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The 2019 Tonys: A Broad-Stroked Broadway Broadcast
(June 11, 2019) - Another Tony broadcast tucked in for the night (or year, if you will) as I try to lull the observational comic doing battle with my id to sleep. Fortunately, I’m no Jerry Seinfeld and so I proceed as an observational critic. (read the story...)


Life Sucks.: Who Knew Angst Could Be So Much Fun?
(June 10, 2019) - Thankfully, for those of us unable to navigate the production’s initial run, playwright Aaron Posner’s ingenious riff on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya—Life Sucks.— has returned to take up residence at 42nd Street’s Theatre Row. (read the story...)


Mean Girls, Mean Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do? | Taylor Louderman on Broadway
(May 23, 2019) - When Taylor Louderman makes her entrance as “apex predator” Regina George in Tina Fey’s acclaimed new musical Mean Girls, she arrives in a spectacularly gauzy burst of pink attitude. (read the story...)


'Tis the Season to Be Tony: 2019 Tony Predictions
(May 17, 2019) - The game’s on, my friends, but the question remains: will it end with a sweep or a variety pack of shows taking a sliver of the 73rd Annual Tony Awards pie? (read the story...)


A Julie Nichols for a New Era: Lilli Cooper Shines in Tootsie
(April 23, 2019) - I last saw Lilli Cooper in SpongeBob SquarePants playing Sandy Cheeks and she was the most adorable thing on Broadway. Now she’s bringing a different sort of adorableness to the role of Julie Nichols, the leading lady caught up in a convoluted romance in Tootsie. (read the story...)


Reviewer's Beat: To Kill a Mockingbird
(April 16, 2019) - Unlike Harper Lee’s novel and the 1962 film, Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird begins in the courtroom—a tableau of characters that unfolds in flashbacks, the effect being a memory play (semi-autobiographical from Lee’s perspective), and a haunting one at that. (read the story...)


On Broadway: Breakout Hits & Big Name Buzz
(April 15, 2019) - As we turn the corner to the Tony Awards’ home stretch, major star wattage fills the theatres of Broadway. (read the story...)


Jonathan Freeman and Aladdin's 'Whole New World' on Broadway
(April 04, 2019) - In Aladdin, there is no doubt about the source of all infamy: Jafar, the sultan’s manipulative vizier scheming for control of the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah. And without question, Jonathan Freeman—who has played Jafar for a quarter century, in Disney’s animated film version and its sequel, television series, and video games—personifies Jafar’s fiendishness. (read the story...)


Reviewer's Beat: Alice by Heart and Marys Seacole
(March 29, 2019) - Theater reviews of both Alice By Heart, and Marys Seacole. (read the story...)


Spring Savings on The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
(March 29, 2019) - The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking, sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and live musical performances! Save $15 off ticket price with City Guide. (read the story...)


Reviewer's Beat: My Fair Lady's New Cast Members
(March 26, 2019) - Gorgeous and wonderfully cast when it opened in April, 2018, My Fair Lady’s longevity has opened it up to a handful of distinguished replacements, starting with Laura Benanti who stepped into the role of Eliza Doolittle.  (read the story...)


10 Magic Shows to See Now in NYC
(March 26, 2019) - New York has a robust magic community (fittingly) hiding in plain sight. Some of the world’s top magicians stage mind-blowing shows in the city every week, assisted with state-of-the-art production and one-of-a-kind settings like the oldest magic shop in the city. Be astounded and amazed at these 10 shows currently running in New York. Abracadabra! (read the story...)


NYC's Immersive Theater for Kids: Pip’s Island
(March 22, 2019) - Welcome to Pip’s Island: The Lighthouse Rescue, the groundbreaking take on interactive theatre that hits all the right notes for parents and little ones—from cool concept and live actors to fun music and creative problem solving, all set against a propulsive storyline. (read the story...)


Broadway News: Hugh Jackman Is The Music Man, James Corden Hosts the Tonys
(March 19, 2019) - Jeremy Jordan to join the cast of Broadway's Waitress; Hugh Jackman to return to Broadway in 2020 starring in The Music Man, and James Corden will helm the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. (read the story...)


Scar's Face: The Lion King’s Villainous Stephen Carlile
(March 14, 2019) - Scar: Simba’s uncle; Mufasa’s younger brother; and the most complex character in Disney’s The Lion King. Especially in the hands—or claw-like paws—of Stephen Carlile, an ultra-charming Brit who has endowed Scar with a delicious three-dimensional malevolence. (read the story...)


NYC's Extreme Street Beat—Stomp Day Is Now
(February 27, 2019) - Today’s the day: the mayor’s declaration that February 27th, 2019 is officially “STOMP Day” in New York—an honor reflecting Stomp’s 25th anniversary in the City That Never Sleeps. And clearly, the show’s formidable rhythms and percussive pulse are doing their part to keep it that way. (read the story...)


Star Power Ignited: March On and Off Broadway
(February 26, 2019) - Broadway’s version of March Madness is clocking in with an intoxicating influx of comedies, dramas, and musicals—bringing with them a wave of award-winning celebrities. (read the story...)


Spark Your Child's Imagination at Pip's Island, An Immersive Experience Coming to NYC
(February 26, 2019) - Imagine your child could enter the world of her favorite cartoon, interact with the characters, and save the day. Pip’s Island brings your child’s dream to life with its immersive entertainment center, coming to New York’s Times Square area in 2019. (read the story...)


Reviewer's Beat | Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State
(February 26, 2019) - Colin Quinn, whose solo shows are catnip to anyone who likes their humor tinged with rebellion, has the wit, smarts, and verbal agility to turn the dyspeptic state of today’s political froo-froo into an engaging riff on the stars and stripes. (read the story...)


There's a New World Premiere in Town: Fiercely Independent
(February 25, 2019) - The new play Fiercely Independent, penned by Tony-winning producer Kathleen K. Johnson, cuts to the crux of everybody who’s been forced to play second fiddle to the Internet over dinner. Catch it at the SoHo Playhouse. (read the story...)


Funny, Fearless, Fabulous: It’s Showtime for Celebs on Broadway
(January 30, 2019) - Don’t count on finding them weaving through Times Square or chowing down on 99-cent storefront pizza slices, but if seeing celebrities in their natural habitat is on your NYC bucket list, you probably won’t be disappointed just walking (or dining) in the Theater District. (read the story...)


Reviewer's Beat: The Ferryman
(January 25, 2019) - Raucous shenanigans aside (and there are plenty), lurking behind every plot twist and poetic monologue are fresh and fermented Irish Republican issues in Jez Butterworth‘s Olivier Award-winning The Ferryman. (read the story...)


BroadwayCon 2019—It's A Wrap!
(January 23, 2019) - It was with great excitement that I looked forward to my fourth BroadwayCon, organized by Anthony Rapp and Melissa Anelli, in New York City. For the 2019 version of this mammoth undertaking, BroadwayCon returned to their original home, the Midtown Hilton, where in 2016 a massive blizzard had nearly shut down the prepubescent conference. (read the story...)


Oh Pretty Woman: Andy Karl Gives New Life to a Classic Role
(January 22, 2019) - Andy Karl is back on the Great White Way, this time channeling Edward Lewis, a character made famous on celluloid by Richard Gere nearly 30 years ago in Pretty Woman. (read the story...)


Discount Theatre in NYC: 20at20 Off-Broadway Discounts 2019
(January 21, 2019) - The early bird may get the worm – but this winter, it’s the last-minute theatergoer who will score the cheapest seats. This January marks the return of 20at20, a special ticket deal that rewards those who wait with discounted tickets to some of the hottest off-Broadway shows. (read the story...)



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