Joan Marcus

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Dear Broadway Producers: Here's How To Produce Fewer Flops

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Follies Is Back! My Review

    ​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:

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Death Takes A Holiday: Meh

    Joan Marcus​Death 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Michael Greif, Director, and Angela Wendt, Costume Designer, Revisit Rent

    Joan Marcus​Since 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Tyne Daly As Maria Callas: My Review

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Put More Rock Legends on Broadway!

    Joan Marcus​Million 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    The Most Star-Studded Tony Awards Evah!

    Red Hook gets tragic: Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in "A View From the Bridge." Photo by Joan Marcus​That'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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Addams Family Devalued!

    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.

  • Columns

    February 1, 2005
  • Theater

    May 11, 2004

    Season Your Admiration

    In the midst of global dimming, the theater could offer a few bright spots

  • Theater

    May 20, 2003

    Beyond Neurosis

    What Kind of Political Theater Are We Really After?

  • Theater

    January 7, 2003

    Defiance And The Boogie-Woogie

    The State of Black Theater in New York