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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Invincible: Smashing, Posh and Full of Beans! by Sandi Durell

Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes, Elizabeth Boag, Alastair Whatley by Lisa Reitman-Dobi     Torben Betts’s devastating comedy is a glorious reminder that sharp theater is alive and k…

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54 Sings Henry, Sweet Henry by Sandi Durell

54 Sings breathes new life into a forgotten, but quality, Broadway musical     By Joel Benjamin     Henry, Sweet Henry, the 1967 Broadway musical, based on Nora Johnson…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Eyes Went Dark by Sandi Durell

      by Carole Di Tosti      Benjamin Franklin counseled, “Be not disturbed at trifles or accidents common or unavoidable.” However, shouldn’t one be more than d…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Bella by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken     Size matters. At least it does in Bella, an American Tall Tale, currently receiving its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons. Kirsten Childs…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

71st Annual Tony Awards Wrap Up by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   Who knew Kevin Spacey was a song and dance man? Well, he apparently brushed off his hoofer shoes, put on his top hat and, although he made a big deal of being t…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lane Bradbury Revisits her Past in Life, Song and Story by Sandi Durell

    By Myra Chanin   I arrived at Lane Bradbury’s one-woman show, Let Me Entertain You, Again, my heart filled with compassion for the child performer who’d created the r…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Siegel Column – Tony Talk and More by Sandi Durell

Some Tony Talk Plus A Look at The Inspector General   Come From Away (Jenn Colella) Photo: Matthew Murphy   By Barbara & Scott Siegel     The last thing you want to r…

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Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway by Sandi Durell

  A newly minted American citizen takes the Broadway repertoire to Brazil and back.       By Joel Benjamin   Paulo Szot’s Salute to Broadway was as close to perfec…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lisa Loeb at Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

  by Susan Hasho   In an interview for an Indianapolis paper, when asked, “What’s it like performing for children?” Lisa Loeb responded, “For really young kids, it can be l…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Corinna Sowers Adler Presents The Spotlight at Appel Room by Sandi Durell

  by Sophia Romma    On an unusually damp Sunday evening of June 4, Studio Senakwami presented The Spotlight at the Appel Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, hosted by three time Exce…

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Amanda McBroom at Birdland by Sandi Durell

    By Marcina Zaccaria   “The Rose,” popularized by Bette Midler, became an iconic song in American culture. The songwriter behind this American pop classic, Amanda McBro…

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Ron Dabney “Oh Broadway, My Broadway” by Sandi Durell

    by Peter Haas     Ron Dabney knew, at age 5, that wanted to be a performer. Dancing with his shadow in his Georgia back yard; he continued to dance in boarding scho…

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The Government Inspector by Sandi Durell

  The Red Bull Theater’s Gogol staging is quite a stylish extravaganza.         By Joel Benjamin   The Government Inspector, based on the 19th century Russian author, Nik…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Somebody’s Daughter by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken   “You only joke about things that matter,” says Alex (Michelle Heera Kim) to Kate (Jeena Yi) toward the end of Somebody’s Daughter at the McGinn/…

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Animal by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken     Batten down the hatches and run for cover if you’re anywhere near the Atlantic 2 Theater while Rebecca Hall is onstage in Animal. Hall’s pe…

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Star Power at Feinstein’s/54 Below 5th Anniversary by Sandi Durell

    It was a smashing night of entertainment and star power as Feinstein’s/54 Below’ celebrated its 5th Anniversary with an all-star celebration featuring treasured resident a…

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End of Longing: On the Red Carpet/Opening Night by Sandi Durell

    Matthew Perry’s ‘The End of Longing’ opened last night at the Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) with quite a list of first nighters including Allison Ja…

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Reprise by Sandi Durell

  Three characters dredge up a hopeless romance in a contemporary love story         By Joel Benjamin   Reprise, at the Paradise Factory Theater in the East Village, is…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The End of Longing by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     The End of Longing, at MCC Theater, can best be described as the angst of four present day dysfunctional almost 40-somethings, drowning in their o…

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Drama Desk Award Winner Interviews by Sandi Durell

  Winners for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced at The Town Hall on June 5.  Sandi Durell with Mark Ryan Anderson (on camera) were on hand to hear what the winners had t…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Veronica Swift – A Jazz Baby with a Voice Like Liquid Silver by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     Each time I have the opportunity to listen to Veronica Swift, young in years – old in soul, it reinforces the fact that this up and coming jazz …

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Stars in the Alley – Winners All! by Sandi Durell

  STARS IN THE ALLEY® took place Saturday June 2 in legendary Shubert Alley where Tony Nominee (Falsettos) Brandon Uranowitz served as social media correspondent for the 2017 conce…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

23 Cheers for Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway #23 by Sandi Durell

      by Myra Chanin   Our current Broadway musical superstars — Andy Karl, Bette Midler, Christian Borle, Christine Ebersole, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone– rig…

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Sweetee by Sandi Durell

      by Carole Di Tosti     The 1930s, depression-era South, is the fearful setting for much of the poignant, uplifting and soulful musical Sweetee in a limited, mu…

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Venus by Sandi Durell

        by Carol Rocamora     A young woman (black and beautiful) enters and crosses to center stage. She’s met by a man wearing tails and top hat, carrying a…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Siegel Column:What’s Going on Off-Broadway During the Tony Season? by Sandi Durell

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel       We’re now in that time period when it seems like almost everyone is obsessed with all the new Broadway shows that opened ju…

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Buddy Holly is Rockin’ at Bucks County Playhouse by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     You might quickly want to say ‘What? Another jukebox musical?’ . . . ah, but wait a minute this almost concert-like, hi-energy, non-sto…

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Chita Rivera Awards Noms Announced by Sandi Durell

        Photos by Shana Nelson   The Dance in Film nominations for the 2017 Chita Rivera Awards were announced at a reception at The Lambs Club. In keeping with t…

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Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley Celebrate 20 Years by Sandi Durell

       by Linda Amiel Burns   Two of Broadway’s finest singers opened their show “Broadway and Beyond” to a packed house at Feinsteins/54 Below on May 29, 2017 at 7:00…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Mary Poppins Flies High at PaperMill Playhouse by Sandi Durell

    by Adam Cohen   Mary Poppins flies high once again in Paper Mill Playhouse’s latest musical.  Replete with spectacular choreography (Denis Jones) meticulously and beaut…

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Christiane Noll Sings The Ira Gershwin Album by Sandi Durell

      By Marcina Zaccaria   Tony Nominee Christiane Noll graces The Metropolitan Room with the songs of Ira Gershwin.   With her shimmering blonde hair and sleek, b…

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