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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night Auditions Go Online by Chris Barlow

For the first time in its 86-year history, the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night auditions will be conducted exclusively through online submissions, as the nonprofit looks to continue its mis…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:50PM
Monday, March 2, 2020

“No Strings” Makes Beautiful Music by Chris Barlow

By Ron Fassler   In the course of the past seven days— completely random, too— I happened to see Mack & Mabel, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and No Strings, three shows not often perf…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:30PM
Friday, February 28, 2020

Jane Monheit Quintet at the Birdland Jazz Club by Chris Barlow

By Susan Hasho   Jane Monheit opened at Birdland having just completed her Ella Fitzgerald tour and promoting the new album The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. She was very glad to be b…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:47AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dana H. Triumphs at the Vineyard Theatre by Chris Barlow

By Ron Fassler   Lucas Hnath is a playwright who with each new effort continues to surprise his audiences with an imaginative flexibility. His previous efforts include the well-received Off…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:00PM

Jerry Herman: You I Like by Chris Barlow

By Linda Amiel Burns   Since Jerry Herman passed away on December 26, 2019, I have attended many wonderful tributes for this legendary man of music who is considered one of Broadway’s gre…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:05PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Chasing the River: A Moving Night of Off-Off-Broadway Delights by Chris Barlow

By Tania Fisher Jean Dobie Giebel’s Chasing the River is a wonderful example of why people love going to Off-Off-Broadway Theater. This beautifully crafted play is deserving of all its acc…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:35PM
Monday, February 10, 2020

Russian Stories Come to the Stage in Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories by Chris Barlow

By Marcina Zaccaria Nicov (Alexander Sokovikov) considers his easel with three brushes, wet with paint, in The Artist, the first story adapted for the stage in Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories.…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:03PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020

An “Astonishing” Medea at the Brooklyn Academy of Music by Chris Barlow

  By Carol Rocamora Astonishing. Absolutely astonishing. Those are the words that best describes Simon Stone’s mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, 80-minute adaptation of Medea, the 431 BC classi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:30PM

Grand Horizons: Sex & The Senior Citizen at Second Stage by Chris Barlow

By Carol Rocamora “I think I would like a divorce.” (Beat) “All right.” (End of Scene.) If you’ve heard funnier opening lines on a New York stage this year, please let me know. As…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:07PM
Friday, January 24, 2020

Andy Karl and Orfeh “Totally Rock” 54 Below with Legally Bound by Chris Barlow

By Ron Fassler If 20 years is the arbitrary cut-off when a couple begins to feel the test of time in their marriage, then Orfeh and Andy Karl only have another year to go before all hell bre…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:49PM
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation by Chris Barlow

By Ron Fassler It’s hard to believe that the musical revue Forbidden Broadway began in 1982 at a tiny supper club on West 72nd Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the intervening 3…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:57PM
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Mac Beth: Deep In a Dark, Dark Forest by Chris Barlow

By Michael Tingley Before me, a tire, laying on mossy turf. A couch, tilted backward, slashed underneath. A bathtub. And, most strikingly, a pond— or a puddle more exactly. Something like …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:47AM
Friday, January 17, 2020

Ann Hampton Callaway: Fever—The Peggy Lee Century by Chris Barlow

  By Ron Fassler The Green Room 42 in New York City played host to Ann Hampton Callaway channeling the song stylist and composer Peggy Lee. It was almost too perfect— in that one great si…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:15AM
Thursday, January 16, 2020

How To Load a Musket: Reenactors Bring History to Life in this Docudrama at 59E59 by Chris Barlow

  By Ron Fassler This new 90-minute play by Talene Monahon is not a how-to for those interested in learning the retro skill of loading a musket. But it does (as you might surmise) concern i…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:40PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Every Soul’s a Cabaret: Betsy Parrish Makes Musical Magic at Pangea by Chris Barlow

By Fay Simpson Occasionally one encounters, while sitting in the audience, a performer who is so fearless and unselfconscious that one can truly relax and let the messages being expressed on…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:21PM

A “Once in a Lifetime” Musical Comedy Tribute: 54 Below Celebrates Mel Brooks by Chris Barlow

By Tania Fisher The devotees of one of this century’s greatest comic talents flocked to fill Feinstein’s/54 Below as they celebrated the great Mel Brooks. The rollicking, joyous evening …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:14PM
Monday, January 13, 2020

The Truth Has Changed: A ‘Must-See’ at the Under the Radar Festival by Chris Barlow

  by: Carole Di Tosti   As the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the International WOW Company, Josh Fox has written/directed/produced three award-nominated and award-winning fil…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:05PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards