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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Cast Album Roundup: ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Parade,’ ‘Camelot’ and More by Jesse Green

Recordings of Broadway musicals are often better than the shows they preserve. Here’s a ranking of last year’s crop, with samples and bonus tracks.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

‘The Ally’ Review: Social Justice as a Maddening Hall of Mirrors by Jesse Green

Itamar Moses’s play offers eloquent arguments on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it doesn’t offer much drama.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ Review: A Musical Paradise, Even in Purgatory by Jesse Green

Did Jelly Roll Morton “invent” jazz, as he claimed? A sensational Encores! revival offers a postmortem prosecution of one of the form’s founding fathers.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Broadway’s Crunchtime Is Also Its Best Life by Jesse Green

Eighteen openings in two months will drive everyone crazy. But maybe there should be even more.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Review: In ‘The Apiary,’ the Bees Have a Troubling Tale to Tell by Jesse Green

Worldwide colony collapse is the subject of a bright, strange, upbeat thought experiment about insect hives, and our own.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

‘Russian Troll Farm’ Review: A Stream of Memes, Eroding Trust in Democracy by Jesse Green

An unlikely dark comedy imagines the people pushing #PizzaGate, Donald Trump and who knows what next.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

‘The Connector’ Review: When Fake News Was All the Rage by Jesse Green

An Off Broadway musical about the sins of journalistic fabrication might benefit from more make-believe.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Remembering Chita Rivera’s Unique Voice by Alex Barron, Lynn Levy, Diane Wong and Jesse Green

Our theater critic on some of the Broadway legend’s greatest vocal performances.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Queer Kids Are All Right. And Now They’re Making Me Better. by Jesse Green

How watching gay coming-of-age stories has helped repair a heart still stuck in the past — and still scarred by a less welcoming world.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chita Rivera Found Her Emotional Voice for Shows Like ‘West Side Story’ by Jesse Green

Her dancing sometimes overshadowed her thrillingly dramatic way with a song: husky yet clarion, unaffected but full of comment and character.

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Chita Rivera, Finding Her Voice by Jesse Green

Her dancing sometimes overshadowed her thrillingly dramatic way with a song: husky yet clarion, unaffected but full of comment and character.

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Leave the Poor Princess Alone by Jesse Green

Less than 30 years after her death, fictional reincarnations of Diana are everywhere. But even icons deserve more time to rest in peace.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

‘Terce’ Review: How the Other Half Prays, in a Reimagined Mass by Jesse Green

Heather Christian’s latest exploration of the religious sublime is a musical spectacle about the often overlooked “caregivers and makers.”

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Review: For Jews, an Unanswered ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ by Jesse Green

In Joshua Harmon’s play about the legacies of antisemitism, a Parisian family must decide when it’s time to get out.

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Monday, January 1, 2024
Thursday, December 28, 2023

For a Times Critic on Deadline, a Dramatic Reversal by Jesse Green

Stories evolve. But a recent review proved to a theater critic that people can change even more.

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Review: Sarah Paulson Makes a Horrible Discovery in “Appropriate” by Jesse Green

Making a blistering Broadway debut, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s 2014 play about the legacies of hatred feels like a new work entirely.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Review: Bringing a Classic Record to Life by Jesse Green

A new Off Broadway musical adds the thrill of intimacy and the weight of history to the Cuban songs popularized on a 1997 album.

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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Review: In ‘How to Dance in Ohio,’ Making Autism Sing by Jesse Green

A musical about seven autistic young adults, played by seven autistic young actors, breaks new ground on Broadway.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Review: A Shady Documentary Becomes a Weapon of War in ‘Spain’ by Jesse Green

Jen Silverman’s noir play considers the role of artists in the making of propaganda.

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Review: Alicia Keys’s Musical Is Ambitious by Jesse Green

A promising Off Broadway jukebox musical features hits by the R&B star (including “Fallin’,” “If I Ain’t Got You” and “No One”) and a story much like her own.

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

‘Spamalot’ Review: You’ll Laugh in Its General Direction by Jesse Green

In the first Broadway revival of the Monty Python musical, the old bits are verbatim but the clowns are running the circus.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Review: In ‘Scene Partners,’ Dianne Wiest Delivers Another Master Class by Jesse Green

The transcendent Dianne Wiest stars in an absurd yet poignant new play about a 75-year-old woman who sets out to be a star.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

‘Harmony’ Review: Barry Manilow Writes the (Broadway) Songs by Jesse Green

The pop star of the 1970s and ’80s crosses over to musical theater with a dark story about pop stars of the 1920s and ’30s.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

‘I Need That’ Review: It’s Always Messy in New Jersey by Jesse Green

Danny DeVito returns to Broadway in a Theresa Rebeck comedy about a lonely old man lost in a houseful of junk.

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‘Pal Joey’ Review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildering by Jesse Green

Joey is still a heel in this major revision of the 1940 antihero musical, but he’s now a Black artist trying to find his true voice.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

‘I Can Get It for You Wholesale’ Review: Rag Trade Revival, Recut for Today by Jesse Green

A story considered too dark for Broadway in its time is too much of a patchwork in ours.

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Review: In ‘Stereophonic,’ the Rock Revolution Will Be Recorded by Jesse Green

David Adjmi’s riveting new play, with songs by Will Butler, is about a ’70s band that nearly destroys itself making an epochal album.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

‘Here We Are’ Review: The Last Sondheim, Cool and Impossibly Chic by Jesse Green

This inventive, beguiling and not quite fully solved puzzle of a show is a worthy and loving farewell to the great musical dramatist.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ Review: Revenge of the Broadway Nerds by Jesse Green

The history of movable type is a terrible idea for a show. Which is why it’s so on brand for this satire of theater and its eternal hopefuls.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Review: ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ Finally Found in the Dark by Jesse Green

Jonathan Groff, supported by Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, is thrillingly fierce in the first convincing revival of the cult flop Sondheim musical.

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards