Fun Home is joyous, tender and achingly personal. It deserves its five Tony awards; it’s definitely the best theatrical offering on Broadway at the moment.
Getting behind the regal face of Queen Elizabeth II for one evening’s entertainment turned out to be insightful and inspiring and a whole lot of fun.
Even with its stellar cast, which includes Toni Collette and Michael C. Hall, this new play by Will Eno fails to keep momentum and pretty much flat lines in the second half due to both its humour and its existentialist sentiment wearing too thin.
Five-time Tony award winner Audra McDonald, a true Broadway goddess, plays Billie Holiday to perfection in a one woman monologue/concert that transports the audience to a recreation of the final concert given by one of the world’s greatest jazz singers.
Daniel Radcliffe is the obvious draw card for this latest Broadway production by British director, Michael Grandage, and his company, but there are many more attractions in this fine Martin McDonagh play about an Irish boy trying to find his own way in life.
Steinbeck’s well loved novella/play has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years and it makes a welcome return especially in the very reliable hands of director Anna D. Shapiro and her two stars, Chris O’Dowd and, man of the moment, James Franco, who play Lennie and George.
This new play is inspired by events that took place in and around the Chevalier d’Eon Resort in the Catskill Mountains, New York State, in 1962 at time of racial segregation in the USA and when homosexuality was a crime. Fierstein has brought an interesting group of men who dress and identify themselves as female to life with vitality and empathy.