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Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Essentials for Stage Actors by Jose Solis

Summer is here and as many people head to the beach or take a break from the city, stage actors are making sure those who remain, or those who come for a visit, have varied entertainment opt…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: Ghost Light by Jose Solis

Theatre is a medium of ghosts. Writers become haunted by words they need to exorcise through plays, which are then put onstage by actors and technicians who repeat the same lines and actions…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Interview: Composer Scott Frankel and Lyricist Michael Korie on Writing the Powerful Women of ‘War Paint’ by Jose Solis

Scott Frankel and Michael Korie are the composers behind some of the greatest female characters in contemporary musical theatre, not to mention some of the most inventive. Along with book wr…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? by Jose Solis

What a difference a space makes, in the case of The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? the space is the refurbished speakeasy under St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club, where Poseidon T…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Things We Learned By Going on the HamilTour by Jose Solis

The summer’s finally here and with it comes the need to leave our apartments and office buildings to take advantage of what the city promises beyond its concrete structures. Theatre fans w…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: Julius Caesar by Jose Solis

The thing with great plays, and Shakespeare in particular, is that they seem to have been written about the time when they’re being produced, and sometimes eerily, about the people witness…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Interview: Dissecting the Essence of a Song with Brian Stokes Mitchell by Jose Solis

Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will be making his solo debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below with a series of concerts from June 13-24. The charismatic leading man will do songs from fan favori…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Interview: Daniel Dabdoub on Creating All the Faces of Meryl for ‘STREEPSHOW!’ by Jose Solis

STREEPSHOW! is the sorta true story of nine Meryl Streep characters, picked to live in a house, work together…and you know the drill. Jay Stull’s ingenious four part play is fodder f…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Interview: The Stars of ‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’ on Their BroadwayHD Livestream, Hope and Why Art is Essential for Survival by Jose Solis

While most of us are lucky if we find something other than moldy cheese and half-full water bottles in our refrigerators, musician Kat (Valerie Vigoda) makes the discovery of a lifetime when…

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Interview: Jonathan Raviv and Troy Iwata on Why It Was Important for Them to Do ‘The Boy Who Danced on Air’ by Jose Solis

In The Boy Who Danced on Air Jonathan Raviv and Troy Iwata play unlikely lovers, given their characters are bound by an ancient tradition that combines slavery, dance and pedophilia. Raviv p…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: The Seagull by Jose Solis

Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is unarguably one of the most produced plays in the world, but as with most classics there comes a time when each production seems to be very much like the prev…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: Seven Spots on the Sun by Jose Solis

In Seven Spots on the Sun, playwright Martín Zimmerman shows he has no time for subtlety; he names his prophet-like hero after the biblical figure who led the Exodus, has the sun communicat…

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Interview: Jeremiah James on How His Character in ‘Sweetee’ Helps Him Make Sense of Our World by Jose Solis

In Sweetee, Jeremiah James plays Reverend Dan the pastor who wants the kids in his orphanage to find hope through music, as long as they stick to the hymns and songs of praise he approves of…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Interview: ‘La fiaca’ Star Francisco Gattorno “Doing theater is what I like the most in life!” by Jose Solis

Francisco Gattorno has gone from telenovela heartthrob to becoming one of the most renowned character actors onstage. He returns to New York City in Repertorio Español’s revival of La fia…

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Entrevista: Francisco Gattorno regresa a los escenarios en ‘La fiaca’ by Jose Solis

El actor cubano Francisco Gattorno regresa a los escenarios de Nueva York en La fiaca, la obra del argentino Ricardo Talesnik que fue vista por última vez hace más de 30 años y que hace s…

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Interview: Sophie Melville on the Timeliness of ‘Iphigenia in Splott’ by Jose Solis

Sophie Melville gives one of the most electrifying performances of the year in Iphigenia in Splott, Gary Owen’s timely adaptation of the Greek myth in which the wronged Effie realizes…

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Interview: Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley Celebrate their 20th Anniversary at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

Broadway golden couple Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley are celebrating their 20th anniversary and we get to join the party. The talented duo are set to perform at Feinstein’s/54 Below star…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Interview: Nick Cordero on Finding the Heart in the Tough Sonny of ‘A Bronx Tale’ by Jose Solis

Ever since his breakout role as Cheech in the musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway, Nick Cordero has become the go-to-guy for brooding, tough characters who might not instantly win th…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Interview: Costume Designer Paloma Young on Creating the Looks of ‘Bandstand’ and ‘The Great Comet’ by Jose Solis

From Imperial Russia to Neverland and Sherwood Forest, costume designer Paloma Young has become the go-to woman for clothes that can evoke fantasy while being grounded in reality. Her work c…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Raisin by Jose Solis

It’s been 42 years since the show was last produced in New York City, so here’s 42 reasons why the APAC revival is essential. In 1974, Raisin, the musical version of Lorraine Han…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Review: 3/Fifths by Jose Solis

A chronicle of my experience at James Scruggs’ 3/Fifths running at 3-Legged Dog through May 28th. 06:50 PM – I arrive at 3LD and am told to sit and wait by where the blind woman (Cat…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Interview: Lea Salonga on Returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below and How She Discovers New Music by Jose Solis

Lea Salonga loved her spring shows at Feinstein’s/54 Below in 2016 so much, that she’s back in 2017 with new material and more of that star quality that has made her one of Broadway’s …

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Interview: Max Von Essen on the Timeliness of ‘The Dreyfus Affair’ and How the Political Climate Helped Him Reignite the Love for His Work by Jose Solis

Tony nominee Max Von Essen will lead the company of The Dreyfus Affair at BAM from April 27-May 7. The play by Eve Wolf chronicles the saga of Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer who …

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Interview: Unitard on What They Love, Bonding Through Mutual Hatred, and the Nuclear Apocalypse by Jose Solis

The world is full of many things that make life worth living for, but there are things like artisanal cheese, gypsy pants and anything kale that make one wonder if we are in fact an intellig…

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Interview: Tori Scott on Bette Midler, Patrón Silver and Why We All Need a ‘Plan B!’ by Jose Solis

The hilarious Tori Scott is back at Joe’s Pub with Plan B!, an autobiographical show in which the storyteller with the pipes of gold will use songs by Madonna, Judy Garland, Heart, and mor…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Interview: Lauren Worsham on ‘Babes in Toyland’, Motherhood and Activism by Jose Solis

We spoke to Tony nominee Lauren Worsham about her upcoming appearance in Babes of Toyland at Carnegie Hall. What makes you the most excited about the show? I’m excited to sing at the beaut…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Significant Other by Jose Solis

Significant Other might have been the most refreshing show of the Broadway season, if the season was 1989. If it had opened one year after Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, to …

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Tilt Kids Festival Roundup by Jose Solis

The second annual Tilt Kids Festival came to a close on Easter Sunday with a performance of Cuisine & Confessions, an energetic spectacle by Montreal-based collective The 7 Fingers (best…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Interview: Hannah Elless and David T. Patterson on Doing William Inge’s ‘Picnic’ and ‘Come Back, Little Sheba’ in Rep by Jose Solis

The Transport Group’s artistic director Jack Cummings III is revitalizing William Inge classics Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba by having them performed in rep with an ensemble featurin…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Interview: Andrea Dantas on Her One Woman Show ‘Fragmented Frida’ by Jose Solis

In Fragmented Frida, actress/writer Andrea Dantas takes on one of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century to tell a story about how someone who was dealt all the wrong cards, manage…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review: The Profane by Jose Solis

The key to unlocking Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane lies in the seemingly innocuous double casting of Francis Benhamou, the vibrant actor who plays Aisa and Dania, the former is the eldest daugh…

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