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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The Illusionists Make Broadway Magic

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.


Side Show Out in Front, Again

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Side Show," a musical that spent just a few months on Broadway in 1997, has been re-tooled and returned to the Great White Way.


The Last Ship Sails Onto Broadway

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sting has become the latest figure from the worlds of pop and rock to try his hand at writing a Broadway score.


Broadway Graced by Disgraced

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A short Off-Broadway run in 2012 was New York’s introduction to "Disgraced," which is coming back, this time on Broadway and with bigger credentials.


All-Star Cast Makes It's Only a Play a Hot Ticket

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The hottest-selling show on Broadway this fall is, surprisingly, not a musical. Instead, it’s the star-studded revival of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy "It’s Only a Play."

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Real Life Political Theater Put on Stage

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Off-Broadway play "Tail! Spin!" uses words taken from the public record to tell the sex-scandal stories of four politicians.


An Over-Stuffed Steve Martin Musical

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell have teamed up to write the new musical "Bright Star." Charles Isherwood reports.


Love Letters, It’s All in the Words

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Love Letters" has been seen in innumerable regional and amateur theater productions since it debuted in 1988. Its popularity has something to do with its simplicity.

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New Surreal Comedy Explores Being Black and Gay in America

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers a review of the bold new play "Bootycandy."

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If These Walls Could Talk

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In A.R. Gurney’s 1977 play "The Wayside Motor Inn," we hear five stories unfold in a single motel outside Boston.


Fall Theater Previews and Picks

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests some new shows that are likely to pique the interests of Broadway and Off-Broadway patrons.


The Great Society Continues the Examination of LBJ's Presidency

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The saga of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency continues in The Great Society, which is getting its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Midsummer Theater Doesn't Slow Down at Canada's Stratford Festival

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer is the slow season for Broadway, but it’s high season for theater festivals. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood explains why.


Sex With Strangers In the Digital Age

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood takes a look at Sex With Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer,


This Beauty Contest is a Drag

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Your usual beauty contest features a lot of the same elements as the Off-Broadway musical Pageant, except these hyper-feminine contestants are all men.

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Trophy Wife Trouble in Texas

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lili is young, beautiful and married to South Texas magnate Alberto, who never appears on stage in the new Off-Broadway play Mala Herbia by Tanya Saracho.


A Mother's Life Told by Her Daughter in Music

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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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