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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2022 by Jan Simpson

Now that Covid has been around for more than two years and vaccines have made contracting the virus a little less scary, a new kind of normal is settling in. The Tony award ceremonies return…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 09:12AM
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Broadway—Many Kinds of Media—& Me by Jan Simpson

For the second time this month, there will be no regular post here. It’s not because there haven’t been shows to see and talk about: although it will be weeks before anything new opens o…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:24PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Stagecraft: Madhuri Shekar, Playwright of “Queen” by Jan Simpson

The Stagecraft podcast is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of interviews with playwrights (and musical book writers) of shows opening on Broadway and off-Broadway. Guest: Madhuri Shekar…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:00PM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

"Exception to the Rule" and "soft" Offer Laments on the Tragedy of Being, Young, Poor and Black or Brown in Today's America by Jan Simpson

The settings and the circumstances are the same in two new off-Broadway shows that portray the plight of the young Black and Brown people who are so often trapped in systems that view them…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:06PM

All the Drama: Former New York Times Critic Ben Brantley on “The Young Man From Atlanta,” 1995 Pulitzer Prize Winner by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: “The Young Man From Atlanta”…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, June 4, 2022

"Dreaming Zenzile" Gets Lost in Its Reveries by Jan Simpson

Dreaming Zenzile, the musical that opened at New York Theatre Workshop this week, began as a tribute concert.  And it probably should have stayed one.   The show, a co-production with the…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:37AM
Saturday, May 21, 2022

"Belfast Girls" Updates the History Play by Jan Simpson

The girls aren’t what they’re expected to be in Belfast Girls, the new show that opened at the Irish Rep this week. They also aren’t what we’ve come to expect to find in historical d…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:12AM
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Celebrating Even Making it to Awards Season by Jan Simpson

It may seem strange for a theater lover—and hip-hop know-nothing—like me to be quoting the rapper Drake but his self-congratulatory lyrics “Started from the bottom, now we're here” s…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:36PM
Saturday, May 7, 2022

In Praise of "A Case for the Existence of God" by Jan Simpson

Samuel D. Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God has been almost universally adored by the critics. And the play, which has just been extended at Signature Theatre through May 22, deserv…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:07PM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Four New Shows Try to Answer the Question "What Kind of Show Belongs on Broadway?" by Jan Simpson

Seventeen shows opened or reopened on Broadway this month and as I bounced from one to the other, I found myself asking what exactly is a Broadway show. The simplest answer to that question …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 09:18AM
Saturday, April 23, 2022

Riding High With "How I Learned to Drive" by Jan Simpson

We’re in the midst of the spring crush when new shows are opening literally every night as they rush in to be considered for the awards that celebrate the end of each theater season.  So …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 06:42AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Missteps of "Paradise Square" and "Suffs" by Jan Simpson

Making a good musical is hard. Now I don’t consider that statement to be a conceptual scoop that no one has ever considered before. But the thought has been much on my mind after seeing an…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:06AM
Saturday, April 9, 2022

"Confederates” Surveys Some Common Ground Bridging the Past and the Present by Jan Simpson

In the opening monologue of Confederates, now running at the Pershing Square Signature Center through April 24, a college professor runs down a list of popular culture centered around slaver…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:33PM

All the Drama: “Beyond the Horizon,” 1920 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: “Beyond the Horizon”1920 Pul…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Some Old-Fashioned Fun with "The Music Man," "MJ The Musical" and "Plaza Suite" by Jan Simpson

Here’s the dilemma: reviews are usually written by people who see anywhere between 200 and 300 shows a year but the people who read those reviews may see only two or three shows a year, of…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:03AM
Saturday, March 26, 2022

Paying Proper Respect to "The Chinese Lady" by Jan Simpson

There are so many things to admire about Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady which is currently running at The Public Theater through April 10.  And here are just a few of them. ADMIRATION #1: T…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:33PM
Saturday, March 12, 2022

"This Space Between Us" Needs More Filling by Jan Simpson

There are so many themes—cultural assimilation, filial responsibility, sibling rivalry, climate change, animal cruelty, homophobia—packed into This Space Between Us that this new dramedy…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:12PM

All the Drama: “Of Thee I Sing,” 1932 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: “Of Thee I Sing” Of Thee I S…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01PM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

"sandblasted" Lacks True Grit by Jan Simpson

The playwright Charly Evon Simpson had written a bunch of stuff before she got her breakthrough three years ago with Behind the Sheet, a devastating drama about how the father of American gy…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:42AM
Saturday, February 26, 2022

"English" Has Some Valuable Things to Say by Jan Simpson

There have been so many voices absent from the American stage that sometimes we don’t even know what we’ve been missing until we suddenly hear it. English, the deceptively simple play by…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 03:12PM
Saturday, February 19, 2022

"Black No More" is a Little Too Pallid by Jan Simpson

Even before it opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center on Tuesday, some people were calling the musical Black No More “the new Hamilton.” And it’s easy to see why.  The score, …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:36PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

A Really Special 15th Anniversary for B&Me by Jan Simpson

I can hardly believe it but I published the first Broadway & Me post 15 years ago on Valentine’s Day. So this post should have gone up yesterday. However I was so busy celebrating V-Da…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:12PM
Saturday, February 12, 2022

All the Drama: Playwright Paula Vogel on “How I Learned to Drive,” 1998 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: “How I Learned to Drive” by …

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Too Familiar Tale of "Tambo & Bones" by Jan Simpson

It’s not easy to write about Tambo & Bones, the new play that opened at Playwrights Horizons this week. And I'm pretty sure its playwright Dave Harris intended it to be difficult.  Th…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:06AM
Saturday, January 15, 2022

All The Drama: “Anna in the Tropics” by Nilo Cruz, 2003 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: “Anna in the Tropics” by Nil…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Wishing All of Us a Really Happy New Year... by Jan Simpson

...and the chance to once again safely put the spotlights back on some really good theater:

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 06:03PM
Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas Tidings by Jan Simpson

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SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 03:33PM
Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Tidings by Jan Simpson

My Smilebox Creation

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 09:06AM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sizing Up An Uneven and Uneasy Fall Season by Jan Simpson

You might have thought that I’d given up on theatergoing if you’ve been checking in here to see what I had to say about this comeback season’s new shows only to discover that I’d wri…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:36PM
Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim, 1930-2021 by Jan Simpson

 Lots of words are going to be written over the next few days by people who knew him, people who admired him and people who have a better way with words than I do.  So although the pleasur…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:12PM
Saturday, November 20, 2021

"The Visitor" May Have Arrived Too Late by Jan Simpson

Everyone involved with The Public Theater’s new musical The Visitor seems to be walking on eggshells. And who can blame them?   The week before previews were scheduled to begin, the prod…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:48PM