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Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | It’s a good thing “The Parisian Woman,” Beau Willimon’s talky new drama about politics and power, has no intermission. Because it takes nearly an hour to build up a decent head of steam, and if there were a break, I expect there’d be more than a few empty seats in the […]

Playing Tricks

Playing Tricks

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The new musical “Amélie” would be perfect for a first date. It’s endearing, not too demanding, and with the magnificent Phillipa Soo in the title role stages a charm crusade that is nigh irresistible. That may seem like damning with faint praise, but “Amélie” makes little pretense of having big ambitions. […]

Rocking ‘n’ Rolling… And Stalling  

Rocking ‘n’ Rolling… And Stalling  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Hamilton” has moved to Broadway with all the attendant buzz and fireworks (literally, over the Hudson on opening night). It is every bit as good as you’ve heard. Lin-Manuel Miranda, in adapting Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, has created vibrant theater and pushed the musical as a form to an important […]

History Boys and Girls

History Boys and Girls

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The new musical “Hamilton” now at the Public Theater owes its inspiration partly to Ron Chernow’s exhaustive biography “Alexander Hamilton” and partly to the animated TV series “Schoolhouse Rock!” The latter was a series of Saturday morning animated shorts that ran from 1973 to 1999 and were designed to make sophisticated concepts […]

Splish Splash

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY |  The Skivvies — pop-duo Lauren Molina (“Rock of Ages”) and Nick Cearley (“All Shook Up”) — kicked off their new monthly show “Splashdance!” at 42West in the OUT Hotel, 514 West 42nd Street. The night featured a long list of mashed-up melodies, ranging from the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” Nelly’s “Hot in […]

The Russians are Coming

The Russians are Coming

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Tolstoy has provided the inspiration for what is easily the most exciting new musical of the season. “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” takes one 200-page section of “War and Peace” and creates a spellbinding story of manners and society remarkable for its brilliant structure, the clarity of its storytelling, […]