Broadway Review: “A Bronx Tale” at the Longacre Theatre

December 1, 2016 | Best Bet, Broadway | Tags:

“I went out into the world and I kept my/promise. I became somebody. I owed that to my/parents and to Sonny.” – Cologero The ingredients: a wonderful story of redemption by Chazz Palminteri; an outstanding cast; two (not one) directors with keen senses of staging (Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks); captivating music by Alan Menken; engaging lyrics by Glenn…

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Broadway Review: “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” Sparkles at the Imperial Theatre

November 30, 2016 | Best Bet, Broadway | Tags:

“I never thought that I’d end up like this./I used to be better.” – Pierre What is “The Great Comet?” The masterful musical, recently transferred to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, seems to evoke disparate responses and critical interpretations. Some insist this is a complex musical requiring extensive knowledge of the French Invasion of Russia in 1812 and the ability…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Terms of Endearment” at 59E59 Theaters

November 23, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

It is always a difficult task to adapt for the stage a novel that has turned into a successful screenplay. The current American premier of Dan Gordon’s adaptation of “Terms of Endearment” has even greater obstacles to overcome following after the familiar dramatic tearjerker associated with brilliant performances by iconic film actors. These difficulties have nothing to do with comparing…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead” at the Pershing Square Signature Center

“Yesterday today next summer tomorrow just uh moment uhgoh in 1317 dieded thuh last black man in thuh whole entire world. Uh! Oh. Dont be uhlarmed. Do not be afeared. It was painless. Uh painless passin. He falls twenty-three floors to his death. 23 floors from uh passin ship from space tuh splat on thuh pavement. He have uh head…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Finian’s Rainbow” at Irish Repertory Company

November 6, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

The 2016 Presidential Election has been perhaps the most contentious in modern history. Erupting from the three debates – as well as prior to the nominations – there has been a disturbing barrage of bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, and racism. Economic disparity has been used to woo voters without providing them any concrete paths to a better future. For these reasons,…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Roads to Home” at Primary Stages at Cherry Lane Theatre

November 5, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags: ,

If the idiom “home is where the heart is” has any veracity, then the characters in Horton Foote’s 1982 “The Roads to Home” are as far from home as anyone might be. Geographically, the main characters – the three women in the first two short plays of the somewhat interconnected trilogy – are refugees from their original homes and have…

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News: “Bandstand” Begins Previews on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 31, 2017

November 4, 2016 | Broadway, News, Previews | Tags:

The producers of Bandstand are pleased to announce that the new musical will play the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre this spring with previews beginning March 31, 2017 in advance of an April 26 opening night. As previously announced, Bandstand will star Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Gigi). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award…

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Off-Broadway Review: Keen Company’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” Explodes with Joy at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row

November 3, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags: , ,

“I want to write music. I want to sit down right now at my piano and write a song that people will listen to and remember, and do the same thing every morning for the rest of my life.” – Jon Before Jonathan Larson’s iconic “Rent” had its workshop production at the New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) in 1993 and…

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News: The National Alliance for Musical Theatre 28th Annual Festival of New Musicals at New World Stages

October 29, 2016 | Broadway, LGBT, News, Off-Broadway | Tags:

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) has been hard at work since 1989 introducing writers and their new musicals to significant theatre industry leaders. Now in its 28th year, NAMT attracts theatre producers from around the world for this industry-only event to discover eight new musicals presented in 45-minute concert presentations over two days. All production costs are underwritten…

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Cabaret Review: Anita Gillette and Harold Sanditen in “Harold and Broad” at the Metropolitan Room

October 29, 2016 | Cabaret | Tags:

The remarkable Anita Gillette, now an octogenarian, returns to the Metropolitan Room for a two-night gig with her sexagenarian friend Harold Sanditen. The pair – separated by a span of twenty years – transcends, nay transforms, the notion that age differences affect deep friendship and the misconception that age affects the quality of vocal performance. Like Harold and Maude before…

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