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Monday, September 23, 2019

NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   Novenas for a Lost Hospital, currently at Off-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, beautifully plays itself out at thre…

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The Excitement of The Glass Menagerie Directed by Austin Pendleton & Peter Bloch by Sandi Durell

  Taking on Tennessee Williams’ memory play can be exciting, daunting and challenging. But Ruth Stage’s Matt de Rogatis (producer, actor) makes it sound like a cinch when you have peopl…

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

American Moor by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   What does it mean to be black in America? What does it mean to be an actor? What does it mean to play Shakespeare? Huge questions, each worthy of a play itself – nu…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Sheldon Harnick Honored by American Songbook Association by Sandi Durell

        by Adam Cohen   Exuberance, celebration and joy were the key takeaways from The American Songbook Association’s Monday, September 16 honor of the Pulitzer, Tony, and Grammy wi…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fern Hill at 59e59 Theaters by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   If you dread the idea of assisted living, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Join the hip over-sixty crowd hanging out on 59e59 Theater’s A stage these days. The…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

   An Amusement Column     By Harry Haun   THE JOYS OF JERRY: Working with director-choreographer Jerome Robbins wasn’t the easiest job in the world. It may, in fact, have been the wo…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

It’s Will Friedwald’s Birthday – Come Celebrate WILLSTOCK! by Sandi Durell

      Forget about Woodstock . . . it’s WILLSTOCK!  Celebrate with the illustrious jazz expert Will Friedwald at The Triad Theater on Monday, September 16 starting at 9 pm.   It’s …

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A SHOT IN THE ARM: EUREKA DAY by Sandi Durell

    By Samuel L. Leiter   The riveting East Coast premiere of Eureka Day, Jonathan Spector’s bitingly topical dramedy, at Walkerspace, Soho Rep’s usual haunt, reminds me of the immort…

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2019 Idea Awards for Theatre Announce Recipients Tina Howe, Adrienne Kennedy by Sandi Durell

  The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation announced the recipients of their 2019 Idea Awards for Theatre; three grants awarded to adventurous new voices in playwriting and musical theatre…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Meet the Cast – MTC’s The Height of the Storm by Sandi Durell

                    Starring Three-time Olivier Award Winner Eileen Atkins and Olivier and Tony Award Winner Jonathan Pryce       The cast and director met the press at Manhatta…

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A Meow Out to the Last Post by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell     Cat lover and owner of Minna – ‘The Miracle Cat’ – I was delighted to come upon a Private Sanctuary for cats in Falls Village, Ct. while on a recent mini-vac…

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Elements of Oz – Performance Augmented Reality Mash-Up by Sandi Durell

  NYU Skirball will present Elements of Oz, a live performance/augmented reality mash-up of theater, technology and pop culture that celebrates and deconstructs The Wizard of Oz, from …

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Scott Siegel’s ‘Broadway Ballyhoo’ Returned to Feinstein’s 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  by Linda Amiel Burns   NYC impresario Scott Siegel decided to revive his legendary Broadway Ballyhoo, and on September 1, the first of the series was performed at Feinstein’s 54 Be…

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Ricky Ritzel’s August Surpasses . . . by Sandi Durell

  Ricky Ritzel’s August Surpasses Dorian’s 195 mph. winds with Category 5 Gales of Entertainment     By Myra Chanin   Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, like Brigadoon, pops up on the fourt…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

The Exes at Theater Row by Sandi Durell

  by Susan Hasho   If you are a fly on the wall for a family dilemma – be prepared! Batten down the hatches. The Exes is full of family of several different stripes and dilemmas galore. …

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Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column         by Harry Haun   THE SHORT-CUT LANE: Apparently, Nathan Lane is shopping around for shorter shows. His most recent Broadway opus—Taylor Mac’s Gary:…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Music of the Knights by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   As host/producer Scott Coulter informed the rapt audience at 54 Below before “Music of the Knights” on August 28, the evening’s three titular subjects – A…

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Krysta Rodriguez Previews Debut Solo Concert at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    Krysta Rodriguez makes her long-awaited Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut!  Krysta presents a brand new concert exploring career highlights from her time in Broadway shows including …

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Shoshana Bean Extended at Feinstein’s 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    Shoshana Bean (star of Wicked, City Center’s Songs for a New World and as Jenna in Broadway’s Waitress), has made her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut beginning on August 24. She now h…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

                                                                                                              […] The post SCREEN OF …

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Hubert ‘Tex’ Arnold Has Died by Sandi Durell

  It is with deep regret that I write that beloved musical director, pianist, friend, arranger and icon of the cabaret community died on August 22 at 3:37 pm in a hospital in Atlantic City.…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Contact High: A New Musical by Sandi Durell

    By Samuel L. Leiter   A word of advice for anyone writing a new musical: don’t play a medley of pop hits before the show starts and during its intermission. As demonstrated by the g…

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Fall Cabaret September-October 2019 by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   –Theater Pizzazz mantra: “If music was everywhere and in everyone’s life, the world would surely be a better place” (more than ever!) —   Falling into cab…

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Oklahoma Original Cast CD Release by Sandi Durell

  Photos: Maryann Lopinto       Tony Award Winning Revival, OKLAHOMA, released their original cast CD with a musical presentation by the cast and the signing of the CD on August 22. The …

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Basic Glitch by Sandi Durell

  by Alana Silber     Basic Glitch, the first full-length play written by New York based playwright Stephanie Salazar-Amaro, takes place in a world similar to our own, but with one slight…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Heloise by Sandi Durell

  by Edward Medina   While watching the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival production of Heloise one could imagine what it was like watching a first draft workshop rehearsal of The Lion in Wi…

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GIRLS ON TAP – RAVE THEATER FESTIVAL by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   The annual Rave Theater Festival is underway on the Lower East Side of Manhattan this August with theatre, dance and music to entertain (as the circus once said) “c…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

A Talent to Amuse: Love, Noël: The Songs And Letters Of Noël Coward by Sandi Durell

      By Samuel L. Leiter   Ah, the variety of New York theatergoing! One night it’s the raucous, decadently spectacular, nearly three-hours-long, jukebox musical Moulin Rouge in Broad…

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Songbook Summit: The Andersons Play Ellington by Sandi Durell

      By Marilyn Lester   That familiar opener, Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A-Train” (the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s theme song from 1940 on) was a sure bet to herald a delightfu…

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Fern Hill’s Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, John Glover Meet the Press by Sandi Durell

    by Magda Katz   On the first day of rehearsals, the cast and creatives of Fern Hill held a meet and greet with the press at Theatre Row Studios. The play, written by Michael Tucker (w…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Make Believe by Sandi Durell

    Theater Review by Brian Scott Lipton     The power (and limits) of imagination. The ways we repeat (and defy) our own family history. The ways we lived then (and now). These are head…

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