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Friday, June 5, 2020

TODAY’S THEATRE TALK by Sandi Durell

    “‘Slave Play’ Team Pledges $10K To National Bailout Fund, Challenges Broadway Community” by Deadline’s Greg Evans – “The creative team and producers of Jeremy O. Harris…

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Analise Scarpaci Takes Fans Over the Rainbow by Sandi Durell

Born and bred in New York City, Analise Scarpaci was about ready to open on Broadway April 5 in the cast of Mrs. Doubtfire, the Musical” when Covid-19 struck. See interview with Analise an…

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Mercedes Ellington With Eddie Muller TCM by Sandi Durell

by Sandi Durell   Last night, Thursday June 4, was the second evening that featured dancer Mercedes Ellington in conversation with Eddie Mueller on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as we gathere…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Nick Cordero Continues to Recover by Sandi Durell

    As 41 year old Nick Cordero keeps recovering from coronavirus related complications his wife, Amanda Kloots, continues  to show her inner strength. She’s not giving up on him even t…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Joan Copeland Celebrates 98th Birthday by Sandi Durell

  Joan Copeland, Broadway actor/singer and  sister of playwright Arthur Miller,  celebrated her 98th birthday on Zoom on Monday afternoon June 1. Many friends gathered virtually to wish h…

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Pride’s Virtual Concert Broadway & Off Sing June 7 on Zoom by Sandi Durell

  With Broadway and Off Broadway’s cancellation of the Broadway Sings for Pride’s 10th Charity Concert, due to Covid 19, the show must go on! And it will – virtually – at Westcheste…

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Wynton Marsalis’ Poignant Words by Sandi Durell

  Wynton Marsalis’ response to George Floyd’s killing should be read by everyone. Wynton is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, educator and a leading advocate of American …

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A Pair of Able Gentlemen: Willy Falk & Jeff Macauley by Sandi Durell

  By Marilyn Lester   Willy Falk: Mostly Love   Following a brilliant 35-year career on Broadway, in concert halls and beyond, actor-singer Willy Falk (Tony nominated for his role as Chri…

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Anaïs Reno + by Sandi Durell

    Anaïs Reno offers Harlem Nocturne (Earle Hagen/Dick Rogers, 1939) to #PerformersSingForFans.  Accompanying her are Julie Kurtzman on violin and Pete Malinverni on piano who is the he…

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Present Laughter PBS Great Performance Series by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   There isn’t much laughter present these days – is there? All the more reason, then, to thank PBS’s Great Performances Series for streaming Present Laughter, Noe…

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Friday, May 22, 2020

TODAY’S THEATRE TALK by Sandi Durell

“Theatre stands on the brink of ruin” by Sonia Friedman for The Telegraph – “British theatre is on the brink of total collapse. … Without an urgent government rescue package, 70 p…

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E. Clayton Cornelious ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ by Sandi Durell

    A veteran of the stage, E. Clayton Cornelious’ career spans over 22-years on Broadway. He’s here to sing John Bucchino’s “Better Than I” for #PerformersSingForFans. He can cu…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mark William Inspired by Dick Van Dyke by Sandi Durell

      It’s Mark & Mom!  Week 7 as Mark William finds inspiration with Dick Van Dyke in Bye, Bye Birdie! Kinda like a one-man musical in this rendition.  Enjoy www.markwilliamnyc.c…

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Today’s Theatre Talk by Sandi Durell

  BROADWAY AND OFF: BREAKING: “‘Smash’ musical aims for Broadway” by Broadway News’ Caitlin Huston – “The musical, based on the NBC television show, will feature a book by B…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Louis Rosen: Harold Arlen and The Blues by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   Live Streamed under the aegis of the 92Y which continues its diverse programs online https://www.92y.org/ Today’s event opens with a black and white television clip of …

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13 Year Old Joshua Turchin #PerformersSingForFans by Sandi Durell

  Joshua is the creator and host of his own cabaret and variety show that recently caught the eye of The Broadway Podcast Network. The company loved that he used his platform to help raise…

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Camille A. Brown Tony Nom Offers Free Dance Classes by Sandi Durell

Social Dance for Social Distance presented by Tony Nominee Camille A. Brown Tony nominated director and choreographer Camille A Brown is presenting a new series of free dance classes and lec…

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The Poetic Pandemic by Sandi Durell

Getting to Know Carol Ostrow   Carol Ostrow is an accomplished theatrical producer. She started in show business as Miss Brooklyn when she was 5 years old. Because of her mother’s push to…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

John Lee Beatty Designer: Portrait As a Young Man by Sandi Durell

JOHN LEE BEATTY, PORTRAIT OF THE DESIGNER AS A YOUNG MAN: A LOST INTERVIEW Part 11 “Most People Don’t Know What Design is Really About”     As told to Samuel L. Leiter   This is th…

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Help Nick Cordero & Family and Other Covid19 Charities by Sandi Durell

Live Your Life Campaign by Sandi Durell If you saw Nick Cordero singing-dancing in “A Bronx Tale” a couple of years back, you’ll know who we’re talking about and why this campaign to…

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The Apple Family is Back! by Sandi Durell

    by Carol Rocamora   Rarely does a play come along that captures a moment in time as vividly, as acutely, and as affectingly, as What Do We Need To Talk About?,  Richard Nelson’s re…

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Streaming Musicals Part I by Sandi Durell

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II   by Alix Cohen   The songs, the dancing!   State Fair 1945 An adaptation of the 1933 film, itself an adaption of the novel by Phil Stong. Music…

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Judy Blazer – Words of Wisdom & Hope by Sandi Durell

    Judy Blazer has had a multi faceted career from soap opera to Mozart, to leading roles on and off Broadway (Me and My Girl, Titanic) to running a theater school. Her voice has been hea…

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Goodbye Girl Cast on ‘Stars in the House’ by Sandi Durell

THE CAST OF “THE GOODBYE GIRL” WILL REUNITE  AND REMINISCE ON “STARS IN THE HOUSE” Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to Co-Host Live Stream May 1st at 8:00 PM ET in Support of The Ac…

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Michael Urie Live From His Living Room! by Sandi Durell

  Broadway.com will livestream a benefit performance of Jonathan Tolins’ hilarious play Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie, who is set to reprise his acclaimed turn live from the l…

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Labor Dispute – One Man Can Right the Wrong AND DOES! by Sandi Durell

UPDATE: RAY HAIR – PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL AFM REVERSES DECISION AND MUSICIANS’ UNION IS NOW IN SOLIDARITY WITH ACTORS EQUITY AND SAG-AFTRA. THE STREAM WILL NOW BE RESCHEDULED!     …

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NY Drama Critics Circle Announce Awards April 16 by Sandi Durell

  The winners of the 2020 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards will be announced Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10am. The selections, which mark the start of this year’s theater awards se…

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Designer John Lee Beatty: Portrait of a Young Man by Sandi Durell

JOHN LEE BEATTY, PORTRAIT OF THE DESIGNER AS A YOUNG MAN: A LOST INTERVIEW Part 6: “I Don’t Like to Be Noodged”     As told to Samuel L. Leiter   This is the sixth installment in m…

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JANET DACAL UNVEILS HER “STANDARDS” PROCEDURE by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   While Janet Dacal may not be a household name, theatergoers around the country certainly know her name – from starring in such Broadway shows as In The Heights,…

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Julie Budd Offers Words of Praise, Strength & Love by Sandi Durell

    Julie Budd’s been in the business of show since the age of 12, when she won a talent contest while vacationing in the Catskills with her family, and has had an amazing career as a so…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Danny Bacher Has Just the Tune For You by Sandi Durell

  Singer-Songwriter- Soprano Saxophonist extraordinaire, Danny Bacher responded to the call to keep fan spirits up during this unusual time in our history. He’s “Makin’ Whoopee” in …

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