Reviews

Oklahoma! ****, Hadestown ****, A’int Too Proud ***1/2

Ali Stroker as Ado Annie in Oklahoma!

By: David Sheward

April 23, 2019: Like our current political climate, Daniel Fish’s sex-drenched nightmare version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! has polarized the theatergoing public. You either hate it or love it. After engagements at Bard College in 2015 and St. Ann’s Warehouse Off-Broadway earlier this season, the radical revival has forced audiences to examine their assumptions about this supposedly wholesome staple of high school and community theater. Naysayers moan that the director has distorted and ruined a beloved classic of Broadway’s Golden Age. But the sex, violence and discord Fish has mined beneath the sunny farmlands and corn as high as an elephant’s eye was always there, he’s just brought it to the surface. 

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Reviews

Hillary & Clinton ****

Zak Orth, Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow

By: Paulanne Simmons

April 22, 2019: Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton may be only 90 minutes long, yet it provides us with a searing, insightful and sometimes very funny glimpse into the life of a couple that has tantalized so many for the past several decades.

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Interviews

James Snyder

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: James Synder Heads the New American Cast

By: Ellis Nassour

April 22, 2019: The two-part epic Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and the first official Potter story to be developed for the stage. Following a blockbuster premiere in London, the show and cast crossed the Atlantic for the U.S. premiere at the totally renovated Lyric Theatre on West 43rd Street, which now has been turned into a Harry Potter fantasy experience.  

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Reviews

Burn This ***1/2

Adam Driver, Kerri Russell

Adam Driver and Keri Russell star in tepid revival of Burn This, a 1987 drama by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Landford Wilson.

By: Patrick Christiano

April 19, 2019:  Originally commissioned by Circle in the Square, Burn This, a 1987 drama by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Landford Wilson, sizzled on Broadway with John Malkovick and Joan Allen, who won a Tony Award for her performance. The two stars generated real heat in a thrilling production that ran on Broadway for over a year, with 437 performances. Michael Mayer’s tepid revival with Adam Driver and Keri Russell as Pale and Anna, respectively, is played more for laughs than emotional subtext and leaves us wanting more.

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Around The Town

Easter Bonnet Competition

Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS’ 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Monday and Tuesday at the Minskoff Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

April 23, 2019: The Red Bucket Brigade (#redbuckets) has completed their Spring end-of-theater mission. Volunteers across 22 Broadway and Off Broadway shows and also touring companies, their casts, and crews have lobbied tirelessly for the last six weeks to benefit the multitude of programs Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supports. Their efforts culminate and will be honored at the 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition(#BroadwayBonnets)at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney’s The Lion King.There are two performances: Monday at 4:30 P.M., Tuesday at 2 P.M.

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Drama League Nominations

Alex timbers,Kelli O’Hara, Taylor Mac

April 17, 2019: The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The nominations were announced by the current stars of Waitress, Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan, at Sardi’s Restaurant.

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BroadwayHD screens 42nd Street

Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley

Special screening of acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street @ AMC on 42nd Street

April 17, 2019:  BroadwayHD, the premier streaming platform for live theater, hosted a special screening of visionary director Mark Bramble’s acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street, the Tony Award winning musical of 1981, which closed in London this past January.  BroadwayHD founders, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comely, kicked off the special screening with an introduction of how the film came to be after they flew to London to see acclaimed musical and meeting with Bramble. The dazzling film by BroadwayHD captures the intensity and passion of the original West End production and is the next best thing to a seat in the theater.  It will debut in movie theaters as a Fathom event on May 1 for a limited theatrical release before becoming an exclusive on the BroadwayHD  lineup.

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Faye Menken Schneier, Peter Filichia, Randie Levine Miller, Cheryl Benton, Sandi Durell, Roni Jenkins,Valerie Smaldone

6th ANNUAL “TOMATOES GOT TALENT” ANNOUNCES WINNERS! CHRISTINA CONNORS WINS! RUNNER-UPS ARE KELLY MAGUIRE, TERRI LEVY, EVANGELINE JOHNS, AND CAMILLE DIAMON

April 21, 2019: Singer Christina Connors was named the winner of the 6th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” Contest at The Triad on Monday, April 15. Celebrating the talents of extraordinary women over 40 who have made their marks and their livings outside of the entertainment world, but who consider the craft of singing and performing to be integral to their lives.

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WP Theater’s Anniversary Gala

Charlotte St, Martin, President of The Broadway League, presenting Bonnie Comley with Women of Achievement Award

WP Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala honors Women of Achievement.

April 16, 2019:  WP Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala honoring game-changing women with the Women of Achievement awards was held on Monday at the Edison Ballroom on West 47th Street in the Theater District. The gala honored three-time Tony Award-Winning Producer & Founder of BroadwayHD Bonnie Comley (A Gentleman’s Guide, War Horse), Award-Winning actress, activist, and singer-songwriter Amanda Seyfried  (Mamma Mia, Dear John, Mean Girls), and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Emily Warren (The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down”, Dua Lipa’s “New Rules”).

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Gordin's View

Jamie deRoy & friends

Jamie deRoy, Haley Swindal

Show at Birdland benefits The Actors Fund

April 16, 2019:  Hostess/producer Jamie DeRoy brought her multi-MAC Award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, back to Birdland on Monday, April 15 as part of The Broadway at Birdland concert series. Proceeds from the evening benefited The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. Special guests included Christina Bianco, Mike Birbiglia (The New One), E. Clayton Cornelious (Ain’t Too Proud), John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey and Haley Swindal (Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde). The show was directed by Barry Kleinbort, and musical direction was by Ron Abel.

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Reviews

Benny & Joon ***

Paper Mill Playhouse Presents Star Showcase for Bryce Pinkham in East Coast  Premiere of Benny & Joon, Adapted from the Film Starring Johnny Depp

By: Ellis Nassour

Monday, April 15: Benny & Joon is the highly-emotional story of a young high-functioning female schizophrenic who dreams of being normal, independent; her obsessively worrying brother, who cares for her after the deaths of their parents; and a mysterious stranger who upends their already upended lives. Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn, NJ) is presenting the East Coast premiere, through May 5. Kirsten Guenther (Richard Rodgers Grant; upcoming Roman Holiday), has give the stage adaptation fuller-developed characters than were in 1993 romantic comedy [starring Johnny Deep], which touched audiences and became a cult favorite. The score has music by Nolan Gasser (the opera The Secret Garden) and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein (2005 Little Women).

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Reviews

Burn This ***

Adam Driver

OH, OH, OH . . . HE’S ON FIRE

By: Samuel L. Leiter

Adam Driver (TV’s “Girls,” BlackkKlansman) is giving an incendiary performance in the first Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1987 play, Burn This. The thermostat clicks off when he’s not on stage; when he is, though, he makes the Hudson Theatre crackle with his fiery presence. Anybody looking for Broadway’s next Stanley Kowalski need look no further.

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Reviews

Sincerely, Oscar at the Duke *1/2

Dugg McDonough, Doreen Taylor

Musical revue fails to shine despite stellar Hammerstein songs.

By:  Patrick Christiano

April 14, 2019:  Sincerely, Oscar is billed as a new musical, conceived and written by Doreen Taylor and starring Doreen Taylor. Instead of a new musical however, the evening is a lame revue featuring twenty-one songs by the renowned lyrist, Oscar Hammerstein. The timeless song list from his classic Broadway shows like Show Boat, Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, is impressive, and Taylor has a lovely, well trained, strong soprano voice. But that’s about as good as it gets. 

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Randie Levine-Miller

6th Annual “TOMATOES GOT TALENT” Contest Takes Center Stage at the TRIAD.

On April 15, 2019, 12 uniquely-talented women have been hand-picked to compete in the 6th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” contest which celebrates the talents of women over 40.  Hosted by Randie Levine-Miller, the high-spirited juried contest takes place at The Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday April 15 at 7pm.

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Reviews

Oklahoma! **

Rebecca Naomi, Damon Daunno in Oklahoma!

By: Paulanne Simmons

April 13, 2019: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, Oklahoma! was based on Lynn Riggs’ forgotten and largely forgettable Green Grow the Lilacs. The show’s premiere at the St. James Theatre in 1943 marked a considerable advance in the integrated musical, in which music, dance and story all work together to advance plot and themes.

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