Even if it does not ultimately move to Broadway, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's "Fun Home," based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel, may prove to be the most beautiful and groundbreaking new musical of the season. It features a fascinating setup of an adult woman viewing herself as a child and teenager (three actresses are employed for this effect), terrific music by Tesori... » more
"Bronx Bombers," Eric Simonson's new drama exploring past and present players of the Yankees, which just finished an Off-Broadway run, will transfer to Broadway's Circle in the Square in January. Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne, who are married, are set to take over as Yogi Berra and Carmen Berra. Those were roles played by Richard Topol and Wendy Makkena in the Off-Broadway mounting. Topol... » more
"A Time to Kill," based on the 1989 John Grisham novel that was then adapted into the popular 1996 film, delivers exactly what you'd expect: a pulp and plot-heavy, old-fashioned courtroom drama full of racy subject matter, legal strategy and plainly one-dimensional characters.
This apparently marks the first time that any Grisham work has been done onstage. The production is even... » more
The recently canceled, Broadway-themed television series "Smash" will lead to a staged concert of a fictional musical featured on the show -- just not the one you think. On Dec. 9, 54 Below will present two staged concerts of "Hit List," the rock musical written by Jeremy Jordan's character that competed against the Marilyn Monroe vehicle "Bombshell." It will star Jordan... » more
"Thanks, but no thanks" has become the new mindset when approaching revivals of antiquated, rarely seen dramas at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre.
While no one wants only the tried-and-true classics to be produced, there are countless forgotten plays that simply aren't compelling, relevant or interesting enough to sustain a full-scale Broadway revival.
For... » more
Got a craving to see teenagers defy an ancestral family grudge and discover all-consuming romance, leading to their ultimate tragedy? There are currently two separate productions of "Romeo and Juliet" on view.
They look similar at first glance, featuring starry casts, spare scenic designs, modern dress and streamlining of the original text.
The first, which opened on Broadway... » more
Pilots in giant battle armor fighting giant monsters? From Guillermo del Toro, the director of "Pan's Labyrinth"? Yes please. "Pacific Rim" is a fun, old-school monster movie, but created using all the bells and whistles of modern moviemaking. Amazing. (DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $35.99; Blu-ray 3-D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, $44.95)
'Shrek the Musical'
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LBJ drama with Bryan Cranston set for B’way
“All the Way,” Robert Schenkkan’s new three-hour drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson, starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), which just premiered at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts, is set to transfer to Broadway later this season, the playwright confirmed via Facebook and Twitter. Schenkkan is best known for his Pulitzer-winning... » more
It may not have been as raucous as when The Beatles played "The Ed Sullivan Show," but Sir Paul McCartney's surprise concert in Times Square was big enough to bring the place to a standstill.
The 71-year-old music icon sent fans flocking to the entertainment spot after he tweeted at 10:54 a.m. Thursday that he would be heading there soon for a quick gig.
"Wow! Really excited to be playing... » more
No one can accuse “A Night With Janis Joplin” of not delivering what it is promised in the title.
Not unlike the recent Beatles tribute show “Let It Be,” this marks yet another faux concert in which a performer pretends to be a legendary rock star. Those who attend will travel back to 1967 and spend the night with Joplin plus her band and backup singers. It’s straightforward, without any parody... » more