One of the categories on Jeopardy! recently was “The New York Times Theatre,” with answers and questions about shows read by Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic of The New York Times. Perfect for my blog – here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each. I’ll post the questions in a few days:
- Based on a movie, this musical about an Irish guy & a Czech girl uses song & dance in a way I’ve never experienced in an American musical: to convey a beautiful shimmer of might-have-been-regret.
- In 1996 I reviewed the revival of this Kander & Ebb musical whose jaded take on celebrity worship & fractured justice were timely then; I said I hoped it would run for a long time – little did I know it would still be playing today.
- When it comes to Shakespeare, I must have seen at least a dozen productions of this tragedy, with everyone from Liev Schreiber to Jude Law as the prince.
- Tom Hanks made his Broadway debut playing tabloid columnist Mike McAlary in “Lucky Guy,” written by this woman, a close friend of Hanks; unlike some of the movies she wrote & directed, her play feels only newsprint deep.
- A 1997 revival of this Ibsen classic made me remember why I love the theatre; the play is more than a century old, but it felt like the part of Nora had only just been written, & written specifically for Janet McTee.
How well do you know Broadway? Come back later for the questions…
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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer
Death on Broadway
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