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Aisle View: A Thrilling New Musical

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Ben Platt (center) in Dear Evan Hansen. Photo: Matthew Murphy One is tempted to say, simply: Don't ask questions, just go see Dear Evan Hansen. Th...

So Little Time, So Many Possibilities

George Heymont | Posted 01.17.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

A brilliant idea. That's what most creatives crave. For some, great ideas come naturally. For others, they arrive on a cloud of fortuitous timing, often resting on a foundation of intuition and introspection. Once a brilliant idea is within an artist's grasp, the next question is what to do with it.

First Nighter: Idina Menzel's What/If Is Extremely Iffy

David Finkle | Posted 05.30.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Give me a minute here while I clear my head after attending a performance of If/Then, the new musical starring Idina Menzel. Never mind. I'll just have to confess I can't keep straight what goes on in the Brian Yorkey-Tom Kitt follow-up to their Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning Next to Normal.

First Nighter: Musicalized Giant Not Extra-Large but Still Plenty Large

David Finkle | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Maybe that reminder of good parts compensating for the less-than-successful whole -- along with a stageful of singers shining in individual scenes that catch fire -- will and should work for Giant. At the moment, it, sho' 'nuff looks like show enough.

Theater: New Musical 'Giant' Has Big Ambitions...And Scores

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Giant is a wonderfully intimate and complex show, but it will fill up a Broadway stage with ease. You know the story from the novel by Edna Ferber or the somewhat leaden film best known for containing James Dean's final performance.

First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Continues Genius Display

David Finkle | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Kushner has produced a play also reminiscent of Arthur Miller at the top of his form, a play about which many ticket buyers will conclude he's equaled Miller's best.

First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Angels in America Flies on Gossamer Wings

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Angels in America remains superlative theater-going and a spectacular achievement.

On the Culture Front: Food Film Fest, Shakespeare in the Park, and Next to Normal

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

With the warmer weather and some traveling, I've been getting a bit behind on my cultural coverage around the city. Last weekend, the Food Film Festiv...

Next to Normal: Broadway's Different Family

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Next to Normal begins with a show tune you'd expect: one that showcases "just another day" in the Goodman household. Only later do you discover that this average family is not so typical.

First Nighter: Public Theater's Merchant of Venice and Winter's Tale Are Problems, Only the First of Which Is Solved

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis decided to do some problem-solving during this summer's Shakespeare in the Park series.

Aaron Tveit: A Next to Normal Star Explodes on Broadway (Video)

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

Tveit's talent is nimble, full of life, and direct. Singing the show's stand out power-romp duet, Superboy, and the Invisble Girl with Jennifer Damiano, it's clear 'Tveit' will be a name everyone will soon know how to pronounce.