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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lynda Carter at The Appel Room by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   Lynda Carter regaled the audience within Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room Saturday night with songs that mattered to her.  Born in Arizona, Lynda Carter is best …

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Chita Rivera Returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   If Chita Rivera isn’t a living legend, then who is? At eighty-six, she has been working primarily in the musical theatre for sixty-two years. The recipient of two Best…

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Sara Zahn: Both Sides of Bernstein by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   As if a CD release isn’t enough to celebrate on its own, the féte for singer-songwriter Sara Zahn’s newly released Both Sides of Bernstein came with a happy-m…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

An Amusement Column     by Harry Haun   HEWES-FUSED NEWS: When he reached his 20th year as theater critic for Saturday Review, Henry Hewes II was only 55 but opted for premature retiremen…

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The Lightning Thief Meets the Press Atop The Empire State Building by Sandi Durell

The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical   The Creatives Joe Tracz (book – Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Be More Chill), Rob Rokicki (score – Broadway debut)…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mama’s Boys at Don’t Tell Mama by Sandi Durell

  A 17-Gun Salute for their State-of-the-Art Contemporary Interpretation of the Classic Good Old-Fashioned Barber Shop Quartet     By Myra Chanin   Yuh wanna know how I determine the q…

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Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   The challenges of female adolescence is rather familiar fodder these days in books, television and film, but they’re being explored with a remarkably fresh, …

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Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column       by Harry Haun     BYE BYE BETTY: A modern-day theatrical heroine has just passed—Betty Corwin at the gloriously overripe age of 98. Her claim to fame is t…

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Natalie Douglas: Tributes – Miss Nancy Wilson by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   She’s been called a singer of pop, soul, R&B and the blues, but she prefers to be called a “song stylist.” Those cabaret fans who have previously see…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   There’s plenty of energy, of a decidedly athletic bent, in Lee Sunday Evans’s production of Jack Thorne’s Sunday, at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gro…

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CELEBS WERE OUT FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL BROADWAY BACK TO SCHOOL GALA by Sandi Durell

    Broadway stars and student thespians came together in support of the Educational Theatre Foundation at the Edison Ballroom on Sept. 22 Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Patti LuPone…

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NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   Novenas for a Lost Hospital, currently at Off-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, beautifully plays itself out at thre…

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The Excitement of The Glass Menagerie Directed by Austin Pendleton & Peter Bloch by Sandi Durell

  Taking on Tennessee Williams’ memory play can be exciting, daunting and challenging. But Ruth Stage’s Matt de Rogatis (producer, actor) makes it sound like a cinch when you have peopl…

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

American Moor by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   What does it mean to be black in America? What does it mean to be an actor? What does it mean to play Shakespeare? Huge questions, each worthy of a play itself – nu…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Sheldon Harnick Honored by American Songbook Association by Sandi Durell

        by Adam Cohen   Exuberance, celebration and joy were the key takeaways from The American Songbook Association’s Monday, September 16 honor of the Pulitzer, Tony, and Grammy wi…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fern Hill at 59e59 Theaters by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   If you dread the idea of assisted living, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Join the hip over-sixty crowd hanging out on 59e59 Theater’s A stage these days. The…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

   An Amusement Column     By Harry Haun   THE JOYS OF JERRY: Working with director-choreographer Jerome Robbins wasn’t the easiest job in the world. It may, in fact, have been the wo…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

It’s Will Friedwald’s Birthday – Come Celebrate WILLSTOCK! by Sandi Durell

      Forget about Woodstock . . . it’s WILLSTOCK!  Celebrate with the illustrious jazz expert Will Friedwald at The Triad Theater on Monday, September 16 starting at 9 pm.   It’s …

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A SHOT IN THE ARM: EUREKA DAY by Sandi Durell

    By Samuel L. Leiter   The riveting East Coast premiere of Eureka Day, Jonathan Spector’s bitingly topical dramedy, at Walkerspace, Soho Rep’s usual haunt, reminds me of the immort…

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2019 Idea Awards for Theatre Announce Recipients Tina Howe, Adrienne Kennedy by Sandi Durell

  The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation announced the recipients of their 2019 Idea Awards for Theatre; three grants awarded to adventurous new voices in playwriting and musical theatre…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Meet the Cast – MTC’s The Height of the Storm by Sandi Durell

                    Starring Three-time Olivier Award Winner Eileen Atkins and Olivier and Tony Award Winner Jonathan Pryce       The cast and director met the press at Manhatta…

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A Meow Out to the Last Post by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell     Cat lover and owner of Minna – ‘The Miracle Cat’ – I was delighted to come upon a Private Sanctuary for cats in Falls Village, Ct. while on a recent mini-vac…

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Elements of Oz – Performance Augmented Reality Mash-Up by Sandi Durell

  NYU Skirball will present Elements of Oz, a live performance/augmented reality mash-up of theater, technology and pop culture that celebrates and deconstructs The Wizard of Oz, from …

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Scott Siegel’s ‘Broadway Ballyhoo’ Returned to Feinstein’s 54 Below by Sandi Durell

  by Linda Amiel Burns   NYC impresario Scott Siegel decided to revive his legendary Broadway Ballyhoo, and on September 1, the first of the series was performed at Feinstein’s 54 Be…

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Ricky Ritzel’s August Surpasses . . . by Sandi Durell

  Ricky Ritzel’s August Surpasses Dorian’s 195 mph. winds with Category 5 Gales of Entertainment     By Myra Chanin   Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, like Brigadoon, pops up on the fourt…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

The Exes at Theater Row by Sandi Durell

  by Susan Hasho   If you are a fly on the wall for a family dilemma – be prepared! Batten down the hatches. The Exes is full of family of several different stripes and dilemmas galore. …

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Screen of Consciousness by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column         by Harry Haun   THE SHORT-CUT LANE: Apparently, Nathan Lane is shopping around for shorter shows. His most recent Broadway opus—Taylor Mac’s Gary:…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Music of the Knights by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   As host/producer Scott Coulter informed the rapt audience at 54 Below before “Music of the Knights” on August 28, the evening’s three titular subjects – A…

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Krysta Rodriguez Previews Debut Solo Concert at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    Krysta Rodriguez makes her long-awaited Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut!  Krysta presents a brand new concert exploring career highlights from her time in Broadway shows including …

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Shoshana Bean Extended at Feinstein’s 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    Shoshana Bean (star of Wicked, City Center’s Songs for a New World and as Jenna in Broadway’s Waitress), has made her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut beginning on August 24. She now h…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

                                                                                                              […] The post SCREEN OF …

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