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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Shosana Bean & Jeremy Jordan Announce 2019 Drama League Award Nominees at Sardis by Sandi Durell

  Photo by Maryann Lopinto The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) today announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play,…

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  Review By Ron Fassler   Steve Tyrell, that laid back and amiable Texan, returned last night to the Café Carlyle for an eleven-day engagement, performing his favorites from the Great Ame…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jarrod Spector at Sony Hall by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   Stephen Sondheim isn’t always right: You don’t always need a gimmick to prove you’re more than just a mimic. At least not if you’re Jarrod Spector. Whi…

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New York City Never Sounded Better: Big City Songbook by Sandi Durell

  By Marcina Zaccaria   Finding the right tone for the hectic, puzzling, madcap world of New York City would be the challenge. The City inspires. It triumphs. It demands. Yet, in the end, …

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Benny & Joon Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse by Sandi Durell

by Adam Cohen   Based on the 1993 movie, Paper Mill Playhouse presents the east coast premiere of a sparkling new musical “Benny & Joon.”  This is a lovable, witty, spry musical w…

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Foxy Returns After 55 Years to 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   The musical Foxy opened on Broadway fifty-five years ago at the now demolished Ziegfeld Theatre. It was based on Ben Johnson’s Volpone, first performed in 1606, and ad…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

All Our Children by Sandi Durell

    By Tania Fisher   Although this play is set against the backdrop of one of the most horrific periods of our history, as well as the heavy subject matter that the play specifically foc…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

An ‘Oklahoma’ Not Too Familiar by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Although Theater Pizzazz has a review posted written by JK Clarke on the initial run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (which I did not see) prior to this Broadw…

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2019 Broadway Beacon Awards Honor Chita Rivera, Al Roker, Beowulf Borrit, Patricia White by Sandi Durell

  by Linda Amiel Burns   The Broadway Beacon Awards are presented yearly to individuals in the theater community who have been advocates for increasing audiences for live theatre and und…

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Musings on Marilyn Maye’s Actual Birthday Celebration at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

By Sandi Durell   The lady was on fire kickin’ it up once again. That should sum it up for April 10, Ms. Maye’s real birthday and everyone was there a second, third time because they co…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Julie Halston & Michael Urie to Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominees by Sandi Durell

                    The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadwa…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Waitress and Shoshana Bean Welcome Jeremy Jordan by Sandi Durell

    PhotosVideo by: Shoshana Medney   With Shoshana Bean currently starring in Waitress as Jenna, she was all smiles welcoming her new co-star Jeremy Jordan as Dr. Pomatter.  The media e…

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Marilyn Maye – A Force of Nature! by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   From a brilliantly devised title – “I Wish I Were 90 Again!” – to a well-constructed show, this remarkable chanteuse never ceases to amaze, thrill and bring her…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Buster Poindexter Sings Johansen by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   Buster Poindexter and his band are FUN! A vocalist/songwriter (later, actor) who burst on the East Village scene in the early 1970s (with birth name David Johansen) as le…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway Does It Again! by Sandi Durell

  By Myra Chanin    Well, whaddaya know? The becoming-more-illustrious-with-every-passing-year, larger-than-life Ricky Ritzel, who produces, creates, performs and music directs a differe…

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Do You Feel Anger? by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   Someone keeps mugging Eva (Megan Hill) in the kitchen at her debt collection agency office. Co-workers Howie (Justin Long) and Jordan (Ugo Chukwu) fuel the clueless sexua…

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Encompass New Opera Honors Laura Benanti & Bartlett Sher by Sandi Durell

  Encompass New Opera honors theater luminaries Laura Benanti and Bartlett Sher with “A Musicial Salute!” at the National Arts Club on March 31, 2019 featuring stars of Broadway, opera,…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mark William Does It Again! by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   This smart, snazzy, stylish and savvy crooner, once again, regaled a full house of fans at The Green Room 42 reprising ‘Come Croon With Me’ on March 29. Dressed in …

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lainie Kazan at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Tania Fisher   We love Lainie.  We just do.  Can anyone define exactly why? I don’t think so; it’s like putting a label on a piece of artwork, and Lainie Kazan, is a true, livin…

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Broadway Review: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Back to Detroit where R & B and Motown all began . . . it’s, as they say, the soundtrack of many lives, surely mine. Yes, I was among the thousands who moved a…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

St. Peter’s Foot by Sandi Durell

    By Shoshana Medney   St. Peter’s Foot will make you laugh, question some of your life choices and make you grateful for the people in your life: Written by Anna Theresa Cascio and …

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Thursday, March 28, 2019


  By Brian Scott Lipton     Forty years ago, Tony Danza worked his way into America’s hearts as hunk with surprisingly strong comic chops on the hit sitcom “Taxi.” Well, four decade…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

33rd Annual MAC Awards Honors Karen Mason, Joe Iconis, Ben Cameron, Theresa Fischer by Sandi Durell

      by Linda Amiel Burns   The New York Cabaret community filled their new glitzy venue Sony Hall for a festive evening on March 26, celebrating the best of cabaret and song in over 26…

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Q&A with the Stars of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical by Sandi Durell

  By Shoshana Medney   I went in-depth with three of the stars from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. You’ll find unique stories from my 10 minute conversations with Chris …

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Smart Blonde Reveals Judy Holliday in New Ways by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   When you think of the iconic Judy Holliday, the immediate visual is of that dumb blonde Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday for which she received both an Academy Award and G…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Accidentally Brave by Sandi Durell

        By Ron Fassler   It was with some trepidation that I took my seat at actress Maddie Corman’s one-person play Accidentally Brave, which she wrote and appears in. I knew going i…

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Perp at The Barrow Group by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   Lyle Kessler has been writing plays for more than fifty years now. When his first Broadway show, The Watering Place, premiered in March of 1969, it had the misfortune of…

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Juno and the Paycock by Sandi Durell

  By Marilyn Lester   In the second of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy, Juno and the Paycock, the Irish Repertory Theatre has tackled the playwright’s fierce realism head on and come u…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate Trills and Thrills by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell   Without a doubt, in my book, Kiss Me, Kate is genius Cole Porter’s best of the best – you know, love and can sing just about every song in this gorgeously staged…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Healing Journeys with The Black Madonna by Sandi Durell

  By Marcina Zaccaria   Stepping into St. John the Divine is nothing short of magical. The Episcopal Cathedral, located on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, is known for its uncommon Rose Win…

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I Married An Angel – Encores! by Sandi Durell

By Brian Scott Lipton   The lone feather temporarily left on the stage of New York City Center feels like the perfect metaphor for the Encores! production of “I Married an Angel,” the 1…

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