Category Archives: Off-Broadway

Inner Voices: Review Roundup

In 2008, inspired by Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Premieres inaugurated Inner Voices: Solo Musicals. This year’s collection, the third biennial presentation in the series, included Arlington (book and lyrics by Victor Lodato, music by Polly Pen), directed by Jack Cummings III and starring Alexandra … Continue reading

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Civil War Christmas: Review Roundup

New York Theatre Workshop’s production of A Civil War Christmas, Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s new musical play that interpolates period songs, has opened Off-Broadway to very positive reviews. The show made its world premiere in 2008 at Long Wharf Theatre, … Continue reading

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Forever Dusty: Review Roundup

The new Off-Broadway one-act jukebox musical Forever Dusty, based on the life of British pop singer Dusty Springfield, opened to negative-leaning reviews. The creative team includes Kirsten Holly Smith and Jonathan Vankin (book), Randal Myler (direction), Michael Thomas Murray (musical … Continue reading

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Murder Ballad: Review Roundup

The new one-act Off-Broadway rock musical Murder Ballad has opened to mixed reviews. The creative team includes Julia Jordan (book, lyrics), Juliana Nash (lyrics, music), Trip Cullman (direction), Doug Varone (choreography), Mark Wendland (sets), Jessica Pabst (costumes), Ben Stanton (lights), … Continue reading

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Giant: Review Roundup

The new Off-Broadway musical Giant, based on the 1952 novel by Edna Ferber that was also the basis for the Oscar-nominated 1956 film, opened to very appreciative reviews. The creative team includes Sybille Pearson (book), Michael John LaChiusa (lyrics, music), … Continue reading

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Marry Me a Little: Review Roundup

The Keen Company has received mixed reviews for its first-ever musical production, a “revisal” of the 1980 one-act Marry Me a Little, which was last revived Off-Broadway in 1987. The creative team includes Craig Lucas and Norman Rene (book), Stephen … Continue reading

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Forbidden Broadway: Review Roundup

The long-running Off-Broadway satirical revue Forbidden Broadway, offering its latest incarnation after a three-year hiatus, has opened to strongly positive reviews. The creative team includes Gerard Alessandrini (book, lyrics, direction), Phillip George (addl. dialogue, direction), Philip Heckman (costumes), Megan K. … Continue reading

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Cougar: Review Roundup

The new Off-Broadway musical Cougar (not to be confused with the 2010 Chicago musical Cougars by Gillian Bellinger and Chuck Malone, nor with the 2008 New York revue Cougar by Mark Barkan) has opened to mixed though somewhat positive reviews. … Continue reading

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Soul Doctor: Review Roundup

The new musical Soul Doctor has opened to mixed but positive-leaning reviews in its limited Off-Broadway engagement at NYTW. For the record, the creative team includes Daniel S. Wise (book, direction), David Schechter (lyrics), Shlomo Carlebach (music, lyrics), Neil Patel … Continue reading

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Into the Woods: Review Roundup

The second New York revival of the 1987 musical Into the Woods has opened Off-Broadway, as the closing show in the Public Theater’s summer season at the Delacorte in Central Park, to decidedly mixed reviews. For the record, the creative team … Continue reading

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