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Elizabeth Wollman
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Love For Sale: The History of Sex in Musicals
Hey, have you wanted nothing other than to listen to me, director John Rando, and producer Jack Viertel talk about sex and musicals in a very nice performance space in lower Manhattan? Well, hell, now's your chance, for the low low price of $20! See here: h...

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Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen is an intimate, well-crafted, well-performed musical, the kind that tidily trashes the generalized dismissal of musical theater as an emotionally overwrought genre filled with forced cheeriness and an abundance of glitz. Performed by a smal...

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2016 Top Ten: Liz Wollman
In years as rough and depressing as 2016 has been, I am extra-super-duper thankful for the theater. I have no desire, after a year as harsh as this one was, to come up with a "worst" list--enough with the snark! Anyway, I've found that even productions that...

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The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World and Women of a Certain Age
Joan Marcus Joan Marcus In very dark times, I'm always telling my students, people crave the comfort-food version of mass entertainment: breezy movies, bubbly Broadway shows, silly TV sit-coms, trashy romance novels. But lately, I've been disproving my own ...

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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
The great comet in question was actually in 1811. Just sayin'. Not like it matters: Broadway musicals are hardly the medium through which accurate historical information gets passed along to the masses, and if you don't believe me, you'll be surprised to le...

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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
The great comet in question was actually in 1811. Just sayin'. Not like it matters: Broadway musicals are hardly the medium through which accurate historical information gets passed along to the masses, and if you don't believe me, you'll be surprised to le...

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School of Rock
School of Rock  is charming and engaging and the kind of big, shiny Broadway musical you could totally bring your kids or your friends from out of town to. It's basically a stage rendition of the movie, with a few catchy (if too frequently reprised and thus...

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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
The great comet in question was actually in 1811. Just sayin'. Not like it really matters: Broadway musicals are not exactly the medium through which accurate historical information gets passed along to the masses, and if you don't believe me, you might be ...

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Love, Love, Love
Every so often, especially when you don't get too close or take them too seriously, selfish people can be enormously entertaining company. In Love, Love, Love, Mike Bartlett's short, lacerating play currently running at the Roundabout, Kenneth (Richard Armi...

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What Did You Expect?
In Richard Nelson's Hungry,   which ran at the Public last spring, the Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, New York, had just finished scattering the ashes of their brother / husband / ex-husband / son / brother-in-law Thomas on the shores of the Hudson River. Six...
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