If you heard that a play was about illness, death, and dying you would not be inclined to think comedy. But joining the two themes is possible.
Broadway is loaded with movie and TV stars -- and the results are mixed. But in the chemistry department, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson deliver the goods in Constellations, now at the Samuel J. Friedman.
Like the movie, you don't always get what you want and you don't always want what you get, but we're all the better for the occurrences that brought Billy to the project.
It is nothing but a ball of joy wrapped up as a Broadway musical. Jason Robert Brown and Tom Murray present a night to remember with light comedy, sweet music, and plenty of excitement.
It's a little hard for me because I tend to think more in terms of Tony Awards seasons and less in terms of calendar years. That said, "favorite show" is not "favorite new show;" it is really "favorite show open in 2014," which is easier.
For a young cabaret star on the rise, the review that Carole J. Bufford got from the New York Times after a 2013 cabaret appearance was the stuff dreams -- and careers -- are made of.
Larry David's been called a lot of things in his life -- brilliant, genius, funny, neurotic, offensive -- but never, has anyone thought the Seinfeld co-creator and Brooklyn-born Jew could be a catalyst for peace in the Middle East.
Stephen Belber's Match is a slight but affecting film built around a stirring central performance by Patrick Stewart.
The thing Broadway producers don't seem to fathom (as reported in Patrick Healy's article in The New York Times January 7th) is that musicals by their very nature are not always feel-good events. And so The Last Ship will inevitably sink on Jan. 24 after a four-month run.
Look closely and you'll find proponents who keep tradition alive for the faithful, and with the foresight of knowing that what's old will someday be new once again. Gianni Valenti and Jim Caruso are living this daily at cabaret club, Birdland.
I love Park Avenue, yet I wrenched myself away to embrace my family in the mountains. In New York, I collaborated with Broadway producers, East Hampton moguls, and society ladies. In Vermont, I'm like Eloise pattering through the halls of a beautiful historic hotel where I'm happy to reside.
Producers behind the Broadway-bound "An American in Paris" made a clever move to premiere the show in Paris and this American was lucky to be able to catch it over the Christmas holidays before ending on Jan. 4th.
Out with the old, in with the... Larry David. No? That's not how it goes? Well, whatever.
And so it goes -- another production of Side Show leaves us. Its cult status will remain, untouched by mainstream attention. This is no surprise to those of us who follow such things. In fact, the surprise was that it came at all.
In 1997, a hauntingly beautiful and richly uncommon musical called Side Show opened on Broadway to critical acclaim. The show was based on the lives of the famous conjoined real-life twins who were headliners in the 1930s vaudeville circuit.
You know what the joy of being in the Middle (ST)age at the changing of the year is? Year after year? Decade after decade?