All stories by Jay Handelman on BroadwayStars

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Theater Review: Play festival winner struggles to find its focus by Jay Handelman

Players Centre presents premiere of Llywelyn Jones' "Why Can't I Be You?"... Read more »

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Finding entertainment and drama in presidential race by Jay Handelman

This year's election campaign has had more twists than any scripted drama... Read more »

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Stalker haunts rock star in new Players Centre play by Jay Handelman

Players Centre presents full production of its 2015 New Play Reading Festival winner... Read more »

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FST extends 'God of Isaac' by Jay Handelman

James Sherman's comedy is about a young Jewish man reconnecting with his face and heritage... Read more »

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Players Centre seeks matching donations by Jay Handelman

A donor offers to match $50,000 in capital campaign... Read more »

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Theater Review: A tender and emotional 'Breadcrumbs' at Urbanite by Jay Handelman

Urbanite presents area premiere of a play by Jennifer Haley about a writer dealing with dementia.... Read more »

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Theater Review: Performers dance up a storm in '42nd Street' by Jay Handelman

Strong tapping and performances bring humor and spirit to classic musical.... Read more »

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Sarasota Youth Opera commissions its sixth world premiere by Jay Handelman

Rachel J. Peters will create "Rootabaga Country" based on stories by Carl Sandburg... Read more »

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Publishers Clearing House fortune behind 2 Sarasota Ballet venues by Jay Handelman

A look at the connection between the Joyce Theatre in New York, where the Sarasota Ballet is performing an all-Ashton program, and the company's home at the Mertz Theatre in Sarasota. ... Re…

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Westcoast Troupe plans renovations to its two-building campus by Jay Handelman

Theater troupe will create an education wing and new offices and renovate the existing theater space... Read more »

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Plump Sisters make their debut in 'Vaudeville's Dead' by Jay Handelman

An original musical revue about two Broadway divas touring the vaudeville circuit... Read more »

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Theater Review: A rollicking, futuristic 'Pirates' at freeFall by Jay Handelman

Director Eric Davis sets the classic operetta in outer space.... Read more »

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Behind the Scenes: A history of racial divide on stage by Jay Handelman

Stage productions help give audiences perspectives to serious problems in modern society... Read more »

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Theater Review: A funny and provocative 'God of Isaac' at FST by Jay Handelman

James Sherman's comedy is about a Jewish man trying to reconnect with his faith and roots. ... Read more »

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

FST explores death in original play 'Last Rights' by Jay Handelman

New play is based on interviews with dozens of area residents.... Read more »

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

A comic search for Jewish identity at Florida Studio Theatre by Jay Handelman

FST revives James Sherman's drama-fueled comedy "The God of Isaac"... Read more »

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lemon Bay Playhouse focuses on comedy in new season by Jay Handelman

Two plays by Norm Foster and one by Neil Simon are part of the schedule... Read more »

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Broadway stars gather in Orlando for benefit concerts by Jay Handelman

Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara and the musical "Fun Home" bring Broadway to Orlando... Read more »

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Friday, July 22, 2016

CABARET REVIEW: A treat of tricks in 'The Card Shark' at FST cabaret by Jay Handelman

Jason Michaels makes you believe things that can't possibly be happening in his one-man show. ... Read more »

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Theater Review: Westcoast Troupe stages rousing gospel show by Jay Handelman

Spirited singing and dancing ignite original musical revue... Read more »

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Review: A funny and inventive Sarasota Improv Festival by Jay Handelman

A weekend of varied styles and lots of laughs at 8th festival... Read more »

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Players Centre names winner in new play festival by Jay Handelman

Connie Schindewolf honored for her new play "Mammoth Bones"... Read more »

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Improvising Laughs at 8th annual Sarasota Improv Festival by Jay Handelman

Three companies debut, joining more than a dozen other returning favorites ... Read more »

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Asolo Rep vets cast in world premiere of new Nilo Cruz play by Jay Handelman

"Bathing in Moonlight" runs Sept. 9-Oct. 9 at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center... Read more »

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

John D. and Me: Jay Handelman by Jay Handelman

Herald-Tribune arts editor and theater critic is now ready to enter the world of Travis McGee... Read more »

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THEATER REVIEW: Laughs, heart and mystery in FST's 'Roommate' by Jay Handelman

Florida Studio Theatre presents area premiere of Jen Silverman's play about two middle-aged women learning from each other... Read more »

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Women emerge changed in 'The Roommate' at FST by Jay Handelman

Florida Studio Theatre presents area premiere of Jen Silverman's play about two middle-aged women changing their lives... Read more »

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Behind the Scenes: A taste of Broadway from your living room by Jay Handelman

Broadway adapts once again to new technologies with HD streaming of "She Loves Me.:... Read more »

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Theater Review: A disturbing yet gripping 'Dry Land' at Urbanite by Jay Handelman

Urbanite opens new season with area premiere of a play by young writer Ruby Rae Spiegel... Read more »

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Behind the Scenes: The arts can bring us together by Jay Handelman

In times of trouble, the arts can help us better understand the world.... Read more »

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Theater Review: Engaging 'Relativity' at FST gazes into Einstein's world by Jay Handelman

A world premiere of a play commissioned by Florida Studio Theatre... Read more »

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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