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BY NAVEEN KUMAR If you have any doubts that a play with two actors sitting behind a table, scripts-in-hand, can capture the imagination, you can check them at the door of Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where a charming revival of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Of all the pet names you’ve heard used to describe your privates, “bootycandy” might be a first. As the title suggests, Robert O’Hara’s wickedly funny and provocative new play, which opened Off Broadway last week at Playwrights... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Tony nominated in 2011 for his turn as an eagerly pious missionary in The Book of Mormon, Andrew Rannells returns to Broadway this week playing the glam-rock trans goddess in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR No one can claim a shortage of Broadway musicals about Brill Building artists who became household names—between them, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Jersey Boys) and Carole King (Beautiful) have the Baby Boomer market cornered—so it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR When you imagine what the words ‘Tupac musical’ could mean, you might think back on the colorful verve of ‘90s music videos, the rags-to-riches stories that dominate their soundtracks and find yourself hoping for a big-ticket nostalgic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The 2014 Tony Awards will be handed out Sunday at Radio City Music Hall, in a televised ceremony hosted by Broadway’s favorite brawny man Hugh Jackman. With the six-week long race nearing its finish line, a number... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Despite its subject’s penchant for designer heels, you’ll want to don comfortable footwear for Here Lies Love, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's immersive rock musical about Imelda Marcos, which returned to the Public Theater this month after... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Nominees for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday in a lineup that favors familiar tunes, revitalized classics and breakout performances by new and famous faces. Some of the season’s biggest Hollywood names were overlooked,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR A decade after ending its six-year run on Broadway, directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s acclaimed revival of Cabaret returns to Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, where it opened on April 24. Stepping back into his Tony-Award-winning... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Swapping profanities reaches the level of high art in the first Broadway production of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated 1996 black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which opened April 20 at the Cort Theatre. The show features an admirable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR James Franco’s quest for ubiquity now includes a starring role on Broadway, in the revival of John Steinbeck’s classic 1937 drama Of Mice and Men, which opened April 16 at the Longacre Theatre. Anyone hoping for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Harvey Fierstein knows that a play about straight transvestites is bound to raise eyebrows, and he’s hoping it does more than that. Casa Valentina, which opened on Broadway last night at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman Theatre, has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Just before the curtain rises on a beautifully acted production of A Raisin in the Sun, which opened on Broadway April 3 at the Barrymore Theatre, a recorded interview with Lorraine Hansberry pipes through the darkened house,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR After a nearly ten-year absence, Idina Menzel returns to Broadway in If/Then, an original yet hackneyed musical from Next to Normal writing team Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) that opened March 30 at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR While you’re likely to fall for an oft-shirtless and doggedly charming Andy Karl in the title role, little else about Rocky, which opened on Broadway March 13 at the Winter Garden theatre, packs too hard a punch.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR If the finales of House of Cards and Breaking Bad have left a deficiency of political intrigue and binge-worthy Bryan Cranston in your entertainment diet, All the Way, which opened on Broadway March 6 at the Neil... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR You don’t have to be married (or straight) to appreciate the compelling insights into intimacy and all manner of relationships revealed by Donald Margulies in his 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning play Dinner With Friends, which opened Off... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The preeminent queen of drag theatre, Charles Busch returns to the New York stage this week with his new comedy The Tribute Artist, in which he plays a female impersonator taking on the role of a lifetime—that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR A lot of sound but not much fury suffuse director Jack O’Brien’s cacophonous production of Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke in the title role, which opened on Broadway November 21st in a Lincoln Center Theatre production at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR A vibrant and seductive new musical revue featuring the music of Duke Ellington among others, After Midnight transforms the Brooks Atkinson theatre, where it opened November 3rd, into a Harlem nightclub teeming with all the energy and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Big Fish, an ambitious and touching new musical based on Daniel Wallace’s novel of the same name and John August’s screenplay for Tim Burton’s acclaimed film, opened on Broadway October 6th at the Neil Simon Theatre. Directed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Stylish pyrotechnics, cinematic scoring, and heavy make-out sessions don’t much compensate for the lack of passion (and often, sense) in director David Leveaux’s uneven production of Romeo and Juliet, which opened on Broadway last week at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR An amiable yet thin new musical about the awkward trial in its title, First Date, with book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner opened on Broadway Thursday night at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Harbor, a topical yet formulaic new play about a gay married couple whose placid lives are shaken up by a surprise family visit, opened Off Broadway Tuesday at Primary Stages. Written by Chad Beguelin, primarily known for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Playwright Daniel Pearle’s new play about a young couple whose 4-year-old son Jake enjoys playing princess at playtime opened Off Broadway last week in a Lincoln Center Theatre production at the Claire Tow theatre. As an ex-lawyer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Towleroad