High note: This show is one of the hottest tickets in New York right now. The remainder of the off-Broadway run is totally sold out and there are rumors of a move to Broadway. So how did I get in? I won the Today Tix (@todaytix #todaytix) ticket lottery. I've won many of these and … Continue reading Review – Be More Chill
In an earlier post I had mentioned that my play ALWAYS WITH ME was to be featured in the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival in Greenwich Village. The theme of the festival is: NYC - Only in New York. Here are the additional details as promised. Performance dates: Thursday, June 8 @ 7:00 … Continue reading My play ALWAYS WITH ME at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village
What a rousing good time that has you crying one moment and cheering wildly the next. The new American Musical Bandstand is a terrific show. It helps that I like swing music and a whopping good story. The performances of the entire cast, especially Laura Osnes, Corey Cott and Beth Leavel, are first rate. The … Continue reading A terrific Bandstand on Broadway
Groundhog Day was a earth shaking movie that turned an obscure weather predicting rodent into a cultural phenomenon. This was largely due to director and script doctor Harold Ramis though Bill Murray often gets the credit. My favorite scene: Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was … Continue reading Groundhog Day on Broadway
I've written a number of short plays and they sometimes seem to go in and out of vogue as they are chosen or rejected by various theaters around the country. Recently I've had two pieces of good news about a ten-minute play "Meeting Without End." It sends up corporate speak and company meetings (I've had … Continue reading A Meeting Without End Moment
Significant other has transferred to Broadway from the earlier run at Roundabout. Up and bursting into the big leagues Joshua Harmon has written quite the vehicle for actor Gideon Glick. The production is expertly acted and well mounted on the stage of the Booth Theatre, my favorite Broadway venue. The story of a gay man … Continue reading Significant Other on Broadway
I am delighted to announce that my short play "Meeting Without End" will be performed in mid-May at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA. It will be done by a member of a directing class as part of a project. I am confident it will be well directed because it will be led by a … Continue reading Meeting Without End at Mary Baldwin
The Player's Theater Short Play and Music Festival (with a focus on Sex!) has invited us to present my short play "Happy Birthday, Leonard" from February 22-26 in Greenwich Village. It will be directed by Pamela Wilson and feature Joan Shepard and Sophie Lauren. We are excited to be part of the Festival and have … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Leonard in play festival!
The current magic show on Broadway is an extension of The Illusionists franchise which has done two previous holiday season shows when short term theaters become available and also has an active touring presence. The premise is that you will get to see a handful of different magical styles in an evening doing everything from … Continue reading The Illusionists – Turn of the Century
What a great show. Unlike most of the world I was not familiar with Chazz Palminteri's previous iterations of his childhood immersion in the mob world of The Bronx. He did a one man off Broadway show, a movie, a Broadway version of his one man show and has now turned it into a musical. … Continue reading A Bronx Tale, the Musical
Took me long enough. Finally made my way to see Jersey Boys on Broadway. One reason is that I am a Bargain Broadway Buyer. I use a couple of discount ticket sites to avoid paying full ticket prices. It means I miss a few sold out shows but I am able to see many more … Continue reading Jersey Boys
I've fallen behind in reviewing shows I seen recently and will catch up as quickly as I can. But jumping ahead is a limited run show I saw yesterday at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City - Alton Brown Live; Eat Your Science. His limited run takes him only through this weekend in … Continue reading Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science on Broadway
What a terrific show, amazing voice and wonderful personality. No this has nothing to do with the coming election. This is praise for an evening well spent with Kristin Chenoweth in her show My Love Letter to Broadway. I can't remember the last time I had such a great time in the theater for a … Continue reading Kristen Chenoweth is Amazing!
Amazing. If you have the opportunity you must see this play. As indicated in a previous post I was anxious to see how Simon Stephens would handle this. Had I not known he had also written The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Punk Rock, I would have thought they were … Continue reading Heisenberg
Lewis Black is one of our foremost political comics and a particularly angry man. Of course, that is his hook, he clenches his teeth, fingers start wagging, he shakes is jowls and growls in frustration. All very funny in the process. Last night he did a one man show at the Marquis Theater on Broadway … Continue reading Lewis Black: Black to the Future
While riding on US Route 7 in northwest Connecticut I have come across this delicious eatery near a covered bridge just off the road. It is a lovely spot off a scenic road where lots of motorcyclists stop. The menu and the food is fantastic. There are many good choices and you should try as … Continue reading The Wandering Moose Cafe
Coming up this season are three productions written by playwrights I have recently enjoyed, coming back for another bite at The Big Apple. HEISENBERG is being presented by The Manhattan Theater Club and was written by Simon Stephens. He is best known for his adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, … Continue reading Playwright Redux
When I first saw Hamilton a few days after it opened in February 2015 my very first reaction was that I could not wait for the high school version of the script to be licensed. Finally the drama club at your local high school might be the cool place to be. Not so when I … Continue reading Hamilton – the Future
Still can't get Hamilton off the brain, out of the head. Because this was the second time I saw the show, I tried to watch off focus to see what was going on in the periphery. With the double turntable it is a complicated performance. The music and lyrics are amazing. And of course the … Continue reading Hamilton – Flawless Show?
Today I won the Broadway Direct lottery for a ticket to Hamilton on Broadway. I attended the Saturday matinee at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. This is the second time I've seen the show. I won a Today Tix Lottery on February 21, 2015, also a Saturday matinee. For each ticket I paid only $10 as … Continue reading Hamilton – Again
Oh yes, my children, it is true. The greatest popular poet of our time has been awarded the Nobel. I could never have dreamed to hear that as a young man. Wow. I have a substantial music collection and a good chunk of that is Bob Dylan and the many covers of his work. Amazing. … Continue reading Bob? Nobel? Dylan?
Had the chance to see this comic play skit recently. It was funny but uneven. It really was a very long Saturday Night Live sketch that sometimes hit and sometimes missed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but Neil Simon they ain't (does anyone else alive even know who Neil Simon was is?) Sigh. … Continue reading Oh Hello on Broadway
The second presidential debate was tonight. The Broadway season is heating up. There is lots going on. But I cannot avoid talking about Ken Thompson. I never met Ken Thompson. He was the district attorney from Brooklyn, not even a borough I visit much. He announced five days ago that he was taking a leave … Continue reading Farewell Ken Thompson
Got word today that a group called Culture*Park will include my play "Freedom Training" in their 14th Short Play Marathon on Saturday, November 12 at an auditorium in the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It will be a staged reading. They require that playwrights attend to discuss their inspiration and process. I'm … Continue reading Plans to attend presentations of two of my scripts in November
Helder Guimaraes is a talented, earnest magician. His moves are smooth, his presentation solid. He holds forth on a set stacked with crates and memorabilia. He ties his illusions to his memories, lessons learned, a self examined life and lessons learned. His patter, at least to my ears, was less interesting than his magic. All … Continue reading Verso – Truth in Deception