The Heir Apparent


Jean-François Regnard is not a name that has been on everyone’s lips in recent years. But leave it to comic playwright David Ives to resurrect him and use one of Regnard’s plays as source for a spring production that lifts the entire season. And leave it further to the Classic Stage Company which makes its […]

“Unforgettable” – Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Audra MacDonald as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

As you enter New York’s Circle in the Square, you are faced with the stage floor transformed into a small cabaret in which a jazz trio is entertaining some 30 or 40 people seated at table clothed tables, some sipping wine, some beer, some cocktails. These are the Premium seat buyers who are very close […]

Bullets Over Broadway


I had  the feeling, while watching the new Susan Stroman-Woody Allen musical, that it might have been conceived during something like the following conversation: SS:  “Woody, I’d love to work with you. Have you got an old movie in your trunk that might make the basis of a Broadway musical?  You know, the way Mel […]

Moss Hart tribute, Act One


Moss Hart’s autobiographical “Act One”  was an instant best seller when it was published by Random House in 1959, and it has remained in print ever since. The book was critically acclaimed and remained on the N.Y.Times best-seller list for forty one weeks, which was remarkable, particularly for a theatrical memoir.

Les Miserables, re-invented, returns to Broadway


It is so extraordinary to see the name of one man above the title of a show, listed as Producer. Unless that man is Cameron Mackintosh, the Florenz Ziegfeld, Harold Prince, David Merrick of his generation – a man of taste, intelligence, passion, combined with courage, business acumen  and an instinct for what the public […]

The Realistic Joneses


Will Eno’s oddball play is a surprising last minute addition to the very rich ’13-’14 Broadway season, as it arrives starring four excellent actors who will help it find an audience.

The Most Happy Fella at Encores!


I’m doing this article on Frank Loesser’s master work even though it was performed as part of the NY Encores! season for only seven performances, and if you didn’t see  it this past week, you won’t be able to. It closed as scheduled on April 6th. I’m hoping it will be recorded, and if it […]

Denzel Washington and company shine in A Raisin in the Sun


When this Lorraine Hansberry drama first appeared on Broadway in 1959 it created a stir, for it was the first play by an African-American woman to be produced on the main stem. Later that season Ms. Hansberry became the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman and the first African-American to win the Drama Critics Circle […]

All the Way


Broadway is moving closer to returning to the days of 25 actors filling a stage, of Street Scene and The Green Pastures and You Can’t Take It With You, and this one plays out in suggested settings in Washington, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Mississippi and in corners and corridors of the White House.  With the help […]

Tales from Red Vienna


David Grimm, the author of this new three act play,  has had other works  produced at the Rattlestick, the Public, at Hartford Stage and in La Jolla among the Regionals. He is a seasoned playwright who is still at it, despite the lack of New York interest or attention. The Manhattan Theatre Club is a […]

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