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Friday, August 17, 2018

Jana Robbins & Haley Swindal – Preview by Sandi Durell

    Appearing together at Feinstein’s/54 Below are Jana Robbins (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Gypsy, I Love My Wife) and Haley Swindal (Jekyll & Hyde, White Ch…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pushkin – The Sheen Center by Sandi Durell

    by Hazen Cuyler     Pushkin is a new play housed within the eclectic interior of The Sheen Center. It’s written by John Leaf and Directed by Christopher McElroen, r…

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Songbook Summit: Jerome Kern by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   The irony of Peter and Will Anderson, accomplished jazz virtuosos of reeds, devoting an entire concert of swing to Jerome Kern, is that this venerable …

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gettin’ The Band Back Together – Red Carpet Opening Nite by Sandi Durell

    Theater Pizzazz attended opening night red carpet at the Belasco Theatre on August 13, with Maryann Lopinto on camera. Some of the guests on the carpet included: Stephen Schwar…

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Rachel Tucker Back at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    by Grace Treston   Rachel Tucker proudly returned to Broadway last weekend, and the Belfast-born star provided her New York audience with an intimate performance at Feinst…

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Jill Paice: Don’t Quit Your Daydream by Sandi Durell

  by Brian Scott Lipton   It says something about Broadway star Jill Paice’s talent as an actress that I wasn’t completely sure if she was truly as nervous as she claimed makin…

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54 Sings Working by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton     Studs Terkel’s landmark book, “Working,” in which he interviewed dozens of people about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Head Over Heels by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   You might be wondering what the music of the 1980s girl group the Go-Go’s has to do with Shakespearean iambic pentameter styling from Sir Philip Sidney’s 15…

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Fern Hill – New Jersey Rep by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     The Farmhouse – – a gathering womb where three couples congregate to celebrate their good friendships, warm feelings and special occas…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Be More Chill is Infectious Joy On Stage and Off by Sandi Durell

  By Martha Wade Steketee     You will hear, see, and feel the future of musical theater in the Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz creation Be More Chill, now at The Pershing Square Sig…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Songbook Summit: Irving Berlin & The Anderson Twins by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   Jazz’s love affair with the standards of the American songbook reaches back to the beginnings of both idioms. Proving the Duke Ellington dictum that …

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Less Than 50% by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     To commit….or not to commit – that is the question! In Gianmarco Soresi’s “unromantic comedy,” that presents as a play within a play, st…

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Beloved by Sandi Durell

  By Beatrice Williams-Rude   The great Russia, poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko in commenting on translations observed that when they are beautiful they are rarely faithful and when they are fait…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Melissa Errico & Ryan Silverman: Broadway Romance by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   I first saw Melissa Errico and Ryan Silverman on stage together in 2014, when they paired opposite one another as Clara and Giorgio in the Classic Stage C…

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Q & A with Manu Narayan of Getting the Band Back Together by Sandi Durell

    by Ron Fassler   I recently had the chance to chat with Manu Narayan, currently playing the role of Robbie in Getting the Band Back Together, the new musical which has its…

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Fairview by Sandi Durell

    by Carol Rocamora   Watch out, theatre world! A dangerous new play is on the loose. It will sneak up behind you, grab you by the throat, and won’t let go. This is a thea…

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Meet the Cast & Creatives of King Kong by Sandi Durell

By Sandi Durell   The St. Cloud Rooftop Bar at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square was a most fitting venue to introduce the contemporary production of the classic tale of King Kong…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Nature of Villainy in Wars of The Roses: Henry VI & Richard III by Sandi Durell

  By Marcina Zaccaria   Austin Pendleton successfully combines two Shakespearean plays in Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III, bringing the best of actor’s theater to t…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Mike Birbiglia’s Double Triumph by Sandi Durell

Being dazzling and dismaying at the very same time!     By Myra Chanin   Let’s do dazzling first. Mike Birbiglia’s latest, The New One, is one of the two best one-man sho…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Me The People – Fire & Fury Edition by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   In the continuing saga to promote the Blue Wave, the producers and creative team of Me The People are currently ensconced at The Laurie Beechman Theatre …

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Feinstein & Ebersole: Two For the Road by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Reunited and it feels so good…. after nine years, the mishpocheh (says Michael Feinstein) are now happy to be back on the stage of his namesake Feinste…

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Snooker! Meet the Cast and Playwright of MTC’s ‘The Nap’ by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   Richard Bean, playwright (One Man, Two Guvnors) wasn’t sure he wanted to actually write this one but, with enough nudging, he came up with a roadmap that is m…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Avenue Q – 15 Year Reunion Concert by Sandi Durell

by Adam Cohen   Legions of children have grown up with Sesame Street and it’s human and puppet resident’s teaching letters and numbers.  15 years ago composers Robert Lopez, Jeff …

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Best in Shows to Honor Seth Rudetsky by Sandi Durell

    Ana Gasteyer, Andy Karl and Orfeh will join Sierra Boggess, Adam Kantor, Lindsay Mendez, Brad Oscar, Hugh Panaro, Christine Pedi, Kate Rockwell, Douglas Sills, Betsy Wol…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Beyoncé by Sandi Durell

    by Cathy Hammer   Like its heroine Nadia, Eliza Bent’s new play The Beyoncé is on the road to self discovery. Described as nodding to Queen Bey, the piece is based larg…

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Renee Katz: Only From the Heart Can You Touch the Sky by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   What more appropriate title for a show than Only From the Heart Can You Touch the Sky from the beautiful soul of Renee Katz? How can one explain the feeling of …

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Monday, July 30, 2018

The House That Will Not Stand by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   “A free woman of color.” It would have been an oxymoron in Mississippi in the early 1800’s, but not so in neighboring Louisiana, at least according to …

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Comfort Women: An Ambitious and Noble Undertaking by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   The current revival of Comfort Women, A New Musical, is difficult to watch, think about and certainly sing about which doesn’t mean that the historical…

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New York Musical Festival – ’68: A New American Musical by Sandi Durell

    by Carole Di Tosti   In ’68: A New American Musical part of the 15th annual New York Musical Festival, Jamie Leo (Book and Lyrics) and Paul Leschen (Music) focus on one …

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Ricky Ritzel’s 98th, 99th & 100th Broadway Celebration by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   While the keeper of the flame for Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, Myra Chanin, is traveling in Hawaii, I couldn’t let this auspicious evening of song pass m…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Tribute to Ahrens & Flaherty ‘Once On This Island’ by Sandi Durell

  “Lynn and Stephen… thank you for this music. Truly. Thank you for all of your music.”   by Matt Smith   Peasants and grand-hommes came together in harmony last Wed…

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