Let's look at some recent failures on Broadway: Chaplin, the singing show about the non-talking star; Scandalous, a toetapper about a messed-up but lovable faith healer; Dead Accounts, in which a bank robber has to learn that maybe what he did was wrong; The Performers, a comedy about a porn sta ... More >>
Is a serviceable Follies good enough? Yes, because the 1971 classic is such a rich, dark leap into regret, with a witty and poignant Sondheim score--and besides, the Eric Schaeffer-directed production rises to the occasion for Act Two. You know the drill:
Joan MarcusDeath may be taking a holiday over at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater, but laryngitis isn't; it affected the male lead (above), who dropped out and was replaced by his understudy. He didn't dodge a bullet, but he definitely averted a yawnfest. The new star and his castmates ( ... More >>
Joan MarcusSince 1996, the musical Rent has entered the musical theater pantheon, won a Pulitzer, and been praised, parodied, and panned (when it made its way to the screen). Now, three years after the show closed its Broadway run after 12 years in 2008, a revival is in previews at New World ... More >>
Photo: Joan Marcus"No applause. We're here for work," says faded but still powerful opera diva Maria Callas at the outset of Master Class, silencing us as she enters for her day's business. Callas is there to instruct her students--and us--on how to get the most out of their work by trusting ... More >>
Joan MarcusMillion Dollar Quartet has proven that by throwing together a low-budget show with actors imitating four music legends (in this case Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins), the tourists will come and you can make lots of cash while nabbing some acclaim and even a To ... More >>
Red Hook gets tragic: Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in "A View From the Bridge." Photo by Joan MarcusThat's what'll happen if this year's batch of giant movie-and-TV-stars-turned-theater-actors gets nominated! (Or even if they're just asked to present--or usher.) This will probably b ... More >>
Joan Marcus CLICK HERE to read my take on Broadway's Addams Family musical, which got some reviews that were creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky.
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