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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Metro Awards add critic category by Peter D. Kramer

Exciting news on the Metro Awards front. The Metros and media sponsor The Journal News and lohud.com will collaborate to add a new category this year: student critic. Here’s how it wor…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

In Rye Neck, 1 title part, and 4-part harmony by Peter D. Kramer

Last year, Mikael Bucknavage was unrecognizable in a sea of green latex as the title character in “Shrek.” This year, the Rye Neck senior is 17 and decidedly less irritable. In f…

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Mamaroneck goes all-in with ‘Mattress’ by Peter D. Kramer

With its PACE program and a tradition of performing arts excellence, Mamaroneck High School is an arts-centric school. But for years, if a Mamaroneck kid wanted to be in a big-book musical, …

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Rye Country Day goes ‘Footloose’ by Peter D. Kramer

Whether on Broadway or at a local high school, theater is full of tradition. Some schools have senior circles where the about-to-graduate cast members bid a tearful farewell at the final cur…

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The Masters School gets into its PJ’s by Peter D. Kramer

Here’s are glimpses of what I saw at a recent rehearsal at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, where Chris Briante is filling the considerable shoes of the now-retired M.A. Haskin. When…

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Friday, February 20, 2015

A change atop Hudson Valley Shakespeare by Peter D. Kramer

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival turns 29 in June, two months after Kate Liberman—its new managing director, named last week—turns 30. Liberman, a Needham, Massachusetts native…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Four courses, one J.B. Smoove by Peter D. Kramer

When he was at Mount Vernon High School back in the ‘80s, J.B. Smoove wasn’t a comedian yet. And his name wasn’t Smoove. Back then, he was Jerry Brooks. “I was a hall…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An all-girl “Joseph” at School of the Holy Child (video) by Peter D. Kramer

When you’re an all-boys or all-girls school, there are two ways to go when you want to stage a musical. The all-boys Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains recruits actresses …

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Helen Hayes Theatre’s sale gets nasty by Peter D. Kramer

The plot thickens over the sale of Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre. The owners of Broadway’s tiniest theater, named for Rockland’s most-famous actress, say the time is up: T…

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Change afoot at the Schoolhouse by Peter D. Kramer

Change has come to the Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, with more to follow—including a drive to reach one particular audience that rarely feels at home in a theater. The Equity ve…

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Bedford Playhouse gets major gift by Peter D. Kramer

Last month, I wrote about the uphill battle to save and revitalize the Bedford Village Playhouse. Today, they announced a big step in their drive to raise $2.5 million by March 1. That’…

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Friday, January 30, 2015

High school musical season awaits by Peter D. Kramer

Every year, high schools reinvent the musical, making it their own. In 2015, changes are afoot across the Lower Hudson Valley, where 64 high schools are looking to opening nights between now…

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The 2015 season: Trends and perspective by Peter D. Kramer

Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, which last year was one of just a handful of schools in the U.S. allowed to stage Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” will stand alone…

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Metro Awards add Putnam; a teacher Tony by Peter D. Kramer

It’s an honor just to be nominated. The Metropolitan High School Theater Awards — honoring participating productions in across the Lower Hudson Valley — will return June 1 …

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2015 musicals, by the numbers by Peter D. Kramer

Decisions, decisions: Some weekends have more shows than others. Here are the season’s biggest weekends, where theatergoers are going to vote with their feet. Good luck in late March, …

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The Big Chart: Musicals 2015 by Peter D. Kramer

Readers: Bookmark this page to plan your theatergoing. I will add links to videos and galleries as I make my way from school to school. pk White Plains: “The Wizard of Oz” ̵…

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White Plains off to ‘Oz’ (video, photos) by Peter D. Kramer

Call it a senior moment. Jen Gordon, 18, a senior at White Plains High School, plays a member of the Lullaby League that welcomes the kid from Kansas to Munchkinland in “The Wizard of …

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stepinac will be first school to stage ‘Billy Elliot’ by Peter D. Kramer

Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, which last year was one of just a handful of schools in the U.S. allowed to stage Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” will stand alone…

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Would YOU want to pose nude today? by Peter D. Kramer

Got a message from Elliott Forrest at ArtsRock this morning. They’ve postponed tonight’s Andy Golub live painting demonstration and conversation. You may recall that Golub, who l…

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Hillary’s about to run — Off-Broadway by Peter D. Kramer

It’s official: Hillary’s running. Off-Broadway, starting this spring. Producers announced this week that “Clinton The Musical” — a hit at last summer’s Ne…

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Andy Golub’s body of work that speaks for itself by Peter D. Kramer

Years ago — not the time he was arrested, another time — Andy Golub was painting a subject in Times Square when a woman approached and said, “You can’t do that! That&…

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Memories of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma by Peter D. Kramer

This Martin Luther King Day, Sister Madeline Dorsey’s memories have been casting back 50 years, to when she was on the front lines of the civil-rights battle’s seminal moments, o…

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Second Stage: Theater by new name may still honor Helen Hayes by Peter D. Kramer

Helen Hayes’ name may not grace the marquee of a Broadway theater for much longer, but the man who’s shopping the building’s naming rights says the new venue will remember …

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Announcing The Teacher Tony by Peter D. Kramer

Each June, new Tony-winners leap to the podium, clutch their awards and the envelope, thank their families and agents and, with regularity, their high-school theater teachers. On June 7, one…

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Group hopes to revive Bedford Playhouse by Peter D. Kramer

The new year found two fewer movie screens in Westchester, as Bowtie Cinemas shuttered the Bedford Playhouse, but a grassroots group is hoping that two new screens — and a non-profit a…

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Helen Hayes may take final bow on Broadway by Peter D. Kramer

Decades after her death, Helen Hayes may be making her final Broadway exit. The Jan. 18 closing of the musical “Rock of Ages” heralds what could be the end of an honor bestowed o…

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

John Treacy Egan: Different Disney villain by Peter D. Kramer

Dozens of little girls in holiday dresses will tug their parents into White Plains PAC starting this weekend, keen to see Ariel in the New York regional premiere of “The Little Mermaid…

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Viva Las Shakespeare, ‘Midsummer’ in Armonk by Peter D. Kramer

The calendar may say December, but the Armonk Players are out to convince us its ‘Midsummer.” The group presents one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works—“A M…

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

How Mike Nichols saved Elliott Forrest’s life by Peter D. Kramer

Nyack’s Elliott Forrest will never forget how Mike Nichols — who died in New York on Wednesday at age 83 — saved his life one night. OK, his professional life. It was Feb. …

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mamaroneck’s smooth-as-silk anniversary by Peter D. Kramer

Wednesday night at Mamaroneck High School’s PACE Theater, five girls will take to a darkened stage and, when the lights come up, perform a dance they learned by the book. It’s ca…

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Exchange Disney Broadway tickets, no genie required by Peter D. Kramer

You’ve got tickets to take the kids to see “Aladdin” on Broadway tonight and the kid’s got the flu this morning. Disney Theatricals feels your pain and today announce…

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