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Elysa Gardner is Contributor for the Sun.

Ms. Gardner has written about theater and music for The New York Times, The…

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A Jukebox Musical, ‘The Heart of Rock and Roll’ Wins by Not Trying Too Hard

There are genuinely funny lines in this show with music by Huey Lewis and the News, and under Gordon Greenberg’s joyful, vivacious direction, the actors sustain our interest and affection.

Matthew Murphy

For Those Who Can’t Get Enough Political Intrigue, ‘Patriots’ Offers Some of the Best You’ll See on Stage

Peter Morgan, best known to TV audiences for creating ‘The Crown,’ has found his richest subjects yet in the man who has led Russia since 2000 (with one four-year gap) and another who tried, in vain, to oppose him.

© Matthew Murphy

With ‘Illinoise’ Heading to Broadway, Director Justin Peck and Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury Discuss the Journey

If, as many are speculating, ‘Illinoise’ emerges as a prominent contender for Tonys and other honors, it won’t be Peck’s first time invited to the party: He won Tony and Drama Desk awards in 2018 for his first Broadway assignment.

Da Ping Luo, via Park Avenue Armory

Were the Bob Fosse and Sam Mendes Versions of ‘Cabaret’ Not Sufficiently Over-the-Top?

The glorious score notwithstanding, ‘Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,’ as director Rebecca Frecknall’s immersive production has been named, is most compelling when the characters stop singing and dancing.

Marc Brenner

Appropriately, Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’ Extends Into Present Day

Part of what makes the play charming and affecting is that it explores the assumptions we often make based on gender, and upends them with the quirky, earthy humor and disarming tenderness that are hallmarks of Ruhl’s writing.

Joan Marcus

The Alicia Keys Musical, ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ Makes Its Way Uptown to Broadway

In some ways, the Public Theater was a more natural home for ‘Kitchen,’ the story of a scrappy teenage girl’s early coming of age as a woman and an artist, but for the most part the transition feels seamless as it arrives at the Shubert Theatre.

Marc J. Franklin
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