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Friday, October 18, 2019

‘The Sound Inside’: ‘Stunning’ new play starring a ‘never better’ Mary-Louise Parker is an early Tony contender by David Buchanan

The Tony and Emmy-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, who last starred on Broadway in the two-character play “Heisenberg” in 2016, returned in another two-hander play “The Sound Inside…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘The Lightning Thief’: Critics strike down ‘overblown,’ ‘monotonous’ Percy Jackson musical by David Buchanan

Last season, director Stephen Brackett and librettist Joe Tracz teamed up for the musical “Be More Chill,” which found much favor with the teenage demographic of Broadway theatergoers. J…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘The Rose Tattoo’: Marisa Tomei ‘valiant’ in ‘garbled’ Tennessee Williams revival by David Buchanan

In recent years, Roundabout Theatre Company has demonstrated a knack for pairing stellar actresses in revivals by acclaimed playwrights, including Annette Bening in Arthur Miller’s “All …

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘Linda Vista’: Tracy Letts returns to Broadway as playwright with ‘inspired’ and ‘ruthless’ drama by David Buchanan

Although a familiar face to Broadway audiences of late as an actor, Tracy Letts (he starred in a Tony-nominated revival of “All My Sons” last season) has not had one of his plays here in…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘Slave Play’: ‘Provocative,’ ‘wrenching’ drama is strong Tony Awards contender by David Buchanan

Even though it’s early days in the 2019-2020 Broadway season, Jeremy O. Harris’s new drama “Slave Play” has just emerged as the first genuine Tony Awards contender in the play catego…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

‘The Great Society’: Brian Cox portrays a ‘bellowing’ President L.B.J. in ‘lumbering,’ ‘spiritless’ play by David Buchanan

On Sunday nights, millions of viewers watch Brian Cox deliver a gargantuan performance as Logan Roy on HBO’s Emmy-winning drama series “Succession,” but eight times a week Cox steps in…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

‘Sea Wall/A Life’ ends limited Broadway run: Will Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge be remembered at Tonys time? by David Buchanan

This past Sunday (September 29), the Broadway production of “Sea Wall/A Life” concluded its run at the Hudson Theatre. The new play, which consists of two separate, thematically connecte…

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Friday, September 27, 2019

‘The Height of the Storm’: Tony Awards titans Jonathan Pryce, Eileen Atkins ‘formidable’ in ‘thin’ new play by David Buchanan

Just three years ago, French playwright Florian Zeller made a splash on the Great White Way with his play “The Father,” which nabbed him a Best Play Tony nomination and earned its star F…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

2019 Tony Awards slugfest: Last minute panic over final musical predictions [WATCH] by David Buchanan

With only a few days remaining to fret over Tony predictions, Gold Derby contributors Sam Eckmann and David Buchanan joined up to discuss the musical categories, debating some of the biggest…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Hadestown’: ‘Lush’ and ‘sumptuous’ musical on a heavenly path to the Tonys by David Buchanan

Some musicals take a hellish road to the Great White Way. For “Hadestown,” whose plot entwines stories from Greek mythology focused on Hades, Persephone, Orpheus, Eurydice, Hermes, and t…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tonys Awards 2019 nominations: Will ‘The Ferryman,’ ‘Hillary and Bill’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ lead among plays? by David Buchanan

“It is a very competitive year for the plays,” Sam Eckmann announces when he and fellow contributor David Buchanan chatted via webcam about the top Play categories at the 73rd Tony Award…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

‘King Lear’: Critics crown ‘powerful’ Glenda Jackson, frown on ‘haphazard’ production by David Buchanan

After her Tony Awards coronation last season for Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” Glenda Jackson could have rested on her laurels. Instead, she returns to the Broadway stage this sea…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Did critics find Broadway revival ‘too darn hot’ to handle? by David Buchanan

One of Cole Porter’s most popular shows, “Kiss Me, Kate,” hasn’t been seen on the boards of the Great White Way in nearly two decades. This season mark the return of the classic musi…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘American Son’: Will Kerry Washington score first Tony nom for ‘high tension’ topical drama? by David Buchanan

Almost a decade after her Broadway debut, Kerry Washington has returned to the boards in an explosive new drama “American Son,” which opened at the Booth Theatre on November 4. Washingto…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Emmy episode analysis: Sara Bareilles (‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) lends breezy, soulful vocals to intense rock opera by David Buchanan

Sara Bareilles has had no shortage of accomplishments over the course of her career as a singer-songwriter, earning six Grammy Award nominations and two Tony Award bids in recent years. Now,…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Emmy episode analysis: Brandon Victor Dixon (‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) brings huge theatre presence to small screen by David Buchanan

After NBC aired its live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in April, one name skyrocketed onto the Emmy radar: Brandon Victor Dixon. He’s best known for his stage work, inclu…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Will Tony Shalhoub (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) and Laurie Metcalf (‘Roseanne’) win Emmys after Tony victories? by David Buchanan

The Tony Awards just toasted the best productions and performers of the past Broadway season, and in a few weeks two of the big winners there — Tony Shalhoub and Laurie Metcalf —…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘Mean Girls’ ties record for most Tony Awards losses by going 0 for 12 by David Buchanan

On May 1, the Broadway production of “Mean Girls,” based on the popular 2004 movie, earned a whopping 12 Tony nominations and became the most-nominated show of the year alongside musical…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Tony Awards upset: Watch out for Tina Landau (‘SpongeBob SquarePants’) by David Buchanan

At last year’s Tony Awards, the two biggest upsets of the night came in the Best Director categories. On the musical side, Christopher Ashley (“Come From Away”) shocked by besting fron…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tony Awards spotlight: Laurie Metcalf delivers virtuosic performance in ‘Three Tall Women’ by David Buchanan

Last June, Laurie Metcalf won her first Tony Award for her performance in “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” In the past twelve months, Metcalf received Oscar, SAG, and Golden Globe Award nomin…

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

‘The Boys in the Band’: ‘Engrossing’ 50th anniversary revival boasts star-studded cast led by Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer by David Buchanan

The Tony Awards celebrating the 2017-18 Broadway season are still a week away but the derby for next year’s trophies has already begun with the opening of “The Boys in the Band,” the f…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Three Tall Women’: ‘Exquisite’ Glenda Jackson stars in ‘torrentially exciting’ Edward Albee ‘classic’ by David Buchanan

Edward Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his distinguished career, with two of those award-winning plays (“A Delicate Balance,” “Seascape”) bowing on Broadway during…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

‘Frozen’: Did new musical version of Oscar-winning film melt hearts of Broadway critics? by David Buchanan

Just a day after a spring Nor’easter blew through New York City, a much more permanent ice storm began to brew on Broadway as “Frozen,” the high-profile stage adaptation of Disney’s …

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Jan Maxwell dead: Tony Awards record holder dies at 61 by David Buchanan

Jan Maxwell, a beloved mainstay of New York City theater, died on Feb. 11 at the age of 61. Over the course of her illustrious career, in which she appeared in 13 Broadway and numerous Off-B…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

‘The Parisian Woman’: Uma Thurman lends ‘intelligence,’ ‘glamour’ to new Beau Willimon drama by David Buchanan

In a season already chock-full of starry Broadway debuts, Nov. 30 might have marked the biggest to date as Oscar-nominated Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction”) bowed at the Hudson Theatre in the…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

‘Meteor Shower’: Amy Schumer ‘delightfully’ debuts in ‘slick,’ ‘puzzling’ new Steve Martin play by David Buchanan

Only a year-and-a-half after his Broadway bow as a playwright, Steve Martin (“Bright Star”) has returned to the Great White Way with a new comedy “Meteor Shower,”which opened at the …

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Friday, November 10, 2017

‘The Band’s Visit’: ‘Miraculous,’ ‘ravishing’ new musical an undeniable Tony Awards frontrunner by David Buchanan

Last year, the small and intimate musical “The Band’s Visit,” based on the 2007 independent film of the same name, opened Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. The show, which …

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

‘Junk’: ‘Gutsy’ new play from Pulitzer-winner Ayad Akhtar ‘lacks satisfying punch’ by David Buchanan

In 2013, playwright Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize for “Disgraced,” which went on to bow on Broadway in 2014 and earn a Best Play nomination at the 2015 Tony Awards. His follow-up pl…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

‘M. Butterfly’: Despite a somewhat ‘clunky and unsteady’ production, groundbreaking play ‘still resonates’ by David Buchanan

In 1988, the original production of David Henry Hwang’s groundbreaking play “M. Butterfly” earned the admiration of critics and audience, won three Tony Awards out of seven nominations…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

‘Sunday in the Park With George’ 2017 Broadway cast recording: Jake Gyllenhaal enters Grammy contest against Bette Midler, Ben Platt by David Buchanan

Jake Gyllenhaal may have missed out on a chance to win a Tony Award for his performance in the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece musical “Sunday in the Park With George”…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

‘Marvin’s Room’ reviews: First Broadway production ‘keenly performed,’ but ‘fatally mild’ by David Buchanan

After an initial bow Off-Broadway in 1991 and a starry, Oscar-nominated movie adaptation in 1996 starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton, Scott McPherson’s “Marvin’s Room” has finally…

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