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No-No Boy – The Studio Theatre: Theatre Row, New York

Writer: John Okada Adaptor: Ken Narasaki Director: Ron Nakahara Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos “Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty whenever ordered?” “Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any or all attack by foreign or domestic forces, and forswear any ...

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Mothers and Sons – John Golden Theatre, New York

Writer: Terence McNally Director: Sheryl Kaller Reviewer: Stephen Bates In a career spanning half a century, this is Terence McNally’s 20th play to be staged on Broadway and, having already secured a Tony Awards nomination for Best Play, it could be among his finest. amid the bright lights and deafening noise of the Great White Way, it comes as a ...

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Bullets over Broadway – St James Theatre, New York

Writer: Woody Allen Director and Choreographer: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Stephen Bates Some things are so obvious that it is a mystery why they have never happened before. It has always seemed natural that Woody Allen’s lifelong love affair with New York and his passion for the music of the golden age of the 1920s and 30’s would come together to ...

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Kinky Boots – Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York

Writer: Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director and Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the old days, a Broadway musical might have been set in Bali, Siam or the Austrian Alps. Now it is Northampton, which, as a sign on the opening set usefully points out, is in England. When the Americans adapted The Fully Monty into ...

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Rocky – Winter Garden Theatre, New York

Writers: Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Director: Alex Timbers Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the blue corner we have musicals, traditionally romantic, emotional and more than a little bit camp; in the red corner there is boxing, traditionally brutish, blood-spattered and very macho. A mismatch for sure, but the fact that this show’s two key ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Kenny Leon Reviewer: Stephen Bates Bruce Norris’s savage satire Clybourne Park, a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010, centred on the impact on an exclusively white Chicago suburb of that name when a black family moves in in 1959. Therefore it makes a fascinating theatrical cross reference to now see this play, ...

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Of Mice and Men – Longacre Theatre, New York

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Anna D Shapiro Reviewer: Stephen Bates Set in California during the depression era of the 1930s, John Steinbeck’s classic tale (a novel which he adapted into a play) about yearning and despair is a parable, near Biblical in its nature. Anna D Shapiro’s revival is handsomely mounted, using four elaborate sets, and features star names, better ...

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Heathers: The Musical – New World Stages, New York

Writer: Daniel Waters Adaptor/Book/Music/Lyrics: Kevin Murphy &Lawrence O’Keefe Director: Andy Fickman Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos It’s hard to adapt a film into an effective musical. It’s harder to adapt a film of the 1980s that contains a school shooting into a post-Columbine musical of the 2010s. This is why Heathers: The Musical is such an impressive success. The story remains (roughly) ...

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