All stories by Johnny Oleksinski on BroadwayStars

Monday, January 29, 2024

‘Days of Wine and Roses’ review: Alcoholism Broadway show is no happy hour by Johnny Oleksinski

The worst bar sales on Broadway have got to be at Studio 54, where “Days of Wine and Roses” opened Sunday night.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:39PM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

‘Succession’ Emmy winner Sarah Snook will make her Broadway debut by Johnny Oleksinski

She’s ditching Waystar Royco for the Great White Way. Sarah Snook, the “Succession” star who won the Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series on Monday night, plans to make her Br…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:48PM
Thursday, January 4, 2024

‘Sunset Boulevard,’ starring Nicole Scherzinger, will open on Broadway this fall by Johnny Oleksinski

Get ready, Mr. DeMille. The London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Nicole Scherzinger, will arrive on Broadway later this year, a spokesman for th…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 14, 2023

‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ review: Netflix stage play is a total disaster by Johnny Oleksinski

Message to Netflix: Stick to the flicks. “Stranger Things: The First Shadow,” the streamer’s freshman attempt at a stage play is a huge, insufferable embarrassment. Mega-fans of the TV…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:09PM
Sunday, December 10, 2023

‘How To Dance In Ohio’ review: Autism musical is a better idea than show by Johnny Oleksinski

“How To Dance In Ohio,” the new musical that opened Sunday night at the Belasco Theatre, marks a laudable first for Broadway: A show about autistic persons who are actually played by act…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:13PM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ review: Alicia Keys’ musical has fabulous songs, lacking story by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s when the singing stops that this show with its sights set on Broadway is no longer on fire.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:32PM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ Broadway review: An OK copy of the original by Johnny Oleksinski

Never hilarious, the revival stalls out at pleasant. Spamalot, laugh a little.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

‘Office’ star Steve Carell is headed to Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Steve Carell, the Academy Award nominee who played Michael Scott on NBC’s “The Office,” will make his Broadway debut this spring in the play “Uncle Vanya,” Lincoln Center Theater a…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:06PM
Monday, November 13, 2023

‘Harmony’ review: Barry Manilow’s Broadway musical is moving, but doesn’t quite sing by Johnny Oleksinski

While “Harmony” is about a sextet of singers whose voices blend like milk and coffee, its elements do not similarly fuse into a cohesive and satisfying musical.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:18PM
Friday, November 10, 2023

‘Old Friends’ review: Bernadette Peters’ Sondheim show is a stellar tribute by Johnny Oleksinski

This major moment for Stephen Sondheim’s musicals is not limited to New York, where the late composer’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Sweeney Todd” and final show “Here We Are” a…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:56PM
Monday, November 6, 2023

Netflix returns to the Upside Down with first glimpse of ‘Stranger Things’ play by Johnny Oleksinski

“Stranger Things: The First Shadow" begins performances this month in London.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:03PM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

‘I Need That’ review: DeVito is a hoarder in a messy Broadway play by Johnny Oleksinski

Theresa Rebeck’s new play,“I Need That,” is a drama about someone’s mess, but it needn’t be so messy.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Monday, October 23, 2023

‘Here We Are’ review: Sondheim’s last musical sadly doesn’t sing by Johnny Oleksinski

It was always wishful thinking to believe that Stephen Sondheim’s final musical, which was tinkered with for almost a decade before the composer died in 2021, would hold a candle to his fi…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:00AM
Thursday, October 19, 2023

Nicole Scherzinger stars in a sexy, seismic ‘Sunset Boulevard’ in London by Johnny Oleksinski

Some will view the striking changes to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Boulevard,” and by extension Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film it’s based on, as trampling on what was d…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:27PM
Friday, October 13, 2023

‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ review: Gad and Rannells have almost too much fun by Johnny Oleksinski

Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad, that match made in “Mormon,” are back together and hamming it up again on Broadway. It’s swell to see them twelve years later, like old friends from colle…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:10AM
Tuesday, October 10, 2023

‘Merrily We Roll Along’ review: Infamous Sondheim flop is a smash by Johnny Oleksinski

Like most people do, the three New York friends at the center of the musical “Merrily We Roll Along” get more cynical, jaded, greedy and stubborn with age. Or, as book writer George Furt…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:31PM
Monday, August 28, 2023
Friday, August 18, 2023

Stephen Sondheim’s mysterious final musical has shocking Act 2: insiders by Johnny Oleksinski

The late Broadway musical legend's upcoming “Here We Are” is the biggest mystery of the theater season.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:14PM
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Thursday, August 3, 2023

‘Back to the Future: The Musical’ Broadway review: Watch the movie instead by Johnny Oleksinski

Delightful and delicious? No — it’s DeLorean. Doesn't have much going for it in the way of tuneful songs, show-stopping dances or enthralling storytelling. But it does have a star vehic…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:25PM

Lin-Manuel Miranda is working on this new Broadway musical: source by Johnny Oleksinski

The Great White Way could certainly use a hit.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:46PM
Monday, July 24, 2023

‘The Cottage’ review: Tired new Broadway farce is forced by Johnny Oleksinski

The poster of the new play “The Cottage,” which opened Monday night on Broadway, instantly suggests a severe identity crisis. With exaggerated, colorful cartoons of its starry cast poppi…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

‘Here Lies Love’ review: David Byrne musical makes Broadway a nightclub by Johnny Oleksinski

Call it Studio 53.  For the Imelda Marcos bio-musical “Here Lies Love,” which opened Thursday night a block away from the nightclub-turned-venue Studio 54, the Broadway Theatre has been…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:00PM
Tuesday, July 11, 2023

‘Lehman Trilogy’ planning to return to Broadway this fall by Johnny Oleksinski

The Tony Award-winner would replace "Camelot" at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:02PM
Monday, July 10, 2023
Friday, June 23, 2023

Sheldon Harnick, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ lyricist, dies at 99 by Johnny Oleksinski

"Oh, the gifts he left us!” said actor Harvey Fierstein.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:34PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Sleepy 2023 Tony Awards fail to showcase Broadway at its best by Johnny Oleksinski

On Sunday night, the 76th Annual Tony Awards was performed without a script due to the ongoing writers strike and was staged far, far away from its usual Midtown venue of Radio City Music Ha…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:45PM
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Jodie Comer stops Broadway show over NYC air: ‘I can’t breathe’ by Johnny Oleksinski

The “Killing Eve” star dramatically left the stage several minutes into the matinee of her one-woman play, “Prima Facie,” after struggling to breathe.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:49PM
Friday, June 2, 2023

‘Grey House’ review: Horror falls flat on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Many scenes in the play are creepy or camp, but hardly terrifying. 

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:22PM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

‘Empire Strips Back’ review: ‘Star Wars’ burlesque is a strange nerd fantasy by Johnny Oleksinski

Princess Leia gyrates alongside a remote-controlled R2D2 — its red-and-blue light blinking in ecstasy.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:36PM

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