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David Richardson

One of the silliest and dumbest of any shows that has ever hit Broadway opened last night at the Palace Theater. The backers, producers and the performers involved in "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical" should all start looking for something else to do. Except for some music from the likes of Aerosmith, John Legend, Panic and Cyndi Lauper and a couple of performers doing their best to play underwater creatures like starfishes, squids, and a sponge, there is little attraction for anyone except maybe the 8 to 10 age group.

For once it’s nice to have a comedy back on Broadway and especially a comedy written by Steve Martin, starring Amy Schumer. It’s called, for some inexplicable reason, "Meteor Shower" and it opened at the Booth on Shubert Alley the other night. Frankly, just call it 80 minutes of nonsensical fun, and who can’t like that in this era of harassment and rockets.

 

"The Band’s Visit" about an Egyptian 7 man band that took the wrong bus and ended up in a small Israeli town where they spend a single evening, opened the other night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It is a grown-up love story (and isn’t it about time we had something for the older generation of theatergoers?), and a little gem that is a must see in this era of big-time musicals.

 

"Junk," Reviewed by David Richardson, Theatre Critic

Nov 13, 2017

"Junk." Not a pretty name. This Broadway show is all about the financial disasters that went on in the 1980’s and opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center the other night. If you have an interest in that era of Wall Street malfeasance, "Junk" is a terrific play. I was there and in fact was part of the action but unless you cared about how Wall Street operated back then you are going to be lost watching the ramblings and activities going on up on the Beaumont stage which is bare except for a few lines on the floor.

A revival of David Henry Hwang’s "M. Butterfly" which first opened on Broadway in 1988 and ran for 777 performances starring John Lithgow and B.D. Wong and won the Tony for best play, opened the other night at the Cort Theater on Broadway. It’s not a must-see since it is woefully dated, but the performances are worth either seeing it for the first time or seeing it again.

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