Broadway's Bright New Season Takes Off
From Derren Brown’s mind-boggling mind reading in his Derren Brown: Secret, to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale’s improvised hip-hop show, Freestyle Love Supreme, to Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony nominee Tom Sturridge’s critically acclaimed performances in Sea Wall/A Life, theatre in the Big Apple right now is a head-rush of cosmic extremes.
Reviewer’s Beat: Moulin Rouge!
In the weeks leading up to Moulin Rouge!’s Broadway debut the yowza buzz was robust. Rapturous even. And considering the ravishing welcoming committee flanking the Hirschfeld Theatre’s revamped stage—an uninhibited gaggle of buff, brassy, persuasive performers, their thongs and spandex pants topped with vintagesque corsets and topcoats—yowza is an understatement.
Scar's Face: The Lion King’s Villainous Stephen Carlile
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.
Beyond Broadway: 9 Theatre-Inspired Experiences in NYC
You may see everything from Hamilton to Hadestown, but New York’s theatre culture extends far beyond the stages of Broadway’s 41 theatres. The following experiences are for anyone looking for theatrical flourishes in their walking tours, exhibits, karaoke, and dining. Broaden your Broadway experience with these 9 fun-filled activities in the theatre capital of the world!
Anything for Love: Bat Out of Hell—The Musical
When the voltage-driven Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hell debuted in 1977, the vocals painted by composer Jim Steinman were draped in theatricality. This was a rock musical waiting to happen. And now it has.
King Kong on Broadway: Catch Him While You Can
The 2,000-pound gorilla may be about to exit the room, but not before he leaves a legacy of the loudest audience oohs, ahhs, and OMGs in Broadway history—and a Tony Award tribute to his headline-grabbing stage presence!
Off-Broadway’s Best: Sizzling Summertime Picks
When it comes to theatre in the Big Apple, some like it hot—even in July and August. So I suggest heading to Off-Broadway, home to some of the hottest shows in town, including my personal roster of 14 do-not-miss productions, hand-picked for every member of the family!
Reviewer’s Beat: The Imbible and Day Drinking
Entering the intimate Green Room bar at New World Stages—setting for both The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking and Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical—means shedding the world outside and giving yourself over to a sparkling young cast who know their way around mixology, comedy, history, and a fast costume change.
Buzzalicious Theatre Here (NYC) & Now (WorldPride)
Après the Tonys…Thrill? Relief? Letdown? Opportunity? The latter, of course, has much to do with taking on uncharted Broadway by scoring tickets to the 2019-2020 season’s first wave of shows.
Best of the Best NYC Theatre Fests: Summer, 2019
June, July, and August in the Big Apple are known for Theatre Festivals—arguably the most innovative and inspiring in the world—and some of these events include shows from around the globe. And taking advantage of these fests is a right of theatrical passage for up and coming artists, and the audiences who ride the cutting edge to meet them for the first time during summer in the city.
Reviewer's Beat: Last Man Club
In Last Man Club, Axis Theater Company, the bold standard of boundary-breaking Off-Broadway theatre, once again serves up a powder keg banquet of characters, this time relegated to the Lost & Found Department of Dust Bowl Americana.
Life Sucks.: Who Knew Angst Could Be So Much Fun?
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.
Mean Girls, Mean Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do? | Taylor Louderman on Broadway
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.
'Tis the Season to Be Tony: 2019 Tony Predictions
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?
A Julie Nichols for a New Era: Lilli Cooper Shines in Tootsie
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.
Reviewer's Beat: To Kill a Mockingbird
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.
On Broadway: Breakout Hits & Big Name Buzz
As we turn the corner to the Tony Awards’ home stretch, major star wattage fills the theatres of Broadway.
Jonathan Freeman and Aladdin's 'Whole New World' on Broadway
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.
Reviewer's Beat: My Fair Lady's New Cast Members
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.
10 Magic Shows to See Now in NYC
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, immersing you in the mystery with state-of-the-art production and one-of-a-kind settings like the oldest magic shop in the city. These long-running productions with regularly scheduled performances are only-in-New-York pieces of entertainment you can view again and again (maybe figuring out some of the illusions along the way!). Be astounded and amazed at these 10 shows currently running in New York.
NYC's Immersive Theater for Kids: Pip’s Island
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.
Broadway News: Hugh Jackman Is The Music Man, James Corden Hosts the Tonys
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.
NYC's Extreme Street Beat—Stomp Day Is Now
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.
Star Power Ignited: March On and Off Broadway
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.
Spark Your Child's Imagination at Pip's Island, An Immersive Experience Coming to NYC
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.