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Theater Reviews

MFL1159 Harry Lauren Allan JMarcus 900x600Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose and Allan Corduner in a scene from "My Fair Lady" at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. (Photo by Joan Marcus)NEW YORK – “My Fair Lady” is one of the wittiest and most enjoyable musical comedies ever written. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe’s 1956 adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” is being given a luxurious revival at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

CAROUSEL On Broadway.2.Photo by Julieta Cervantes 900x600A scene from "Carousel" at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway (Photo by Julieta Cervantes)NEW YORK – After 73 years, the greatness of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” is undiminished in a fresh and splendid revival at the Imperial Theatre on West 45th Street. It soars, and most of its original wonders have been preserved. Some have even been a bit embellished.

FROZEN on Broadway 12 Caissie Levy as Elsa Photo by Deen van Meer 900x600Caissie Levy as Elsa in "Frozen" on Broadway (Photos by Deen van Meer)NEW YORK – Disney’s latest theater effort is “Frozen" on Broadway, which opened in March at the St. James Theater on West 44th Street. The show is based on Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film from 2013, which brought $1.3 billion to the studio's coffers.

SpongeBobM ID 0414 RET R2lr 900x600 webThe company of "SpongeBob Squarepants" at the Palace Theater in New York. (Photo by Joan Marcus)NEW YORK — Broadway is a boulevard of dreams, though sometimes it offers a surprise like the musical “SpongeBob Squarepants,” which recently landed at the Palace Theatre at Broadway and West 47th Street. For me, it turned out to be eye-opening, funny, delightful entertainment for all ages.

0417 Katrina Lenk Tony Shalhoub THE BANDS VISIT 900x600 webKatrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in 'The Band's Visit' at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.NEW YORK — The best musical to arrive on Broadway this season is “The Band’s Visit,” a superb theatrical adaptation of a 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian band that finds itself accidentally stranded in a remote Israeli town. This insightful story has been turned into a rapturous, intimate musical with a melodious score by the inventive composer David Yazbek with a moving book by Itmar Moses.

BAC40 NYLC MS 0134 900x600 webMembers of the Flying Tunizianis troupe perform in Big Apple Circus (Photo by Maike Schultz)NEW YORK — At Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center until January 7, Big Apple Circus is surely one of the greatest shows on earth.

The cast of TIME AND THE CONWAYS Photo by Jeremy Daniel 2017 webFrom left, Matthew James Thomas, Gabriel Ebert, Anna Baryshnikov, Charlotte Parry, Elizabeth McGovern and Anna Camp in 'Time and the Conways' (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)NEW YORK — J.B. Priestley’s “Time and the Conways” is not one of his best plays, but it is being given an acceptable, and often entertaining, revival at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on West 42nd Street.