Around Broadway

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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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Audra McDonald is Broadway’s Lady Day

One of the most celebrated voices of our era meets one of the most distinctive voices of an earlier era. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood considers the play's strengths.

Playwright Will Eno Debuts on Broadway

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A star-packed cast — Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei — is assembled for the Broadway debut of a playwright known for “experimental theater.”


Les Miserables Returns to Broadway

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

After two Broadway runs, countless school and community theater productions and the Oscar-winning 2012 movie, what, exactly, is new in this production? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reports.


Disney's Aladdin Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Aladdin," the 1992 film that featured Robin Williams as the voice of the genie, has joined the ranks of Disney’s screen-to-stage properties. Charles Isherwood gives his review.


Broadway Takes on Stallone's Rocky

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This week on Around Broadway, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood tells Jeff Spurgeon whether Rocky the musical is a knockout or gets sent to the showers. 


Bryan Cranston debuts on Broadway in All the Way

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In the new play All the Way, Bryan Cranston is Lyndon Baines Johnson. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood asks if Cranston measures up to the Johnson Act.


A Romance Rekindled in Stage Kiss

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood tells us the consequences of what happens when actors fall back in love — and life begins to imitate art.


Bombers on Broadway

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A lineup of famous Yankees from several eras past and present are on the same stage in Bronx Bombers, a new play now running at the Circle in the Square Theatre.


Sleep No More Meets Mozart in New Immersive Production

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

From the producers of Sleep Now More comes a lavish new immersive spectacle, Queen of the Night, loosely inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Charles Isherwood reports.

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The Irish Romance of 'Outside Mullingar'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Two Irish farmers, Anthony and Rosemary, are deeply tied to the land. Because they grew up as neighbors, they also have deep ties to one another, but their personal connections are not all positive.


Carole King Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In a new Broadway show, Carole King’s personal story is told with her songs. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets us know whether the journey is worth an evening in the theater.


The Month of Theatrical Experimentation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

If you need help climbing out of the winter theater doldrums, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood suggests some newly minted works being presented in two festivals in New York.


Art Imitates Scandal in The Commons of Pensacola

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

A playwright’s art imitates a financier’s life in a work about the reverberations of corruption and public scandal by actress-turned-playwright Amanda Peet.


Curtain Up on Broadway 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The turn of the year marks the halfway point in the New York theater season. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood runs down a partial list of some 20 new shows opening between now and the Tony Awards in June. There are some new plays, some new musicals, a revival or two and headliners ranging from Alan Cumming to Denzel Washington, Toni Collette and Marisa Tomei.


The Life and Death of Marina Abramović

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The distinctive performance artist Marina Abramović is telling her life story — and attending her own funeral — at the Park Avenue Armory.

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A Distinctive Pop Voice, Refreshed Off-Broadway

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Can the quirky, catchy songs of Bacharach be refreshed for a new generation? That’s a question posed in the new off-Broadway musical What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined.

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Two Knights on Broadway

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reviews Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, respectively.


Eight Roles is Enough for Jefferson Mays

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Is A Gentleman’s Guide a killer entertainment, or merely deadly? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers a review.

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The Jazz Age is Revived in After Midnight

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets us know if all the 20th century juice in After Midnight can light up Broadway almost 90 years later.


John Grisham Novel Comes to Broadway for the First Time

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers some thoughts on the production and on the difficulty of moving dramatic excitement from the page to the stage.


Rattigan Revived: The Winslow Boy Back on Broadway

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

More than a century after the incident that inspired it, Terence Rattigan’s play The Winslow Boy, is back on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in a production from Roundabout Theatre Company.