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Entries by David Finkle from 03/2011

First Nighter: Kurt Elling Fools Around With Time at Birdland

| Posted 03.09.2011 | New York

Whenever I hear Kurt Elling, I'm reminded of firsts, the shock of the suddenly and compellingly new. His approach to a song is all that -- previously unexplored, unfamiliar.

First Nighter: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Turns Off the Past

| Posted 03.15.2011 | Entertainment

Spider-Man exemplifies a larger story -- the transformation of the Great White Way from a collection of buildings dedicated to advancing the art of theater to nothing less than a Broadway theme park.

First Nighter: City Center Encores! Series Where's Charley? All-Singing, All-Dancing, All-Lovable

| Posted 03.18.2011 | Arts

At a time when spectacle is the trend in musicals on Broadway, the appeal of something merely charming may not be strong. There was a time, however, when charm counted, and there was no "merely" about it.

First Nighter: South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone Cheerfully Commit The Book of Mormon to Broadway

| Posted 03.24.2011 | Entertainment

The production is hardly a surprise attack by the nose-thumbing partners. It could be said they're going after Christianity as a whole with the appearance of a slang-spouting Jesus in a lustrous blond wig.

First Nighter: Robin Williams Broadway-Bows in Rajiv Joseph's Toothless Play

| Posted 03.31.2011 | Entertainment

Robin Williams has made his Broadway debut at last. This is a very good thing. The very bad thing is that he arrives in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a decidedly third-rate work