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New York critic David Spencer reviews:
About product in more ways than one ...
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Based on a screenplay by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth
Starring Stark Sands and Billy Porter
Directed and Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Remeember that other, crappy play about
controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary?
Well, this one's a whole lot better.
And may well be the theatrical event of the season ...
by Nora Ephron
Directed by George C. Wolfe
Starring Tom Hanks
also featuring Peter Scolari, Christopher MacDonald, Courtney B. Vance
Dierdre Lovejoy, Richard Mausur, Peter Gerety
and Maura Tierney
Whatever you'd do for a Klondike Bar
is nuthin compared to what they'd do
for a big red car ...
Hands on a Hardbody
Book by Doug Wright
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Music by Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio
Based on a documentary film by S.R. Bindler
Musical Staging by Serge Trujillo
Directed by Neil Pepe
Featuring Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Maybe just wake me in time for lunch ...
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Adapted for the stage by Richard Greenberg
from the novella by Truman Capote
Directed by Sean Mathias
Starring Emilia Clarke and Cory Michael Smith
with George Wendt and Suzanne Bertish
Romance is much more interesting over this way ...
by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Michael Wilson
Starring Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulsen
A Production of the Roundabout Theatre Company
at the Laura Pels Theatre
Sassy broad. Housewife. Governor Richards ...
Written by and starring Holland Taylor
Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein
Vivian Beaumont Theater
at Lincoln Center
They were there ... Stonewall ...
Hit the Wall
by Ike Holter
Directed by Eric Hoff
Barrow Street Theatre
Ahh, they're just a coupla clowns ...
Created and Performed by Bill Irwin and David Shiner
Music by and featuring Nellie McKay
Directed by Tina Landau
The Pershing Square Signature Center
Ooo-ooo, Ooo-ooo ...
No, it's not Joe E. Ross. It's ...
Based on A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Colin Teevan
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
Starring Kathryn Hunter
A Production of the Young Vic
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Philadelphia critic Claudia Perry reviews:
The road tour that's second to nun ...
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Directed by Jerry Zaks
A Chekhovian blend of sad and funny ...
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Bernard Havard
Walnut Street Theatre
With Cat! Like! Tread!
The Pirates of Penzance
by Gilbert & Sullivan
Adapted & Directed by Keith Baker
Bristol Riverside Theatre
San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:
With! Just! Cats!
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot
Directed & choreographed by Robyn Tribuzi
Presented by Broadway By the Bay
Mild musical life portraiture ...
john and jen
Music by Andrew Lippa
Lyrics by Tom Greenwald
Book by Tom Greenwald & Andrew Lippa
Directed by Jay Manley
Florida critic Marie J. Kilker reviews:
The issue of Prejudice reduced to Platitude ...
In the Book of
by John Walch
by Kate Alexander
Florida Studio Theatre’s
Musical autobiography from a radio therapist.
Under the Radar
and Performed by Lynne Bernfield
Directed by Pam Wiley; Co-directed by Jimmy Hoskins
Glenridge Performing Arts
THE LYONS by Nicky Silver
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE by Kurt Vonnegut
THE WHIPPING MAN by Matthew Lopez
PIAF PLUS performed by Dance Kaleidoscope
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK SERIES
with Michael Feinstein and Barbara Cook
have in common ... ?
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