Sangrit Malay

About Sangrit Malay

Sangrit loves working in New York City, he often writes advice columns on what to do for fun here. He is a frequent Broadway attendee and loves to write mostly about the intersection between art and commerce Favorite TV Talk Show: Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Hair Broadway Show Review

Hair Broadway MusicalShow Summary
Led by charismatic hippie Berger, a group of spirited and idealistic youths enjoy lives of free love and pacifism in New York City’s bohemian East Village. But eventually “the tribe” must face the harsh reality of the Vietnam War draft.

Broadway Review
Even the most jaded theatergoers can’t help but dig classic tunes like “Age of Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Easy To Be Hard,” “Hair,” and “Let the Sunshine In” in this sensitively directed, well-choreographed, and Tony Award-winning production of the 1967 classic musical. Although many of Hair‘s other songs are less-than-classic, and the humor can be pretty sophomoric at times, the energetic show certainly resonates emotionally. And the Baby Boomers will go crazy for it – especially the part where the audience is invited to jump up onstage and dance with the cast at the end of the show!

Mary Poppins Broadway Show Review

Mary Poppins Broadway MusicalShow Summary
A very unusual nanny (who just so happens to be practically perfect in every way) helps two rambunctious children connect with their distracted and distant parents – and she shows them a bit of magic along the way. Disney’s Mary Poppins, now a Broadway musical, is based on the beloved P.L. Travers stories and the classic Disney movie of the same name.

Broadway Review
Fans of the books will be happy to see that this live action Broadway adaptation of Mary Poppins includes characters and adventures that the popular Disney film left out. Fans of the movie, on the other hand, may miss its simplicity (as well as a few of the songs). But everybody is sure to appreciate the wonderful cast and impressive sets. Be aware that there are a few darker moments in the show that might scare smaller children.

Time Stands Still Broadway Show Review

Time Stands Still Broadway ShowShow Summary
Sarah, a photographer, and her partner of several years, James, a journalist, have traveled the world documenting the tragedies of war. But following an injurious accident, the couple must face the challenge of settling down to a more conventional life back in the U.S.

Broadway Review
Donald Margulies’s new play Time Stands Still is a well-written and well-acted drama (the stellar cast is headed by Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James) that examines a couple as they try to adjust to the unadventurous life and to each other in this ordinary context. Most of the questions that Margulies poses – In a world full of pain, is it okay for us to find happiness for ourselves? Is it morally acceptable for a photojournalist to only document tragedy and not intervene to help the injured? – have been asked in similar dramas, so the subject doesn’t exactly feel novel, but Time Stands Still does provide a very engaging and emotional evening in the theater.

Rock of Ages Broadway Show Review

Rock of Ages Broadway ShowShow Summary
Former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis stars as a would-be rocker who arrives on L.A.’s Sunset Strip with dreams of fame and glory, but instead finds heartbreak and hard times in this Broadway tribute to the era of hard rockin’ hair bands.

Broadway Review
From the little lighter-shaped flashlights they hand you when you enter the theater to the drinks being served during the show, the Broadway musical Rock of Ages has the feel of an awesome rock concert. Oh, yeah, and then there’s the music. If you lived through the ’80s (and cherish great memories of listening to the radio or watching MTV during those years), then you’ll be grinning like an idiot and desperate to sing along as the energetic cast belts out melodic rock favorites like Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” and Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Sure, the show’s story and dialogue is pretty silly (sometimes deliciously, sometimes cringingly), but when they start singing “Don’t Stop Believing,” you’re sure to be waving your lighter in the air with everyone else.

Present Laughter Broadway Show Review

Present Laughter Broadway ShowShow Summary
In this classic Noel Coward comedy, Victor Garber stars as a self-absorbed actor whose life is turned chaotic by the arrival of a number of troublesome characters (including a crazy playwright, a cheating producer, and his own ex-wife) to his London apartment.

Broadway Review
This Roundabout Theatre Company production is a solidly enjoyable revival of Noel Coward’s witty 1939 send-up of showbiz folks. Garber is good (if not quite perfect) in the lead role originally played by Coward himself, and Brooks Ashmanskas is the audience favorite, playing a mincing playwright who is as mad as a hatter.

A View From the Bridge Broadway Show Review

A View From the Bridge Broadway ShowShow Summary
In this tragic drama by Arthur Miller, a hard-working Brooklyn man finds that his developing obsession with his wife’s niece leads to his downfall.

Broadway Review
Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson (in her Broadway debut) star as Eddie Carbone and the orphaned niece that Eddie and his wife have raised in this excellent revival, and both give award-worthy performances. They are supported by an equally fine cast, including Jessica Hecht as Eddie’s wife, Morgan Spector and Corey Stoll as the illegal immigrant relatives whose arrival at the Carbone household sets the tragedy in motion, and Michael Cristofer as the neighborhood lawyer who narrates the tale. They just don’t make plays like this anymore, and Miller’s writing is so good that he invests these working class characters’ 1950s Brooklyn-based story with all the poetry and drama of a great Greek tragedy.

Mamma Mia Broadway Show Review

Mamma Mia Broadway ShowShow Summary
Set in the beautiful Greek isles, the Broadway musical Mamma Mia incorporates nearly two dozen songs by international pop sensation ABBA into its lively story about soon-to-wed Sophie, her free-spirited single mother Donna, and three men from Donna’s past — one of whom, Sophie hopes to discover, is her father.

Broadway Review
Mamma Mia has become a global smash since its 1999 London debut, and its biggest fans are usually the middle-aged crowd who fondly remember the disco days of ABBA. Women in particular enjoy watching fun-loving Donna and her two wacky best friends reminiscing about the wild days of their youth, when they were in a singing trio. Since the show’s plot is a bit thin and the tone decidedly silly, the upbeat musical Mamma Mia is best appreciated as a big Broadway-style ABBA concert.

The Lion King Broadway Show Review

The Lion King Broadway ShowShow Summary
Based on the beloved animated Disney movie of the same name, Disney’s The Lion King tells the tale of a young cub who flees his home after being convinced by his scheming uncle that he was responsible for his father Mufasa’s death.

Broadway Show Review
Though some aspects of this Broadway musical adaptation of the original film still seem a bit too cartoonish, the African-inspired music composed specifically for the show and director/designer Julie Taymor’s breathtaking puppetry and gorgeous stage effects make The Lion King Disney’s most innovative stage show so far.

Jersey Boys Broadway Show Review

Jersey Boys Broadway MusicalShow Summary
This thrilling biographical Broadway musical tells the amazing story of how a group of tough young guys from New Jersey became the internationally known hit-making pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Broadway Review
Jersey Boys is a both a smartly-written drama about four men chasing after — and grappling with the pitfalls of — fame, and an unforgettable concert rolled into one terrific Broadway show. Fabulously sung and staged versions of all the Frankie Valli/Four Seasons hits are here, including “Walk Like a Man,” “Oh What a Night,” “Sherry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

In the Next Room Broadway Show Review

In the Next Room Broadway ShowShow Summary
Set during the Victorian era, this new play by Sarah Ruhl is about a doctor who is treating his hysteria patients with an electrical instrument that releases pent-up energy in the womb. Today it’s known as a vibrator, but at that time the medical profession had not yet discovered its “recreational” uses. While the doctor’s patients enjoy the benefits of this treatment, his wife sits in the next room, craving his attention.

Broadway Review
Of course In the Next Room derives much humor from the basic premise, which is based very much on genuine medical history and captured hilariously onstage. But what playwright Ruhl is clearly interested in most is human relationships, and this play isn’t so much about the merits of physical stimulation as it is about the importance of emotional connection. It is a funny, touching, and intelligent play that captures an era when scientific curiosity and societal repression began to come up against each other.