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Sunday, March 18, 2018

When Chaim Met Chaya: Old Stock – A Refugee Love Story by Sandi Durell

  by Samuel L. Leiter   The word “refugee” in Old Stock’s subtitle is as fraught as ever but the refugees depicted in this unusual musical are not from any current world cris…

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Dogs of Rwanda: Riveting Production Not for the Faint of Heart by Sandi Durell

    by Matt Smith   “Forgiveness can’t just be passed between one another….It’s this big rock we carry….It’s all the pain and hurt someone has given us that we don…

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

54 Sings Springsteen   by Sandi Durell

  by Susan Hasho   Bruce Springsteen is on Broadway and now he’s entered the cabaret scene. Not literally, but by way of a group of extremely talented, rocking Broadway folks at …

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Friday, March 16, 2018

David Yazbek, Lullabies and The Band’s Visit Showstoppers  by Sandi Durell

    By Martha Wade Steketee     Monday night at Feinstein’s / 54 Below, David Yazbek’s multi-modal jazz band of extraordinary performers was family welcoming guests s…

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Golden Rule Days: Admissions by Sandi Durell

  By Samuel L. Leiter   Admissions, by Jonathan Harmon (Bad Jews), is one of those provocatively electric plays that, even as it bugs you with disagreeable ideas, annoying characte…

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Three Small Irish Masterpieces by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   The only thing “small” about the Irish Repertory Theatre’s stunning production of Three Small Irish Masterpieces is the intimate stage upon which…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ray DeForest and The Doris Dear Special at The Triad by Sandi Durell

  Ray DeForest has been a successful, lifelong entertainment industry professional. His credits include: TV/Film/Event Executive producer/ writer/ director/ commercial theater producer …

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Once On This Island CD Release B & N by Sandi Durell

    by Maryann Lopinto   The CD release and performance of the Broadway Revival of Once On This Island took place at Barnes and Noble on East 86th Street on Wednesday night af…

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MTC’s Saint Joan – Cast Interviews by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell   MTC (Manhattan Theatre Club) held press previews to interview and photograph the incoming cast of Saint Joan.  Starring is three time Tony Award nominee…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Education by Sandi Durell

    by Cathy Hammer   The world premiere of Education began performances last Friday at 59E59 and its arrival couldn’t be more welcome or timely. The story is centered aroun…

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Later Life by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   Some plays are written and some are constructed. If that doesn’t make perfect sense, seeing the Keen Company’s revival of A.R. Gurney’s 1993 comedy …

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Lena Hall Pure Pizzazz! by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   I’ve finally found the real meaning of pizzazz – Lena Hall! Hi-octane, power and reality oozes from every pore. This Tony Award winner (Hedwig and th…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Signature Project by Sandi Durell

    By Marcina Zaccaria   Artist Patrick Dunning enchants audience members at The Sheen Center in The Signature Project. Not really speaking with brogue, but clearly having a …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Broadway Belts for PFF – Photos by Sandi Durell

  Photos by Maya Werner     Monday, March 12 Broadway Belts for PFF celebrated the “Sweet Sixteen” reunion of the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray at the Edison Ballro…

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NY Pops: Best of Hollywood by Sandi Durell

    by Grace Treston   The New York Pops’ final performance of its 35th anniversary season was a major success – but of course, an orchestra like this in a venue such as C…

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Three Wise Guys by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   Welcome to the world of Guys and Dolls – at least in spirit, speech and time period – a throwback written by Scott Alan Evans (who also directs) and Jeffrey Cou…

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Tony & Emmy Winner Bebe Neuwirth Returns to 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   The extraordinary Tony and Emmy winning star of Chicago, Sweet Charity, The Addams Family and TV’s ‘Cheers’ and ‘Fraisier’ – Bebe Neuwirth ̵…

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Journey’s End by Sandi Durell

Opening in Theatres March 16     By Ron Fassler   There isn’t a shot fired until seventy minutes into the war drama Journey’s End, British director Saul Dibb’s new film …

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

National Theatre Hosts Fundraising Gala for Angels in America by Sandi Durell

  Photos by Maya Werner   The National Theatre and the American Associates of the National Theatre hosted an exclusive fundraising gala at the Ziegfeld Ballroom to celebrate the ar…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Goldstein – Press Previews The Actors Temple by Sandi Durell

    The press was invited to meet the cast of Goldstein on March 9 and Theater Pizzazz’ Magda Katz was front and center for photos and video. GOLDSTEIN, the highly anticipate…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Come Rain or Come Shine- Josephine Sanges Sings Harold Arlen by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen    Josephine Sanges weaves through her audience casting a spell. Proximity, eye contact and controlled vocal power capture. Bass (Tom Hubbard) is a slowly p…

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Amy and The Orphans by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   “We’re orphans now!” cries Maggie. Orphans at age 60? Well, when your last parent passes on at about 90 . . . but, who’s to say. Let me not rush …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Protect Yourself Against What, Who? by Sandi Durell

  by Bernie Furshpan   All day, you think about the things that you want to have or things you want to avoid, which you believe will improve the quality of your life.  These thing…

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David Rabe’s Good for Otto by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   David Rabe is one of the 20th Century’s great writers of important issues of the day . . . Good for Otto (inspired by Richard O’Connor’s book “Un…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Low Road by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton     The leading provocateur of his generation, playwright Bruce Norris (best known for “Clybourne Park”) has never been afraid to look his a…

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It Shoulda Been You – the Concert at 92Y by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   Iconic theater producer Daryl Roth, who has produced seven Pulitzer Prize winning plays and won numerous Tonys and other theater awards in her lengthy career, i…

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Lady with a Lap Dog . . . by Sandi Durell

  by Hazen Cuyler   The Russian Arts Theater and Studio is led by one of the most imaginative and unique directors working in New York City, Aleksey Burago. Additionally, he just s…

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Chita Rivera – Shakes It Up at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   Is there anyone other than the legendary Chita Rivera who can cause such frenzy on a stage and with an audience? I doubt it! The Broadway icon is one hot tamale…

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Christiane Noll Set for Deborah Grace Winer’s Classic American Songbook Series by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell The star of Broadway’s Chaplin, Ragtime and Jekyll & Hyde is set to appear in the Classic American Songbook Series presented by Deborah Grace Winer at Fei…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Donell James Foreman Readies for 54 Below Solo Debut by Sandi Durell

by Sandi Durell   Get ready for “The Dirty 30 Tour or Play-List: A Pop Music Memoir” from The Book of Mormon’s Donell James Foreman as he makes his 54 Below solo debut! This conce…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Alice Ripley at Green Room 42 by Sandi Durell

    by Matt Smith   Alice Ripley is not your typical Broadway performer. Where most stars hastily scribble their names on a Playbill at stage door, she meticulously signs her …

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