Entries by Steven Ross

Review: Hello, Dolly! on Broadway with Bette Midler

Hello Dolly!: Bette-cha Gonna Love This!   Well, Hello, Bette! It’s so nice to have you back where you belong.  And Bette, you certainly do belong on the Broadway stage in this classic musical. It is as exacting of a fit as you can find for the Divine Miss M. It seems that when Jerry Herman (book and […]

Review: Oslo on Broadway

Oslo: An Inventive and Inspiring Peace/Piece. Oslo: An Inventive and Inspiring Peace/Piece. By Ross Who knew that a three hour play about the infamous Oslo Peace Accord miraculously achieved by an overly optimistic Norwegian couple could be so riveting. From the moment Jefferson Mays (The Front Page) and Jennifer Ehle (The Coast of Utopia) walk on stage embodying this surprising […]

Review: Groundhog Day the Musical on Broadway

Groundhog Day: What Will Tomorrow Bring If Tomorrow is Today? Groundhog Day: What Will Tomorrow Bring If Tomorrow is Today? by Ross For a weatherman who is programmed to predict what tomorrow will bring, a today that is just a repeat of yesterday is a whole different ballgame. The weather will be the same, naturally, but the day […]

Review: Daniel’s Husband at Primary Stages

Daniel’s Husband: A Cautionary Tale of Gay Marriage Ryan Spahn, Lou Liberatore, Leland Wheeler, Matthew Montelongo. Photo by James Leynse I wasn’t prepared for that. Once again, the wonderfulness of not having any idea where something is heading is truly my favorite position to be in when walking into the theatre.  This was no exception. In […]

Review: The Lightning Thief off Broadway

The Lightning Thief: Half Blood Teenage Angst on a Quest Kristin Stokes, Chris McCarrell, George Salazar. Photo by Jeremy Daniels. With a flash and a bang, this rock musical of Greek God mythology aspirations without the proportions roars into the Lucille Lortel Theater in Greenwich Village. It’s a stellar beginning, full of feisty energy and excitement. Based on […]

Review: Amélie on Broadway

Amélie: What’s She So Afraid Of? Posted on April 7, 2017 by ross Amélie: What’s She So Afraid Of? By Ross If you ask anyone who saw the French film this musical is based on, a few words come up constantly.  ‘Sweet’, ‘pretty’, and ‘adorable ‘ are the main adjectives that get attached to that 2001 film, directed by the always interesting Jean-Pierre Jeunet. […]

Review: Present Laughter on Broadway

Present Laughter: But Not Hilarious Laughter Posted on April 5, 2017 by ross Kevin Kline, Kate Burton. Photo by Joan Marcus. Present Laughter: But Not Hilarious Laughter By Ross Kevin Kline was made for this kind of thing. He has the presence and the comic timing that work so well with Noël Coward. He has the ability to elevate it from the […]

Review: Gently Down the Stream at the Public

Gently Down the Stream: Gay History for Liberals   John Leguizamo is schooling us nightly on Latin History for Morons in the Anspacher Theater within ‪the Public Theater complex, trying to condense three thousand years of Latino history into 100 minutes of high-energy festive and informative fun. In another theatre, the Martinson, delivered by the gravely voiced ‪Harvey Fierstein (a Tony Award winner for […]

frontmezzjunkies reviews: Sweat on Broadway

Sweat on Broadway: Do Sweat the Big Stuff It still packs a wallop, this hard-edged play by Lynn Nottage (Ruined, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), that had its pre-Broadway run last fall at the Public Theatre. It smacked me hard when I saw it downtown last December after that most disastrous presidential election. The play […]