BROADWAY and Upcoming
CHICAGO: Ambassador Theatre, 219 West 49th St.
1776: American Airlines Theatre – Roundabout Theatre Company, 227 West 42nd St.
FUNNY GIRL: August Wilson Theatre: 245 W 52nd St.
AIN’T NO MORE: Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th St. starting November 3rd.
AlMOST FAMOUS: The Bernard Jacobs Theatre, 242 W 45th St,
A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL: Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th St. starting November 2nd.
THE PIANO LESSON: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th St. Starting September 19th.
KIMBERELY AKIMBO: Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th St. starting October 12th.
SIX: Brooks Atkinson Theatre; 256 W. 47th St.
KPOP: Circle in the Square, 1633 Broadway. Starting October 13th
COST OF LIVING: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. until October 30th.
COME FROM AWAY: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th St. until to October 2nd Take Me Out startingOctober 27th
WICKED: The Gershwin Theater,222 West 51st St.
OHIO STATE MURDERS: James Earl Jones Theatre. 138 W 48th St. starting November 11th.
TOP DOG/UNDERDOG: John Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th St. starting September 22nd.
THE KITE RUNNER: The Hayes Theater – Second Stage Theater, 240 West 44th St. upcoming
Between Riverside and Crazy starting November 30th.
MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL: Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th St
Imperial Theatre. 249 West 45th St Dark
DEATH OF A SALESMAN: Hudson Theatre, 139-141 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
LEOPOLDSTADT: Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street
SWEENEY TODD:Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th St. starting February 26th.
A STRANGE LOOP: Lyceum, 149 W 45th St.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD: Lyric Theatre, 213 W 42nd St.
THE LION KING: The Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th St.
WALKING WITH GHOSTS: Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th St. starting October 18th.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St. starting November 8th.
MJ THE MUSICAL: Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.
ALADDIN: New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd St.
THE BOOK OF MORMON: Eugene O’ Neil Theatre, 230 West 49th St.
HAMILTON: Richard Rodgers Theater, 226 West 46th St.
INTO THE WOODS: St. James Theatre, 246 W 44th St. until Jan 8th.
& JULIET: Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. starting October 28th.
Studio 54, 254 West 54th St. Dark
SOME LIKE IT HOT: The Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th St. starting November 1st.
Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 150 West 65th St. Dark Camelot startingMarch 9th
HADESTOWN: The Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th St. Opens 9/2
THE MUSIC MAN: The Winter Garden, 1634 Broadway. closes January 1st
OFF-BROADWAY: PREVIEWS AND OPENINGS
A RASIN IN THE SUN: The Public Theatre
BECKY NURSE OF SALEM: Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W 65th St.
BURN: The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave
CAMP SIEGFRIED: Tony Kiser Theater,305 W 43rd St opens October 25th.
CANDIDA: Theatre Row, 410 W 42nd St.
CATCH AS CATCH CAN: Playwrights Horizon, 416 West 42nd St starts October 14th.
CHESTER BAILY: Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W 22nd Starts October 12TH
DRUNK SHAKESPEARE: Green Fig (570 10th Ave, 4th Floor)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH: New World Stages, 340 West 50th St. starts November 13th.
GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW: New World Stages, 340 West 50th St.
I’M REVOLTING: Atlantic Theater Company – Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: The Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 W 43rd St.
MELISSA ETHRIDGE OFF BROADWAY: MY WINDOW – A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE: New World Stages, 340 West 50th St. Starts October 13th.
MY BROKEN LANGUAGE: Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W 42nd St
ONLY GOLD: The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 511 W 52nd St. Begins October 5th.
OUR MAN IN SANTIGO: AMT Theater, 354 W 45th St
PERFECT CRIME: The Theater Center, 1627 Broadway
SESAME STREET THE MUSICAL: Theatre Row, 410 W 42nd St.
STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY: The Shed, 545 W 30th St. Begins October 18th.
STRANGER SINGS: Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s, 308 W 46th St.
STRINGS ATTACHED: Theatre Row, 410 W 42nd St. closes October 1st
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG: New World Stages, 340 West 50th St.
TWO JEWS TALKING: The St. Clement’s Theatre, 423 W. 46th closes October 23rd.
YOU WILL GET SICK: Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 W 46th St Begins October 14th.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE SEA: New York City Center – Stage I, 131 W 55th St. starts October 11th.
Broadway’s A Doll’s House Meticulously Stunning Revival Soars Like a Birdie Above That Clumsy Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
For a revival to find its footing, it has to have a point of view or a sense of purpose far beyond an actor’s desire to perform a part, whether it suits them or not. It needs to radiate an idea that will make us want to sit up and pay attention. To feel its need to exist. And on one particular day in March, I was blessed with the opportunity to see not just one grande revival, but two. One was a detailed pulled-apart revolutionary revival of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House that astounded. The other, unfortunately, was a clumsy revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that fell lazily from that high-wired peak – not for a lack of trying, but from a formulation that never found its purpose.
Relevantly Tuneless Fairytale Bad Cinderella Isn’t Bad, It’s Forgettable
You are seriously asking for it, when you make the title for your musical Bad Cinderella, however the show is not bad, it’s just seriously lacking. For an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which is normally rich in melody, the only song that has any kind of hold is “Only You, Lonely You” sung by Prince Sebastian (Jordan Dobson or in my performance the wonderful Julio Ray). The lyrics by David Zippel and book by Emerald Fennell, adapted by Alexis Scheer are inane. It doesn’t help that the cast for the most part speaks and sings with mouths full of cotton. The orchestrations sound tinny and computerized, The lead Linedy Genao has no charisma or vocals that soar musically, instead she is rather nasal, like Bernadette Peters with a cold. Why this show is two and a half hours long is beyond me.
The show is based in a town called Belleville (beautiful town en Francais), that is based solely on looks and prides itself on its superficiality. The opening number starts with “Beauty Is Our Duty,” the Queen (a fabulous Grace McLean) is into her hunks including her missing son Charming (Cameron Loyal).
And the fairy godmother (Christina Acosta Robinson) is a plastic surgeon who sings “Beauty Has a Price”. In a day and age, where we are suppose to see past all that, this show is politically incorrect.
Cinderella a Gothic, and a graffiti artist, naturally does not fit into the town’s mold of beauty, which is how she earns her nickname. Her rebel move happens when she defaces a memorial statue of Sebastian’s older brother, Prince Charming. Sebastian is more of a geek, and he and Cinderella are in the “friend zone,” since both lack communication skills in admitting their love.
Sebastian is being forced by his mother, the Queen to find a wife at a ball and invites Cinderella. Cinderella’s stepmother (the always remarkable Carolee Carmello) blackmails the Queen to get one of her daughters Adele (Sami Gayle) or Marie (Morgan Higgins) the gig.
McLean and Carmello are the bright spots in the show and if the show had been about these two, maybe we would actually have a show that could work. These two steal the show.
Cinderella has not one, but two what should have been show stopping numbers “I Know I Have A Heart (Because You Broke It)” and “Far Too Late,” but she does not have the vocals, the character development or the star power to carry them off.
The set and the revenge porn costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, are just over the top, with the storybook set faring much better than the over complicated flowered pastels that waltzed across the stage.
The direction by Laurence Connor is just dull and lacks oomph.
If you like buff men and Chippendale type choreography this is the show for you.
Bad Cinderella, Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street.
Did You Know There Is A Kander & Ebb Way?
On Friday, March 24th, the 96-year-old John Kander was given a Mayoral Proclamation from Mayor Eric Adams in celebration of the first performance of his new Broadway musical New York, New York. Following the proclamation, Lin-Manuel Miranda unveiled the sign renaming 44th Steet ‘Kander & Ebb Way. On hand was the Manhattan School of Music to performed the iconic Kander & Ebb song “New York, New York.”
New York, New York opens Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).
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