Some Like it Hot has come roaring into town. Old fashioned in the best sense of the...

On Your Feet at Paper Mill Playhouse

On Your Feet at Paper Mill Playhouse

By Adam Cohen .   .  . Gloria and Emilio Estefan, international recording stars, producers, promoters, and restauranteurs, found romance and rhythm in their humble Little Havana beginnings that brought them worldwide fame.  Gloria, a Cuban-American singer and actress...

Everything’s Fine

Everything’s Fine

By Ron Fassler . . .  In the excellent one-person show, Everything’s Fine, now playing at the DR2 Theatre, Douglas McGrath portrays himself. An Academy Award-nominated screenwriter (Bullets Over Broadway, co-written with Woody Allen), a Tony-nominated playwright...

1776

1776

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  1776, Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone’s historical drama about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which won multiple Tony and other awards in 1969—even beating out Hair for the Best Musical Tony—was a surprise hit that,...

Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt

EXTENDED THRU JULY 2, 2023 By Carol Rocamora . . . Rarely does a play come along with the majesty and magnitude of Leopoldstadt, the monumental new work by the celebrated British playwright Tom Stoppard now playing on Broadway after a highly acclaimed run in London’s...

42nd Street Remains Tops in Taps

42nd Street Remains Tops in Taps

By Ron Fassler . . . I consider myself fortunate to have seen the original Broadway production of 42nd Street in its opening week, back in 1980. The biggest hit of that season, it won the Tony for Best Musical and went on to run for more than eight years, even longer...

I’m Revolting – At the Atlantic

I’m Revolting – At the Atlantic

By Ron Fassler . . .  Upon entering the Linda Gross Theater for the Atlantic Theater’s production of Grace Garner’s new play, I’m Revolting, you are met by a strikingly realistic set that depicts a waiting room in a doctor’s office. All the chairs are facing out...

Cost of Living

Cost of Living

EXTENDED THRU NOVEMBER 6 By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Cost of Living, Martyna Majok’s (Sanctuary City) sometimes touching and funny dramedy, which premiered in 2017 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, was produced Off Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club...

american (tele)visions

american (tele)visions

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . No one can accuse Victor I. Cazares of having nothing to say. In american (tele)visions, now premiering at New York Theater Workshop in a co-production with Theater Mitu, Cazares tackles a wealth of worthy theatrical topics, including the...

This Beautiful Future

This Beautiful Future

By Ron Fassler . . .  In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it is the verbose Polonius who offers the immortal advice that “brevity is the soul of wit.” It gets a laugh in any good production of the play because of the irony of the character’s habit of rambling on and on in...

Four Saints in Three Acts

Four Saints in Three Acts

By Marcina Zaccaria . . .  In a ritual-based world where theater is a healing practice, Four Saints in Three Acts might be considered a whirly, spiritual pathway, dense with repetition.  Armed with the necessity of understanding, Gertrude Stein may have...

Jasper

Jasper

By Carole Di Tosti . . .  Raising children is an act of love, sacrifice and emotional expiation. How much more so is this when a child is born with a physical condition that requires 24/7 care?  In the World Premiere of Jasper (now playing at the Pershing...

As You Like It – The Public Works Musical

As You Like It – The Public Works Musical

By JK Clarke . . .  At the end of the summer of 2017, the Public Theater chose to close out a high-voltage summer with a civic-minded celebration of community and culture with a musical interpretation of William Shakespeare’s beloved comic pastoral As You Like...

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Theater returned to town last year after its extended postponement stemming from the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean things were back to normal. Except for a tiny fraction of examples, attendance was down, often seriously, and...

Two Jews, Talking

Two Jews, Talking

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Have you heard the one about the two old Jews sitting around kvetching about life, death, and the hereafter? The one where one of them, sitting in the desert during biblical times, thinks he sees an oasis, and, when the other doesn’t...

The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Musical theater is usually thought of as lighthearted and escapist, but the genre can also point to darker, even horrific themes, including madness and murder. Shows about characters racked by psychological problems cross the spectrum...

Oresteia

Oresteia

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Robert Icke's Oresteia, an adaptation of the only extant ancient Greek tragic trilogy, first produced in 458 BC, has been radically adapted from Aeschylus' original by the British director into a single three-and-a-half-hour play. It's...

Titanique

Titanique

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  In 2013, a magnificently cheesy show called Disaster! had ‘em peeing in the aisles when it opened at a dinky Off-Broadway venue. A jukebox musical parody of 1970s Hollywood disaster movies, like The Poseidon Adventure, it faced its own...

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

By Samuel L. Leiter . . . The publication in 2003 of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, a hugely successful novel dealing with contemporary Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban, couldn’t have been better timed. The heart of the book is essentially about the...

Jim Frangione Interview

Jim Frangione Interview

by Adam Cohen . . . Jim Frangione is a Massachusetts native actor, writer, director and now Artistic Director of the Great Barrington Public Theater.  Jim has acted for over 30 years in New York and across the country, performing in the original Off Broadway...

Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Extended Again thru September 4th By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  There’s something odd going on at the St. James Theatre, where the newest revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine 1987 fairytale musical, Into the Woods opened this week. No sooner does the curtain...

Between the Lines

Between the Lines

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  How’s this for a dramatic premise? A depressed, retiring young woman falls in love with a dashing, fictional character who reciprocates by stepping out of his story to continue the affair in real life. That happens not only to be the...

Richard III – Shakespeare in the Park

Richard III – Shakespeare in the Park

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  A classic night at Shakespeare in Central Park. Warm, slightly muggy weather? Check. A helicopter or two overhead? Check. A raccoon making an unexpected entrance? Not this night. A so-so revival of a Shakespearean warhorse? Check. The...

Hamlet at the Park Avenue Armory

Hamlet at the Park Avenue Armory

By JK Clarke . . .  If done even moderately well, a production of Hamlet is a sure-fire hit. And when done very well, it is mesmerizing and memorable. Such is the production currently playing at the Park Avenue Armory, a consistently world-class venue whose...

…what the end will be – A Second Look

…what the end will be – A Second Look

by Carole Di Tosti . . .  Three generations of gay, Black men living together provide the grist in the conflict of Mansa Ra’s lightly comedic drama, …what the end will be, presented at Roundabout’s Off-Broadway venue, the Laura Pels Theatre. Directed by Margot...

Mark Nadler: Harts’ Desire

Mark Nadler: Harts’ Desire

By Marilyn Lester . . . Anyone who’s successfully completed a jigsaw puzzle will instantly understand what a complex and amazing undertaking polymath Mark Nadler accomplished with his one-man theatrical piece, Hart’s Desire. This play with music was conceived and...

Theater News

Theater News

After more than two decades playing worldwide and selling more than 15 million tickets in 23 countries, Notre Dame de Paris will make its long-awaited New York City debut this summer. The production, performed in French with English supertitles and featuring a...

Elevator Repair Service at NYU Skirball

Elevator Repair Service at NYU Skirball

NYU Skirball will present the world premiere of Seagull, directed by John Collins, from the award-winning theater company Elevator Repair Service, running July 12 – 31 at NYU Skirball. They triumphantly tackled Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway with their celebrated...

Nate Patten: No Holds Barred Broadway and Tony Roast

Nate Patten: No Holds Barred Broadway and Tony Roast

By Melissa Griegel . . . Nate Patten is a Broadway insider, and he has a lot to say about the industry. His biting and very honest commentary on the highs and lows of Broadway shows, stars, and Actors’ Equity causes him to be, in his words, “well-loved, but often...

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