I saw Waitress at the America Repertory Theater in Cambridge in September. I fell in love with the show then, and decided to buy tickets for the show’s first preview on Broadway. It’s been a long time since I’ve left a theater as excited about a show as I did last night.
Waitress is based on a 2007 movie of the same name that starred Keri Russell. The story follows Jenna (Jessie Mueller), a waitress in an unhappy marriage, who bakes creatively named pies. Jenna finds out that she is pregnant, and with the help of fellow waitresses Becky (Keala Settle) and Dawn (Kimiko Glenn), she decides to enter a pie baking competition to make enough money to leave her husband. Along the way, Jenna falls for her charming (and married) gynecologist (Drew Gehling).
Last year, I co-taught Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to an 11th grade American Literature class. I’ve wanted to see the current Broadway revival of the musical based on Walker’s novel for a while, and finally got the chance on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading
I have now seen the current magnificent revival of Fiddler on the Roof three times. I had to see it again on Thursday because Jessica Vosk (who usually plays Fruma Sarah #deadElphaba) was on as Golde. I am a huge fan of Vosk’s performance as Fruma, so I just had to see her as the matriarch of Tevye’s family. Because I’ve already written about the revival as a whole, I’m going to zoom in on Vosk’s performance in the show last night.
As I write this, the final performance of Roundabout’s Noises Off is about to begin. I was lucky enough to see this production on Friday night, and I so glad that I didn’t miss it.
Noises Off by Michael Frayn is a hysterical backstage farcical comedy. The first act of the play is set during a tech rehearsal of the play Nothing On. The rehearsal does not go well, and the show’s director, Lloyd (Campbell Scott), gets progressively frustrated with his cast. The show’s second act is set backstage of a performance later in Nothing On‘s tour of England. Personal drama among the cast members leads to many onstage mishaps. The show’s third act is a performance at the end of Nothing On‘s tour. The actors have almost completely abandoned the script at this point, and hilarity ensues.
Last night, I saw the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of She Loves Me starring Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi. I bought the tickets in early January and have been eagerly awaiting seeing this show ever since.
She Loves Me is the story of two clerks at Maraczek’s Parfumerie, Amalia (Benanti) and Georg (Levi), who can’t stand each other. Unbeknownst to them, they have been writing anonymous letters to each other with the alias “Dear Friend.” This story might sound familiar to you, as it is based on the same story as You’ve Got Mail.
I’ve been in Fiddler on the Roof twice. This, coupled with the fact that I am a young Jew, has led to a complicated relationship with the musical. I would like to thank Bartlett Sher (Director), Danny Burstein (Tevye), and the rest of the cast/crew of the 2016 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof for reminding me why I love this musical.
For those of you who don’t know, Fiddler on the Roof is set in 1905 in a small Russian “shetl” called Anatevka. The show chronicles the life of a dairyman, Tevye, as he grapples with unraveling tradition and the marriages of his three oldest daughters: Tzeitel (Alexandra Silber), Hodel (Samantha Massell), and Chava (Melanie Moore).