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Thumbs Up! Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots Cast Recording Is the Perfect Summer Jam

Thumbs Up! Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots Cast Recording Is the Perfect Summer Jam

Heading on a road trip? Sweating it out at the gym? Long day at work? Well, we have the perfect aid for all three and more: the newly released Kinky Boots original cast recording. Comprised of Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper’s catchy, Tony-nominated original score, this album is a must-have this summer. Not only does Lauper’s music sound fresh ...

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Thumbs Up! Nikolai and the Others Is a Fascinating Look at Artists at Work

Thumbs Up! Nikolai and the Others Is a Fascinating Look at Artists at Work

Sometimes you need to ignore the New York critics and dive in to a play centering on a subject you know nothing about. That’s the joy of Nikolai and the Others, Richard Nelson’s fascinating new drama about a group of Russian emigrees led by choreographer George Balanchine (Michael Cerveris) and composer Igor Stravinsky (John Glover), set in 1948 ...

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Thumbs Up to Leslie Kritzer’s Haunting, Heartbreaking Ballad ‘Apple and Tree’ in The Memory Show

Thumbs Up to Leslie Kritzer’s Haunting, Heartbreaking Ballad ‘Apple and Tree’ in The Memory Show

Leslie Kritzer and Catherine Cox don their emotional armor and prepare for battle in The Memory Show, a discordant new musical about a mother and daughter at war. In Zach Redler and Sara Cooper’s unconventional new tuner, the face-off begins when Kritzer (known only as “Daughter”) begrudingly moves home to take care of her mother with early-onset Alzheimer’s ...

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LaChanze Sings the Blues and the Grooves of Diana Ross in Joyful 54 Below Show

LaChanze Sings the Blues and the Grooves of Diana Ross in Joyful 54 Below Show

LaChanze not only has one of the best names on Broadway, she also has one of the most infectious talents, put to good use in shows like Ragtime, Once On This Island, Company and her Tony-winning turn as Celie in The Color Purple. For her debut show at 54 Below, Love Hangover, the joyful performer is taking on one of ...

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Thumbs Up! Fly to Encores! for a Hilarious and Heroic Revival of Superman

Thumbs Up! Fly to Encores! for a Hilarious and Heroic Revival of Superman

The Encores! series at City Center is at its best when a production can not only seamlessly present the original material, but also provide a platform for familiar actors to shine in a new light. Such is the case with John Rando’s expertly directed take on the 1966 tuner It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s ...

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Thumbs Up! Cirque du Soleil: Totem Raises the (Trapeze) Bar to Astounding New Heights

Thumbs Up! Cirque du Soleil: Totem Raises the (Trapeze) Bar to Astounding New Heights

After nearly 30 years, Cirque du Soleil is still finding new ways to delight and surprise us. But let’s face it—after witnessing the magic of Alegria, Dralion, Varekai, Ka, Wintuk, Zarkana and dozens of other awe-inspiring Cirque productions throughout the years, it's hard to distiguish one amazing show from another. This isn't the case with Cirque ...

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Strike Up the Band! Singer-Songwriter Nellie McKay Shines in the Off-Broadway Clown Comedy Old Hats

Strike Up the Band! Singer-Songwriter Nellie McKay Shines in the Off-Broadway Clown Comedy Old Hats

Old Hats co-creator David Shiner promised us Nellie McKay would be “adorable” in Signature Theatre Company's premiere of his newest clowning collaboration with Bill Irwin, and boy was he right! Dressed in her trademark vintage attire, the quirky singer-songwriter serves as bandleader, piano-ukulele-and-cello accompanist, sound effects department (wait until you hear her spot-on imitation of a baby ...

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Thumbs Up! Acting Legend Vanessa Redgrave Is Awe-Inspiring in The Revisionist

Thumbs Up! Acting Legend Vanessa Redgrave Is Awe-Inspiring in The Revisionist

At the beginning of Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist, Maria (Vanessa Redgrave) slouches in her shabby apartment in Szczecin, Poland, waiting the arrival of her distant American cousin David (Eisenberg). But once Maria wakes up, she exudes an exuberance and gentle kindness. The play, written for Redgrave, shows off her spot-on talent for locating the emotional heart of her character ...

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Thumbs Up! Martin Moran Is Riveting In the New Solo Show All the Rage

Thumbs Up! Martin Moran Is Riveting In the New Solo Show All the Rage

Martin Moran looks like the least angry man on the planet. Slender and soft-spoken, he exudes a mild-mannered friendliness that would make him a welcome dinner party guest. But don’t be fooled: This veteran of Broadway musicals such as Titanic and Spamalot has plenty of reasons to write a show called All the Rage. A survival of sexual abuse ...

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Thumbs Up! Joni Mitchell’s Music Comes to Vivid Life at 54 Below’s Tales of Joni

 Thumbs Up! Joni Mitchell’s Music Comes to Vivid Life at 54 Below’s Tales of Joni

The popular nightclub 54 Below has never felt more like an underground oasis than it does during the new Joni Mitchell catalogue concert Tales of Joni. The show features six versatile singers and a four-piece band performing 20 songs by Mitchell with no added dialogue or set-up. While Mitchell’s music is timeless, the songs are revitalized in this intimate ...

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