You may recall my review of BE MORE CHILL on August 27. I thought it was great and was excited it was rumored to be ready to transfer to Broadway. It will start previews at the Lyceum Theater on February 23, 2019 and will open on March 10. I am excited that it was discovered … Continue reading Be More Chill heading to Broadway
Vitaly Beckman is a very talented magician. Many of the effects he designs himself and those he created are highly deceptive and impressive, even to a fellow magician. He focuses on paper magic and does it well. He combines multiple effects into smooth stories that work well. He starts and ends his act with impressive … Continue reading Review – Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders
I have written a new short play specifically for the Players Theatre Short Play Festival in October with the theme of Boo!. The dates will be October 25-28 in Greenwich Village. Casting is underway and will be announced soon. When tickets go on sale online I will give you a heads up. Please make a … Continue reading The Ride Down Mount Scary
The Players Theater Short Play Festival has confirmed that my new short play "The Ride Down Mt. Scary" will appear in their next play festival in October with the theme: Boo! Dates are yet to be finalized and casting is underway. Pamela will direct and fun will be had by all. Watch for more details … Continue reading A New Short Play Performance in New York City!
Three theater luminaries have recently passed on, respect should be paid. Barbara Harris is someone I never saw on stage but her voice is ever present in my head, The Apple Tree musical was written for her and I listen to that album frequently. I did see here in several movies, most especially in Robert … Continue reading Mortal Coils Recently Shuffled Off
As usual Broadway comes back to life in the fall. The shows that opened this summer have gotten pretty bad reviews so we need some good new shows. The not-for-profits on Broadway kick off early. Roundabout has Bernhardt/Hamlet (about one of histories most famed actresses taking on Shakespeare's iconic role) with previews starting September 1 … Continue reading Fall Broadway Spotlight
Gettin' The Band Back Together is a very funny show, high energy, expertly casted, energetically directed and keeps the audience laughing the entire time. It lights up the stage of the Belasco and animates the familiar themes of middle age angst, good versus evil, redemption and being true to yourself. So that is all I … Continue reading Review – Gettin’ The Band Back Together
I'm not advanced on social media. I've never been on Facebook (if you're not paying for the product, you are the product). I've been late to websites and Twitter and only recently took up blogging. I figure as soon as Instagram is surpassed by another technology, I might take a look at that! A couple … Continue reading My blogging anniversary
Sometimes it takes me a while to post a review after I have seen the show. Sometimes it is because I am overwhelmed by other things to post but in this case because of the awful taste I had to wash from my mouth before sitting down to do it. The show was on May … Continue reading Review – Tomorrow is a Long Time – a tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1963 Town Hall Concert in Town Hall in 2018
The Encores! Off-Center Series is a revival of previous and oft forgotten musicals. I got to see the final performance of their limited weekend offering of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope. When it appeared on Broadway it featured the first time on The Great White Way that a woman had written the music and … Continue reading Review – Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope
Jukebox musicals can take many forms. Maybe you just play through the catalogue with no commentary (like Smokey Joe's Cafe currently revived at Stage 42 - highly recommended). Or marry it to a plot crafted to explain the sequence of songs (like Mamma Mia!, something I still unbelievably have not seen). Maybe you put it … Continue reading Review – Head Over Heels
Been busy, sorry to review this show after it has closed. Dominique Morisseau has written a play with a fascinating premise, strong period detail and dialogue, but left me still wanting further development of the script. The two primary characters, J. Alphonse Nicholson as Blue and Simone Missick as Silver are rich and interesting to … Continue reading Review – Paradise Blue
Lately I've seen a number of one night only events that I am unable to review in time for you to decide to see or avoid. I'll be trying to catch up a few of those in the coming weeks, for your reference. Jack Shamblin has conceived, written, starred in and performs in Slumming It … Continue reading Review – Slumming It at Dixon Place
A bit more than 20 years ago I saw the Broadway tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe and fell in love with it instantly. The incredible song catalogue of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller makes it one of the few jukebox musicals I admire. They don't try to twist themselves in knots with a framework and … Continue reading Review – Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Carey Mulligan is featured in an engrossing one woman play written by Dennis Kelly at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Ms.Mulligan does an incredible job with a very difficult subject. I don't wish to spoil it but the script takes a very dark and difficult turn two thirds of the way through. It will be difficult … Continue reading Review – Girls & Boys
I had a great time with the Long Reach Long Riders this weekend. While I was only on a day and a half of their seven day ride they greeted me warmly and let me slip into their formation. We hit some great roads through forests, farmland and villages around New England. I hope to … Continue reading My First Ryde with the Long Reach Long Riders
Several Big Apple Theatre notes to catch up on. First two shows ending at the end of the month: "A Blanket of Dust" is a show I reviewed here on June 18. I had several disagreements with the script but found the performances riveting. Always be open to seeing points of view different from your own … Continue reading New York Theatre Spotlight
Each week of the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival an Audience Choice Award is presented. I am happy to announce that the winner of week 2 is my play Take Wing. We had some amazing friends turn out to support us but had less than most of the other shows. To prevent friend … Continue reading TAKE WING wins audience choice award!
"A Blanket of Dust" is a new play by Richard Squires. I am not a theatre goer that seeks out only validation for my beliefs and world view. I like to be challenged by alternate points of view and opinions. That said, I did not agree with this plays approach. It starts out with a … Continue reading Review – A Blanket of Dust
The last performance of week 2 of the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival is today at 3 PM. Don't miss this and don't be late. Use the discount code CAST to save $10 off the ticket price. Can't wait to see you. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/992710/prm/CAST As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on … Continue reading Last Chance to catch TAKE WING!
There are literally thousands of ways to spend your evenings in New York City, from night clubs to sporting events to many hundreds of theatre options each and every night. So we are thrilled by the many friends who have joined us to see my award winning TAKE WING in the Players Theatre Short Play … Continue reading Exquisite TAKE WING
Last night's production of TAKE WING in the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival went extremely well. That is largely because of the amazing efforts of director Pamela Wilson and extraordinary cast members Eric Diamond, Michael Giorgio and Carly Ruda. You really must use the below direct link to get $20 discount tickets and … Continue reading Take Wing rides again tonight
Tonight (Thursday, June 14) is the Opening Night for Week 2 of the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival in Greenwich Village. My award winning short play is one of five short pieces and we would love to see you there. Thursday nights are the lightest attended so what are you waiting for? Come … Continue reading Opening Night for TAKE WING!
Producers do all they can with tickets, parties and swag to woo voters and then hold their breath for the entire program (if you saw any people in the audience of the Tony Awards with blue faces - they were producers). Because some shows need the Tony boost to stay open the awards presentations are … Continue reading Post Tony Shake Out
The Manhattan Theatre Club has mounted a new play by Anthony Giardina that is interesting but ultimately hollow. The title is a reference to a fleeting incident in The Great Gatsby about the desire to gain riches and the price sometimes necessary to succeed. What you are willing to do to reach success and help … Continue reading Review – Dan Cody’s Yacht