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Theater News & Reviews

The latest news in New York City theater. From Broadway to Off-Broadway and beyond, find previews, reviews and commentary here at ZEALnyc.

London’s West End Is Bustling With Options This Summer

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2018 London is a treasure trove for theatre lovers, with a wide range of exciting new stage offerings, Broadway imports, top-notch revivals, and a rich theatrical history. During my recent visit to the city, I indulged in a bit from each of these ...

Review: ‘Fire in Dreamland’ Is a Smoldering Metaphor

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, July 17, 2018 New York City has a rich and fascinating history. Plays that examine this history frequently can be compelling, and Fire in Dreamland perfectly fits the bill. Here, Coney Island provides the backdrop for two historic New York City disasters, most ...

Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Twelfth Night’ Begins Performances Tonight

ZEALnyc, July 17, 2018 The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park continues its mission by presenting quality theatrical productions to the general public for free (see information for obtaining tickets below). So far this season has brought us a new production of Othello (read ...

Review: Bernstein's Ever-Controversial 'MASS' Receives a Galvanizing Performance at Mostly ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2018 It’s genuinely startling how much critical passion Leonard Bernstein’s Mass can still stir up, almost a full half-century after it debuted in 1971 to celebrate the opening of the Kennedy Center. In anticipation of the Mostly Mozart Festival’...

Jazz Notes: Photographer Adriana Mateo Exhibits an Inspiring Solo Show ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 19, 2018 Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the New York-based photographer since 1992 Adriana Mateo not only engages the viewer with her art work but also in the process of capturing her image makes an intimate connection with the artists themselves. ...

London's West End Is Bustling With Options This Summer

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2018 London is a treasure trove for theatre lovers, with a wide range of exciting new stage offerings, Broadway imports, top-notch revivals, and a rich theatrical history. During my recent visit to the city, I indulged in a bit from ...

Carnegie Hall’s Inaugural Youth Jazz Orchestra Directed by Trumpeter ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, July 18, 2018 Carnegie Hall debuts its National Youth Orchestra Jazz—22 members between the ages of 16-19 from 16 states—on July 27 at Stern Auditorium. What promises to be a rousing concert of teenage jazz spirit will be directed by renowned trumpeter Sean ...

Review: 'Fire in Dreamland' Is a Smoldering Metaphor

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, July 17, 2018 New York City has a rich and fascinating history. Plays that examine this history frequently can be compelling, and Fire in Dreamland perfectly fits the bill. Here, Coney Island provides the backdrop for two historic New York City disasters, ...

Shakespeare in the Park's 'Twelfth Night' Begins Performances Tonight

ZEALnyc, July 17, 2018 The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park continues its mission by presenting quality theatrical productions to the general public for free (see information for obtaining tickets below). So far this season has brought us a new production of Othello (read ZEALnyc's ...

Art Break: 'Chain Reactions' at The Painting Center; Delacroix at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 16, 2018 As a rule, artists are a generous group of people. Yes, sometimes we meet one that is a jerk or worse, but for the most part, these individuals are engaging in the world around them, learning and exploring ...

Dispatch from London

Dispatch From London: Balancing Museums, Tea, and the Occasional Fish ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 London is bustling. As cosmopolitan as New York City, as historic as Rome, and covering more ground than L.A. or São Paolo, the city of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes is more stimulating, and practical to navigate, than ...

Review: 'Gone Missing' at Encores! Off-Center — A Moving Tribute to ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 First, a confession, and one that will no doubt brand me as heartless in the eyes of some. I’ve never enjoyed the work of the late Michael Friedman, who died this past September at the age of 41. With ...

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Join the NYO

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, July 12, 2018 Since 2013, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) has drawn young musicians ages 16-19 from all over the country and Puerto Rico for a two-week residency at SUNY Purchase and a performance at Carnegie Hall, before ...

Review: ‘Gone Missing’ at Encores! Off-Center — A Moving Tribute to a Missing Creator

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 First, a confession, and one that will no doubt brand me as heartless in the eyes of some. I’ve never enjoyed the work of the late Michael Friedman, who died this past September at the age of 41. With due respect for this greatly beloved ...

Mummenschanz

Review: Mummenschanz Creates Its Own World That Draws the Audience In

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, July 11, 2018 Mummenschanz, often referred to as “The Musicians of Silence,” has returned to New York City for the first time in four years. Since its founding in Paris over forty years ago (1972), the troupe has toured extensively in both Europe and America, ...

Review: A Crowd-Pleasing ‘Songs for a New World’ Opens Encores! Off-Center Season

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 29, 2018 There’s something about Jason Robert Brown that inspires an almost cult-like devotion. Although none of his shows thus far has achieved genuine blockbuster status, there’s something about his works (in particular Parade, The Last Five ...

Carmen Jones

Review: ‘Carmen Jones’ Pulls Its Punches at CSC

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 28, 2018 We don’t get many chances to see Carmen Jones, Oscar Hammerstein’s 1944 modernized version of George Bizet’s 1875 opera, Carmen. The original production of Carmen Jones ran for 15 months, considerable for its time, but hasn’t been ...

Conflict by Miles Malleson presented by the Mint Theater

Review: ‘Conflict’ — A Vintage Play Ringing True With Relevance for Today at the Mint

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, June 22, 2018 Theatergoers who want to see top notch productions of rarely seen plays should check out the offerings of The Mint Theater Company. The Mint’s mission is to find older plays, often not produced for decades, and present them to a new audience. ...

The Royal Family of Broadway

Review: The Royal Family of Broadway Strains to Please at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2018 A new musical by William Finn is always worth seeking out, wherever it happens to be playing. Finn has a knack for crafting quirky shows about peculiar people, but in a very endearing way. From the cadre of lovable neurotics in Falsettos ...

Othello

Review: ‘Othello’ Proves Lies Conquer Love

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 19, 2018 After last summer’s uproariously trumped-up and absurdly controversial Julius Caesar and the magical elder fairyland of Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first production of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season seems relatively tame. ...

Carmen Jones

‘Carmen Jones’ Is Back — And She’s Still Smokin’ Hot at Classic Stage

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 13, 2018 ‘Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?’ She’s still the fictional character in a popular series of mystery video games that have been around since 1985. A question for 2018 might be: Where in the world is Carmen Jones? ...

Composer Charles Strouse Celebrates His 90th Birthday

TODAY: Composer Charles Strouse Celebrates His 90th Birthday

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, June 7, 2018 The headline could read “Home Town Boy Makes Good.” Ninety years ago today Charles Strouse was born in New York City and would go on to become one of the most iconic musical theater composers of the last half century. If we are to believe ...

Dan Cody's Yacht

Review: Dollars and Sense Diverge in ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ at MTC

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, June 7, 2018 The Great Gatsby sold so poorly in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lifetime that his last royalty check amounted to a decidedly unlucky $13.13. The author was living anything but large when he died, with crates of his derided Jazz Age chronicle ...

A Student Day At Hamilton

A Student Day at ‘Hamilton’

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, May 31, 2018 As the mega-hit Hamilton approaches its third year anniversary since opening on Broadway (after its sold-out run at the Public Theater), we took the opportunity of checking in on the production to see yet another side of how its success has been ...

Shakespeare in the Park tickets

Insider Tips for Getting Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park

ZEALnyc, May 29, 2018 The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best theater deals in town, because as its title states: it’s FREE! This season will bring a new production of Othello, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and will bring back the 2016 Public Works’ ...

Beast in the Jungle

Review: An Indeterminate ‘Beast in the Jungle’ at the Vineyard Theatre

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2018 The Vineyard Theatre is a small, comfortable Off-Broadway theater with a reputation for encouraging daring, creative experimentation. Among its successes is Avenue Q, which moved to Broadway and after a hiatus is now running again Off-Broadway, ...

Jagged Little Pill

Review: A Roughly Hewn ‘Jagged Little Pill’ at the A.R.T.

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 25, 2018 As we face the ineluctable barrage of jukebox musicals, a number of things become clear. They don’t automatically need to be awful, as we’ve seen with Jersey Boys and Beautiful. But they generally are awful, in particular the recent ...

The Coastal Cohorts

Review: The Coastal Cohorts Bring a Carolina Breeze to the Big Apple

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2018 Many say that New York City is the greatest city in the world, and for some maybe it is. But if you haven’t traveled below the Mason-Dixon line, you may not know what you’re missing. As someone who grew up smack dab in the middle of North ...

Me and My Girl

Review: ‘Me and My Girl’ Underwhelms at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 16, 2018 In the 1980s, the landscape for Broadway musicals was bleak. As the decade wore on, American musicals were fewer and fewer in number, to the point where, in a number of seasons, there weren’t enough new musicals to fill out the ...

Summer and Smoke

Review: Stunning Lyricism in CSC’s ‘Summer and Smoke’

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, May 4, 2018 Summer and Smoke is a somewhat lesser-known work by the brilliant Tennessee Williams, but it also deserves nearly as much critical acclaim. The play is now being presented by Classic Stage Company, together with Transport Group. The current ...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is Enchanting

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 2, 2018 As anyone who’s been near New York City’s Lyric Theatre over the past few weeks can attest, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has made its presence in New York City known. The exterior of the theater has been festooned with enough ...

The Iceman Cometh

Review: ‘The Iceman Cometh’ and Denzel Delivers

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, May 1, 2018 Warning: This is not a play for the depressed, the downhearted, the despairing, or the dejected. Even though the current incarnation of Eugene O’Neill’s 1946 masterpiece The Iceman Cometh has a lot more laughs than usual, it still isn’t exactly a ...

The Solve It Squad

Review: ‘The Solve It Squad’ Is Typical Team StarKid Humor — Which Is Hilarious

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, May 1, 2018 When I was in high school, my friends found a Youtube channel called “Team StarKid” which had recently created a musical, A Very Potter Musical, a witty, hilarious parody of the entire Harry Potter series. Needless to say, we were hooked (along ...

Henry V

Review: The Mobile Unit’s ‘Henry V’ Entertains and Inspires a New Generation

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 30, 2018 The Public Theater’s production of Henry V, as directed by Robert O’Hara, truly opened my eyes to the amazing world that Shakespeare and live theater is able to create. To put it bluntly, there’s not just one element that makes ...

Saint Joan

Review: ‘Saint Joan’ Simmers, But Doesn’t Sizzle

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 26, 2018 Sometimes a little madness goes a long way. Especially on stage. And especially in the story of Saint Joan. But what happens when Joan, the passionate and religion-riddled Maid of Orleans, is sensible and straightforward? The tone of the story ...

My Fair Lady

Review: A Lumbering ‘My Fair Lady’ at Lincoln Center

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2018 About a month ago, when I was in New York City to see the spectacular Broadway revival of Angels in America, I also took in a very early preview of the current Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. Because of a predicted Nor’easter, ...

The Metromaniacs

Review: Red Bull Theater Brings Its Madcap ‘The Metromaniacs’ to the Duke

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 23, 2018 David Ive’s The Metromaniacs is a bawdy yet chaste reworking of the 18th century farce La Metroamanie by Alexis Piron about people who are mad about poetry. It is filled with so many mistaken identities it makes one’s head spin and ...

Symphonie Fantastique

Review: Basil Twist’s Aquatic ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ Is Visually and Sonically Arresting

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 Twenty years ago, third-generation puppeteer, Basil Twist, decided to create a totally abstract work based on the music of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This year, HERE, the Off-Broadway theater, has revived the work as part of their ...

Carousel

Review: An Expurgated ‘Carousel’ Nonetheless Thrills

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Each year, when I cover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in my musical-theater history course at the Boston Conservatory, we have a lengthy discussion about what I call “The Elephant in the Room.” Carousel barker Billy Bigelow ...

Children of a Lesser God

Review: ‘Children of a Lesser God’ Continues To Provoke Discussion of How To Be Heard

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 The much anticipated revival of Children of a Lesser God is a testament to the timelessness of a story about the human struggle to connect and to communicate. Mark Medoff’s Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award-winning play made its debut on ...

Mean Girls

Review: ‘Mean Girls’ Makes Fetch Happen

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 12, 2018 If you don’t know what “fetch” means, perhaps this isn’t the show for you. But for those of us who think the 2004 film, written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters, was nothing less than brilliant (isn’t everything Tina Fey ...

The Sting

Review: A Reanimated Harry Connick, Jr. in The Sting at Paper Mill Playhouse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 Lately, new Broadway musicals have been all about jukebox musicals and film adaptations. Both the current season and the next are chockablock with same. Now, I generally like to take each show as it comes. There have been perfectly ...

This Flat Earth

Review: ‘This Flat Earth’ Evokes Strong Emotions On Gun Control

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 10, 2018 Playwrights Horizons newest production, This Flat Earth, written by Lindsey Ferrentino and directed by Rebecca Taichman, tells the story of Julie (Ella Kennedy Davis) who recently experienced a shooting episode at her middle school, with her ...

Frozen

Review: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is a Cryogenic Bore

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 9, 2018 After seeing the new stage version of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway, I posted on Facebook that I had found the show dull, disjointed, and pretty darned dreary. Someone responded, “Probably true. But it will run forever.” Let’s ...

Three Tall Women

Review: A Towering ‘Three Tall Women’ on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 3, 2018 The current Broadway season is all about the revivals. The new plays have been middling at best, and the new musicals — apart from the exquisite The Band’s Visit — have been a mixture of lackluster Hollywood tie-ins and desultory ...

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