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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A.J. Lambert at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester     The family business has been good to the Sinatra clan. Pater familias, Frank, of course needs no introduction. Children Nancy and the late Frank…

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Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester     Board the speeding train that’s Michael Moore’s bang-up Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre and you’ll find yourself debarking sometime …

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Andy Karl Portrait Newest Addition to Tony’s Broadway Wall of Fame by Sandi Durell

      Andy Karl and Groundhog Day, The Musical portrait is the newest addition to Tony’s di Napoli’s prestigious Broadway Wall of Fame. And it was also Andy’…

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100 Years at the Broadhurst Theatre by Sandi Durell

      by Steve Nardoni   The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Broadhurst Theater at 54 Below couldn’t have been more delightful in its presentation and perfo…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Van Gogh’s Ear – a Musical Journey by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     It would be better to begin with the fact that this production is part of the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, written by Eve Wolf and di…

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Radio City Rockettes Stop Traffic on Sixth Ave by Sandi Durell

  It’s Christmas in August for the iconic Radio City Rockettes as they performed outside Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Avenue today.   The excitement began when Santa Claus …

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fire, No – Fury, Yes: Come Light My Cigarette by Sandi Durell

      by Samuel L. Leiter   Despite this show’s poorly punctuated slogan, “There’s smoke, and fire,” anyone worried that Come Light My Cigarette might expose them…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Amerike — The Golden Land by Sandi Durell

      by Marilyn Lester     A reimagining of a 33-year old revue about a hundred and some-year old story comes at a ripe political moment in history. At a time when …

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Never-Ending Line – A Female Song Cycle by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken   It’s worth noting that A Never-ending Line, a female song cycle, at The Players Theatre, was conceived, directed, and composed by Jaime Lozano, a ma…

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Michael Feinstein ‘Showstoppers’ by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     The one and only Michael Feinstein is back at his namesake Feinstein’s/54 Below thru September 3 ushering in ‘Showstoppers.’   Ordi…

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The Siegel Column – Some of the Sum of the Summer So Far by Sandi Durell

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel     In recent years it seemed that the Summer was no less frantic in terms of theatrical openings than any other time of the year except…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sheldon & Margery Harnick on Koi by Sandi Durell

  Photos: Maryann Lopinto     Pulitzer Prize winning Lyricist Sheldon Harnick and wife, photographer Margery Harnick have just released their 2nd book,  Koi: A Modern Folkta…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

News from Metropolitan Room’s Bernie Furshpan by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     With rumors swirling and many folks talking about our beloved Metropolitan Room, I wanted to get it, as they say, straight from the ‘horse’s m…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Jerry’s Girls’ Anthem to Life by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   I always cry Hallelujah whenever I see the name of Jerry Herman on a theater program. I think he is the most under-appreciated of all Broadway composers …

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Camp Wanatachi in Concert by Sandi Durell

  by Monica Charline Brown     Set in an all-female Christian summer camp, the electro-musical Camp Wanatachi explores religious values and their conflicts with sexual awakeni…

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Small Town Confessions Begin with Kelli Rabke by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     I had a terrific phone conversation with cast member, the lovely Kelli Rabke (Children of Eden, Les Miserables, Joseph. . .), appearing in Small…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Backbeard: The Musical by Sandi Durell

      by Steve Nardoni     Music and Lyrics by Michael Musial. Book and Lyrics by Matthew McElligott, Larry Tuxbury, and Brian Sheldon. Directed by Michael Musial. P…

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MCC Theater’s Cast of Charm Meets the Press by Sandi Durell

  The cast of MCC Theater’s NYC premiere of the acclaimed transgender-themed play Charm: Sandra Caldwell, Michael David Baldwin, Jojo Brown, Marky Irene Diven, Michael Lorz, Hailie Sa…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ben, Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     How does one effectively create a musical about the most flamboyant entertainer in history? Well, to better understand the man, his music, …

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Lesli Margherita Set to ‘Rule Your Kingdom’ at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  Photo/Video Interview by Sandi Durell   Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea, Zorro) is a Queen, a Broad and Rules!  She will be returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below with …

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Parallelogram by Sandi Durell

    Review by Michael Bracken     Celia Keenan-Bolger has grown up. The girl who played Laura in The Glass Menagerie is no ingenue in Bruce Norris’s A Parallelogram, pr…

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The Global Citizen Festival: Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, The Lumineers by Sandi Durell

    Pop meets policy in Central Park on the Great Lawn September 23rd 2017 – Doors open at 1pm The Global Citizen Festival brings together top music from Stevie Wonder, Gr…

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Lucky at Dixon Place by Sandi Durell

    Review by Adam Cohen   Life in the big city can be difficult.  Residents face challenges with housing, transportation, finding jobs and romance.  In the hands of the Atl…

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A Wall Apart by Sandi Durell

    Review by Marcina Zaccaria   In A Wall Apart, Lord Graham Russell, Founding Member of the band, Air Supply, creates big rock sound against a black and white video of a tor…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tovah Feldshuh: Aging is Optional by Sandi Durell

  Review by Brian Scott Lipton   If aging is indeed optional, Tovah Feldshuh has clearly made the choice not to do so. Seeing her on the stage of 54 Below reprising her 2003 show o…

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Natalie Douglas: “Sammy” by Sandi Durell

    Review by Brian Scott Lipton     To use the lyric from her opening number, Natalie Douglas may not have “nursed and rehearsed” her new show “Sammy!,” the firs…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Catherine Russell Gets It by Sandi Durell

    Review by Alix Cohen     Once a year or so Catherine Russell and her band return to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola with a show so reliably authentic one feels as if in anot…

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Ben, Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical by Sandi Durell

  The new musical Ben, Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical will get its NY debut as part of the New York Musical Festival. Ben, Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical has a book by Rog…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Carole Demas to Appear in 54 Celebrates the Broadhurst Theatre 100! by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell     The Broadhurst Theatre will celebrate its 100th Birthday this year and 54 Below will hold a fabulous centennial evening of songs and stories on Au…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Liz Callaway: The Beat Goes On by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton     To paraphrase the title of one of the songs in her brilliant tribute to the 1960s, “The Beat Goes On,” no one owns Liz Callaway. More im…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Money Talks, the Musical by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken   You can take it to the bank: money talks. Literally. At least it does in Money Talks, the Musical, at the Davenport Theatre, where Benjamin Franklin (…

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