Broadway

Theater Review: ‘Camp Siegfried’ at Tony Kiser Theatre – ‘Anyone Can Be Seduced’

“We’re Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” was a popular song at the start of the Second World War – and one of several reasons my father, born Siegfried Franz Spira, opted to change his first name to the initial “S.” when he emigrated to the United States after fleeing his native Austria in early 1939 via a Kindertransport to Great Britain.
The Siegfried Line – Westwall …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 20: CDC Advises Most New Yorkers to Mask, Beijing Urges Residents to Stay Home Monday

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 20: CDC Advises Most New Yorkers to Mask, Beijing Urges Residents to Stay Home Monday

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 955th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, a surge in cases in Hong Kong may result in a cut in emergency services, residents of four of the five boroughs of New York City were told to mask up amidst high transmission rates of Covid, and the Chinese capital …

Can the Phantom Take Off His Mask at the Opera?

In Gaston Leroux’ 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, as well as film and stage adaptations of the work, including the 1925 motion picture starring Lon Chaney and the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Erik, also known as the Phantom of the Opera, or just the Phantom, is forced to wear a mask to hide his face because of a birth deformity (in the novel) or because he became disfigured …

Briefly Noted – Theater Review: ‘Parade’ at New York City Center

The tragedy of Leo Frank is the subject of the sadly little known musical “Parade,” currently undergoing a limited revival as part of New York City Center’s Encores program that was this year’s gala presentation at the historic theater.
Ben Platt takes his golden pipes on stage as Leo Frank, with Micaela Diamond as Lucille Frank.  The show, set in the early 1900s, is based on the true story of Leo …

‘Phantom,’ Broadway’s Longest Running Show, and Popular ‘Music Man’ Revival to Close in 2023

‘Phantom,’ Broadway’s Longest Running Show, and Popular ‘Music Man’ Revival to Close in 2023

Broadway will look a bit different in the coming year: The chandelier will fall for the last time on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s long-running show “Phantom of the Opera” in early 2023 and the immensely popular revival of “The Music Man” will also close at the start of the new year.
While “Phantom,” the longest-running show in Broadway history, has seemingly been a part of the Theater District landscape forever – it …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 885th day of the pandemic.
There may be some good news on the puzzling Long Covid front.  Based on recent research, scientists believe that post-acute sequelae, PASC or Long Covid in the vernacular, may be caused when SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid – remains in the body.
Noting that the …

Critic’s Choice: ‘The Kite Runner’ at Helen Hayes Theater – Review

As I took my seat at the Helen Hayes Theater last week, I had to wonder whether my fellow theatergoers – masked in accordance with the theater’s new policy for certain performances – quite knew what they were in for.   Perhaps they had read Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel or  seen the 2007 movie.  But even if they had, they probably didn’t remember much of it and were in for a …