Well, if you don’t feel guilty about crossing the picket lines, Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein at the Hilton Theatre is still the hottest ticket on Broadway, albeit with a slightly less fiery flame. According to the Observer’s John Heilpern, the “production is handsome, like a stylish facade, but the pace of the first act is sluggish. (Act two is better and funnier.) Only Mr. Brooks would write a slapstick scene between a Monster on the loose and a lonely blind hermit. Ms. Stroman’s direction of the farcical mayhem is uninspired—as if the laughter would come automatically. (Devotees of the movie obliged, laughing in advance.)” [Check here for tickets]
If you’re looking for something slightly less slapstick and definitely more delightful, Mr. Heilpern would recommend Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. “Mr. Stoppard dazzles and surprises, as we’ve come to expect from the celebrated playwright and intellectual—not least by using rock music as his central metaphor for subversive change in times of political upheaval and persecution. Yet the pleasure of the evening belongs most to the three lead actors imported from the original West End production.” [Check here for tickets]
Our favorite New York-based rock trio Blonde Redhead will play Terminal 5 on Jan. 19. You won’t be able to cop their new album, 23, until the spring, but get a preview of the beautiful title track here. We recommend that you do not ingest any mind-altering edibles before watching that video. [On Sale: Friday, Nov. 16 at noon.]
James Blunt, whose “You’re Beautiful” will forever be in rotation on soccer mom radio playlists, and sexy Fiona Apple-wannabe Sara Berielles will make a stop on their VH1 You Outta Know Tour at the Beacon Theatre on Feb. 29. Watch Ms. Berielles get all Alanis Morrisette on the bespectacled dude’s ass in her video for “Love Song.” [On Sale: Saturday, Nov. 17 at noon.]
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