Broadway

Come From Away (you figure that name out yourself) opened the other night at the Gerald Schoenfeld on Broadway and despite that it is really just an excellent off-Broadway musical trying to make the big time world of Broadway, it’s pretty darned good with some excellent music and a great cast of unknowns.

Who needs an enormous staircase replete with an enormous chandelier? Well certainly not Glenn Close who has once again achieved the pinnacle of musical dominance in the revival of Sunset Boulevard which opened Thursday night at the Palace Theater on Broadway. She blew us away some 23 years ago in the role of Norma Desmond and she wows us once again in one of my favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber shows. Incidentally he now has 4 shows running at once on Broadway but Sunset, in my mind, is right now the best of the foursome.

Our annual Halloween broadcast highlights the bad, bad men of the American musical and the lovely ladies who stand up to them.  Songs from Porgy and Bess, Guys and Dolls, The Phantom of the Opera and more.  Join Count Larry Maslon this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming. 

Bring your insect repellent, a fly swatter and leave anybody at home who might not want to be exposed to Zika and you’ll be fine watching this off the walls one man ear curdling adventure called The Encounter which opened at the Golden Theater Thursday night. It’s different…way different and will either fascinate you are send you screaming out of your tight seats and heading home as soon as you can extricate yourself.

It’s kind of ironic that two musicals that appeared on Broadway almost twelve months apart in the season that ended last night will probably be the best shows of the year. Hamilton...and how much more can we say about that monster hit which came from Off Broadway last summer as the first show of the season which got rave reviews and last night a new kind of old musical called Shuffle Along (or the making of the musical sensation in 1921 and all that followed) opened as the last show of the season. This show is, as the critics used to say, stupendous!

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