All stories by Jesse Green on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Making Every Second Count in Plays Too Short to Miss by Jesse Green

Theater shrank to tiny proportions during the pandemic. Sometimes that’s a big plus.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ted Chapin: ‘Every time I see one of these shows, I discover something new’ by Jesse Green

For 40 Years, he was the man overseeing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s theatre properties including ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Carousel!’ After finally stepping down from the role, Ted C…

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A Chance to Fix the Tonys, and So Many Things to Fix by Jesse Green

It has been a tough year for Broadway. Now it’s time to get tough on the show that too often honors investors instead of achievers.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

For 40 Years, He Climbed Ev’ry Mountain for Rodgers & Hammerstein by Jesse Green

Ted Chapin steps down as the head of the organization that makes sure you revisit “Oklahoma!” and keep hearing “The Sound of Music.”

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Three Dramas Explore the Margins of the Digital Form by Jesse Green

Talking dogs, green screen thrillers and gold turtles: Online productions, intended as a stopgap, are testing the boundaries of what makes theater theater.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

‘Breathe’ Review: A Pandemic Musical That Strains to Surprise by Jesse Green

Linked vignettes from five songwriting teams offer lots of head-scratching switcheroos but little for the heart.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

‘Woman’s Party’ Review: At War With Inequality, and Each Other by Jesse Green

In Rinne B. Groff’s historical comedy, the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1947 looks awfully familiar today.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Come to the Cabaret, Old Chum. Or at Least Stream It. by Jesse Green

New concerts from Sutton Foster, Jeremy Jordan and Marilyn Maye offer examples of what the most intimate art form can and can’t do.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Review: ‘Waiting for Godot’ in the Bleakest Zoom Room Ever by Jesse Green

Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo star as Beckett’s tragicomic tramps — minus the comic part.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

With Her Final Album, Rebecca Luker Bids a Fond Farewell by Jesse Green

The much-loved Broadway soprano, who died in December, had one more miracle up her sleeve.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

‘Fat Ham’ Review: A Queer, Black ‘Hamlet’? Ay, There’s the Spice Rub. by Jesse Green

Set at a Southern barbecue, James Ijames’s hilarious update on Shakespeare sees a recipe for liberation in the story of family disaster.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Cut in Half and Twice as Good by Jesse Green

Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as the star-crossed lovers in a compelling stage-film hybrid adaptation.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Review: A Perfect Storm of Weather and Racism in ‘shadow/land’ by Jesse Green

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play about Black women struggling to survive Hurricane Katrina gets an ear-tingling podcast production.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Review: Live Theater Returns, With Mike Daisey and His Beefs by Jesse Green

The monologuist appeared onstage, indoors, in front of a real audience, on the first day possible. Maybe he shouldn’t have rushed.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What Makes ‘Follies’ a Classic? 7 Answers and 1 Big Problem. by Jesse Green

Fifty years ago, Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman exploded the Broadway “concept” musical by conjuring the bittersweet reunion of aging showgirls.

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Casting a ‘Follies’ of the Future, With Beyoncé and Ben Platt by Jesse Green and Scott Heller

In the 50 years since the musical’s debut, revivals and concerts have served its great songs to great stars. Who’d be our Broadway babies 25 years from now?

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Review: Building a Better Girl in ‘Honestly Sincere’ by Jesse Green

Liza Birkenmeier’s new play about a shape-shifting teenager makes a fitting contribution to Theater in Quarantine’s revamp of the avant-garde.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Should the American Theater Take French Lessons? by Jesse Green

Arts workers are protesting closings and occupying playhouses all over France. On Broadway, that drama has yet to open.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Review: Royalty as Horror Show in ‘Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!’ by Jesse Green

An uncanny new play imagines Meghan (and Kate, too) trapped in a nightmare palace where racism reigns.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Review: Your Arm Is a Canvas, in ‘As Far as Isolation Goes’ by Jesse Green

Because of pandemic restrictions, a performance piece about refugees requires you to draw on yourself, in both senses

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Making Black Lives, Not Just Black Deaths, Matter Onstage by Jesse Green

The tragedy of racism is only part of the story in two very different plays from London that carry a dimension of meaning not usually seen in this country.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Attend the Tale of ‘Anyone Can Whistle,’ Then and Now by Jesse Green

A sparkling new recording of the 1964 musical makes half the case for Stephen Sondheim’s endlessly inventive score.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Review: Beware the Text, and Other Tales From ‘Smithtown’ by Jesse Green

Four not-very-believable characters in a chain of monologues are rescued by a cast of exceptionally believable actors.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Review: Fathers, but Not Yet Men, in the Prison Drama ‘Shook’ by Jesse Green

Samuel Bailey’s knockout professional debut isn’t so much about the pipeline to incarceration than about the toxic masculinity that keeps it flowing.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Christopher Plummer’s Robust Final Act Crowned a Noble Career by Jesse Green

At home in the footlights, he knew the power of charm and every trick of the stage trade. But even after a celebrated “King Lear,” there was more to play.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Bringing Out the Best of Sondheim, Herman and … Schraubstader? by Jesse Green

Three new revues offer war horses, showstoppers and standards — but, even better, rarities.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Review: Seeking a Date but Finding Hypocrisy in ‘Hi, Are You Single?’ by Jesse Green

All Ryan J. Haddad wants is a boyfriend. But his pride — or is it his prospects’ prejudice? — keeps getting in the way.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Review: Playwriting and Bug-Hunting Wed in ‘The Catastrophist’ by Jesse Green

Pandemics and ordinary tragedies clash in Lauren Gunderson’s overwrought portrait of her husband, the virologist Nathan A. Wolfe.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Virtual Readings Take Center Stage as a New Genre of Theater by Jesse Green

With minimal rehearsal and production values, online events are becoming a distinct (and worthy) new genre of theater.

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In Virtual Readings, Less (a Lot Less) Is Sometimes More by Jesse Green

With minimal rehearsal and production values, online events are becoming a distinct (and worthy) new genre of theater.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Trump-Shakespeare Comparisons by Jesse Green

Pundits have likened the president to Lear, to Hamlet, to Macbeth, to Coriolanus. That may have been four years of wishful thinking.

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