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Chatting With The Tea Party

Chatting With The Tea Party ****   By: Lauren Yarger

What's It All About?

Playwright Rich Orloff (Funny As A Crutch), a self admitted pretty liberal New Yorker, realized that while he didn't like a lot of what the Tea Party stood for, he didn't actually know anyone who was a member of it. Driven by a desire to answer the question "Who are these people?" Orloff conducted  more than 63 hours of interviews with leaders of more than 20 Tea Party groups around the country.


James Dean Part 1

James Dean: Remembering the Screen Legend On What Would
Be His 85
th Birthday  == Part One ==

By: Ellis Nassour

“Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be,” James Dean has been quoted saying. “Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.” Another time, he stated, “The only success, the only greatness is immortality.”

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Kids' Night Out On Broadway

A Special 20th Anniversary Birthday Party Celebrates Kids' Night On Broadway at Sardis at 4pm on Tuesday February 9, 2016

The most talented kids in NYC celebrate a milestone. KID CAST MEMBERS FROM BROADWAY SHOWS: Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, The King and I, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Matilda, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, and Tuck Everlasting (subject to change) will come out to celebrate at Sardis tomorrow at 4pm.



Snow White ***1/2

SNOW WHITE @ Minetta Lane
Austin McCormick’s Avant-Garde Snow White Opens for a run through March 12

By: Patrick Christiano

Company XIV is presenting the adult only world premiere of Snow White, conceived, directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick. Snow White, inspired by the Brothers Grimm, is an inventive re-visioning of the beloved fairy tale. McCormick and company’s avant-garde Snow White is an erotic and sensual display that blends circus, opera, dance, theatre, music, high fashion with sumptuously lavish design into a provocative Off Broadway production.
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Hail, Ceasar! ***

Coen Brothers Salute Hollywood’s Golden Age in Comic Film Noir Hail, Caesar! Which Never Adds Up to the Sum of Its Parts

By: Ellis Nassour

Hurrah for Hollywood Babylon! The Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! (Universal Pictures) is one for movie buffs, especially those of a certain age. They may remember the vicious M-G-M star hand-holder Eddie Mannix, who in the 40s/50s fixed, covered up, and bribed to keep the sanctity of marquee names intact. He wasn’t one to be ignored; but, here, he’s portrayed much nicer, caring, religious, and at “Capitol” Pictures. 


Maria Stuarda ****

By: David Sheward
Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda"

A cry of despair arose from the audience at th
e Metropolitan Opera when the stage manager appeared before the curtain rose on Donizetti’s 1835 Maria Stuarda and announced that soprano Sondra Radvanovsky would still be playing the title role but that she had been suffering from a cold. No one need have worried. Though Radvanovsky’s upper registers have a Callas-like acidity, she delivers an intense and passionate performance of the martyred monarch.

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Adrienne Haan

The Metropolitan Room welcomes back International Chanteuse Adrienne Haan in Berlin to Broadway-Transatlanticon Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 7:00pm as part of Cabaret Scenes International Cabaret Festival.  

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James Corden to Host Tony's

 The Tony Awards announced today that James Corden of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” will host  the 70th Annual Tony® Awards live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Sunday, June 12 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will be Corden’s first time hosting the Tonys. He won a Tony Award in 2012 for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors.” The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. 


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Alan Cumming

Alan_Cumming_-_Carnegie_Hall_Photo_A_-_Credit_is_Steve_VaccarielloKRISTIN CHENOWETH, the Tony Award winning star of stage and screen, will join ALAN CUMMINNG as a special guest for his headlining debut at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 8 at 8:00 PM. The pair recently served as co-hosts for the 2015 Tony Awards. Producer Daniel Nardicio is presenting the eclectic and electric Tony Award-winning performer in Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends,alsofeaturing guest stars Darren Criss and Ricki Lake and a special performance by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus

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Barbara Siegel Tribute

Drama Desk Award recipient, Barbara Siegel, was celebrated at the Metropolitan Room with back to back Actors Fund Benefit Concerts.


Our Mother's Brief Affair **

                                                By: David Shewardseason-2015-16-headers
Linda Lavin

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Bonnie and Stewart Honored

        Tony Award winning producers’ new portrait unveiled at Sardi’s.

Tony Award winning producers, Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane, were honored with the unveiling of their new portrait at Sardi’s, where a champagne reception was hosted by the Actors Fund of America. The two have collectively produced more than 40 Broadway productions, winning 9 Tony awards between them. Stewart has 6 and Bonnie has 3 in addition to the 2013 Olivier Award for Irving Berlin’s Top Hat.


Tappin' Thru Life *****

The Tappin’ Life       By Paulanne Simmons

A good part of what makes Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life so memorable is the  great generosity Hines shows toward those who helped him on the way to becoming such an iconic song and dance man. His greatest praise goes to his parents, his father, his mother and his brother, all performers in their own right. 
Leo Manzari, Maurice Hines, John Manzari


School of Rock ****1/2

                      By: Paulanne Simmons

A rebellious musician dedicated to his art. Overprotected and harried children. Egotistical and clueless parents. There’s nothing particularly new in School of Rock, the new Broadway musical based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black as Dewey Finn, a frustrated rock singer and guitarist who masquerades as a substitute teacher in a tony private school. 

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Barbara Siegel Honored

Two Actors Fund Benefit Concerts Will Honor Barbara Siegel at the Metropolitan Room on January 27th at 7pm & 9:30pm

                                      By: Patrick Christiano

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Weather Alert 1-24-16

         Sunday, January 24, 2016 9:45am
All Broadway shows are playing as scheduled, today, Sunday, January 24th.

Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, stated, "'The show must go on,' especially for the large percentage of our audience who come in from out of town to see a Broadway show and we don't want to disappoint them. As always, the safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone's primary concern."

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Broadway Cancelled 1-23-15

As a result of the ban on travel in New York and suspension of public transportation by government authorities and additional safety precautions implemented due to severe weather, all Broadway matinee and evening performances on Saturday, January 23rd, will be cancelled. 


Soul to Soul *****

                         By: Paulanne Simmons
African-American and Yiddish folk and theater music are connected in many ways. Not only have composers drawn inspiration and musical techniques from each other for at least a century in the United States; both African-American and Jewish singers have often leaped over cultural divides to perform songs from one another’s repertoire.
Tony-Magda-Elmore-2-768x530Tony Perry, Magda Fishman, Lisa Fishman


Bette Midler Returns

Bette Milder to Return to the Musical Stage in March 2017
in Hello, Dolly; Jerry Zaks to Direct, Warren Carlyle to Choreograph

        By: Ellis Nassour

It’ll be so nice to have Bette back where she belongs! Legendary composer Jerry Herman and prodigious theater and film producer Scott Rudin announced Bette Midler will return to Broadway in one of our most cherished musicals when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! The revival – the fifth since the original’s January 1964 opening – will be directed by four-time Tony and five-time Drama Desk winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony and DD winner Warren Carlyle.