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About Steven Ross
Steven Ross, main critic for Frontmezzjunkies.com is a self-proclaimed theatre junkie, traveloholic, and fitness addict, I have been writing about theatre and posting my reviews for years about plays and musicals on Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond. In NYC, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, DC, London, and anywhere else I find myself sitting in the front mezzanine. The best seats in the house, in my opinion.
Entries by Steven Ross
Shows to be Excited for: Spring 2018: The Who’s Who Who’s Coming to Broadway. By Ross Bernadette Peters is on her way back to Broadway. And I can’t wait. Along side numerous other big named Broadway and non-Broadway stage stars. She’ll be taking over the lead in the juggernaut, Hello, Dolly! And I can’t tell you how […]
Best Theatrical Events of 2017: My Top 20 by Ross What a fun filled year this was. Some of my favorite shows opened on and off Broadway all throughout this year. In the spring before the awards, and now a few in the new season before Christmas. Here is my list of the top 20 (click […]
It’s a Wonderful Life (The Radio Play) When I Get to Watch This, the Grinch, and A Christmas Story (The Musical) All in One Week. By Ross Every Christmas, I like to watch three things on television to get me in the mood for the holidays. Each one brings me one step closer to the spirit of the holidays […]
MTC’s The Children: A Bloody Good Question Needs an Answer. By Ross The atmosphere within that off-balanced living space in that old English cottage is downright tense. There is a bloody strong animosity hanging over these two older women as they politely play catch up in the Royal Court Theatre transfer of the play, The Children by Lucy Kirkwood (2017 […]
From the moment this splashy big movie musical begins, we know we are in for a highly visual extravaganza starring the showman of all showman, Mr. Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) as legendary circus man, P. T. Barnum. The casting seems pretty spot on with the wonderful Michelle Williams (“Manchester By The Sea”) as paramour and […]
Saturday Church, The Movie Musical: A Young Ulysses Finds Freedom in a New Tribe. Or Aunt Rose is a Rose of a (Very) Different Color (and it ain’t pretty) By Ross The musical genre is always a good playground for stories that revolve around hidden or complex emotional responses to the cinematic world that swirls […]
Dani Markham, Abigail Bengson, Colette Alexander,, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert. All photos by Joan Marcus. NYTW’s Hundred Days: To The Band’s Play, We Say “Yes” By Ross The set-up is familiar. When we arrive, it feels like we have all come together to hear a band play, rather than to hear a band’s play. Let alone, […]
Descriptions are Lies, But Describe the Nightis Truly Poetic. By Ross As those first words are spoken over the sounds of crickets and the cello playing softly in Rajiv Joseph’s new play at Atlantic Theater, the simple poetic beauty of the moment fills the space with a glorious openness of possibilities. It gives no indication about what […]
Once On This Island: Hope and Love Branch Out Far and Beyond. By Ross We enter into a world already in motion. It looks like a large sandbox made for adults to play in, reeling in the aftermath of a storm. The sand that covers the stage is littered with debris, a fallen post […]
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