Julie Taymor’s chrysalis transforms “M. Butterfly” into…well, you get the drift.

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David Henry Hwang’s Tony-Award-winning M. Butterfly was a controversial masterpiece in the 80s when it first graced the Broadway stage. For the first-ever revival of this modern classic, there was simply no one who could do the job but Julie Taymor, the inventive director who transformed Disney’s The Lion King from an animated film into one of the most […]

This Is Not a Review of “The Band’s Visit”

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 This is not a review of the wonderful new musical at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, The Band’s Visit. It can’t be: The Band’s Visit hadn’t opened yet as of the time this article (not “review’) is being written. Thus, what I witnessed this afternoon was a preview, albeit one that followed a long off-Broadway run last year and a […]

Tony Award Winning “Dear Evan Hansen,” Ben Platt Are Both As Good As You’ve Heard

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If I had a whole Christmas tree full of green lights, I’d be tempted to award them to Ben Platt and Dear Evan Hansen. Hamilton might be much more spectacular, but this intimate musical, based on an original story, is so tightly crafted and brilliantly acted that, from the opening second when the light shines on Evan […]