David Richardson

Just want to get one thing straight, Jimmy Buffet is not performing in Escape to Margaritaville, which opened at the cavernous Marquis Theater the other night, but a wonderful cast of people are and all the Buffet songs from "Fins" to "Cheeseburger in Paradise" are there. The show itself is 2 1/2 hours of Floridian and Caribbean fun replete with a volcano, touristy swimsuits and beach balls for everyone at the final curtain. 

Bernadette Peters
Julieta Cervantes

Bernadette Peters is the new Dolly!

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.