Category Archives: Broadway

Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!
Book by Michael Stewart
Musical and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Choreographed by Warren Carlyle
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Sam S. Shubert Theatre
June 24, 2017
Production website
๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰ย out of 5.

I have seen Bette Midler in concert in her Las Vegas show, and last night I saw Bette Midlerโ€™s Hello Dolly – without Bette Midler.ย  I think this was the smartest choice to see this musical.ย  I have heard from my friends the Bette Midler as Dolly Levi was terrific.ย  She commanded the stage and you couldnโ€™t take your eyes off of her.ย  I am sure that is true.ย  But I saw Donna Murphy as Dolly Levi and THAT was perfect for me. Continue reading Hello Dolly!

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day
Book by Danny Rubin
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Morris
August Wilson Theatre
June 26, 2017
Production website
๐Ÿ’‰ย ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰out of 5.

There was more stuff in this show then one could possibly imagine. Circle upon circle was spinning throughout the show.ย  The actors literally did laps for the two and a half hours all the while singing and dancing around in parkas in NYC in July!ย  Groundhog Day was so beautiful and magical to watch. I thought to myself that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would have really benefitted from this set designer! ย  Continue reading Groundhog Day

Present Laughter

Present Laughter
Starring Kevin Kline
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel
St. James Theatre
June 21, 2017
Production website
๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

Kevin Kline is just so good in this – – but there is just so much of this! ย After seeing 1984 last night I was so eager to see a play that behaved itself and delivered some acting and some story. ย Present Laughter, I thought – – there’s the remedy.

It was such a beautiful play. ย A gorgeous set full of theatrical decadence with doors a plenty and plenty of furniture to poise, pontificate, and pursue a dalliance. ย The language of Noel Coward is so rich and so wonderfully sarcastic. ย It is so nice to hear a play that has vocabulary that reaches beyond two syllables. ย  Continue reading Present Laughter

1984

1984
Written and Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmilla
Hudson Theatre
June 20, 2017
Production website
๐Ÿ’‰ย out of 5.

IN KEEPING WITH THE THE DELIVERY OF THIS PLAY, I WANTED TO TYPE THE ENTIRE REVIEW IN SCREAMING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS – – but I have better manners.

This was my first time in the beautiful Hudson theatre that just opened its doors a few months ago with Sunday in the Park with George. ย It is a gorgeous building. ย The lobby was good. But then I took my seat.

This play is such a huge f***ing mess. ย They go through hundreds of flash pods that blind the audience on a regular basis. ย It was as if they couldn’t think what to do with the actors in the scene – so let’s just blind the shit out of the audience. ย Then the blinding wasn’t enough. Continue reading 1984

The Little Foxes

Theย Little Foxes
Written byย Lillian Hellman
Directed by Daniel Sultan
Manhattan Theatre Club
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
June 18, 2017
Production website
๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

I am such a fan of theatre the pushes the envelop and challenges the way we “think” theatre should be done. ย  ย I love when they take the “major dramatic structure” that I teach every day of my working life and mess around with it. ย I celebrate the rule breakers.

Little Foxes is certainly a rule follower – ย and what a beautiful rule follower it is. ย  Continue reading The Little Foxes