Category archive: Rocamora Reviews

January 2017: London, Alive with Music

January 2017: London, alive with music 2017 begins with the glorious sound of music resonating from the London stages. Amadeus – at the Royal National Theatre Michael Longhurst’s current revival of Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play is one of the most thrilling productions I’ve ever seen on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre. One could…

December: A Flood of Musicals

December: A flood of musicals New York is alive with the sound of music this holiday season, offering innovative shows of dazzling variety and boundless energy. Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 Tops on my list is the spectacular Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.  Like Hamilton, it’s a hybrid musical,…

November Notables

November Notables In the midst of a traumatic political month, two productions offer remarkable relevance to what’s happening on the national scene. Kings of War at Brooklyn Academy of Music First and foremost is Kings of War, the sensational series of Shakespeare history plays at the Brooklyn      Academy of Music early in the month.   The…

October Offerings

October Offerings It’s Halloween time, and they’re handing out theatrical treats on Broadway (as well as a few tricks). The Front Page at the Broadhurst Theatre The most anticipated show this fall is the revival of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s The Front Page at the Broadhurst Theatre. Co-authored by two former newspapermen, this old…

Starting the Season with a Tribute

September, 2016 Starting the season with a tribute Edward Albee (1928-2016) Much has been – and will be – written about the late, great Edward Albee who died on Friday, September 16 at age 88.  Considered the foremost playwright of his generation, and one of the greatest of the 20th century, he is recognized as…

Top Ten Trends of 2015-2016 Season

Top Ten Trends of 2015-2016 season As the lazy days of August come to a close, we look back on the dramatic highlights of the past year. Here are ten notable trends of the 2015-2016 theatre season: 1) Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton Hamilton on Broadway This ground-breaking phenomenon about American history, identity, and ethnicity, is making…

July-The Best of the Rest

July – The Best of the Rest The Tony Awards season may have passed, but New York theatre continues to generate worthwhile new offerings of a wide variety this late spring and early summer. Oslo at Lincoln Center The most noteworthy recent opening is Oslo, the impressive new play by J. T. Rogers that premiered…

June Classics

June classics June has surprised us with a number of high-profile productions of the classics, each with its own distinctive directorial interpretation. Peer Gynt Few classics pose as many challenges as Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. A formidable five-act dramatic poem, it was one of Ibsen’s first works, never intended for performance. Its epic-scale content includes…

May Musicals

May Musicals Speaking of Broadway musicals, the spring season may not feature a newcomer like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, the ground-breaking sensation that opened here last summer and just took eleven Tony Awards.  Still, there are some surprises and delights (as well as thrills and chills) to be found in wide range of new musicals and…

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