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Thursday, November 16, 2023

More than just a talkback: why Broadway is embracing post-show programming by Gordon Cox

Kevin McCollum of "SIX," Diana DiMenna of "Here Lies Love," Jonathan McCrory of National Black Theatre and more share their reasoning behind auxiliary programming — and the results.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

How Sierra Boggess and Warren Carlyle Make Broadway ‘Harmony’ by Gordon Cox

To hear the actress Sierra Boggess tell it, Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Broadway musical “Harmony” couldn’t have a more apt title. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” po…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:09PM

‘Harmony’ Review: Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Broadway Musical Is a Glitzy, Superficial Look at a True Story by Gordon Cox

There’s a narrator in “Harmony,” Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow’s musical now playing at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theater—an elderly rabbi, played ably by Chip Zien, who tells…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:28AM
Tuesday, September 19, 2023

‘Rebecca’ Review: Musical’s English-Language Debut Is a Remarkable Debacle by Gordon Cox

“What a terrible tragedy.” Indeed. That’s the lyric cried out as, in theory, the famously magnificent Cornish home at the heart of the story burns to the ground at the climax of the mu…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM

How Rachel Bloom Turned a Standup Show Into a Death-Defying Solo Musical by Gordon Cox

Rachel Bloom remembers the exact moment that she decided her latest stage project, “Death, Let Me Do My Show,” couldn’t be the lightweight standup show she was hoping it would be. It w…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:56PM
Tuesday, September 5, 2023

‘Back to the Future,’ ‘The Shark Is Broken’ and the Secrets of Broadway Video Design by Gordon Cox

Broadway video design is a lot more complicated than it looks. And it already looks pretty complicated. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: On the new episode of “Sta…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:46PM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

How The Creators of Stray Gods Made a Musical That’s a Video Game by Gordon Cox

Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, the musical “If/Then”: These aren’t the usual conversational touchpoints in a discussion about a video game. But all three of those musical theater…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:25PM

More Broadway brave summer openings — here’s why by Gordon Cox

From “The Cottage” to ”Back to the Future” to ”Here Lies Love,” more shows have bet on a summer opening than traditional logic dictates. The producers reveal their strategies.

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Friday, August 11, 2023

‘The Shark is Broken’ Review: Broadway Play About the Making of ‘Jaws’ is No Blockbuster by Gordon Cox

Anything that has to do with Steven Spielberg’s award-winning 1975 film “Jaws” should be fun. After all, it’s a movie about the sudden appearance of a freakishly large, man-eating sh…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:06AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Why Theater Is (Not) Doomed, According to Three Leaders in the Trenches by Gordon Cox

News has been grim in the theater sector lately, as economic headwinds have forced organizations around the country to reduce programming, lay off staff, pause production or, in some cases, …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:17PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

‘Back to the Future’ Review: Broadway Musical’s Car Is the Star in Underwhelming Screen-to-Stage Duplication by Gordon Cox

Yogi Berra said the future ain’t what it used to be. We know how he feels. The Broadway arrival of the West End hit “Back to the Future” continues the march of Hollywood brand extensio…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Tuesday, July 25, 2023

‘The Cottage’ on Broadway Is Just the Beginning of Jason Alexander’s Busy Theater Schedule by Gordon Cox

Jason Alexander’s latest theater project, the new comedy “The Cottage,” opened on Broadway last night — and it’s just the first of a string of theater projects that stand poised to…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:21PM
Monday, July 24, 2023

‘The Cottage’ Review: Sex Farce Directed by Jason Alexander Delivers Limp, Familiar Comedy by Gordon Cox

A posh country estate where half a dozen lovers unveil their infidelities is the setting of “The Cottage,” which opened at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theater tonight. Set in 1923, this com…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30PM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

‘Here Lies Love’ Review: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Musical About Imelda Marcos Sacrifices Substance for Style by Gordon Cox

Imelda Marcos demands to know, near the end of “Here Lies Love,” why we don’t love her. The unlikely belle of this propulsive and glittering ball, from musicians David Byrne and Fatboy…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Thursday, July 13, 2023

‘Dr. Semmelweis’ Review: Mark Rylance’s Compelling Performance Outshines an Overworked Bio-Drama by Gordon Cox

All the elements are there: a forgotten but fascinatingly tragic, true-life story about a world-changing medical discovery that saved the lives of millions; a large-cast, grand-scale product…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:45PM
Tuesday, July 11, 2023

How Theater Kids Improvised Their Way to a Sundance Success With ‘Theater Camp’ by Gordon Cox

The movie comedy “Theater Camp” is one of those dreams-come-true success stories that sometimes emerge from the Sundance Film Festival: Scrappy indie movie debuts in Park City, the audie…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:57PM
Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Why Conrad Ricamora Would Happily Play Queer Characters for the Rest of His Life by Gordon Cox

With a resumé that includes “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Fire Island” and the upcoming comedy “How to Die Alone,” Conrad Ricamora has gotten some of his best screen work play…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:46PM
Monday, June 26, 2023

‘Just For Us’ Review: Alex Edelman’s Broadway Stand-up Show is Irresistible by Gordon Cox

Alex Edelman wants to know that you’re having a good time. The 34-year-old comedian, whose nimbly clever solo show “Just For Us” is now on Broadway, describes himself as “solicitous�…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

‘Once Upon a One More Time’ Review: Britney Spears Hits Push Broadway Princesses to Break Free of Fairy Tales by Gordon Cox

While it is debatable that the life of the newly emancipated Britney Spears is a fairy tale at present, the singer’s catalog of hits surely has the feel of a fable with feminist-forward em…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2023

‘The Third Man’ Review: Theatrical Hitmakers Can’t Make This Misbegotten Thriller Sing by Gordon Cox

“What was I thinking when I made this deal?” So sings Holly Martins (Sam Underwood) towards the end of the new musical adaptation of “The Third Man.” Indeed. As it turns out, the mys…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:25PM
Saturday, June 17, 2023

How One Striking TV Writer Has Kept Busy in Theater by Gordon Cox

With TV series like “Citadel,” “Hunters” and “Solos” under her belt, Tori Sampson is one of TV’s busiest young writers — and right now, that means she’s busy striking in so…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:26PM
Thursday, June 15, 2023

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Review: ‘Ted Lasso’ Star Toheeb Jimoh Is the Expressive Heart of Rebecca Frecknall’s Passionate Production by Gordon Cox

Having the audacity to harness stabs and slashes of Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet score for “Romeo and Juliet” for a production of Shakespeare’s play suggests remarkable confidence o…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:10PM
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Tony Awards 2023: All the Snubs, Surprises and Standouts From Broadway’s Biggest Night by Gordon Cox

In a Broadway awards ceremony without a script, there were bound to be unexpected twists, turns and upsets. Here are the biggest snubs, surprises and standouts from the 2023 Tony Awards. SNU…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:51PM
Friday, June 9, 2023

‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ Review: Good-Hearted Musical Is Long on Incident but Short on Drama by Gordon Cox

Smartly refusing to be doggedly faithful, bookwriter and director Jethro Compton retains the arc of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s (very) short, fable-like story “The Curious Case of Benjamin But…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:08AM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

‘Grey House’ Review: Laurie Metcalf Stars in a Spooky but Oblique Broadway Thriller by Gordon Cox

Playwright Levi Holloway’s “Grey House” arrives on Broadway with the vibe of a spooky cinematic thriller. Pulses do rise, and the mind races forward with every blackout and bang. But s…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00PM
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

A Tight-Rope Walk to the Tony Awards: How ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ Creators Struck a Delicate Balance of Humor and Heartache by Gordon Cox

The writers of “Kimberly Akimbo” tell a story about the musical’s creation that feels as if it could be a scene in the show itself. Like the Tony-nominated production, now up for eight…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

How Tony Nominee Jessica Chastain Crafted Her Signature Moments in Broadway’s ‘A Doll’s House’ by Gordon Cox

When Jessica Chastain explains how she and her collaborators created the standout moments in her Tony-nominated Broadway performance in “A Doll’s House,” one wouldn’t expect to hear …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:08PM
Friday, May 26, 2023

‘Aspects of Love’ Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Torpid, Semi-Forgotten Musical Gets an Unconvincing West End Revival by Gordon Cox

“Will someone kindly tell me what on Earth has happened?” Well, quite. That’s the that line Michael Ball’s George sings when surveying the absurdity before him, including the body of…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:33PM
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Why Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond Love Sharing the Tony Nominations Spotlight by Gordon Cox

Thanks to her acclaimed performance in “Parade,” Micaela Diamond has found herself nominated for a Tony Award at just 23 years old. The attention could be overwhelming for any young acto…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:01PM
Friday, May 19, 2023

‘Brokeback Mountain’ Review: Well-Acted and Well-Meaning Play Version Doesn’t Make for Compelling Theater by Gordon Cox

Canny casting of Mike Faist (“West Side Story”) and Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) and abundant efforts to honor Annie Proulx’s short story “Brokeback Mountain,” immort…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:56PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Why Tony Nominee Corey Hawkins Embraced Fearlessness in ‘Topdog/Underdog’ by Gordon Cox

The recent Broadway revival of “Topdog/Underdog” may have ended its run, but for Corey Hawkins, the actor now nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the play, the experience left him…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:22PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards