Around Broadway

This show airs Wednesday mornings.

Every Wednesday morning, Jeff Spurgeon finds out what's new on Broadway and beyond from Charles Isherwood, theater critic for The New York Times.

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Len Cariou Mixes Showstoppers with Shakespeare

Tony-winner Len Cariou combines show tunes and Shakespeare in 'Broadway and the Bard.'

Linda Lavin Stars in 'Our Mother's Brief Affair'

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The incomparable Linda Lavin shines in the title role of "Our Mother's Brief Affair" by Richard Greenberg, now at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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An Unusal Birthday Party for Thomas Merton

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To mark last year's centennial of the birth of the writer and theologian Thomas Merton, the Actors Theater of Louisville has produced a play about him called "The Glory of the World."

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'Noises Off' Is Back On Broadway With Starry, Funny Cast

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Michael Frayn’s frantic 1982 backstage farce "Noises Off" returns to Broadway for a third run this season under the auspices of the Roundabout Theatre Company.


Red Bull Theater Brings Jacobean Drama to Off-Broadway

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jacobean dramas are rarely seen on major New York stages, but the Red Bull Theater company has made a specialty of them. Its latest foray into the period is "The Changeling."


'Fiddler on the Roof' Back on Broadway

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The beloved 1964 musical "Fiddler on the Roof" is back on Broadway this season starring five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein.


A New 'View From the Bridge' on Broadway

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" hasn’t exactly been a stranger to Broadway, but it’s back again this season in an innovative production from the Dutch director Ivo van Hove.

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Shakespeare Takes a Jolly Romp Through 1960s London

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The musical "These Paper Bullets!" at the Atlantic Theater bills itself as a "modish ripoff" of Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" and features songs written by Billie Joe Armstrong.


The Rock and Roll Return of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical might seem a surprising choice for the composer best known for pop operatic works. It’s a stage version of the movie "School of Rock."

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Taylor Mac's Bold Comedy 'Hir' Brings Many Issues To Broadway

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

A downtown theater playwright, a sensational Broadway actress, and a most unusual family are all part of the show called "Hir."


George Takai Takes to Broadway in 'Allegiance'

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

George Takai, best known as Sulu from "Star Trek," stars in the new Broadway musical "Allegiance," which tackles the subject of Japanese-American internment during World War II.

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Rhythm Is Gonna Get You To Broadway

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The new jukebox musical "On Your Feet!” charts the rise of 1980s pop star Gloria Estefan, alongside her husband and collaborator Emilio Estefan.

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A.R. Gurney's 'Sylvia' Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A.R. Gurney’s comedy “Sylvia,” about a man whose marriage is threatened when he adopts and becomes obsessed with a stray dog, come to Broadway for the first time.


'Dames at Sea' Sails On To Broadway

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The 1960s Off Broadway hit "Dames at Sea" has now made the big time and is on Broadway for the first time.


Hardships and Humanity at the Holidays

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A tense family Thanksgiving in lower Manhattan is the setting for Stephen Karam’s “The Humans." New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood serves up his review.


Ugly Lies the Bone

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

“Ugly Lies the Bone" at the Roundabout Theatre Comany tackles the topic of U.S. military veterans returning to civilian life. Charles Isherwood offers his review.


Returning the 'Razzle Dazzle' to Broadway

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Razzle Dazzle is the jazzy title of a new book about the history of Broadway by Michael Riedel, the New York Post theater columnist and co-host of the show "Theater Talk."


'Spring Awakening' Returns to Broadway With Deaf and Hearing Cast

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Tony-winning musical "Spring Awakening" returns to Broadway with a new production featuring a cast of hearing and deaf actors.


Keeping Faith in America

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Playwrights Horizons kicks off its fall season with "The Christians," a play by Lucas Hnath about a schism in an evangelical church.


Funny Off Broadway Show Shakes Off the Summer

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The new Off Broadway show "The Legend of Georgia McBride" is a comedy about a struggling young Elvis impersonator turned successful drag queen.  

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A Fall Theater Preview

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood gives us a preview of the season ahead, both on Broadway and Off.