Kristin Sampson in New York City Opera’s production of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West”

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The rarely-performed LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST is given a solid treatment by New York City Opera

Yesterday I caught a rare production Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, an operatic adaptation of David Belasco’s play The Golden Girl of the West (I had only previously seen the … 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 →

Ato Blankson-Wood, left, as Orlando and Rebecca Naomi Jones as Rosalind in “As You Like It.”

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Public Work’s AS YOU LIKE is an accessible, joyous summer-capping affair

Public Works returned to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for a handful of performances this past Labor Day Weekend to close out the summer with a musical adaptation of … Continue Reading →

Christopher Maltman and company in "Don Giovanni"

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Ivan Fischer’s riveting DON GIOVANNI is opera at its most potent

I had missed Ivan Fischer’s acclaimed, stripped-down production of Don Giovanni when it last graced New York in 2011 as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. However, in subsequent … Continue Reading →

Lucinda Childs Dance Company performs "Dance" at the Joyce Theater

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Lucinda Childs’ minimalist “Dance” is gorgeously revived at the Joyce

I recently had the chance to catch Lucinda Childs Dance Company perform its seminal 1979 “Dance”. The three-piece evening length ballet, performed to a score by Philip Glass and projected … Continue Reading →

Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in Atlantic Theater Company’s "The Band’s Visit" at the Linda Gross Theater

VIEWPOINTS – RIDE THE CYCLONE & THE BAND’S VISIT: Two Off-Broadway musicals that successfully think outside the box

Mention the term “musical theater” and you’re likely to draw some strong reactions – people either love it or are repelled by it. Whichever way you look at the art … Continue Reading →

Patricia Racette in the title role of "Salome" at the Metropolitan Opera

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Patricia Racette’s raw performance lifts the Met’s SALOME

Richard Strauss’s lurid and luscious Salome has long been one of my sentimental favorites in the operatic repertoire. Strauss’s powerful, sensuous opera is one that exudes, at least for me, … Continue Reading →

Orlando James and Natalie Radmall-Quirke "The Winter's Tale" at BAM Harvey

VIEWPOINTS – Two piercing revivals spark downtown Brooklyn: THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at TFANA and THE WINTER’S TALE at BAM

There’s something to be said about the mounting excitement over downtown Brooklyn’s Cultural District. Indeed, this fall, New Yorkers were treated to two highly theatrical revivals of well-worn classics that … 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 →

ZviDance's "On the Road" at BAM Fisher

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Zvi Gotheiner’s ON THE ROAD, after Kerouac, is inspired dance

Last weekend, I had a chance to catch choreographer Zvi Gotheiner’s dance adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s intimate BAM Fisher space. The … Continue Reading →