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Spring 2015 Broadway Review Roundup

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The current Broadway season is one of the best in years. However, the plethora of options can be overwhelming – especially if you only have a few days to spend in New York City.  Here’s a summary of some of the recent shows we checked out:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Our take: A must see!

Curious Incident is likely to win this year’s Tony Award® for Best Play. The riveting story revolves around a teenage boy with Asperger’s, Christopher Boone, who is on the hunt to find the murderer of a local dog. The scenery is fabulous. Alex Sharp’s performance as Christopher is triumphant. If you only have time to see one play on Broadway, this is the one to see.

Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Our take: Great light-hearted fun

Gentleman’s Guide is a delightful farce and won the Tony Award® for Best Musical in 2014 . After his mother dies, Monty Navarro (who was raised in poverty) discovers that he is heir to a family fortune.  

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Broadway Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a true gem and Broadway at its best.  It’s also a safe bet to win this year’s Tony Award® for Best Play.

The story revolves around fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher is a mathematical genius who either suffers from autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Mysteriously, a neighbor’s dog is killed and Christopher is the prime suspect. In fact, Christopher was not guilty of the crime and he becomes obsessed with exposing the real killer.

As Christopher embarks on his journey to find the killer, we learn how difficult even the most basic tasks are for him. He hates being touched, he doesn’t know how to interact with people and he is barely capable of navigating the world around him. Further, his mom (played by Enid Graham) and his dad (played by Ian Barford) have split up. Christopher is living with his dad in Swindon while his mom lives in London. The only person who seems to truly understand Christopher is his special-education teacher, Siobhan.

Curious Incident is a whirlwind of sensual delight.

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Broadway Review: Living on Love is a Dud

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If you are planning a trip to the Great White Way, you can avoid Living on Love. With this play performing at the Longacre Theatre, you might get tempted by discounted tickets or a star-studded cast featuring opera diva Renée Fleming. But save your time and hard-earned money for other shows such as Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

The play is a farce that takes place in a glorious Manhattan penthouse owned by the Maestro Vito De Angelis (played by Douglas Sill) and his wife, the opera diva Raquel De Angelis (played by Renée Fleming). The young ghostwriter, Robert Samson (played by Jerry O’Connell) has been attempting for weeks to write the autobiography of the Maestro. To Robert’s frustration, the Maestro is constantly late to interviews or making up stories about his love life. The Maestro even mocks Robert for not having a girlfriend. In fact, the main reason that Robert stays on the project is because he is obsessed with the Maestro’s opera singer wife. Meanwhile, the Maestro feels that he deserves nothing less than Earnest Hemmingway writing his biography.

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StageAgent is Looking for Writers

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At StageAgent we are working to improve access to online resources and performance opportunities for theatre professionals, students, and hobbyists.  We are currently developing some fantastic new tools for actors and building the most comprehensive databases of shows, characters, writers, monologues and song information on the internet

At StageAgent we are working to improve access to online resources and performance opportunities for theatre professionals, students, and hobbyists.  We are currently developing some fantastic new tools for actors and building the most comprehensive databases of shows, characters, writers, monologues and song information on the internet

We are becoming an unparalleled destination for theatre-related resources, but in order to succeed, we need your help! StageAgent has multiple openings for part-time content specialists to write original show guides about musicals and plays. You should be an excellent writer with a deep knowledge of Broadway musicals and/or straight plays, including extensive industry and/or academic experience. This is a work-from-home position and we are open to hiring experts regardless of your geographic location.

Job duties:

  • Write detailed guides for musicals and plays including context,

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