Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Band's Visit Wins 2019 Grammy Award; Hugh Jackman Nabs First Grammy for The Greatest Showman by Lindsey Sullivan

It's already shaping up to be an awesome Grammy Awards! The Band's Visit cast recording took home the 2019 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album on February 10. The album beat out re…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

10-Time Tony Winner The Band's Visit Announces Final Performance on Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

Less than a year after winning 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Band's Visit will conclude its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 7, 2019, exactly 18 months after…

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THE BAND'S VISIT Will Close on Broadway this April by BroadwayWorld

The 10-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical The Band's Visit will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Upon closing, the production will have played 589 regular a…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Top New York Stage This Week: Philip Glass’s Cool School, Chill Pills by Mark Beech

This week in New York performing arts, the composer Philip Glass brings Laurie Anderson and Bernard Sumner of the band New Order to Carnegie Hall, while Sharon Van Etten plays the Beacon The…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part V: The Middle East and Africa by JK

Today our world tour continues to the Dark Continent and the desert region, with stops in 7 countries. This week's adventure covers 10 more musicals - some are blockbusters, others criticall…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Band’s Visit Celebrates 500 Performances on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ Tony Award-winning musical celebrated the milestone at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre January 20.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Cher Musical, Elton John, Ferryman by Mark Beech

New York has another musical biography in town. “The Cher Show” is starting previews. Three actresses portray the star in a sequined spectacular that follows jukebox tributes to the like…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: “Ferryman” Opens to Raves; Cher Musical on Way by Mark Beech

“The Ferryman” has just opened on Broadway to rave reviews. The Jez Butterworth play is the biggest highlight of New York’s performing-arts scene this week. It won unanimous five-star …

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Timberlake, Fringe Festival by Mark Beech

Daniel Radcliffe stars in “The Lifespan of a Fact,” which has just opened. It is one of the highlights of performing arts in New York this week. Justin Timberlake is at Madison Square Ga…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Elton John to “American Son” by Mark Beech

As debate continues on the slogan “Make America Great Again” – with plenty of people on both sides of the debate saying the U.S. is already great and could be greater – a raft of new…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Eagles, “Girl From the North Country” by Mark Beech

From The Eagles and Eric Clapton to the New York International Fringe Festival, there is plenty of choice among performing-arts shows in the Big Apple this week.New Yorkers can also catch pr…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

REVIEW: The Band's Visit (Re-visit) by JK

Review of the Sunday matinee on September 30, 2018 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. Starring Katrina Lenk, Sasson Gabay, Ari'el Stachel, Ahmad Maksoud, John Cariani, George A…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Fringe Festival, King Kong, Eric Clapton by Mark Beech

The New York International Fringe Festival is back. North America’s largest event of its kind is a highlight of performing arts in the Big Apple this week.Other shows include concerts by C…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Daniel Radcliffe to Last of the SummerStage by Mark Beech

Music still leads New York performing arts this week. Paul Simon follows his Madison Square Garden shows with one last big tour gig, at Corona Park, Flushing Meadows. Central Park SummerStag…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Paul Simon Bows Out, David Byrne, “Heartbreak House” by Mark Beech

Music leads our choice of New York performing arts this week. Paul Simon is playing his last big shows in New York before retiring from touring, while David Byrne is returning to the Forest …

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Monday, September 10, 2018

No More Waiting! THE BAND'S VISIT Recoups on Broadway by BroadwayWorld

Tony Award-winning Best Musical, THE BAND'S VISIT has recouped its 8.75 million capitalization on Broadway. The new musical began performances on October 7, 2017 and officially opened on Nov…

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Tony Winner The Band's Visit Recoups Broadway Investment by Andy Lefkowitz

The 2018 Tony winner for Best Musical is officially a Broadway hit! The Band's Visit has recouped its $8.75 million capitalization, producers announced today. The quiet tuner began …

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‘The Band’s Visit’ recoups after 11 months on Broadway by Caitlin Huston

“The Band’s Visit” has recouped its $8.75 million capitalization after 11 months on Broadway, the producers announced Monday. The musical won 10 Tony Awards last season, including Best…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Ringo Starr to Last-Chance “Carousel” by Mark Beech

New York’s autumn theater season adds another two shows this week: “Girl From the North Country,” Conor McPherson’s play with Bob Dylan music, and pool-room saga “The Nap.” They …

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Looking Forward to Fall: September - November 2018 by JK

Today's Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. Instead of being sad that the summer season is over, I'm choosing to be optimistic about the coming fall. But first, let's have quick review …

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Major Play Debuts, Laura Pausini, Sun Ra, Hamilton by Mark Beech

This week, New York has two significant plays making their debuts: Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy “Bernhardt/Hamlet” and “The True,” Sharr White’s political satire.Meanwhile, music …

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Band's Visit by Wendy Caster

Last night I went to see The Band's Visit for the second time, with five other people. One had seen it before, the other four hadn't. When the show was over, we were all glowing.We sat …

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Top New York Stage This Week: Revived “Band’s Visit,” Autumn Lookahead by Mark Beech

The new fall season looms in New York, with a lot to look forward to, including three shows that were big hits in London: “Girl From the North Country,” with Bob Dylan songs; Jez Butterw…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Step Inside Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre by Hannah Vine

Inside the Theatre, the series that documents Broadway’s historic playhouses, continues with the Barrymore.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Drake to “Pretty Woman” by Mark Beech

In one of the hottest musical tickets in months, Drake is at Madison Square Garden. “Pretty Woman” is another big seller as the hit movie comes to the New York stage. These are just two …

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Summer Stage, ELO, Last-Chance “Clear Day” by Mark Beech

The Center Park’s Summer Stage’s free shows; comedy by Mike Birbiglia; Jeff Lynne’s ELO; serious plays such as the latest by Tracy Letts, “Mary Page Marlowe.” These are just some o…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Shakira, “Mary Page Marlowe” by Mark Beech

Music by Rod Stewart, Shakira and The Breeders; comedy by Mike Birbiglia; serious plays such as the latest by Tracy Letts, “Mary Page Marlowe.” These are just some of the highlights of p…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Jukebox Musicals, Peculiar Patriots by Mark Beech

New jukebox musicals are opening in New York to strong initial reviews. “Head Over Heels” showcases the music of The Go-Go’s and Belinda Carlisle, while “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” prese…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: From “Fire in Dreamland” to Summer Concerts by Mark Beech

The New York stage offers a lot of choice in new openings and one-off events this week for those wanting to be adventurous. The pick of performing arts in the Big Apple over the next seven d…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Foo Fighters to Tracy Letts by Mark Beech

Topping New York performing arts this week, the award-winning writer Tracy Letts is back with an experimental play, “Mary Page Marlowe,” off Broadway.The Foo Fighters, Billy Joel and Bec…

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