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Friday, October 22, 2021

Mark Nadler’s Hootenanny is Back! by Sandi Durell

Triple threat Mr. Show Biz, Mark Nadler, brings back his ever popular Hootenanny (the one you remember from Sardi’s) with guests galore at The Friar’s Club on East 55th Street in a two-h…

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Seth Sikes Sings The 20s, Etc… by Sandi Durell

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . While I had never gotten to see Seth Sikes before, his reputation of loving standards, especially those belonging to the late, great Judy Garland, gave me some hi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:16PM

A Turtle on a Fence Post by Sandi Durell

A Turtle on a Fence Post is a new musical comedy, coming to the newly renamed Theater 555 (555 W. 42nd Street) with performances beginning October 26, and opening on November 14. Limite…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:05PM

Happening at The Triad by Sandi Durell

Ladies of 90’s Soul TONIGHT WITH EMILIE SURTEES, Dozen Divas, Liberace & Peggy Lee Return, Halloween Burlesque, Pam Ann at Midnight The post Happening at The Triad appeared first on Th…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:36AM


Review By Ron Fassler . . . Call me old fashioned, but let’s make it another old fashioned, please. I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head (along with its allusion to Ethel Merman sin…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:14AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire – Digital Rush Tickets by Sandi Durell

Photo: TheaterPizzazz Feb. 20, 2020 Meet & Greet (Jenn Gambatese, Jake Ryan Flynn, Jerry Zaks, Avery Sell, Analise Scarpaci, Rob McClure) . . . Mrs. Doubtfire, the new musical produced b…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:22AM

Lackawanna Blues by Sandi Durell

Review by Sandi Durell . . . Technically this is a solo show and it’s Ruben Santiago-Hudson (writer, star, director) accompanied on guitar by Junior Mack (playing great blues of Bill Sims …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:31AM

Theater and Music Updates by Sandi Durell

Trouble in Mind will offer 300 discounted tickets for each of its preview performances, in partnership with R&B radio station 107.5 WBLS-FM. The Roundabout Theatre production will offer …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:20AM

Richardson & Swindal Save the Palace! – TODAY by Sandi Durell

Rob Richardson (Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, Tale of Two Cities) and Haley Swindal (Broadway: Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde) to head the industry presentations of Roy O’Neil’s Save The Pala…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:13AM
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Christina Bianco – A Lot to Unpack by Sandi Durell

Review by Andrew Poretz . . . A great send-off! Remember those old Contadina Tomato Paste commercials?  “Eight great tomatoes in every jar!”  How can such enormous talent be crammed in…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:06PM

“Phiro Chante Piaf Returns to Birdland” a tribute to Edith Piaf by Sandi Durell

Review by Andrew Poretz . . . French-Canadian chanteuse Myriam Phiro returned to Birdland Theater on October 17 for a post-pandemic iteration of her show honoring the legendary French singer…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:20AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Freestyle Love Supreme ReOpens on Broadway by Sandi Durell

FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME returned to the Booth Theatre last night on Broadway for a limited run to January 2, 2022. It was created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale and…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:11AM

Carolee Carmello Breaks into Songs by Sandi Durell

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . For over three decades, Carolee Carmello has proven to be the consummate musical theater actress, tackling everything from 1776 to Mamma, Mia! to Hello, Dolly! an…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:45AM
Thursday, October 7, 2021


By Ron Fassler . . . Playwright Joshua Allen is bringing a bit of his native Chicago to Westchester this weekend, when his new play The October Storm opens at the Hudson Stage Company. Known…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:50PM

SIX the Musical by Sandi Durell

by Carol Rocamora . . . “Divorced, beheaded, died (ba-dum-dum) Divorced, beheaded, survived (bah-dum-dum)” You recognize that couplet – of course you do.  You learned it long ago in y…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:19AM

Funny Girl Broadway Casting by Sandi Durell

Ramin Karimloo and Jane Lynch will star in the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” alongside Beanie Feldstein.  Karimloo, who has previously appeared in “Les Misérables” and “Anasta…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:45AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Laura Benanti at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Sandi Durell

By Brian Scott Lipton and Sandi Durell . . . Is there some kind of state-of-the-art device hidden somewhere on Laura Benanti’s body? Or maybe she’s fooled us for the past 25 years by sim…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:51PM

Theater & Cabaret News by Sandi Durell

spit&vigor is thrilled to announce the world premiere of HIT YOUR MARK, DIE BEAUTIFUL, written by Peter Oliver and directed by Sara Fellini (2018 Planet Award Outstanding Direction nomin…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:12PM


Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere musical Kimberly Akimbo features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, b…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:46PM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

BETWEEN THE BARS: Memories From the Visit Room by Sandi Durell

by Ron Fassler . . . When I think of prison drama, my first thoughts go to film. Early 1930s melodramas (usually with James Cagney and Pat O’Brien as both sides of the coin, bad and good) …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:44PM

Theater Updates by Sandi Durell

EGOT Recipient and preeminent orchestrator Jonathan Tunick is being honored  on October 2 at Connecticut’s Sharon Playhouse in a gala ceremony featuring a 27 piece orchestra and The Sound…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:41AM

Melissa Errico Sings Her New York by Sandi Durell

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . Big dreams, big city. Will you make it after all? Will you even make it at all? It’s an oft-told tale, to be sure, but it takes someone like Melissa Errico to t…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:20AM

A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes:Or The Gospel of Tartuffe by Sandi Durell

The Acting Company presents Marcus Gardley, acclaimed writer of X: or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, and directed by Ian Belknap, a comedy that rocks the foundations of faith and redemptio…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:17AM

Red Bull Theater presents The Alchemist by Sandi Durell

Just announced by Red Bull Theater the World Premiere, live and in person, of a brand new adaptation of Ben Jonson’s classic comedy, The Alchemist, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directe…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:32AM

BadAss GalBoss Power Hour by Sandi Durell

by Adam Cohen . . . Kate Hamill’s BadAss GalBoss Power Hour (Mandatory Meeting – 11/18/2020), streams through October 13th presented by Primary Stages.  The play is a Zoom meeting of…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:07AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Cabaret – Music Updates by Sandi Durell

Natalie Douglas (12X MAC Award Winner) returns to Birdland Theater on Oct. 1 at 8:30 pm in Best of Tributes: The Women Nina, Dolly & Roberta with Mark Hartman on piano, followed by Oct. …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:20PM

Devlin and Fireman Have Got the Shows by Sandi Durell

New York is where the party never stops!  And Holly-Ann Devlin has joined forces with the Fireman Hospitality Group (Shelly Fireman) to bring a variety of talent and immersive entertainment…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:45AM

The Skin of Our Teeth by Sandi Durell

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop) has announced that it will produce Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH this spring at the Vivian …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:21AM

LaChanze and Roundabout Cast Complete for ‘Trouble in Mind’ by Sandi Durell

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce the full cast joining Tony & Emmy Award winner LaChanze in the Broadway premiere of Trouble in…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:13AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

The Diamond Series with Kelli O’Hara by Sandi Durell

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara will launch the Feinstein’s/54 Below Diamond Series with performances September 28 to October 3. This new week-long residency features concert-length…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:41PM

A New Hot Nightclub Emerges by Sandi Durell

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE opened September 2021 to offer New York its newest hotspot for intimate dining and wonderful music. Providing a wide variety of upscale American menu items, with disti…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:56PM

All that Chat

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