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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

John Lloyd Young Continues at 54 Below in Jukebox Hero by Sandi Durell

  Although Tony and Grammy Award winner of Jersey Boys on Broadway and on screen has already begun his show at 54 Below, press had the opportunity to meet with him today and get some more i…

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Laura Osnes & Tony Yazbeck ‘Things Are Looking Up’ Return to 54 Below by Sandi Durell

      The press met with Laura Osnes  this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below to chat with one half of the duo about their show opening tonight May 21 at 7 pm in order to find out a littl…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Chita Rivera Awards – Major Star Studded Event by Sandi Durell

      by Sandi Durell   The 2019 Chita Rivera Awards was a star-studded evening on the red carpet, during interviews and in amazing performances at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Bigot by Sandi Durell

  Review by Matt Smith   “We need to learn from the past, so we don’t make the same mistakes.” Such is the overarching idea behind The Bigot, the provocative and politically-charged …

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Chita Rivera Awards-Nominee Reception (video interviews & photos) by Sandi Durell

  Photos: Shoshana Medney Video Interviews: Shoshana Medney & Sandi Durell The Chita Rivera Awards nominees reception took place Monday, April 29 at Bond 45 (221 W. 46th Street). …

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Natalie Douglas: Nat Sings Nat by Sandi Durell

  Review By Brian Scott Lipton In the music world, centennial tributes are starting to feel a lot like Oprah’s cars: “You would have been 100 this year, so you get one, you get one, you…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Madame Tussauds Presents Broadway! by Sandi Durell

  Madame Tussauds New York announces today the launch of their newest experience, “Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway”, in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Usef…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Shosana Bean & Jeremy Jordan Announce 2019 Drama League Award Nominees at Sardis by Sandi Durell

  Photo by Maryann Lopinto The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) today announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play,…

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  Review By Ron Fassler   Steve Tyrell, that laid back and amiable Texan, returned last night to the Café Carlyle for an eleven-day engagement, performing his favorites from the Great Ame…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jarrod Spector at Sony Hall by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   Stephen Sondheim isn’t always right: You don’t always need a gimmick to prove you’re more than just a mimic. At least not if you’re Jarrod Spector. Whi…

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New York City Never Sounded Better: Big City Songbook by Sandi Durell

  By Marcina Zaccaria   Finding the right tone for the hectic, puzzling, madcap world of New York City would be the challenge. The City inspires. It triumphs. It demands. Yet, in the end, …

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Benny & Joon Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse by Sandi Durell

by Adam Cohen   Based on the 1993 movie, Paper Mill Playhouse presents the east coast premiere of a sparkling new musical “Benny & Joon.”  This is a lovable, witty, spry musical w…

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Foxy Returns After 55 Years to 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   The musical Foxy opened on Broadway fifty-five years ago at the now demolished Ziegfeld Theatre. It was based on Ben Johnson’s Volpone, first performed in 1606, and ad…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

All Our Children by Sandi Durell

    By Tania Fisher   Although this play is set against the backdrop of one of the most horrific periods of our history, as well as the heavy subject matter that the play specifically foc…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

An ‘Oklahoma’ Not Too Familiar by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Although Theater Pizzazz has a review posted written by JK Clarke on the initial run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (which I did not see) prior to this Broadw…

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2019 Broadway Beacon Awards Honor Chita Rivera, Al Roker, Beowulf Borrit, Patricia White by Sandi Durell

  by Linda Amiel Burns   The Broadway Beacon Awards are presented yearly to individuals in the theater community who have been advocates for increasing audiences for live theatre and und…

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Musings on Marilyn Maye’s Actual Birthday Celebration at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

By Sandi Durell   The lady was on fire kickin’ it up once again. That should sum it up for April 10, Ms. Maye’s real birthday and everyone was there a second, third time because they co…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Julie Halston & Michael Urie to Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominees by Sandi Durell

                    The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadwa…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Waitress and Shoshana Bean Welcome Jeremy Jordan by Sandi Durell

    PhotosVideo by: Shoshana Medney   With Shoshana Bean currently starring in Waitress as Jenna, she was all smiles welcoming her new co-star Jeremy Jordan as Dr. Pomatter.  The media e…

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Marilyn Maye – A Force of Nature! by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   From a brilliantly devised title – “I Wish I Were 90 Again!” – to a well-constructed show, this remarkable chanteuse never ceases to amaze, thrill and bring her…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Buster Poindexter Sings Johansen by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   Buster Poindexter and his band are FUN! A vocalist/songwriter (later, actor) who burst on the East Village scene in the early 1970s (with birth name David Johansen) as le…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway Does It Again! by Sandi Durell

  By Myra Chanin    Well, whaddaya know? The becoming-more-illustrious-with-every-passing-year, larger-than-life Ricky Ritzel, who produces, creates, performs and music directs a differe…

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Do You Feel Anger? by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   Someone keeps mugging Eva (Megan Hill) in the kitchen at her debt collection agency office. Co-workers Howie (Justin Long) and Jordan (Ugo Chukwu) fuel the clueless sexua…

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Encompass New Opera Honors Laura Benanti & Bartlett Sher by Sandi Durell

  Encompass New Opera honors theater luminaries Laura Benanti and Bartlett Sher with “A Musicial Salute!” at the National Arts Club on March 31, 2019 featuring stars of Broadway, opera,…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mark William Does It Again! by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   This smart, snazzy, stylish and savvy crooner, once again, regaled a full house of fans at The Green Room 42 reprising ‘Come Croon With Me’ on March 29. Dressed in …

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lainie Kazan at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Tania Fisher   We love Lainie.  We just do.  Can anyone define exactly why? I don’t think so; it’s like putting a label on a piece of artwork, and Lainie Kazan, is a true, livin…

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Broadway Review: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Back to Detroit where R & B and Motown all began . . . it’s, as they say, the soundtrack of many lives, surely mine. Yes, I was among the thousands who moved a…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

St. Peter’s Foot by Sandi Durell

    By Shoshana Medney   St. Peter’s Foot will make you laugh, question some of your life choices and make you grateful for the people in your life: Written by Anna Theresa Cascio and …

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Thursday, March 28, 2019


  By Brian Scott Lipton     Forty years ago, Tony Danza worked his way into America’s hearts as hunk with surprisingly strong comic chops on the hit sitcom “Taxi.” Well, four decade…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

33rd Annual MAC Awards Honors Karen Mason, Joe Iconis, Ben Cameron, Theresa Fischer by Sandi Durell

      by Linda Amiel Burns   The New York Cabaret community filled their new glitzy venue Sony Hall for a festive evening on March 26, celebrating the best of cabaret and song in over 26…

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Q&A with the Stars of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical by Sandi Durell

  By Shoshana Medney   I went in-depth with three of the stars from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. You’ll find unique stories from my 10 minute conversations with Chris …

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