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In the current Broadway stratosphere, several leading actresses belie the idea that there are no more Carol Channings or Ethel Mermans. But it’s hard to argue that other than Audra McDonald, there is no regularly working actress held in as much awe and adoration as Kelli O’Hara whose sparklin soprano sparks superlatives from fans, critics and colleagues.
Seth Rudetsky is living the dream of every theater geek, except that he is not an outsider, he is an insider who doesn’t name drop to impress; they are his colleagues and friends. The effervescent Rudetsky is bringing to the Parker Playhouse his unique unscripted events in which he and a boldface performer schmooze, share backstage stories and create impromptu duets from the guest’s songbook. Up first Jan. 3 Kelli O’Hara
But our recent visit to Broadway took in shows running nearly a full season or even longer – and they seem as vibrant as the reviews said they were on the day they opened: The King and I, An American In Paris and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Tone is the secret behind the tragically soon-to-close Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s lovely, heartfelt and thought-filled musical, The Bridges of Madison County. The theatrical reimagining of the raw material strikes a tone of compassion and complexity that is virtually alien to the Harlequin romance/Lifetime Movie of the Week sensibility of the novel and the film.
Charm, in fact, does go a long, long way, especially when it’s partnered with large dollops of professional polish. A classic example is this classic production of this faux classic musical Nice Work If You Can Get It with Gershwin tunes, the winsome couple Kelli O’ Hara and Matthew Broderick, and helmed by Kathleen Marshall.