Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Puts the Pop Diva In ‘Spamalot’ by Harry Haun

In 'Spamalot,' Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer pays homage to—or shamelessly satirizes—pop icons. “They change every night,” she says. “I do a little Celine Dion—although there are some…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:14AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Review: Second Stage Theatre’s ‘The Apiary’: Stinging or Sweet As Honey? by David Cote

Set 22 years from now — as climate change has doomed the bees and thus humanity — this high-concept play mixes sci-fi with black comedy.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:01PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Review: Fake News Makes Musical Headlines in ‘The Connector’ by David Cote

This musical about a fabulist at a magazine draws on the Stephen Glass scandal of the ‘90s, but it’s more than a bit of stretch itself.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:01PM
Monday, February 5, 2024

David Cromer Juggles Directing and Acting In Some Of This Season’s Most Exciting Work by Harry Haun

"I learn more about directing while acting and more about acting while directing," says David Cromer, who directed 'Prayer for the French Republic' on Broadway and is currently appearing in …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:06PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

‘The Animal Kingdom’ Review: This Family Therapy Weepie Is a Flat Zoo Story by David Cote

Set entirely at group therapy sessions, this 80-minute exploration of psychodynamics and healing may leave you wishing for characters with more interesting problems.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:01PM
Saturday, January 27, 2024

Review: Don’t Sleep on Splendiferous Sutton Foster in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ by David Cote

Foster generates waves of zany ecstasy in this delightful concert version of this fractured fairytale for City Center Encores.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 06:25PM
Friday, January 26, 2024

Michael Urie Gets Medieval (And Musical) In ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ by Harry Haun

In 'Maestro,' Michael Urie played choreographer-director Jerome Robbins. He now finds Robbins’ spirit haunting the rehearsal spaces at New York City Center, where he's performing in 'Once …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:19AM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Review: Tania El Khoury’s ‘Cultural Exchange Rate’ Tells a Living Tale of Exile and Migration by Farah Abdessamad, Farah Abdessamad

The performance metaphorically and physically draws us into the many strands of a multifaceted quest.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:01AM
Friday, January 12, 2024

‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ Review: Thrilling And Immersive Theater by Emily Zemler, Emily Zemler

The London stage version of 'Stranger Things' is a prequel with impressive practical effects that provoke gasps and screams, and producers say it's Broadway bound.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:10PM
Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Review: ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ Is One of Broadway’s Best New Plays by David Cote

A Jewish family — shaken by a recent rise in European antisemitism — uproots itself in Joshua Harmon's passionately argued play.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00PM
Monday, January 8, 2024

Patrick Page Brings a Dirty Dozen Shakespeare Villains To The Stage by Harry Haun

After playing the devil himself in 'Hadestown,' Patrick Page keeps it on the dark side with 'All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:44AM
Tuesday, December 26, 2023

David Ives On Collaborating With Sondheim On His Final Work, ‘Here We Are’ by Harry Haun

"I’ve got this idea for a musical, and I wondered if you wanted to work on it with me,” Sondheim said to David Ives. Thus began the collaboration that resulted the adaptation of two Luis…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:15AM
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Review: ‘Appropriate’ Is a Family Album of White Supremacy  by David Cote

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s slow-burning satire of white privilege arrives on Broadway in an impeccable production with a dream cast, led by Sarah Paulson.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:03AM
Monday, December 18, 2023

Review: Cuba’s Past Sings Out in ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ by David Cote

This jukebox musical alternates passionate renditions of Afro-Cuban son, danzón, and bolero with scenes in English that chart the lives of musicians across four decades of love and loss.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:21PM
Monday, December 11, 2023

Chip Zien Counts His Broadway Blessings in ‘Harmony’ by Harry Haun

“My character didn’t exist a year ago," Broadway veteran Chip Zien says of his role as the Rabbi in Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's long gestating musical. "It’s a real gift.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:53AM
Sunday, December 10, 2023

Review: ‘How to Dance in Ohio’ Welcomes Autistic Youth Under the Disco Ball by David Cote

'How to Dance in Ohio' was clearly made with love, but this musical adaptation of an HBO documentary about autistic people learning to dance tries to balance good intentions and razzle-dazzl…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM
Friday, December 8, 2023

‘Adrift: A Medieval Wayward Folly’ Review: Demons, Dulcimers, and Dancing Strawberries by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Using music, dance, puppets, miming, and physical comedy, the Happenstance Theater brings late medieval paintings to life.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:26AM
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Review: An Earnest Yet Awkward Land Acknowledgement for ‘Manahatta’ by David Cote

Mary Kathryn Nagle’s play shifts between the Dutch colonization of Manhattan and the subprime mortgage crisis, a concept that looks good on paper but diminishes the characters and their ch…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Irish Rep Is Having A Friel Day by Harry Haun

'Translations' is the first of three Brian Friel plays that Irish Rep is staging this season. "It has a kind of politics, but it’s so embracing of human life," director Doug Hughes says.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:44AM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Review: Alicia Keys Is in a ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ State of Mind at the Public by David Cote

Part juke-box musical and part feel-good empowerment fable, this musical from Alicia Keys hungers for a home on Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:30PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

‘Merrily We Stole A Song’ Gives Sondheim the Forbidden Broadway Treatment by Harry Haun

"You can’t cheat with Sondheim,” says Gerard Alessandrini of the song spoofs in 'Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole a Song.' “I try to make the rhymes correct—and still be funny."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:46AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Review: Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks Are Well Worth Waiting for Godot  by David Cote

In the Theatre for a New Audience production of 'Waiting for Godot,' Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks bring uncommon clarity to Beckett's classic.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM

Review: Stage Newbie Aubrey Plaza Dips Her Toe Into ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ by David Cote

Packed with profanity, anguished sexuality, and high-decibel meltdowns, 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea' has been drama department fodder since its 1983 debut. Only this time, the acting studen…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:07AM
Monday, November 13, 2023

Review: Barry Manilow Writes the Songs That Make ‘Harmony’ Sing by David Cote

The story of the Comedian Harmonists—the German (and Jewish) singing sensations forced to break up due to the Third Reich—is told in this amiable if derivative musical.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:18PM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

Review: Danny DeVito Hoards Laughter And Tears In ‘I Need That’ by David Cote

This tale of grief and release is the sort of crowd-pleaser that used to be common fare on Broadway but has long since migrated to small screens.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Nathan Lane On The Return Of His Sondheim Collaboration ‘The Frogs’ by Harry Haun

As he prepares for a two-night concert of the Sondheim musical 'The Frogs,' Nathan Lane explains how what started with a chance bookstore encounter grew to a collaboration that involved seve…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:17PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Dances of Vice’s Halloween Voyage into the Underworld by Payton Selby, Payton Selby

Soaring sphynxes, Dionysian dance, Arachne's weavers and more than a little modern kink were on display at this fantastical and fetishistic Halloween happening.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:35PM

John Weidman Talks About Bringing ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ Back to Broadway by Harry Haun

“The idea of collaborating with your late father demands a deep breath,” John Weidman says of revisiting his dad's show 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:34PM
Sunday, October 29, 2023

Review: ‘Stereophonic’ Has the Vinyl Word on ’70s Rock Drama by David Cote

This portrait of a Fleetwood Mac-like band slaving over an album is full of novelistic detail and luxurious fly-on-the-wall beauty.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00PM
Thursday, October 26, 2023

Patrick Stewart On Shakespeare, Ian McKellen’s Terrible Career Advice and Trying Not To Kill Paul McCartney by Olivia-Anne Cleary, Olivia-Anne Cleary

"I started reading these words and, I have to confess, there were so many that I didn’t understand. The narrative of what I was trying to read made no sense to me, but there was something …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:01PM
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Taylor Myers’ No. 9 Shows Us How Real We Can Be When Playing Make-Believe by Payton Selby, Payton Selby

The show trains our brains and bodies to sit alongside one another long enough to break down the self-imposed barriers we've built between us.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:17PM

All that Chat

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