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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Elements of Oz – Performance Augmented Reality Mash-Up by Sandi Durell

  NYU Skirball will present Elements of Oz, a live performance/augmented reality mash-up of theater, technology and pop culture that celebrates and deconstructs The Wizard of Oz, from …

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Scott Siegel’s ‘Broadway Ballyhoo’ Returned to Feinstein’s 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  by Linda Amiel Burns   NYC impresario Scott Siegel decided to revive his legendary Broadway Ballyhoo, and on September 1, the first of the series was performed at Feinstein’s 54 Be…

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Ricky Ritzel’s August Surpasses . . . by Sandi Durell

  Ricky Ritzel’s August Surpasses Dorian’s 195 mph. winds with Category 5 Gales of Entertainment     By Myra Chanin   Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, like Brigadoon, pops up on the fourt…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

The Exes at Theater Row by Sandi Durell

  by Susan Hasho   If you are a fly on the wall for a family dilemma – be prepared! Batten down the hatches. The Exes is full of family of several different stripes and dilemmas galore. …

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Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column         by Harry Haun   THE SHORT-CUT LANE: Apparently, Nathan Lane is shopping around for shorter shows. His most recent Broadway opus—Taylor Mac’s Gary:…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Music of the Knights by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   As host/producer Scott Coulter informed the rapt audience at 54 Below before “Music of the Knights” on August 28, the evening’s three titular subjects – A…

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Krysta Rodriguez Previews Debut Solo Concert at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    Krysta Rodriguez makes her long-awaited Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut!  Krysta presents a brand new concert exploring career highlights from her time in Broadway shows including …

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Shoshana Bean Extended at Feinstein’s 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    Shoshana Bean (star of Wicked, City Center’s Songs for a New World and as Jenna in Broadway’s Waitress), has made her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut beginning on August 24. She now h…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

                                                                                                              […] The post SCREEN OF …

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Hubert ‘Tex’ Arnold Has Died by Sandi Durell

  It is with deep regret that I write that beloved musical director, pianist, friend, arranger and icon of the cabaret community died on August 22 at 3:37 pm in a hospital in Atlantic City.…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Contact High: A New Musical by Sandi Durell

    By Samuel L. Leiter   A word of advice for anyone writing a new musical: don’t play a medley of pop hits before the show starts and during its intermission. As demonstrated by the g…

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Fall Cabaret September-October 2019 by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   –Theater Pizzazz mantra: “If music was everywhere and in everyone’s life, the world would surely be a better place” (more than ever!) —   Falling into cab…

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Oklahoma Original Cast CD Release by Sandi Durell

  Photos: Maryann Lopinto       Tony Award Winning Revival, OKLAHOMA, released their original cast CD with a musical presentation by the cast and the signing of the CD on August 22. The …

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Basic Glitch by Sandi Durell

  by Alana Silber     Basic Glitch, the first full-length play written by New York based playwright Stephanie Salazar-Amaro, takes place in a world similar to our own, but with one slight…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Heloise by Sandi Durell

  by Edward Medina   While watching the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival production of Heloise one could imagine what it was like watching a first draft workshop rehearsal of The Lion in Wi…

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GIRLS ON TAP – RAVE THEATER FESTIVAL by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   The annual Rave Theater Festival is underway on the Lower East Side of Manhattan this August with theatre, dance and music to entertain (as the circus once said) “c…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

A Talent to Amuse: Love, Noël: The Songs And Letters Of Noël Coward by Sandi Durell

      By Samuel L. Leiter   Ah, the variety of New York theatergoing! One night it’s the raucous, decadently spectacular, nearly three-hours-long, jukebox musical Moulin Rouge in Broad…

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Songbook Summit: The Andersons Play Ellington by Sandi Durell

      By Marilyn Lester   That familiar opener, Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A-Train” (the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s theme song from 1940 on) was a sure bet to herald a delightfu…

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Fern Hill’s Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, John Glover Meet the Press by Sandi Durell

    by Magda Katz   On the first day of rehearsals, the cast and creatives of Fern Hill held a meet and greet with the press at Theatre Row Studios. The play, written by Michael Tucker (w…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Make Believe by Sandi Durell

    Theater Review by Brian Scott Lipton     The power (and limits) of imagination. The ways we repeat (and defy) our own family history. The ways we lived then (and now). These are head…

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SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

                                                                                             An Amusement Column     …

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Ghosts and Gaslighting by Sandi Durell

  Theater Review by Edward Medina   Let’s play a ghoulish little game. Let’s create a fast paced comedy thriller that puts four characters in a spooky setting. Let’s play up who’s …

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

100th Anniversary of the Actors’ Strike of 1919 by Sandi Durell

    The Lambs, America’s first professional theater club and the oldest professional theatrical organization in the US, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Actors’ Strike of 1919. A cen…

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Sarah McLachlan and The New York Pops by Sandi Durell

    by Magda Katz   Friday, August 2, 2019, Grammy Award winning Canadian-born singer-songwriter,  pop star Sarah McLachlan took the stage of the Forest Hills Stadium backed by the lush …

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Monday, August 5, 2019

SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column                                                             by Harry Haun       THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNERS: T…

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Rinse, Repeat by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   Rachel (playwright Domenica Feraud) is home for the weekend, and everyone is walking on eggshells. Well, not quite everyone. Her brother, Brody (a fearlessly direct …

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tuesdays at 54 . . . with Robbie Rozelle! by Sandi Durell

    by Matt Smith   It’s been said that life is a cabaret, and nowhere was that more apparent than at Robbie Rozelle’s zany new late-night romp, which launched last Tuesday night at M…

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Two’s A Crowd by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   Welcome back Rita Rudner in this charmer of a musical comedy, at 59e59 Theaters, where laughter is the name of the game, written by Ms. Rudner and hubby Martin Bergman …

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Black Hole Wedding by Sandi Durell

    by Carole Di Tosti   The New York Musial Festival 2019, currently in its 16th season has been offering entertaining, seamlessly performed productions by talented casts and creatives. …

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Leaving Eden by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   A spectacular New York debut is made in the New York Musical Festival production of “Leaving Eden.”  Sarah-Anne Martinez commands the stage as Lilith in this intri…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

I Spy, I Spy – A Melting Pot Run Amuck by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Waiting for this new musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Jamie Jackson and book and music by SoHee Youn, to begin, the chatter amongst some of my nearby seatmate…

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