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Friday, February 15, 2019

Chick Flick the Musical Meets the Press by Sandi Durell

by Maya Werner The cast and creative team of Chick Flick the Musical met the press on Friday, February 15. Chick Flick the Musical features Sharon Catherine Brown as Karen, Lindsay Nicol…

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Marilyn Maye Celebrates Valentine’s Day by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   Marilyn Maye, the nonagenarian cabaret superstar, is back in New York City for the weekend, in the heart of the theatre district, with a Valentine’s Day show. …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism by Sandi Durell

   The Psychoanalytic Odyssey of a Once Glorified Chorus Boy     by Alix Cohen   Sometimes over the top works. Dr. Bradley Jones’ colorful, personal history is rather …

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“Switzerland” Comes to East 59th Street by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   The New York City premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland arrived at the 59E59 Theaters in a production first produced by the Hudson Stage Company, Westc…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Songs with Steve Ross: If We Only Have Love-French Songs from Piaf to Brel by Sandi Durell

by Alix Cohen             Steve Ross is a self-admitted, dyed in the wool Francophile. Hosting the first of what one can only hope will be a series at the 92Y, he shares that admiratio…

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Bonnie’s Last Flight by Sandi Durell

  by Carole Di Tosti   Have you ever wondered what the flight attendants, pilot and co-pilot talk about as they host your flight? Wonder no more! The witty playwright and comedic a…

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Beetlejuice Box Office Opens Tomorrow 2/14 and . . . by Sandi Durell

  If you’re one of the first 100 patrons at the Winter Garden Box Office (1634 Broadway) dressed in Beetlejuice black and white between 10 – 11 a.m., you’ll be entered…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My Very Own British Invasion – Paper Mill Playhouse by Sandi Durell

by Adam Cohen   My Very Own British Invasion, a new rock and roll jukebox musical, has taken over the Paper Mill Playhouse.  This is a slick, well-designed production that is visually…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Early Lerner & Loewe: The Day Before Spring by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   When it first opened on November 22, 1945, Lewis Nichols wrote in his New York Times review that The Day Before Spring was “a likable musical show in a good ma…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Unforgettable: Celebrating Nat King Cole and Friends at NY Pops by Sandi Durell

  By Iris Wiener   With a flash, bam, alakazam, a wonderful tribute to Nat King Cole was given on February 8th when The New York Pops paid tribute to the timeless artist’s centen…

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Rounding Through the Dance of Death by Sandi Durell

  By Marcina Zaccaria   A figure of a man is cast across the stage in a large shadow.  His head, his heart, and his soul can no longer compete.  Though raised in a glorious milit…

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Mies Julie in Repertory at Classic Stage Company by Sandi Durell

  By Joseph Pisano   Love is no match for the past in Mies Julie, playwright Yaël Farber’s blistering update of the notoriously overheated August Strindberg classic. In the …

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Friday, February 8, 2019


  Another Look at Both Joshes By Ron Fassler     I often adhere to an opinion from the British writer Tobias Hill, who once said, “I hate clever-cleverness, but I love good…

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Why So Many are Missing the Boat on “Branding” by Sandi Durell

  by Bernie Furshpan   I’ve been in the business of helping people and organizations in making lasting impressions and selling their stuff for over 30 years.  I absolutely l…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Call Me Madam by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton     “Satire is what closes on Saturday night,” the playwright George S. Kaufman famously said. Well, in the case of the Casey Hushion’s pr…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre Hosted by ASCAP, BMI by Sandi Durell

The annual KLEBAN PRIZE FOR MUSICAL THEATRE presentation took place Monday, February 4 at ASCAP, 250 W. 57th Street.  Broadway’s  legendary musical theater creators and up-and-comers …

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Kelli O’Hara Commemorates Steven Reineke’s 10th NY Pops Anniversary by Sandi Durell

  by Matt Smith   It’s been said that a team is only as good as its leaders, and all those who know that to be true in the music world packed Midtown hotspot Feinstein’s/54 Bel…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Behind the Sheet by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   Rarely does a historical play come along with the power both to enlighten you and move you to the core. Such is the case of Behind the Sheet, the mesmerizing …

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Jonathan Karrant at Birdland by Sandi Durell

  By Tania Fisher     As flickering candlelight spreads across the anticipating faces of couples and friends alike seated at their tables encompassed in the famed hallows of t…

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Ellen Auwarter Will Sing Final Encore Performance Feb. 11 by Sandi Durell

  If you don’t know Ellen Auwarter in “Make Just a Ripple – Songs About Life’s Brave Moments,” you should. After three sold-out shows in June and November, the final encor…

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Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Bob Mackie by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   For five decades Robert Gordon Mackie has dressed some of the most glamorous and a few of the most outrageous entertainers in show business. Designing for movemen…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

J’Accuse! You Know Who You Are! by Sandi Durell

    by Myra Chanin   Every time I attend the latest monthly episode of Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, performed by The More Than Ready for Primetime Players, I am struck anew by t…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“Rodgers & Hart in New York” 92Y by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   Last night, I attended “We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York,” the inaugural show of 2019 for the 92nd Street Y’s “Lyrics & Lyricis…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

64th Annual Drama Desk Awards Will be Presented by Broadway Brands by Sandi Durell

  One of the great, long standing traditions in the theater community the Drama Desk Awards will be presented by Broadway Brands, publisher of Broadway News and Broadway Briefing, and …

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Falsettos Off on Tour with von Essen, Adams, Espinosa and Blaemire by Sandi Durell

  The touring company of William Finn’s Falsettos will begin its tour in Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 8th starring Max von Essen, Nick Adams, Eden Espinosa and Nick Blaemire…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Ionesco Suite by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   Watch out for that cake! You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to see fabulous French farce at its finest.  Just over the Brooklyn Bridge at BAM, a terrific…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

True West by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, True West is arguably Sam Shepard’s funniest play.  But don’t worry.  There’s no shortage of the playwrigh…

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Be More Chill Meets the Press by Sandi Durell

    The cast and creatives of BE MORE CHILL met with the press yesterday. The buzz is hot, hot, hot, coming off huge accolades and a sold out run off Broadway to now open on Broadw…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Opening Night – Colin Quinn at Minetta Lane Theater by Sandi Durell

The hardest people to make laugh are comedians but if you are Colin Quinn you have that down pat. Tuesday night, January 22, 2019 Coin Quinn opened his one-man  hysteric show COLIN QUINN RE…

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Peter Leavy Celebrates 90th Royally by Sandi Durell

  by Magda Katz   On Saturday, January 19 2019  stars of the Cabaret World paid tribute to Peter Leavy in honor of  his 90th Birthday at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Peter was su…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SHIZ: Broadway Meets Sketch Comedy by Sandi Durell

  by Sheila Watko   What if one of the Six Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail was a terrible storyteller? How would the course of Alison Bechdel’s life have been altered i…

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