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Why This Dolly Will Never Go Away For Me
By DANIEL GUSS
Wednesday, July 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    10 comments Share This
Wed Jul 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    10 comments Share This
A musical lover remembers the understudy who first captured his heart --- On a recent Sunday afternoon, I settled in to my seat in the upper balcony of the Shubert Theatre to watch Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!. Over half a century earlier at age 10, I had attended my first Broadway show, Oliver!, in the same theatre, sitting in the same section....
What's It Like to Spend Your Life Dying?
By HOWARD SHERMAN
Wednesday, June 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Roundabout's revival of Marvin's Room explores timeless topics --- Scott McPherson's 1990 play Marvin's Room, now enjoying its Broadway premiere courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company, can turn on a dime -- not in its plot, but in its sensibility and emotions. Just take the first scene of this darkly comic tale of family dysfunction and health crises:...
How Do You Design a Dystopian Future?
By DAVID COTE
Monday, June 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jun 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In 1984, an Orwellian universe is reimagined for the stage --- George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is so iconic, it inevitably conjures vivid images -- even for those who have never read the 1949 classic. Gray coveralls, grayer faces, grim ministry buildings, lots of English weather, and Big Brother: a mustachioed man glaring from a monitor....
Using Theatre to Give My Kid an Adult Education
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, June 14, 2017  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Wed Jun 14, 2017  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Why I often push the envelope when taking my tween to shows --- When my then nine-year-old daughter and I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, the ticket taker eyed her warily before warning, "You know this show has mature content, right?" "Absolutely!" I answered confidently as we slipped through the door. Sure, the title character...
Enter to Win Free Theatre Tickets!
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, May 30, 2017  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
Tue May 30, 2017  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
Just bring your A game to our Tony Awards game --- In 2016 it was all about Hamilton. This year, there are actually some very exciting Tony races, especially in the categories of Best Musical, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, and Best Play (four superb new American works! Is this the '40s?!). Regardless of which artists go home with statuettes,...
Why I Don't Like Entrance Applause
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, May 16, 2017  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
Tue May 16, 2017  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
To clap, or not to clap -- for me there's no question --- I have some hard and fast rules when I go to the theatre: no talking, no texting, no picture taking, no charging my phone onstage. I think most theatre fans (the polite ones, anyway) agree with those. But I have a rule for myself that many don't follow: I don't give entrance applause. I know,...
A Dancer's Broadway Breakthrough
By LAUREN KAY
Monday, April 24, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 24, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Robin Masella moves from Cats to the Chocolate Factory --- Even in a stressful audition room, Robin Masella exudes a rare blend of passion and restraint. Her dynamic movement crackles, each fan kick and triple turn vibrant, while a mischievous smile flits across her face. But at the same time, her work remains impeccably clean. Each line is etched...
Swing Music Soothes the Broadway Soul
By DOUG STRASSLER
Friday, April 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Apr 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Beth Leavel connects to Bandstand --- On Broadway, Beth Leavel has become a master of musical styles. She's sailed through everything from Golden Age crooning to power-pop belting, so it's hardly surprising that she's adding swing music to her repertoire. You can hear the results in Bandstand, which is now in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre....
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