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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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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Raul Esparza Rocks the Cradle by Michael Portantiere

What's the most politically significant date in American theater history? You'll often get one of two answers (or both) to that question: May 10, 1849, the night of the so-called Astor Place…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On the Scene: The 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards by Michael Portantiere

Millies, Tevyes, Adelaides, and Jean Valjeans from around the country did their stuff onstage at the Minskoff Theater on Monday evening, June 1 as the 62 young men and women nominated for th…

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tony Sheldon Says "Hello, Dolly!" by Michael Portantiere

Back in the day, the title role in the wildly popular Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly! was played on Broadway and elsewhere by almost every major female stage (and/or screen) star of a cer…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What's New on the Rialto? - Edward Watts Goes Under the Sea by Michael Portantiere

Now he has gone from flying high over the city of Metropolis to ruling the undersea world as King Triton in the new production of The Little Mermaid that begins performances this week at the…

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dancers Are People, Too! by Michael Portantiere

For many of us who can barely walk and chew gum at the same time, professional dancers seem to be rare, very talented birds indeed -- and they are. But, of course, they're actually human bei…

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Monday, May 6, 2013

NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

There’s an honorable tradition of excellent plays based on the lives of historical characters, but also a dishonorable tradition of works in which the writers were unable to limn the lives…

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Shonn Wiley: On His Toes by Michael Portantiere

Triple-threat Shonn Wiley has all sorts of credits in all sorts of venues, but even if you were to chart his career only in terms of his participation in the City Center Encores! series of s…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Talkin' Broadway On the Scene: 2013 Easter Bonnet Competition by Michael Portantiere

Photo slideshow by Michael Portantiere.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rigoletto on the Strip by Michael Portantiere

In the February 2013 issue of Opera News, director Michael Mayer offered a lengthy explanation of why he chose not to set his new production of Verdi's Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera i…

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

For Janis Paige, It's Today by Michael Portantiere

Janis Paige was supposed to play Feinstein's last spring, and I had the pleasure of interviewing her via telephone in advance of that planned appearance. But then she was injured in a fall a…

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Will Swenson vs. Superman by Michael Portantiere

I can think of at least three major Men(c)kens, each notable in his own way. There was H.L. Mencken, the brilliant journalist-essayist-critic who gained great fame during the first half of t…

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Friday, March 15, 2013

What's New on the Rialto? - Ben Rimalower's "Patti Issues" by Michael Portantiere

Excellent word of mouth, not to mention Rimalower's own tireless efforts to promote the show, has caused it to be extended again and again at the Duplex, and he has begun to take it on the r…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What's New on the Rialto? - Elaine Paige Brings Her Concert Tour to The Town Hall by Michael Portantiere

[H]er upcoming concert at The Town Hall on Saturday March 9 ... has a good chance of being one of the most exciting events of the spring season here in New York City.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

FROM WHITE PLAINS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The tragedy of suicide resulting from anti-gay bullying is eminently worthy of theatrical treatment. . . .

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Christine Andreas: "Bemused" - 54 Below by Michael Portantiere

Andreas has also been a sparkling presence on the cabaret scene over the past several years, and she's now making her debut at the beautifully appointed, excitingly booked, superbly well man…

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Andrew Samonsky, From Show to Show by Michael Portantiere

If an actor works almost constantly, it's a given that that he's held in high esteem by directors and other colleagues. Case in point: Andrew Samonsky, who has made his mark in several notab…

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Andrew Samonsky, From Show to Show by Michael Portantiere

If an actor works almost constantly, it's a given that that he's held in high esteem by directors and other colleagues. Case in point: Andrew Samonsky, who has made his mark in several produ…

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Monday, January 21, 2013

For Steve Hayes, The Camelias are in Bloom by Michael Portantiere

The novel La dame aux camélias (1848), by Alexandre Dumas fils, is best known to most people through two of its many adaptations: Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata (1853), much b…

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Christine Ebersole Meets The Whiffenpoofs by Michael Portantiere

How versatile a performer is Christine Ebersole? Let's count the ways. Many people first became aware of her from her work as a sketch comedian on Saturday Night Live. On Broadway, she has p…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Cockeyed Optimisim of Mitzi Gaynor by Michael Portantiere

“I don’t think I’ve ever admitted that I was over 50!” Coming from almost any other 81-year-old, that sentence might be taken with huge skepticism. But when Mitzi Gaynor says it, you…

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See How They Sparkle! by Michael Portantiere

Sparkle!, a starry holiday concert masterminded by Scott Nevins, brought gladness and cheer to the audience that assembled at XL Cabaret on Monday, December 17 for this one-night-only event.…

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See How They Sparkle! by Michael Portantiere

Sparkle!, a starry holiday concert masterminded by Scott Nevins, brought gladness and cheer to the audience that assembled at XL Cabaret on Monday, December 17 for the one-night-only event. …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

BC/EFA Salutes Fred Ebb and Other Show People by Michael Portantiere

The 24th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, held at the New Amsterdam Theatre, raised $3,902,608 to support the good works of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's event culminat…

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BC/EFA Salutes Fred Ebb and Other Show People by Michael Portantiere

The 24th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, held at the New Amsterdam Theatre, raised $3,902,608 to support the good works of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's event culminat…

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Alan Menken Seizes the Day by Michael Portantiere

The great composer Alan Menken was honored by Encompass New Opera Theatre on Sunday, October 21 at the National Arts Club in a celebration that featured memorable performances of his songs, …

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Bedbugs Bite!!! by Michael Portantiere

There's a musical about cats, and there's a musical about frogs, so why not one about bedbugs? True, New Yorkers who went through a big bedbug scare a just a few years ago may not feel there…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fade Out - Fade In by Michael Portantiere

The musical Fade Out - Fade In has a hilarious libretto by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, a terrific score with both music and lyrics by Jule Styne, and the original production was directed …

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Fade Out - Fade In by Michael Portantiere

Fade Out - Fade In has a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by the great Jule Styne, and the original production was directed by George Abbott and starred Carol Burnett.…

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Gayby, It's You! by Michael Portantiere

One of the several excellent reasons why you should see Gayby, a new indie film written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki, is that most of the actors involved are young New York theater veter…

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Giuseppe Bausilio's Spring Awakening by Michael Portantiere

There's a paradox surrounding Frank Wedekind's 1891 play Spring's Awakening (or Spring Awakening, depending on the translation) and its latter-day musical version, a paradox that also exists…

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