iOS app Android app

Cara Joy David
GET UPDATES FROM Cara Joy David
 
Cara Joy David is a New York-based entertainment journalist. She began her writing career at Spy magazine, where she engaged in such activities as calling up gossip columnists and asking them how many "X"s they had in their Rolodex. Cara has been covering the theater industry for almost a decade. Her features have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York and more.

Entries by Cara Joy David

Playing House Should Be Renewed, Now

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:59 PM

I've had a pretty crappy few days. When that happens, I like to spend time with my old friends. Unfortunately, as we've gotten older and moved to various locations throughout the country, it has become difficult to call everyone over for a This Is My Life screening. So what to...

Read Post

Piece of My Heart: Quick Questions With Leslie Kritzer and Teal Wicks

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:13 PM

I've followed Leslie Kritzer's career for many years -- ever since I saw her in the 2001 Funny Girl staging at Paper Mill Playhouse. I've seen her do a lot of things, most of them comedic. In Piece of My Heart, a jukebox musical based on the life of songwriter...

Read Post

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:05 PM

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

Although it got a couple of great reviews, Fly By Night didn't do as well with critics as...

Read Post

We Want the Fame: Holler Introduces New Talent to Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:05 PM

I love when new talent arrives on Broadway. Just like it gives me hope when I see young faces out in the audience, I always cheer particularly loud for those making their Broadway debut (only if they are good, of course). Even if a production is bad overall, I give...

Read Post

Tony Night: Awards and After-Parties

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM

I sometimes feel like I have my own Tony Awards black cloud. Last year, my guest got injured at Party #2 (and Matilda lost, which made me sad). This year, I decided to go solo, and I got food poisoning in the morning. (Life lesson: When you're violently ill all...

Read Post

Fly By Night: Believe in Stars, Believe in Love?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:56 PM

This week is almost all about the Tony Awards. (I know, I have to report the results of my Tony voters poll to about a dozen producers today.) But I'm already looking beyond the Tonys. You know, the glitzy benefits, the sleep and the opening of Fly By Night at...

Read Post

The Drama Desks, All The Way, M&M's and More

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 1:24 PM

My fair readers -- it is a week before the Tony Awards. What does that mean? It's time for The Drama Desk Awards. There are a good amount of awards that honor theater, but the Drama Desk is certainly the largest award to honor both off-Broadway and Broadway. It's our...

Read Post

Jessica Stone as Director: Remounting Vanya and More

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 2:22 PM

In March 2002, I sat in the Helen Hayes Theatre, watching what would become the most controversial play of the season, the short-lived The Smell of the Kill. I don't really remember what I thought of the show in any detail, but I remember one main thing. Sitting there, I...

Read Post

For the Love of Theater

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:38 AM

A few weeks ago, I wasn't feeling so great. My allergies were bothering me and I was tired, as I often am this time of year. Then I went to the theater. Miraculously I felt better during Act One.

Lincoln Center is pretty much my favorite place to see a...

Read Post

The Tony Nominations, Three Weeks Later

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:34 PM

I've been getting a lot of calls in the last few weeks asking me what I thought of the Tony nominations. Often I am surprised with something right as the nominations come out, but, upon reflection, my surprise changes to understanding. This year that wasn't so. My opinions haven't changed...

Read Post

Why Life May Not Be a Cabaret and More Tony Musings

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Well, the Administration Committee did it, they ruled Cabaret Tony eligible. I wrote previously about how there would be precedent for that ruling (including precedent involving the show Cabaret), but I had hoped common-sense would prevail. Oh, well.

This Cabaret already won its Tony -- Roundabout itself is constantly...

Read Post

In Support of New Plays... on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:08 AM

My friends are never very excited about new plays. What is The Realistic Joneses and why did celebrities want to be in it? Is Casa Valentina an atmospheric production where they treat us like we're in a resort?

These are serious questions I receive. But, let me tell you something,...

Read Post

I'll Remember Mama, Try to Forget the Gym

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 10:05 PM

Like many critics, I found the Transport Group production of I Remember Mama to be a touching endeavor. I would generally recommend it. My mother cried. The performances were great. Unfortunately, it had the same two flaws that all Transport Group shows now have. First, and most importantly, it...

Read Post

A Big Spring for Tony Classics

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:14 PM

I write about the Tony Awards a lot. I admit it. A couple of weeks ago, The New York Post's Michael Riedel wrote about Cabaret's potential eligibility and I felt the need to respond. Now I feel equally compelled to talk about another big issue facing the Tony Awards...

Read Post

On Stage Kiss Helmer Rebecca Taichman

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Through the years, I have had many discussions with people about directors. A director's work is often tricky to review on the basis of one production -- in the case of a first work, it is often unclear what is a director's idea versus what is a stage direction in...

Read Post

Think of Me: Phantom and the Importance of Casting

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 3:51 PM

When it was announced last week that Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis would step into The Phantom of the Opera this May, most of the press was about the fact that Lewis was to become the first black Phantom on Broadway. I didn't care about that. My first thought was...

Read Post

Cabaret: Everybody Loves a Winner Once

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:50 AM

I read Michael Riedel's column in last Friday's New York Post with the kind of dumbfounded look I have on my face when I see really bad theater that somehow made it to Broadway. I thought: "Could anyone possibly think Cabaret should be eligible for a Tony Award for...

Read Post

Quick Questions: Beautiful's Anika Larsen is Back on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 4:16 PM

I've been a fan of Anika Larsen's since seeing her in Zanna, Don't! in 2002. I share this with many people who saw the show. The day the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was announced, I received an email from my friend Scott that just said: "Anika!"...

Read Post

Stars of David: Shining Across the Country Soon?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 10:05 AM

In Stars of David -- the concert "celebrating the stories of" famous Jews that ran through Sunday, December 15 at the DR2 Theatre -- a man and a woman play Alan and Marilyn Bergman telling the story of Yentl's premiere.

Alan Bergman says:

Yentl opened in Beverly Hills for some...

Read Post

Striving for Frenzied Acclaim in CA

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 8:33 AM

My trip to the west coast is bringing me in contact with two shows I have an emotional attachment to: Side Show and The Black Suits.

Side Show is currently having a revival -- some might say "revisal" -- at the La Jolla Playhouse. The production then heads to the...

Read Post