All stories by Jk Clarke on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

The Saviour – Other Thoughts by Jk Clarke

By Marcina Zaccaria . . . An evening of bliss becomes a morality tale as we follow a 67-year-old woman who encounters the truths of an unseemly past in The Saviour.  Marie Mullen (Tony Awar…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:57AM
Monday, July 31, 2023

A Musical About Star Wars by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  Walking into the theater for A Musical About “Star Wars,” you expect it will be funny and satiric (especially when the usher swipes your ticket and tells you to �…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:01AM

At The Illusionist’s Table by Jk Clarke

By Alix Cohen . . .  The McKittrick Hotel Club Car is very dark. A very long, candlelit table is set attractively for dinner. Visual resembles Hogwarts.  Scottish illusionist Scott Silven …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:51AM
Saturday, July 29, 2023

Blues for An Alabama Sky Lights up a Week of Perpetual Berkshire Downpours by Jk Clarke

By Myra Chanin . . .  During the long-gone days of my youth, I considered the Berkshires a cultural summertime wonderland and loved its endless pastures, dotted with unpretentious barns-cum…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:49AM
Monday, July 24, 2023

The Cottage: Sex, Intrigue, Mayhem in a Bucolic, Country Setting  by Jk Clarke

By Carole Di Tosti . . .  What could be better than a comedy of manners in the style of Oscar Wilde, “inspired by the works of Noël Coward,” heightened to riotous farce with a modern t…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:17PM
Saturday, July 22, 2023

The Saviour by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Deirdre Kinahan’s The Saviour, a one-act, two hander, running a shade over an hour, is now receiving its world stage premiere (following an online debut) at the…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:40AM
Friday, July 21, 2023

Lucie Arnaz: I Got the Job! by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . . As a teenager, I watched Lucie Arnaz week in, week out on her mother’s CBS-TV series “Here’s Lucy” over the course of its six season run (Monday nights at 9 PM).…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:30PM

Here Lies Love by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke . . .  Musicals that take place during revolutions or periods of historic social upheaval tend to not only be compelling to audiences but have a fairly good track record. Think…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:51AM
Saturday, July 15, 2023

Travelogue – Honoring Ireland’s Independence Through Theater by Jk Clarke

By Walter Murphy . . .  In recent years, my wife and I have been spending time in Ireland during the summers. While there we try to visit many of the excellent national museums and parks. T…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:10PM
Friday, July 14, 2023

A Delightful Evening at FAU Celebrating the Biggest and Brassiest Hits of the 20th Century  by Jk Clarke

By Myra Chanin . . .  I first visited Florida as a new mother in the 1980s. We drove down accompanied by our little darling, Steven, a toddler whose possessions filled the entire trunk of o…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:36AM
Thursday, July 13, 2023

I’m Going to Marry You Tobey Maguire by Jk Clarke

By Stuart Miller . . .  There’s a moment somewhere in the middle of I’m Going to Marry You Tobey Maguire when you start to see the seams of Samantha Hurley’s sketch comedy writing bac…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:13PM
Friday, July 7, 2023

Hamlet – Shakespeare in the Park by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  For the past couple of weeks, I’d been wondering if my visit to the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet was to be or not to be. First, a weather s…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:47AM
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Once Upon a One More Time – Who Controls the Narrative? by Jk Clarke

By Carole Di Tosti . . .  Everyone should write their own story. But how is this possible if an omnipotent narrator demands obedience upon the threat of banishment? We discover dreams can c…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:30PM
Wednesday, June 28, 2023

The Great Gatsby – The Immersive Show by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  To quote the great Noel Coward: “I’ve been to a marvelous party.” It was filled with soigné New Yorkers of every age and shape, dressed in glamorous 1920…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:55PM
Monday, June 26, 2023

Alex Edelman – Just For Us: Hysterically Funny by Jk Clarke

By Alix Cohen . . .  Alex Edelman has been doing stand-up since he was a teenager and honing his show, Just For Us (which has just moved to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre), since 2018. Charism…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:30PM
Friday, June 23, 2023

FAU’s Theater Students Focus on Endless Fun in the Farcical “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by Jk Clarke

By Myra Chanin . . .  Harrumph!!! Where in the world can a theatergoer find a well performed farce nowadays? I just reveled in the perpetually amusing Will Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:23PM

Triple Threat by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  Anyone remotely involved in the world of entertainment knows the meaning of the phrase “triple threat”: someone who can act, sing and dance. Anyone who has …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:00PM

The Light in the Piazza by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . You don’t see a miracle? Luckily, there’s a quick fix for that dilemma—this weekend only—if you can grab a ticket to City Center Encores’ vocally gorgeo…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:10PM

Broadway Legend Sheldon Harnick Dies at 99 by Jk Clarke

One of the last greats of Broadway’s Golden Age, and celebrated lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, Sheldon Harnick died Friday in NYC at the age of 99.  Born in Chicago in 1924, Harnick  e…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:33PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

The Gospel According to Heather by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Given the cultish popularity of the 1989 high school movie Heathers, about serial killings, and of its 2014 stage musical version, you’d imagine anyone contempl…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:08PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Rock & Roll Man by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  Like it or not, the so-called “jukebox musical” has become a staple of New York City theater and shows no signs of disappearing. The latest example, Rock &a…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:00PM

Megan Hilty at the Café Carlyle by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . If you believe everything you see in the movies, “cabaret” often consists of a cool, soigne-dressed songstress delivering sultry standards to a barely involve…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:18PM

Natalie Douglas – Juneteenth Jubilee by Jk Clarke

By Marilyn Lester . . .  In what was possibly one of her most magnificent cabaret shows to date, Natalie Douglas proverbially blew the roof off Birdland with A 60s Songs Juneteenth Jubilee.…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:38PM

Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground by Jk Clarke

By Marcina Zaccaria . . .  John Rubinstein remembers victory as the 34th President of the United States in Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground. Social unrest, race riots, and eventually the as…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:28AM
Tuesday, June 20, 2023

The Doctor by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Apart from Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, perhaps, the play with the most sustained dramatic and intellectual power now playing in New York is The Doctor, at the …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:16AM
Friday, June 16, 2023

Rent at the Paper Mill Playhouse by Jk Clarke

By Adam Cohen . . .  Rent at the Paper Mill Playhouse remains a wonder to behold, a sumptuous song-fest to enjoy, a spiritual boost for all. Director Zi Alikhan delivers a crazily brilliant…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:30AM
Wednesday, June 14, 2023

A Simulacrum – Where Magic Takes Center Stage by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  A Simulacrum is a world premiere production presented by the Atlantic Theatre Company and co-written by Lucas Hnath with Steve Cuiffo. Hnath, a playwright whose credit…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:00PM

Lizard Boy by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . . When it comes to supernatural pop cultural tropes that keep popping up in shows, movies, and TV series, few are as common as vampires, zombies, and dragons. For a r…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:30PM

Eleventh Annual Night of a Thousand Judys by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke . . .  What better way to get into the spirit of Pride Month than with a pride of amazing singers performing some of Judy Garland’s biggest hits (and a few deep cuts)? Hard t…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:55AM

London Theatre Round-up: Spring 2023 by Jk Clarke

By Carol Rocamora . . .  London theatre has been soaring this spring with a striking variety of offerings, ranging from the sensational to the scintillating to the sentimental.  Nicholas H…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:57AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Songbook Sundays: Savin’ My Love for Fats Waller by Jk Clarke

By Alix Cohen . . . Bronx-born Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller (1904 –1943), jazz pianist, organist, composer and vocalist copyrighted over 400 songs, most co-written with Andy Razaf who d…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:55PM