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by Michael Portantiere

The X Factor

  • It's Madame X with a capital "M" for Melodrama! Music! and Murder! in an hommage to Douglas Sirk films and the ever-durable genre of self-sacrificing cinematic mothers. Madame X: The Musical tells the tale of an over-sexed, 1950s housewife who won't take responsibility for her wanton ways -- until it's too late. This new slant on a classic story comes courtesy of Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini and co-author Robert Hetzel.

    The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) production of the show opens tonight, with Donna English in the title role; Janet Dickinson as Evelyn Henderson; Michael West as Cliff Henderson/Patrick James/Torvald Svenson; Jordan Goldberg as Little Cliff Henderson, Jr. and other roles; Bill Coyne as Cliff Henderson, Jr. and other roles; Ed Staudenmayer as Roberto Romanelli/Laroque; and Sean Bell and Mike Longo in multiple roles. Here are my publicity photos for the production. Visit www.nymf.org for more information or to purchase tickets.



    Donna English as Madame X.


    Janet Dickinson and Donna English.


    Donna English and Jordan Goldberg.


    Donna English with John Singer Sargent's famous portrait of "Madame X."


    Bill Coyne as Clifford Henderson, Jr.


    Donna English and Bill Coyne.


    Mike Longo and Donna English, in a classic pose.


    Donna English and Mike Longo, in another classic pose.

    Published on Monday, September 26, 2011

    Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at [email protected]

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