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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ Cast Members Hope Their Tony Nominations Will Make Space for Everyone by Gordon Cox

Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical “A Strange Loop” scored 11 Tony nominations last week — and the ensemble cast of “A Strange Loop” is inviting everyon…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:46PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Tony Nominations 2022: The 7 Biggest Takeaways by Gordon Cox

On your mark, get set, go. The race for the Tony Awards has officially begun with the announcement of the 2022 nominations on Monday. In honoring and highlighting the work in a crowded, COVI…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:34AM
Friday, May 6, 2022

Tony Nominations 2022 Predictions: Here Are The Biggest Questions Facing Voters by Gordon Cox

Broadway just wrapped up its first season after the pandemic lockdown, and boy, was it a doozy: After all the delays, COVID surges and cast replacements, a whopping 35 new productions opened…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:43AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Why Debra Messing Finds Her New Broadway Role ‘Far More Satisfying’ Than Grace by Gordon Cox

Debra Messing has only been in the Broadway play “Birthday Candles” since March, but in some ways, she feels more deeply connected to her character Ernestine than she felt to the leading…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:00PM
Friday, April 29, 2022

‘Macbeth’ Review: Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga Star in a Broadway Production That’s All Smoke by Gordon Cox

A bare set. Actors making stew on stage. An abundance of hand-held fog machines. Vague contemporary setting and costumes. A generally spooky atmosphere. Put all the ingredients together and …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

‘POTUS’ Review: A Rollicking New Broadway Farce About the Women Behind the Idiot in the White House by Gordon Cox

I am woman, hear me roar — with laughter, at “POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” playwright Selina Fillinger’s delicious feminist farce …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:43PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

‘Mr. Saturday Night’ Review: Billy Crystal Brings the Laughs in His New Broadway Musical by Gordon Cox

Sometimes being nice has its rewards. Take Buddy Young Jr., the bitter, self-centered, self-destructive comedian from the 1992 flop film “Mr. Saturday Night,” which Billy Crystal starred…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ Review: Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-Winning Broadway Musical Is an Unflinching Riot by Gordon Cox

Subjectivity is conditional. We can only understand our own points of view in relation to the differences that separate us. If art often intends to complete the circle (“look at how these …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ Review: Thornton Wilder’s Beautifully Decorated Disaster on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Thornton Wilder’s allegorical play “The Skin of Our Teeth” is bizarre, abstract and convoluted; it’s not to be taken seriously. Or so Sabina (Gabby Beans) tells the audience at Linco…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

‘Funny Girl’ Review: An Underpowered Revival Brings Fanny Brice Back to Broadway by Gordon Cox

“You ever feel like there’s someone watching from the shadows?” asks Beanie Feldstein’s Fanny Brice, as haunting apparitions from the Ziegfeld star’s past waft in and out in a kind…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Friday, April 22, 2022

‘Hangmen’ Review: A Killer Broadway Production of Martin McDonagh’s Lethal Black Comedy by Gordon Cox

In the theatrical annals of wild and wicked stage plays, there are black comedies, blacker comedies, and blacker-than-the-dead-of-night comedies like “Hangmen.“  Prolific playwright Mar…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:54AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

‘For Colored Girls…’ Review: Broadway Revival of Ntozake Shange’s Riveting Work Reminds Black Women They Are Enough by Gordon Cox

Ntozake Shange’s iridescent choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf” is the story of Black women and their often-disregarded human experienc…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM

‘How I Learned to Drive’ Review: Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse Star in Sterling Revival of Paula Vogel’s Shocker by Gordon Cox

Mommas, don’t give your daughters the kind of nicknames that would appeal to their pedophile uncles. Cursed with a cutesy moniker like “Li’l Bit,“ what do you think might happen to a…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:04AM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

‘The Minutes’ Review: New Broadway Comedy is a Cunning, Sensational Indictment of American Democracy by Gordon Cox

Some stories creep up in disguise, hiding a ghastly scowl. “The Minutes” is an astonishing feat from playwright and star Tracy Letts, not least for its brilliant finesse in orchestrating…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

‘Harmony’ Review: Barry Manilow Musical Tells Sensational True Story With Pop Prowess by Gordon Cox

Since 1997, composer-singer Barry Manilow and lyricist-librettist Bruce Sussman — the team behind iconic ’70s pop classics such as “Copacabana” — have been looking to get their wis…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM

‘The 47th’ Review: Bertie Carvel’s Transformation Into Shakespearean Trump Is Hypnotic by Gordon Cox

Mike Bartlett’s latest play is monstrous. In a good way. Shapeshifting actor Bertie Carvel, having shot to fame creating the marvelously alarming Miss Trunchbull in “Matilda,” is back …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:46PM
Monday, April 11, 2022

‘The Little Prince’ Review: An Uneven Broadway Spectacle Based on the French Children’s Book by Gordon Cox

When is a timeless children’s tale not quite right for children’s theater? When it is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved and ever-so-slightly surreal 1942 novella, “The Little Princ…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

‘Birthday Candles’ Review: Debra Messing Stars in a Scrumptious Broadway Production by Gordon Cox

One minute you’re a teenager ready to “rebel against the universe,” then in the blink of an eye you’re a senior making peace with the life that was handed to you. That’s the short …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

‘Suffs’ Review: Epic New Musical Portrays the Blood, Sweat and Tears Behind the Fight for Women’s Suffrage by Gordon Cox

Oh, what mean and nasty things men said about women who dared to fight for the right to vote in America. Here are some of those choice insults, taken from the very first song (“Watch Out f…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

‘Suffs’ Stars Phillipa Soo and Jenn Colella on Why the New American History Musical Is More Than Just ‘Hermilton’ by Gordon Cox

On a superficial level, the new musical “Suffs” looks a lot like “Hamilton” — so much so that “some people are calling it ‘Hermilton,'” said one of the show’s stars, Jenn C…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:57PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

‘Take Me Out’ Review: Jesse Williams’ Broadway Revival of Baseball Play Is a Solid Hit Despite a Few Errors by Gordon Cox

Public and personal identities are constantly being examined, teased and tested in Richard Greenberg’s “Take Me Out,” his grand paean to baseball and ontological quandaries, which is r…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

‘Paradise Square’ Review: A Belabored History Lesson of a Broadway Musical by Gordon Cox

The body can sometimes say more than words, but even the most expressive moves cannot make a coherent case for “Paradise Square.” The blunt and belabored history lesson of a new musical …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Friday, March 25, 2022

‘Straight Line Crazy’ Review: Ralph Fiennes Plays Robert Moses in David Hare’s Talky New Play by Gordon Cox

“We’ve discussed this. We’ve discussed this many times.” That wearied line, which appears in the final scene of David Hare’s new play “Straight Line Crazy,” is spoken by Ariel …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:40AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

How Gaelynn Lea Is Breaking Broadway Barriers as ‘Macbeth’ Composer by Gordon Cox

Expanding accessibility is an ongoing concern for Broadway — and this spring, the musician Gaelynn Lea arrives with lessons she learned from advocating for the cause in the music industry.…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:35PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

‘Cock’ Review: Taron Egerton, Jonathan Bailey Lead a Blistering West End Production by Gordon Cox

John is desperate: “It’s not a competition. Please, please it mustn’t be that.” Cue his girlfriend’s snapped retort: “Then what is it really?” Good question. As revealed by the…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:39PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Broadway Plots a Comeback: How the Theater Business is Digging Out From COVID Disruptions by Gordon Cox

Now that omicron is in decline, Broadway optimism is on the rise. After a bumpy holiday season rife with performance disruptions, show closures and hiatuses due to the highly contagious COVI…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:25PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

How New Research Can Help Keep Broadway Voices Healthy by Gordon Cox

Just how vocally demanding are roles in Broadway musicals like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen” — and how much singing is too much? If two professors at New York University had th…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:37PM
Friday, February 25, 2022

‘The Collaboration’ Review: Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope Can’t Make Drama Out of This Bio by Gordon Cox

At the start of the second half of Anthony McCarten’s art-world bio-drama “The Collaboration,” the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s agent finds himself alone on the scrappy sofa of Basq…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:04PM
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

How Being an Understudy Prepared ‘Wicked’ Star Brittney Johnson for Her History-Making Role by Gordon Cox

Brittney Johnson is currently making history as the first Black actor to play Glinda in “Wicked,” but she’s also had a lot of Broadway experience in jobs that are in many ways even mor…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:51PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

‘The Forest’ Review: Oscar Winner Florian Zeller’s New Play Gets Lost in Itself by Gordon Cox

The gap between what you see and what you get has long proved fertile territory for playwrights. At his considerable best, not least his Oscar-winning adapted screenplay of his play “The F…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:29PM
Friday, February 11, 2022

‘The Music Man’ Review: Hugh Jackman Shines in Smashing Broadway Revival by Gordon Cox

Hugh Jackman dazzles as Professor Harold Hill, the charismatic con man who fires up an entire Midwestern town, in this abso-tootin’-lutely smashing revival of Meredith Willson’s adorably…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:16PM