As it was at the overture and shall be at the exit music, bliss without end. Amen.

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City Center Encores! Announces 22nd Season

Lady, Be Good! Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Book: Guy Bolton & Fred Thompson February 4-8, 2015 Paint Your Wagon Music: Frederick Loewe Book & Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner March 18-22, 2015 Zorba Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Joseph Stein May 6-10, 2015

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And the Tony didn’t go to… Part II

It’s Tony Awards time, yet again. The last month has been spent praising the nominees, cursing the nominating committee for what it got wrong (namely, The Bridges of Madison County) and filling out our personal ballots and surveys. We’ve also been subjected to polls, videos, luncheons, speeches, think-pieces, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, which all point the way toward “Broadway’s biggest night” tomorrow evening on CBS. The race for Best Play seems to be nonexistent; it’s wide open with an edge to either All the Way or Act One, but no one seems to have great love for any of the five nominees. Best Musical…

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Posted on June 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm.

The 70th Annual Theatre World Award Winners Announced!

The 2014 Theatre World Award Winners for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance during the 2013-2014 theatrical season have been announced! The ceremony will take place on Monday, June 2 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, once again hosted by Peter Filichia. Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night, or What You Will Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway Bryan Cranston, All the Way Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan Rebecca Hall, Machinal Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables Zachary Levi, First Date Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men Sophie Okenedo, A Raisin in the Sun Emerson Steele, Violet Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder…

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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:29 am.

‘The Bridges of Madison County’ on Broadway

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Recently, I referred to the 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella, Frank Loesser’s lush romantic masterpiece, as a “grown-up musical for grown-ups.” Much of the current Broadway musical theatre is made up of subversive comedies, by-the-number adaptations of movies, and pre-packaged song catalogs. Sincere romantic musical plays tend to be a tougher sell these days. The most recent example I can think of is Giant with its sweeping score by Michael John LaChiusa. However, that show played a limited run off-Broadway at the Public (though it should have been on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont). Well, a new grown-up musical for grown-ups has come to Broadway and it’s Jason Robert Brown and Marsha…

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“Chronicle of a Closing Night” Revisited

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I’ve been collecting Playbills for years. Not only for the shows I’ve seen, but also ones that I’ve picked up at the Broadway Flea Market or in various shops. It started initially with some of my favorite flops, but has expanded to include almost anything I can get my hands on. Last week, I was flipping through my Playbill for the original Broadway production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, one I picked up randomly for a spell-check, when I came across a fascinating feature article by Colette Dowling chronicling the closing of the musical Illya Darling, a 1967 screen-to-stage adaptation of the hit 1960 film Never on Sunday. Illya Darling…

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – The Original Broadway Cast Recording

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One of my prized possessions is a copy of the 4-LP original Broadway cast album of Edward Albee’s masterpiece Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  It’s a handsomely packaged boxed set, with 4 LPs and a special booklet containing essays and commentary by Albee, Harold Clurman and Walter Kerr. The records are in mint condition and there’s not a crease in the booklet; this album was clearly cared for by a serious collector. I’ll never forget the first experience of hearing this cast album for the first time. I was just going to sample a few minutes before going about my day. I had a night shift at Barnes and Noble…

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An Open Letter to Emma Thompson

Dear Ms. Thompson, This past week, I had the unmitigated pleasure of witnessing you make your New York stage debut in the exciting New York Philharmonic concert of Sweeney Todd. I have long been an admirer of your work, ever since I first saw the 1993 film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in high school. Not long afterward, I fell head-over-heels for your Oscar-winning Margaret Schlegel in Howards End, which I stumbled upon on Bravo one weekend, back when that station had a more artistic bent. In the years since, I have come to admire your work as an actress, writer, humanitarian and activist. Your appearances at awards ceremonies and…

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Posted on March 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm.

‘Robert and Elizabeth’ – An Appreciation

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I have a soft spot for depictions of romance between historical figures. There is usually a greater antagonizing force that heightens their intimacy significantly and also captures me on an intellectual level. These couples tend to not only share physical attraction, but they also respect and admire each other’s intelligence, wit, and talent. I doubt I would like 1776 as much were it not for the scenes between John and Abigail Adams, which anchor a great musical with humanity. Another show that comes to mind is the lovely British musical Robert and Elizabeth, which tells the story of how famed poets Elizabeth Moulton Barrett and Robert Browning came to be…

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The Year of Living Cinematically

Another year of movie watching gone! The same rules for my list like every year: each film was watched in its entirety and an asterisk indicates a film watched for the first time. Interestingly, I haven’t seen a single film released this calendar year. I can’t recall the last time that happened. *The Star (1952) 1/5 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 1/6 *Sleepwalk with Me (2012) 1/11 *Pitch Perfect (2012) 1/11 *The Sessions (2012) 1/11 *Mrs. Brown (1997) 1/16 Mrs. Miniver (1942) 1/17 *The First Wives Club (1996) 1/19 A Shot in the Dark (1964) 1/19 *Oh! What a Lovely War! (1969) 1/19 The Quiet Man (1952) 1/23 Blithe Spirit (1945) 1/24 Lili (1953)…

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:06 pm.
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Walking Among My Yesterdays

2014

1/9 - Patty & Emily &... (54 Below)

1/19 - Machinal

1/23 - Cinderella

2/9 - After Midnight

2/9 - Little Me (Encores!)

2/28 - Patty & Emily &... (54 Below)

3/5 - Rocky

3/5 - Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic)

3/6 - All the Way (opening night)

3/7 - Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic)

3/22 - Three Wishes for Sondheimas (54 Below)

4/1 - The Bridges of Madison County

4/3 - Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall)

4/6 - The Most Happy Fella (Encores!)

4/15 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/1 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/4 - Mothers and Sons

5/7 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/11 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/11 - Irma La Douce (Encores!)

5/15 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/17 - Kate Baldwin: Sing Pretty and Don't Fall Down (54 Below)

5/18 - The Bridges of Madison County 

5/20 - Beautiful

6/25 - Casa Valentina

7/1 - Randy Newman's Faust (Encores!)

7/18 - The City of Conversation

8/29 - You Can't Take It With You

 

Walking Among My Yesterdays

2013

1/7 - Turandot (Met Opera)

1/22 - The Mystery of Edwin Drood

1/27 - Renée Fleming & Susan Graham (Carnegie Hall)

2/3 - Fiorello! (Encores!)

2/7 - My Name is Asher Lev

2/19 - Rigoletto (Met Opera)

2/21 - Passion (Classic Stage Company)

2/23 - Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience)

2/27 - Carousel (NY Philharmonic)

3/1 - Carousel (NY Philharmonic)

3/4 - Matilda (first preview)

3/7 - Ann (opening night)

3/24 - It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (Encores!)

4/18 - One Man, Two Guvnors (West End)

4/19 - Once (West End)

4/20 - Darling of the Day (The Union Theatre, London)

4/22 - The Audience (West End)

4/23 - Top Hat (West End)

4/23 - Merrily We Roll Along (West End)

4/30 - Song of Norway (Collegiate Chorale)

5/12 - Bull

5/12 - On Your Toes (Encores!)

6/5 - Matilda

6/10 - Nice Work If You Can Get It

6/11 - Matilda

6/23 - She Loves Me (Caramoor)

6/30 - Ann

7/23 - The Assembled Parties

7/25 - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

8/23 - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

8/26 - The Bluest Ink (le poisson rouge)

9/1 - Matilda

10/14 - Disaster!

10/16 - Newsies

10/30 - Two Boys (Met Opera)

11/6 - Becoming Dr. Ruth

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