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Friday, January 27, 2023

Inside Broadway’s Bifurcated Comeback by Gordon Cox

The Broadway musical “Beetlejuice” simply refused to die. After a 2019 eviction notice from its original theater and an unceremonious 2020 shuttering by the COVID-19 lockdown, the produc…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

How Stephen McKinley Henderson Hears the Music in Playwrights by Gordon Cox

When Stephen McKinley Henderson talks about playwrights, he talks about music. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: “August Wilson is, of course, the blues,” he said…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:37PM
Sunday, January 15, 2023

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Review: Paul Mescal Is Explosive in Rebecca Frecknall’s Staggering Revival by Gordon Cox

“I don’t want realism. I want magic!” Blanche’s famously desperate cry holds the key to most approaches to “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Productions of Tennessee Williams’ master…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:31PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Why Audra McDonald’s New Broadway Show Is Shocking Audiences by Gordon Cox

Audra McDonald knows her new Broadway show is surprising theatergoers. “Some people come to see ‘Ohio State Murders’ and they’re taken aback by how I’m speaking or the words that I…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:57PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

‘The Collaboration’ Review: Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope Play Art-World Icons on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Caesar meets Cleopatra, Stalin meets Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe meets the Kennedy brothers: Consequential connections all. So, too, is the meeting and eventual partnership arranged by savvy N…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Monday, December 19, 2022

‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ Review: Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer-Winning Dark Comedy Makes Marvelous Broadway Premiere by Gordon Cox

How well can you ever really know a person? Do you judge by their actions, their hopes or some combination? Like many city creatures, the New Yorkers of “Between Riverside and Crazy,” no…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Tectonic Theater Project Reveals Robust Slate of Projects Aimed for Broadway, Touring and International (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Tectonic Theater Project, the 30-year-old company behind international stage successes “Gross Indecency” and “The Laramie Project,” has unveiled an upcoming slate of projects includi…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Partners With Reframe to Launch Tech-Enabled DEI Initiative (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the 87-year-old regional-theater stalwart that has become a leading player in the theater industry’s push to increase diversity, equity and inclusion, has part…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:39AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

‘Mandela’ Review: New Musical Biography Drowns in Good Intentions by Gordon Cox

Delivering songs demanding freedom not only for the characters but the whole country under apartheid, the impassioned cast of the new musical “Mandela” (now premiering at the Young Vic i…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:42PM

Deirdre O’Connell’s Tony Award Hasn’t Changed Her Life — And She’s More Than Okay With That by Gordon Cox

After spending the last 30-plus years as an Off Broadway favorite, actor Deirdre O’Connell (“Becky Nurse of Salem,” “Corsicana”) walked away from the 2022 Tony Awards with a trophy…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:44AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

‘Some Like It Hot’ Review: New Perspectives Bring Sizzle to This Bright Broadway Musical by Gordon Cox

Taking a classic film comedy — especially one that plays fast and loose with gender and sexuality — and turning it into a big Broadway musical is far from a sure thing in these contempor…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

‘Ohio State Murders’ Review: Audra McDonald Stuns in Adrienne Kennedy’s Long-Awaited Broadway Debut by Gordon Cox

It may be easy to take for granted that Audra McDonald, with six Tony Awards to her name, is capable of performances that creep delicately into your psyche and rattle around there as if clea…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

‘Becky Nurse of Salem’ Review: Witch Trials, Trump and the Kitchen Sink in Sarah Ruhl’s Overstuffed New Play by Gordon Cox

You don’t get more American than descending from one of the witches burned at the stake in Salem, Mass. Unless, that is, you’re also an opioid addict in that same town during the Trump y…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

How Josh Dela Cruz Brought Broadway to ‘Blue’s Clues’ by Gordon Cox

When Nickelodeon revived its popular kids series “Blue’s Clues” in 2019, the show found its new host on Broadway. Josh Dela Cruz was doing eight shows a week in “Aladdin” when he w…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:13PM

‘Orlando’ Review: Emma Corrin Lights Up an Outstandingly Imaginative Look at Gender and Identity by Gordon Cox

The entirely beguiling lightness of touch is remarkable. Staging the startlingly prescient, gender-swapping, time-traveling 1928 novel “Orlando,” a lesser creative team would have gone …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:11PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

‘A Beautiful Noise’ Review: Neil Diamond Musical Unpacks Hitmaker’s Life in Therapy and Song by Gordon Cox

If you are looking to draw an audience into what seems like a typical biographical jukebox musical, starting and ending your drama in psychoanalysis is a great device. Then again, “A Beaut…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:45AM
Saturday, December 3, 2022

‘Ain’t No Mo’’ Review: Jordan E. Cooper’s Uproarious Black Comedy Takes Off on Broadway by Gordon Cox

The question at the heart of “Ain’t No Mo’,” the incendiary and incisive new comedy that opened on Broadway on Dec. 1, is riotously and fruitfully absurd. Consider it a gleeful refra…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:20PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

‘KPOP’ Review: South Korea’s Explosive Pop Export Hits Broadway With Authenticity and Flash by Gordon Cox

As defined by boy bands like BTS and girl groups like Blackpink, K-pop – gayo – is a Korean musical genre (‘brand’ is better) where Instiz all-kills (chart domination) is essenti…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

How to Produce a Museum of Broadway by Gordon Cox

The new Museum of Broadway, which opened recently in Manhattan’s theater district, has a list of producer credits just like it’s a Broadway show. At the top of the list are co-founders J…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:44PM
Monday, November 21, 2022

‘A Christmas Carol’ Review: A Tour-De-Force Solo Adaptation of the Dickens Holiday Classic by Gordon Cox

“Marley was dead, to begin with.” That opening line always gives me the chills, and never more so than in this one-man (plus spooky specter) show featuring that consummate artist of many…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

‘& Juliet’ Review: Shakespearean Jukebox Musical is Like a Shot of Pure Gold by Gordon Cox

Shakespeare’s Juliet singing Britney Spears’ “Oops…I Did It Again” is certainly a surprising and unexpected juxtaposition.  While there is every reason to be skeptical of a Shakes…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30PM

‘Evanston Salt Costs Climbing’ Review: There is Nothing Thrilling About Climate Change Except This Play by Gordon Cox

The use of the word “fuck” as a statement occurs approximately 62 times in Will Arbery’s new play, “Evanston Salt Costs Climbing,” and “Haha” or “Hahahaha” appears approxim…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:27PM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

‘The Old Man and the Pool’ Review: Mike Birbiglia’s Solo Show Makes a Splash on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Mike Birbiglia’s solo play “The Old Man and the Pool” opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway on Nov. 13, 2022. The following is Peter Debruge’s review of the same producti…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

‘Kimberly Akimbo’ Review: An Oddball Musical That’s Impossible Not to Love by Gordon Cox

The prospect of dying by age 16 hardly seems like obvious fodder for musical comedy. But “Kimberly Akimbo,” transferring to Broadway after an acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Compan…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

‘The Lion King’ at 25: How the Iconic Broadway Show Makes Each Production Different Around the World by Gordon Cox

In the 25 years since “The Lion King” opened on Broadway, the show has traveled all over the world and played to more than 110 million people. But there’s one thing that often doesn’…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:05PM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

‘Almost Famous’ Review: Broadway Musical Adapts a Beloved Film All Too Faithfully by Gordon Cox

Writer-director Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning screenplay about a teen rock journalist’s coming-of-age in the ’70s, “Almost Famous,” lands pretty much intact in Broadway’s latest …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

‘Walking With Ghosts’ Review: Gabriel Byrne Stars on Broadway in a Heartfelt Solo Show by Gordon Cox

Who better to tell your story than … you?  Gabriel Byrne won kudos for his intimate memoir “Walking with Ghosts,” which he subsequently adapted into this heartfelt solo show now playi…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30PM

‘Tammy Faye’ Review: New Elton John Score Doesn’t Yet Live Up to a Terrifically Entertaining Production by Gordon Cox

You can take anything and write a song about it. Whether it needs singing about is another question entirely. On the evidence of multitudes of recent musicals, it’s one too few creative te…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:18PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

What Samuel L. Jackson Misses Most About Broadway by Gordon Cox

Samuel L. Jackson is back on Broadway for the first time in a decade in “The Piano Lesson,” the new production of the August Wilson play directed by Jackson’s wife, LaTanya Richardson …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:48PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

‘Topdog/Underdog’ Review: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins Star in a Live-Wire Broadway Revival of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Play by Gordon Cox

It is a testament to the acuity of Suzan-Lori Parks’ imagination and powers of perception that “Topdog/Underdog” feels as vital and electric today as it did 20 years ago. The first Bro…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Review: An Inventive, Visually Thrilling Adaptation of the Studio Ghibli Favorite by Gordon Cox

The Royal Shakespeare Company doesn’t usually sell out an entire run before opening, especially with a new play. But then, it has never had the audacity to stage one of the world’s most …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:21PM

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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
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