Finding Neverland Broadway review: Peter Pan. Again.

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Is it pointless to pan Peter? Are we helpless in the face of the massive Peter Pander/Pandemic/Pandemonium (pick your Peter Pan pun.) Shortly after Peter and the Starcatcher and Peter Pan Live on NBC, we now get Finding Neverland, a musical adaptation of the 2004 film about how playwright J.M. Barrie came to create Peter […]

An American in Paris Broadway Review: A mesmerizing new Gershwin ballet

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Both Gigi and An American In Paris are adapted from Oscar-winning 1950’s movie musicals directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron. Both take place in Paris. Both have revised books, tuneful songs, able performers, pleasing designs.  So why does An American in Paris feel so fresh, and Gigi…not?

Hand to God Broadway review: Puppet pleasures and religious people’s pain

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For an evil sock puppet who eventually bites a teenager’s ear off,  Tyrone is quite the philosopher. In the prologue in Hand to God, Robert Askin’s funny, filthy, violent and sensitive play, Tyrone tells us that all the trouble began when some jerk “invented right and wrong,” which led to the invention of the devil. […]

Wolf Hall Broadway Review: Henry VIII, heresy and adultery made dull

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It’ll be another three months before the American Revolution arrives on Broadway, with the hip-hop musical Hamilton. In the meantime, the Great White Way has been pledging allegiance to the British Crown, first with The Audience, a play in which Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth II over 60 years, and now with Wolf Hall, Parts […]

Gigi Broadway Review: Vanessa Hudgens in visually stunning, emotionally threadbare production

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Gigi, an imitation French confection of a musical starring High School Musical sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens, is based on a novella by Colette about two aging prostitutes grooming their illegitimate relative, a child of 15, to attach herself to a rich older man.  Colette added a twist to this sordid story, which she set in high-toned […]

Helen Mirren reigns supreme over The Audience

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It’s always a pleasure to welcome Helen Mirren back to the Broadway stage. Her new vehicle by Peter Morgan, who served her well once before as author of “The Queen,” a film in which by playing Elizabeth II for the first time, she won herself a well deserved Oscar for best performance. Now here she […]

Larry David’s Fish in the Dark a smash hit

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Larry David’s ‘Fish’ gives new meaning to the word “promising.” There’s no question his play is full of laughs, but it is peopled by over a dozen completely one dimensional characters who remain where they began until minutes before the final curtain, by which time all or most have seen the light, and spread some joy.

Lady, Be Good! at Encores

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At the conclusion of the Saturday matinee during the seven performance run of each Encores! presentation at New York’s City Center, there is always a talkback with members of the company, or artists connected to the original productions will speak to us. In the case of George and Ira Gershwin’s first collaboration to hit Broadway, […]

Honeymoon in Vegas

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I hadn’t been to the Nederlander, the theatre that is the furthest south in the neighborhood called “Broadway”, since Rent opened there in 1996. That musical stayed put for 12 years and was followed by a two year run of Newsies. Marching down the aisle to my 4th row seat at Honeymoon in Vegas, I […]

The Invisible Hand, new play from “Disgraced” author, Ayad Akhtar

Usman Ally and Justin Kirk star in Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand (Photo: © Joan Marcus)

Playwright Ayad Akhtar has Disgraced running on Broadway. It’s found its audience, which responds to the play’s sparkling and insightful dialogue dealing with the complicated relationships among a black woman, a Jewish American, a Muslim Pakistani and a white Protestant, sharply spoken during an elegant dinner party on New York’s upper east side. In a […]

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