Review: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ is a Coming of Age Musical That’s in All the Right (Alicia) Keys

Review: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ is a Coming of Age Musical That’s in All the Right (Alicia) Keys

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | No, the Broadway musical Hell’s Kitchen isn’t about gay guys who live in affordable walkups and go to Empanada Mama. With songs by 16-Grammy-winner Alicia Keys, it loosely draws on the long-running music star’s experiences, using Keys’ own hits (and three new songs she wrote) to illustrate a 17-year-old girl’s relationships […]

REVIEW: ‘Suffs’ is an Affecting Look at Women’s Battle for Rights

REVIEW: ‘Suffs’ is an Affecting Look at Women’s Battle for Rights

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | If you think the idea of suffragists bursting into song is absurd, you’re forgetting Mary Poppins. (“We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats/And dauntless crusaders for women’s votes.”) Well, now, they’re crusading for Tony award votes with the ambitious musical Suffs, based on the American women’s suffrage movement, with a book and score […]

Review: ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ Arrives Right on Time

Review: ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ Arrives Right on Time

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | The Broadway transfer of the award-winning Off-Broadway play Prayer for the French Republic could not be more timely. As written by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other), it concerns various clashes within a Jewish family in France in 2016-17 as nerves fray due to the latest rise of antisemitism. Arriving at […]

Closing Soon, Danny DeVito-Starring, Hoarding-Themed ‘I Need That’ Deserves Space on Your Overstuffed Schedule

Closing Soon, Danny DeVito-Starring, Hoarding-Themed ‘I Need That’ Deserves Space on Your Overstuffed Schedule

BY EILEEN STUKANE | On the stage where I Need That is in performance, the curtain, playing the part of a canvas, offers a painted aerial view of streets and houses—a grid of suburbia in Anywhere, USA. My Playbill is even more specific: “Place: New Jersey” and “Time: Now.” Spilling from beneath the curtain and […]

Review: The Haunting ‘Harmony’ Recalls Comedians Trapped in the Holocaust

Review: The Haunting ‘Harmony’ Recalls Comedians Trapped in the Holocaust

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | A Holocaust musical by Barry Manilow? Relax, it’s actually good. Harmony has been gestating since 1997, when it premiered in San Diego, and now—after playing the Museum of Jewish Heritage last year—it’s finally arrived on Broadway. With music by long-running pop star Manilow and book/lyrics by Bruce Sussman, who’s written film […]

‘Terror Vision’ Brings Old Hollywood Horror to Times Square

‘Terror Vision’ Brings Old Hollywood Horror to Times Square

BY CHARLI BATTERSBY | Spooky Season in New York is off to an early start this year. An interactive haunted house has been running just off Times Square since a week before Fall officially began. The premise of Terror Vision is that the audience members are visiting HorrorWood Studios. They are guests of a film […]

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