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HITS AND MISSES
CAST ALBUMS OF CAROUSEL AND MY FAIR LADY
HITS AND MISSES
While the cast album of Carousel is as disappointing as the revival, My Fair Lady is one of the albums of the last 60 years.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE
40-YEAR-OLD ROCKERS
GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
at Belasco Theatre

40-YEAR-OLD ROCKERS
This cliché-filled musical is derivative of all that came before it, without the tunes to back it up.
Reviewed by: JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ READ MORE
KEEPING WITH TRADITION
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH
at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

KEEPING WITH TRADITION
The schmaltz goes down more easily in Joel Grey's deft production.
Reviewed by: SANDY MACDONALD READ MORE
MOVIE MUSICAL
PRETTY WOMAN
at Nederlander Theatre

MOVIE MUSICAL
Quality music, acting and stage production help sell this nostalgia vehicle.
Reviewed by: ROBERT CASHILL READ MORE
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
at Belasco Theatre

BATTLE OF THE BANDS
This musical is so full of cheesiness and clichés that anyone who buys a ticket will come to regret it.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
WANTING TO BE A STAR
MY LIFE ON A DIET
at St. Clement’s

WANTING TO BE A STAR
Renée Taylor’s tells tales of a life in show business in her one-woman show.
Reviewed by: BERNARD CARRAGHER READ MORE
DESERT SONG
THE BAND’S VISIT
at Barrymore Theatre

DESERT SONG
As the Best Musical continues to soar, Sasson Gabay brings a different take to the role of Tewfiq.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
A MAN'S CONSTITUTION
THE ORIGINALIST
at 59E59

A MAN'S CONSTITUTION
John Strand's play explores the character and judicial philosophy of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE
SHAKESPEARE FOR ALL
TWELFTH NIGHT
at Delacorte Theater

SHAKESPEARE FOR ALL
Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub's musicalized adaptation is a celebration that brings all five boroughs of New York together.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
LIGHTWEIGHT TRANSGRESSION
HEAD OVER HEELS
at Hudson Theatre

LIGHTWEIGHT TRANSGRESSION
Good intentions and terrific songs don’t add up to a good rock musical.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
CURSE OF MEDIOCRITY
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
at Helen Hayes Theater

CURSE OF MEDIOCRITY
Young Jean Lee's well-executed new work is both political satire and a philosophical study of human limitations.
Reviewed by: DAVID COTE READ MORE
COMPLICIT IN HORROR
THE DAMNED
at Park Avenue Armory

COMPLICIT IN HORROR
With cameras amplifying grotesque images onto a large screen, The Damned is as unsettling onstage as it was on film.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
OPERA MEETS THEATER
CARMEN JONES
at Classic Stage Company

OPERA MEETS THEATER
Anika Noni Rose leads a pitch-perfect cast in John Doyle's scaled-down production.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE


RETURN OF THE KING
KING LEAR
at Duke of York's

RETURN OF THE KING

A decade later, Ian McKellen returns to the titular role, as compelling as ever.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE
GUTS AND GLORY
TINA
at Aldwych Theatre

GUTS AND GLORY

Adrienne Warren inhabits the power, pain and sensuality of Tina Turner in captivating fashion.

Reviewed by: SAM MARLOWE READ MORE
RACIAL POLITICS
OTHELLO
at Shakespeare's Globe

RACIAL POLITICS

With André Holland in the title role, here at last is an Othello who is much more a thinker than a warrior.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
FLAWED SYSTEM
CONSENT
at Harold Pinter Theatre

FLAWED SYSTEM

Nina Raine's timely drama about sexual politics can be hard to watch, but it's also important, fascinating and viciously funny.

Reviewed by: SAM MARLOWE READ MORE
YOUNG MINDS
THE PRIDE OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
at Donmar Warehouse

YOUNG MINDS

Despite a great performance by Lia Williams, this production feels dated and trite.

Reviewed by: NICK CURTIS READ MORE
CRUMBLING CASTLE
EXIT THE KING
at the National (Lyttelton)

CRUMBLING CASTLE

Although Ionescu’s 1962 play parallels today's turmoil in some ways, this new version fails to resonate.

Reviewed by: NICK CURTIS READ MORE
FEARLESS PARODY
SPAMILTON
at Menier Chocolate Factory

FEARLESS PARODY

It helps to know your Broadway history before taking on Gerard Alessandrini’s hilarious spoof of Hamilton.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
A SLOW DEATH
EXIT THE KING
at the National (Olivier)

A SLOW DEATH

Something must have gotten lost in translation in this laborious adaption of Ionesco's play.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
SPIRIT OF LIBERATION
AS YOU LIKE IT
at Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

SPIRIT OF LIBERATION

This isn't the most detailed reading of Shakespeare's tricky play, but it is certainly an enjoyable one.

Reviewed by: CLAIRE ALLFREE READ MORE
MODERNIZING THE OLD
ALLELUJAH!
at Bridge Theatre

MODERNIZING THE OLD

Alan Bennett delivers some funny and touching moments in this story about patients in a geriatric ward.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
DYNASTIC GREED
THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
at the National (Lyttelton)

DYNASTIC GREED

Three hours fly by watching this stunningly acted, impeccably directed and visually extraordinary production.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
MARCH OF PROGRESS
TRANSLATIONS
at the National (Olivier)

MARCH OF PROGRESS

Ian Rickson’s finely textured production of this elegant, poetic play achieves on levels both epic and intimate.

Reviewed by: SAM MARLOWE READ MORE
WHETHER THE WEATHER ALLOWS
PRESSURE
at Ambassadors Theatre

WHETHER THE WEATHER ALLOWS

David Haig has written an excellent play about the important role that weather played in the D-Day invasion.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
STRIPPED OF CHARACTER
JULIE
at the National (Lyttelton)

STRIPPED OF CHARACTER

This misguided production does a disservice to Strindberg’s timeless Swedish classic.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
EMPTY MEANING
HAMLET
at Shakespeare's Globe

EMPTY MEANING

Despite some fine performances, there's precious little by way of poetic heft or depth in this unusual production.

Reviewed by: CLAIRE ALLFREE READ MORE
POWER OF LANGUAGE
TRANSLATIONS
at the National (Olivier)

POWER OF LANGUAGE

Ian Rickson's production cements this as one of the great English-speaking plays of the last 40 years.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE

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Yes, Prime Minister contracts its run, while A Chorus Line expands its own.
POWERHOUSE OF THEATRE - After 11 years as the Almeida Theatre's artistic director, Michael Attenborough is stepping down to focus on directing. 

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