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Articles by Blaise Buckley

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 …

Short Stay: The Arch London – Hotel Review

Finding a quiet corner in London is near impossible but in Marble Arch, a neighborhood replete with great shops and restaurants, the Arch London is a boutique property that evokes a quiet oasis a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Madonna and the Beatles seemed to think so too, as the former’s London abode is across the street. Nearby is a home purchased by Ringo …

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at Palace Theatre is Fantastically Magical

The biggest hit in the West End deserves all the accolades it’s receiving. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which follows J.K. Rowling’s magical seven-volume Harry Potter series, picking up 19 years later as he enters middle age as a parent in London and civil servant employed at the Ministry of Magic. The two-part, five-hour sequel will soon be casting a spell on both …