Is this the best fall theater season in years? I think so. While I don't do reviews really, I felt the need to discuss this amazing season we're having. It would kick last season's butt in almost any competition.
I am happy Gentleman's Guide won the Tony Award. I didn't care ahead of the big night (unlike the previous year, when I desperately wanted Matilda), but, sitting there with a full house, I was happy for it and the audiences who will leave laughing.
As camp season arrives, we can't tell our children not to play next to each other or bunk together. That is what camp is about. But we can certainly acknowledge that lice strikes anyone, and we can be on the lookout for the signs of lice
So extraordinarily good was the one-night Encores! Off-Center staged concert reading of the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman, that it calls for some serious transfer-it-somewhere-else-fast thinking.
I feel pretty confident that my favorite play of the year, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will win Best Play and my favorite musical, Matilda, will win Best Musical. (There is a groundswell of support for Kinky Boots.)
There's plenty of old-fashioned magic in the current Broadway production of Cinderella, which just nabbed nine Tony noms -- enough to make all the little girls in the audience sigh and swoon and stare enraptured, and their parents too.
Now a mother of three -- her daughter is nine, one son is seven and another is almost five -- Lauren Ward is back on Broadway at least through the summer in a role she has been playing since the first Matilda workshop.
To discourage her, she's sent to a prison-like school run by the maniacal Miss Trunchbull (an extraordinary Bertie Carvel), who sings to her maligned charges: "If you want to teach success, you don't use sympathy or tenderness." She could double as a Wall Street CEO.