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First NIghter: Sam Mendes's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Needs Sweetening

David Finkle | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
David Finkle

London--If you're a chocoholic like me, you're hoping Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be as delectable as biting into a piece of fudge or a bro...

First Nighter: Matilda Teaches Broadway a Thing or Two

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Matilda is now at the Shubert, as produced by original commissioning outfit. And guess what. This time I'm over the moon -- even higher and on trajectory to Pluto and beyond. The reason is that the terrific show is even better here than it was/is there.

First Nighter: London's Matilda as Entertaining a Musical as They Come

David Finkle | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

It's delicious, delightful and delirious from first to last and has the power to affect adults as thoroughly as it does children. That'll extend to children and adults everywhere, though there's some silly talk circulating about the tuner's being "too British" to travel. Phooey on that.