West Side Story opened this week, as did Blithe Spirit and a new rock musical. And the theater community lost one of the greats, Natasha Richardson.
The Timesdidn't love the new revival of West Side Story, but I think Brantley's wrong. It's a beautifully done revival—Jerome Robbins' iconic choreography feels fresh and brand new and exciting, Josefina Scaglione was basically grown in a lab to play Maria, Karen Olivio is a serious, statuesque Anita, and there are many cuuuuuute boyyyyssssss. So there.
Meanwhile the Twelfth Night at the McCarter in Princeton is apparently quite good, plus it features the marvelous Veanne Cox as Olivia. So, you should go.
Sure Blithe Spirit—with Angela Lansbury, Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, and the always-terrific Jayne Atkinson—soundslike fun, but I hear it's a long and boring production.
'Rock Romance' Roomsseems amusing, but maybe also a little cloying.
If you still haven't caught Lynn Nottage's Ruined or one-man show about clowns Humor Abuse (both well reviewed), you now have more time. Manhattan Theatre Club has extended both runs, to May 3rd and April 19th, respectively. Go!
Stacy Keach, currently starring in the national tour of Frost/Nixon, suffered a mild stroke in Los Angeles earlier this week, but is expected to make a full recovery and rejoin the tour at some point.
In Chicago, Wait Until Dark at Court Theatre is taut and scary, while the Porchlight Theatre's Pacific Overtures is "sparkling."
In LA, Theatre Banshee's Scottish Play is "vanilla", but Stalin-era thriller The Letters at the Andak Stage Company in NoHo is "impeccably performed."
In Boston run! don't walk! to The Pain and the Itch at Company One, featuring the divine Nancy Carroll and directed by the lovely and talented Bevin O'Gara.
Finally, the lights dimmed on Broadway (and in the West End) for a minute on Thursday night to honor one of the stage's most exciting stars, Natasha Richardson. The actress passed away following a head injury she suffered while skiing near Montreal.