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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Angela Lansbury at the Bruno Walter Auditorium by Sandi Durell

    By Marcina Zaccaria   Angela Lansbury spoke at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts, as part of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Oral History Project. The ho…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Songs & Stories with Harvey Granat: Comden & Green by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen   Betty Comden (1917-2006) and Adolph Green (1914-2002) collaborated for six immensely fertile decades resulting in 18 musicals, 9 screenplays and their own high spirite…

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column   by Harry Haun   MONDAY BLOODY MONDAY: With all the galas and benefits going on these days, you’d think somebody would come up with some kind of Calendar of Event…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Get to Know Mark William a Star on the Ascent by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell   Having watched Mark William since he debuted his first show “Come Croon With Me” at The Green Room 42 last year, and subsequent revivals, there’s no doubt t…

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Brian Stokes Mitchell Plays With Music-Holiday! Preview by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   “I’m a Wizard everyday . . .” that about describes the incomparable Tony Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime, Man of La Mancha) about to retur…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Steve Ross: I’m In Love With Vienna by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   “Willkommen,” nods maestro Steve Ross from the piano, launching into Cole Porter’s lilting “Wunderbar” and Gus Kahn/Walter Jurman/Bronislau Kaper’s jaunty “…

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Melissa Errico: An Even Grander Affair by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   Some events in life seem absolutely cosmic. Imagine being a kid growing up, listening raptly to the music of Michel Legrand being played at home by a concert piani…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Company Cast Continues to Grow by Sandi Durell

    A little celebration was in order at Joe Allen’s for Marianne Elliott’s Company as it keeps growing and growing as more stars join the gender-blind revival of Stephen Sondheim and …

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Radio City Rockettes Getting Ready for 2019 Xmas Spectacular by Sandi Durell

  On October 22, during rehearsals for the 2019 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes,  all 80 Rockettes rehearsed choreography from the stunning finale scene, “Christm…

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Marin Mazzie’s Sunflower Power Hour by Sandi Durell

  by Matt Smith   “It is impossible to describe Marin Mazzie’s ability to make a song that you know well, sound like you’ve never heard it before…. every time she sings.” Quite a…

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Dublin Carol by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   It’s not often that the usually stellar Irish Repertory Theatre misses the mark on one of its productions, but with this mounting of Conor McPherson’s Dublin C…

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Nancy McGraw Celebrates Johnny Mercer by Sandi Durell

 Nancy McGraw celebrated Johnny Mercer with Mark Nadler at the piano – a perfect collaboration!     by Linda Amiel Burns   On October 20, 2019 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Nancy McG…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation! by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   For nearly 40 years, Gerard Alessandrini’s capacity to pump out high-quality musical satire with wit and jollity has been seemingly unstoppable. His various iter…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Announcing Same Day $10 Rush Tickets for 30th Annual New York Cabaret Convention by Sandi Durell

  The Mabel Mercer Foundation celebrates The 30th Annual New York Cabaret Convention Monday October 28 thru Thursday October 31 at The Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center. It’s the place…

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Broadway Legends Honor The Humane Society of New York by Sandi Durell

BEST IN SHOWS 2019 – ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS HONORING ORFEH AND ANDY KARL   Watch the video for performances by all the Legends who helped make the evening a huge success.     By Sandi Dur…

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The Moth Mainstage by Sandi Durell

  By Tania Fisher   Powerful live and unscripted storytelling returned to Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center on October 12, bringing with it a slew of devoted fans of the Moth Mainstage Sh…

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Park Avenue Armory Announces Judgment Day by Sandi Durell

  What a treat to see theater in such an elaborate and history-laden setting as the Park Avenue Armory.  And so, here’s information about what’s up and coming at the Wade Thompson Dril…

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Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser Debut at Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   It doesn’t take but a moment to feel the electricity in The Café Carlyle when Wynonna Judd enters and takes the stage, accompanied by her husband (guitarist, drum…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The White Chip by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Is there a specific gene that’s the predisposition to alcoholism? Otherwise it’s difficult to find a good Mormon Boy (or was he a bad one?) who, at a young tende…

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The Ubiquitous Broad in the Baseball Cap by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen   “When you’re practicing, don’t go for the sound. Go for the feeling. You know what the feeling is like.” Rosamond Hirschorn We’ve seen the cap, caps really, …

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Eric Michael Gillett’s Glorious Return to Cabaret is Not To Be Missed!! by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   After a considerable absence, Eric Michael Gillett hopped up on the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theater and once again astounded 100+ sophisticated arts aficionados…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lynda Carter at The Appel Room by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   Lynda Carter regaled the audience within Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room Saturday night with songs that mattered to her.  Born in Arizona, Lynda Carter is best …

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Chita Rivera Returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   If Chita Rivera isn’t a living legend, then who is? At eighty-six, she has been working primarily in the musical theatre for sixty-two years. The recipient of two Best…

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Sara Zahn: Both Sides of Bernstein by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   As if a CD release isn’t enough to celebrate on its own, the féte for singer-songwriter Sara Zahn’s newly released Both Sides of Bernstein came with a happy-m…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

An Amusement Column     by Harry Haun   HEWES-FUSED NEWS: When he reached his 20th year as theater critic for Saturday Review, Henry Hewes II was only 55 but opted for premature retiremen…

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The Lightning Thief Meets the Press Atop The Empire State Building by Sandi Durell

The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical   The Creatives Joe Tracz (book – Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Be More Chill), Rob Rokicki (score – Broadway debut)…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mama’s Boys at Don’t Tell Mama by Sandi Durell

  A 17-Gun Salute for their State-of-the-Art Contemporary Interpretation of the Classic Good Old-Fashioned Barber Shop Quartet     By Myra Chanin   Yuh wanna know how I determine the q…

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Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   The challenges of female adolescence is rather familiar fodder these days in books, television and film, but they’re being explored with a remarkably fresh, …

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Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column       by Harry Haun     BYE BYE BETTY: A modern-day theatrical heroine has just passed—Betty Corwin at the gloriously overripe age of 98. Her claim to fame is t…

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Natalie Douglas: Tributes – Miss Nancy Wilson by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   She’s been called a singer of pop, soul, R&B and the blues, but she prefers to be called a “song stylist.” Those cabaret fans who have previously see…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   There’s plenty of energy, of a decidedly athletic bent, in Lee Sunday Evans’s production of Jack Thorne’s Sunday, at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gro…

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