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Aisle View: Modern Masterwork

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.04.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Photo: Matthew Murphy "Don't ask questions, just go see Dear Evan Hansen" began my review of last May's Second Stag...

Broadway's Best Celebrate Famed Director Michael Greif In New York

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.31.2016 | Queer Voices

Stage director Michael Greif may be busier than ever, but he took time to reflect on his award-winning career with New York Times theater editor Scott...

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 01.17.2017 | 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.