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Friday, August 23, 2019

Contact High: A New Musical by Sandi Durell

    By Samuel L. Leiter   A word of advice for anyone writing a new musical: don’t play a medley of pop hits before the show starts and during its intermission. As demonstrated by the g…

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Fall Cabaret September-October 2019 by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   –Theater Pizzazz mantra: “If music was everywhere and in everyone’s life, the world would surely be a better place” (more than ever!) —   Falling into cab…

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Oklahoma Original Cast CD Release by Sandi Durell

  Photos: Maryann Lopinto       Tony Award Winning Revival, OKLAHOMA, released their original cast CD with a musical presentation by the cast and the signing of the CD on August 22. The …

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Basic Glitch by Sandi Durell

  by Alana Silber     Basic Glitch, the first full-length play written by New York based playwright Stephanie Salazar-Amaro, takes place in a world similar to our own, but with one slight…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Heloise by Sandi Durell

  by Edward Medina   While watching the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival production of Heloise one could imagine what it was like watching a first draft workshop rehearsal of The Lion in Wi…

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GIRLS ON TAP – RAVE THEATER FESTIVAL by Sandi Durell

    By Ron Fassler   The annual Rave Theater Festival is underway on the Lower East Side of Manhattan this August with theatre, dance and music to entertain (as the circus once said) “c…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

A Talent to Amuse: Love, Noël: The Songs And Letters Of Noël Coward by Sandi Durell

      By Samuel L. Leiter   Ah, the variety of New York theatergoing! One night it’s the raucous, decadently spectacular, nearly three-hours-long, jukebox musical Moulin Rouge in Broad…

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Songbook Summit: The Andersons Play Ellington by Sandi Durell

      By Marilyn Lester   That familiar opener, Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A-Train” (the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s theme song from 1940 on) was a sure bet to herald a delightfu…

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Fern Hill’s Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, John Glover Meet the Press by Sandi Durell

    by Magda Katz   On the first day of rehearsals, the cast and creatives of Fern Hill held a meet and greet with the press at Theatre Row Studios. The play, written by Michael Tucker (w…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Make Believe by Sandi Durell

    Theater Review by Brian Scott Lipton     The power (and limits) of imagination. The ways we repeat (and defy) our own family history. The ways we lived then (and now). These are head…

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SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

                                                                                             An Amusement Column     …

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Ghosts and Gaslighting by Sandi Durell

  Theater Review by Edward Medina   Let’s play a ghoulish little game. Let’s create a fast paced comedy thriller that puts four characters in a spooky setting. Let’s play up who’s …

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

100th Anniversary of the Actors’ Strike of 1919 by Sandi Durell

    The Lambs, America’s first professional theater club and the oldest professional theatrical organization in the US, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Actors’ Strike of 1919. A cen…

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Sarah McLachlan and The New York Pops by Sandi Durell

    by Magda Katz   Friday, August 2, 2019, Grammy Award winning Canadian-born singer-songwriter,  pop star Sarah McLachlan took the stage of the Forest Hills Stadium backed by the lush …

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Monday, August 5, 2019

SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

  An Amusement Column                                                             by Harry Haun       THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNERS: T…

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Rinse, Repeat by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   Rachel (playwright Domenica Feraud) is home for the weekend, and everyone is walking on eggshells. Well, not quite everyone. Her brother, Brody (a fearlessly direct …

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tuesdays at 54 . . . with Robbie Rozelle! by Sandi Durell

    by Matt Smith   It’s been said that life is a cabaret, and nowhere was that more apparent than at Robbie Rozelle’s zany new late-night romp, which launched last Tuesday night at M…

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Two’s A Crowd by Sandi Durell

  By Sandi Durell   Welcome back Rita Rudner in this charmer of a musical comedy, at 59e59 Theaters, where laughter is the name of the game, written by Ms. Rudner and hubby Martin Bergman …

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Black Hole Wedding by Sandi Durell

    by Carole Di Tosti   The New York Musial Festival 2019, currently in its 16th season has been offering entertaining, seamlessly performed productions by talented casts and creatives. …

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Leaving Eden by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   A spectacular New York debut is made in the New York Musical Festival production of “Leaving Eden.”  Sarah-Anne Martinez commands the stage as Lilith in this intri…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

I Spy, I Spy – A Melting Pot Run Amuck by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Waiting for this new musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Jamie Jackson and book and music by SoHee Youn, to begin, the chatter amongst some of my nearby seatmate…

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Making Music: Blue Man Group PVC Pipes at Museum of the City of New York by Sandi Durell

    Theater Pizzazz’ Shoshana Medney had the time of her life on July 16 at an early unprecedented preview of the first-ever Blue Man Group interactive exhibition featuring one of the ic…

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SCREEN OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Sandi Durell

                                                                                                               […] The post SCREEN O…

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Agatha Is Missing by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   There’s a reason that interactive theater productions and murder-mystery weekends are enduringly popular––they’re great fun! In that spirit, actor Prudence…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Luba Mason – 5’10” at The Green Room 42 by Sandi Durell

    by Susan Hasho   Luba Mason told a very human story at The Green Room 42 Wednesday night (July 10). She opened the show with the song “On Broadway” (Lieber/Stoller) and described …

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sherie Rene Scott & Norbert Leo Butz: Twohander by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   If you’ve done your fair share of cabaret-going, you’ve likely sat through at least one act that could have doubled as a therapy session, as a performer clear…

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Speaking with Hazen Cuyler Artistic Director Greenhouse Ensemble by Sandi Durell

  Theater Pizzazz’ Marcina Zaccaria spoke with Hazen Cuyler about Greenhouse Ensemble’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet to gather more information about the Artistic Director/Fo…

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Illuminati Lizards From Outer Space – NYMF by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   Alien lizards secretly rule Earth.  And their goal is to impregnate as many humans as possible in order to secure their rule.  However sound their plan, things aren’t…

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leaves by Sandi Durell

  By Marilyn Lester   Surely the ghosts of Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet and Eugène Ionesco were hovering over the three playwright-performers of the highly existential play, leaves. But unl…

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Screen of Consciousness – An Amusement Column by Sandi Durell

    by Harry Haun    ON AGAIN LONERGAN: Playwright Kenneth Lonergan started small, Off-Broadway, but, ever since he copped the British and American Oscars for his Manchester by the Sea s…

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Yiddish Fiddler Donates Every Seat to Refugees by Sandi Durell

    The magnificent production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish donated every seat in the Stage 42 Theater to refugees from around the globe in celebration and in honor of World Refugee D…

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