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“Golden Boy” Ticket Winner & Your Favorite Broadway Knockout

October 31st, 2012 Comments off

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner! Daniel M. is going to see Lincoln Center’s new production of Golden Boy on us.

But today, everybody wins because readers submitted their favorite “knockout” Broadway performances as part of their entries. I’ve read them, removed the ones I absolutely disagree with on a fundamental aesthetic level (I’m kidding) and am now posting some of the best quotes.  So sit back and enjoy some of the best of Broadway, at least according to our fabulously tasteful readers…

Reba McEntire in "Annie Get Your Gun". Photo by Andrew Eccles.

  • Reba McEntire in Annie Get Your Gun was the most perfect pairing of role and performer I have ever experienced.  I saw the show 7 times with her and even paid for 5 of the times!!” David L.
  • “I remember seeing Gary Sinise on Broadway in The Grapes of Wrath. He was mesmerizing. Wish he would do more plays.” Linda Z.
  • The Scottsboro Boys.  I was completely entranced from beginning to end. So clever, new, brilliant performances. 90 minutes of beauty.” Betsy D.
  • “Knock out performance? Audra McDonald in…well, in just about anything she’s ever been in. But particularly, Carousel. What a revelation.” Adam M.
  • Sutton Foster in Anything Goes. A true triple threat.  AND she made it look effortless!!! She is the reigning “Broadway Heavyweight” in my book!” Jamey W.
  • “My parents took me to see A Chorus Line on Broadway when I was about 12. It was astonishing to me in so many ways, starting with the sheer talent and artistry that my young self had never encountered, and ending with the subject matter that struck me hard emotionally — a knockout.” Pam W.

And what of our winner’s entry? He certainly wins with this answer, too. Love me some Cherry Jones.

  • Cherry Jones knocked me out in A Moon For The Misbegotten back in 2000. Her combination of tenderness and toughness, her gutsy physicality and hardened humor — astonishing.” Daniel M.

Win A Pair of Tickets to Lincoln Center’s “Golden Boy”

October 23rd, 2012 Comments off

"Golden Boy". Image via

This Halloween is going to be all treat and no trick when I give away a pair of tickets to the upcoming Lincoln Center revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy. Directed by Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Awake and Sing) and starring a huge nineteen person cast, this story of a violin prodigy turned boxer corrupted by fame and fortune promises to be one of the juicy, dramatic tickets of the winter.

So how do you enter to win? Click on the “contact us” button at the top of the blog page and tell me one Broadway performance you thought was a true knockout and why it floored you. I’ll choose one ticket winner at random but also post some of my favorite replies on October 31.

The fine print:  please put “Golden Boy Tickets” in the subject line and provide a working contact email so we can reach you. Entries must be received by the end of day on October 29. Your email will be private and we will not use it for any reason other than to contact the winner.

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TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE: 2012 Fall Preview, The Plays

September 12th, 2012 Comments off

Steppenwolf's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". Photo by Michael Brosilow.

If the fall season’s crop of musicals is a sparse and eccentrically planted lot, the roster of plays is lush with big ideas, big stars and must-see events (if a few too many “didn’t we just see that” revivals). So let’s dig into the harvest feast…

"Grace". Image via O+M Co.

An Enemy of the People (September 27): Henrik Ibsen’s sturdy study of personal pressure and politics kicks things off just in time for election season. Class acts Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas play brothers, a mayor and a doctor, on opposite sides of an environmental disaster in the making. (Yeah, this was written when?)

Grace (October 4): As I’ve said before…Paul Rudd. I lerve him. Toss in the always magnetic Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and my interest is more than peaked for this surreal comedy-drama about a couple’s plans for religious-themed motels and their less than faithful neighbor.

Running on Empty (October 9): Comedian and professional ranter Lewis Black brings his stand-up to Broadway for a week of performances.

Cyrano de Bergerac (October 11): The French war horse (no, not that one) gets trotted out for another display of witty banter, actorly showmanship and much-needed rhinoplasty. Tony-winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles) takes on the title role in a Roundabout Theatre revival.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (October 13): The revelatory Steppenwolf production starring playwright (and seriously accomplished actor) Tracy Letts and the incomparable Amy Morton finally makes it to Broadway. Check my review from when I saw it at Arena Stage last year and tell me you aren’t a wee bit excited to see the Albee classic again.

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