#SnowDay Discounts?

Father Duffy Square after Winter Storm Jonas, January 24, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Father Duffy Square after Winter Storm Jonas, January 24, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

The blizzard that attacked New York City on Saturday, deposited 26.8 inches of snow in Central Park, making it the city’s second-largest blizzard since 1869. But that’s all history now, as both bus and subway service has been restored and, as the Broadway League announced this morning, all Broadway shows will go on Sunday, January 24, 2016 as planned.

As incentive to theatergoers to brave the elements, will shows be offering special Snow Day discounts? They might not be offering anything specifically connected to the snow. But many shows are available at the TKTS ticket booths at half price. Here’s what was available this morning for the Sunday matinee:

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And some shows are also touting the regular Broadway Week two-for-one ticket deal, which has been extended through February 7.

 

Look at individual shows’ Twitter feeds to see if they are offering specific #SnowDay discounts for even cheaper tickets. If I see any, I’ll add them here.

There’s at least one opportunity for cheaper tickets that the storm has temporarily taken away:

 

Our Mother’s Brief Affair: Review, Pics

Linda Lavin

Linda Lavin

Our Mother’s Brief Affair begins with Linda Lavin in a mother’s deathbed confession to her grown gay twin children, but by the end two hours later playwright Richard Greenberg has sprung several surprises. The biggest surprise is how much the play feels like a first draft for a better play…or notes for several other plays.

Lavin, more or less reprising the role of the flinty Jewish mother that she has perfected in such serious comedies as Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, portrays Anna Cantor, as seen by her less-than-adored children Seth (Greg Keller), an obituary writer, and his twin sister Abby (Kate Arrington), a librarian.

“Who was she?” Seth asks in the first line of the play, as Anna sits on a park bench. So, it is to be a memory play, and perhaps a mystery. But, as it turns out, the memories are all suspect.

Full review at DC Theatre Scene

Click on any of the photographs by Joan Marcus to see them enlarged

 

 

Broadway and the Blizzards of 2016

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Update, January 24, 9:45  am: Subway and bus service has been restored this morning. “All Broadway shows are playing as scheduled, today, Sunday, January 24th,” says the Broadway League.

Update, January 23, 10 pm: All Saturday shows on Broadway have been canceled, says The Broadway League.

Most Off-Broadway shows have been canceled Saturday as well, according to The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, and individual Off-Off Broadway shows have canceled because of the travel ban.

New York Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City.

The National Weather Service said 25.1 inches of snow had fallen on Central Park by Saturday at 7:30 p.m. By the time the snow had stopped, Winter Storm Jonas* was being proclaimed (not hailed) as the city’s second-biggest blizzard since 1869.

All flights from LGA and JFK Airports were canceled. The MTA  suspended bus service starting at noon. #Blizzard2016 in NY is forecasted up to 24 inches of snowfall.

As with any snowstorm, theatergoers ask three questions (besides, How bad will it be?):

Will the shows be canceled?

Broadway League: “As a result of the ban on travel in New York and suspension of public transportation by government authorities and additional safety precautions implemented due to severe weather, all Broadway matinee and evening performances on Saturday, January 23rd, will be cancelled.”

Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League: “Now that the snowstorm has arrived, I’d like to reiterate that the safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern. As a result of the ban on travel in New York and the suspension of public transportation by government authorities and other safety precautions implemented on behalf of the weather, matinee and evening performances will be cancelled tonight, January 23rd. We expect normal operations to resume for tomorrow’s Sunday matinees.”

Most other theater in New York City will be canceled. All Theater Row and all New World Stages shows have been canceled.

What if I can’t make it to a show for which I have tickets?

For information about refunds and exchanges, please contact the point of purchase  (if not listed below, please contact the theater’s box office directly):

  • Telecharge: 800-447-7400 or online at telecharge.com
  • Ticketmaster: 877-250-2929 or Ticketmaster)
    (For Jersey BoysKinky Boots and Something Rotten!, please call the Jujamcyn support line at Ticketmaster:
    888-444-7907)
  • Disney on Broadway: 866-870-2717
  • Roundabout Theatre: 212-719-1300

Most venues require exchanges in advance of the performance to which you have tickets.

Will there be snow day discounts?

Look on Twitter; check out the Twitter feed of your favorite show(s). They are unlikely to advertise their snow day discounts on their websites.

Check out my #Snowday Discounts? post

BroadwayCon, the first-ever convention of theater fans, running from Friday to Sunday, has issued an updated Inclement Weather Policy, which reads in part:

“We will be honoring all unused Saturday day passes on Sunday. If you are unable to get to BroadwayCon today, we can’t wait to see you tomorrow for another exciting day of programming.”

Kate Shindle, the president of Actors Equity Association, writes: “Equity members: If you experience performance/rehearsal-related emergencies this weekend due to Winter Storm Jonas, pls call 866-270-4232”

*What turns a “winter storm” like Jonas into a “blizzard”? Snow PLUS high winds (=low visibility.) The same storm may become a blizzard in some locations and not others

 

Noises Off on Broadway: Review, Pics, Video

Slamming doors and plates of sardines were all I could recall from the last time I saw Noises Off, and that’s a good summary of the third Broadway production of Michael Frayn’s slapstick backstage farce about an inept cast putting on a terrible play….

I can’t remember ever hearing laughter at a higher sustained volume for any show on Broadway. It must be almost heartwarming to share in the hilarity in a closed space; such a reaction en masse is just a slightly alienating experience for those of us who can’t help viewing this three-decade-old farce as little more than The Three Stooges with a British accent.

Full review at DC Theatre Scene.

Click on any photograph by Joan Marcus below to see it enlarged.

Hamilton Musical’s Celebrity Signings

“This is history!” Steven Spielberg scribbled. “No words — just exaltation,” wrote Oprah. “The best show ever! (Outside The Producers)” – Mel Brooks. “God Bless” – Denzel Washington. “Fucking Bitches” – Danny DeVito.

Celebrities and politicians cover the picture of Alexander Hamilton backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theater, when they are invited to visit after the show. New York Magazine, capitalizing on the popularity of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton (as am I, obviously), has declared this week Hamilton Week, because Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755, and is running a series of articles about the musical, including a reproduction of the backstage wall with closeups of a couple of dozen of its signatures.

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Broadway Poll: Favorite Spring 2016 Show

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Choose the show that you are most looking forward to. The list below is for shows that have opening dates on Broadway in the Spring 2016 as of this writing, and they are listed chronologically by opening date.

For more information about any of the shows, see the Broadway Spring 2016 Preview Guide.

Broadway Spring 2016 Preview Guide

A new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the revival/reimagining of a groundbreaking African-American musical from 1921, the sixth Broadway revivals of dramas by both Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill, and transfers from Off-Broadway of several acclaimed new dramas: Another exciting season on Broadway is on offer. The preview below is organized chronologically by opening dates. Consider it a work in progress; some of this WILL change — dates, whole shows will disappear, others materialize. Expect updates.

Also check out my Off-Broadway Spring 2016 Preview Guide

January

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American Airlines Theater
Written by: Michael Frayn
Director: Jeremy Herrin
First preview: December 17, 2015
Opening: January 14, 2016
Closing: March 6, 2016
Cast: Andrea Martin, Tracee Chimo, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure, Campbell Scott and Jeremy Shamos
Twitter feed: @RTC_NYC
An impressive cast of the go-to Broadway stars of the moment undertakes the third Broadway production of this backstage comedy. “The Opening Night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn’t be going any worse.”

OurMothersBriefAffairlogoOur Mother’s Brief Affair

Samuel J. Friedman Theater
Written by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow.
First preview: December 28, 2015
Opening: January 20, 2016
Closing: March 6, 2016
Cast: Linda Lavin, Kate Arrington, Greg Keller, John Procaccino
Twitter feed: @MTC_NYC
On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family.

February

The Humans

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Helen Hayes Theater
Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello
First preview: January 23, 2016
Opening: February 18, 2016
Cast: Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, Sarah Steele
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night.
My review of The Humans, when it was Off-Broadway, with the same cast.

Hughie

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Booth Theater
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Michael Grandage.
First preview: February 8, 2016
Opening: February 25, 2016
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Frank Wood
Twitter feed: @HughieBroadway
1928. New York City. A hotel lobby. A small-time gambler and big-time drinker (Forest Whitaker) makes his way back to Room 492. With a new night clerk (Frank Wood) on duty, he is forced to confront his personal demons and discover the real end to his own story

March

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Golden Theater
Written by Danai Gurira
Directed by Liesl Tommy
First preview: February 23, 2016
Opening: March 6, 2016
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, Saycon Sengbloh.
Twitter feed: @eclipsedbway
Eclipsed is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia

 

Disaster!

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Written by Seth Rudetsky, Jack Plotnick.
Directed by Jack Plotnick
irst Preview: February 9, 2016
Opening: March 8, 2016
Cast: Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Max Crumm, Lacretta Nicole, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard, Rachel York.
Twitter feed: @DisasterMusical
A spoof of 1970s disaster films, using the popular music from that era.

Blackbird

BlackbirdlogoBelasco Theater
Written by David Harrower
Directed by Joe Mantello
First preview: February 5
Opening: March 10
Closing: June 12
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams
Ray had sex with Una when she was 12 years old, and went to jail for it. Fifteen years later, she tracks him down.

She Loves Me

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Music by Jerry Bock. Book by Joe Masteroff. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo.
Directed by Scott Ellis with choreography by Warren Carlyle
First preview: February 19, 2016
Opening: March 17, 2016
Closing: July 10, 2016
Cast: Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Jane Krakowski, Zachary Levi, Michael McGrath.
Twitter feed: @RTC_NYC

At the parfumerie where both work, Amalia and Georg hate each other. But as secret anonymous pen pals, they are falling in love.

I am partial to the musical, since I acted in it in junior high school, something I’ve written about: She Loves Me: The Broadway Musical That Changed Our Lives 

Bright Star

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Cort Theater
Book by Steve Martin, music by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Edie Brickell
Directed by Walter Bobbie
First Preview: February 25, 2016
Opening: March 24, 2016
Cast: Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, AJ Shively, Hannah Elless, StephenBogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks, William Youmans
Twitter feed: @BrightStarBway
Based on a true story, the musical tells of the meeting between successful literary editor Alice Murphy and an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II. Their connection inspires Alice to confront a shocking incident from her past.

April

The Crucible

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Walter Kerr Theater
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
First preview: February 29, 2016
Opening: April 7 ,2016
Closing: July 17, 2016
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Camp, Jason Butler Harner, Tavi Gevinson, Jim Norton, Tina Benko, Thomas Jay Ryan, Ray Anthony Thomas, Erin Wilhelm
This is the sixth Broadway production of Miller’s popular account of the Salem witch trials of the 1690’s, but it is being directed by the experimental Belgium director Ivo van Hove, who made his Broadway debut in 2015 with another Miller play, A View From The Bridge.

The Father

TheFatherlogoSamuel J. Friedman Theater
Written by Florian Zeller. Translation by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Doug Hughes.
First preview: March 22, 2016
Opening: April 14, 2016
Cast: Frank Langella
Twitter: @MTC_NYC
A look inside the mind of Andre (Frank Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room?

Waitress

Waitresslogo2Brooks Atkinson Theater
Music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. Book by Jessie Nelson.
Directed by Diane Paulus. Choreographed by Lorin Latarro.
First Preview: March 25, 2016
Opening: April 24, 2016
Cast: Jessie Mueller, Eric Anderson, Christoher Fitzgerald, Drew Gehling, Kimiko Glenn, Dakin Matthews, Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle Charity Angél Dawson, Jeremy Morse, Stephanie Torns
Twitter: @WaitressMusical
Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly, the musical focuses on Jenna (Jessie Mueller), a waitress and expert pie maker, who is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage… until a baking content in a nearby county and the town’s handsome new doctor .

American Psycho

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theater
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Rupert Goold
First Preview: March 24, 2016
Opening: April 24, 2016
Twitter: @APtheMusical
Cast: Benjamin Walker, Jennifer Damiano, Alice Ripley, Helene Yorke
A musical based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis about a stylish serial killer

Fully Committed

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Lyceum Theater
Written by Becky Mode
Directed by Jason Moore
First Preview: April 2, 2016
Opening: April 25, 2016
Closing: July 24, 2016
Cast: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Twitter: @FullyBroadway

Ferguson portrays 15 character involved with a high-class restaurant

 

Tuck Everlasting

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Broadhurst
Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. Music by Chris Miller. Lyrics by Nathan Tysen.
Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw
First preview: March 31, 2016
Opening: April 26, 2016
Cast: Fred Applegate, Carolee Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Robert Lenzi, Sarah Charles Lewis, Terrence Mann, Michael Park, Michael Wartella, Valerie Wright.
Twitter: @TuckMusical
Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt, the musical tells the story of Winnie Foster, who embarks on a life-changing adventure after she discovers the secret of the Tuck family (hint of what it is in the title.)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

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American Airlines Theater
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Jonathan Kent
First Preview: March 31, 2016
Opening: April 27, 2016
Closing: July 17, 2016
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr., Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon.
Twitter: @RTC_NYC
The sixth production of O’Neill’s riveting play about the Tyrone family, undisguised as his own.

Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

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Music Box Theater
Music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
Book by George C. Wolfe (original book by F. E. Miller & Aubrey Lyles)
Directed by George C. Wolfe, choreography by Savion Glover
First Preview: March 15, 2016
Opening: April 28, 2016
Cast: Audra McDonald*, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brooks Ashmanskas, Felicia Boswell, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore, Darius de Haas, C.K. Edwards, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Adrienne Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa LaTouche, Alicia Lundgren, J.C. Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, J.L. Williams, Pamela Yasutake, Richard Riaz Yoder
In May 1921, the new musical Shuffle Along became a hit,
significantly altering the face of the Broadway musical. This is both that musical and the story of that musical.

Fiddler on the Roof Review: Danny Burstein in Broadway Revival

Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Theatre •DANNY BURSTEIN DANNY BURSTEIN (Tevye) Danny is a 5-time Tony Award nominee whose 15 Broadway credits include: Cabaret (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); The Snow Geese; Golden Boy (2013 Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations); Follies (2012 Tony, Astaire & Grammy Award nominations; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award); The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony and Ovation Award nominations); Saint Joan; The Seagull; Three Men on a Horse; A Little Hotel on the Side; The Flowering Peach; A Class Act; Titanic and Company. Off-Broadway credits include: Talley’s Folly (Lucille Lortel & Drama League nominations); Mrs. Farnsworth; Psych; All in the Timing; Merrily We Roll Along; Weird Romance and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Film/TV includes: The Family Fang (directed by Jason Bateman); Blackhat (directed by Michael Mann); Lolly Steinman on “Boardwalk Empire” (directed by Martin Scorsese); “Louie;” Transamerica; “Absolutely Fabulous;” “Ed;” all the “Law & Order” series; “Hope & Faith;” Deception; Affluenza; American Milkshake; Nor’easter; Construction; Liv and Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon. He recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Frosch in the Jeremy Sams/Douglas Carter Beane production of Die Fledermaus. JESSICA HECHT ALIX KOREY ADAM DANNHEISSER ADAM KANTOR KARL KENZLER SAMANTHA MASSELL MELANIE MOORE NICK REHBERGER ALEXANDRA SILBER GEORGE PSOMAS JULIE BENKO ERIC BOURNE AUSTIN GOODWIN JACOB GUZMAN REED LUPLAU BRANDT MARTINEZ SARAH PARKER JONATHAN ROYSE WINDHAM JENNY ROSE BAKER HAYLEY FEINSTEIN BEN RAPPAPORT MICHAEL C. BERNARDI ADAM GRUPPER MITCH GREENBERG JEFFREY SCHECTER “SHECKY” JESSE KOVARSKY ERIC BOURNE STEPHEN CARRASCO ERIC CHAMBLISS LORI WILNER JESSICA VOSK JENNIFER ZETLAN TESS PRIMACK MARLA PHELAN MATT MOISEY SILVIA VRSKOVA AARON YOUNG Production Credits: Bartlett Sher (director) Jerome Robbins (original choreography) Hofesh Shechter (additional choreography) Michael Yeargan (scenic design) Catherine Zuber (costume design) Donald Holder (lighting design) Scott Lehrer (sound design) Ted Sperling (music director) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Sheldon Harnick Music by: Jerry Bock Book by Joseph Stein

Tevye is back on Broadway, this time with Danny Burstein as the Russian Jewish milkman who tries to uphold tradition. “Fiddler on the Roof” has become a tradition in its own right. The production that’s just opened is the sixth on Broadway, but that doesn’t get at what a world-wide phenomenon this show has become over the past half century – 15 versions of it have been mounted in Finland, more than 1,300 in Japan, according to one of the two books published last year to coincide with its 50th anniversary. The Library of America judged it one of the greatest American musicals in the Golden Age of Broadway. More than a billion people reportedly have seen the 1971 movie; the stage show is a staple of schools throughout America; its strikingly memorable songs  — among them “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,””Sunrise Sunset,””Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” —  have helped generations of wedding and bar mitzvah musicians pay for their children’s college education.

Such a show will always draw an audience, and the new revival certainly has its rewards. Chief among them is Burstein, who portrays Tevye as warmhearted, big and cuddly – a mensch, in the words of his fellow villagers in the fictional shtetl of Anatevka, but also more varied and with less shtick than some past Tevyes. A 23-piece orchestra, unusually large for Broadway (The Color Purple has just seven musicians in its band), creates lush accompaniment for the singing. Both Catherine Zuber’s costumes and Donald Holder’s lighting are up to their usual standards of beauty in service of the story; the few interludes of dancing are fun.  And yet, the biggest surprise of a production directed by Bartlett Sher, who did such wonders helming the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I and, before that, of South Pacific, is how ultimately unexceptional his “Fiddler on the Roof” feels. As those in Anatevka might put it: This, you couldn’t make more thrilling?

Sher does add touches in an apparent attempt to make the show more contemporary.  He tacks on short silent scenes at the beginning and end of the show, in which Burstein, dressed in a modern puffy red parka, visits Anatevka, supposedly reading from a guidebook, and then joins the line of refugees. Theatergoers have reportedly seen this framing device as a nod to the present-day global refugee crisis. The show doesn’t need this extra moment for us to make the connection – the context of oppression is what has helped make this musical appealing to people around the world – but there’s no harm in it. Indeed, Sher’s production may be best in the serious scenes (albeit few and brief) where the outside (gentile) world intrudes.

Given the pressures of this dangerous world, and the challenges of life in the shtetl, Jessica Hecht’s interpretation of Tevye’s wife Golde as worn out is certainly justifiable, at least historically. But it’s not exactly invigorating entertainment, especially since her singing voice also lacks the zest we have come to expect. At least Hecht, a terrific actress (whom I loved in such shows as Stage Kiss and The Assembled Parties) has clearly put some thought into her characterization. Adam Kantor portrays the timid tailor Motel, the first of the three increasingly unsuitable suitors for Tevye’s three eldest daughters (unsuitable, that is, in Tevye’s eyes.) In his Playbill Who’s Who, Kantor tells us that he made his theatrical debut in sixth grade in his middle school’s Fiddler; one wonders if that production continues to influence him unduly: He indicates the character’s skittishness by cartoon fidgeting and even ducking under a wagon. Once Motel finds his courage, and Kantor his mellifluous voice (in his glorious rendition of “Miracle of Miracles”), the performer redeems himself and the character gains a semblance of credibility. If no other performances seem as obviously wrong-headed, none stand out as especially delightful. I wondered during the show whether the cast had been under-rehearsed, and realized later that it must be the director’s choice to tone down the characters joie de vivre, perhaps in the name of being more realisticBut it is their high spirits in the face of hardship that seems to me central to the musical’s appeal.

Marc Chagall's The Fiddler

Marc Chagall’s The Fiddler

The sets are mostly flimsy-looking shacks, which are lifted into the air — and seemed designed for ease of handling in a road company tour; this made me wonder briefly whether the show was under-capitalized. In fairness, this design scheme was most likely an aesthetic choice, to mimic the flavor of Marc Chagall’s painting The Fiddler, which gave the musical its title; even the fiddler in this production at one point flies in the air. This is again, perhaps a way to underscore how rootless Tevye and the rest of the villagers, how likely to disappear – and again, an embellishment not needed, given the clear message from the script.

Tevye isn’t able to save the residents of Anatevya, despite his friendship with the Russian constable, but Danny Burstein does make this “Fiddler on the Roof” worth seeing.

Click on any photograph by Joan Marcus to see it enlarged.

Fiddler on the Roof

at Broadway Theater

Book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Choreography is by Hofesh Shechter, inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins. The 23-piece orchestra is led by music director Ted Sperling.
scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Scott Lehrer
Cast: Danny Burstein as Tevye, Jessica Hecht as Golde, Jenny Rose Baker as Shprintze, Michael C. Bernardi as Mordcha, Adam Dannheisser as Lazar Wolf, Hayley Feinstein as Bielke, Mitch Greenberg as Yussel and the Beggar, Adam Grupper as the Rabbi, Adam Kantor as Motel, Karl Kenzler as the Constable, Alix Korey as Yente, Jesse Kovarsky as The Fiddler, Samantha Massell as Hodel, Melanie Moore as Chava, George Psomas as Avram, Ben Rappaport as Perchik, Nick Rehberger as Fyedka, Jeffrey Schecter as Mendel, Alexandra Silber as Tzeitel, Jessica Vosk as Fruma-Sarah, Lori Wilner as Grandma Tzeitel, Aaron Young as Sasha, and Jennifer Zetlan as Shaindel. The ensemble features: Julie Benko, Eric Bourne, Stephen Carrasco, Eric Chambliss, Austin Goodwin, Jacob Guzman, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Matt Moisey, Sarah Parker, Marla Phelan, Tess Primack, Silvia Vrskova, and Jonathan Royse Windham.

Running time: three hours, including one intermission.

Tickets: $35.00 – $167.00

Poll: The Worst Broadway Show of 2015

Welcome to my third annual Worst Broadway Show poll. I chose the ten nominees. If you disagree with my choices, you can express this by 1. not voting for a show on the list that you liked; 2. adding your choice for worst in the “Other” list if it’s not one of the ten below; 3. Making a comment after taking the poll.
Judge the quality of the show as you see it, not whether it did well at the box office.
The ten choices below are arranged alphabetically. (Only shows that opened in 2015 qualify.)

The Color Purple on Broadway: Reviews, pics, videos

“Wow,” “Holy Mackerel,” “Hallelujah” — many raves for the first Broadway revival of The Color Purple, with Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo  and Danielle Brooks (from Orange is the New Black) making their Broadway debuts.  Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Alice Walker, and the movie adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, the musical uses jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues to chronicle 40 years in the life of Celie,  who is sold into marriage for the price of a cow at the age of 14, and journeys over the years from despair to hope to joy.

Jonathan Mandell, DC Theatre Scene: Cynthia Erivo sings it in a crystal-clear voice that is capable of both exquisite nuance and shattering power. That’s a good description of her performance as a whole – one of three extraordinary Broadway debuts by strikingly talented women…Director John Doyle makes sure that our focus stays on Celie, by streamlining the production…The result somehow makes this entertainment feel closer to a spiritual experience

Ben Brantley, New York Times: Give thanks this morning, children of Broadway, and throw in a hearty hallelujah. “The Color Purple” has been born again, and its conversion is a glory to behold.

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter: Wow, what a difference a more-focused production makes.

Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News: The shift from “Who cares?” to “Holy mackerel!” is partly due to a canny staging that squarely puts the focus on the rich score

Jesse Oxfeld, Entertainment Weekly: In the British director John Doyle’s emotionally rich and visually striking new production of The Color Purple… there is an elegant staging and three gorgeous star performances. But the most inescapable thing about the musical is just how much horror is packed into its leading characters’ lives — and, eventually, just how much beauty.

Linda Winer, Newsday [In] director John Doyle’s passionate, scaled-down, streamlined, low-frills revival…Cynthia Erivo, who also played Celie in Doyle’s hit London reduction, exquisitely paces the understated character through 40 tumultuous years of male-dominated, post-slavery African-American culture.

Marilyn Stasio, Variety: The ladies wear the pants in John Doyle’s ravishing revival of “The Color Purple.” Jennifer Hudson is radiant as the love machine Shug Avery. Danielle Brooks shakes the house as the earthy Sofia. And Cynthia Erivo, the tiny pint of dynamite who originated the role at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, brings the audience roaring to its feet as Celie

Jesse Green, New York Magazine: If it remains, as Walker wrote it, a rebirth story as gratifying as it is unlikely, this production — one of the best revivals ever — proves that sometimes gratifying and unlikely are really the same thing.

Adam Feldman, Time Out NY: Seeing The Color Purple on Broadway, a decade after its premiere, is like meeting an old friend who has gotten her life together since the last time you saw her.

Click on any photograph by Matthew Murphy to see it enlarged.
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