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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Broadway Bound: The Musicals That Never Came to Broadway by Sandi Durell

    By Eric J. Grimm   The stories of potential gems that fell just short of playing on Broadway eclipse the shows themselves in 54 Below’s first (and hopefully not last) editio…

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Million Dollar Quartet Meets the Press by Sandi Durell

  The Cast of Paper Mill Playhouse‘ upcoming production of Million Dollar Quartet, met the press and Theater Pizzazz’ Mark Ryan (MR) Anderson was front and center to take ph…

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Standard Time with Michael Feinstein by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton     He was the first composer to win three Academy Awards; the first to receive the coveted “gold record” for selling one million copies; he…

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Steve Ross: My Manhattan by Sandi Durell

        by Marilyn Lester     There are certain entertainers who arrive at a place where they can pretty much do no wrong. Steve Ross is one of them. He’s as …

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There’s No Tony Like This Tony! Danza Delights with Standards and Stories by Sandi Durell

by Matt Smith   With an effortless effervescence, the resplendent Tony Danza glides onto the stage — jazz hands a-swingin’ — at Feinstein’s/54 Below.   Back at the intimate…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Project Broadway Returns to Symphony Space by Sandi Durell

  Not it’s not like Project Runway (although you may see some pretty spiffy dressers) . . . it’s Project Broadway . . . Symphony Space’s celebration of all that’…

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In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel by Sandi Durell

  Tennessee Williams reinvented by an adventurous team of creative artists       By Joel Benjamin   Everett Quinton, of Ridiculous Theatrical Company fame, has duste…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell     What’s it all about?   Ultimately, in playwright Sara Ruhl’s world, it’s all about food, love and how we carry it forward for future generatio…

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The Terrifying at Abrons Art Center by Sandi Durell

    By Eric J. Grimm     Who’s more terrifying: the monster or its victims? Playwright and director Julia Jarcho, here paying tribute to Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, takes…

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Liars & Believers ‘Who Would Be King’ by Sandi Durell

  by Stuart Miller   There is something wonderful about devised theater, a show created by an ensemble in a truly collaborative process. That said, it often is no substitute for a …

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Michael Cerveris & His Accomplices – The Sheen Center by Sandi Durell

by Susan Hasho   I venture to say Micheal Cerveris is best known as a musical theatre actor, a Broadway guy, and a TV and film actor. So often other facets of artists we think we “kno…

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The Siegel Column – When Truth Enhances Fiction by Sandi Durell

When Truth Enhances Fiction: Theater Based on True Stories…     By Barbara & Scott Siegel     If the true story upon which the new Broadway musical Come From Away h…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

When It’s You – The Keen Company by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken     When It’s You, presented by The Keen Company at Theatre Row, is hardly the first play to examine the anatomy of a mass murder. But Courtney B…

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Live Soundtrack Series Shoots and Scores – Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks by Sandi Durell

  by Marilyn Lester   Kudos to The Town Hall for a new family show series, Shoots and Scores, pairing classic silent film to live music – just as it was back in the day. This fir…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Joan Copeland Knows ‘The Price’ of Brother Arthur Miller’s Work by Sandi Durell

  by Joel Vig   A Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price” opened at the American Airlines Theatre on March 16, 2017 to rave reviews. Attending the perf…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Anything Goes: Musicals Tonight! by Sandi Durell

    by Peter Haas     In olden days, A Porter musical Played to receptions most enthusical … – Now –amen! – We’ve got one again!   For a joyous theater eve…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gay’s Paree! Gay Marshall at Pangea by Sandi Durell

    by Marilyn Lester   Gay Marshal is a petite fille de grandes capacities – a diminutive performer who has a lot of energy, enthusiasm and vocal prowess. Her Gay’s Paree…

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Adam Shapiro’s Guide to Making An Audience Love You by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   Adam Shapiro is a very engaging performer with a powerful stage presence who knocks himself out entertaining any audience he finds himself before. That…

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Arthur Miller’s The Price by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell     One of America’s greatest playwrights is once again lauded on a Broadway stage at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre in this …

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Outer Critics Circle Nominees Announced by Burstein & Krakowski by Sandi Durell

    The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, is proud to a…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wrestling with Beckett: Sam and Dede by Sandi Durell

  . . .  or My Dinner with André the Giant     by Samuel L. Leiter   It’s hard to conceive of any more unlikely pairing for a play about two familiar, real-life figu…

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The Siegel Column: Death in the Theater by Sandi Durell

Death in the Theater: Everybody & Wakey, Wakey         By Barbara & Scott Siegel     With the recent passing of the Signature Theatre’s James Houghton…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Through the Woods at Sundown, Yellow Moon by Sandi Durell

      By Marcina Zaccaria   What starts out as a woodsy dilemma evolves into a family drama in Sundown, Yellow Moon. Twin sisters find themselves spending time in their f…

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Jewish Broadway – A Treat for the Eyes, Ears and Soul by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     Who knew that so many of the greatest of the great American Songwriters on Broadway (and off) were Jewish (except Cole Porter) according to…

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White Guy on the Bus by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     Playwright Bruce Graham has tackled the kind of topics many prefer to sweep under the rug, more so, since we’ve become so politically cor…

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Hello, Dolly! Breaks Box Office Advance Records by Sandi Durell

    Not only has the new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly broken all records as the highest pre-performance advance sale in Broadway history. . . but here is the very first imag…

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Legend Diana Ross to Appear at NYC Centre by Sandi Durell

  One of American’s greatest icons of R&B and pop music, Diana Ross, will revisit old favorites and more from her vast music catalogue at New York City Centre. A fabulous expe…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Last Days of Judas iscariot by Sandi Durell

  by Stuart Miller   Somewhere inside Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” is a compelling play about love and betrayal, guilt and redemption. Unfortun…

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The Light Years by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   With two writers driving two families through two plotlines, a split personality certainly looms as a possibility. Such is the case with The Light Years at P…

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American Showstoppers Celebrates Kander & Ebb by Sandi Durell

  By Maryann Lopinto     John Kander will be celebrating his 90th birthday this coming Friday, March 17.  His show written with Fred Ebb, Chicago, is the longest running Broa…

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Tony Awards Announces Season Calendar by Sandi Durell

  The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards have announced the calendar for the 2016-2017 season. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Br…

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