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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Florencia Cuenca and Jaime Lozano Sing “Broadway en Spanglish” at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

Cabaret Review By Melissa Griegel . . . Husband and wife team Florencia Cuenca and Jamie Lozano have a unique take on Broadway, infusing their Mexican heritage into the genre. The couple emi…

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Amplify 2024 with Bonnie Milligan and J. Harrison Ghee by Sandi Durell

Maestra Music, the Obie Award-winning nonprofit organization founded by Georgia Stitt to support the women and nonbinary musicians in the musical theatre industry, is pleased to announce h…

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Getting to Know John Philip by Sandi Durell

Don’t Tell Mama will present vocalist John Philip in Oceans of Love and Life, in a four-night encore engagement – Friday, March 22 at 7pm, Sunday, April 28 at 4pm, Friday May 17 at 7pm…

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

THEATER and MUSIC COMING YOUR WAY by Sandi Durell

Windows/The Town Hall – Lucy Simon Tribute/Joe’s Pub – A Wonderful World Armstrong Musical/Studio 54 – Queen of Versailles/Kristin Chenoweth  On Monday, March 25th at 7:00pm, a bev…

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CABARET and MUSIC UPDATES by Sandi Durell

The Wicked Stage:Songs About Show Business – Ann Hampton Callaway – Lauren Worsham & Kyle Jarrow – Justin Elizabeth Sayre/La MaMa – Tim Connell – Late Night Vibing:Asian R&…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:55AM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

THE SIEGEL COLUMN by Sandi Durell

By Barbara & Scott Siegel . . . IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, BROADWAY GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE! Back to the Future: The Musical has been playing to packed houses for months, with no signs of lett…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:45AM

2st Tony Kiser Theatre Proving Far Too Costly to Maintain by Sandi Durell

Second Stage Theater, a leading nonprofit that presents work by living American writers both on and off Broadway, is giving up its Rem Koolhaas-designed Off Broadway home in a former bank ne…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:25AM
Monday, February 26, 2024

Upcoming Music and Theater by Sandi Durell

KILL THE WHALE, a new rock, hiphop, and folk opera by 2023 Larson Grant Recipient Daniel Emond, will premiere at Joe’s Pub (435 Lafayette St. NYC) on Sunday, April 14 at 6:00 PM.    …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:30AM

FLASHBACK: Fresh-Faced Andrew Rannells Talks ‘Book of Mormon’ in Backstage Interview by Sandi Durell

by Sandi Durell . . . Theater Pizzazz will run a series of celebrity video interviews that captured the eye and hearts of many fans through the years. Andrew Rannells originated the role of …

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

THEATER and CABARET MASHUP by Sandi Durell

“Broadway Goes A Cappella Monday, March 4th at 8:00 PM. Following four sold-out performances, the 5th iteration of a spectacular event, “Broadway Goes A Cappella” returns. A unique and…

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Friday, February 23, 2024

The Upcoming 2024 Spring Broadway Season by Sandi Durell

DOUBT: A PARABLEDRAMA; OPENS 3/7John Patrick Shanley’s 2005 Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama returns to Broadway in a Roundabout Theatre Company production directed by Scott Ellis. O…

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The 38th Annual MAC Awards by Sandi Durell

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) makes its initial announcement of the upcoming 38th Annual MAC Awards. The awards presentation and show will take place on Monday, April 15, 2024 …

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THEATER and CABARET MASHUP by Sandi Durell

By Sandi Durell . . . Celebrated comedian-actor-singer Robert Klein and Grammy Award–winning songwriter and singer Julie Gold , Amber Gray,Tony Yazbeck, Karen Mack are among the 14 art…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:40AM
Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Cabaret and Theater Mashup by Sandi Durell

Daryl Sherman with Peter and Will Anderson at Pangea NYC, 178 2d Ave. on February 28th @ 7 pm. romping through all kinds of songs and crazy rhythms!  http://www.pangeanyc.com 54 BELOW prese…

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Songs From Women at the Table by Sandi Durell

Songs From Women At The Table will be presented at 54Below on March 4, 2024 at 7:00 and 9:30pm. The 7:00pm performance will also be livestreamed. In celebration of Women’s History Month, …

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Drag Me to Joanne’s by Sandi Durell

Joe Germanotta, owner of Joanne Trattoria (70 West 68th), announced that due to popular demand, Drag Me To Joanne’s, the free speakeasy drag show, will now add an additional performance…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:15PM

2024 EstroGenius Festival by Sandi Durell

FRIGID New York and Manhattan Theatre Source will present the 2024 EstroGenius Festival: EXPAND, a theatre festival celebrating (stellar) womxn, trans and gender non-conforming artists,�…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club and the Prologue Company by Sandi Durell

Complete casting for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club starring Academy Award® and Tony Award® winner Eddie Redmayne in his Olivier Award®-winning performance as the ‘Emcee’ and intro…

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‘Comden and Green’ Coming to Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green starring Mallory Portnoy and Nick Blaemire will play its first exclusive New York engagement on Sunday, March 3, and Monday, March 4, 2024, at…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:58PM

NYC Gay Men’s Chorus Will Honor Chita Rivera by Sandi Durell

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus will present their 24th annual gala benefit, Harmony, this coming Monday, February 19th at 6pm in the Edison Ballroom at the Hotel Edison Times Square…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:57AM
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

THEATER COLUMN UPDATES by Sandi Durell

MCC/The Lonely Few – Paper Mill/Gun & Powder – PACNYC/Cats:The Jellicle Ball – Appropriate Moves to Belasco Theater – SpitNVigor/Anonymous Due to overwhelming ticket demand, the …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Music and Cabaret Column by Sandi Durell

Judy Kuhn/92Y – Craig Rubano/Beechman Theatre – Celebrate Marquis Theatre/54Below – Birdland Jazz/David Marino,Jeff Harnar,Karen Mason, Allan Harris – Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp/…

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Monday, February 12, 2024

New York Pops: A Century of Rhapsody in Blue by Sandi Durell

Music Review by Marilyn Lester . . . . On February 9, 2024, it was easy to imagine being transported back in time to February 12, 1924 when George Gershwin’s now iconic “Rhapsody in Blue…

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

A Roast of Lee Roy Reams by Sandi Durell

To celebrate their thirtieth anniversary Dancers Over 40 will commemorate this milestone with COMEDY TONIGHT: A ROAST OF LEE ROY REAMS on Monday, April 1st, 2024 at 7:00pm at 54 Below…

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Steve & Eydie Celebration Zankel Hall by Sandi Durell

It’s the Steve & Eydie celebration at Carnegie Hall on Monday, March 18 at 7:30PM with a one night only musical event. TalentScouts Entertainment, in association with group5production…

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Broadway Lights Will Dim Honoring Chita Rivera by Sandi Durell

The Broadway League has announced that the committee of theater owners will dim Broadway marquee lights in honor of Chita Rivera, who passed away on Jan. 30 at the age of 91. The lights of …

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THEATER COLUMN by Sandi Durell

Amy Ryan/DOUBT – Existentialism/LaMaMa – Threshold Al Fresco/Bryant Park – Scarlett Dreams/Greenwich House Theatre – Hell’s Kitchen Cast – Blackburn Prize Winners – Wayne Brady…

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New York Pops 2024-2025 Season-Adrienne Warren, Max von Essen, Jessica Vosk, Tony DeSare by Sandi Durell

 The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, announced its 2024-2025 season of performances in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.  On Friday,…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Rona Siddiqui and Lisa Loomer Win 2024 Kleban Prize by Sandi Durell

By Melissa Griegel . . . . The Kleban Foundation presented their 34th annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre on Monday, February 5th at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). The 2024 Kle…

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Music and Cabaret Coming Up by Sandi Durell

Amy Beth Williams has what it takes – staying power – and audiences that want more and more. She accommodates with ease as she returns to sing “Leiber and Stoller” at Don’t Tell Ma…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:23AM
Monday, February 5, 2024

Mauricio Martinez Wows ‘Em Again by Sandi Durell

by Sandi Durell . . . Theater Pizzazz has covered the good looking, sexy 5’11” Mexican singer-actor for sometime, watching his star continue to rise. Having recorded his much lauded show…

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards