Category Archives: Broadway

When “Damn Yankees” became Dumb Yankees

The 1955 Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” was based on Douglass Wallop’s novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” (to the lowly Washington Senators). A Broadway revival of “Damn Yankees” opened on March 3, 1994 at the (Marriott) Marquis Theatre. … Continue reading

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If it’s worth saying, it’s worth singing: “The Right Girl”

In recent months, with Covid-19 restrictions eased in some relatively low-affected areas, I have tracked down three theatrical attractions (all with pandemic protocols). In August it was “Godspell,” the nation’s first outdoor (tent enclosed) Equity-authorized production since the pandemic closings, … Continue reading

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“It’s Better Than the Movie”: Memories That Linger

With no Theatre to cover due to this nasty fellow… …I’ll share a few excerpts from “It’s Better Than The Movie,” my work-in-progress anecdotal memoir: July 1956: I was an apprentice (as interns were then called) at Theatre-by-the-Sea in Matunuck, … Continue reading

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A Star Turn by Laura Linney: “My Name Is Lucy Barton”

It seems that one-actor stage presentations have increased in number over the past decade or so. And as critical attention to them has grown with that proliferation, the quality level has risen as well. Long recognized as a theatrical form … Continue reading

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‘Swallow it down’ (“Jagged Little Pill”) ‘It feels so good’

A conundrum/problem/challenge: How to describe a Broadway musical that pretty much exceeds familiar superlatives in pretty much all its facets. Well, let’s try, by first thanking Alanis Morrisette for resisting entreaties over the past two decades to turn her 1995 … Continue reading

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Tennessee Williams’s Love-Play: “The Rose Tattoo”

 It is generally conceded that “Period of Adjustment” is Tennessee Williams’s only full-out comedy, but “The Rose Tattoo” could claim a close second, especially as the second half plays out in the highly entertaining Roundabout Theatre Company revival.  The laughs … Continue reading

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