Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in "The Band's Visit" at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – THE BAND’S VISIT quietly opens on Broadway, triumphantly

Tonight, a significant new musical triumphantly opened at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre – David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ gorgeous, unconventional The Band’s Visit. I had seen this spare, deeply-felt musical … Continue Reading →


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THE HANGOVER REPORT – Ayad Akhtar’s ambitious, sprawling JUNK opens on Broadway

Last night, Ayad Akhtar’s eagerly anticipated Junk opened on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater. With his new play, Mr. Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the … Continue Reading →


Clive Owen and Jin Ha in Julie Taymor's revival of David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" at the Cort Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Julie Taymor’s uneven revival of M. BUTTERFLY by David Henry Hwang opens on Broadway

With last week’s opening of Julie Taymor’s revival of the 1988 Tony-winning play M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang at the Cort Theatre, New York will have three major adaptations of this … Continue Reading →


Hugh Panaro and Carolee Carmello in "Sweeney Todd" at the Barrow Street Theater.

VIEWPOINTS – How are they holding up?: A review of Broadway’s long-running hit musicals (Part 3/3)

In conclusion, here’s Part 3 of my assessment of Broadway’s long-running musical hits …   SCHOOL OF ROCK Revisited June 5 Of the 12 long-running musicals in this review, Sir … Continue Reading →


Lexi Lawson and Javier Muñoz in "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

VIEWPOINTS – How are they holding up?: A review of Broadway’s long-running hit musicals (Part 2/3)

Here’s Part 2 of my assessment of Broadway’s long-running musical hits …   HAMILTON Revisited September 5 I predict that Hamilton will eventually become this generation’s Phantom. That is, fast forward fifty … Continue Reading →


Charlotte d'Amboise in "Chicago" at the Ambassador Theatre.

VIEWPOINTS – How are they holding up?: A review of Broadway’s long-running hit musicals (Part 1/3)

During the summer and early fall – less busy times for New York theater – I had the opportunity to assess the current state of Broadway’s established, long-running institutions, ahem, I mean … Continue Reading →


The company of Roundabout Theatre Company's "Time and the Conways" at the American Airlines Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – J.B. Priestley’s TIME AND THE CONWAYS receives a rare New York revival

J.B. Priestley is perhaps best known to New York audiences as the playwright who wrote  An Inspector Calls, which received a stylish award-winning revival more than two decades ago. For … Continue Reading →


Andy Karl leads the company of "Groundhog Day" at the August Wilson Theatre

VIEWPOINTS – In Memoriam: Bidding farewell to the under-appreciated THE GREAT COMET, BANDSTAND, and GROUNDHOG DAY

Are some shows just too good for Broadway? Over the last few weeks, I bid farewell to three extraordinary new musicals, each of which ended their Broadway runs this month. … Continue Reading →


The cast of "Prince of Broadway"

THE HANGOVER REPORT – PRINCE OF BROADWAY has some thrilling highs, lackluster lows

Over the past few decades, Broadway has seen retrospectives of theater luminaries grace its stages, often times to strong critical and commercial acclaim. Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Fosse, and Sondheim on … Continue Reading →


Nick Cordero and Richard H. Blake in "A Bronx Tale" at the Longacre Theatre

VIEWPOINTS – Stage adaptations of films as microwavable comfort food: A BRONX TALE, THE BODYGUARD, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, and TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

This fall in New York has seen a number of stage adaptations of popular movies hit the boards. Unfortunately, each of these endeavors has highlighted the unique differences between stage … Continue Reading →