Michael C. Hall in Lazarus Review: Bowie’s First Musical

Lazarus, the hottest ticket right now in New York, is a startling new musical, featuring 18 songs written by David Bowie (four of them new), a production directed by auteur-du-jour Ivo van Hove that’s a sensory stimulation chamber, and a plot that might as well be from a different planet.

School of Rock Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber Returns with a class of rock stars

In his first original musical on Broadway in a decade, Andrew Lloyd Webber has chosen to adapt a movie with a plot that could hardly be sillier, and supplies a new score that could hardly be more addictive. School of Rock – The Musical is full of both hard-charging rock n roll and supremely catchy […]

China Doll Review: Al Pacino in a new Mamet play

David Mamet’s China Doll involves two dramas. There’s the one on stage starring Al Pacino as an old billionaire in something of a cynical primer on wealth and political ambition. Then there’s the pile-on against the show: The reviews have been the worst anything on Broadway has gotten this whole year. That includes Misery and […]

NBC’s The Wiz Live! (review)

The Wiz Live! eased on down the road Thursday, the best-attended Broadway try-out in history. Next year, director Kenny Leon is planning a Main Stem transfer of the production, although it’s unclear who will be in it: The NBC broadcast was so full of stars it could have been called We Are The Wiz.

Arthur Miller at 100.Two Revivals: A View from the Bridge

A View From The Bridge, one of Arthur Miller’s most popular plays, has been on Broadway four times before, most recently just five years ago, starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in an impressive Broadway debut.

Arthur Miller at 100.Two Revivals: Incident at Vichy

Two separate revivals of plays by Arthur Miller on the centennial of his birth illustrate two core aims of his work:  “I could not imagine a theater worth my time that did not want to change the world,” he said. And: Playwriting is “a kind of license to say the unspeakable….”

Misery Review: Bruce Willis’ Broadway debut in faded copy of Stephen King

Misery on Broadway is the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s story about a writer who’s imprisoned by a berserk fan. It’s not as good as either King’s novel nor the movie, but it’s likely to appeal to those who don’t know either, and to the number one fans of Bruce Willis.

Allegiance Review: George Takei, Lea Salonga in Musical about Japanese-American internment

Some 120,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated a few months after Pearl Harbor, by order of President Roosevelt. George Takei and his family were among  them.  The actor, best known as Sulu in Star Trek, is the reason why the musical Allegiance is finally bringing this shameful chapter of American history to life on Broadway.

The Comedy of Errors review: Shakespeare in prison, now at the Public

Kwame Kwei-Armah, the artistic director of Center Stage, has been leaving Baltimore over the past few weeks to go to prison in New York.  He’s also been busy in homeless shelters and recreation centers in all five boroughs.  Kwei-Armah is directing an exuberantly playful Comedy of Errors for the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit.

On Your Feet Review: Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Story in Song and Dance

From the first moments of On Your Feet, the Broadway musical celebrating the life and music of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, I thought: This show is sure to be a hit despite what any critics say.  But it was the bar mitzvah scene that clinched my prediction.

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