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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

“Man, I hope Spider-Man doesn’t fall on us,” I thought as I looked up at the aerial equipment lining the Foxwoods Theater. Most likely I wasn’t the only one in the audience feeling a little nervous; until recently, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark had been known as one hot mess. Broadway’s most expensive production ever [...]

Catch Me If You Can

I’m usually suspicious when a musical talks straight to the audience. It can cheapen a narrative, and it jolts us out of the escapism that theater often provides. So when the stars of Catch Me If You Can, arguably this season’s hottest movie-to-stage offering on Broadway, shared early on that they would tell their tale [...]

NYC Dueling Pianos

Fans of rock ‘n’ roll will find themselves in good company at NYC Dueling Pianos. Located at the Ha! Comedy Club in Times Square, the high-octane, interactive show features two talented pianists (along with a saxophonist and drummer) who take requests from the audience and lead drinking crowds into uninhibited group karaoke. Expect a lot of [...]

Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and if you’re happily in a relationship, you might be thinking, “Great!” If you’re not, maybe it’s more like “Greeaaat.”  Leave it to Miss Abigail to build a little consensus on love. Her off-Broadway gem, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, shows that love may be elusive, [...]

Let’s Get Small

New Yorkers love their pop culture minutia, and their efforts to show off that knowledge drive some of the most entertaining bar nights in town. Pearl Chen introduces us to the hottest places to show off your trivia acumen. Which monarch is widely cited as having coined the golf term “caddy?” Secret Service agents took bullets [...]

Monetizing Emma

With PSAT scores through the roof, 15-year-old high school student Emma Dorfman has become a hot commodity. In the world of Monetizing Emma, Felipe Ossa’s inventive off-off-Broadway play now running (once again) at the FringeNYC Festival, she is not just a smart teenager; she’s an investment. In 2013, the Jane Austen-loving teen is part of [...]

The Addams Family

I will be honest: I can’t understand why The Addams Family got slammed by so many critics. For a show that provides such a quintessential Broadway experience – spectacular art direction, big-name stars, laugh-out-loud comedy, and crowd-pleasing musical numbers – judging it on anything other than its fun-spirited energy seems beside the point. Forgive me [...]

Million Dollar Quartet

With the 64th Tony season underway, Best Musical nominee Million Dollar Quartet just might be the dark horse come awards night June 13. On the surface, it looks like a musical that grandparents would like — a soundtrack of early rock ‘n’ roll hits by legends Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee [...]
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