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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pardon My English by Michael Portantiere

The Musicals Tonight! production of the delicious 1933 musical Pardon My English, with a score by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Herbert Fields and Morrie Ryskind, opens tonight. Dire…

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Justin Guarini Talks to the Trees (and Makes Beautiful Music) by Michael Portantiere

The lusty Lerner and Loewe musical Paint Your Wagon has a wonderful score, but it's not a show you see revived every day, which makes it a perfect choice for the City Center Encores! series.…

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

FASHIONS FOR MEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Anyone who knows the work of the Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár only through his beautiful, deeply moving drama Lilliom or his elegant, thoughtful comedy The Guardsman may be taken abac…

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Randy Skinner Gets Together With the Gershwins and Tommy Tune at Encores! by Michael Portantiere

Choreographer Randy Skinner has had hits with a number of revivals, revisals, and others shows based on pre-existing, classic material, from 42nd Street to White Christmas to the City Center…

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Michael McKean Hops Aboard The Band Wagon by Michael Portantiere

Michael McKean would have an honored place in entertainment history if only as co-creator and co-star of one of the funniest, most creative films ever made: This Is Spinal Tap. (If you haven…

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Carnival Sets Up at Musicals Tonight! by Michael Portantiere

The beloved Bob Merrill/Michael Stewart musical Carnival has opened in a Musicals Tonight! production at Theatre Row. Heading the cast are Ali Ewoldt at Lili, Scott Guthrie as Paul Berthalet…

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Monday, September 15, 2014

THE FATAL WEAKNESS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The Mint Theater Company has gained a stellar reputation for researching, finding, and presenting plays that greatly entertained audiences back in the day but now are shrouded in obscurity -…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Interview with Mary Rodgers by Michael Portantiere

The current issue of The Sondheim Review includes Michael Portantiere's recent interview with Mary Rodgers; the publication has given Talkin' Broadway permission to reprint the interview onl…

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Randy Redd Gets Pumped for Encores! by Michael Portantiere

Some performers (and theatergoers) have mixed feelings about the "actors doubling as musicians" trend that seems to have grown stronger in musical theater over the past decade or s…

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

On the Scene: The 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards by Michael Portantiere

The 2014 High School Musical Theater Awards showcased the best and brightest of young performers from throughout the country. Here are photos ...

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Arlo Hill Sings Frank Loesser by Michael Portantiere

One of America's greatest composer/lyricists, Frank Loesser in a sense had three careers -- as a writer of stand-alone songs during the Tin Pan Alley era, songs for Hollywood films, and scor…

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Monday, June 23, 2014

DONOGOO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Depending on one’s point of view, it can be either depressing or strangely comforting to realize that human foibles and societal issues we think of as fairly recent are actually not.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Loss of Roses by Michael Portantiere

It's been a good couple of seasons for those of us who are such great fans of William Inge that we want to see even his most obscure works on stage. Last year, The Actors Company Theatre (TA…

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Monday, May 5, 2014

THE CITY OF CONVERSATION - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

A memorable phrase coined by Henry James to describe Washington, D.C. is an apt title for Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation, now receiving its world premiere production by Lincol…

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Malcolm Gets: The French Connection by Michael Portantiere

Malcolm Gets was most recently seen on stage as one of the witches (!!!), along with Byron Jennings and John Glover, in Macbeth, and before that opposite Will Chase in The Story of My Life. …

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

$4,532,129 Worth of Easter Joy by Michael Portantiere

This year's East Bonnet competition was filled with delights, from a hilarious opening number with Rory O'Malley as an ambitious actor and Michael Riedel as Satan, to the roof-raising finale…

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

With The Most Happy Fella, Rob Berman Checks Off an Item on the Bucket List by Michael Portantiere

I consider myself spoiled -- or maybe privileged is the better word -- to have seen and heard several performances of Frank Loesser's operatic musical The Most Happy Fella with full orchestr…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BEYOND THERAPY - Talkin Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The swift closing – after only 11 previews and 21 performances – of Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy on Broadway in 1982 has always mystified me.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Oh, Mary! by Michael Portantiere

Little Mary Sunshine, that delightfully silly operetta spoof by Rick Besoyan, is currently being revived by Musicals Tonight! at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre, directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills.…

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Monday, February 24, 2014

LONDON WALL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

London Wall offers present-day American theatergoers a glimpse of office sexual politics that is twice-removed from our own culture and time.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Rachel York: Busting Out All Over in Little Me by Michael Portantiere

It's not always easy to be funny and sexy on stage (or off) at the same time, but Rachel York managed that feat very well as Norma "Paris Makes Me Horny" Cassidy in Victor/Victoria…

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ethel Merman Meets the Gypsies of the Year by Michael Portantiere

This year's "Gypsy of the Year" competition at the Minskoff Theatre began with a tribute to the star of the original production of Gypsy, the great Ethel Merman, channeled by the w…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Up Close and Personal With Alan and Marilyn Bergman by Michael Portantiere

Like most other songwriters, Alan and Marilyn Bergman are less well known by their own names than by the titles of the songs for which they have so beautifully written the lyrics: "The …

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Sparkle! 2013 by Michael Portantiere

The second annual NYC edition of Sparkle!, a charity benefit Christmas concert put together and hosted by Scott Nevins, was held last night (Sunday, December 1) at XL nightclub, spreading ho…

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Monday, November 18, 2013

THE PREACHER AND THE SHRINK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

...The Preacher and the Shrink is at once unnecessary and despicable...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jeremy Jordan: The Follow-Up Interview by Michael Portantiere

When last (and first) I interviewed Jeremy Jordan in September 2011, he was rehearsing for the leading role of Jack Kelly in the world premiere production of Newsies at the Paper Mill Playho…

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sheldon Harnick: L'Chaim! by Michael Portantiere

On Sunday evening, October 27, Encompass New Opera Theatre honored the great lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiorello, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, etc., etc.) with a gala event featuring so…

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Monday, October 21, 2013

MARIE ANTOINETTE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Having heard that the Soho Rep production of David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette has a running time of 90 minutes, I certainly didn’t expect I was in for a detailed, probing examination of on…

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

On the Scene: Broadway & Beyond: Career Transition for Dancers' 28th Anniversary Jubilee by Michael Portantiere

... the audience was also treated to dollops of other forms of dance, from classical to tap to hip-hop. All of that fabulous stuff led up to the Big Moment of the Evening, when superstar An…

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Monday, September 23, 2013

PHILIP GOES FORTH - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

George Kelly’s plays were tremendously popular and highly regarded by critics in his day....

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Cat Chat with Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon by Michael Portantiere

A real-life married couple since 1999, Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon have worked together several times before on stage -- sometimes playing spouses, sometimes not. Now, they're taking on two o…

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