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Met Opera Opens Monday - Season Highlights Here

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.23.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Soprano Nina Stemme in Met Opera's 'Tristan und Isolde;' photo: Kristian Schuller Mark McLaren, ZEALnyc Editor in Chief, September 23, 2016 Fall is ...

If You See Something, Say Something

Jeremy Gerard | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
Jeremy Gerard

Professional relationships are as disposable as goods on the shelves at Walmart in our culture, and so it is an especially happy occasion to report on the flowering of an artistic pairing, in this case of playwright J.T. Rogers and director Bartlett Sher.

Aisle View: High-Powered Negotiation, High-Powered Drama

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.11.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle in Oslo Photo: T. Charles Erickson You might well think that a three-hour drama about the 1993 Israeli/Palestini...

First Nighter: 'You a Good Man, Charlie Brown' Revival Weirdly Miscast, "Friend Art" Drama No Friend to Art, Marin Mazzie, Daniel Dae Kim Superb in 'The King and I'

David Finkle | Posted 06.01.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

The one who comes closest to understanding what he's required to do with the songs and dialog that bookwriter-composer-lyricist Clark Gesner made of Schulz's material (with two songs Andrew Lippa added) is Joshua Colley as, luckily, Charlie Brown.

Aisle View: Anna and the King

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

So many musicals to see, I know; but the show, which remains in exquisite condition, now strikes a tone -- emotionally, not just musically -- that has been absent in recent renditions.

'Fiddler on the Roof:' A Farewell to Daughters

Barry Singer | Posted 02.26.2017 | Arts
Barry Singer

I finally took my daughters to see Fiddler on the Roof after all these years and discovered, to my tear-stained enthrallment, that the show is actually about them.

Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway: A Blessing on Your Head, Mazel Tov!

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.09.2017 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Our first glimpse of Tevye at the Broadway Theater in the splendid revival of the much beloved 1964 musical, Fiddler on the Roof, he looks like a tourist in a red parka, much like post-Holocaust Jews scouring European towns for traces of ancestry, and life before--before pogroms and genocide drove them out.

On the Culture Front: Jerry Seinfeld, Fiddler On the Roof and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 01.08.2017 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Jerry Seinfeld took the stage last night at the Beacon Theatre for the first time in a long time. The excitement coursing through the audience was palpable. I found myself giddy with anticipation and when he appeared onstage after a theatrical post-opener blackout, it was hard to believe that he was there in the flesh.

Aisle View: Tevye, Back on the Roof

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.20.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Fiddler on the Roof is back on Broadway, and -- wonder of wonders -- it's the best Fiddler we've seen since the original.

What to See on Broadway This Fall? Ask the Producers.

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.29.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Of course, the season has already crowned one giant hit, Hamilton, that will inevitably define it. But there is still much to come.

Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.24.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant.

On the Culture Front: The (RED) Supper, Forbidden Root, The Yes Men, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.19.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

On a soggy evening on the last night of May under two large white tents set up on pier 26, I sat down with throngs of people at one endless table for the ambitious (RED) Supper.

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.29.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you ask me, On The Town, which is currently slightly trailing both other contenders in my Tony polling, deserves the win. I, like most, was worried when the show was announced for that barn of a theater, but director John Rando proved the doubters wrong.

Aisle View: R&H Return to Lincoln Center

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In a day and age when producers, directors and author's executors think nothing of imposing their so-called artistic vision on Broadway masterworks that were pretty good to begin with, it is heartening to see producers, directors and executors just do the show as written.

The Bridges of Madison County: Sex in Iowa

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.02.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

This is a great American myth: A mysterious stranger comes to town, briefly, and changes everything. Reference: Mark Twain. As the Italian-born homema...

On the Culture Front: 'Kung Fu,' 'Bridges of Madison County' and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

David Henry Hwang peers into the fleetingly short life of martial arts artist-turned-actor Bruce Lee in his rich new bio-play, Kung Fu.

Aisle View: Bridge Over Troubled Adaptation

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

A trip to Madison County is well worth while; Broadway rarely sees two such wonderful singing performances, and things are mighty incandescent when Mr. Brown's love songs are being sung. How discouraging that the rest of the enterprise dulls what might have been glorious.

Theater: Not a 'Fun Home'; 'Two Boys' Trapped In DarkNet

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Fun Home the book is cool and removed as it analyzes Alison Bechdel's memories and her father from various stages in Bechdel's life. Fun Home the musical is more like her father: remote and hard to like.

First Nighter: Nico Muhly's "Two Boys" Proves One Plus One Equals Disappointment

David Finkle | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.

'The Bridges Of Madison County' Is Getting The Musical Treatment

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 12.02.2011 | Home

For all of you diligent fans who have been waiting with bated breath for "The Bridges Of Madison County" to become a musical, your time has come. T...

Theater Review: "Women On The Verge" Of Bad

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN ** out of **** At the Belasco Theatre Neither the complete train wreck some people predicted nor the fizz...

CultureZohn: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-11-05-women.jpgThough this production is Sher's handiwork, he has been exceedingly faithful to the film, both in its frothy style, a hybrid of stage and film, and its spirit.

Peter Gelb and His Met: No Booing Please

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What occurs to me about the booing is that it might begin to color attitudes towards the Met under Peter Gelb for whom this 2009-10 season is the first with no vestigial ties to Joseph Volpe.

Art Knows No Race

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sherman Yellen

We are so blessed by our capacity to get beyond our own skins, our own sexuality, and our own fortunes, that all of us can enter into the world of the other and find that their world is our own world, after all.

Theater: "Joe Turner's Come..." To Broadway And Will Stay For A While

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Director Bartlett Sher's revival of August Wilson's magnificent play Joe Turner's Come and Gone has just opened on Broadway to rave reviews.