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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Lucille Carr-Kaffashan – How the Light Gets In by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   This Bistro Award Winner (Outstanding Theme Show) along with a prestigious MAC Hanson Award, is smart, funny and, above all, talented. Having paid homage to female s…

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Maurice Hines And The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Tappin’ Thru Life by Sandi Durell

  By Marilyn Lester   Triple threat Maurice Hines, who can well stake a claim to the handle of “legendary,” literally had ‘em begging for more as he left the stage of Feinstein’s/5…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Hamilton Continues Educational Program to 1300 Students/Teachers by Sandi Durell

  Photos/Video: Shoshana Medney   Student representatives from New York metro area high schools performed songs, rap, poetry, scenes and monologues, created as part of HAMILTON curriculum.…

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Bach & Bleach by Sandi Durell

  by Carole Di Tosti   Bach & Bleach currently at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club at The Downstairs is an innovative hybrid concert-comedic-drama that is a one-of-a-kind experience a…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

The Perfect Celebration of Three Years of Better Than Ever Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   Once again, you must pardon my redundancy. I know I say this every month but truth is my defense. But this month it’s absolutely and utterly truer than ever! The Ma…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Chita Rivera in one word SENSATIONAL! by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   The sizzle and buzz at Feinstein’s/54 Below just entering the room is hot with anticipation, every seat filled. And then from off stage comes a familiar musical ring …

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Maurice Hines Returns to 54 Below with Diva Jazz Orchestra by Sandi Durell

Tony nominated Maurice Hines (Eubie) will return to 54 Below ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ on June 7 and 8 at 7 pm with the all female Diva Jazz Orchestra bringing with him tappers John Manzari …

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Harvey Granat Songs and Stories: On Kander and Ebb by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   Willkommen! And bienvenue! Welcome!/Fremder, étranger, stranger…Today’s entertaining session with Harvey Granat begins not with traditional introductions, but rather…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Outer Critics Circle Awards Score Big at Ceremony by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell The stars shone in every category on May 23, 2019 at the 69th Annual OCC Award Ceremony at Sardi’s. The winners are genuinely happy to be present to accept their awards …

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Jill Senter ‘Celebrate the Moment’ by Sandi Durell

  by Susan Hasho   Led by actress/singer Jill Senter and featuring Rob Langeder, Lyle Smith Mitchell and Sophia Tzougros, Celebrate the Moment is a revue, an honest-to-god revue. It featur…

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Laura Osnes & Tony Yazbeck: An Evening with Gershwin’s Greatest Hits & More by Sandi Durell

  By Steve Nardoni   At Feinstein/s 54 Below we were delighted to share a table with two charming young women, Sophie Huisken and Sidney Peebler, undergraduates at NYU and the New York Co…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Broadway By The Year Celebrates 1965 and 1978 by Sandi Durell

  Scott Siegel’s Broadway By The Year Series celebrates 1965 & 1978 with an all star cast at The Town Hall on May 20   by Linda Amiel Burns   It is remarkable that after 19 years, t…

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Octet by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   A play about technology – with nary a trace of it? Leave it to the talented, unpredictable Dave Malloy to come up with a surprising new topic and an arresting new t…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

John Lloyd Young Continues at 54 Below in Jukebox Hero by Sandi Durell

  Although Tony and Grammy Award winner of Jersey Boys on Broadway and on screen has already begun his show at 54 Below, press had the opportunity to meet with him today and get some more i…

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Laura Osnes & Tony Yazbeck ‘Things Are Looking Up’ Return to 54 Below by Sandi Durell

      The press met with Laura Osnes  this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below to chat with one half of the duo about their show opening tonight May 21 at 7 pm in order to find out a littl…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Chita Rivera Awards – Major Star Studded Event by Sandi Durell

      by Sandi Durell   The 2019 Chita Rivera Awards was a star-studded evening on the red carpet, during interviews and in amazing performances at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Bigot by Sandi Durell

  Review by Matt Smith   “We need to learn from the past, so we don’t make the same mistakes.” Such is the overarching idea behind The Bigot, the provocative and politically-charged …

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Chita Rivera Awards-Nominee Reception (video interviews & photos) by Sandi Durell

  Photos: Shoshana Medney Video Interviews: Shoshana Medney & Sandi Durell The Chita Rivera Awards nominees reception took place Monday, April 29 at Bond 45 (221 W. 46th Street). …

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Natalie Douglas: Nat Sings Nat by Sandi Durell

  Review By Brian Scott Lipton In the music world, centennial tributes are starting to feel a lot like Oprah’s cars: “You would have been 100 this year, so you get one, you get one, you…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Madame Tussauds Presents Broadway! by Sandi Durell

  Madame Tussauds New York announces today the launch of their newest experience, “Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway”, in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Usef…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Shosana Bean & Jeremy Jordan Announce 2019 Drama League Award Nominees at Sardis by Sandi Durell

  Photo by Maryann Lopinto The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) today announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play,…

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  Review By Ron Fassler   Steve Tyrell, that laid back and amiable Texan, returned last night to the Café Carlyle for an eleven-day engagement, performing his favorites from the Great Ame…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jarrod Spector at Sony Hall by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   Stephen Sondheim isn’t always right: You don’t always need a gimmick to prove you’re more than just a mimic. At least not if you’re Jarrod Spector. Whi…

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New York City Never Sounded Better: Big City Songbook by Sandi Durell

  By Marcina Zaccaria   Finding the right tone for the hectic, puzzling, madcap world of New York City would be the challenge. The City inspires. It triumphs. It demands. Yet, in the end, …

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Benny & Joon Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse by Sandi Durell

by Adam Cohen   Based on the 1993 movie, Paper Mill Playhouse presents the east coast premiere of a sparkling new musical “Benny & Joon.”  This is a lovable, witty, spry musical w…

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Foxy Returns After 55 Years to 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   The musical Foxy opened on Broadway fifty-five years ago at the now demolished Ziegfeld Theatre. It was based on Ben Johnson’s Volpone, first performed in 1606, and ad…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

All Our Children by Sandi Durell

    By Tania Fisher   Although this play is set against the backdrop of one of the most horrific periods of our history, as well as the heavy subject matter that the play specifically foc…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

An ‘Oklahoma’ Not Too Familiar by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Although Theater Pizzazz has a review posted written by JK Clarke on the initial run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (which I did not see) prior to this Broadw…

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2019 Broadway Beacon Awards Honor Chita Rivera, Al Roker, Beowulf Borrit, Patricia White by Sandi Durell

  by Linda Amiel Burns   The Broadway Beacon Awards are presented yearly to individuals in the theater community who have been advocates for increasing audiences for live theatre and und…

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Musings on Marilyn Maye’s Actual Birthday Celebration at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

By Sandi Durell   The lady was on fire kickin’ it up once again. That should sum it up for April 10, Ms. Maye’s real birthday and everyone was there a second, third time because they co…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Julie Halston & Michael Urie to Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominees 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 Broadwa…

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