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Articles by Blaise Buckley

‘Fantasia: Sounds & Sorcery’ at The Vaults – Theater Review

One of the most exciting entertainment venues I’ve ever stepped into is tucked below Waterloo station, hidden among the skyscrapers of London, and yet few Londoners have even heard of it. It’s the underground world of the Vaults and I’ve attended three shows at the venue.
Playing now through the end of September, “Fantasia: Sounds & Sorcery,” inspired by Disney’s “Fantasia,” is an immersive experience that made me feel like I …

Harry Potter at the Met: We Take a Tour Fit for a Wizard

Not too long ago there was literally nothing to do to fill your Harry Potter desires in New York City. In the last year or so that has changed dramatically, first with “Puffs,” the wonderful story of the Hufflepuffs during Harry’s reign at Hogwarts, and the long-awaited debut of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway.  You’ll be able to make a whole vacation of it with these two …

Review: ‘Mean Girls’ at August Wilson Theatre

Tina Fey’s breakout film “Mean Girls,” which every millennial has seen countless times, was something Fey always planned to turn into a Broadway musical and the day has arrived.  “Mean Girls,” the musical, opened on Broadway last week and, while it’s certain to bring a smile to even the unhappiest of people, it’s a messy clunker with what has to have the worst song I’ve ever seen performed on a Broadway …

The Stafford London, England – Hotel Review

As the taxi I was riding in approached the Stafford London, I was pondering where in historic St. James the hotel was actually located. I was already familiar with the area, having stayed just up the street on my previous visit. Given its location in such a prime area of central London just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, I was surprised when the driver turned down a street I’d often …

What’s Doing in London’s West End Theatre District

LONDON—Along with Broadway, London’s West End is generally considered to be home to the most important English-language theater in the world.
While it might not be apparent at first blush, despite many similarities, the first-time West End theatergoer will find many nuanced differences and traditions at shows.
In general, it’s cheaper to attend shows in the West End compared to Broadway. It’s also easier to get tickets to hot shows given there …

Just Another Bikini Bottom Day at ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ at Palace Theater – Review

When I think of Spongebob Squarepants, the Nickelodeon cartoon dish sponge I grew up watching, the last thing that comes to mind is “this would make a great Broadway musical.” Spongebob Squarepants, a popular cartoon character since 1999, lives in a pineapple under the sea next to his best friend, a starfish named Patrick, and both are friends with a scientist/karate squirrel in a spacesuit. Spongebob has a boss who’s …

Review: ‘Who’s Holiday!’ at Westside Theatre

Just in time for the holidays, playwright Matthew Lombardo has taken on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with his “Who’s Holiday!”, turning the former into a risqué adult comedy. Now an adult, Cyndi Lou Who, portrayed brilliantly by Leslie Margherita, has been released from prison and lives in her uncle’s trailer that she recently inherited. It’s Christmas Eve and she’s hosting a holiday party.
Despite proximity to Whoville’s Mount Crumpet, “that …