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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Sweeney Todd: A Bloody Good Treat for Sondheim Fans by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford topline a grand revival of the 1979 musical about a bloodthirsty barber and his pastry-making accomplice The post Sweeney Todd: A Bloody Goo…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:53PM
Sunday, March 19, 2023

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’: A Love Story of Rhythm and Rhyme by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The steps are Fosse’s, the vision is Wayne Cilento’s: a valentine to the nine-time Tony-winning director-choreographer The post Bob Fosse’s Dancin’: A Love Story of R…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:54PM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Dear World: A Macaron-Sweet Revival of Jerry Herman’s Paris-Set Musical by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Encores! shines a spotlight on yet another overlooked Jerry Herman musical with a troubled history and memorable score The post Dear World: A Macaron-Sweet Revival of Jerry H…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 12:06PM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Misty: Arinzé Kene Breaks Ground and Defies Genres by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The British performer mixes poetry, music, comedy, and piles and piles of orange balloons in his Olivier Award–nominated play The post Misty: Arinzé Kene Breaks Ground and…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:23PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Crumbs From the Table of Joy: A Wonderful but Overlooked Memory Play Lovingly Revived by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Lynn Nottage’s 1950s-set richly crafted coming-of-age play gets its first New York restaging thanks to the Keen Company The post Crumbs From the Table of Joy: A Wonderful b…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Monday, February 27, 2023

Letters From Max, a ritual: A Playwright and Poet Open Their Hearts by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Sarah Ruhl’s newest work proves a deeply moving meditation on life and the afterlife The post Letters From Max, a ritual: A Playwright and Poet Open Their Hearts appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:30PM

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: An Opaque Revival of an Obscure American Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Lorraine Hansberry’s unheralded, untidy ode to 1960s NYC gets a high-wattage off-Broadway production The post The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: An Opaque Revival of a…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:55PM
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Fall River Fishing: Black Comedy With a Side of Bolognese by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Lizzie Borden, Sharon Tate, and Ibsen (sort of) collide in Bedlam’s period-slash-contemporary piece The post Fall River Fishing: Black Comedy With a Side of Bolognese appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:00PM
Thursday, February 16, 2023

The Wanderers: 2 Generations, 2 Couples, 1 Engaging Drama by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Anna Ziegler’s new play tackles identity, religion, career, and marriage The post The Wanderers: 2 Generations, 2 Couples, 1 Engaging Drama appeared first on New York Stage…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:30PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Cornelia Street: A Hazy New York Nostalgia Trip by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★☆☆☆ Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel team up for an unpromising new musical at the Atlantic The post Cornelia Street: A Hazy New York Nostalgia Trip appeared first on New York Stag…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:58PM
Monday, February 13, 2023

Twelfth Night: A Terrific Trimmed-Down Take on Shakespeare’s Comedy by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Classical Theatre of Harlem’s acclaimed summer staging returns for a short winter stint The post Twelfth Night: A Terrific Trimmed-Down Take on Shakespeare’s Comedy appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:29PM
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Endgame: A Fine-Tuned Production of Beckett’s Favorite Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Bill Irwin and John Douglas Thompson headline Irish Rep’s revival of the 1957 tragicomedy The post Endgame: A Fine-Tuned Production of Beckett’s Favorite Play appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:01PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Small Talk: Colin Quinn On the Lost Art of Casual Conversation by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ In his newest one-man show, the comedian reminds us of the importance of informal in-person interaction The post Small Talk: Colin Quinn On the Lost Art of Casual Conversati…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:34PM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Appointment: Satire at Its Best on Perhaps the Worst Possible Topic by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A musical satire centered on the abortion debate? Only from the provocative, topical, and always edgy Lightning Rod Special. The post The Appointment: Satire at Its Best on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Song of Joy: A One-Man Transcontinental Memory Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Writer-performer Carol Mazhuvancheril reconciles growing up (and eventually coming out) in India, Austria, and America The post Song of Joy: A One-Man Transcontinental Memor…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:21PM
Monday, December 19, 2022

Between Riverside and Crazy: Wild and Wonderful New York Story by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Eight years after its premiere, the Austin Pendleton–directed production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play is as gripping as ever The post Between Riverside and Crazy: Wild …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Merrily We Roll Along: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sondheim Show by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ To quote one of the songs from the much-maligned, but very beloved, musical: It’s a hit! The post Merrily We Roll Along: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sondh…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:57PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

A Beautiful Noise: Reaching Out, Touching Neil Diamond, Touching You by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Will Swenson shines in flashy bio-musical salute to the singer-songwriter with a voice like “gravel wrapped in velvet” The post A Beautiful Noise: Reaching Out, Touching…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:23PM

Becky Nurse of Salem: Do You Believe in Magic? by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Deirdre O’Connell plays a descendant of an accused Salem witch in Sarah Ruhl’s newest play The post Becky Nurse of Salem: Do You Believe in Magic? appeared first on New …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Remembering Michael Feingold by Melissa Rose Bernardo

A link to the final columns of the esteemed critic and our beloved colleague The post Remembering Michael Feingold appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

& Juliet: Candy-Colored Glitter-Bomb Musical Romp by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The hit London musical arrives on Broadway with cannons of confetti and a catalog full of chart-toppers The post & Juliet: Candy-Colored Glitter-Bomb Musical Romp appear…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:25PM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

The Old Man & the Pool: Mike Birbiglia Dives Into Middle Age by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The popular comic brings his own brand of gregarious, low-level neuroticism back to Broadway The post The Old Man & the Pool: Mike Birbiglia Dives Into Middle Age appear…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:52PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Walking With Ghosts: Gabriel Byrne’s Book Makes a Hazy Memory Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ The actor’s recent page-turner loses some of its power in its journey to the stage The post Walking With Ghosts: Gabriel Byrne’s Book Makes a Hazy Memory Play appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:54PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Topdog/Underdog: Watch It Close, Watch It Close Now by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Suzan-Lori Parks’ tight two-hander gets an intense Kenny Leon–directed Broadway revival The post Topdog/Underdog: Watch It Close, Watch It Close Now appeared first on Ne…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Piano Lesson: A Starry, but Off-Key, Rendition by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ August Wilson’s drama—the 1930s entry in his decade-by-decade chronicle of the 20th-century Black American experience—gets its first Broadway revival The post The Pian…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:24PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Guys and Dolls: Frank Loesser’s Musical Fable Is No Gamble by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ It’s a probable 12 to 7 that you’ll leave this Kennedy Center production on a musical-theater high The post Guys and Dolls: Frank Loesser’s Musical Fable Is No Gamble …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:28PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

I’m Revolting: Not-So-Strong Medicine by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Gracie Gardner’s play about skin cancer patients in a surgical waiting room is engaging if unbelievable The post I’m Revolting: Not-So-Strong Medicine appeared first on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Cost of Living: Worth the Steep Emotional Investment by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Martyna Majok’s award-winning drama explores disability, class, privilege, and loss in a tidy 110 minutes The post Cost of Living: Worth the Steep Emotional Investment app…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Burn: Alan Cumming Goes Into His Dance by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ The Tony-winning actor intrigues as Scottish poet Robert Burns in a solo dance show The post Burn: Alan Cumming Goes Into His Dance appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:45PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Kate: Comedian-Actor-Shapeshifter Kate Berlant Does It All by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A 70-minute one-woman show goes beyond the standard stand-up comic style The post Kate: Comedian-Actor-Shapeshifter Kate Berlant Does It All appeared first on New York Stage…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

As You Like It: A Pastoral Musical Comedy Delight by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Journey into the Forest of Arden with this bright and breezy Public Works production The post As You Like It: A Pastoral Musical Comedy Delight appeared first on New York St…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:55PM

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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