We gave it a B+
Broadway theaters always fill up around Easter, making reservations a must for holiday visitors. To call for tickets, phone Ticketron (T) at 212-246-0102 or Telecharge (TC) at 800-233-3123; in New York, 212-239-6200. It can be hard to get choice seats for Cats (Winter Garden, 1634 Broadway, TC), Les Miserables (Imperial, 249 W. 45 St., TC), Phantom of the Opera (Majestic, 247 W. 44 St., TC), and Miss Saigon (Broadway, 1681 Broadway, TC), in previews starting March 23. But seats are available for many others, ranging from big musicals to the one-person shows: Jackie Mason: Brand New (Neil Simon, 250 W. 52 St., T) and The Big Love with Tracey Ullman (Plymouth, 236 W. 45 St., TC).
MULE BONE Ethel Barrymore, 243 W. 47 St., TC
Black anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and poet Langston Hughes collaborated in 1930 on this sweet-tempered story, a celebration of the homespun wisdom and humor of Hurston’s rural Southern hometown. Making a heads-up debut in the big, boisterous cast: Kenny Neal, who sings the new Taj Mahal songs with angelic soul and plays the blues harmonica like the very devil. B+