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Aisle View: Finn's Brainy Musical

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.25.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

While it was too intense--or just too strange--to win over a substantial majority in a 299-seat house in 1998, it should earn roars of approval this week from the vast majority of playgoers at the 2,200-seat City Center.

Actor Jonathan Groff Has Twice Been Given the Gift of A New Brain

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

I sat down with Jonathan Groff during an early rehearsal for A New Brain to discuss his excitement for the show both as a fan and star of this production, as well as to get some insight into Lapine's creative process as his director, while this new vision comes to life.

Q&A: Rob Marshall on Directing, Creative Influences and Finding His Own Editorial Perspective

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

On Monday, the New York Pops will host its annual gala at Carnegie Hall, and in what's now a standing tradition they'll celebrate the contributions of...

Author James Lapine Revisits 'Into the Woods' and 'Falsettos' With the 'F-Word': Future

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

While Lapine has demonstrated fluidity throughout his career, producing a prolific body of work, when examined in totality, however, thematic trends appear.

Director Scott Schwartz Takes on Disney's Hunchback

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It is unclear what the future holds for this Hunchback. Another Disney project, Newsies, went from Paper Mill to Broadway not so long ago. The same could happen for Hunchback, but then it could not. For his part, Scott Schwartz is just enjoying the ride.

Another Opening, Another Show

George Heymont | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Bloggers and social media can create quite a brouhaha over matters of cultural significance. What sounded like a deafening chorus of back-seat drivers analyzing Into The Woods for its inherent sexism, racism, and/or casting choices revealed high levels of personal umbrage combined with an inability to handle cruel but basic truths.

Another Moment in the Woods

Barry Singer | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Into the Woods is everywhere, it seems, but it has not always been so. A world pre-Woods came flooding back to me recently as I sat enthralled by the sorcery of the Fiasco Theater's ingeniously homespun production now running (through April 12) at Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre on West 46th Street.

Aisle View: Into the Woods, Back on Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Yes, this is obviously going to be another one of those actors-play-the-instruments affairs, which have become dime-a-dozen since John Doyle did it in 2004 with Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. In this Into the Woods, though, the device works well.

Into the Woods, Without Delay!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I've been in love with Into the Woods for years. I've seen it performed several times, watched the DVD of the original Broadway production many times, and lost count of how often I've listened to the original cast album.

Movie Review: Into the Woods -- We All Die. The End.

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.25.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods arrives on the big screen 27 years after it opened on Broadway -- and with the same second-act problems that have plagued it through the years.

Meryl Streep Casts a Spell: Into the Woods

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Missing from Monday's lunch at The Leopard, Meryl Streep, wicked as an ugly witch in Rob Marshall's movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Int...

Beware Your Fantasy: It Might Just Come True!

George Heymont | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Fairy tales, short stories, and playlets have a way of infecting the imagination to produce new variations on age-old themes. In June, Wily West Productions joined forces with the Playwrights Center of San Francisco to present Sheherezade 14, an evening of short plays written by local playwrights and directed by Wesley Cayabyab and Amy Crumpacker.

In Support of New Plays... on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

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?

First Nighter: Moss Hart's "Act One" in Two Great, Big Acts

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When theater veteran Moss Hart published his bestselling Act One in 1959, he packed a lot into it about his impoverished childhood and neophyte playwr...

Six by Sondheim - The Artist and Teacher

Eden Lane | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Eden Lane

We see how an examination of the arts, and one artist in particular, has lessons for every kind of life. Stephen Sondheim, and other artists like him, do not merely entertain; they are teachers.

Beware Your Fantasy -- It Might Just Come True!

George Heymont | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Wishes form the foundation of fairy tales, romantic films, and idle fantasy. There are times, however, when one's innocent fantasies can go horribly wrong and what started out on such a promising note can evolve into a horrifying nightmare.

Aisle View: Jane Lynch Takes Annie

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

The answer, in a word, is: a lot. The question being, how much does Jane Lynch -- the antagonistic cheerleader coach of Glee -- add to the heretofore sleepy revival of Annie at the Palace?

First Nighter: The Woefully Misunderstood Damsels in Distress of Passion and Cinderella

David Finkle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The correct title for the Sondheim-Lapine opus would be Romantic Obsession, and it wouldn't try to ingratiate itself as a depiction of what genuine love is. Passion is anything but a love story.

Not Happily Ever After All - A Feminist Response to 'Into the Woods'

Carey Purcell | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Carey Purcell

The Public Theater's revival of Into the Woods is a muddled and confusing show that seems to have gotten lost along the way to its goal, just like many of its characters.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine Go 'Into the Woods' and Get Lost

David Finkle | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
David Finkle

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine want to make damn sure you know that life is made of the occasional modest high and the frequent devastating low. Sondheim has always hewed to his motivating themes of ambivalence and ambiguity.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Does and Doesn't

David Finkle | Posted 04.19.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Ever since the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth-Harold Prince Merrily We Roll Along opened in 1981, rolling along merrily is one thing it hasn't done.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine "Passion" Gives Passion a Bad Name

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Passion is a depiction of romantic obsession and the subtly destructive ends to which romantic obsession can lead -- all of it outfitted with somber, totally humorless Sondheim songs.

On the Culture Front: Stephen Sondheim Revisits His Life in the Theater

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Despite being the most recognizable name in musical theater, Stephen Sondheim has kept his personal life mostly under raps until now. Sondheim on Sondheim brings the man center stage.

"Web Video" Comes to Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim as Thrilling Multimedia Show

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.07.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Plesser

One of the most exciting uses of video as performance art can be seen in the current Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim.