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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Oh, Mary! review – Cole Escola’s gloriously deranged historical romp by Adrian Horton

Lyceum Theatre, New York A wild and wildly anachronistic comedy takes the life of Mary Todd Lincoln and embellishes with excess The real Mary Todd Lincoln was, by most accounts, erratic, oft…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00PM
Monday, July 8, 2024

‘Opened my whole world up’: inside Oscar-tipped prison theater drama Sing Sing by Adrian Horton

An acclaimed movie spotlights a program offering a world of creativity to those living in a New York maximum security prison When Sean “Dino” Johnson first heard of a new theater program…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:05AM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Uncle Vanya review – Steve Carell leads excellent cast in Chekhov reimagining by Adrian Horton

Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York The star makes a convincing Broadway debut in a tragicomic winner staged with thought and deft flashes of modernity As with Appropriate, another outstanding…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Mary Jane review – Rachel McAdams makes a magnetic Broadway debut by Adrian Horton

Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York The Oscar nominee is a captivating emotional anchor in this drama about a mother coping with her child’s health problems Alex, the two-year-old child at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00PM
Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Outsiders review – ’60s-set classic makes for a solid, if unspectacular, Broadway musical by Adrian Horton

Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York SE Hinton’s novel, which was adapted by Francis Ford Coppola for film, makes for a competent yet forgettable stage show If Broadway must, for the same ri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00PM
Monday, March 18, 2024

An Enemy of the People review – Jeremy Strong impresses in timely Ibsen drama by Adrian Horton

Circle in the Square Theater, New York The Succession star delivers a bravura central turn in a rousing adaptation of a story that carries a discomforting contemporary relevance For most peo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:00PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Doubt: A Parable review – Liev Schreiber and Amy Ryan electrify Broadway restaging by Adrian Horton

Todd Haimes Theatre, New York The award-winning John Patrick Shanley drama returns to Broadway for the first time with note-perfect performances and a discomfiting tone The new revival of Do…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:15PM
Thursday, January 18, 2024

Taylor Tomlinson: can the standup comedian shake up late-night TV? by Adrian Horton

With After Midnight the 30-year-old has become the only woman hosting a regular US late-night show taking over a coveted CBS slot from James Corden After years of contraction and stasis in t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Jeremy Strong, Alicia Keys and The Wiz: biggest Broadway shows of 2024 by Adrian Horton

This year on Broadway promises major debuts from Steve Carell, Rachel McAdams and revivals of Doubt and The Wiz It’s taken years, but Broadway has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Monday, December 18, 2023

Appropriate review – Sarah Paulson wows in blazing tragicomic drama by Adrian Horton

Helen Hayes Theater, New York The star is astonishing in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s funny yet moving Broadway debut about a complicated family reunion If you grew up with it, there’s somet…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Frances Sternhagen, acclaimed stage and Sex and the City actor, dies at 93 by Adrian Horton

Tony-winning actor was known for screen roles in Misery, ER and Cheers, and for stage roles in On Golden Pond and The Heiress Frances Sternhagen, the Tony award-winning actor known for playi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:33PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea review – Aubrey Plaza sinks in her stage debut by Adrian Horton

Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York The White Lotus star struggles alongside Girls’ Christopher Abbott in an overcooked relationship two-hander from John Patrick Shanley Danny and the Deep Bl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Thursday, August 17, 2023

‘I was never interested in being famous’: dance legend Yvonne Rainer on her gloriously weird film career by Adrian Horton

As a retrospective of her work opens in London, Rainer looks back at her journey from experimental choreographer to anarchic film-maker and back again Yvonne Rainer is the iconoclastic chore…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49PM
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Once Upon a One More Time review – frothy Britney Spears musical by Adrian Horton

Marquis Theatre, New York There’s some fun to be had in a splashy attempt to squeeze the pop star’s music into a meta-fairytale crowd-pleaser even with potholes along the way There are t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36PM
Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Shucked review – corny musical brings country to Broadway by Adrian Horton

Nederlander Theatre, New York An original new musical about corn offers plenty of dad jokes served with some likable big numbers The marketing campaign for Shucked, a new and, rare these day…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00PM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Parade review – resonant, beautifully performed Broadway revival by Adrian Horton

Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York The Broadway transfer of the first major New York revival for the 1998 musical features luminous turns from Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond Parade, the 1998 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:00PM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Theater Camp review – lacklustre musical theater comedy falls flat by Adrian Horton

Sundance film festival: mockumentary set at an upstate musical theater camp feels like an extended inside joke For all the grand gestures of musical theater, there’s an odd flatness to The…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:39AM
Monday, January 9, 2023

From Bad Cinderella to Life of Pi: the biggest Broadway shows of 2023 by Adrian Horton

The year ahead on the Great White Way promises several high-profile revivals, an adaptation of Life of Pi and a Britney jukebox musical, among others It took years and a few false starts, bu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:11AM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Almost Famous review – Cameron Crowe’s Broadway musical is almost there by Adrian Horton

Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York Solid performances and rock’n’roll nostalgia can’t overcome lackluster lyrics and source material flaws in the musical adaptation of the 2000 film Al…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Broadway glee: dazzling Lea Michele delivers in Funny Girl by Adrian Horton

After months of rumors and gossip, the controversial star takes the reins from Beanie Feldstein and stars in the role hallowed by Barbra Streisand Unless you truly believe all press is good …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Razzle dazzle: Pamela Anderson takes back the narrative in Chicago by Adrian Horton

The 90s star finds a way around the limits of the feminist redemption plot: having a good time in her Broadway debut as Chicago’s Roxie Hart If you polled the audience at New York’s Amba…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:51PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Funny Girl review – Beanie Feldstein struggles in Broadway revival by Adrian Horton

August Wilson Theatre, New York The actor brings pathos (and celebrity) as the vaudeville legend Fanny Brice in the much-hyped musical revival – but not the singing chops It must be diffic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:25PM
Friday, February 4, 2022

MJ the Musical review – mesmerizing parade of hits doesn’t look in the mirror by Adrian Horton

Neil Simon Theatre, New York The new Broadway jukebox musical on the life and pop catalog of Michael Jackson is a romp that only glances at the elephant in the room MJ, a megawatt new jukebo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

How Bo Burnham’s Netflix special Inside set the bar for quarantine art by Adrian Horton

The comedy special reflects the messy, diffuse, barely processable collective experience of the past year, by digging deep into the online condition Last week, the comedian Bo Burnham releas…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Monday, March 8, 2021

The Queen’s Gambit to become a stage musical by Adrian Horton

The rights to the novel which inspired Netflix’s most watched limited series were acquired by a New York production company It’s not quite checkmate on The Queen’s Gambit. The wildly p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:05PM
Friday, January 22, 2021

Tony award-winning Broadway choreographer Bob Avian dies aged 83 by Adrian Horton

The director and choreographer, whose credits include A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls, has died after a cardiac arrest in Florida Bob Avian, the Tony award-winning Broadway mainstay both on sta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12PM
Friday, November 13, 2020

Jimmy Kimmel: Trump to learn 'what it's like to be evicted from your home' by Adrian Horton

Late-night hosts investigate Trump’s corrosive intransigence to reality, and his latest grift: using donations to pay his debts Donald Trump still refused to acknowledge his electoral defe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:36PM
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Just 20% of New York theater created by people of color, study finds by Adrian Horton

Asian American Performers Action Coalition reveals nearly 80% of Broadway and off-Broadway shows from white playwrights A new report has found stark disparities in racial representation and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Friday, February 21, 2020

West Side Story review – gritty Broadway revival is a bold blockbuster by Adrian Horton

Broadway Theatre, New York Ivo van Hove’s striking new take on the much-loved romantic musical brings sharpness and show-stopping choreography to the table It is nearly impossible to take …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Great Society review – Brian Cox is an electrifying LBJ on Broadway by Adrian Horton

Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York A Tony-worthy performance from the acclaimed actor dominates a sequel to All the Way, telling the story of the president’s ambitious mid-60s agenda Early …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24PM

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