James Corden to host the 73rd Tony Awards; "Gary" postpones opening night; "Kiss Me, Kate" extends; Yanni books the Lunt Fontanne Theatre; Anna D. Shapiro to direct "The Devil Wears Prada" musical; "Jekyll & Hyde" musical to receive a film adaption; "Fiddler on the Roof" documentary to premiere this summer; Trump budget threatens to eliminate NEA; Shoshana Bean leads "Waitress" cast; Jeremy Jordan joins April 8th; Brian d'Arcy James to play Officer Krupke in "West Side Story" film adaptation

REVIEW: Rodgers and Hart’s “I Married an Angel” at Encores!

Mark Evans shines in Rodgers and Hart’s 1938 hit “I Married an Angel”; this dance infused fantasy story involving an aristocrat who literally marries an angel is a peculiar relic of its time, but a treat for collectors of obscure musicals and fans of the Rodgers and Hart oeuvre.  Director/choreographer Joshua Bergasse steps into the shoes once worn by George Balanchine to create an entertaining show featuring the talents of ballerina Sara Mearns (his wife), as the Angel.  Feather-light as it is, I suspect we won’t see “I Married an Angel” again for some time.

Hugh Jackman to lead fall 2020 Broadway revival of "The Music Man"; "The Humans" to get film adaptation; "Network" recoups; Broadway-aimed Britney Spears jukebox musical books Chicago; "Avenue Q" postpones closing by one month; April Matthis replaces Uzo Aduba in Roundabout's "Toni Stone"; cast set for D.C. concert production of "The Who’s Tommy"; 2016-2017 "Ethnic Representation on New York City Stages" study results; the latest "R&H Goes Pop!" video; RIP George Morfogen

REVIEW: “Be More Chill” Gets a Broadway Upgrade

Tween science-fiction, pop-rock sensation “Be More Chill” makes the leap to Broadway and gets an upgrade in the process with a snazzier production design and revised score and script that give it a clearer narrative and a more even tone.  Relentlessly hyperactive, broad, and sophomoric, it still lacks the sophistication, polish, and emotional resonance of its high school musical peers, but it is infectiously fun.

REVIEW: Isabelle Huppert in “The Mother”

Isabelle Huppert offers a devastating portrait of maternal sublimation and abandonment in Florian Zeller’s disturbing and disorienting dark comedy, “The Mother”.  Under the brilliant direction of Trip Cullman, the play offers a highly theatrical, distorted, collage-like, meditative, and surreal look at one woman coping with an empty nest, a loveless marriage, and a purposeless life.  My advice: get tickets if you can.  And call your mother.

REIVEW: “The Cake”

Drawing from the headlines, in Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake” Debra Jo Rupp gives a fantastic, full dimensional performance as a lovable, conservative baker who struggles with the decision to bake a wedding cake for her surrogate daughter’s same sex wedding.  Despite a great performance and a gorgeous production, the play contains a dated treatment of its gay characters and their milieu, presenting an incongruous and ultimately flawed portrait of the relevant issues at hand. 

"Sunset Boulevard" film headed to production with Glenn Close; injury forcesAndrea Martin out of "Gary"; Morrissey to play Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre; "Tea at Five" will play Boston prior to Broadway; "One Man, Two Guvnors" will be adapted for film; Cynthia Erivo to star in new Rip van Winkle-inspired movie musical; NYPL for the Performing Arts to host Hal Prince exhibit; all female "Glengarry GlenRoss" still in the mix; Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater working on six new musicals; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" musical to premiere in London; GOT prequel musical to receive workshop; TV series "Nashville" to be adapted for the stage; "To Kill a Mockingbird" licensing controversy; Olivier Award nominations; RIP André Previn and Katherine Helmond

"Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" cancels pre-Broadway tryout; "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" books the Broadshurt; “Network” extends to June; Roundabout announces 2020 Off-Broadway season; "Oklahoma!" cast announced; Annie Golden to headline "Broadway Bounty Hunter"; Claybourne Elder and Bryce Pinkham to lead "Benny & Joon"; private reading of "The Prince of Egypt" held in London; Rob Zombie floats "House of 1,000 Corpses" musical; union controversy over musical orchestrators playing in the pit band; RIP Mark Bramble and Stanley Donen