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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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Seeing double at Croton-Harmon’s ‘Sound of Music’ by Peter D. Kramer

Attending a musical rehearsal at Croton-Harmon High School has always been about seeing double. In an effort to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to try their hand at a role, the…

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Mahopac is ready for ‘Blonde’ highlights by Peter D. Kramer

Here’s a sign that Mahopac has just the right girl to play Elle Woods in this week’s “Legally Blonde”: Mention her character’s name and Mahopac senior Olivia De…

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Woodlands is all in this together by Peter D. Kramer

At Woodlands High School this week, the kid playing the jock who loves musicals (despite the fact that his friends give him grief about it) is a jock who loves musicals despite the fact that…

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Sacred Heart and the GWB by Peter D. Kramer

Before this week, the biggest role Alex Guzman had ever held in a play at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers was as the ship captain in “Anything Goes.” Or maybe a businessman i…

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On the air at Rockland Country Day by Peter D. Kramer

Will Youmans (inset) is from a show-business family. His mom is playwright Elizabeth Egloff. His dad builds sets for Broadway, including the Sinatra musical, “Come Fly Away” and …

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mount Vernon gathers its schools for ‘The Wiz’ by Peter D. Kramer

The Yellow Brick Road on the stage at Mount Vernon High School this weekend won’t just be trod by MVHS students. This year’s production, the first on the stage since 2013, will f…

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Solving that Maria problem at Ursuline by Peter D. Kramer

Marianna Ceccatti, 16, sophomore from Croton, is a musical kid. She was in the Ursuline School’s Honors Chorus that traveled to Rome in January and sang for Pope Francis. “One of…

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stacking the mattresses at New Rochelle by Peter D. Kramer

The subjects know it. Members of King Sextimus’ court know it. Queen Aggravain knows it. “A genuine princess is exceedingly rare.” New Rochelle High School junior Kaitlyn G…

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Lakeland tech wiz taking that Yellow Brick Road by Peter D. Kramer

For more than five years, if there’s been a show at Lakeland High School, Declan Moore has had a hand in it, handling all things technical. The Lakeland senior is helping to cook up a …

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‘Hair’ (yes, THAT ‘Hair’) at Horace Greeley by Peter D. Kramer

In Chappaqua, Horace Greeley has the region’s only seniors-only musical and the Class of 2015 made a memorable choice: “Hair,” the “Age of Aquarius” musical, wi…

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Putnam Valley plans its next move in “Chess” by Peter D. Kramer

Putnam Valley’s Dr. Gerard Micera has chosen a milestone musical for 2015, the first in which the school is eligible for the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, to be handed out i…

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Port of call: Sleepy Hollow by Peter D. Kramer

Zoe Kaplan’s character in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” was once an evangelist. Now she’s a nightclub singer. She’s Reno Sweeney, and “she’s a…

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At Westlake, comedy tonight — for 2 weekends by Peter D. Kramer

Westlake High School opens a two-week run of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the Stephen Sondheim-Larry Gelbart musical about a slave Pseudolus (senior Joey Tag…

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