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The Bad Kids New Theatre Listening Party

The Bad Kids New Theatre Listening Party

The newly launched production company, focused on shifting the way theatre is developed, The Bad Kids (“a new way to Broadway”), will present a year-end listening party of the concept album for the new musical, HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART, on Thursday, December...

Sugar Ray Coming to Gene Frankel Theatre

Sugar Ray Coming to Gene Frankel Theatre

"Sugar Ray" by Laurence Holder, performed by Reginald L. Wilson, directed by Luther D. Wells will be presented January 6 to 23 by Twenty Four Bond Arts Center in association with Faith Steps Productions at Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street.  It's an evening in...

Aint’ Too Proud Closing January 16

Aint’ Too Proud Closing January 16

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, the smash hit Tony Award®-winning musical will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street), it was announced by the show’s producers Ira...

The Streets of New York

The Streets of New York

By Marilyn Lester . . . Economic fragility is a harsh reality, but it certainly can make for powerful theater. Such was the Panic of 1837, a grinding downturn that became the foundation for Dion Boucicault’s stage melodrama, The Streets of New York. To this tale of...

Selling Kabul

Selling Kabul

by Carol Rocamora . . . “America – their word is good!!”  He clings to that hope, like a drowning man hanging on a deflating life preserver, desperate to believe those hollow words.  The year is 2013; the place is Kabul, Afghanistan.  The man is Taroon...

Cirque du Soleil ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Cirque du Soleil ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Tania Fisher . . . “Cirque du Soleil ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” presents the basic story line of a father’s tween-age daughter, Isabella, played by Alicia Beaudoin, drifting away from him, seemingly losing her to modern technology and high-tech gizmos, and...

Is There Still Sex in the City?

Is There Still Sex in the City?

By Marilyn Lester . . . The Sex and the City franchise has been a cultural phenomenon whose longevity qualifies it for cult following status. It began with Candace Bushnell writing a column for The New York Observer, called “Sex and the City,” based on her own...

Love Actually? – A Happy, Holiday Parody

Love Actually? – A Happy, Holiday Parody

by Bart Greenberg . . . When I was in college (Penn State) back in the dark ages (a date I don’t care to publish), each year there would be a spring festival on a large open space on campus that served as a parking lot in the fall for football games. As part of the...

COMPANY

COMPANY

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . For a musical that was once described as being “too New York for New York,” Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 musical comedy “Company,” now at the Bernard P. Jacobs Theatre, is the perfect antidote for Gothamites who have survived...

Kimberly Akimbo

Kimberly Akimbo

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . As a teenager growing up in Bergen County, I often felt older than my peers. But my plight hardly compares to the one suffered by Kimberly Levaco, the center of the brilliant new musical Kimberly Akimbo, now at the Atlantic Theater’s Linda...

The Stars Come Out for Opening Night of Company

The Stars Come Out for Opening Night of Company

by Melissa Griegel . . . Christopher Sieber Rashidra Scott Bobbi Conte Matt Doyle - - - Company, the musical comedy masterpiece about the search for love and cocktails in the Big Apple is turned on its head in Marianne Elliott’s revelatory staging, in which musical...

Ludlow Ladd in Concert – Winter Rhythms 2021

Ludlow Ladd in Concert – Winter Rhythms 2021

By Andrew Poretz . . . The second night of “Winter Rhythms 2021”(December 8) brought us Ludlow Ladd, a charming hodgepodge of a holiday family operetta.  With a libretto by “Algonquin Kid” Michael Colby and music by Gerald Jay Markoe, Ludlow Ladd is “part...

The Mound Builders

The Mound Builders

by Marcina Zaccaria . . . With two plays, The Mound Builders: Disunion and Sympathetic Magic, Open Circle Play Factory asks us to remember Playwright Lanford Wilson, one of the founders of Circle Repertory Company. Searching at a dig in Southern Illinois, a team of...

It’s Only a Play

It’s Only a Play

Review by Adam Cohen . . . Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play is the theatrical equivalent of Snapchat – there for a quick flash, fair amount of mugging, some jaw-dropping laughter. The production at the George Street Playhouse is buoyant and induces steady hardy...

CLYDE’S

CLYDE’S

Review by Carol Rocamora . . . Since when has Purgatory been so much fun? Spend an hour and a half with the workers stuck in a limbo called Clyde’s Restaurant, and you’ll wish you didn’t have to leave.  You’ll want to hang out with them, eat their sandwiches, and...

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House

Review by Marilyn Lester . . . In December 1867, Mr. Charles Dickens came to New York for a series of readings of his masterwork, A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, at Steinway Hall. Quite possibly Dickens made a side trip for a special...

Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway

Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway

Review by Sandi Durell . . . It's actually refreshing to see an old-fashioned comedy without all the stressful challenges of most of Broadway's recent theatrical offerings. Just sit back and let the laughter begin. The iconic 1993 film has been adapted as a musical at...

Kiki and Herb Sleigh at BAM

Kiki and Herb Sleigh at BAM

by Marcina Zaccaria. . . Standing under an enormous sleigh, Justin Vivian Bond enchanted a packed house at Harvey Theater at Brooklyn Academy of Music on November 30.   A clever show, created by Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman, it's a chat-fest of polished...

“APPROVAL JUNKIE” SEEKS APPROVAL

“APPROVAL JUNKIE” SEEKS APPROVAL

By Ron Fassler . . . You have to admire the up-front title of Faith Salie’s one-person show in that it pulls no punches. Happily, Salie does not spend the full 90-minute running time seeking our approval, though she does admit to her dependency on forever wondering if...

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood

By Marilyn Lester . . . The singing and dancing jewel box of a revue, Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, is just what the doctor ordered. There’s resonance in that phrase—we’re still living in the midst of a pandemic and its existential crises. In fact, Cheek...

A SHERLOCK CAROL

A SHERLOCK CAROL

By Ron Fassler . . . A Sherlock Carol, a new play now at New World Stages on West 50th Street, invites us to a mashup featuring two of the most famous literary characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes and Ebenezer Scrooge. Brought together by playwright Mark Shanahan,...

   A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

   A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

by Carole Di Tosti . . .                                                     The Irish Repertory Theatre’s searing presentation of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre is difficult to experience. Adapted by Annie Ryan into a solo show...

In The Southern Breeze

In The Southern Breeze

By Marcina Zaccaria . . . Boxed into a small room, Man, played by Allan K. Washington [Once on this Island, HBO’s The Deuce) balances his body while clearing his mind of rage toward himself or his friends. Like a slam poet, he aims to get himself beyond the...

 Diana The Musical: A Foray into The Tabloids

 Diana The Musical: A Foray into The Tabloids

  By Carole Di Tosti . . .                  Diana The Musical received a number of negative reviews. In this piece I look “through a lens darkly” at Diana with the intention of...

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...

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