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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

#54BelowAtHome New Series by Sandi Durell

  In keeping with current times and due to closings and postponments, 54 Below will launch its new series with Tony® nominee Joe Iconis & Drama Desk nominee George Salazar on March…

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Jeremy Jordan R&H Live Stream by Sandi Durell

  The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization announced today the launch of their new YouTube live stream series, R&H Goes Live! beginning with JeremyJordan. The ongoing series will fe…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

League of Professional Theatre Women Responds to Broadway Shutdown by Sandi Durell

  The League of Professional Theatre Women (Shellen Lubin and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been championing women in the professional theatre for over three …

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More Closings Worldwide – Streaming Becomes Essential by Sandi Durell

    “Broadway Licensing Offers Up Streaming Rights to Shows that Can’t Perform Live” by BroadwayWorld – “Broadway Licensing has secured approvals for live streaming over 400 pl…

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Shut Down! Small Theaters,Nightclubs,Movie Theaters,Concert Halls by Sandi Durell

  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced March 15 that small theatres, nightclubs, movie theaters, and concert venues must all close, effective 9 AM, Tuesday, March 17. The mandate co…

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Insight into Memories of Musicals Tonight! by Sandi Durell

                  That’s the Ticket – Where It All Began by Guest Writer Mel Miller   I first became aware of That’s the Ticket, thanks to “The Musicals No One Came to See…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Bound to Make You Smile During These Difficult Times! by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   Remember Cheers and Ted Danson? (as if you can forget!) Here’s an apropos video segment I received today that should help to put a smile on your face – something we…

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Washington Square (Performances Now Suspended) by Sandi Durell

    by Marcina Zaccaria   Three hours after confirmation that all Broadway theaters would be closed and Lincoln Center Pavillion would be shut, I traveled to Greenwich Village to attend a…

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wash Your Hands to Your Favorite Song by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   You have a new opportunity to sing to any of your favorite tunes when you’re alone in the shower. And it’s in the name of public health and beating coronavirus. A n…

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Can’t Go to Theater? Maybe Theater and Concerts Can Come to You! by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   I’ve been saying to many that in the wake of the theater shutdown in New York (and worldwide), how important it would be for someone to tape shows and then live-strea…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Aid Applications for Small Businesses by Sandi Durell

Our Efforts to Bring You Information on Many Topics of Interest to Those in Entertainment Related Small Businesses   When the city said it would offer cash and loans to help businesses…

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Updates on Theater Shutdowns and More by Sandi Durell

  The following is a compilation of the most recent news articles via Broadway Briefing and other Entertainment outlets regarding COVID-19 and Theater and Event Shutdowns   Broadway produc…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

72 Miles to Go… by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   Those 72 miles can be a short hop and jump or, as in Hilary Bettis’ new play at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre, an indeterminate unreachable number…

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Joel Jeske:The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment – Utterly Charming (Not Twee) by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   Take your time passing through the exhibit of Dadaist objects and signage on the way in. An embodiment of the show, it’s droll, minimal, evocative; mood setting. Joel J…

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Conscience at George Street Playhouse by Sandi Durell

      by Adam Cohen   Political polemics abound, especially in an election year where viruses get politicized.  This concept is theatricalized compellingly in the George Street Playhou…

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Mockingbird,West Side Story,Lehman Triology,Virginia Woolf,Mormon $50 by Sandi Durell

  The producers of To Kill a Mockingbird, West Side Story, The Lehman Trilogy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Book of Mormon, in an unprecedented move, have announced tha…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Joan Ryan in Concert – The Green Room 42 by Sandi Durell

    By Linda Amiel Burns   Joan Ryan has been living in Los Angeles for many years, and commuting between the two coasts. However, she is thrilled to now be living in NY full time and per…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mr. Toole at 59e59 Theaters by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Have you read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole? I urge you to read this cult classic for insight into the significance of Vivian Neuwirth’s play Mr. …

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Kristin Chenoweth Named Artist in Residence at Alma Mater Oklahoma City University by Sandi Durell

  Kristin Chenoweth has accepted an appointment as Artist in Residence at her alma mater, Oklahoma City University, beginning in April 2020. The Tony and Emmy Award winning performer has ac…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Incantata by Sandi Durell

  by Marcina Zaccaria   At first, we’re not sure if it’s a painter’s or sculptor’s studio.  The table is perfectly prepared.  Rolls of paper hang from the wall in a tall loft whe…

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The Actors’ Temple Spring Benefit by Sandi Durell

    The post The Actors’ Temple Spring Benefit appeared first on Theater Pizzazz.

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The Headlands by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   The graceful Golden Gate Bridge stretches across the San Francisco Bay, a steel marvel connecting two shores.  But it’s not a shining symbol for the young protagon…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Karen Akers: Among My Souvenirs     by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen                                                                                                      […] The post Kar…

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The Hot Wing King by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   Saucy. Spicy. One hardly needs to be an experienced theater critic for these adjectives to pop into one’s head during the prolonged opening section of Katori…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

An Amusement Column   by Harry Haun   A GENDER-BENDING GENRE: Frankenstein, Hamlet and Dracula all come to tragic crash-and-burn conclusions in local productions on the same Sunday Bloody …

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Musical Revivals: Purists versus Radicals by Sandi Durell

Musical Revivals: Purists Versus Radicals – Where to Draw the Line?     By Barbara & Scott Siegel     We didn’t used to have a big hubbub when a musical revival hit the boards on…

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To Kill A Mockingbird at Madison Square Garden by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   A capacity crowd of 18,000 New York City public school students made history at Madison Square Garden on February 26, 2020 along side the Broadway cast of To Kill a Mo…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Opening Night: The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Sandi Durell

  Transport Group’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown opened on February 26 at Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street and Theater Pizzazz was on the scene as Alice Teeple captured the curtain call …

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Feeling Good with Marilyn Maye at Dizzy’s Coca Cola by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Two things happen when you have an opportunity to see the marvelous Marilyn Maye at Dizzy’s . . . the glamorous flickering lights of the New York cityscape provide…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Drift Meets the Press for a Sneak Peek by Sandi Durell

  Drift met with the press for photos and interviews. Theater Pizzazz was on the scene as Magda Katz captured it all. Drift is a new American drama written by William Francis Hoffman about…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Charles Busch’s Lily Dare Camps It Up From Convent to Cabaret and Beyond by Sandi Durell

  By Marilyn Lester   Fans of Charles Busch and his devotion to the campy will not be disappointed in his latest outing, The Confession of Lily Dare, another paean to the drama queens of t…

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