Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS on Broadway has always intrigued me. From watching it as a child, at the Winter Garden Theater to seeing many lackluster community theater adaptations, I’ve never been sure if I adored it or despised it.
By: Barry Bassis It’s an open question whether this season will bring us exciting new musicals but, so far, there are a couple of excellent revivals. The Irish Repertory Theatre, under the direction of Charlotte Moore, has cut the 1947 hit “Finian’s Rainbow” down to size so that it is an unqualified delight. The script,…
For David Korins, the New York-based Hamilton set designer extraordinaire, his occupation was a calling. As a young child growing up in Massachusetts dabbling in the arts, he felt drawn to the set design of his high school productions.
Simon McBurney manages to expand the boundaries of theater while at the same time he returns to the simplest of forms.
New York does the Holidays and Christmas arguably better than any other destination, and much of it is rooted in decades of tradition. And it’s magical. But it also begs the question: “What’s new and exciting?”
The issues at stake in the current election surface in different ways on New York stages.
If you are considering visiting an iPic movie theater, think twice. You may not want to go. Oh, there’s nothing wrong with the experience there, it’s just that it’ll spoil you from ever going to a regular theater again.
by Rory Winston In a vain attempt to keep up with emerging poets, playwrights and new productions, I – like many theater professionals and enthusiasts out there – supplement my monthly subscriptions by scouring online sources and skimming through additional information alluded to by friends and friends of friends on Facebook. Admittedly, despite my best…
By Barry Bassis
What’s with all the plays with Russian titles this past season? There was “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Nikolai and the Others,” and “Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet of 1812.” The last one is a musical based on part of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and is being performed in Kazino, a supper club erected just for this show. Both the venue and the musical are worth taking in.