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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Come Together ***** by Barry

By: Paulanne Simmons British cabaret dynamo Barb Jungr grew up in Rochdale, Lancashire, just a few miles from Liverpool. So it’s not surprising she has a special attraction to the Beatles.…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Piaf! The Show ***** by Barry

By: Paulanne Simmons In1957 Edith Piaf gave her second and last concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert included "La vie en rose," "Padam Padam," and "L'Accordéoniste.” Sixty years later, o…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Othello ***** by Barry

By: David Sheward The moment you enter New York Theatre Workshop for Sam Gold’s searing production of Othello, you know it will be a startlingly different interpretation of Shakespeare’…

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Professional Bull Riders by Barry

Bronco Action Hits Town as the Professional Bull Riders Buck-Off Returns  By: Ellis Nassour Click to read more

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Remembering Debbie Reynolds by Barry

Remembering Almost Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds By: Ellis Nassour In 2009, legendary film star Debbie Reynolds returned to New York for her first professional appearance in over 25 years -- p…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016


For one night only on January 6, 2017 @ Carnegie Hall With over a half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and worldwide acclaim, PIAF! THE SHOW – a musical ce…

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Broadway Exodus by Barry

A Bleak January 2017 Ahead with the Closing of 12 Shows By: Ellis Nassour January is always a dark time for Broadway. Many shows survive by having pre-season sales to fill seats during cold,…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Michael Urie to Host DD Awards by Barry

The 62nd Annual DramaDesk Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43 Street). Click to read more

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In Transit **, The Babylon Line***, L'Amour de Loin***1/2 by Barry

By: David Sheward Margo Seibert, James Snyder In Transit Click to read more

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Edward Albee Memorial by Barry

By: Isa Goldberg Edward Albee, 1928 – 2016, the three time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author of the groundbreaking plays Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Zoo S…

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Analisa Leaming by Barry

Broadway’s Analisa Leaming Celebrates the Holidays on Long Island as Mary Poppins By Iris Wiener Click to read more

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Friday, December 16, 2016

The Babylon Line *** by Barry

By Isa Goldberg “Smash everything.” “Be ruthless,” opines the central character in Richard Greenberg's new play, set in an adult creative writing class. Indeed, It’s of no great su…

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The Front Page *** by Barry

By Isa Goldberg The giddy revival of Ben Hecht and Charles Macarthur’s The Front Page on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre is sheer entertainment, especially when Nathan Lane, t…

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The Band's Visit ****1/2 by Barry

By Paulanne Simmons At the beginning of The Band’s Visit, Dina (Katrina Lenk), the proprietor of a cafe in a small Israeli town called Bet Hatikvah, tells the audience, “Once not long ag…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Band's Visit ****1/2 by Barry

A Visit We're Sorry to See Come to an End By: Lauren Yarger Ari'el Stachel, David Garo Yellin, George Abud, Tony Shaloub, Harvey Valdes, Sam Sadigursky, Alok Tewari Click to read more

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hamilton Bullying, Really? by Barry

Don't Call Hamilton Curtain Speech Bullying By: David Sheward Brandon Victor Dixon of Hamilton addresses Mike Pence Click to read more

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Winter Rhythms *** by Barry

Highlights from Stephen Hanks’s New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits Series  By: Paulanne Simmons  Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms, which benefits its Arts & Education program, …

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Michael Riedel's Razzle Dazzle by Barry

Michael Riedel’s Theatrical Tell-All Is Reissued in Trade Editio By: Ellis Nassour Click to read more

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Mother Africa Circus by Barry

Daring Acrobats and Jubilant Dancers in Mother Africa Circus’ Return to New Victory Theatre  By: Beau Jared Click to read more

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sgt. Stubby **1/2 by Barry

Sgt. Stubby, The Great American War Dog Musical By: Patrick Christiano Click to read more

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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Bodyguard @ Paper Mill *** by Barry

Paper Mill Playhouse Debuts U.S. Premiere of The Bodyguard Starring Deborah Cox  By: Ellis Nassour Click to read more

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The Bodyguard @ Paper Mill by Barry

The North American premiere of THE BODYGUARD, a hit new musical based on the Warner Bros. film by Lawrence Kasdan, with a book by Alexander Dinelaris opened at The Paper Mill Playhouse, the …

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Boychiks of Broadway **** by Barry

By Paulanne Simmons  Although “White Christmas” is certainly appropriate for the season, as Alexis Fishman said at the beginning of her show, Boychiks of Broadway, “It was not the…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Notes From The Field ***** by Barry

By Isa Goldberg Cultural anthropologist, sociologist, and performance artist, Anna Deavere Smith returns to the New York stage, with yet another jolting theater documentary. This time the s…

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The Death of the Last Black Man in America *** 1/2 by Barry

By:  Isa Goldberg It's not entirely clear what Suzan-Lori Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is up to in her phantasmagoria at The Signature Theatre, Off Broadway. Written in …

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This Day Forward ** by Barry

By: Isa Goldberg The horrors of family life have been fueling Nicky Silver’s dramadies for some time now.  In his early play, Pterodactyls (1993), he wished the nuclear family into ex…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Steps on Broadway Benefit by Barry

Call Fosse at the Minskoff  December 3 Performance to Benefit Steps on Broadway By: Ellis Nassour Click to read more

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kids' Night on Broadway by Barry

The Broadway League announced the shows participating int he 21st Kids' Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Tickets to participating shows will go on …

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Classics @ Center Stage by Barry

Two Magical Christmas Celebrations on Center Stage @ Southampton Cultural Center A heartwarming radio play of the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” by Joe Landry is back and no…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Life **** by Barry

By: Patrick Christiano David Hyde Pierce Click to read more

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