New Fiddler on the Roof, Starring Danny Burstein, Opens on Broadway! Red …

Rubric: Broadway | 20 Jan 2016 | no comments yet »
New Fiddler on the Roof, Starring Danny Burstein, Opens on Broadway! Red …

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ review: Broadway revival mines a classic musical mother lode. Broadway must be overdue for a controversy. The sorry state of the world gives us new reason to appreciate the depth of feeling so powerfully, so ingeniously embedded in “Fiddler on the Roof,” the much-loved and much-revived 1964 musical comedy that has returned to Broadway at a time when its story of the gradual disintegration of a family, and a community, strikes home with unusual force. How else to explain the consternation that has stirred over Bartlett Sher’s slender directorial intervention into the unquestionable classic Fiddler on the Roof? The superb new production, which opened on ...

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Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks Fete the Bright and Dark Sides of Broadway’s …

Rubric: Broadway | 11 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks Fete the Bright and Dark Sides of Broadway’s …

‘Color Purple’ musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit. “With everything going on in society right now –- war, all the police brutality,” the ‘OITNB’ actress lamented. “The beauty of it is you see someone that was so strong, get beat up and then find themselves rejuvenated in their own strength again.” The Broadway return of The Color Purple looks starkly different than its debut a decade ago – in lieu of elaborate set pieces, Thursday’s opening night performance had the cast singing among handfuls of chairs on the Bernard B. Speaking of commodity musicals, “The Color Purple,” first seen on Broadway 10 years ago, is now being revived ...

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Jennifer Hudson’s Broadway Debut ‘The Color Purple’ Gets Crowds to Their Feet

Rubric: Broadway | 11 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Jennifer Hudson’s Broadway Debut ‘The Color Purple’ Gets Crowds to Their Feet

‘Color Purple’ musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit. The opening night audience for Broadway’s “The Color Purple” didn’t wait for the curtain call to give the show a standing ovation. However Jennifer recovered quickly and looked absolutely stunning to walk the red carpet for the afterparty event, wearing a purple fishtail gown by Zac Posen.And Danielle Brooks – who portrays Sofia in the Broadway revival – was lucky to have many of her Orange Is The New Black co-stars and friends showing their support on the big night.NEW YORK (AP) — To those who question why a revival of “The Color Purple” is back on Broadway after its predecessor closed ...

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The Color Purple Broadway Review: A Story of Sisterhood That Never Gets Old

Rubric: Broadway | 11 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
The Color Purple Broadway Review: A Story of Sisterhood That Never Gets Old

‘Color Purple’ musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit. However Jennifer recovered quickly and looked absolutely stunning to walk the red carpet for the afterparty event, wearing a purple fishtail gown by Zac Posen. And Danielle Brooks – who portrays Sofia in the Broadway revival – was lucky to have many of her Orange Is The New Black co-stars and friends showing their support on the big night.NEW YORK (AP) — To those who question why a revival of “The Color Purple” is back on Broadway after its predecessor closed there only in 2008, the answer is two words, and it may not be the two words you expect. Speaking of commodity musicals, “The Color Purple,” ...

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Review: ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway, Stripped to Its Essence

Rubric: Broadway | 11 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Review: ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway, Stripped to Its Essence

‘Color Purple’ musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit. NEW YORK (AP) – A revival of “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of female empowerment, is back on Broadway after its predecessor closed there only in 2008. The Color PurplePurple, the color purple, represents what’s beautiful in the world, the good things in creationThe Color Purplemusical, RevivalBrenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray, Marsha NormanPurple, the color purple, represents what’s beautiful in the world, the good things in creation2015-12-10 Purple, the color purple, represents what’s beautiful in the world, the good things in creation. “I think it pisses ...

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Review: ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway, Stripped to Its Essence

Rubric: Broadway | 11 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Review: ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway, Stripped to Its Essence

‘Color Purple’ musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit. NEW YORK (AP) – A revival of “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of female empowerment, is back on Broadway after its predecessor closed there only in 2008. The Color PurplePurple, the color purple, represents what’s beautiful in the world, the good things in creationThe Color Purplemusical, RevivalBrenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray, Marsha NormanPurple, the color purple, represents what’s beautiful in the world, the good things in creation2015-12-10 Purple, the color purple, represents what’s beautiful in the world, the good things in creation. “I think it pisses ...

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Andrew Lloyd Webber gets Broadway rocking

Rubric: Broadway | 8 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Andrew Lloyd Webber gets Broadway rocking

‘School of Rock': How Andrew Lloyd Webber has changed musical theater. The 70-year-old actress tried to copy the signature devil horns demonstrated by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber — but mucked up when she swore at the cameras. Two members of the British House of Lords have written a show about a scruffy American rocker who can’t pay his rent and turns a bunch of school kids into a rock ‘n’ roll band.“School” tells the story of musician Dewey Finn, who takes a job as a substitute teacher at a private school and gets his students excited about rock ‘n’ roll. As School of Rock had its official star-studded unveiling, Lloyd Webber said it was a “lovely feeling” for ...

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Review Roundup: CHINA DOLL, Starring Al Pacino, Opens on Broadway

Rubric: Broadway | 5 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Review Roundup: CHINA DOLL, Starring Al Pacino, Opens on Broadway

‘China Doll’ review: Zero stars for dreadful David Mamet play with Al Pacino. “China Doll” is clearing upward of $1 million a week and playing to capacity houses, and while it’s technically not old garbage — it’s David Mamet’s latest play — it’s garbage all the same. “I wrote it for Al,” he said, in a press release. “It is better than oral sex.” It’s not clear whether the latter is referring to “China Doll” itself or the act of writing for Pacino, but something’s lacking in Mamet’s sex life. With his gray mane and gravelly roar, Al Pacino skulks around the stage like an old lion in “China Doll,” David Mamet’s yakking character study ...

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Is Al Pacino’s new Broadway play ‘China Doll’ really that bad?

Rubric: Broadway | 4 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Is Al Pacino’s new Broadway play ‘China Doll’ really that bad?

‘China Doll': Theater Review. In David Mamet’s new play “China Doll,” Al Pacino circles the stage, puttering and muttering in the manner of an adrift and aggrieved Lear. NEW YORK — What are we to make of these bizarre later Broadway endeavors by the man from Chicago who wrote some of the greatest dramas of the 20th century? “China Doll” is clearing upward of $1 million a week and playing to capacity houses, and while it’s technically not old garbage — it’s David Mamet’s latest play — it’s garbage all the same. “I wrote it for Al,” he said, in a press release. “It is better than oral sex.” It’s not clear whether the latter is referring to “China ...

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Broadway Review: Al Pacino in David Mamet’s ‘China Doll’

Rubric: Broadway | 4 Dec 2015 | no comments yet »
Broadway Review: Al Pacino in David Mamet’s ‘China Doll’

‘China Doll’ review: Zero stars for dreadful David Mamet play with Al Pacino. NEW YORK — Nobody reaches a boiling point with more gleefully righteous ferocity than Al Pacino, a facility he — and we — can still count on, in his 75th year on the planet. If the expiration date on Donald Trump’s turn in the political arena should arrive any time soon, and he wants to try his hand at another kind of acting, there’s a vehicle tailor-made for his blustery shtick in David Mamet’s new play, China Doll. As Mickey Ross, the cranky gazillionaire of David Mamet’s awkward new tragicomedy, “China Doll,” Pacino prowls the stage of Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, ...

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