April 21, 2024

The Daily Beast

Review: ‘New York, New York’ Needs to Make a Brand New Start of It

Paul KolnikSome days, New York City may be exhausting, but a Broadway musical about New York, celebrating New York, should never be. Sadly, New York, New York (St. James Theatre, booking to November 19)—despite the resounding presence of that classic “these vagabond shoes,” “if I can make it there” anthem—is a stodgy slog of a show loosely based on Martin Scorsese’s 1977 film.The musical is one of those productions where you can see the cogs furiously turning, but ultimately for low returns and