Broadway

Theater Review: ‘Jerry Springer – the Opera’ at Pershing Square Signature Center

Although I never watched TV’s “Jerry Springer Show,” I was more than just curious to see how a talk show that required multiple security personnel on stage to stop brawls and other similar entanglements would work on stage.
The truth is, it, that is “Jerry Springer – The Opera,” didn’t, and you, dear reader, need not read further if you have something more pressing to do, such as taking out the …

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: “Once on This Island” at Circle in the Square Theatre

Coming into the Circle in the Square Theatre on an icy winter’s day, the stark contrast of islanders fishing in the lagoon, milling on the beach, and parading around a goat wearing a diaper was striking. Theatergoers in the first row had their feet in sand.
It’s clear something untoward had happened. The upturned boat, what appears to be workers tending to the villagers, their shoes and clothing hung out to …

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 …

Saying Goodbye to Lyric Soprano Barbara Cook

The Broadway community gathered together Monday night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to honor one of its own, Barbara Cook, who died on August 8, 2017.
“A Tribute to Barbara Cook” looked back at the star’s career that began in the golden age of Broadway musicals and was reborn in later years in concert halls and cabarets. Ms. Cook won a Tony Award in 1958 for her performance …

Review: ‘The Children’ at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Something is askew in the English seaside, a fact made immediately apparent by the off-kilter set of “The Children,” which transferred to the Manhattan Theatre Club from a successful run at the Royal Court Theater in London this month. It isn’t just the earthquake or the tsunami that follows, nor is it the shutdown of the nuclear reactor because the emergency generators will take over.
Alas, they are in the basement.
Perhaps …

Six Must See Shows for the Holidays

Despite warm, almost summer-like weather into early November in the Northeast, the holiday season and colder clime are finally upon us and millions of people will be visiting New York City to see a show or two in the coming weeks.
While the sheer number of musicals and plays can be daunting, there are some our theater critics, Jonathan Spira and Blaise Buckley, believe you shouldn’t miss.
Here are their top six …