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Head Over Heels

Theo Stockman, Peter LaPrade in “This Ain’t No Disco”

5 Reasons Not to Hate Head Over Heels

By: Iris Wiener

August 14, 2018:  At first glance it is hard to find any reason to enjoy Head Over Heels. As a whole, it is a train wreck of a piece despite the incredibly creative team behind it. One can only imagine the size of the joints that were rolled when Jeff Whitty solidified the concept for this theatrical mayhem. The book, based on Sir Philip Sidney’s The Arcadia, has no business as a front for the latest jukebox musical featuring the work of 80s super-group the Go-Go’s. The story is secondary to the display of radio hits, a fact that is most evident at the abrupt, lazy ending. Matched with 16th century prose and Elizabethan farce, the bizarre outcome of this venture is giddy at best, gaudy at worst. Despite all of this, there are a few redeeming qualities to be found within this Broadway sideshow, and they are worth checking out:

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Hamptons Life

Author’s Night 2018

Jules Feifer , Florence Fabricant

East Hampton Library’s 14th Annual Authors Night

August 11, 2018:  The literary event of the Hamptons and one of our country’s leading annual literary celebrations began at 5 pm with the Authors Book Signing Reception under a tent in Amagansett, where  guests enjoyed scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and fine wine while mingling with the over 100 authors.  The evening provides an opportunity to have books personally inscribed by the authors when purchasing. Afterwards at 8 pm twenty-four private dinner parties  featuring one or more of the guest authors, followed the reception.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

West Side Story **** The Cunning Little Vixen ****

Vanessa Becerra as Maria and Joseph Leppek as Tony in The Glimmerglass Festival’s 2018 production of Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”

By: David Sheward

August 12, 2018:  Casts and creative staff trained in opera don’t always gel with musical theatre material. The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, has sought to combine the two disciplines in its annual offerings since Broadway and opera director Francesca Zambella took over the reigns as artistic director. Under her leadership, of the four mainstage productions, at least one has been a popular musical. This summer, opera and theater blend almost seamlessly in Zambella’s staging of West Side Story, the landmark updating of Romeo and Juliet which electrified Broadway when it premiered in 1957. Street gangs replaced Shakespeare’s battling Italian noble houses. Jerome Robbins effectively integrated his explosive dance sequences and Arthur Laurents’ snappy book scenes. Leonard Bernstein’s innovative score balanced popular Latin American and jazz elements along with atonal and harmonious chords, expressing the clashing emotions of the characters. A young Stephen Sondheim’s intricate lyrics were sophisticated yet believable as uttered by unsophisticated youths. 

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Features

B’way Update

Bryan Cranston in the London production of “Network”

B’way Update: ‘Network’ ‘Glengarry’ News; Dziemianowicz Out at the Daily News

By: David Sheward

August 10, 2018:  The new Broadway season just got more exciting. In addition to Glenda Jackson playing King Lear and Elaine May appearing on a Broadway stage for the first time in 50 years in The Waverly Gallery, Tony-Emmy-Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston will recreate his Olivier-winning performance as crazed newscaster Howard Beale in a transfer of Ivo van Hove’s stage version of the Oscar-winning Network. Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) adapted Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay. Previews begin Nov. 10 at the Cort Theater in advance of a Dec. 6 opening. No announcement if the rest of the cast will be American or British.

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Reviews

Mike Birbiglia: The New One ****

By: Samuel L. Leiter

August 8, 2018:  Comedian, actor, filmmaker, and writer Mike Birbiglia (Netflix’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Thank God for Jokes) knows that the most annoying things in life can, with a little distance, sometimes be the funniest. If, like me after seeing his show last night, he’d been stuck for over an hour while wearing shorts on an over-air conditioned A train in the East River tunnel, he’d probably make it into a story that would have his audience as close to peeing in its pants as I was during my MTA ordeal.

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Around The Town

Christine Ebersole & Michael Feinstein @ 54 Below

Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole

Michael Feinstein, Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, returns to the club that bears his name, alongside Christine Ebersole, two-time Tony Award-winner, for an unforgettable evening in Two for the Road.

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Features

Newsies, Shrek

Mike Cefalo (Davey), Dan Tracy (Jack Kelly) and the cast of “Newsies”

5 Reasons to Visit the John W. Engeman Theater This Summer

By: Iris Wiener

August 9, 2018:  The John W. Engeman Theater of Northport is often called the Broadway of Long Island for a reason. The mainstay is consistent with the Great White Way’s glamour, talent and charm, while one-upping it in intimacy. Here is a glimpse at why this summer is the perfect time to get to know why Long Islanders are staying close to home (and New Yorkers are venturing east) to get their entertainment:

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Reviews

Less Than 50% ***1/2   

Hannah Hale, Gianmarco Soresi

By: Paulanne Simmons

August 7, 2018:  Statistically, less than fifty present of marriages in America will end in “death do us part.” This depressing prediction is the theoretical basis for Gianmarco Soresi’s semi-autobiographical show now at 59E59 Theaters. Less Than 50% is directed by Jen Wineman, and features Soresi as himself and Hannah Hale as his long-suffering on-again-off again girlfriend, Laura.

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Reviews

Evita ****1/2

Arianna Rosario

Evita Soars at Bay Street Theater
Thrilling revival of classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical soars at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

By: Patrick Christiano

August 5, 2018:  The thrilling revival of Evita, the classic biography of Eva Peron with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, soars through the rafters at Bay Street with a luminous staging by Will Pomerantz, also the Associate Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater.  He impeccably incorporates every element into a visually lush evening that scores emotionally as well as musically. His Latin American cast is sensational led by a radiant Arianna Rosario as Eva, with a sensual Trent Saunders as Che and a strong Omar Lopez-Cepero as Peron. Pomerantz has able assistance from Marcos Santana’s spirited choreography, and Anna Louizos’ imaginative set that transforms the theater into a working-class tango bar in Buenos Aires circa 1962.

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Evita Opening Night

Omar Lopez-Ceperp, Arianna Rosario, Will Pomerantz

August 4, 2018:  Opening Night Photos at Bay Street Theater’s “Thrilling” production of Andrew Llyod Webber’s Evita, now playing in Sag Harbor.

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Evita will run at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor through September 2.   To purchase tickets or for more information call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or purchase online at www.baystreet.org

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

Head Over Heels **** Twelfth Night **** Fiddler on the Roof **** This Ain’t No Disco **

Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Mulligan, Peppermint, Tom Alan Robins, Alexandra Socha, Rachel York in “Head Over Heels”

By: David Sheward

August 4, 2018:  A quartet of musical productions on and Off-Broadway mash up musical styles, time periods, and cultural perspectives. Three of these blenderizings result in diverse delight, while one produces a pulpy mess. Head Over Heels on Broadway and a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Central Park employ Elizabethan romantic romps as their template and deliver modern messages of inclusion while a Yiddish-language staging offers a new and moving view of the beloved Fiddler on the Roof.

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Around The Town

Avenue Q @ Feinstein’s 54 Below

(Rod) John Tartaglia

Feinstein’s 54 Below celebrated the 15th Anniversary of Tony Award winning AVENUE Q. 

August 2, 2018:  The original cast and creators of Avenue Q, 15 years after their Broadway opening night, revisited the songs, stories, and memories that the show has provided over the last decade and a half. They were joined by friends – both human and felt – from throughout the show’s incredible run.

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