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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Competition for The Bard and The Tony

A show that can take on both Shakespeare and a group of Tony nominees sounds like a wonder and “Something Rotten” appears to be just that.

A Beautiful Gershwin Broadway Ballet

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Broadway has been going to the movies for so long it’s surprising the 1951 movie-musical “An American in Paris” has only now been turned into a stage show, which is up for 12 Tonys.

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'Gigi' Takes Broadway, Again

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The 1958 movie musical “Gigi" won nine Oscars, but a 1973 theatrical production did not enjoy similar success. Now a new stage version starring Vanessa Hudgens has opened on Broadway.


'Buzzer' Confronts Neighborhood Dynamics in Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The new Off Broadway play “Buzzer,” by Tracey Scott Wilson, tackles the sometimes fraught subject of urban gentrification.


The Not-For-Tourists Dark Comedy 'Hand to God' Opens on Broadway

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Robert Askins’s dark comedy "Hand to God" has already had two productions Off Broadway. Now it’s making the leap to the big time.


Off Broadway, Silence Is Golden

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The latest Off Broadway hit is set at a weeklong silent spiritual retreat — which would seem to pose a dialogue challenge.

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Still Heidi After All These Years

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"The Heidi Chronicles," the most celebrated play by the late Wendy Wasserstein, has returned to Broadway in a new production at the Music Box Theatre.


Larry David on Broadway

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You might be wondering if the Larry David you know from TV is the guy you’re going to see on Broadway. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood answers that question.


Queen Elizabeth Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Oscar-winner Helen Mirren is Queen Elizabeth II again, this time on Broadway in "The Audience," which depicts the Queen in her weekly meetings with various prime ministers.


A Radiant Darkness in Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"The Iceman Cometh," Eugene O’Neill’s play about the denizens of a New York City dive bar, makes only rare appearances. But the four-act, four-hour play is now at BAM.

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A Musical About the Other Hollywood

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A new production from The Civilians, a journalistic theater company, is about the seamier side of show business — that of truthful storytelling.


A Real Housewife of Russia, Ivan Turgenev Edition

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The 19th-century Russian writer Ivan Turgenev's most celebrated play, "A Month in the Country,” has been given a rare revival this season by the Classic Stage Company. 


Bloody Terrific

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his review of the vampire "boy meets girl" play "Let the Right One In."


Boy Meets Girl, to Infinity and Beyond

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood examines Nick Payne’s 2012 play, “Constellations.” 


Songs Trace a Path Through the Past

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Courtney Love, a famous rock widow and an actor and rock star in her own right, is making a low-key return to performing in the new musical theater piece "Kansas City Choir Boy."


A Very Important List

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

"Every Brilliant Thing" was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival and now North American audiences are getting their first chance to see it in an Off-Broadway production.

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A Look at the London Theater Scene

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While recently in London, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood took note of the theatrical import-export balance between Broadway and the West End.


The Illusionists Make Broadway Magic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With a name that pays homage to earlier forms of stage trickery, "The Illusionists" is a slickly packaged production of seven professional prestidigitators.


Life on an Alien World That's Ours

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Broadway season’s first of several London imports is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,” Simon Stephens’s adaptation of the popular novel by Mark Haddon.


A Rodgers and Hammerstein Experiment is Revived

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Rodgers and Hammerstein were riding high in 1947, the year they brought Allegro to the stage. It was not a hit. Now, Classic Stage Company is reviving the work.

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Albee's A Delicate Balance Returns to Broadway

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Edward Albee’s 1966 play "A Delicate Balance" returns to Broadway with one of the season’s starriest casts.