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A ‘Choice List’ for Off-Broadway This Spring

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 16, 2017

From Lieutenant Sulu to Stephen Sondheim, Joan of Arc to John Leguizamo, the Off-Broadway spring season truly has something for everyone. But since I’m most interested in what it has for me, here’s a ...

Review: The Quirky Charm of ‘The Outer Space’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

As Broadway is enjoying a bit of a banner year for musicals — at least in terms of the number of new shows — a broad array of Off-Broadway musicals have also opened this season.

So far, ...

Review: Jarring Styles Defeat ‘Kid Victory’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

Kid Victory is a real odd duck of a show. The subject matter itself is extremely challenging: a teenage boy falls prey to an online sexual predator and is held hostage for nearly a year. Now, ...

Review: Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon—Alternating ‘Foxes’ on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 28, 2017 It’s a great marketing ploy: cast two of the strongest actors of their generation opposite each other in an iconic play, and then have them switch off in the two central roles. If things go well, you just ...

Review: 'That True Phoenix' Tells the Tale of Da Ponte, ...

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, April 28, 2017 That True Phoenix tells the story of the fascinating and long life of Lorenzo Da Ponte, who is best known for being the librettist of three of Mozart’s greatest operas, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Così ...

Review: Natalie Dessay Brings Artistry of the Highest Order to ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2017 It’s Natalie Dessay’s world; you and I just live in it. Dessay is one of the sovereign communicative artists of our era, whose every moment onstage seems fully lived and completely expressed. She wastes no time on ...

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Armory This ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2017 TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) was founded 30 years ago by a group of art dealers looking to expand their base audience of connoisseurs and collectors. Held in Maastricht, The Netherlands every March, it has become one of ...

Review: 'Bandstand' Dances, But Doesn't Always Deliver

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2017 There are so many elements to be savored in the new Broadway production Bandstand. First and foremost is the wonderfully inventive choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, who also serves as the show’s director. It was great fun to watch ...

Review: 'Six Degrees of Separation' Sparks a Connection

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 26, 2017 Oh, that Allison Janney. She can do more with one little finger than most performers can manage with their entire bodies. And that voice. That deep, dry, hilarious, wonderful voice. She’s one of that rare ones who can ...

#MakeItMagnifique: Tea and Cheese at the French Cheese Board in ...

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 Sometimes joy comes sliced between poached pears and baguette. So it is at the French Cheese Board, a tender slice of SoHo at 41 Spring Street. Polyglot gourmand Charles Duque created this permanent pop-up to communicate the creamy wonder of ...

100 Days, Funding and a Shutdown - We've Seen It Before ...

By Mark McLaren with Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 There is, if you can believe it, even greater scrutiny on President Trump this week as he approaches his first 100 days in office, and as he and Congress haggle over funding a wall, Obamacare, and the ...

Jazz Notes: Jazz Icon Ella Fitzgerald Honored With NYC Mayoral ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 25 2017 Even though the legendary Ella Fitzgerald died in 1996 at her home in Beverley Hills, she was a bona fide New Yorker throughout her remarkable career. Her story as The First Lady of Song began at the Apollo Theater ...

Review: 'Anastasia'—A Little Girl's Dream Comes True

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 25, 2017 Walking into the Broadhurst Theatre I felt like a little girl at Christmas. I was finally going to see my favorite childhood movie come to life onstage. Anastasia, directed by Darko Tresnjak, boasting a book by Terrence McNally with ...

A Crowded Spring on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a very crowded spring on Broadway. Although, just a few weeks ago, more than half of the 41 theaters on Broadway were empty, by the time we reach the cutoff ...

Review: ‘Haram! Iran!’ Tackles the Topic of Homosexuality and Islam

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 14, 2017

Haram! Iran! is an appealing coming of age play about the growing friendship between two apparently very different teenage boys, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhouni. They engage in enlightening and ...

Review: ‘Linda’ Personifies the Working Feminist/Out-of-Touch Mom

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 13, 2017

With recent public events like the Women’s March On Washington and A Day Without A Woman, there is no shortage of efforts to reinvigorate the feminist movement. Merely turning on a television these days ...

Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Returns with a Simple Beauty

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 9, 2017 

After nearly six decades in film and television, Sally Field comes to Broadway in a tour-de-force role, played with a gentle and devastating accuracy.

The role is Amanda, and Field appears in what is a ...

Theater Breaking Through Barriers Does It Again—An Evening of Short Plays of Diversity and Otherness

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 8, 2017

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (formerly known as Theater By the Blind) kicks off its 38th season with the World Premiere of The Other Plays, five short plays exploring the themes of ...

The Writer and the Wrestler Meet Off-Broadway

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 7, 2017

As unlikely, or even unbelievable, as it sounds, professional wrestler Andre the Giant and Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett once spent a great deal of time together.

The story goes that when young Andre ...

Review: ‘Significant Other’ Has Us Laughing Through Tears

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 3, 2017

Significant Other is either the saddest play I ever laughed my way through or the funniest play I ever left in tears. I’m not sure.

The laughs come with the frequency of a really good TV comedy, ...

Flaherty and Ahrens To Be Honored at a Benefit for Amas Musical Theatre

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2017

Tony Award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on this Island, Ragtime, Rocky, Seussical, Dessa Rose) will receive the 2017 Rosie ...

Review: Tyne Daly Goes Mad with the York Theatre’s ‘Dear World’

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, February 27, 2017

The York Theatre Company presented its 22nd season of Musicals in Mufti program this year. “Mufti” means ordinary street dress, and their mission is to present the “underappreciated” or little-seen ...

Review: ‘Fish Men’ Is Sure To Reel You In

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, February 22, 2017

Fish Men is a stunning and thought-provoking play, full of enriching sports metaphors and surprises about life, trauma, and adversity. The twist is that the sport is chess and the matches are as ...

‘Sousatzka’ Premieres in Toronto Before Heading To Broadway With a Lead from New Jersey

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2017

The tradition of trying out musicals in regional settings prior to opening on Broadway has a long history. Typical “tryout” cities have included Boston, New Haven, Washington, D.C., Chicago ...

Review: The Sun Won’t Come Out Tomorrow In ‘Evening at the Talk House’ and ‘Ring Twice for Miranda’

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 17, 2017

Dystopia rules! Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale are bestsellers. Yeat’s poem “The Second Coming,” nearly 100 years old, was quoted more in 2016 than any ...

‘Caesar’ in the Age of Trump, Courtesy of the Public

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 16, 2017

 It’s always interesting to see how a new presidential administration makes its mark on the arts. Hamilton, after all, began its journey to Broadway seven years ago at a

Review: In ‘The Dressmaker’s Secret’ Nothing Is What It Seams

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2017

Last Thursday night for New York Fashion Week, Kendall Jenner set the catwalk crowd cooing in barely-there intimate apparel from La Perla. My invitation having inexplicably been lost in the mail, I instead ...

The New Group is Making a ‘Fine’ Showing This Season

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017

Remember the young actress who lit up the screen as the precocious beauty pageant contestant in the 2006 film, Little Miss Sunshine? That was ten-year old Abigail Breslin in her ...

Will Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress Defund the National Endowment for the Arts?

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 14, 2017

The Trump administration is moving quickly on the agenda it voiced during its presidential campaign. And while organizations like Planned Parenthood are girding for a budget fight, not-for-profit arts and ...

Review: ‘Sight Unseen’ Paints a Compelling Portrait of an Artist in Crisis

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017

Sight Unseen, the classic American play by Donald Margulies, examines the emotional and artistic crises of Jonathan Waxman (Richard Brundage), an artist so bankable that he is not only being honored ...

Review: A Meandering ‘Big River’ at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017

Quite a few members of the theater community were scratching their heads when Encores! at New York City Center announced its season for this year. Two of the shows made perfect sense: the 1950s cult ...

Review: The Pictures Get Small as Close Reprises Norma in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 9, 2017

Sunset Boulevard, the troubled 1993 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with a past as melodramatic as its plot, returns to Broadway in a trim new production with the powerhouse that brought it to New ...

The Public Theater and The New Yorker Team Up to Talk Trump

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 8, 2017

The Public Theater and The New Yorker announced today the creation of a new series as part of the Public’s spring 2017 Public Forum line-up that will explore the Trump presidency. Public Forum: ...

Welcome Back, William Inge

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, February 7, 2017

Although he won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama along with many other awards, had five plays produced on Broadway during the 1950s—which were later successfully adapted for the screen, William Inge remains ...

Review: Surreal Comedy ‘Enterprise’ at the Brick in Williamsburg

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, February 7, 2017

Currently in residence at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is Enterprise, a surreal comedy about a large company suddenly on the brink of collapse, and the desperate attempt by four ...

Review: The Honest, Touching Emotion of ‘Milk and Honey’ at the York

The York Theatre mounts a spare but moving concert of Jerry Herman’s first Broadway show

Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2017

Last season, the fine folks at Encores! at New York’s City Center ...

Donald Trump—From Broadway Producer to President

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, February 3, 2017

He was 23 years old, had a degree from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and had an extremely profitable family business waiting for him.

But Donald Trump thought he ...

BroadwayCon Creates a Bubble for Theater Fans

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, February 1, 2017

When BroadwayCon, the theatre community’s version of Comic Con, began as an idea to bring theatre fans together for one weekend, no one could have imagined just how big it would ...

Broadway Scores at the Oscars

This year’s Academy Awards nominations honor many familiar names from the New York stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, January 31, 2017

Since the advent of moving pictures, there’s been a considerable amount of traffic back and ...

Review: An Old Gem is Unearthed by the Mint Theatre

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, January 30, 2017

The Mint Theatre Company’s mission is finding vintage scripts and presenting them to new audiences. Their latest gem is the world premiere of Yours Unfaithfully, a stage comedy by Miles ...

Hits by Herman Highlight the Season—and two are at the York

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, January 26, 2017

One of the most highly anticipated events of the 2017 Broadway season is the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and featuring a ...

Review: ‘The Great Comet’ goes better with Groban

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, January 24, 2017

Back in November, I charted the arrival of a new heavenly body on Broadway. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, making the move from its off-Broadway tent to the Great White Way, lost nothing ...

Review: ‘Albatross’ Brings New Perspective to a Classic English Poem

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, January 23, 2017

In 1797-8, poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was so inspired by James Cook‘s second voyage of exploration (1772–1775) of the South Seas and the ...

BroadwayCon Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, January 20, 2017

Last year, over 5,000 Broadway fans crowded into the Hilton Midtown Hotel for Broadway’s answer to Comic Con. There were autograph signings, sing-along’s, and talks given by seasoned Broadway ...

Review: ‘The Tempest’—O brave new world, that has such theater in’t

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, January 20, 2017

I can finally take “go to prison” off my bucket list.

I can also delete “see a brilliant take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Because in a single stroke of good fortune, I did ...