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Monday, October 22, 2018

Opening Night: The Ferryman by Sandi Durell

  Sunday, October 21 was the opening night of The Ferryman on Broadway. Maya Werner from Theater Pizzazz was on the scene to capture the attendees and cast members at the opening nigh…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Book of Merman by Sandi Durell

    By Steve Nardoni   I told someone I had seen this. He accurately surmised that is was some kind of spoof on “The Book of Mormon” but had no idea who Ethel Merman was. He h…

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A Night in Vegas at Carnegie Hall by Sandi Durell

  by Magda Katz   Friday night October 19, marked the 10th Anniversary of Maestro extraordinaire Steven Reineke conducting the New York Pops. He is know for his charisma, enthusias…

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The Lifespan of a Fact by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   Its clever title is a sign of the times, for sure. And the comedy it describes follows suit without getting mired in statecraft or freedom of the beleaguered…

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Pound (Ezra Pound) – Outstanding! by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen   This is a play about the power of words, about a prominent person’s words granting permission for (abhorrent) behavior, and about culpability. Sound rele…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Billy Stritch ‘Autumn in the City’ – Birdland Theater by Sandi Durell

    by Ron Fassler   Song stylist and piano player extraordinaire Billy Stritch flew into the Birdland Theater last night with the precision of a hawk, the dexterity of a humm…

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Best in Shows Honors Seth Rudetsky with Sandy Award by Sandi Durell

Dorothy and Bill Berloni and Broadway Legends Honor The Humane Society of New York and Seth Rudetsky at Feinstein’s/54 Below   Seth Rudetsky, Ana Gasteyer   by Sandi Durell …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ordinary Days by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   In the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, the chaotic daily life of rushing from place to place, person to person – – is it possible to meet anyone…

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Kt Sullivan & Mark Nadler Together Again!! by Sandi Durell

  By Myra Chanin   The first cabaret show that knocked my sox off — when I began hanging out in New York City around the turn of this century – was the award-winning Off-Br…

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Rita Wilson presents ‘Liner Notes’ at Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell     Rita Wilson is back at the Café Carlyle, but in a surprisingly different musical offering bringing along some of her best buddy songwriters from Nashvil…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Abingdon Theatre Co. Will Honor Donna Murphy & ‘Closer Than Ever’ by Sandi Durell

      A special press event was held for a preview of Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever which will be presented at the upcoming Abingdon Theatre gala on October 22 hon…

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  A TANTALIZING REJUVENITION OF ‘60’S GAY RAPTURE … OR NOT   By Myra Chanin   Mark Sonnenblick, the young triple threat who created the absorbing book, music and lyrics …

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The Jonathan Larson Project by Sandi Durell

  By Iris Wiener   To say that The Jonathan Larson Project is one of passion is an understatement; the heart, creativity and talent that went into creating such a stunning experien…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Melissa Errico Returns to 54 Below to Celebrate CD Release by Sandi Durell

Melissa Errico ‘Sings Sondheim’   ; by Sandi Durell   A most fabulous morning of interviews recently for incoming talent at Feinstein’s/54 Below and particularly …

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Broadway Unplugged by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   There were only four instruments in glorious full bodied usage Saturday evening at Scott Siegel’s 17th  Annual Broadway Unplugged concert at Merkin Hall.  I…

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Travisville Explores Race, Urban Renewal and Generational Divide by Sandi Durell

    By Martha Wade Steketee     What happens when private business interests align with public interests, and public servants determine to destroy existing communities fo…

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The Office! A Musical Parody by Sandi Durell

    By Iris Wiener   “We have fun here,” sings the ever-jovial Michael Scott at the opening of The Office! A Musical Parody, now playing at The Theater Center. No lyrics c…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cabaret Convention Final Evening Rocks! by Sandi Durell

  Alan Jay Lerner’s 100th Birthday Celebration Rocks the 2018 Cabaret Convention Finale       by Myra Chanin   Alan Jay Lerner supplied rhymes for one unfinished …

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Tony Winner Lindsay Mendez Returns to 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell   Tony Award winning star of this season’s Broadway’s Carousel is returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below with the songs she loves and you will…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Night Three – 29th New York Cabaret Convention by Sandi Durell

  The Best of Jerry Herman     by Alix Cohen   I have always been a person who arranges things…begins host Klea Blackhurst in her 7th year as host. “Tonight we celebrate Jerr…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Andrea Bell Wolff: I Can’t Trace Time by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   What a great title for a cabaret: I Can’t Trace Time. It’s intriguing. There’s a fascination there that sparks curious interest. It also happens …

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Gabrielle Lee to Star as Jazz Legend Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   Legend of the jazz age – Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith, a singer-dancer born in Alderson, WV, rose to fame as a nightclub owner and opened Chez Bricktop in Paris i…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Evening 2 – New York Cabaret Convention by Sandi Durell

    by: Sandi Durell   The second evening at the 29th NY Cabaret Convention celebrated Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook and Julie Wilson. Written and hosted by Deborah Grace Win…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

29th New York Cabaret Convention- Opening Night by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   “How was your summer?” “How was the trip/flight in?” “Where are you performing?” “I hear you have a new CD.” “You look great.”Buzz, Buzz, Buzz…

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Hitler’s Tasters by Sandi Durell

    By Steve Nardoni   The last surviving member of Hitler’s food-tasting team, Margot Woelk, who died in 2014, was reported to have said. “….Hitler was a really repugna…

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

  by Ron Fassler   My teenage years as a kid on Long Island, revolved around summers by the pool or at the ocean listening to songs on the radio. Yes, radio. This was when transist…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

High Noon – An Abstract Adaptation by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Axis Theatre in Greenwich Village is the tiny theater where Randy Sharp is directing a far reaching adaptation of the very familiar 1952 western that sta…

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Did You Know About SunnySpot Celebrations? by Sandi Durell

  Sometimes people you know for many years in a specific business are more, much more, than suspected! Here’s something I learned about a man I know for over 30 years, one Bruce R…

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A Metropolitan Room Reunion: Music, Memories and More by Sandi Durell

  by Lisa-Joy Reitman Dobi     One year ago, our beloved Metropolitan Room closed its doors for the last time. For countless members of New York’s cabaret community, this wa…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Rocket Man: The Winning Side by Sandi Durell

    by Samuel L. Leiter   James Wallert’s The Winning Side is a biographical drama about Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the German rocket scientist. Von Braun (played b…

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Popcorn Falls – Meet the Townspeople by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Meet the 21 townspeople who live in Popcorn Falls, where the waterfall has dried up, the town is teetering on bankruptcy and the new Mayor is having mic …

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