Reviewer's Beat: Last Man Club
In Last Man Club, Axis Theater Company, the bold standard of boundary-breaking Off-Broadway theatre, once again serves up a powder keg banquet of characters, this time relegated to the Lost & Found Department of Dust Bowl Americana.
Life Sucks.: Who Knew Angst Could Be So Much Fun?
Thankfully, for those of us unable to navigate the production’s initial run, playwright Aaron Posner’s ingenious riff on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya—Life Sucks.— has returned to take up residence at 42nd Street’s Theatre Row.
Mean Girls, Mean Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do? | Taylor Louderman on Broadway
When Taylor Louderman makes her entrance as “apex predator” Regina George in Tina Fey’s acclaimed new musical Mean Girls, she arrives in a spectacularly gauzy burst of pink attitude.
'Tis the Season to Be Tony: 2019 Tony Predictions
The game’s on, my friends, but the question remains: will it end with a sweep or a variety pack of shows taking a sliver of the 73rd Annual Tony Awards pie?
A Julie Nichols for a New Era: Lilli Cooper Shines in Tootsie
I last saw Lilli Cooper in SpongeBob SquarePants playing Sandy Cheeks and she was the most adorable thing on Broadway. Now she’s bringing a different sort of adorableness to the role of Julie Nichols, the leading lady caught up in a convoluted romance in Tootsie.
Reviewer's Beat: To Kill a Mockingbird
Unlike Harper Lee’s novel and the 1962 film, Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird begins in the courtroom—a tableau of characters that unfolds in flashbacks, the effect being a memory play (semi-autobiographical from Lee’s perspective), and a haunting one at that.
On Broadway: Breakout Hits & Big Name Buzz
As we turn the corner to the Tony Awards’ home stretch, major star wattage fills the theatres of Broadway.
Jonathan Freeman and Aladdin's 'Whole New World' on Broadway
In Aladdin, there is no doubt about the source of all infamy: Jafar, the sultan’s manipulative vizier scheming for control of the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah. And without question, Jonathan Freeman—who has played Jafar for a quarter century, in Disney’s animated film version and its sequel, television series, and video games—personifies Jafar’s fiendishness.
Reviewer's Beat: My Fair Lady's New Cast Members
Gorgeous and wonderfully cast when it opened in April, 2018, My Fair Lady’s longevity has opened it up to a handful of distinguished replacements, starting with Laura Benanti who stepped into the role of Eliza Doolittle.
10 Magic Shows to See Now in NYC
New York has a robust magic community (fittingly) hiding in plain sight. Some of the world’s top magicians stage mind-blowing shows in the city every week, assisted with state-of-the-art production and one-of-a-kind settings like the oldest magic shop in the city. Be astounded and amazed at these 10 shows currently running in New York. Abracadabra!
NYC's Immersive Theater for Kids: Pip’s Island
Welcome to Pip’s Island: The Lighthouse Rescue, the groundbreaking take on interactive theatre that hits all the right notes for parents and little ones—from cool concept and live actors to fun music and creative problem solving, all set against a propulsive storyline.
Broadway News: Hugh Jackman Is The Music Man, James Corden Hosts the Tonys
Jeremy Jordan to join the cast of Broadway's Waitress; Hugh Jackman to return to Broadway in 2020 starring in The Music Man, and James Corden will helm the 73rd Annual Tony Awards.
NYC's Extreme Street Beat—Stomp Day Is Now
Today’s the day: the mayor’s declaration that February 27th, 2019 is officially “STOMP Day” in New York—an honor reflecting Stomp’s 25th anniversary in the City That Never Sleeps. And clearly, the show’s formidable rhythms and percussive pulse are doing their part to keep it that way.
Star Power Ignited: March On and Off Broadway
Broadway’s version of March Madness is clocking in with an intoxicating influx of comedies, dramas, and musicals—bringing with them a wave of award-winning celebrities.
Spark Your Child's Imagination at Pip's Island, An Immersive Experience Coming to NYC
Imagine your child could enter the world of her favorite cartoon, interact with the characters, and save the day. Pip’s Island brings your child’s dream to life with its immersive entertainment center, coming to New York’s Times Square area in 2019.
Funny, Fearless, Fabulous: It’s Showtime for Celebs on Broadway
Don’t count on finding them weaving through Times Square or chowing down on 99-cent storefront pizza slices, but if seeing celebrities in their natural habitat is on your NYC bucket list, you probably won’t be disappointed just walking (or dining) in the Theater District.
Reviewer's Beat: The Ferryman
Raucous shenanigans aside (and there are plenty), lurking behind every plot twist and poetic monologue are fresh and fermented Irish Republican issues in Jez Butterworth‘s Olivier Award-winning The Ferryman.
BroadwayCon 2019—It's A Wrap!
It was with great excitement that I looked forward to my fourth BroadwayCon, organized by Anthony Rapp and Melissa Anelli, in New York City. For the 2019 version of this mammoth undertaking, BroadwayCon returned to their original home, the Midtown Hilton, where in 2016 a massive blizzard had nearly shut down the prepubescent conference.
Oh Pretty Woman: Andy Karl Gives New Life to a Classic Role
Andy Karl is back on the Great White Way, this time channeling Edward Lewis, a character made famous on celluloid by Richard Gere nearly 30 years ago in Pretty Woman.
Eric William Morris Takes on Broadway’s Supersized Superstar in King Kong
His nickname is Kiko (“kee-ko”), lovingly coined by the people who work—and work with—him in Broadway's latest sensation, King Kong.
Ringing in 2019—Broadway Style
It’s time to zero in on the classic shows and sweep of stars that mark the New York theatre scene during the month of January.
Reviewer's Beat: American Son
American Son, Christopher Demos-Brown’s provocative new work, is set in the waiting room of a Miami police station where Kendra, an African-American mother, looks for answers about her missing teenage son.
Reviewer's Beat: Elaine May and The Waverly Gallery
Oscar-winning playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery offers audiences a theatrically enhanced time capsule inspired by his grandmother’s descent into dementia…and her actual Greenwich Village art gallery.
A Loverly Conversation with My Fair Lady’s Harry Hadden-Paton
In many ways, the brilliant Broadway revival of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater is very much like the smash musical when it premiered on Broadway in 1956, starting with the plot.
Ben Crawford Sets the Right Tone for The Phantom of the Opera
Forty-six U.S. states are less populous than the 18.5 million people who’ve seen The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. We’re not even talking about other productions worldwide—that number totals almost half the population of the entire continental United States. As the show catapults into its 31st year on the Great White Way, there seems to be no end in sight to its popularity.