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Thursday, April 25, 2024

The Great Gatsby – A Hundred Years Later by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . . Copyrights have expired for all published works produced prior to 1926. Now considered public domain, permissions are no longer necessary, nor royalties…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:00PM

Patriots by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . I suspect that, if the category for Final Jeopardy were “Russian Oligarchs” and the clue was, “Mathematical prodigy who claimed responsibilit…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:13AM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

America’s Sexiest Couple Reunites at the Delray Beach Playhouse – FLORIDA by Jk Clarke

Theater Review By Myra Chanin . . . . America’s Sexiest Couple, currently being presented by Boca Stage, might just as easily be entitled “America’s Formerly Sexiest Couple.” It has …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:21AM

Grenfell by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carol Rocamora . . . . Nine actors enter the performance space of St Ann’s Warehouse. Surrounded by the audience on all sides, it is stark and empty save for a dozen boxe…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:28AM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Mary Jane – Cheerful Stoicism in the Face of Suffering by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carole Di Tosti . . . . Being a caretaker of a chronically ill child is a difficult task for the most dedicated of parents of means. However, when a single mother is left w…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:30PM

The Heart of Rock and Roll by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Michael Dale . . . . “The heart of rock and roll is still beating,” announced Huey Lewis and The News back in 1983. I’m no expert in such matters, so I’ll take thei…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:08PM

Last Call for Babe Reilly – Heaven Awaits by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Walter Murphy . . . . In Last Call for Babe Reilly playwright Marianne Driscoll imagines what it takes to make it into heaven: To be kind. Pretty good advice in these fract…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:38AM

Do Re Mi Returns as a Mini-Musical by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . . The brave folks at J2 Spotlight, which produces musicals that usually haven’t seen the light of day in some time, are offering two shows this spring (…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:58AM
Saturday, April 20, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Stephen J. Bottoms. Playing Underground: A Critical Hist…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:32PM

The Wiz by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . A brief (but incomplete) timeline: 1900: L. Frank Baum publishes his fantasy novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; 1903: a hit musical version of the …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:24PM

The Worst Cafe in the World Features Great Menu Options by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Walter Murphy . . . . The Worst Cafe in the World should not be confused with the venue where it takes place, Ryan’s Daughter. This Irish pub has been an Upper East Side …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:51AM
Friday, April 19, 2024

Buddy Holly’s Longtime Fans Rock Like Teens at the Wick Theatre by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Myra Chanin . . . . In case you mistakenly thought The Buddy Holly Story was a seasonal legend about a friendly sprig of mistletoe, the life of Buddy Holly currently resurr…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:24AM

Lempicka Paints Itself Into a Corner by Jk Clarke

Theater Review By Ron Fassler . . . . Once the new Broadway musical Lempicka begins, two things become instantly apparent: 1) a musical history lesson is in store, and 2) it is going to pres…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:57AM
Thursday, April 18, 2024

SUFFS – Fighting for the Future by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carole Di Tosti . . . .  Marching from its premiere at the Public Theater in 2022 to its Broadway premiere, SUFFS, with book, music, and lyrics by Shaina Taub is now runni…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:30PM

Still . . . Only Fools Rush In by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Once upon a time when romances began, the big question was: what’s the other person’s religion? Then it became a question of race. Now it’s p…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:49AM
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Macbeth – Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC  by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carol Rocamora . . . . The immersive Macbeth at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. this month is more than just another classical revival. Momentous in timi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:27AM

Brokeneck Girls – The Murder Ballad Musical by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Michael Dale . . . . “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man,” sang John Lennon on The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album, released in 1965 durin…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:51AM
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Musical Facts and Personal Friction – The Double Bass by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Walter Murphy . . . . An hour-long monologue about the most vital yet least appreciated instrument of an orchestra, the double bass, could easily have left an audience ques…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:44AM

Fighting Forward in “Scarlett Dreams” by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Marcina Zaccaria . . . . With statistics tracked on a large screen overhead, aerobic kicks are measured and calculated when Kevin becomes a beta tester for a new workout sy…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:05AM
Monday, April 15, 2024

THE SIEGEL COLUMN by Jk Clarke

By Barbara & Scott Siegel . . .  Let’s Hear It For Broadway’s Senior Stars!  Just before the run-up to the bumper car finale of the 2023-24 theater season, we wanted to pause to ma…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:07PM
Saturday, April 13, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . Eila Mell. The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:18PM
Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Outsiders – The Haves vs. The Have Nots by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carole Di Tosti . . . . Making a Broadway musical adaptation from S.E. Hinton’s popular classic novel, The Outsiders, and Francis Ford Coppola’s titular film, seems no …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:51PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Margaret Curry and The Space In-Between by Jk Clarke

Cabaret Review by Ron Fassler . . . . It was with a gleam in her eye and a kick in her step that song stylist Margaret Curry bounded onto the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre last Saturd…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:01PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

ATLANTA – Theatrical Outfit’s Thrilling “Clyde’s” by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Jeffrey Bruce . . . . Luckily, I was able to catch the final performance of Clyde’s presented by one of Atlanta’s premier theater groups, Theatrical Outfit. The scene i…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:41PM

Believing in Puppetry – The Human Dream Project by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Marcina Zaccaria . . . . One clown guides the beginning and end of our journey. Another beautifully designed figure expresses contentment through its mask. In Admiral Grey�…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:29PM

Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes by Jk Clarke

Cabaret Review by Brian Scott Lipton . . . . At almost age 75, Patti LuPone has absolutely nothing to prove to anyone—not her (adoring) audiences or even, I suspect, herself. Still, her ne…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:10PM

The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury – Two by Gilbert and Sullivan Before They Became Icons by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Walter Murphy . . . .  I’ve always felt that Monty Python owes a debt of gratitude to Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S). Their sketches gleefully offer a skewed view of Bri…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:22AM
Monday, April 8, 2024

Nederlands Dans Theater at City Center by Jk Clarke

Theater/Dance Review by Ron Fassler . . . . Even with the very un-springlike weather we’ve been experiencing this week, you can always tell it’s spring when international dance companies…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:25AM
Sunday, April 7, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . 4th edition This edition of Leiter Looks at Books looks a…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:16AM
Friday, April 5, 2024

The Who’s Tommy Raises the Question – Why? by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by JK Clarke . . . .  Fans of the rock opera Tommy, whether it’s the album, the 1975 film, or the original Broadway production are no longer just Boomers. Classic rock radi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:45PM

All About Lee Roy by Jk Clarke

Cabaret Review by Ron Fassler . . . . Dancers Over 40, the thirty-year-old charitable organization founded as “a community of support for all dancers entering—or continuing their creativ…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:04PM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
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