Thursday, November 23, 2017

Katharine McPhee at Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

    By Eric J. Grimm   The lights are low, the pisco sours are flowing, and a receptive audience is waiting to watch you reinvent yourself. That’s almost always the scene at…

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Vivian Reed Returns to 54 Below Singing Lena Horne by Sandi Durell

  Vivian Reed is emotional dynamite.  She returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in “Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne” celebrating the great Lena’s 100th birthday on Decem…

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Thinker Bell – Bedlam Ages Peter Pan by Jk Clarke

        By JK Clarke   Anyone walking in to see the new production of Peter Pan at the Duke on 42nd Street is in for a shock if they’re not familiar with its produ…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Baker’s Dozen Restaurant Reviews from Bite of the Best by Sandi Durell

  You’ll never find Bonnie Tandy LeBlang with nothing to do. She’s busy finding the best restaurants for you! A baker’s dozen sampling of West Village restaurant reviews …

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Latin History for Morons – John Leguizamo by Sandi Durell

    By Eric J. Grimm   Watching John Leguizamo age from the buoyant livewire who gave us the incredible 90s one-man shows, Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-Rama, and Freak to the family ma…

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Bright Colors and Bold Patterns at SoHo Playhouse by Sandi Durell

    By Eric J. Grimm   In his solo show, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, Drew Droege explores the joys and horrors of being a white gay man in 2017, clinging tightly to the f…

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Seth’s (Rudetsky)Broadway Diary Book Signing by Sandi Durell

  Barnes and Noble was jammed with fans and friends for Seth Rudetsky’s book signing of ‘Seth’s Broadway Diary” featuring Mario Cantone, Ann Harada, Charles Busc…

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Ben Vereen is ‘Steppin’ Out’ at 54 Below by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   There’s no doubt that Ben Vereen is an icon in the world of music – a Broadway star who is unforgettable (Pippin, Wicked, Chicago, Hair etc. etc.). It’…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Eva Noblezada – Green Room 42 by Sandi Durell

  by Matt Smith     With Standout Solo Show Debut, Eva Noblezada Unequivocally Proves She’s a “Girl No More” As the lights dim, we’re plunged into darkness, as a hush …

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Home for the Holidays by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   New York has so many ways to get you in the holiday spirit – the tree at Rockefeller Center, skating in Central Park, the store windows at Barneys ­…

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Harry Clarke or Philip Brugglestein? by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   A little American boy of eight in South Bend, Indiana is suddenly speaking to his parents in a British accent. He claims it comes naturally and is his real v…

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Kris Kringle the Musical Meets the Press by Sandi Durell

    Photos/Video: by Maya Werner   Kris Kringle The Musical featuring Tony Award nominees Cathy Rigby and Pamela Myers (Company, Into the Woods), and Broadway’s Andrew Kee…

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Opening Nite: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns with Drew Droege by Sandi Durell

      Bright Colors And Bold Patterns – the hit play opened Monday evening for an exclusive eight week limited engagement at SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, between 6thAv…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Wolves by Sandi Durell

by Carol Rocamora     Whether or not you’re a sports fan, you’ll be mesmerized by the moves of a soccer team called “The Wolves.” They’re warming up right now as if their…

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‘A Deal’ and Consequences by Sandi Durell

  By Beatrice Williams-Rude     A Deal, by Zhu Yi, is a play that was crying to be written, its subject matter now front and center. It touches many of the great issues of tod…

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Christine Ebersole Honored at Encompass New Opera Theatre Gala by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   The National Arts Club was once again the venue for the annual gala of The Encompass New Opera Theatre, an event that pulls out all the stops to award its chos…

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The New York Pops: Women of Notes by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   One must give kudos to the New York Pops for devoting an entire evening celebrating the work of female composers and lyricists, as they did on Frid…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Whistling Girl by Sandi Durell

      by Carole Di Tosti     Dorothy Parker was a dark wit and sardonic philosopher about love, relationships and the mundane routines of living as a depressive, for…

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Steppin’ Out with Megan Sikora of BroadwayHD’s Holiday Inn by Sandi Durell

    by Matt Smith   If you’re burdened down with trouble and your nerves are wearing thin, then BroadwayHD has the antidote to ensure the merry bells keep ringing throughout…

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Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner ‘Unattached’ Preview by Sandi Durell

    After many sold out engagements at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the ever popular Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner return with new songs and old chestnuts on November 28, Decembe…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Diane Schuur at Birdland by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   After 22 years gigging at downtown club The Blue Note, jazz pianist, vocalist and two-time Grammy Award winner, Diane Schuur (known affectionately as …

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Ruth Carlin in Kaleidoscope Eyes by Sandi Durell

    by Susan Hasho   Ruth Carlin’s latest show is Kaleidoscope Eyes at Don’t Tell Mama. Her first song was “Who Will Buy” (Lionel Bart) simply sung, phrased in her own…

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African Mean Girls Play Opening Night Photos by Sandi Durell

      Photos: Maya Werner   Thursday night, November 16, was the opening of MCC’s newest show School Girls: Or, The African Mean Girls Play, written by Jocelyn Bio…

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Hot Mess Opening Night by Sandi Durell

  Hot Mess opened at the Jerry Orbach Theater last night. The show is written by Dan Rothenberg and Colleen Crabtree and stars Max Crumm, Lucy DeVito and Paul Molnar, with direction by …

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Mad Ones by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   The angst and depth of emotions of teenagers about to make life choices are spilled out in Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s new musical (book, musi…

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School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   There are a lot of mean girls around – not only in Ghana where this play takes place in the 1980s, but worldwide. And, there is another very different …

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Hot Mess – A Romantic Comedy in Blue by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell     If you’re a fan of comedy, especially blue, with romance thrown in for a theme, then you’ll have some good laughs in Dan Rothenberg (a …

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The Band’s Visit – Sheer Delight by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell    The transfer of The Band’s Visit from off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company to Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre, hasn’t tarnished the sheer bri…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Opening Night for ‘Actually’ at NYC Center – Stage II by Sandi Durell

    Opening night for Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of ACTUALLY by Anna Ziegler, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz was at New York City Center – Stage II  on Wes…

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Cathy Rigby Is Ready to Reach New Heights in Kris Kringle The Musical by Sandi Durell

      Interview By Marilyn Lester   Cathy Rigby will be flying again, but this time not as Peter Pan. The gold medal-winning, two-time Olympic Gymnast will be starring in the…

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Actually at MTC by Sandi Durell

    By Brian Scott Lipton   Barring a quickly written biodrama about Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey, there will be no more topical play on stage this month than Actually, An…

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