For the first time in a year and half, Joan Ryan, and her four octave range, comes home to Los Angeles in a cabaret show that earned her the honor of Broadway World's Top Female Cabaret Artist of 2013.
Saturday's episode of Smash, titled "Opening Night," showcased the premiere of Bombshell. Our beloved Marilyn musical has finally opened on Broadway and it's a glorious accomplishment for all parties involved.
The revival of Follies is perfection. One of Stephen Sondheim's most moving scores, it features two remarkable stars -- Bernadette Peters and Jan Maxwell -- and an extraordinary musical meditation on longing and regret.
In a theater-going era when anything with assumed marquee value is trussed up for consumer consumption, it's a treat to recall something that -- for the abundance of high-quality theater craft it contains -- truly deserves enthusiastic applause.