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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


We met up with George Salazar of the new show “Be More Chill” (and from the “Lightning Thief”!) where he talks about the show, social media, winning awards without knowing it, and a full behind the scenes performance of “Michael in the Bathroom”! htt …Read more


How This Low Budget Show Became the First Spiderman Musical to Grace NY Stages

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Justin Moran, Adam Podd, David Rossetti, and Jonathan Roufeael about their musical Peter, Who? Tell us about your …Read more


What It Means to Be a Displaced Immigrant in America

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Rebecca Aparicio and Stephen Anthony Elkins about their musical Pedro Pan. Tell us about your show! Based on the …Read more



Romance and Filmmaking on Coney Island

Fire in Dreamland begins with Kate (Rebecca Naomi Jones), a frustrated bureaucrat working to restore Coney Island after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, telling her story of meeting a passionate filmmaker, Jaap Hooft (Enver Gjokaj), near the beach …Read more


Why We’re Thrilled This Musical Revue Is Back

Long before there was the jukebox musical, there was the musical revue, and few songwriters have as many fabulous songs worthy of a musical revue than Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. The show Smokey Joe’s Cafe, featuring 39 of their songs, opened in 1 …Read more


You’ll Eat Up This Comedic Solo Show About Obsessive Dieting

My Life on a Diet, starring Renée Taylor (now at the Theatre at St. Clement’s), is also the name of a book by Taylor, published in 1986. The stage version has been around for a while too. Her husband and writing partner Joseph Bologna, who passed awa …Read more


Why ‘On a Clear Day’ Remains One of Musical Theater’s Problem Children

The plot of the 1965 Broadway musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever centers on reincarnation. A kooky young New Yorker, Daisy Gamble, visits a psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Bruckner, for help in kicking her smoking habit. Under hypnosis, she reveals a …Read more


NYMF Writer Luke Byrne on the Importance of Storytelling

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Luke Bryan about his musical Between the Sea and Sky. Tell us about your show! My musical is titled Between the S …Read more


In This New Musical ‘Bombshell’ Meets ‘Band of Brothers’

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Kenneth Stilson and Cody Cole about their musical An American Hero. Tell us about your show! Kenneth Stilson: I h …Read more


The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Carly Brooke Feinman (Book, Lyrics) and Cassie Willson (Music) about their musical If Sand Were Stone. Tell us ab …Read more



How This Rock N’ Roll Musical Expands the Audience for Musical Theater

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Stefanie Seskin about her musical Bad Ass Beauty. Tell us about your show! Aralyn Ford is an ugly duckling who ne …Read more


Why These NYMF Writers Love High Concept Musicals

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest, and Corley Pillsbury about their musical What’s Your Wish? Tell us about your show!
 …Read more


Emojiland — A “Textistential” Musical

The New York Musical Festival continues through August 5, offering 12 productions as well as lectures, readings, and more! We spoke with Laura Nicole Harrison and Keith Harrison about their musical Emojiland.  Tell us about your show! Emojiland is an …Read more


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