David Benedict

Review: 'The Seagull'


"Is this one of those experimental things?" Insensitive to the last, actress Arkadina disturbs the play her writer son Konstantin is attempting to put on. But the question might just as well be asked…

Review: 'Evita'


As Sandy Wilson said in his 1953 musical "The Boy Friend," "Some people's one desire is to go to Buenos Aires." That's certainly the case with the heroine of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's…

Review: 'Tosca'


Watching "Tosca," it's always hard to avoid the stars. Our hero sits beneath the night sky in the third act, singing "E lucevan le stelle," about how they shone upon the heroine he loves. And…


Review: 'Show Boat'


A cast of 67, an orchestra of 54, and a children's choir -- what is this, the Ziegfeld Follies? Well, almost. It was Florenz Ziegfeld who in 1927 temporarily forsook presenting scantily clad chorines…

Stage 'Mother'


Strands: If it's been seen on the screen, someone will stage it. With "The Producers" everywhere, "Footloose" in the West End and "The Lord of the Rings" and "Dirty Dancing" in the wings, this would…

'Evita' dances tango


If proof were needed that theater folk are superstitious, consider the June 21 West End opening date for London's upcoming "Evita," at the Adelphi Theater. It's exactly 28 years to the day since the…

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