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Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 Metros: Order of show #lohudmetros by Peter D. Kramer

The excitement is building for Monday’s 2015 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. We’re finalizing plans for the blue-carpet pre-show interviews and the live Metros webcast f…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

At Sing Sing this week: One for inmates’ kids by Peter D. Kramer

I’ve written about Rehabilitation through the Arts—the remarkable theater program in New York prisons—for years. It started with a production of “West Side Story,R…

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Friends, Romans, apprentices... by Peter D. Kramer

Vanessa Walsh will play Marc Antony in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's apprentice production of "Julius Caesar."

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Fall Theater Preview: Hitting Broadway's "Heights" by Peter D. Kramer

Kyle Beltran remembers like it was yesterday, even though it was nearly 10 years ago.

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Fall Theater Preview: Behind every Webslinger by Peter D. Kramer

White Plains native Jennifer Damiano plays Mary Jane Watson in Julie Taymor's $50 million Broadway-bound spectacle: "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark."

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Fall Theater Preview: Suffern native is bringing Christmas spirit to Broadway by Peter D. Kramer

For weeks now, Tom Meehan's immediate focus has been on a Little Tramp in California. Next, it will be on an oversized elf on Broadway.

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Fall Theater Preview: Enter stage left, a home for new works by Peter D. Kramer

Annette Jolles, the new artistic director of the White Plains Performing Arts Center, will direct the first two productions.

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From Pleasantville to the road — 2 actresses tour with Broadway plays by Peter D. Kramer

It's a long way from Pleasantville to Detroit and Durham, N.C., but not too far for two Pleasantville natives about to kick off performances in national tours of "West Side Story" and "Billy…

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Actor captures essence of Zero Mostel by Peter D. Kramer

It's all about the comb-over.
That's how actor-writer Jim Brochu transforms into Zero Mostel.

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10 Things You Don't Know: Craig Schulman by Peter D. Kramer

Yorktown's Craig Schulman, who just finished a run as Tevye in Yorktown Stage's production of "Fiddler on the Roof," has played Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" more than any actor alive: up…

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Approaching the end of 'Normal' by Peter D. Kramer

The lights will come down on Broadway's "Next to Normal" next month, an eventuality that has its composer looking ahead and one of its stars looking at his feet.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Metros: Running Lines #lohudmetros by Peter D. Kramer

My annual marathon of musicals took me to 64 musicals, including five of the seven nominees for outstanding overall production announced Monday. (See the list of nominees here.) Here are my …

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2015 Metros: Webcast replay #lohudmetros by Peter D. Kramer

If you missed it last night, or if you were at a viewing party and couldn’t hear because everybody was talking (theater kids!), here’s the replay of the 2015 Metros nomination we…

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Brewster’s 15 leads Metros pack #lohudmetros by Peter D. Kramer

Brewster High School’s production of “Shrek the Musical” garnered 15 nominations for the 2015 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, leading the record 46 musicals in the…

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2015 nominees by the numbers #lohudmetros by Peter D. Kramer

Here’s a look at Monday’s 2015 Metro nominations, by the numbers. (Totals do not include the technical-merit category, nominees for which are chosen by teachers.) The Metros will…

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2015 Metros: The nominees #lohudmetros by Peter D. Kramer

Here is the complete list of nominees for the 2015 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, announced on lohud.com on May 18, 2015. The Metro Awards will be handed out at Archbishop Stepinac…

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Happy Metro nominations Monday by Peter D. Kramer

In a few hours, Metros producer Danielle Rudess and I will sit down in the lohud studio and announce the nominations for the 2015 Metro Awards, the 17th time high-school musicals across the …

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Metros: Watch the nominations May 18 by Peter D. Kramer

The shows are over, the sets are struck, but for some, the high-school musical season isn’t over in the Lower Hudson Valley until the Metro Awards are handed out. The 2015 Metros—…

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Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 Metros: The categories by Peter D. Kramer

The judging is over. The 2015 Metros were judged in a wide spectrum of categories, from lobby display to outstanding overall production. Judges evaluated each aspect of the performance on a …

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2015 Metro Awards: Participating schools by Peter D. Kramer

The clock is ticking down to May 18’s live announcement of the 2015 Metro nominees—at www.lohud.com—and the awards themselves on June 1. To win a Metro Award—the high…

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Penguin Rep gets into character by Peter D. Kramer

After 37 seasons running Penguin Rep, Stony Point’s charming barn theater, Joe Brancato knows better than to search for “the great play.” “I always tell my young dire…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

‘Frozen’ composers talk BMI Workshop by Peter D. Kramer

Take 15 minutes. Watch this video. Composer Bobby Lopez and lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez talk with BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop’s Pat Cook about the way they work, abou…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Panas taps new skills in ’42nd Street’ by Peter D. Kramer

Over the years, senior Steven DeNardo and junior Emily Goodrich have played more than her share of plum roles at Walter Panas High School. This week, they’re Julian Marsh and Peggy Saw…

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Stepinac makes history with ‘Billy Elliot’ by Peter D. Kramer

“Billy Elliot” — Elton John’s 10-time Tony-winner about an English miner’s son who prefers ballet to boxing — left Broadway in 2012, after 1,312 performan…

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Island hopping in Pearl River by Peter D. Kramer

Brian Hayes, 16, a junior at Pearl River High School, has been in every Pearl River show since eighth grade, from “Don’t Drink the Water” to last fall’s “The Cr…

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Springtime for Cratchits at Iona Prep by Peter D. Kramer

The Cratchits and Scrooge take to the stage at Iona Prep on April 30. Yes, you read that right. Director Jason Summers and the boys at Iona Prep (ably assisted by girls from The Ursuline Sch…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hastings toes the ‘Line’ by Peter D. Kramer

Hastings High School follows up one ground-breaking musical with another. Last year, it was Jonathan Larson’s “Rent.” This year, it’s “A Chorus Line,” the…

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Dobbs Ferry turns into Skid Row by Peter D. Kramer

The tech crew at Dobbs Ferry High School is called “The Rat Pack,” and its three seniors—Vincent Laino, Ryan Mitchell and Philip Monteiro—are its leaders, its Frank, …

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Peekskill ready to ease on down the road by Peter D. Kramer

Peekskill High School’s production of “The Wiz” has all things great and small. The small are 4th- and 5th-graders from Hillcrest Elementary School. At a recent rehearsal, …

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