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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Winners Off Broadway Alliance Awards by Sandi Durell

The winners of the 2023 Off Broadway Awards have been announced! These awards recognize the best in commercial and non-profit Off-Broadway theatre across the 2022-2023 season. Winners will b…

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Monday, June 5, 2023

DruidO’Casey by Sandi Durell

NYU Skirball, in Partnership with The Public Theater, will present DruidO’Casey, a North American premiere by Ireland’s Druid Theatre, directed by Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes, runni…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:14AM

Drama Desk Awards Hosts: Mandy Patinkin & Kathryn Grody by Sandi Durell

Married actors and former Drama Desk nominees Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody will host the 67th annual Drama Desk Awards. The previously announced ceremony will be held on Tuesday June…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:03AM
Sunday, June 4, 2023

Actress-Singer VICTORIA GUTHRIE Premieres Cabaret Show STAGES OF LOVE by Sandi Durell

Actress and singer Victoria Guthrie makes her cabaret debut with an evening of romantic stories in the new original show, STAGES OF LOVE, premiering at Don’t Tell Mama on June 9th and retu…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:50AM
Saturday, June 3, 2023

More Theater News by Sandi Durell

Broadway Studio Tours – Fat Ham Extends – Casting for The Wiz – Todd Haimes Theatre – Days of Wine & Roses Extends – Sesame Street the Musical Returns – Alicia Keys Musical H…

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Theater Updates by Sandi Durell

Rock & Roll Man/New World Stages – Julie Benko/Harmony – Back to the Future the Musical – The New Group/FreeFest – LCT3/Let’s Call Her Patty – MTC/Prayer for the French Repub…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:29AM
Friday, June 2, 2023

THE PUBLIC THEATER’S 2023-24 SEASON by Sandi Durell

Free Public Works Musical AdaptationTHE TEMPESTBy William Shakespeare Music & Lyrics by Benjamin VelezChoreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher    Directed by Laurie Woolery August 27, 202…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:47AM

NYC Center 2023-24 Season by Sandi Durell

New York City Center has announced programming for the 2023 – 2024 Season, 80 Years at the Center of the Arts. 30th Encores! Series – Once Upon a Mattress, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Tita…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:29AM
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Music – Cabaret – Updates by Sandi Durell

Clint Holmes – Amanda Green – Robbie Rozelle – Susan Mack Robbie Rozelle returns to the historic nightclub Birdland with an all-new show, “Bring Me Giants” on June 29, 2023 at 8…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:41AM
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Summer Outdoor Events – Many FREE via TDF by Sandi Durell

Thanks Raven Snook (TDF) for providing this wonderful list of New York’s outdoor theatre season and more.  Shakespeare in the Park’s mounting of Hamlet is just one of many alfresco sh…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:53AM
Sunday, May 28, 2023

72nd Outer Critics Circle Awards – They All Show Up by Sandi Durell

By Sandi Durell . . . On May 25,2023 the OCC handed out awards to all the Winners, previously announced, making it so much easier and surely filled with less performer angst waiting to hear …

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Urban Stages Moves to The Players for 39th by Sandi Durell

By Sandi Durell . . . It was a fortuitous happening when the Boathouse special events space ended its run in Central Park! Why? It opened up the opportunity to find a new location for one of…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:15AM
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Chita Rivera Awards Cause for Hoots, Shouts and All Night Applause by Sandi Durell

The 2023 Chita Rivera Awards on May 22 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts proved to be one of the most exciting evenings in their history with an over-the-top enthusiastic audien…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:06PM


Ronald ‘Smokey’ Stevens; Britney Spears’ Once Upon a One More Time; Cow Girl; AntFEST; Teenagers in Love; Le Bijou de Paris Ronald “Smokey” Stevens, one of Broadway’s great music…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:30AM

Music, Cabaret and Pride Month by Sandi Durell

John Kevin Jones/1832 Merchants House – Phillip Officer/Birdland – Natalie Douglas/Birdland – Sam Morrison/SoHo Playhouse – Danny Bacher/Terry Gibbs Songbook – Schmoozin’ With Sl…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:55AM
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

54 SINGS “SHUFFLE ALONG” by Sandi Durell

Review/Photos By Ron Fassler . . . As a longtime visitor to 54 Below, something happened May 22nd I’ll remember the rest of my life, a simple moment of pure synchronicity. As the hour-long…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:31PM
Monday, May 22, 2023

Bees & Honey at MCC by Sandi Durell

By Ron Fassler . . . In Guadalís Del Carmen’s two-character play, Bees & Honey, the path from meet-cute to eventual marriage to sad dissolution is depicted across the span of two hour…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:30PM

Hooray for Hollywood Benefit by Sandi Durell

BIRDLAND THEATER will present the New York debut of the musical revue “Hooray for Hollywood!” on Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 PM. This enthralling tribute stars Billy Stritch, Carol…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:15AM
Friday, May 19, 2023


Repertorio Espanol/Razdojka; Love+Science/NYC Center Stage; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Reading;Lena Hall/Roy Orbison Jukebox Musical; Roger Rees Awards The Broadway Education Alliance…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:05AM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

CABARET NEWS by Sandi Durell

Marieann Meringolo-Extends Residency; Broadway Sings Lady Gaga; Patti-Bottino Bravo; Quinn Lemley Returns to Residency; Jeff Harnar and Alex Rybeck – 40th Anniversary Jeff Harnar with Alex…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:55AM

Kimberly Akimbo Gives Back to the Community by Sandi Durell

Recipient of eight Tony Award nominations including BEST MUSICAL, the critically-acclaimed new musical KIMBERLY AKIMBO will launch the Great Adventure Grants, a unique initiative that w…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:55AM

2023 OBA Awards Nominees-Honorees Announced by Sandi Durell

The 2023 Off Broadway Alliance Awards, as well as this year’s Legends of Off Broadway, Off Broadway Hall of Fame inductees, and Friend of Off Broadway! Winners in the competitive categorie…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:40AM
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Celebs Presenting NY Drama Critics’ Circle Awards by Sandi Durell

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle has announced that Carolee Carmello, Harvey Fierstein, Audra McDonald, Laurie Metcalf, and Brandon Uranowitz will be the presenters of its 2023 awards. T…

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By Ron Fassler . . . Among a few of my favorite things, besides raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, is when a composer sings their own songs. My admiration can range from a Billy Joe…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:28AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

72nd Outer Critics Circle Award Winners by Sandi Durell

Outstanding New Musical Some Like It Hot; Outstanding New Play – Leopoldstadt The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town new…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:03PM

THEATER AND MORE by Sandi Durell

Ellen Foley and Robert I Rubinsky will return with their acclaimed show Club Dada/Kabaret Kaput to Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side) with two shows on May 24 and 25. …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:30PM
Monday, May 15, 2023

TONYS or NO TONYS ? by Sandi Durell

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike continues and more discussions have ensued about the fate of the 2023 Tony Awards. The WGA began striking on May 2 after negotiations with the Al…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:43AM

Susan Mack – Fresh, Contemporary, Timeless by Sandi Durell

Susan Mack returns to Birdland Theater, after recent sold-out performances, on June 1st @ 7 pm with her newest show, “Yesterdays,” showing off her diverse and uplifting spin of jazz stan…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:54AM
Sunday, May 14, 2023

Sammy’s Bowery Follies by Sandi Durell

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Broadway veterans Ali Ewoldt, LaVon Fisher Wilson, Donna Vivino and Stuart Zagnit in “Welcome to Sammy’s”, a concert of the music of “Sam…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:03AM
Friday, May 12, 2023

OLD FRIENDS-Cabaret Darlings Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton by Sandi Durell

by Carole Di Tosti . . .                                                       What a pleasure! Pangea welcomed back their cabaret darlin…

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Theater News by Sandi Durell

Chip Zien/Harmony – Bad Cinderella Closing – Lucille Lortell/Immigrant Experiences – Tamara Tunie/LPTW Interview – 2StUptown/Toros – MasterVoices/82nd Season – Nancy Drew & T…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:50AM

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