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'
If... » more
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
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
This list is not meant to pay tribute to the 10 best shows of the past 10 years or my personal favorites, but what are the most significant musicals and plays, including both premieres and noteworthy revivals.
Love or it hate it, "Wicked' became Broadway's first mega-hit since the late 1980s. "The Producers" instantly lost its luster once Nathan Lane and Matthew... » more
This fall's marathon of high-profile Shakespeare revivals, which started on a wan note with the bloodless "Romeo and Juliet" on Broadway with a motorcycle-riding Orlando Bloom, finally kicks into gear with Phyllida Lloyd's all-female, prison-set "Julius Caesar," which premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse and is now at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse.
Virtually... » more
If a play about the Yankees is going to be produced in New York, you can bet that it'll be extremely sentimental and nostalgic. After all, would Yankee fans really want it served up any other way?
Eric Simonson's "Bronx Bombers," his third play about sports figures (following "Lombardi" and "Magic/Bird"), is undoubtedly the most enjoyable work... » more
There's no denying that the new Broadway musical "Big Fish" -- adapted from the visually spectacular 2003 Tim Burton film and featuring a creative team and cast comprised of musical theater pros -- contained all the ingredients to make an excellent stage musical.
So what went wrong?
A romantic adventure and fantasy-endowed bio-drama, "Big Fish," begins with Will Bloom... » more
"Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" Dorothy is asked in the Munchkinland sequence of "The Wizard of Oz." In Joshua Harmon's highly entertaining dark comedy, the question posed is "Are you a good Jew or a bad Jew?"
"Bad Jews" revolves around two very pushy cousins -- the college-age, frizzy-haired Daphna (Tracee Chimo), who proudly flaunts her Judaism, rabbinical aspirations... » more
Screenings added for London 'Merrily' revival
The recent London revival of Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along," which was originally going to be screened at just a single movie theater in New York on Oct. 23, has proved to be unexpectedly popular. Due to the demand, additional screenings have been added across the city. Might this positive sign of audience interest help pave the way... » more