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'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Broadway Review: Neil Patrick Harris Triumphs as A Transgendered Trollop

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Broadway Review: Neil Patrick Harris Triumphs as A Transgendered Trollop
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Neil Patrick Harris kicks it out like crazy as Hedwig, the transgender punk rocker who rages away in the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Making his first Broadway appearance in ten years, Harris delivers a lusty, full-throttle performance in the louche and loud musical that opened on Tuesday at the Belasco Theater, where its vintage Tiffany lighting fixtures may well be shivered to shards by all of the noise.

First staged Off Broadway for a two-year run in 1998, “Hedwig” has since been made as a film and remains one of the relatively few really hard-rocking musicals to win popular favor. Amusingly written by John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask (music and lyrics), the musical is conceived as an antic one-night-only concert by an “internationally ignored song stylist.”

 

'The Velocity of Autumn' Broadway Review: Estelle Parsons Rages Against the Sunset

'The Velocity of Autumn' Broadway Review: Estelle Parsons Rages Against the Sunset
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An intermittently affecting two-character comedy about aging, “The Velocity of Autumn” has been built not too soundly by Eric Coble as a conventional vehicle for...

'Violet' Broadway Review: Sutton Foster Blossoms in a Radiant Little Musical

'Violet' Broadway Review: Sutton Foster Blossoms in a Radiant Little Musical
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Let me briefly add my voice to the chorus of praise for “Violet,” the lovely little musical that opened on Sunday at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater. Roll...

'The Cripple of Inishmaan" Broadway Review: Daniel Radcliffe Helps to Illuminate a Dark Irish Comedy

'The Cripple of Inishmaan
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Marking his third appearance on Broadway, Daniel Radcliffe genuinely glows as the title figure for “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” It otherwise is nice to see how we...

The Tribeca Film Festival: Focus on a Vanishing Delhi Artist Colony in "Tomorrow We Disappear"

The Tribeca Film Festival: Focus on a Vanishing Delhi Artist Colony in
BY PAULA SCHWARTZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Never was a movie title more forlorn nor apt as “Tomorrow We Disappear.”

Directed by Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber, the film is about the puppeteers, acrobats, swo...

8 Reasons Our Chelsea Handler is in Play

8 Reasons Our Chelsea Handler is in Play
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

David Letterman is retiring from his late night talk show in 2015, and Montclair’s Stephen Colbert will be filling the position. New Jersey’s own Chelsea Handler was in...

Rumors Surface About Jacqueline Laurita's Return for RHONJ Season 6

Rumors Surface About Jacqueline Laurita's Return for RHONJ Season 6
BY CHELSEA HAMILTON
NEWJERSERYNEWROOM.COM

The manipulation, the foul language, and the constant family turmoil is only a brief description for why many around the country find themselves glued to Bravo’...

'Act One' Broadway Review: A Heavy Chain of Show Biz Events

'Act One' Broadway Review: A Heavy Chain of Show Biz Events
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

For me, although I have six more attractions to review before it concludes this month, “Act One” is the bitterest disappointment of the Broadway season.

The book ...

'Of Mice and Men' Broadway Review: A Sterling Revival of a Sorrowful American Story

'Of Mice and Men' Broadway Review: A Sterling Revival of a Sorrowful American Story
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A bleak poetry suffuses “Of Mice and Men,” John Steinbeck’s 1937 stage adaptation of his brief novel. So does the sterling Broadway revival of the play, which op...

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