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Monday, March 2, 2020

The Headlands by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   The graceful Golden Gate Bridge stretches across the San Francisco Bay, a steel marvel connecting two shores.  But it’s not a shining symbol for the young protagon…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Karen Akers: Among My Souvenirs     by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen                                                                                                      […] The post Kar…

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The Hot Wing King by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   Saucy. Spicy. One hardly needs to be an experienced theater critic for these adjectives to pop into one’s head during the prolonged opening section of Katori…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

An Amusement Column   by Harry Haun   A GENDER-BENDING GENRE: Frankenstein, Hamlet and Dracula all come to tragic crash-and-burn conclusions in local productions on the same Sunday Bloody …

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Musical Revivals: Purists versus Radicals by Sandi Durell

Musical Revivals: Purists Versus Radicals – Where to Draw the Line?     By Barbara & Scott Siegel     We didn’t used to have a big hubbub when a musical revival hit the boards on…

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To Kill A Mockingbird at Madison Square Garden by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   A capacity crowd of 18,000 New York City public school students made history at Madison Square Garden on February 26, 2020 along side the Broadway cast of To Kill a Mo…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Opening Night: The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Sandi Durell

  Transport Group’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown opened on February 26 at Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street and Theater Pizzazz was on the scene as Alice Teeple captured the curtain call …

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Feeling Good with Marilyn Maye at Dizzy’s Coca Cola by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Two things happen when you have an opportunity to see the marvelous Marilyn Maye at Dizzy’s . . . the glamorous flickering lights of the New York cityscape provide…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Drift Meets the Press for a Sneak Peek by Sandi Durell

  Drift met with the press for photos and interviews. Theater Pizzazz was on the scene as Magda Katz captured it all. Drift is a new American drama written by William Francis Hoffman about…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Charles Busch’s Lily Dare Camps It Up From Convent to Cabaret and Beyond by Sandi Durell

  By Marilyn Lester   Fans of Charles Busch and his devotion to the campy will not be disappointed in his latest outing, The Confession of Lily Dare, another paean to the drama queens of t…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Unmasked Opening Night Celebrates Andrew Lloyd Webber by Sandi Durell

  Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and written with Richard Curtis opened at Paper Mill Playhouse on February 9. TheaterPizzazz’ Magda K…

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Sixth Annual Chinese New Year Spectacular – Year of the Rat by Sandi Durell

    The Sixth Annual Chinese New Year Spectacular took place at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) on February 7, welcoming in the Year of the Rat, celebrating both American and Chinese cultures …

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Monday, February 10, 2020

STEW by Sandi Durell

  by David Tane   STEW, now playing at the Walkerspace in Tribeca, is a timely offering of Page 73, the new plays incubator, occurring as it does in February, Black History Month.  Writte…

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Voices for the Voiceless Turns Up Star Power for Foster Kids by Sandi Durell

  Photos: Maryann Lopinto The line up of star power turning out to help raise funds for Foster Kids (hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley) was breathtaking at The Town Hall on February …

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Tituss Burgess Glittering Tribute to Stephen Sondheim by Sandi Durell

  by Matt Smith   “How did you get to be here? / What was the moment? / How did you get to be here?” Such was the question posed — and answered — as multi-hyphenate performer and E…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Michael Feinstein & Co. Celebrate Jerry Herman by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen   “It Only Takes a Moment” (Hello, Dolly) Michael Feinstein croons. Vocal is fleecy, music, a waltz. Life is a celebration “With You On My Arm,” he continues jau…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

SETH RUDETSKY & PATINA MILLER AT THE TOWN HALL by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   If you aren’t already familiar with the format that musical director, satellite radio host and hilarious entertainer Seth Rudetsky has adopted for his continuing serie…

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Women’s Day on Broadway! by Sandi Durell

  In celebration of International Women’s Day, Disney on Broadway announces the 3rd annual “Women’s Day on Broadway: The Decade Ahead and How Women Will Shape It.” Following its lau…

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Theatre Forward’s 17th Annual Broadway Roundtable by Sandi Durell

  by Melissa Griegel http://griegelphoto.zenfolio.com   Theatre Forward held its 17th Annual Broadway Roundtable on Friday, January 31st at a luncheon in partner UBS’s Manhattan office. …

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Really, Really Gorgeous at The Tank by Sandi Durell

  by Argenis Ovalles   In a post-apocalyptic world created by Nick Mecikalski, where climate change has flooded the majority of a totalitarian America, there is a little shack. Like an art…

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Sneak Peek: A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) by Sandi Durell

      Photos/Video: Shoshana Medney   Ahead of its premiere at Miami New Drama’s Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Fl. (March 5-April 5), the press met with the cast and creatives to find…

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Sneak Peak: The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Sandi Durell

    by Melissa Griegel photos/video by Melissa Griegel Photography   The Unsinkable Molly Brown met with the press as it readies to make its return to Broadway with a new book, new lyrics…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Voices for the Voiceless Will Benefit Foster Kids You Gotta Believe by Sandi Durell

  Your Kids, Our Kids (Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, Founding Directors) proudly presents the 6th Annual VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS: Stars For Foster Kids, an event that brings together …

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What’s Happening at Culture Project and Access Theatre by Sandi Durell

ABOUT LOVE and THE SICKNESS Culture Project presents About Love, a new play with songs and music. Music and lyrics by jazz artist Nancy Harrow and script and direction by Will Pomerant…

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A BRILLIANT “17 MINUTES” AT THE BARROW GROUP by Sandi Durell

  by Ron Fassler   Scott Organ’s new play 17 Minutes is the latest drama offered by the Barrow Group, one of New York City (if not the country’s) most exceptional producing entities. L…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Emojiland Opening Nite at The Duke on 42 Street by Sandi Durell

  Video Interviews/Photos: Shoshana Medney                        Curtain Call   EMOJILAND opened at The Duke on 42nd Street on Monday, January 19 to a cheering audience of ent…

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Wild Dogs Under My Skirt – Poems from Samoa by Sandi Durell

by Marcina Zaccaria   Wild Dogs Under My Skirt begins with the presentation a large knife, with a long, thick blade not curved like a hatchet or scythe.  The Wild is presented as a place …

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Juan Pablo di Pace – The Green Room 42 by Sandi Durell

  By Matt Smith   “There’s no harder role for an actor to play than yourself.” Such is the bold declaration made by multi-faceted international entertainer Juan Pablo di Pace, toward…

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NYC Restaurant Week Jan 21 – Feb 9 by Sandi Durell

    NYC Restaurant Week January 21 – February 9 is a celebration of NYC’s most fabulous pastime: dining out. With hundreds of restaurants throughout the City rolling out special prix-f…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Miss America’s Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson and Me – ‘Bess Mess’ by Sandi Durell

    By Samuel L. Leiter   I was only five in 1945, but even then I was aware of five major events in that earthshaking year: the death of FDR, the atom bombs, the end of the war, my intro…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

My Name Is Lucy Barton – Broadway Review by Sandi Durell

      by Meredith Ganzman   Her name is Lucy Barton. That’s who you’ll meet in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s US premiere of My Name is Lucy Barton, which stars the award-winning pow…

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