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Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Invested In The Merchant of Venice?

Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Invested In The Merchant of Venice?

Broadway waited with bated breath as The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino as Jewish moneylender Shylock and Lily Rabe as wealthy heiress Portia, made the leap from its wildly popular run at Shakespeare in the Park over the summer to a new home on the Great White Way. One of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and controversial plays, Merchant swirls stories ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Find Pleasure in the Big and Bawdy A Free Man of Color?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Find Pleasure in the Big and Bawdy A Free Man of Color?

Big themes? A Free Man of Color tackles them in spades: the history of New Orleans, the effect of the Louisiana Purchase, the origins of slavery, racial politics—plus a central character who is irresistible to every women he meets. Playwright John Guare and director George C. Wolfe blend this spicy theatrical stew for Lincoln Center Theater’s latest Broadway production, which ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Elf?

Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Elf?
The Christmas season has arrived along with a brand new holiday addition to the Broadway season: the new musical Elf! The show follows the adventures of the affable Christmas elf Buddy, who after learning he is actually human, heads to New York City to find his birth father. Based on the wildly popular 2003 film of the same name, the ... Watch Video

Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Have Fun at Pee-wee Herman's Playhouse?

Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Have Fun at Pee-wee Herman's Playhouse?

He's back! Pee-wee Herman (the zany character played by Paul Reubens) rode his red bike onto Broadway in a new stage extravaganza, The Pee-wee Herman Show, which opened on November 11. Broadway.com sent our Word of Mouth reviewers Chase, David and Lorin on a big adventure to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where Pee-wee has converted the stage into his ...

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Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Wrapped Up in Colin Quinn's Long Story Short?

Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Wrapped Up in Colin Quinn's Long Story Short?

History takes a holiday! Comedian Colin Quinn is sharing a special history lesson with Broadway audiences as he charts the rise and fall of the world’s great empires in his one-man show, Long Story Short, directed by his pal Jerry Seinfeld. The Saturday Night Live alum takes down everyone from the Greeks and Romans to the British and beyond, along ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Fall in Love with Women on the Verge?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Fall in Love with Women on the Verge?

Take one ex-mistress, one current mistress, one ex-wife, the man they all love, a model who may be dating a terrorist, a zany cabdriver, a nervous son....yes, we’re talking about the new Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Lincoln Center Theater’s production celebrated its opening night on November 4, and Broadway.com sent Word of ...

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It's a Rave! Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Meet The Scottsboro Boys

It's a Rave! Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Meet The Scottsboro Boys

In The Scottsboro Boys, the final musical collaboration between Tony-winning composing team John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, audiences learn the real-life story of a group of  young African-American men falsely accused of raping two white women in 1930s Alabama. The new musical, presented in the once-popular minstrel-show style, includes an ensemble of triple-threat performers led by Joshua Henry ...

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Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Swept Away by Beatles Tribute Rain?

Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Swept Away by Beatles Tribute Rain?

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is part concert, part theatrical event, all musical extravaganza. Four musicians perform an evening of The Beatles songs—in character as the Fab Four, of course!—from their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show to their final album together, Let It Be. With film clips, projections, even original 1960s commercials, Rain is a nostalgia-fest for ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Enjoy the Ride at Driving Miss Daisy?

Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Enjoy the Ride at Driving Miss Daisy?

Preview crowds have flocked to see Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of an elderly Atlanta matron and her relationship with the African-American man who spends 25 years as her chauffeur. Broadway.com sent new Word of Mouth panelists Emilie, Matthew and Ameil to Broadway’s Golden Theatre to check out the revival ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Think Lombardi Scored a Touchdown?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Think Lombardi Scored a Touchdown?

What's a football game without cheering fans? As the new sports drama Lombardi kicks off its Broadway run, we sent three members of our Word of Mouth review panel over to Circle in the Square Theatre to check out Dan Lauria, Judith Light and company as they bring the story of the famed Green Bay Packers coach to theater audiences ...

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Do Our Word of Mouth Critics Think La Bete is a Safe Bet for Theatergoers?

Do Our Word of Mouth Critics Think La Bete is a Safe Bet for Theatergoers?

Throughout the rhyme-filled comedy La Bete, the characters played by David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley discuss the importance of pleasing audiences when writing plays. Appropriately enough, we sent three members of our new Word of Mouth panel to check out the comedy and see if it stayed true to its crowd-appealing beliefs. After heading to the Music ...

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Were Our Word of Mouth Panelists Dying For Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson?

Were Our Word of Mouth Panelists Dying For Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson?

Broadway’s Jacobs Theatre is currently home to the latest little rock show that could, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which is opening uptown after a sell-out run at the Public Theatre. Led by Benjamin Walker in a rock-star-turn as President Andrew Jackson, the musical thrashes its way through a story of our seventh president that is so much sexier than what ...

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Were Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Stagestruck by A Life in the Theatre?

Were Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Stagestruck by A Life in the Theatre?

The starry twosome of Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight are currently teaming up at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in the first Broadway production of David Mamet’s 1977 comedy A Life in the Theatre. Directed by frequent Mamet collaborator Neil Pepe, the play celebrates the life and backstage routine of two stage actors in 26 fast-paced scenes. Broadway.com sent ...

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Our Word of Mouth Panel Makes Time for the Return of MTC's Spring Hit

Our Word of Mouth Panel Makes Time for the Return of MTC's Spring Hit

Broadway is welcoming back Time Stands Still, a Best Play Tony nominee last season now in a new home (the Cort Theatre) with a new star (Christina Ricci) joining returning cast members Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James and Eric Bogosian. Donald Margulies' thought-provoking play examines love and loss, right and wrong through the prism of two couples’ relationships. A trio ...

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Our Word of Mouth Panel Goes to Work on Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Our Word of Mouth Panel Goes to Work on Mrs. Warren’s Profession

In George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Mrs. Warren and her adult daughter Vivie are nearly strangers to one another, and it’s the mysterious "profession" that has kept them apart. What will become of them when Vivie finds out the truth? Word of Mouth panelists Emily, Tony and Ameil weigh in on this Roundabout Theatre Company production starring ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Find The Pitmen Painters a Work of Art?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Find The Pitmen Painters a Work of Art?

A new drama by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall, The Pitmen Painters, has arrived at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre after acclaimed runs in Newcastle and London, England. The story of a group of 1930s-era miners who become celebrated artists (creating their paintings after 12-hour shifts in the “pits”) is being produced by Manhattan Theatre Club with the original British ...

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Our Word of Mouth Panel Spends a Moment with Brief Encounter

Our Word of Mouth Panel Spends a Moment with Brief Encounter

Anyone who knows the classic film Brief Encounter remembers the star-crossed love story at its center: two married people fall madly in love with each other in a train station, but are torn apart by the social mores of 1930s England. Now on Broadway, a new British import reimagines the film—and the Noel Coward play on which it was based—using ...

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Was Everyday Rapture a Religious Experience for Our Word of Mouth Reviewers?

Was Everyday Rapture a Religious Experience for Our Word of Mouth Reviewers?

Tony Award nominated powerhouse Sherie Rene Scott's semi-biographical Everyday Rapture opened to absolute raves when it hit off-Broadway's Second Stage in May 2009. After The New York Times called it one of the best of the year, the buzz began: Would Rapture move to Broadway? The answer came in March 2010, when the cancellation Roundabout Theatre Company's ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Get Swept Away by Broadway's Collected Stories?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Get Swept Away by Broadway's Collected Stories?

Playwright Donald Margulies enjoyed raves at the start of 2010 when his drama Time Stands Still made its way to The Manhattan Theatre Club stage. Now, the Pulitzer Prize winner is back at the same theater, enjoying a revival of his Collected Stories, starring stage stalwarts Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson. The intimate two-hander, about the relationship between an aging New ...

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Buy or Sell? Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Take Stock of Enron

Buy or Sell? Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Take Stock of Enron

Broadway loves a good history play, but who would have thought such recent events as the Enron corporation scandal would make it to the Great White Way by 2010 (or at all)? There's no denying that financial fraud and the burst of an economic bubble are an unusual foundation on which to build a play, but the London hit ...

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Did Denzel Washington Hit One Out of the Park in Broadway's Fences Revival?

Did Denzel Washington Hit One Out of the Park in Broadway's Fences Revival?

OK, let's go over the stats: It's a Pulitzer Prize-winning play penned by prolific American scribe August Wilson. The original 1987 production, starring James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, was a hit, running for 525 performances. Oh, and did we mention the current revival stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Tony winner Viola Davis? Clearly, Broadway's return of family ...

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Did Our Real-People Critics Fall For Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth in Promises, Promises?

Did Our Real-People Critics Fall For Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth in Promises, Promises?

Promises, Promises, the musical adaptation of the film The Apartment, by Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Neil Simon was a hit when it opened on Broadway in 1968, running three years and playing over 1,200 performances at the Shubert Theatre. Over forty years later, the romantic comedy is back, this time taking the Broadway Theatre stage and shining its ...

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Our Word of Mouth Panel Weighs In On Sondheim on Sondheim

Our Word of Mouth Panel Weighs In On Sondheim on Sondheim

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has dreamed up some of the most beloved musical tales in modern theater history (including Company, Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George and A Little Night Music , just to name a few). His latest Broadway outing, Sondheim on Sondheim , however, tells a very different story—his own. Sondheim on Sondheim ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Have a Gaudy & Grand Evening at La Cage aux Folles?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Have a Gaudy & Grand Evening at La Cage aux Folles?

We can’t stop humming “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times,” which can only mean one thing: La Cage aux Folles is back on Broadway. This tuneful tale set in a St. Tropez drag club first hit Broadway way back in 1983, and a brand-new production opened on April 18 starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Think Million Dollar Quartet Rocked on Broadway?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panel Think Million Dollar Quartet Rocked on Broadway?
Million Dollar Quartet shows the real side of four rock icons: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The show is already a hit in Chicago, where it's been running since 2008. But is the show ready for the bright lights of Broadway? We sent Word of Mouth panelists Joe, Kathleen and Matt to the Nederlander ... Watch Video
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