Reviews

The Lightning Thief *** 1/2

Chris McCarrell

Theatreworks NYC presents a new version of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at Lucille Lortel Theatre

By:  Patrick Christiano

Joe Tracz adapted the book for The Lightning Thief from the best-selling young adult fiction series of the same name by Rick Riordan, and Rob Rokicki, who wrote the music and lyrics. The musical presented by Theatreworks NYC, a group that has produced over 130 children oriented shows since 1961, and directed by Stephen Brackett is a fast- paced fun filled delight. Low budget, yet thoroughly entertaining the evening for children of all ages centers on a young man, Percy Jackson intensely played by Chris McCarrell, who suddenly realizes he has powers he can’t fully control, when he discovers he is the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea. . 

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Outer Critcs Circle NOMINATIONS

Christy Altomare and Derek Klena in “Anastasia” Photo: Matthew Murphy

Anastasia leads with 13 nominations followed by Hello Dolly with 10, while The Band’s Visit and Come from Away received 7 each.

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, welcomed Danny Burstein and Jane Krakowski to announce the nominees for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, April 25th in the Oak Room at New York’s renowned Algonquin Hotel. 59 West 44th Street.

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The Little Foxes *****

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon in “The Little Foxes”

By: Paulanne Simmons

It’s an old play. And it could have been written yesterday. Lillian Hellman penned The Little Foxes in 1939. Set in a small town in Alabama in 1900, it chronicles the struggles of the avaricious Hubbards over who will control the family business. They are ruthless, deceitful and conniving. They know they will inherit the earth. And if you look around today, you may be convinced they are right.

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Urban Stages to Honor Tony Walton

Tony Walton, Melissa Errico Photo: Barry Gordin

Tony Walton to be honored at The Central Park Boathouse

Urban Stages Board of Directors and Frances Hill, the founding artistic director, will celebrate “The Magic of Set and Costume Design” at their Gala/Benefit on May 15 at the Boathouse in Central Park. Legendary Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award winning set and costume designer Tony Walton will be presented with the 2017 Urban Stages’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  Special guest Melissa Errico, a Tony Nominated Broadway, film and television star, will present the honor to Mr. Walton.

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BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition

BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition Raises Record-Breaking $6,379,572

By: Ellis Nassour

Broadway audiences and show auctions helped Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS break another fund-raising record with their donations: $6,379,572. Results were announced and awards were presented at Tuesday’s Easter Bonnet Competition finale at Nederlander’s Minskoff Theatre, home to The Lion King. The total far surpassed last year’s record-setter of $5,528,568.

The top overall fundraising award went to Glenn Close and company of Sunset Boulevard, which raised a jaw-dropping $509,246.

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Daniel’s Husband **1/2

Ryan Spahn, Lou Liberatore, Leland Wheeler, Matthew Montelongo

Primary stages presents sentimental drama by Michael McKeever at Cherry Lane Theater.

By: Patrick Christiano

Playwright Michael McKeever tackles weighty thought provoking territory in his latest play, Daniel’s Husband, about the relationship of a successful gay couple, Daniel an architect played by Ryan Spahn, and his partner Mitchell, a writer of gay fiction played by Matthew Montelongo. For the past seven-years the two men have lived in their perfectly appointed home, which Daniel designed and where the play is set. Their story begins amusingly with some witty banter just after a dinner that Daniel, also an excellent chef has prepared for Mitchell’s agent Barry, an aging gay man played by Lou Liberatore, and his latest conquest Trip, a 23 year- old special home care aid played by Leland Wheeler. 

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Live Out Loud

Bruce Cohen Executive Producer on ABC’s “When We Rise” Live Out Loud’s Soaring Spirit Award Honoree

Academy Award-winning producer of film, television and theater, Bruce Cohen will receive Live Out Loud’s Soaring Spirit Award at the 2017 Young Trailblazers Gala! on Monday June 5th. Cohen won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing “American Beauty” (1999) and earned Best Picture nomination for “Milk” (2008).

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Groundhog Day ***** Hello, Dolly! *****

Andy Karl in #Groundhog Day”

By: David Sheward

The future and past of musical theater are being triumphantly celebrated this week on Broadway with two exhilarating new productions. Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film comedy starring Bill Murray, combines an innovative premise with a fresh, eclectic score influenced by many genres, while Hello, Dolly! is a sterling example of the Golden Age of Tuners employing a familiar template and tropes so well that it seems brand new.

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War Paint **** Little Foxes ****

Cynthia Nixon as Birdie and Laura Linney as Regina in “The Little Foxes”

By: David Sheward

The new musical War Paint and the revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes (1939) featuring alternating leading ladies represent more than just two spectacular rounds of dueling divas—though that would be reason enough for rejoicing. Both productions afford fascinating takes on the shifting role of powerful women and how they are portrayed in popular media.

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Dolly Day

Bette Midler

To commemorate tonight’s official opening of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler on Broadway, Mayor Bill de Blasio officially proclaimed tomorrow, Friday, April 21, “Dolly Day” in New York City.

The proclamation, was hand-delivered to the Sam S. Shubert Theatre before tonight’s performance.

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Drama League Nominations

Board President of Drama League Jano Herbosch, Tony Award Winners Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth, Executive Artistic Director of Drama League Gabriel Stelian-Shanks

Tony Award winners Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth announced the nominees for 2017 Drama League Awards at a ceremony at Sardi’s Restaurant on West 44th Street . Bette Midler will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award when the awards are held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Friday, May 19, 2017.

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Present Laughter ***1/2

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline shines as the aging star at the center of Noel Coward’s clever drawing room comedy.

By: Patrick Christiano

As soon as the curtain rises on David Zinn’s, eclectically detailed set of a London townhouse replete with a baby grand piano and an elegant staircase you know you are in for a stylish treat. This is the sophisticated drawing room of Gary Essendine, the aging stage star at the center of Noel Coward’s 1939 comedy the playwright dashed off for himself. And when Kevin Kline in a silk dressing gown finally enters and descends from the top of the stairs as Gary, a role he was born to play, the evening moves into another gear and escalates with charming intensity until the final chaotic fadeout.

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Angel & Echoes

Avital Lvova, Rachel Smyth, Serena Manteghi, Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s Angel and Echoes opened on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 59E59 Theaters. The two outstanding plays, presented in one evening tell the story of three women in the Middle East.

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Present Laughter ***

Kristine Nielsen, Kate Burton, Kevin Kline

By: Isa Goldberg

With Kevin Kline and Kate Burton as the happily divorced couple at the center of the Noel Coward revival, Present Laughter, the entertainment is abundantly frothy. As you may recall, Gary Essendine (Klein) is a famous British actor, philanderer, and narcissist.  His ex-wife, Liz (Burton), does everything for him, including, literally, helping him keep his pants on. Incidentally, she is lovely in the role, exuding a warmth and vitality that have amplified with maturity. And Klein clowns, broods, mimics and performs the physical pratfalls for which he, like Gary, are so well known.

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The Glass Menagerie ***

Joe Mantello, Sally Field

Sam Gold’s ill-conceived staging at Broadway’s Belasco strips Williams’ classic of lyricism and more.

By: Patrick Christiano

Near the start of The Glass Menagerie Joe Mantello, as the story’s narrator Tom Wingfield, informs the audience, with the stage lights fully on, that what is to follow is a memory play and nothing is realistic, indicating his bare surroundings to emphasis the point.  Apparently, this is the concept Sam Gold intended for his audacious deconstruction of William’s classic 1944 breakthrough play. Nothing is authentic and the result, despite Sally Field’s gallant performance, is an unconvincing evening that fails to engage with emotional impact.

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