About me

About me

For as long as I can remember, I have been a theater lover. My mom was an aspiring actress and she did everything she could to make me become an actor myself. Alas, some dreams never come true. I did share her passion for this beautiful and noble vocation, but I chose to be the spectator; the person in the audience who sighs when the singer hits a beautiful note or scoffs when an actor forgets his line on the stage.     I have written about my experiences with theater before. A few months back, I realized that it was time for me to publicly announce my love for Broadway and absolutely everything related to it. Broadway is the Promised Land for theater lovers- actors and audience alike. It does not just see some of the biggest names in the industry, it also sees some of the best talent. I love some of the more underrated and subdued plays being put up on Broadway just as I love my high-budget extravaganzas (even though I believe the former deserves much more acclaim than it actually does get).   So, welcome to my world, where I ramble on about Broadway and it’s wonderful shows....

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If/Then- Watch it for Idina

It’s hard to say how well If/Then would have done, if Idina Menzel had not been a part of the cast. Menzel’s return to Broadway, after a whole decade, was highly speculated. Her fans are certainly going to be pleased about her return, and her performance in the musical. It seems like a wonderful follow up to the “Let It Go” craze, that just does not die down. But, here’s the million dollar question- what if Menzel was not in If/Then?   This might seem too harsh, but If/Then would not be a show worthy of Broadway if it had not been for it’s star cast. The characters are rather insipid and colorless, and they fail to make up for the lack of a plot. A musical about destiny, choices and possibilities can be without a plot- as long as the characters are strong enough to carry the burden on their backs. However, this musical fails on both the fronts.   Menzel shines as the middle aged urban planner who cannot decide whether strategy is better than impulse. Broadway is all about showcasing dilemmas and the pain of choices, but the choices depicted in the musical are not nearly emotionally charged enough to make an impact on the audience.     Tom Kitt, who scored the music, has done a wonderful job. Brian Yorkey and Michael Greif, who handled the story and direction, respectively, could have certainly done a better job. The stage setting was done beautifully- it was a wonderful interpretation of New York’s urban landscape.   Bottom line? If you have been a devoted Wicked fan all your life, go watch If/Then. It’s wonderful seeing Menzel back on stage. If you are still not convinced, just watch Wicked and swoon over Menzel’s beautiful performance....

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Why Bridges of Madison County Deserves More

  It would be impossible to find a person who is not a fan of Meryl Streep. She is an actor almost everybody else can take tips from. It would be difficult for any actresses to step into her shoes, and play a part almost as well as she did, but Kelli O’Hara, who plays Francesca Johnson in the newest musical of Bridges of Madison County, has done a praiseworthy job.   This new musical might be the best version of the book yet. It’s a wonderful interpretation and it’s got some powerfully moving performances by Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. It’s a beautifully intimate production, with an 18 member cast. It’s got really simple stage instructions and sets- and that just makes the production dearer. There is nothing distracting one from the lucid emotions so wonderfully portrayed by Francesca and Robert. Jason Robert Brown, who composed the score for the musical, had actually written Francesca’s part with O’Hara in mind, and it shows.   Seeing O’Hara and Pasquale on stage is a treat. Their trauma, and their love feels so real, it is impossible to think that they are just actors. Pasquale’s interpretation of Robert’s character is rather impressive, especially since he brings out the inner sadness and melancholy that led Robert to Francesca in the first place.   Bridges of Madison County has never been better, yet, the musical seems to be drawing fewer crowds than it should. It’s certainly the most intimate play in Broadway right now- the lack of flashy showmanship might be a downer for a few people. The musical also lacks any big Hollywood names, even though it has some class- A actors. The musical might not be doing too well right now, but there is a chance that it will do better, once the Tonys are announced....

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Return To Broadway

It’s never easy adapting a literary classic for the stage. It’s more difficult to portray beloved literary characters in a way that would still be emotional for those who have read the book. Of Mice and Men, which opened on the 19th of March, has succeeded on both the fronts. It’s a wonderful stage adaptation of one of the best American novels of all times, and  Chris O’Dowd and James Franco manage to tug heartstrings with no effort at all.   Franco and O’Dowd made their Broadway debut as George Milton and Lennie Small in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck’s popular novel. The play also stars Leighton Meester, of Gossip Girls fame, as Curly, the flirtatious wife who brings about Lennie’s downfall. Anna Shapiro also does a wonderful job as the director.   The best part about Of Mice and Men is the fact that it’s a sum of parts. It works because it gets all the little things right. The actors hit it right on the nail, the direction is simply effortless, and the sets are terribly authentic. Looking at the set, you will certainly believe that you are living during the Great Depression, right next to the ranch.   Chris O’Dowd is certainly the star of the show. From the moment he steps on the stage, he IS  Lennie. He manages to do his part as the big, clumsy, lovable idiot wonderfully. Franco’s ability to showcase George’s emotional turmoil regarding Lennie is heart wrenching. It’s no surprise that the show did so well in the box office- opening at $688,832. The cast and crew of the play were pleasantly surprised about the strong opening- I’m most certainly not. It is one of the strongest plays of the season, and hopefully, will get the recognition it deserves during the Tony nominations....

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