Broadway

This year was going to be a big season for so many talents on and off-Broadway. It was also going to be a big season for the GYGG theater group with up to 4 shows a month and well over 400 tickets purchased. That is A LOT of theater for a whole LOT of New Yorkers. As it happens these were a whole lot of generous, kind-hearted, empathetic and supportive New Yorkers…

The role of Tina Turner, in the musical of the same name, has to be all kinds of grueling – a massive commitment at each and every performance. The energy burn is off the charts and the vocal range and explosiveness of the voice that needs to be employed to pull this performance off is otherworldly. Which is why, I have since learned, that they have cast two Tinas to play the part…

Laura Linney is able to memorize and deliver words in a most astounding and authentic fashion as she so remarkably demonstrates in her one-woman carefully constructed and brilliantly delivered performance in My Name is Lucy Barton. If you love Laura Linney, you must GO see her in this play. This post, however, is not about that performance. Rather it has to do with a story around the show. This post is about – eeh gads – karma…

Jagged Little Pill tackles ugly beautifully. I saw this show for the second time on Sunday with a group of 50, many in the 14/15 year old range. When there are kids and their parents in the mix, I am hyper aware of the content that is that is being covered. And Jagged Little Pill covers a lot of dark, ugly and challenging content…

I had a yoga teacher who liked to kick off her classes with various anecdotes. One that stuck with me is her advice on how to make a new friend. Her words of wisdom? Share a secret. Well, I guess I have 1000 new friends…

From afar one would be hard-pressed to glean similarities between the dazzling musical about the life and tumultuous times of The Temptations in Ain’t Too Proud and the stark and dark play about the quietly tortured and lonely life of a middle-aged professor in The Sound Inside. But those similarities I mentioned? They are there…

In one of my closing missives to the theater group last spring, I included a photo of a column a friend (thanks Liz C.) sent me from an airplane. The article regaled the reader with an array of mental health benefits associated with regular cultural engagements (like the theater). These benefits include staving off depression and reducing the rate of cognitive decline…