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Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas in Hell – Opening Nite – Curtain Call by Sandi Durell

    The York Theatre Company is where Christmas in Hell opened last night to an enthusiastic crowd. Featuring book, music and lyrics by Gary Apple (comedy writer The Simpsons, etc.…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol…. by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen     Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken were contestants on the second season “American Idol” – a television singing competition fifteen years ago.  Both are…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

NASSIM by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   Few people in the world truly understand the powers and perils of language – to connect, to divide, to speak love, spew hate, make us laugh, prod…

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The Head and the Load by Sandi Durell

by Carol Rocamora   How do we tell stories from history that need to be told, so that we never forget them?  William Kentridge, the amazing multi-disciplinary artist, has found a uniqu…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Clueless, The Musical by Sandi Durell

  By Iris Wiener   Did we need another musical adaptation of a beloved film? As if. No number of knee-high socks, candy-colored costumes and nods to the 90s can make the argument t…

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Avenue Q Will Close After 15+ Year Run by Sandi Durell

  We thought that AVENUE Q (winner of 3 – 2004 Tonys) would go on forever but it will be closing on April 28, 2019!  Produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vi…

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The Prisoner – TFANA by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora     The Sound of Silence. Storytelling is an ancient art, as old as time, and Peter Brook is its undisputed master on the world stage today. This legendary…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Noura by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   It’s Christmas, and Noura (Heather Raffo), the central character in Raffo’s eponymous drama at Playwrights Horizons, is coming apart. There is, after all…

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   When you enter the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage Theatre at the Irish Rep this holiday season, the stage setting of a cozy and inviting living room (im…

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Adrienne Haan’s Very Personal Approach by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   Adrienne Haan is a powerful actress and powerhouse cabaret performer who specializes in the music of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Her material runs the gam…

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Sneak Peek: Andrea McArdle & Donna McKechnie To Celebrate Sondheim & Hamlisch by Sandi Durell

  Andrea McArdle represented herself and Donna McKechnie at the recent meet and greet at Feinstein’s/54 Below. They are two of Broadway’s most endearing leading ladies. They sta…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Russian and the Jew by Sandi Durell

    By Marcina Zaccaria   The Russian and the Jew begins in Brooklyn in 1992. Alexei (Moti Margolin), speaks from a microphone, setting a clear stage, saying, “Progress is a…

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Sneak Peek: Charles Busch to Ring in the New Year at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  Ring in the New Year with the legendary Charles Busch. Actor/playwright/award-winning cabaret artist, Charles Busch (Die Mommie Die, Psycho Beach Party, The Tale of the Allergist’s…

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The Diva Project by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   Among the misused words which currently enrage me, the word diva ranks high. It was a title awarded to the greatest female opera stars after decades of v…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Jive Aces – A Flat-Out, No-Holds-Barred Good Time by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen   There’s nothing like a stage of middle-aged, yellow-suited musicians to give one pause. Erupting into 1935’s “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Writ…

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Sneak Peek: Norm Lewis Continues Christmas Residency at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    It’s that time of year and the coolest of the cool, Broadway’s leading man Norm Lewis, returns for his fourth year to Feinstein’s/54 Below offering his brand …

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Giving Back Requires Looking Back by Sandi Durell

    by Bernie Furshpan   I recently attended a memorial and funeral for a very dear friend, a gentleman, the likes that is rarely seen. He was truly an angel planted here and …

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Melissa Errico – Sardi’s Caricature: Alec Baldwin, Donna Murphy Too! by Sandi Durell

  The sublime Melissa Errico not only recently released an iconic album “Sondheim Sublime” on Ghostlight Records, but followed on December 6 with being forever tucked into t…

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Be More Chill Celebrates Vinyl Release at B&N by Sandi Durell

    Be More Chill celebrated their original cast recording on vinyl on December 6, 2018 with a special event at Barnes and Noble. The show features music by Joe Iconis and Joe Tra…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

‘Network’ Screams by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     Open up those windows, or if you’re in the audience, just scream it out “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore.” Teetering o…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Liz Callaway – A Hymn to Her by Sandi Durell

  A mature artist revisits a show, revealing deeper interpretations and a richer, layered voice       By Joel Benjamin   It’s always a pleasure to hear Liz Callawa…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Cher Show by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken     There’s an awful lot of navel gazing going on at the Neil Simon Theatre these days, where The Cher Show is currently in residence. Bob Mackie…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Hard Problem by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken     Something’s missing from Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. I think it’s the plot. Which is not to…

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The Hello Girls by Sandi Durell

    by Elizabeth Ahlfors     The road to women’s rights has not been smooth. It has been disjointed in battles for the right to vote, gain equality in virtually eve…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Tricky Part – Martin Moran by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   Martin Moran’s The Tricky Part, is his one-man play that first hit the New York stage in 2004. Since then, in both the writing and performing, Mr. Moran has pl…

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Harvey Granat Songs & Stories – On Cy Coleman by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen   Before a memorable Broadway career, Cy Coleman (Seymour Kaufman) 1929-2004 performed classical piano as a child prodigy between ages 6 and 9, led The Cy Co…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Rendezvous with Marlene – Ute Lemper at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  by Ron Fassler In her cabaret show, “Rendezvous with Marlene,” which played Feinstein’s/54 Below November 27th and 28th this week,” German chanteuse Ute Lemper paid tribute to…

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Steve Tyrell in Holiday Style at the Cafe Carlyle by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   It wouldn’t be the season to be jolly without Grammy Award winning Steve Tyrell taking his honored place for the 14th season at the historic Café Carl…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas in Hell Meets the Press by Sandi Durell

  The cast and creatives met the press for a little show and tell and photo op.  Christmas in Hell, with book, music and lyrics by Gary Apple (The Simpsons), is directed and choreograp…

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Speaking with Writer/Director Bill Castellino About Passion Nation by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell   Immersive theatre isn’t a new concept. But Immersive Dinner Theatre, a concept that has come and gone with the eras, has now returned to the theatrical…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce Of 1914 by Sandi Durell

      By Marilyn Lester   All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 is the kind of work that makes you want to shout its greatness from the rooftops. It’s a lean and spa…

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