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Liza Minnelli

LIZA MINNELLI DELIVERS ANOTHER CAREER-DEFINING PERFORMANCE

MINNELLI TEAMS WITH WYNTON MARSALIS ON "UNTIL THE END"
WRITTEN BY ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINATED COMPOSER AND PRODUCER J. RALPH

Liza Minnelli: Photo: Barry GordinLiza Minnelli: Photo: Barry Gordin
Lava Records will release "Until The End," a new song from Liza Minnelli and Wynton Marsalis on Tuesday, December 2nd on iTunes. The original duet was written and produced by Academy-Award nominated composer J. Ralph for the Garnet's Gold Original Motion Picture Sountrack.

"I was delighted when J. Ralph first told me he had written a song with me in mind and when I heard it I knew he meant it. It reminded me of some of the best songs I've recorded over the years," said Minnelli.

Reviews

Ann Hampton Callaway

                      Ann Hampton Callaway "Turning Points"
                            Cabaret Review by Sandi Durell

Why do we sit in cabarets and clubs? We hope to hear and see a performer confident and talented enough to bare one's inner-most secrets and reveal their soul - the beauty and depth deep down Ann Hampton Callaway: Photo: Sandi DurellAnn Hampton Callaway: Photo: Sandi Durellinside that says this is why I'm unique, this is why I sing. It's not too often the experience is rewarded with this truth.

Tony Nominated and Platinum Award-winning songwriter, Ann Hampton Callaway is this performer in "Turning Points," her most personal show, that opened on November 23rdat 54 Below. With joy, with pain, with resilience and love, she reveals her life from childhood days growing up in Chicago, and so much more.

Interviews

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth Returns to Her Roots for Hometown Concert on CD and a Thanksgiving Special on PBS November 28

           By: Ellis Nassour

Tony and Emmy winner and "the li'l darling of Broadway" Kristin Chenoweth brings her myriad talents to a new CD, Coming Home [Concord Records] and this weekend [November 28 at 8 P.M.] in a Thanksgiving special on PBS, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, directed by Kenny Ortega.

Said to have "one of the most captivating voices ever to grace a Broadway stage," Chenoweth returned home to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where she was raised - adopted as an infant with Southern and Midwestern family values. She grew up singing in her church choir.

Reviews

Side Show *** Allegro ***

                                     By: David Sheward
Two cult musicals which didn't achieve long runs in their original Broadway productions have resurfaced in radically new interpretations. Both highlight the shows' strengths and their directors have found new insights, but neither production totally overcomes the scripts' basic weaknesses. Side Show, on Broadway at the St. James, has been substantially rewritten since its 1997 edition and Allegro, a Rodgers and Hammerstein curio from 1947, is being given the John Doyle treatment with the cast playing the instruments in a limited Off-Broadway run at Classic Stage Company.

Reviews

The River ** Lost Lake ***

By: David Sheward
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On the surface, The River and Lost Lake have a great deal in common. Both are named for bodies of water, are set in a rustic, remote cabins, sport small casts and run about 90 minutes with no intermission. In addition, neither is a masterwork, but on closer examination, they couldn't be more different. River is a Broadway commercial vehicle with London snob-appeal license plates driven by a Tony-winning star. Lake is a new play with a somewhat cliched plot in a small Off-Broadway theater with two respected but not ballyhooed actors (despite one being an Oscar nominee), yet it's the more satisfying evening of theater. River is pretentious and overblown while Lake is truthful if flawed.

Around The Town

The Vendettas @ Bay Street

    THE VENDETTAS ROCK AND ROLL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts announced that THE VENDETTAS: ROCK AND ROLL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR will
be held on Sunday, December 21 at 7 pm.

One of Long Island's favorite Rockabilly bands, The Vendettas, will perform a show that features great rocking holiday hits as well as plenty of Roots Rock and Roll, which The Vendettas are known for. The evening also includes The Holiday Horns, Pianist Mike Ryan and vocalist Erin Doherty, which makes it a great holiday event for the whole family!

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Mike Nichols 1931-2014

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014
AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF LEGENDARY DIRECTOR MIKE NICHOLS

The Broadway community mourns the loss of acclaimed director, producer, writer, and performer Mike Nichols, who passed away on Wednesday evening at age 83. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Friday, November 21st, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer at the 2012 Tony Awards: Photo: Barry GordinMike Nichols and Diane Sawyer at the 2012 Tony Awards: Photo: Barry Gordin

Reviews

I See You ***1/2

                I  SEE YOU @ The Flea
                 By: Patrick Christiano
The Flea is presenting the World Premiere of I SEE YOU, a smart new romantic comedy by Kate Robin, nicely directed by Flea Artistic Director Jim Simpson Stephen Barker Turner, Danielle SlavickStephen Barker Turner, Danielle Slavickon a simple brightly lit set that revolves, reflecting the banality in our ever turning world. I SEE YOU is an appealing two character study that brings together a stay-at-home dad Jesse, played by Stephen Barker Turner and a neurotic disaster predicting mom Nina, played by Danielle Slavick.

 

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BAC Family Fundraiser

The Big Apple Circus November 22 Holiday Season Benefit Is a Huge Family Fun Event

                    By: Ellis Nassour

The Big Apple Circus, which has soared back into Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park for its 37th season with its new edition Metamorphosis, running through January 11, has something big planned for Saturday with its annual Big Apple Circus Holiday Season Family Benefit. This event, designed for everyone in the family, is the perfect holiday gift.

Gordin's View

"I See You" Opens @ The Flea

The Flea is presenting the World Premiere of I SEE YOU, a romantic comedy by Kate Robin, directed by FPlaywright Kate Robin, Director Jim SimpsonPlaywright Kate Robin, Director Jim Simpsonlea Artistic Director Jim Simpson. I SEE YOU opened on Sunday November 16 after beginning previews on November 7 for a limited run Off-Broadway through December 21.

The appealing two character study brings together a stay-at-home dad Jesse, played by Stephen Barker Turner, and a neurotic disaster predicting mom Nina, played by Danielle Slavick. Jesse is a totally disengaged parent, who crosses paths with Nina, an over reactive mother. She fears that things are spinning out control and the world, as we know it, is headed for disaster. Everything is dangerous and people today have lost the art of communication with their heads buried in their electronic devices exposing themselves to wireless radiation.

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Jamie deRoy @ Metropolitan

Popular Cabaret Show, Jamie deRoy & friends,  never fails to surprise while winning new devotees.



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The long running Cabaret Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, played a sold out engagement at the Metropolitan Room on November 15, 2014. The highly entertaining evening was full of delightful surprises, especially Daniel Cainer, who reprised songs from his show "The Jewish Chronicles," which recently closed at the SoHo Playhouse.  His smart and funny original songs were one of the evening's highlights along with The Shapiro Sisters, the adorable 12 and 14 year old singers, who are pure dynamite.



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Mountainfilm 2014

You'll Ride Every Bull, Climb Every Mountain at Film Society's Mountainfilm 2014

                         By: Ellis Nassour
Even if you are afraid of heights, there's something for everyone at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Fifth Annual Mountainfilm 2014, November 21-23. The weekend will be filled with some dizzying, high-riding adventure, and high-minded documentaries. A couple border on feature film. Two that were advance-screened are in the don't miss category.

Films will be screened at the FSCLC's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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Drama Desk Meeting 2014

The Drama Desk hosted their first membership meeting of the new season at the Travel Inn near Theater Row. The newly elected President, Charles Wright, a long-time Drama DesIsa Goldberg, Charles WrightIsa Goldberg, Charles Wrightk member and former treasurer, graciously presided over the meeting. William Wolf, a former President, presented a special tribute honoring long time member Margaret Croyden for her years of service and her outstanding coverage of New York theater. The board recognized outgoing President Isa Goldberg, who serviced for the past four years, and Barbara Siegel, the nominating committee chair, gave a report on the nominating committee and presented the members for the season. Gretchen Shugart CEO/TheaterMania was also on hand with updates on the upcoming Drama Desk season.

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Actor's Temple Benefit

Broadway-bound Musical Song of Solomon Has One-Night-Only Preview to Benefit Actor's Temple

        By: Ellis Nassour
Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen's Broadway-bound musical,"Song of Solomon, an epic romance based on the biblical tale set in ancient Israel, will have a one-night-only preview November 17 at 7:45 P.M. to benefit the historic Actors' Temple [339 West 47th Street].

Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli (upcoming revival Elf, original Jekyll & Hyde, Spider- Man: Turn Off the Dark) has captured the lead role of king of Israel, with Ann McCormack as Almah [the young love of his life], Jesse Manocherian (Parade) as Ruben and the Narrator. The musical takes place over seven years from the court of Solomon to the new temple.

Reviews

Sticks and Bones *** Lips Together, Teeth Apart **

                       By: David Sheward
A pair of Off-Broadway revivals offers American theater's response to two of the most difficult moments in our recent history: the Vietnam War and the AIDS crisis. Both cataclysmic events forced average Holly Hunter, Bill PullmanHolly Hunter, Bill PullmanAmericans to confront the "other." In the early 1970s, a brutal foreign war was being fought in our living rooms and veterans were bringing home its traumas. Twenty years later, a ravaging plague decimated a largely ignored segment of the population and gay activists were demanding attention be paid.