A few months ago, Gary Wien reached out to me about my blog posts here on Incandescere covering the arts and culture scene. He told me how nice it is to see someone dedicated to the world of the arts and journalism (We’re a dying breed. ::cough:: ), and asked if he could re-run my blog posts on his site, NewJerseyStage.com — with my byline and a link back to my website, of course.
It took me all of a day to decide that “Hey, this isn’t a bad setup.” As a matter of fact, it’s a pretty sweet deal, if I may say so myself. And that deal, my dear readers, got even sweeter when Wien also offered me the opportunity to do some first-run reviews of New Jersey theater productions in exchange for tickets.
My first original work for New Jersey Stage is a review of the new Broadway-bound musical, The Sting, starring Harry Connick Jr. and J. Harrison Ghee. Yes, it’s another film-to-stage adaptation, but this one manages to stand out by creating its own magic and blending it with the spark of the original film and an homage to the great music it revived for a new generation.
Wait! What am I telling you about it here for? Go! Read my review of the opening night performance last week at the Paper Mill Playhouse. It’s titled “The Sting Delivers A Bumpy Con, But A Cool Song-And-Dance.”
And if you’ve seen or plan to see The Sting, let me know what you think. Did I get it wrong? Is it too rough around the edges? Do you plan to see it on Broadway this fall instead when it’s more polished and pretty? Let me know.