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Does 'Pretty Woman' Work as a Musical?

The clothes are the same, most of the dialogue is the same and of course, the story arc is the same — so why doesn’t Pretty Woman: The Musical have the same appeal as the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere? For one thing: it doesn’t …Read more


The Story of the Jewish Immigrant Who Wrote ‘White Christmas’ and ‘God Bless America’

Isn’t it ironic that a Jewish immigrant from Belarus wrote “White Christmas,” one of the most beloved Christmas songs, as well as one of the most patriotic American songs, “God Bless America?” For these musical contributions and others, Irving Berlin …Read more


A Marriage at the Brink of Disaster

THE BOTTOM LINE: New Ohio Theatre presents Worse Than Tigers, a play by Mark Chrisler about a marriage at the brink of a physical final disaster that is a reality of the disaster that already had occurred. And then a tiger comes to their door and one …Read more


A Powerful Meditation on Loss Worth Seeing

THE BOTTOM LINE: Theater Mitu’s piece Remnant is an affecting and surprising reflection on loss. This new work is noteworthy both for its engagement of Theater Mitu’s interdisciplinary practice and for its delicate and empathic look at difficult and …Read more


A Riveting Dance Theater Musical You Won't Want to Miss

“In the village, the most respected man is the rainmaker.” – The Narrator Hips twisting, legs moving in a circular fashion as arms are drawn apart and out in a way that shows the progression of something being given or drawn inwards…flips, jumps, ski …Read more


In This Buzzy New Musical, It's OK to Be a Geek

I will always be the first to admit that I was never, ever the cool kid in school. I was somewhere between the well-known-but-not-popular kids and the geeks, thanks to my obsession with Broadway. Thankfully I went to a school that was accepting of ev …Read more



How Does Hellman's Politically Charged Great Depression-Era Play Fare Today?

Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come (now at the Mint Theater Company) was not a success when it premiered in New York in 1936. In fact, this second play of the Hellman canon (after The Children’s Hour) was a full-tilt disaster. The three-act drama (played …Read more


A Glorious Update of ‘Don Giovanni’ at La MaMa

In the program notes to the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of Don Giovanni, director Owen Horsley mentions the #MeToo movement, and Mozart’s opera about the legendary seducer certainly takes on a new significance in a society replete with clai …Read more


For a one-woman performance, Women on the Verge owes a great deal to a cooperative effort, and it is to the credit of all concerned that Faith Collins’s time on stage is nothing less than captivating. That she performs a genuinely stunning piece of w …Read more


This Musical Is the First Off-Broadway Show with an All-Asian Cast

Comfort Women: A Musical is in its second run in New York after premiering in 2015. The musical tells the true story of women enslaved during World War II as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army. Written and directed by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim, it is …Read more


Strange Things Are Happening at this Public Library

Directed by Jordana Williams, Vince Gatton’s play Alexandria, set in a public library in the deep South, shows basically good people who will not listen to each other, even as life as they know it is coming to an end right in front of them. Brenda (K …Read more


Magnetic Actors Star in This Show about a Forbidden Relationship

Written by Rick Charles Mueller and directed by Alex Wei Xin, Forbidden explores the many facets of relationships, both personal and professional, sexual and platonic, as an older man with connections offers to set up an audition for a younger hopefu …Read more


Why ‘Comfort Women’ Is Poised to Make Musical Theater History

Comfort Women: A Musical is poised to take its place in musical theatre history besides iconic shows like Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. All these shows tell the story of people who have fallen (or, more accurately, have been pushed down) by the way …Read more



In the World of This Play, Rape Has Been Eradicated

THE BOTTOM LINE: Qurrat Ann Kadwani’s one-woman play Intrusion, is a glimpse into a future where rape has been eradicated…or so we believed. Those who want their theater to invite them into a thought experiment will find plenty to sink their teeth …Read more


How This Play Captures Young Americans’ Struggle to Make It

THE BOTTOM LINE: West of 10th’s production of Lia Romeo’s American Dreamers, a fast-paced play about after college. It’s a good choice if you want to see an honest portrait of what life is like after college between roomates, friends, and people we d …Read more


‘War of the Roses’: A Story of Weeping Daggers and the Not-so-guilty Mind of a Murderer

THE BOTTOM LINE: Produced by Ruth Stage, War of the Roses tells the tale of Richard III’s wicked manipulation to make his way to the throne. If you are looking for elaborate sets and period costumes in this black box theater production, this show may …Read more


What Is It Like to Star in a Show with an Ex?

Stand-up comic Gianmarco Soresi’s original unromantic comedy Less Than 50%, directed by Jen Wineman, is a play within a play (and perhaps within another play) about rehearsing a play with a scene partner who is also an ex. Less Than 50% (referring to …Read more


A Must-See 'Pushkin' — Intellectual, Artistic, and Spiritual!

THE BOTTOM LINE: The American Vicarious colorful production of Pushkin captures the imagination and leaves you yearning for freedom. Those who thrive on court intrigues, political riddles and affairs of pistols will appreciate Jonathan Leaf’s dramati …Read more


“Four Nerds. One Apocalypse. Game Over.” Such is the intriguingly ominous tagline of Scum, the latest grassroots production currently playing the Producer’s Club in Midtown Manhattan. The enticing — if slightly sordid — new piece, which marks the off …Read more


Why You’ll Love This Delightfully Messy ‘Dream’

THE BOTTOM LINE: Shakespeare in the Square’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a messy and innovative version of a favorite Shakespeare comedy. If you like strong physical comedy, fresh takes on classics, and a slight risk of noodles in the …Read more



‘Dick Pix’ Shows the Goods in a Big Way!

THE BOTTOM LINE: Richard Pictures presents and TLab Shares hosts in association with Anne L. Bernstein, Daniel McCoy’s new witty comedy Dick Pix. Gender norms are turned upside down in this creative and punchy satirical show that delivers nonstop lau …Read more


This Tense Play about the Aftermath of a Hookup Arrives at the Perfect Time

THE BOTTOM LINE: Perfect Teeth is a captivating story by Daniel McCoy about two guys who confront a very serious and complicated situation after a hookup. You are going to love this play, it was deep, honest, genuine and thought provoking. A must see …Read more


Is Idina Menzel’s New Play a Success?

For some of us theatergoers, actress-singer Idina Menzel can do no wrong. From Rent to Wicked to Frozen, and even TV’s Glee, she has thrilled viewers with her vocal and acting skills. Now starring in Joshua Harmon’s latest play, Skintight, she portra …Read more


A Musical Version of Shakespeare’s Comedy? We Love It!

Oh, what a night!  Although somewhat overcast with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, the mood onstage for Twelfth Night in Central Park at The Delacorte Theater couldn’t have been sunnier! Twelfth Night is a typical Shakespearean comedy with di …Read more


This Exciting New Project Highlights Working Actors Age 62 and Older

If you’re a celebrity actor, the world can easily learn about your life and career. You probably have your own website—and there may even be a fan-site or two out there devoted to you. If you’re a star of the highest magnitude, biographers may have w …Read more


Why This ‘60s Update of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ Is So Much Fun

For a fresh look at Chekov, go see The Cherry Orchard, playing at the American Theatre of Actors as part if its Classic Summer Series. Set in 1965, this production of Chekov’s final play puts a fun twist to the original somber play without losing any …Read more




Why the Democratic National Convention of 1968 Is Important Today

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Jamie Leo and Paul Leschen about their musical ‘68. Tell us about your show! Paul: ’68 is the story of the events …Read more


Bette Midler is currently back on Broadway as she returns to “Hello Dolly” this summer for six weeks before the show closes August 25th.  Her life and work is a testament to how being different is what makes her a star. Midler has always struggled wi …Read more


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