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On The Twentieth Century ****1/2

                                     By: David Sheward
OK, let's just get this out of the way. Kristin Chenoweth is a goddess. Helen Mirren may be playing the Queen of England in The Audience, but in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of On the Twentieth Century, the 1978 screwball musical, Chenoweth is the Queen of Broadway. As the magnificently vain movie star Lily Garland, Chenoweth displays the rubber-faced antics of Carol Burnett, the vocal calisthenics of Audra McDonald, the timing of Estelle Getty on Golden Girls, and the versatility and quick-change artistry of Jefferson Mays of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Kristin Chenoweth, Andy KarlKristin Chenoweth, Andy Karl

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Broadway By The Year

Broadway by the Year Salutes Another Quarter Century of Musicals: 1941-1965

              By: Ellis Nassour

The great Hollywood dream factory, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ([M-G-M)'s famous boast was it had on its roster "More stars than there are in the heavens!"

Heck, that ain't nothin' compared to Town Hall and impresario Scott "The Host with the Most" Siegel's Broadway by the Year(s) boast: 100 Years of Broadway Musicals in one season!

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Musical Tribute to Sondheim

Disney Celebrated Blu-Ray Release of Into the Woods with Sondheim Musical Tribute                                 
                                                     Ellis Nassour

In celebration of the March 24th in-home Blu-ray debut of Into the Woods, an all-star line-up of Broadway performers uniteCatherine WalkerCatherine Walkerd Sunday to honor legendary composer, Stephen Sondheim on his 85th birthday at Club 42 West in the Out Hotel. The concert celebrated the journey of Woods and Sondheim from stage to screen.

Performances included music from Into the Woods as well as other Sondheim classics sung by feature film talent and Broadway talent. Musical director was Michael J. Moritz Jr.

 

Performances included:

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The Heidi Chronicles **1/2

                           By: David Sheward
When The Heidi Chronicles opened Off-Broadway in 1988 and then transferred to Broadway a year later, it perfectly caElizabeth Moss, Jason BiggsElizabeth Moss, Jason Biggsptured its historical moment. Wendy Wassterstein's bittersweet survey of one woman's journey through social upheavals, female empowerment, sexual revolutions, and the morning after evaluated the impact of the feminist movement with equal measures of humanity, humor and sorrow. Heidi Holland, the heroine not unlike Wasserstein, is in the generation between housewives and "have-it-all" superwomen.

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Film Society/MoMA

Film Society/MoMA's 44th Annual New Directors/New Films Series in Last Week

                                              By: Ellis Nassour
For 44 years the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films series, dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging filmmakers, has been a rite of spring, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. The final week of the series ends March 29. There are four to eight screenings daily. Many selections are North American and U.S. Premieres.

Thrillers, comedy, drama, documentaries, and shorts are among the 23 remaining films, many with two showings, along with programs of shorts. Many showings have Q&As with creative teams.

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"HAND TO GOD" Celebration

37 OR 38 PRODUCTIONS
(DOES "WOLF HALL" COUNT AS 1 OR 2 SHOWS?)
MAKE UP THE COMPLETE 2014-2015 BROADWAY SEASON

IN CELEBRATION OF THE SEASON, BROADWAY'S  "H A N D T O G O D "
OFFERS $37.50 TICKETS FOR PREVIEWS PERFORMANCES
MARCH 23 THROUGH APRIL 6

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"It Shoulda Been You" Arrives

THE WEDDING PARTY ARRIVES!
It Shoulda Been You, the new musical comedy directed by David Hyde Pierce in his Broadway directorial debut, begins performances on Tuesday, March 17, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). With an original book & lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi, It Shoulda Been You puts a refreshingly modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it's all relative.  It Shoulda Been You, will have its official opening night on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

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Great Performances at the Met

Let's Go to the Opera: Great Performances at the Met on PBS

                                        By: Ellis Nassour
The Met's acclaimed production of Rossini's classic comic gem Il Barbiere di Siviglia, featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera, returns to PBS and Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, March 22 at 12:30 P.M. on THIRTEEN in a staging by Bartlett Sher (LCT's The King and I, South Pacific).

Cesare Sterbini's Italian libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais' 1775 Figaro trilogy of plays. The opera premièred under the title Almaviva, o sia L'inutile precauzione in1816 at Rome's Teatro Argentina.

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"Into The Woods" DVD Launch

Disney Launches DVD of Film Adaptation of Sondheim's Into the Woods with Great Fanfare
                By: Ellis Nassour

Who could have said or sung it better than Cinderella herself: "A dream is a wish your heart makes come true." And if you've been wishing upon a star since 1987 to have a stunning keepsake of Sondheim's beloved classic Into the Woods, your dream, your wish has come true. Disney's film adaptation by James Lapine [who directed the original Broadway musical] and directed by Rob Marshall (Oscar-winning Chicago film adaption) is now a wonderful gift for perennial viewing for every adult and young adult theater lover [Disney Home Entertainment; Blu-ray combo pack; SRP $40; 125 minutes].

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Lonesome Traveler Opens

59E59 Theaters wraps up the inaugural 5A Season with the musical LONESOME TRAVELER
59E59 Theaters welcomed the final production of the inaugural 5A Season, the NYC premiere of LON
Anthony Manough, Jamie Drake, James O'NeilAnthony Manough, Jamie Drake, James O'NeilESOME TRAVELER, written and directed by James O'Neil, which opened last night in a sensational production that is highly recommended for any fan of the history of folk music. LONESOME TRAVELER celebrates the enduring popularity of folk music, giving the audience a revealing perspective on the roots forever embedded in our culture. This thrilling musical journey traces the music from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco.

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Mystery of Love and Sex ***

                                            By: David Sheward

Bathesheba Doran attempts to recreate the messiness of modern life and relations with her awkwardly titled, sometimes maddening, sometimes endearing play The Mystery of Love & Sex at Lincoln Center's Off-Broadway Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. At times it feels as if she's created a cross-section of American society with four characters representing our divergent strains of race, class, religion, and sexuality and then mixing them up just to see what happens. She also indulges in over-the-top melodrama and plotting here and there with more than a little gratuitous nudity, but there are poignant observations and heartbreaking moments.
Mamoudou Athie, Tony ShalhoubMamoudou Athie, Tony Shalhoub

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The Audience ***

            By: David Sheward

Helen MirrenHelen MirrenThe Audience, Peter Morgan's play about Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers, begins with the ever-so-upper-crust Geoffrey Beevers acting as combination tour guide and Buckingham Palace major-domo of protocol. He explains the concept of the weekly meetings between the sovereign and the head of her government, and describes the royal room in which these confabs take place with loving attention paid to the furniture's period and makers. As Bob Crowley's elegant set rolls in, we transition into the first of many short vignettes depicting these historic encounters, with Helen Mirren and Dylan Baker accurately made up and costumed to resemble Her Highness and John Major, Conservative PM, 1990-97.

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Lonesome Traveler *****

                                     By: Paulanne Simmons
If you'd like to take a musical journey, there's none better than the one offered by James O'Neil's Lonesome Traveler: A Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk. More of a folk concert than a play, the show features nine singer/musicians who take the audience from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco as they dramatize the key moments in the American folk music revival.
Sylvie Davidson, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Justin Flagg, Matty CharlesSylvie Davidson, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Justin Flagg, Matty Charles

 

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"The Feast" Opens @ The Flea

The Flea Theater is presenting the World Premiere of Cory Finley's THE FEAST, directed by Flea resident director Courtney Ulrich. In the eerie comedy about what is rDonaldo Prescod, Marlowe Holden, Ivan DolidoDonaldo Prescod, Marlowe Holden, Ivan Dolidoeal and what is not, Matt and Anna's relationship is going beautifully until the sewers under their apartment open up and begin to speak. We discover the plumber is angry, Matt's paintings are getting stranger, and a storm is brewing in their relationship. Who knows what is real and what isn't?

The production features Ivan Dolido and Marlowe Holden as Matt and Anna, the couple who struggle with their relationship. Donaldo Prescod plays the other man in Anna's life, the plumber, and a therapist. The fast paced comedy delivers the laughs as well as the chills.

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"Paint Your Wagon" @ Encores!

City Center Encores! Presents Keith Carradine in Lerner and Loewe's
Paint Your Wagon

                     By: Ellis Nassour


Keith Carradine stars in Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon, the second production of City Center's 2015 Encores! season, running for seven performances, March 18 - 22. The 1951 musical, which has never been revived, was a rousing adventure and love story set against the mad Northern California Gold Rush of 1853 and prospector Ben Rumson, along with daughter Jennifer, dreaming of striking the mother lode.

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Finding Neverland

THE ENCHANTING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL FINDING NEVERLAND
A  TALE OF HOW PETER BECAME PAN BEGINS PERFORMANCES THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15
, 2015.
Click Here For More InformationClick Here For More InformationFINDING NEVERLAND is the new Broadway musical that tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin. on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same htaking show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer - and the myoung

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Drescher Joins Cinderella in LA


Two-time Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joins the cast of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Drescher will reprise the role of the wicked stepmother, 'Madame', a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut.

From the creators of "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music," "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" begins performances on March 17, opens Wednesday, March 18 and continues through April 26, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

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C.O.A.L Opening @ 59E59

C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar), an award winning play by David Brian Colbert and produced by Mary J. Davis and David Brian Colbert, Jackson TannerDavid Brian Colbert, Jackson TannerMBL Productions opened at 59E59 Theaters on Wednesday Mary 11, 2015. The play directed by Craig Baldwin delves into the lies we tell ourselves and others, the lies we tell just to make it through the day. Coal, a singular character, is portrayed by four actors taking on the colorful roles of Man, Woman, Girl, and Boy played respectively by David Brian Colbert, Lisa Bostnar, Mirirai Sithold, and Jackson Tanner. Coal is a charming liar who revisits his life in a small West Virginia town attempting to come to terms with the lies he has told to change the truth.

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Hamilton ****

                                     By: David Sheward
American history gets a vigorous shot in the arm with Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's bracing new musical about the most abrasive of our founding fathers, now playing at the Public Theater. You could argue, and Miranda does, that outside of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton was the key figure in the birth of our new nation. Scrappy, ambitious, and sometimes obnoxious, he didn't care whom he offended as he fought at Washington's side and instituted the national debt as a means of financing our government. After being disgraced by a sexual scandal, he famously dueled with the power-hungry Vice-President Aaron Burr and lost his life at 47.
Carleigh Bettiol, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony RamosCarleigh Bettiol, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos

 

 

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Shut Up Sit Down & Eat ***1/2

                                   By: Paulanne Simmons
Contrary to its title, Shut Up Sit Down & Eat has little to do with consuming a meal. The comedy, which has returned to the Snapple Center, is about three Italian men (Eric Tartaglione, Joe Moffa, Chris Monty) waiting in a therapists outer office, and one woman (Tina Giorgi), who unbeknownst to them, is the very therapist they are scheduled to see.

Directed by Eve Brandstein, the show, which was co-written by the performers, moves quickly through its 90-minute running time. The characters do interact from time to time, but the show is mostly made up of monologues directed to the audience. And although the humor plays upon every known Italian stereotype, it is quite funny at times.