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Thursday, July 19, 2018

London’s West End Is Bustling With Options This Summer by Dan Bacalzo

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2018 London is a treasure trove for theatre lovers, with a wide range of exciting new stage offerings, Broadway imports, top-notch revivals, and…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

American Psycho Review by Dan Bacalzo

American Psycho deserves a far longer run than it is going to receive. The stylish and engaging new musical recently announced a Broadway closing date of June 5 at a reported $8.8 million do…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Megan Hilty at the Café Carlyle by Dan Bacalzo

Early in her set at the Café Carlyle, Megan Hilty sings Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s “Let Me Be Your Star,” one of the most iconic and most reprised songs that the duo wrote for t…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Dancing with Death Review by Dan Bacalzo

“No one here is getting out alive,” Thomas Honeck informs his audience in Dancing with Death, his cabaret show at The Duplex. No, he’s not about to kill anyone – even if he does ente…

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Into the Woods Performed by Fiasco Theater by Dan Bacalzo

Move over, Meryl Streep. Fiasco Theater proves you don’t need a Hollywood budget or mega-wattage stars to deliver a moving and highly entertaining version of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lap…

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Honeymoon in Vegas Review by Dan Bacalzo

Not all movies make good stage musicals. While there are some successes such as Billy Elliot and The Producers, there are also a number of clunkers. Honeymoon in Vegas, which recently opened…

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cheyenne Jackson at the Carlyle by Dan Bacalzo

Cheyenne Jackson possesses a suave and charismatic presence as he regales the Café Carlyle audience with songs and stories in his new cabaret, Eyes Wide Open. He doesn't literally embody th…

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Jeff Goldblum's Cafe Carlyle show by Dan Bacalzo

Jeff Goldblum knows how to work a crowd. Prior to the official start of his jazz-infused cabaret show at the Café Carlyle, he is up on the stage sharing anecdotes from his film career and q…

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

You Want to Be a What?!? by Dan Bacalzo

Mime and cabaret are two artistic forms that you might not think go well together. However, that's exactly what you get with Richmond Shepard's curious yet engaging new show, You Want to Be …

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

En Avant: An Evening with Tennessee Williams by Dan Bacalzo

Most people are aware of Tennessee Williams' stature as a great playwright, but less is commonly known about the man himself. Writer/performer William Shuman seeks to redress this lack of kn…

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Riffs on Race, Love, and War: The Musical FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

"When you suffered, how did you resist?" asks Karen D. Taylor in Riffs on Race, Love, and War: The Musical, part of the New York International Fringe Festival. The writer/performer shares se…

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Urban Momfare FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

The new musical Urban Momfare, part of the New York International Fringe Festival, humorously explores such issues as how to get your kid into the best schools and what to do when your child…

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Olympus Records FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

Greek tragedy meets 90s-style rock in Olympus Records, a new musical performing as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Featuring music and lyrics by Morgan Clarke and a book …

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Sun Experiment FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

A potent combination of passion and intellect drives Catherine Yu's beautifully written The Sun Experiment, part of the New York International Fringe Festival. The play is reminiscent of the…

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Joel Creasey: Rock God FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

Joel Creasey is on a quest for fame. However, he's the first to admit that he hasn't achieved it yet—particularly in the U.S. where he's pretty sure no one has heard of him. But if the hig…

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Bedroom Secrets FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

Sex addiction, infidelity, and codependency are among the issues explored by Thomas and Judy Heath in Bedroom Secrets, being presented as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. …

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

No One Asked Me FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

The ongoing political controversy about deporting undocumented children from the United States lends a sense of urgency to the FringeNYC show No One Asked Me. The three teenagers at the cent…

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MANish BOY FringeNYC by Dan Bacalzo

A phone call from an ex-girlfriend alerts Ralph Harris to the possibility that he might be the father of a teenage boy who has gotten into a bit of trouble with the police. This unexpected r…

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Gig NYMF by Dan Bacalzo

The Gig is a pleasure to watch from start to finish. Part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, this tuner from Douglas J. Cohen features smartly sophisticated lyrics and a jazzy musical…

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Der Gelbe Stern (The Yellow Star) NYMF by Dan Bacalzo

Wearing a skimpy black dress and fishnet stockings, Alexis Fishman commands the stage with a seductive sensuality and fiercely independent outlook in Der Gelbe Stern (The Yellow Star), part …

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Snow Queen NYMF by Dan Bacalzo

Disney's animated hit Frozen drew inspiration from the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Snow Queen, but drastically altered the plot. Those looking for something much closer to the original…

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Mapmaker’s Opera NYMF by Dan Bacalzo

There is a good deal of potential contained in The Mapmaker's Opera, part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Based on Bea Gonzalez's novel of the same name, the work tells a story wit…

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Bayonets of Angst NYMF by Dan Bacalzo

Bayonets of Angst is the musical theatre equivalent of Comedy Central's Drunk History. Presented as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the tuner by Rick Kunzi, Justin Zeppa, and …

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Valueville by Dan Bacalzo

If Jean-Paul Sartre had written a musical comedy, it might look something like Valueville, the clever and hilarious new show by Rowen Casey now playing PTC Performance Space as part of the N…

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Amanda McBroom Project by Dan Bacalzo

Karen Akers, Aisha de Haas, Mandy Gonzalez, and KT Sullivan are just a few of the amazing theater and cabaret performers who are participating in The Amanda McBroom Project, at the Laurie Be…

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Friday, January 31, 2014

A Man's a Man by Dan Bacalzo

Duncan Sheik's original score breathes new life into Bertolt Brecht's A Man's a Man, currently being revived by Classic Stage Company under the direction of Brian Kulick. The opening song ha…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Dan Bacalzo

A catchy score, stylish direction, and outstanding performances help to make A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder an utter delight. This new Broadway musical comedy features book and lyr…

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter by Dan Bacalzo

The music of Cole Porter – famous for such Broadway hits as Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate – is always a delight, even when performed in a show that is less than ideal. Such a vehicle i…

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Shakespeare & Elizabeth I: The Reality Show by Dan Bacalzo

Phoebe Legere radiates an aura of excess. Dressed in an Elizabethan-era costume with fetishistic accents, she has a buoyantly outsized presence and a tendency to indulge in a presentational …

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ann Hampton Callaway at 54 Below by Dan Bacalzo

Ann Hampton Callaway is a gifted composer and lyricist, having written a variety of tunes from the theme song to television’s The Nanny to the Barbra Streisand recorded “At the Same Time…

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Little Miss Sunshine by Dan Bacalzo

Dark humor pervades the ironically titled Little Miss Sunshine, a new musical by composer/lyricist William Finn and book writer/director James Lapine. Based upon the 2006 film of the same na…

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