Archives for: March 2014

Review: If/Then

Idina Menzel in If/Then (©Joan Marcus) When a performer’s mere opening utterance of “Hello, it’s me” garners huge sustained applause, you know you’re in the presence of a star. Such is the case with Idina Menzel, playing the lead role in If/Then,… more »

Review: Mothers and Sons

Bobby Steggert, Frederick Weller, Grayson Taylor, and Tyne Daly in Mothers and Sons (©Joan Marcus) There’s a distressing air of familiarity about Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, and it’s not only because it’s a sequel to his one-act play Andr… more »

Review: Les Miserables

Ramin Karimloo in Les Miserables (©Matthew Murphy) Les Miserables could well refer to more than a few theater critics, this one included, faced with the prospect of yet again seeing the mega-successful musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Arriv… more »

Review: Aladdin

Courtney Reed and Adam Jacobs in Aladdin (©Deen van Meer) When James Monroe Iglehart sings “Friend Like Me” in Disney’s new Broadway musical adaptation of its classic animated hit Aladdin, truer words were never sung. Playing the role of the Genie… more »

Review: Rocky

Andy Karl in Rocky (©Matthew Murphy) You’ll leave the new Broadway musical Rocky humming the score. Unfortunately, it won’t be the wholly unmemorable one by veteran composers Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island) but rath… more »

Review: All the Way

Michael McKean, Bryan Cranston, and Brandon J. Dirden in All the Way (©Evgenia Eliseeva) Playing Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s ambitious historical drama All the Way, Bryan Cranston commands the stage in the same manner that LBJ commande… more »