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Breaking News: The return engagement of The Weir at the Irish Rep has been extended to 9/06. . .our NYMusic Festival coverage now complete. . The Flick - the Pulitzer Prize winner's Barrow Street run has extended to 1/10/16 and Annie Baker's new play, John, is part of her Signature Theater residency. . . . . . Cabaret Nights - August . . . detailed listings of current and upcoming Broadway Shows and Off-Broadway Shows updated daily . . . Curtainup at Facebook & at Twitter. . . Visit CurtainUp's Friends . . Go Tickets
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New York-Broadway
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace - a stirring historical period musical adventure Read More
Finding Neverland - Star casting and Diane Paulus may make this Peter Pan back stage fiction critic proof . . Read More
Finding Neverland
Something Rotten!
Something Rotten! - A musical NOT borrowing from a book or movie, though it does borrow unapologetically from Shakespeare . . Read More
King and I
The King and I - Now open-ended! A revival that make you whistle a happy song . . Read More
Fun Home
Fun Home - if you've been waiting for a truly unique new musical, this unique family story is the one you won't want to miss. . . Read More
It Shoulda Been You
It Shoulda Been You - It shouldabeen funnier and more original Closing 8/09/15. . Read More
An American In Paris
An American In Paris - The magnificent Gershwin score and fleet footed dancing, who could ask for anything more? . . Read More
Hand to God
Hand to God -Robert Askins' devilishly clever play on Broadway, with the the O'Neill puppet namesake foul-mouthed as ever . . . Read More
Fish in the Dark
Fish in the Dark - The show's also doing well with Jason Alexander-- and is now extended to August 1st. . . Read More
 On the Town
On the Town - this old wine in a flavorful new bottle lands successfully in a 4x bigger Broadway theater . . Read More
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - a genre-crossing, electrifying stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's best selling novel . . Read More
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New York Off-Broadway

The 2015 NYMusic Festival - Our sampler of reviews iw now complete: Songs For the Fallen. . . Foolerie. . . What Do Critics Want?. . . Deep Love. . . Napoleon. . . The Cobalteans. . .Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera. . . Pope! A Epic Musical. . . Claudio Quest . . .

 Threesome
Threesome - Yussef El Guindi's play is hip and funny, if sometimes a trifle lackluster. . . . Read More
the dreamer examines his pillow
the dreamer examines his pillow-John Patrick Shanley's 1986 play by the Attic Theater Company at the Flea. . . . Read More
Awake and Sing!
Awake and Sing!- The NAATCO actors are adept at the cadence and argot of 1930s New York. They make proletarian poetry of Odets' often heartrending dialogue.. . . . Read More
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 The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey - an absorbing, poignant and cleverly conceived one-man/multi-character play written and performed by James Lecesne Read More
 Scenes. . .
Scenes From an Execution- If this is Jan Maxwell's swan song on the New York stage, she's going out at the top of her game, in a role that might have been written for her.Read More . . . . Read More
Summer Shorts 2015, Series A
Summer Shorts 2015, Series A - The first half of this year's Summer Shorts festival featured one-act plays by Neil LaBute, Matthew Lopez, and Vickie Ramirez.Read More
Hapyy 50ish
Hapyy 50ish- often familiar, but well told 2-character musical about aging . . . Read More
Ubu Roi
Ubu Roi- Cheek By Jowl's all too brief run as part of the Lincoln Center Festival . . . Read More
Judith-Vinegar Tom
Judith-Vinegar Tom, a Double Feature The Potomac Theatre Project's ,Howard Barker and Caryl Churhill double bill . . . Read More
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 Colin Quinn The New York Story
Colin Quinn The New York Story - Fast, familiar and funny Read More
Ruthless
Ruthless - an uproarious musical that also sings, snaps, and snarls all at the same time. Read More
 The Weir
The Weir- The return engagement at the Irish Rep has been extended to September 9th!. . . Read More
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Shows for Days
Shows for Days - a story that could serve as an inspiration and a testament to all who have found in community theater a warm and welcoming haven. Read More
Significant Ot
Significant Other - Joshua Harmon's funny and often moving new play about friendship and love for New York single . . . . Read More
 Gloria
Gloria A well-deservved extension to 7/28 - an intriguing new play by the talented Branden Jacobs-Jenkins . . Read More
Flick
The Flick - Extended to 1/10/16!Another chance to see Annie Baker's ground breaking Pulitzer prize winning play . . Read More
Churchill
Churchill Ronald Keatin revisits the life of the great British leader and orator . . Read More
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London
 American Idiot
American Idiot Director choreographer Racky Plews gives her edgy version of Green Day's rock opera, American Idiot . . . Read More
 Sinatra the Man and His Music
Sinatra the Man and His Music In the centenary of Sinatra's birth, using technology, this show recreates his live performances . . . . Read More
 The Trial
The Trial Rory Kinnear is increasingly becoming an irresistible force on the London stage and is a perfect choice for Kafka's rumpled anti-hero . . . . Read More
 Bend It Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha directs the musical version of her film that launches the career of Natalie Dew as the Sikh girl who becomes a world class woman footballer . . . Read More
 High Society
High Society An unusual production from Maria Friedman of this Cole Porter musical on the Old Vic's reconfigured circular stage . . . Read More
 Against Captain
Against Captain"'s Orders The National Maritime Museum and Punchdrunk create a nautical adventure for the 6 to 12 year olds . . . . . Read More
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Links to reviews of all currently running shows & News in London
Berkshires
 Paradise Blue
Paradise Blue -World premiere of part 2 of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle at Williamstown . . Read More
 Unexpected Man
Unexpected Man - Yasmina Reza puts a famous author and a devoted reader into the same train compartment for some unexpected results. But don't expect it to be quite the crowd pleaser her big hit Art has been. . . Read More
A Little More Alive
A Little More Alive - Barrington Stage Musical Theater Lab has given Nick Baemire's flawed new musical a fine production . . Read More
 Lost In Yonkers
Lost In Yonkers - Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize winner, winningly staged in Pittsfield. . Read More
 I Saw My Neighbor
I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile - The Berkshire Theatre Group teams up with young New Neighborhood group for a new and well worth seeing dysfunctional family drama . . Read More
 Comedy of Errors
Comedy of Errors - From start to finish, this is well-oiled, well played comedy, and at 90-minutes running time (no intermission), it's over sooner than one might wish. . . Read More
Henry V
Henry V - a bare-bones production with actors taking on numerous roles . . Read More
Berkshire Main Page 2015
Details about Summer 2015 Shows
Tips for Tanglewood Music Festival Visitors 2015


New Jersey
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The Guardsman
The Guardsman - still affords opportunities for some grandly mannered acting.Read More
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Closure
Closure - a predictable but entertaining whodunnit Read More
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Love's Labour's Lost
Love's Labour's Lost - a glib, gorgeous-to- look-at, fun-filled delight Read More
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California
 Bent
Bent - That a major revival of this game-changer of a play should be produced shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legitimizes same-sex marriage feels like kismet . . Read More
A Night with Janis Joplin
A Night with Janis Joplin - as well-structured and seamless as this show is, it's every bit Mary Bridget Davies's showcase. The lady will "take a piece" of a whole new legion of Joplin fans . . Read More
 As You Like It
As You Like It - Celia, Geer's production is spunky, hormone-laced, occasionally thoughtful, and largely a cool breeze of entertainment on a hot afternoon. . . Read More
Murder for Two
Murder for Two - if you can watch this loony lark now at the Geffen without grinning from start to finish, that would be a mystery indeed. . . Read More
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Philadelphia

  Moon Man Walk
Moon Man Walk A new soft-edge, lyrical play by 2015 Pew Fellowship recipient, James Ijames . . . Read More
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New and Noteworthy in Philadelphia. . .Philly Theater List/Visitors Guide links



Washington - DC
 Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen - a musical about human failures and the emotions they evoke. . . Read More
 Newsies
Newsies - This touring production is as highly-polished, fast moving and well performed as any musical on Broadway . . Read More
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Connecticut
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: All the world's a Stage at the Hudson River Highlands - Reviews: Winter's Tale. . . Arabian Nights. . .Midsummer Night's Dream
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And a Nightingale Sang
And a Nightingale Sang - C. P. Taylor's World War II story highlighted by fine acting at Westport Country Playhouse, . . . Read More




TIMELY QUOTES
This play is about a young person who is different, and misunderstaood, and I just want to dedicate this to any young person who feels misunderstood and feels different.— Alex Sharp, in accepting his Tony for best actor in The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time

Welcome to our house on Maple Avenue
See how we polish and we shine
We rearrange and realign
Everything is balanced and serene
Like chaos never happens if it's never seen
— lyric from Fun Home , the least mass-audience geared contender for a Best New Musical Tony.

Welcome To The Renaissance
Not The One In Italy Or In France
No The One In England
The One Where William Shakespeare Is Cream Of The Crop
The One Where William Shakespeare Is The Top!

— Lyric from Something rotten the zany, strictly historically incorrect riff on how plays evolved into musicals, that's also a contender for the best new musical Tony.

Someday He'll Come Along
the Man I Love
— Lyric from one of many gorgeous Gershwin tunes in this year's danciest new musicals,American in Paris

If we assume the debts, the union gets/ A new line of credit, a financial diuretic/ How do you not get it? If we're aggressive and competitive/ The union gets a boost. You'd rather give it a sedative? — Alexander Hamilton in the brilliantnew musical Hamilton




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