But I’m really not qualified to do it this year…so, I’m going to cheat. This blog started off covering film and theatre, and while I hope to get back to the boards soon–this has been chiefly a movie site for most of the last year. In other words…I’m far from being even close to up-to-date on all things Broadway. Increased film duties, including (but not restricted to) my role as the film and arts contributor, for the national radio program “America Weekend with Ed Kalegi”, has pushed my New York theatre attendance to the back burner. I’m confident that will soon change, but in the mean time–I require a little assistance. So, allow me to leave you in the more than able hands of Simon Parris, at http://simonparrismaninchair.com.
Curious about “Fun Home”, “An American in Paris”, “The King and I”, and many of the other big Tony winners (and runners-up) from Sunday night’s broadcast? Then the tireless Simon Parris has the insightful reviews for you. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Mr. Parris attends musical theatre, ballet and opera, all over the world. I’ve even seen him sneak in the occasional straight play. Honestly, his attendance record puts the vast majority of us to shame. In fact, in his annual fortnight trip to New York City this past spring, Simon took in over 20 performances in less than 14 days! Now that’s a rare combination of love, dedication and expertise. He even made it to my home state of New Jersey this time, for a production at the renowned Paper Mil Playhouse! How does he do it all?
So, planning on buying some tickets, after catching all the wonderful performances during the big Tony Awards show? Please, use Simon Parris as a guide. He really knows his stuff, and I’m sending you to a pair of very capable hands. I’ve been happy to have a fruitful correspondence with Mr. Parris over the last few years. Reading his work has made me a more intuitive theatre critic, and he’s even managed to teach me a few things I otherwise might not know. Remember, that’s http://simonparrismaninchair.com. I promise that you won’t be disappointed!