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Sunday, February 19, 2017

But What Are They Saying? ‘Evening at the Talk House’ by Matthew Wexler

by Ryan Leeds Have you ever been caught at a cocktail party with someone who prattles on about people and events and in the middle you think to yourself, “Where are they going with this an…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

What You See May Not Be What You Get: ‘Girl X’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter The advent of texting and e-mails as ways of instant communication has not only changed the nature of human interaction; it’s also become a significant factor in plays …

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Giving Face: Glenn Close’s Return to Broadway in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter Talk about star power! No, I’m not referring to Glenn Close, the estimable star of Sunset Boulevard, now in glittery revival at the Palace Theatre. I mean Hillary Clint…

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Florence Henderson Tribute Scheduled for 2/21 by Matthew Wexler

Friends and family of Florence Henderson will come together on Tuesday, February 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) to celebrate the treasured star. Alan Cummin…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The New York Pops Celebrates Kander and Ebb by Matthew Wexler

              The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 34th season at Carnegie Hall on March 10 by bringing to li…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Broadway’s Three to See by Matthew Wexler

Broadway and beyond is delivering the goods this month, with star turns from Glenn Close and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as the latest musical from legendary composer John Kander. Here are our …

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For Whom the Bell Drolls: ‘Ring Twice for Miranda’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Ring Twice for Miranda’s title suggests that audiences are in for a naughty Feydeau-style bedroom farce, perhaps like the one Noël Coward adapted as Look after Lulu. A…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Cast Recording of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Debuts at #8 on Billboard by Matthew Wexler

Producer Stacey Mindich and Atlantic Records announced today that the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen has made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200, entering the …

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber Celebrates 4 Shows on Broadway by Matthew Wexler

Moments before the curtain went up on the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close, the stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s productions came together to celebrate the legendar…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

‘Indecent’ Moves to Broadway With Entire Cast Intact by Matthew Wexler

Daryl Roth, Elizabeth Ireland McCann and Cody Lassen, the producers of Indecent — the newest work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) — have announ…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

‘The Great Comet’ Invites Fans to Sing on Cast Recording by Matthew Wexler

The new Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, invites fans to be a part of the upcoming original Broadway cast recording. The Great Comet is looking for fans to j…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Don’t Miss: MCC’s ‘Miscast’ Benefit by Matthew Wexler

MCC Theater has announced the all-star lineup of performers set for their annual Miscast gala (Monday, April 3), celebrating the 30th Anniversary of MCC Theater. MCC Theater’s annu…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Fresh Kiss, Fresh Courage: ‘Yours Unfaithfully’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter Miles Malleson (1888-1969), the British author of Yours Unfaithfully, the Mint Theater’s latest discovery of lost or forgotten plays deserving another look, was somethi…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Don’t Miss: ‘Page to Stage’ Seminar with Off Broadway Alliance by Matthew Wexler

Do you think you may be the next David Merrick? The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hol…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Yawn: MCC Theater’s ‘Yen’ by Matthew Wexler

By Ryan Leeds “Love is Dangerous” headlines the poster for MCC’s production of playwright Anna Jordan’s Yen. There may be truth in that statement, but it doesn’t necessarily m…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Military Mayhem: Pan Asian Rep’s ‘Incident at Hidden Temple’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Damon Chua’s Incident at Hidden Temple, a world premiere at the Clurman, kicks off the 40th season of the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, an accomplishment for which compa…

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Meeting* You Won’t Want to Miss: Justin Sayre by Matthew Wexler

by Jon L. Jensen Justin Sayre’s The Meeting* of the International Order of Sodomites convened again on January 22 at Joe’s Pub. The performance marked the beginning of the final season o…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Gazing at Life: ‘Jitney’ Arrives on Broadway by Matthew Wexler

By April Stamm If we are to be a fly on the wall in an appropriately dilapidated car service station for over two hours with nothing to do but watch the blindingly real comings and goings of…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pants Smoking But Not on Fire: Classic Stage Company’s ‘The Liar’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter The gods of irony must have been smiling as I left the Women’s March in midtown to trek down to East 13th Street’s Classic Stage Company in time to catch the matinee …

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

‘Sunday in the Park with George’ Announces Full Cast by Matthew Wexler

Ambassador Theatre Group (Mark Cornell, CEO; Adam Speers, Executive Producer) has announced the complete casting and creative team for the Broadway revival of New York City Center’s produc…

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Don’t Miss: ‘Falsettos’ Cast Album Release Event on 1/27 by Matthew Wexler

Ghostlight Records will celebrate the cast album of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos with a special in…

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Don’t Miss: Justin Sayre’s Final Season of The Meeting* at Joe’s Pub by Matthew Wexler

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre — the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda — has anno…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Theater Buff: ‘Big River”s Andrew Cristi by Matthew Wexler

Every month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out editor Matthew Wexler’s questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. We’re saili…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

‘Allegiance’ Announces Canadian Film Screening, 2/19 by Matthew Wexler

After a successful North-American premiere, Cineplex Events brings George Takei’s (Star Trek, Heroes) Broadway musical Allegiance back to Canadian theatres for an encore on Sunday, Fe…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unwrapping Chekov for the 21st Century: ‘The Present’ by Matthew Wexler

There is no denying Cate Blanchett’s magnetism. As the fading trophy wife Anna in Andrew Upton’s The Present (a modern adaptation of Chekhov’s Platanov), Blanchett exudes power that of…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

James Monroe Iglehart to Join ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway by Matthew Wexler

Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart will join the Broadway cast of Hamilton in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson starting in mid April (date TBD), it has been …

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Wilting Theatrics: ‘Consider the Lilies’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Austin Pendleton, who turns 77 in March, continues to be one of the most ubiquitous presences on the New York stage, appearing in or directing several Off-Broadway plays …

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Friday, January 13, 2017

15 Minutes With ‘In Transit”s Rick Hip-flores by Matthew Wexler

by Ryan Leeds Rick Hip-flores is a seasoned musical director, having worked on several projects both on and off Broadway. Yet he, along with the cast of In Transit, is currently exploring un…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tyne Daly Joins York Theatre Company’s ‘Dear World’ by Matthew Wexler

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, has announced 6-time Emmy Award-winner and Tony Award-winner Tyne…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Anne Carrere Triumphs in ‘Piaf! The Show’ at Carnegie Hall by Matthew Wexler

Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tina Turner, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Barbara Cook, Harry Belafonte, and Anne Carrere all share one common denominator: They’ve all played Ca…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

‘Confucius’ Soars at Lincoln Center by Matthew Wexler

If you think The Rockettes, Radio City’s legendary dance company, hold the only key to high-impact precision movement, think again. It might not be obvious to compare the China National Op…

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