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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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A Mother's Life Told by Her Daughter in Music

Classical pianist Mona Golabek is a winner of several prizes including an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also now a stage performer, telling the story of her mother’s life in a one-woman show.

Brigadoon, Awakened Once Again

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Brigadoon, the 1947 musical by Lerner and Lowe, been given a big new production, now extended through August 17 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

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A Look Back at Burgeoning Feminism

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The new play When We Were Young and Unafraid looks back to 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood considers its converging characters and themes.

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A Singer-Songwriter's Coming-of-Age Story in Song

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Benjamin Scheuer is a New York singer-songwriter and the star in a new Manhattan Theater Company production called The Lion directed by Sean Daniels. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reports.


The '90s Jukebox Sounds Different

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Broadway's latest jukebox musical — a show built around pre-existing songs — is a new twist on this now-familiar theatrical form. Holler If Ya Hear Me is inspired by music of the late rap star Tupac Shakur.

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The Who & the What Examines Family and Faith

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers up his review of The Who & the What, which follows the conflicts that erupt in a Pakistani-American family living in Atlanta.


Kenneth Branagh Makes NY Stage Debut in Macbeth

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth need a lot of space to cook up their double helping of toil and trouble, they've got it at the Park Avenue Armory. Charles Isherwood reports.


Jim Dale's Showbiz Story

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The versatile actor Jim Dale takes the stage solo in his new show, aptly and modestly entitled Just Jim Dale. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood looks at the show.


The Cripple of Inishmaan Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan isn’t even 20-years-old, but the play is already getting its third New York production.

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Woody Allen's Bullets Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The musical adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film has garnered half a dozen Tony nominations. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood offers his analysis of its strengths and weaknesses.


Talking Tony Nominations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests some likely winners, considers who got snubbed and takes note of the Broadway season as reflected in the nominees list.

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Violet Blooms on Broadway

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Off-Broadway musical Violet has found new life on Broadway in a Roundabout Theater Company revival. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood gives his assessment.


Audra McDonald is Broadway’s Lady Day

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.

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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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