Entries by Steven Ross

Review: Strictly Ballroom The Musical in Toronto

Strictly Ballroom: Still In Need of Some Sparkle and Heart. Strictly Ballroom: Still In Need of Some Sparkle and Heart. By Ross Watching Baz Luhrmann’s stage adaptation of his hilarious and romantic charmer of a film that both makes fun of and lovingly embraces the competitive ballroom dancing world in small town Australia, is an exercise […]

Review: The View UpStairs Off-Broadway at Cultural Project

The View UpStairs: A Cast Change Stumbles Down Those Very Stairs. Michael Longoria, Frenchie Davis, Ben Mayne, Randy Redd. Photo by Kurt Sneddon. The View UpStairs: A Cast Change Stumbles Down Those Very Stairs. By Ross There’s a lovely sweet and sour story enmeshed in Max Vernon’s The View UpStairs. About our creation of family and love […]

Review: Bandstand on Broadway

Bandstand: Big Bang Swing Bandstand: Big Bang Swing By Ross There is no way that this show is going to let you not pay it your full attention. This loud and fun musical, reminiscent of the old MGM ‘lets-put-on-a-show’ musicals that it references to throughout, starts out with an intense crack and never lets up, volume […]

Review: A Doll’s House, Part 2 on Broadway

A Doll’s House, Part 2: Compartmentalized Gender and Society Hilariously Chris Cooper, Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe. A Doll’s House, Part 2: Compartmentalized Gender and Society Hilariously By Ross The last time we saw Nora, she walked out the door, leaving behind her shocked husband and unknowing children. In Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork play, Nora’s action is seen […]

Drama Desk Award Nominations 2017

Drama Desk Award Nominations 2017 Drama Desk Award Nominations 2017 By Ross Last Thursday morning I found my way over to Feinstein/54 Below to hear Tony winner Laura Benanti (She Loves Me) and Hamilton star Javier Muñoz read out the nominations for the 2017 Drama Desk Awards. The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! led the pack with ten nominations (including nods for Outstanding Revival […]

Review: War Paint on Broadway with Patti LuPone

War Paint: It Take Two (Spectacular Divas) War Paint: It Take Two (Spectacular Divas) OR Still Expertly Applied to a Mediocre Face by Ross A few blocks north at the Palace Theatre, Glenn Close is getting a mid show standing ovation in Sunset Boulevard (one of my favorite theatre-going companions is over there this very same night). She is singing her […]

Review: Paula Vogel’s Indecent on Broadway

Indecent: This Is What Theatre Exists For.   “This is what theatre exists for”.  A good friend of mine said that to me after seeing the Broadway musical, Once and also after the Roundabout Theatre production of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter.  She’d say it again if and when she sees the intensely beautiful Indecent at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. It’s in the blending […]

Review: Six Degrees of Separation on Broadway

Review: Six Degrees of Separation: Very Well, Indeed. “Well, Indeed.” It’s almost all one can say at that crucial moment in the Broadway revival of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation.  That line, spoken by Allison Janney (West Wing, Broadway’s 9 to 5), as the well -off Ouisa, breaks the hanging silence and sense of wonder. Ouisa is the […]

Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway: A Semi Sweet Delight I must admit that the Gene Wilder film that this loud spectacle of a musical is loosely based on is not one embedded in my childhood memory, nor is the Roald Dahl book that originated it all. I have memories of the classic film, but nothing as […]

Review: The Hairy Ape at the Park Avenue Armory

The Hairy Ape: Spinning Out, Caged The streets that haunt the soul of the bewildered Yank are where this exceptional revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape finds itself expressionally planted. Intensely staged most beautifully by director, Richard Jones (Broadway’s La Bête) and designer, Stewart Laing (Broadway’s Titanic) in the majestic and cavernous Park Avenue Armory, O’Neill has never felt […]