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Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Doll’s House, Part 2 or Whatever Happened to Nora? by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     Playwright Lucas Hnath thinks he has the answers in this smarty pants sequel to the 1879 Ibsen classic A Doll’s House. After walking out,…

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Hello, Dolly! by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Look at the old girl now fellas . . . an especially poignant line in the title song for the Divine Miss M who, with a wink and a nod, has the audience ea…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Feinstein’s/54Below To Celebrate 5 Years June 5 by Sandi Durell

    Can it already be five years that Feinsein’s/54 Below opened?  Since June 2012 New York’s Nightclub has created a wide array of programming and musical styles and …

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Unsweetened by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Pity the chocolate maker who gives you the scoop of what’s to happen at the very beginning letting you know it’s time to retire! Christian Borle, as …

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   Six Degrees of Separation, by John Guare, is back on Broadway. The sharply intelligent comedy-drama, a huge success for Lincoln Center in 1990, is at the Eth…

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Will Friedwald’s Clip Joint: Scenes from the American Songbook by Sandi Durell

  The popular Daytime Talks at 92Y has added a new series to its monthly line-up, “Will Friedwald’s Clip Joints: Scenes from the American Songbook” presenting videos of rare perfo…

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Drama Desk Award Nominees Announced by Sandi Durell

Hello, Dolly! Tops with 10, Anastasia, Come From Away and The Hairy Ape Are Top Nominees   Photo/Video: Magda Katz   Nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announ…

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Kevin Spacey is Clarence Darrow by Sandi Durell

      With thrilling outdoor staging at Arthur Ashe Stadium (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing), the American premiere of Kevin Spacey‘s acclaimed p…

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Bandstand Opening Night on the Red Carpet by Sandi Durell

    The new musical Bandstand opened last night April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on West 45 Street.  The show stars Laura Osnes and Corey Cott with direction and choreogr…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Opening Act Annual Benefit – Uzo Aduba,Okieriete Onaodowan by Sandi Durell

      by Adam Cohen     Giving powerful voice to a new generation was proudly on display Tuesday April, 25th at the Opening Act ‘ Night of Yes’ annual be…

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Bandstand – an Homage to America’s Vets by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   This latest edition to Broadway musicals has a strong message along with a remarkably talented cast. With original big band style music by Richard Oberac…

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John Pizzarelli Trio – Cafe Carlyle – Review by Sandi Durell

  John Pizzarelli’s Trio at The Café Carlyle celebrating Johnny Mercer is the best show in town and not to be missed!   by Linda Amiel Burns     I have been a fan of J…

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Off Broadway Alliance – Nominees Announced by Sandi Durell

  The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 7th An…

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Blake Zolfo – 25: A Premature Retrospective by Sandi Durell

    by Susan Hasho   However you present it—Blake Zolfo starred in “25: A Premature Retrospective,” was accompanied by the illustrious Steve Schalchlin or Steve Schalchl…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ultimate Tony Awards Experience! by Sandi Durell

  Prizeo, the online giving platform that democratizes giving at any income level, announced today that they will partner with the 71st Annual Tony Awards, to host a special sweepstakes…

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Outer Critics Circle Announces Nominees by Sandi Durell

“Anastasia” heads the List with 13 Nominations followed by “Hello, Dolly!” with 10 Nominations, “The Band’s Visit” & “Come From Away” with 7 Nominations each (se…

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Nunsense: The TV Show New Pilot Episode Launch Party by Sandi Durell

         Nunsense creator Dan Goggin and the cast of “Nunsense: The TV Show,” including Dee Hoty, Christopher Sieber, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Babmbi Jones, Christina Pumariega, Mary …

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical by Sandi Durell

    By Joel Benjamin   My heart dropped a couple of inches as I stood outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village awaiting the start of the new musical, The Lightni…

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Diana Ross Concert a Love-In at City Centre by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   City Center was packed to the rafters with fans of the iconic Diana Ross who opened last night, April 24, to unending cheers and a standing crowd through…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Anastasia by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken   Whatever you do, don’t go to Anastasia at the Broadhurst Theatre expecting to see the ghost of Ingrid Bergman or Yul Brynner; they’re nowhere to b…

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Debra Winger,Tracy Letts Shine -Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet by Sandi Durell

    by Carole Di Tosti   Debra Winger and Tracy Letts were on the Red Carpet for the World Premiere of The Lovers, Saturday, 22 April. The Lovers written and directed by Azaze…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

New York Pops Celebrates Singers-Songwriters by Sandi Durell

  The New York Pops season finale celebrates singers and songwriters who changed our musical landscape featuring a stellar cast.     by Linda Amiel Burns     The inc…

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Jazz Princess Veronica Swift a Knockout at Birdland by Sandi Durell

        By Sandi Durell     Veronica Swift is on a fast track to stardom in the jazz world now that she’s been taken under the wing of Gianni Valenti at Birdl…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Siegel Column – Indecent & The Jewish Audience by Sandi Durell

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel In 1964 Fiddler on the Roof opened the floodgates for Jewish related fare on Broadway. It’s not that there weren’t Jewish plays and musicals o…

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Groundhog Day the Musical by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     Groundhog Day was temporarily stuck (not in a time warp) but due to its lead Andy Karl’s leg injury pre-opening when understudy Andrew Ca…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

May-June Cabaret Listings by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     Spring is just fooling around because with all the flowers blooming and budding trees, it’s here. The talent, however, in the New York City cabarets and clubs …

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Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Ella by Sandi Durell

  In celebration  of jazz singer legend Ella Fitzgerald’s Centeninal, Birdland is doing a two week celebration.  On April 18, Ann Hampton Callaway started a ten performance wee…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Oslo on Broadway by Sandi Durell

      by Carol Rocamora   When Lincoln Center’s leadership decided to remount Bartlett Sher’s production of Oslo in the cavernous Vivian Beaumont Theatre after it ope…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Little Foxes by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken   A family that preys together…. never stops preying. At least not if the family in question is the clawingly, cloyingly, claustrophobically close-kni…

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Drama League 2017 Nominees Announced by Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth by Sandi Durell

  The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced the 2017 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstan…

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The Siegel Column – The Theatrical Elite by Sandi Durell

    By Barbara & Scott Siegel   Theatrical Elite: Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, John Leguizamo, Harvey Fierstein, Kevin Kline…They’re Back!   As we head towar…

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