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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
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The 67th annual Tony Awards will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday, for a season in which Hollywood names didn’t necessarily lead to big box office, nor big box office to attention from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Who better to help boost a stumbling economy than a brazen troupe of fabulous drag queens in high-heels? They’re just the divas for the job in Kinky Boots, the uplifting and heartfelt new musical with book written... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The late Nora Ephron’s new play Lucky Guy, which opened on Broadway last night at the Broadhurst Theatre, resembles not so much conventional drama as kinetic, straight-talking journalism. Starring Tom Hanks as renowned tabloid reporter and columnist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Edie Falco has more than a knack for playing unusual mothers. From her iconic portrayal of mob matriarch Carmela Soprano, to her title role as a high-functioning addict in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie—she has an exceptional way of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Just months after the fifteenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, the Tectonic Theatre Project presents both plays of The Laramie Project Cycle at Brooklyn Academy of Music, performing in repertory at the Harvey Theater through February 24th.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Realism bites—and so does reality, for that matter. Before Ethan and Winona, there was Bertolt Brecht, the anti-naturalist whose 1923 play Baal, about the self-propelled downward spiral of a poet-cum-anti-hero, serves as inspiration for Jonathan Marc Sherman’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Though Broadway diva Patti LuPone plays no small part in this critically embraced solo show that bears her name, Patti Issues, written and performed by Ben Rimalower, has broader-than-show-queen appeal. Delivered as a single monologue by Rimalower... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR With the exception of a winning performance by stage champ Elizabeth Marvel, the most invigorating aspect of Roundabout Theatre Company's staid revival of William Inge's Picnic are film hunk Sebastian Stan's high-definition abs. They feature so prominently... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Broadway leading lady Stephanie J. Block currently stars as the title character in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Rupert Holmes’ acclaimed 1985 musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, directed by Scott Ellis. The company, which includes Broadway... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR An exhilarating and affecting rock musical that opened Off-Broadway last night at New World Stages, bare serves up an insightful depiction of emotional truths inherent to the sprawling, messy, and often wrenching experience of adolescence. Formerly billed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Towleroad
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(photos by Joan Marcus) BY NAVEEN KUMAR The true nature of art, the steadfastness of love, the inevitability of death—this is the stuff of great opera, and the same lofty stuff that Terrence McNally’s play The Golden Age, which made... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Towleroad
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