I was fortunate enough to catch Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in the final years of their long running tandem Broadway careers. They were able to elevate lesser plays like O Mistress Mine, I Know My Love, Quadrille and The Great Sebastians with their magical teamwork, and illuminate more substantial works like Taming of the […]
Last night, I watched something awful. And it wasn’t on TV. We’ll get to that later. Reviewing the broadcast of Sound of Music LIVE! is actually pretty simple for me, so we’ll address that first. From top to bottom, we were treated to a gorgeously sung affair. Robust choruses, talented kids, dynamo supporting actors, and […]
Faced with an ailing actress unable to perform on Sunday night, Noises Off director Doug Wilder made the rather unusual decision to pull on a spare dress and play the role himself, venturing onstage with a copy of the script in hand. This turned out to be the best solution anyone could have found. The […]
“Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy tonight!” And with that opening refrain comes one of the clearest promises in musical theatre history, and perhaps even theatre history. Tonight, you will laugh. Tonight, our only goal is to throw everything we have at you and make you laugh as loudly, as heartily, and as frequently as possible.
As a reviewer, it’s nice to occasionally cover a show so good that it makes my job easy. Theater J’s return engagement of Woody Sez is just such a show, brimming with toe-tapping music, rich emotion, and powerful messages that illuminate the life and works of American folk music giant Woody Guthrie.
A Family Reunion, a mesmerizing modern opera by the late Christopher Patton, a composer of avant-garde new music, hits home where the heart is, but doesn’t hit you over the head with guilt trips for benign neglect. The libretto written by William Moses is about a debilitating illness that comes uninvited and raises the question: […]
The name Dennis Kelly didn’t register with me when I noted it in the playbill to his play Taking Care of Baby, which the Manhattan Theatre Club is currently presenting off Broadway. I should have known it for he is the author of the book of the musical Matilda, which is the reigning Broadway hit […]