David Richardson

Matthew Murphy

You can put together a list of superlative words to describe the production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which opened at the newly refurbished Lyric Theater, but you would run out of words before you could possibly come up with enough of them to describe what an incredible production has been staged. It’s 5 hours long (four acts in each of 2 episodes), has at least 40 cast members most of which wear cloaks and enough special effects to at least equal what you saw in all the Potter movies put together.

Just want to get one thing straight, Jimmy Buffet is not performing in Escape to Margaritaville, which opened at the cavernous Marquis Theater the other night, but a wonderful cast of people are and all the Buffet songs from "Fins" to "Cheeseburger in Paradise" are there. The show itself is 2 1/2 hours of Floridian and Caribbean fun replete with a volcano, touristy swimsuits and beach balls for everyone at the final curtain. 

Bernadette Peters
Julieta Cervantes

Bernadette Peters is the new Dolly!

One of the silliest and dumbest of any shows that has ever hit Broadway opened last night at the Palace Theater. The backers, producers and the performers involved in "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical" should all start looking for something else to do. Except for some music from the likes of Aerosmith, John Legend, Panic and Cyndi Lauper and a couple of performers doing their best to play underwater creatures like starfishes, squids, and a sponge, there is little attraction for anyone except maybe the 8 to 10 age group.

For once it’s nice to have a comedy back on Broadway and especially a comedy written by Steve Martin, starring Amy Schumer. It’s called, for some inexplicable reason, "Meteor Shower" and it opened at the Booth on Shubert Alley the other night. Frankly, just call it 80 minutes of nonsensical fun, and who can’t like that in this era of harassment and rockets.