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Interviewed on London’s Biggest Conversation, 97.3 FM about “Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark”

Last night, I was contacted by LBC (London’s Biggest Conversation) – talk radio – to be interviewed about Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark. I didn’t know what to expect, but I agreed to be interviewed live on the air. The talk radio host, Cristo Foufas, wanted to know more about Spider-man and why it’s gotten such negative reviews. Now, if you read my original Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark review, you’re aware that I actually didn’t hate the show. It was actually quite thrilling, but I’m definitely not going to say it was my favorite Broadway show. It was more of a spectacle – a Vegas/circus type show. But I don’t believe that the hatred and negativity surrounding the show is warranted.

I personally think that the early press reviews are a big press “stunt” by Ben Brantley (and the rest of the critics) to see who could write the harshest and most scathing review. (If you read Brantley’s review again it doesn’t really review the material or music like he usually does, it just spews hatred toward Julie Taymor.) I also think it was a double-standard for the press to break the “special” press embargo that they’ve called bloggers on (repeatedly). Does anyone remember the NY Times talking about my article about the first preview of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown? Apparently, Brantley and the rest of the critics can change the rules at any point (as long as they do it in a unified front). Regardless on your personal views on press embargoes for critics, it still was a major double-standard they employed and someone has got to call them out on it.

And I won’t even get into Michael Riedel – the New York Post columnist. The Broadway community represents acceptance and tolerance, but Riedel is disrespectful week after week in his column. He is Broadway’s biggest and meanest bully. It’s one thing to write a negative review, but he’s being banking on Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark to be his ride into mass popularity (and it has been). Remember that his job is solely based on page hits he gets on his weekly column. The more page hits, the more job security he has. Of course, he wants Spider-man to be a big disaster. It just guarantees that he’s going to be thrown into the spotlight (again and again) on a national level!

Shame on him.

In any case, I want Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark to succeed. I’m sure that it’s never going to recoup it’s $65 million dollar investment, but I would like it to run on Broadway for awhile. It deserves to be seen.

Check out my interview with Cristo below:


Posted by on 02/09/2011 in Broadway, Reflection


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Broadway News/Blog Round Up #19

Each week, The Broadway Critic will be featuring the news that you don’t want to miss! A lot has happened since we posted about Everyday Rapture and Memphis possibly becoming a movie musical.

  • If you haven’t heard already, the Tony Award nominations were released on Tuesday, May 4th. You can see the full list here. I usually don’t agree with Michael Reidel on much, but this time I think he hit the nail on the head: “You guys [the Tony committee] did more damage in one day than the critics did all season.” The main damage being that Enron is closing on Sunday with a four million dollar loss. I’m still pretty upset about American Idiot not getting more nominations and if Memphis actually wins the Tony for “Best Musical” I will know, for a surety, that the Tony Awards are a sham. I’m just going to say it: I hated Memphis (and it looks like some people agree with me). Get all of your Tony Award news here.
  • The other big news on Broadway was the unsuccessful car bomb — has the latest news – “The Times Square car bomb suspect sensed authorities were closing in on him in the hours leading up to his arrest, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.” Apparently, Lucy Lui was scared and called out that night – which I don’t blame her at all.
  • Time Stands Still is coming back to Broadway in the fall. I absolutely loved this play. I went on a whim back in January and I’m so glad I did — apparently the Tony Awards committee loved it as much as I did. It received two 2010 Tony nominations for Best Play and Best Actress in a Play (Laura Linney). Read my review of it, here.
  • According to “Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning book writer and lyricist Brian Yorkey is collaborating with Grammy-winning rocker Sting on a new Broadway musical.” To be honest, I’m not that surprised. Who’s next? Pray, that it’s Lady Gaga. Can you imagine the costumes?
  • Photo Call: Remembering Lynn Redgrave. Rest in Peace — very sad news.
  • The Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle announced their winners. You can see the full list here. Just to note, Theatreworks production of Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues won over American Idiot at Berkeley Rep. I didn’t see Theatreworks production, but it still kind of baffles me. Thoughts on this?

Broadway Blog Round Up:

  • Sarah B. gives a shout out to the darling Kate Baldwin. She also mentions she’s seeing her in Paradise Found in London next month. So will I! Are we going to be there on the same day?
  • Chicago Theatre Blog is a little bit upset that the premier of Little Miss Sunshine is happening at La Jolla Playhouse next Spring. He writes, “Truth be told, with Chicago’s known affinity for new plays, we seem like a much better fit for just such a debut.  But being that Lapine has worked with La Jolla on previous premiers, it makes sense that they landed the gig.” I’m glad that it’s only a 5-hour drive away instead of a 5-hour plane ride!
  • Some great Tony news on Grace Notes.
  • Gratuitous Violins gives her take on the Tony Award nominations. On the same note, Steve on Broadway gives his. And one more: Pataphysical Science gives her initial recations. (Clearly, we are an opinionated bunch!) My favorite take on the Tony Awards goes to Chris Caggiano – read here
  • Another review of Promises, Promises from one of my favorite bloggers: The Andy Gram. Here’s what he had to say, “While I really wanted to love this, I felt let down by the piece itself.  There’s not much of anything the producers or director could have done about that, short of picking another show.  Mr. Hayes is a talented man.  My hope is that we will get to see him in more Broadway outings (no double-entrende implied).”
  • Theatre Review: Slasher at SF Playhouse on Idiolect.
  • The Producer’s Perspective has a new iPhone app. Very cool stuff! I just downloaded it. You can download The Broadway Critic’s iPhone app here.
  • Stage Rush reviews the Tony-nominated Everyday Rapture. “Interestingly, Michael Mayer directs the show, which meansEveryday Rapture share most of its creative team with that of American Idiot. It’s strange how one director’s production like Idiot could make me feel so much, and his other make me feel so little.”

Until next week…


Posted by on 05/06/2010 in Broadway, News


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Broadway News Round Up #6

Each week, The Broadway Critic will be featuring the news that you don’t want to miss! A lot has happened since we posted about Fela’s cancellation, Corbin Bleu, Sondheim on Sondheim and The Addams Family opening.

  • More information has been reported about the first ever revival of Promises, Promises: Brooks Ashmanskas, Katie Finneran and Tony Goldwyn are joining Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes as a part of the cast. The workplace musical, set in and around a Manhattan office in the 1960s, is based on Billy Wilder’s film “The Apartment.” The 1968 musical has book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David. You can follow Promises, Promises on twitter now!
  • Riedel reported that Elf (the musical) is fantastic and should come to Broadway next year (of course, only during the winter months so move over White Christmas). He says, “But Thomas Meehan, who co-wrote “The Producers” and “Hairspray,” and Bob Martin, who created the wonderful “The Drowsy Chaperone,” have come up with a witty script laced with enough cynicism to keep sentimentality in check.” I don’t want this movie to become a musical. Sorry; sounds like a disaster to me.
  • has announced cast recordings for A Little Night Music, Finian’s Rainbow and Memphis (it was actually released this last week, but you can only buy it at the theatre and online for a ridiculous price – $25.00). It took quite a while to get a cast recording announced for all of these shows; for awhile, no one thought they would record A Finian’s Rainbow or Memphis. But, Andrew Lloyd Weber decides he’s going to release Love Never Dies (Phantom’s sequel) in March 2010, months before Broadway opening (though around the same time it opens on the West End). I guess when you are as rich as Lloyd Weber, you can do stuff like that. By the way, Love Never Dies has announced their Broadway opening: November 11th, 2010 (even though there is no theatre listed).
  • If you saw Vanities at Theatreworks in 2006, you can finally get the cast recording (though it’s the Off-Broadway Cast Recording from this past summer). It’s only a digital release and you can buy it on iTunes.
  • Pure Country is bound for Broadway in the 2010-11 season. Really? That’s all we can come up with? The only reason I might see this is because Warren Carlyle (A Finian’s Rainbow‘s director) will be the director/choreographer.
  • Did you see all of the reviews for A Little Night Music? It seems everyone is sitting on the fence on this one.
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Posted by on 12/17/2009 in Broadway, News


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Broadway News Round Up #1

Each week, The Broadway Critic will be featuring the news that you don’t want to miss! Come back each week to see what’s happened!Million Dollar Quartet

Some hot news on Broadway this week:

  • Broadway Magazine reported that the “odds were strong” that American Idiot was going to take over the Nederlander Theatre with an opening in the Spring. (We were very excited about that, considering our review.) It’s not true. Instead, a new jukebox musical, Million Dollar Quartet, featuring songs by Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, will be making it’s debut in Spring 2010. We went to the website and decided that we don’t need another jukebox musical on Broadway. Don’t we have enough already? It’s been a critical success in Chicago, but I just don’t see how it’s going actually sell way down on 41st street. Did we have to kill Brighton Beach for that?
  • Two million dollars. Really?? I can’t believe that Hamlet actually cost two million dollars in the first place.  With a stage that stark naked and Jude Law as your lead, I figured it was almost free to produce! Well, they’ve recouped their two million dollars. (Fairly quickly, I might add. It did open only a month or so ago.) Congrats. How much do you bet that there will be another Shakespeare on Broadway with another big name!
  • Michael Riedel of the NY Post has been pretty awful toward Matthew Broderick. He says, “He has a reputation for being slow (some say lazy) in rehearsals, and his recent stage appearances have been, to put it gently, awful.” Ouch! I’ve never seen Broderick on stage, so I can’t concur, but I do know that this has got to suck for Broderick.
  • Most importantly, one of Broadway’s biggest flops, Carrie, is apparently being resurrected. We’ve heard stories about how horrible this show was, but apparently it’s not horrible enough to disappear forever. Sutton Foster is reportedly on the project as well. (Apparently, Shrek’s closing was a little too early!) Marin Mazzie is also on board.
  • Finally, Xanadu is going on tour. They had their auditions last Friday in New York City. Sadly, the closest place they are coming to the Bay Area is Sacramento. Check it out from December 28th to January 10th at Sacramento Music Circus. This production needs to be done in the Bay Area and soon. It’s too much fun not to! And now, I’ve got “I’m Alive” stuck in my head.

Until next week…


Posted by on 11/05/2009 in Broadway, News


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