Friday, February 23, 2018

Frozen on Broadway – First Preview by Sandi Durell

    On February 22, Disney Theatrical’s new Broadway musical Frozen celebrated its first performance at the historic St. James Theatre. Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as A…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jerry Springer: The Opera by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton     The big questions on most people’s minds upon hearing that the celebrated New Group is finally offering the first New York commercial mounting to…

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Meet ‘Children of a Lesser God’ at First Rehearsal by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell   The cast and creative team for the upcoming Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God met with members of the press on February 22 at the production&#…

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Stearns Matthews Golden Ticket: The Songs of Leslie Bricusse by Sandi Durell

    by Alix Cohen    This is a perfect match of performer and writer. Stearns Matthews has just the kind of float and soar necessary to best showcase Bricusse. His light, ten…

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      by Samuel L. Leiter   If you grew up during the mid-twentieth century you didn’t have to be a classical music fan (or even Jewish) to recognize, and probably reci…

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Short, Sweet and Relevant #1 by Sandi Durell

by Bernie Furshpan What is the common denominator with crying, laughing and applauding?  Well, it’s simpler than you think.  Scientists, biologists, psychologists and sociologists at…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton     Every theater critic (and fan) wishes they owned a time capsule to go view legendary moments in theatrical history, from Ethel Merman in “…

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Introducing Dr. Bernard Furshpan ‘Short, Sweet and Relevant’ by Sandi Durell

    Theater Pizzazz is proud to announce that “Bernie” – Dr. Bernard Furshpan will be publishing an on-going series of articles entitled: Short, Sweet and Relevan…

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MCC Theater’s Relevance – Press Evening by Sandi Durell

            Photos: Maya Werner   The creative team of MCC Theater’s World Premiere production of Relevance was celebrated last night at the Lucille Lort…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Linda and Laura Benanti – Two Incredible Moms by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   The Story Goes On – it runs in the family as these two glorious voiced, stunning looking sopranos hold their audience at 54 Below (on February 20) in the p…

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Brilliant Traces by Sandi Durell

  By Marcina Zaccaria   Through the bluster of winter, a distraught bride bursts into a snowy cabin in Alaska. Having nowhere else to run, she struggles to find a place for herself…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Boys From Syracuse at Musicals Tonight! by Sandi Durell

    by Peter Haas   The Boys From Syracuse, a merry romp with songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and book by George Abbott, premiered on Broadway in 1938, more than 80 …

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Marilyn Maye at Dizzy’s – The Perfect Storm by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   The always astounding Marilyn Maye, the warm and friendly atmosphere of Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, added to by the impressive cityscape …

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Lillias White Raises the Roof at The Green Room 42 by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   On the one year Valentine’s Day Anniversary of The Green Room 42, Lillias White, who opened the club, comes back to roost-or, rather perch, with a selection of …

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A Very Broadway Valentine’s Day at 54 Below by Jk Clarke

    by Steve Nardoni   This past Wednesday at Feinstein’s/54 Below saw a Valentine-themed celebration of Broadway, romance, and relationships, delightfully represented by co…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018


    By Samuel L. Leiter   Did dinosaurs and humans coexist? I always thought not but an online search suggests alternative opinions. At any rate, they certainly do in Alexande…

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Escape to Margaritaville Cast and Creatives Meet the Press by Sandi Durell

by Magda Katz   Jimmy Buffett (composer/lyrics) and the creative team of Escape to Margaritaville including Mike O’Malley (book), Greg Garcia (book), Christopher Ashley(direction), an…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

John Lloyd Young ‘Heart to Heart’ at Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

    by Sandi Durell    Love is in the air! Perfect timing for Valentine’s Day! But it doesn’t matter if it’s Valentine’s Day or any other day during this sixth residency…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

More Frozen Buzz by Sandi Durell

      Disney Theatrical’s new Broadway musical Frozen has released a new video that takes you behind the scenes at the company’s sitzprobe rehearsal from the show’s out-…

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Koalas Are Dicks (Or Is It The Company They Keep?) by Sandi Durell

      by Lisa Joy Reitman-Dobi   A dissolute celebrity koala checks into a motel. Randomly Specific Theatre’s Koalas Are Dicks is perched on the perfect premise for a farce…

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I’m A Good Little Devil! – Pastiche! Sequins! Feathers! by Sandi Durell

  by Alix Cohen   Last year, in an effort to find connections between Marseille and his art, Jean-Christophe Born did internet research for a show about nineteenth century demi-mon…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hangmen by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken    Nobody likes to be Number 2. Just ask Harry (Mark Addy), the self-satisfied pub owner and barkeep at the center of Hangmen, at the Atlantic Theater Company…

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Time Stands Still by Sandi Durell

  When Images Persist   By Marcina Zaccaria   Time Stands Still, produced by New Light Theater Project, premiered at the 13th Street Repertory Company. Sarah is the driving fo…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Driving Miss Daisy – Hoboken by Mile Square Theatre by Sandi Durell

  by Adam Cohen   The quiet freemasonry of pride, time, companionship, and aging provides for a quiet but thought provoking production of Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry’s Driv…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Great Jewish American Songbook by Sandi Durell

  Eight great singers sing the hell out of a familiar repertoire.   By Joel Benjamin   Every time I assume Scott Siegel has topped himself, he does it again. The Great Jewish …

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Inaugural Broadway Match Game Proves an Uproarious Success! by Sandi Durell

  by Matt Smith   There’s no doubt Feinstein’s/54 Below was the place to be this past Tuesday night, when, at 9:30pm, it was “time to match the stars,” and the intimate hot…

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Hey, Look Me Over by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   I imagine every Encores! subscriber –or musical theatre aficionado – had their own personal choice of show with which to open the beloved City Center …

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   There are lots of ways to tell a story in the theatre. But there are few as arresting and haunting as the way Adrienne Kennedy tells her new tale at the Theat…

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28th Annual Kleban Prize Winners by Sandi Durell

  The 28TH ANNUAL KLEBAN PRIZES FOR MUSICAL THEATRE were presented on February 5th  to Alan Schmuckler (the most promising musical theater lyricist, tie), Amanda Yesnowitz (the mo…

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Frances Ruffelle at Green Room 42 by Sandi Durell

  by Grace Treston   If there is one guarantee that this show gives, it’s this: you will rarely see so much smiling in one place during a performance – from staff members, view…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

In the Body of the World by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   She’s back! Eve Ensler – playwright, performer, activist, force-of-nature – returns to the New York stages with a one-woman show that blows thro…

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