Cole Porter with Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

5 Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Cole Porter with Harry Connick Jr.

By: Iris Wiener

1.      Harry Connick Jr. has an appreciation for Cole Porter that is unmatched by other artists. He recently released an album of Porter songs called “True Love,” but his new Broadway show surpasses the content on the album. The show, Harry Connick Jr.: A Celebration of Cole Porter, is a love letter to the late pianist and songwriter, both written and directed by Connick, who wears his heart on his sleeve at all turns.

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Love Actually

Eric Peters, Kayla Catan

Five Reasons Why the Unauthorized Parody Love Actually is Actually Quite Lovely

By: Iris Wiener

December 16, 2019: Taking in a sickeningly sweet romantic comedy is so last year. Unsurprisingly, Tobly and Bob McSmith, the brilliant, quick-thinking minds behind Bayside! The Musical!, Showgirls! The Musical! and The Office! A Musical Parody, have concocted an epically funny gift to New York with Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody. Now running at the Jerry Orbach Theater at the Theater Center, the musical is a send-up of the 2003 film in which a panoply of loosely written relationships are explored with gooey, Christmas delight. The zany musical cleverly takes aim at the film’s most clichéd, cheesy tropes. Though there are many reasons to treat oneself to this gem, here are five:

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BroadwayHD Holiday Lineup

Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret”

Warm up the Holidays with the Hot new lineup of titles on BroadwayHD this December.

December 5, 2019:  BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, kicks off the month with the critically acclaimed musical film Cabaret starring Tony and Academy Award winner Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. Del Shores’ one-man-show, Six Characters in Search of a Play, Christopher Weldon’s exuberant three act ballet, Alice in Wonderland, Collins Meets Coward starring Joan Collinsas well as the acclaimed commentary program Stravinsky Staged: The Firebird and Les Noces ballets and St. Matthew Passion concert will be available on the streaming service this month making a perfect gift for you theater loving friends this season. 

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Halloween Treats Abound with October releases on BroadwayHD 

October 20, 2019:  BroadwayHD kicked off the month of October with a binge-worthy lineup of performances that are sure to excite audiences everywhere.  Leading the charge, just in time for Halloween, is the eerie classic Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetstarring Tony Award® winners Angela Lansbury and George Hearn as Mrs. Lovett and the vengeful Sweeney Todd.  On October 17th, Jekyll and Hyde, starring David Hasselhoff in his Broadway debut, made its way to the platform.  As part of BroadwayHD’s partnership with Stratford Festival, subscribers will have access to the critically-acclaimed Stratford Stage’s 2017 production of Macbeth on October 24thstarring Ian Lake and Krystin Pellerin.  Finally, on October 31st, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth McGovern star in a dramatic tale of love and loss in The Changeling

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The Pass

The Pass, a musical by Denise Marsa

October 11, 2019: It was 2016 and I was thinking about my life as a singer-songwriter and how it all started for me. I recalled pretending, at the age of 14, to play piano at my mom’s Art Deco vanity table, singing songs that popped into my head and sometimes writing down the words.

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Freestyle Love Supreme

Anthony Veneziale, Chris Sullivan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aneesa Folds

Five Reasons Why Freestyle Love Supreme is a Welcome Change for Broadway

By: Iris Wiener

            October 8, 2019: Before there was Hamilton and In the Heights there was Freestyle Love Supreme. An improvisation extravaganza created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale in 2004, the powerhouse team’s Freestyle Love Supreme combines music, humor, hip-hop and theatrics in an experience completely unique to any work ever to hit Broadway. Fresh and invigorating in its concept and execution, here is how it sticks out from the rest of what theater has to offer:

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Drama League

Bevin Ross


August 21, 2019: The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has named Bevin Ross its new Executive Director, joining Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks as Co-CEO of the 103-year-old theatre organization. The new appointment will expand the portfolio and reach of The Drama League as the first step in its new strategic plan, while allowing Mr. Stelian-Shanks, who formerly performed both roles for five seasons, to focus exclusively on the company’s expanding artistic programs for early, mid, and late career stage directors.

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The B-Side

The Wooster Group September 5–8, 2019

August 23, 2019: The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation is an original performance by The Wooster Group based on an LP of work songs, spirituals, and toasts recorded in 1964 in Texas’ then-segregated prison farms.

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The Secret Comedy of Women

By: Iris Wiener

July 26, 2019: The Secret Comedy of Women is an original comedic revue/sketch show written and performed by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, in which the truth, humor and zaniness in being female is not only recognized, but also celebrated. Now playing through August 11th at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street, Women features comedy, improvisation, audience participation, songs and videos. Here are five reasons why this show is an uplifting experience worth having:

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Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann’s Film Moulin Rouge! Comes to Broadway in $28-million Musical Spectacle Directed by Alex Timbers

By: Ellis Nassour 

July 25, 2019: Truth! Beauty! Freedom! Love!, the words of a Bohemian revolution in 1899, ring out again on Broadway, in two-time Tony winner Alex Timbers $28-million spectacular musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 international blockbuster Moulin Rouge! Conceived brilliantly on film by Luhrmann, it has made numerous lists of iconic movie musicals. Now, it’s getting a new life in a “spectacular spectacular” production onstage, billed as “a feast for the eyes, ears, and soul.” The musical opens Thursday, July 25, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Saturday Night Fever

Michael Notardonato (Tony Manero)

5 Reasons Why Saturday Night Fever is Sizzling

By: Iris Wiener

July 23, 2019: It’s a rare treat when a musical is successfully adapted from a film; John W. Engeman Theater’s Saturday Night Fever features enough intoxicating energy and bursting pizzazz that it doesn’t matter if Robert Stigwood’s adaptation is somewhat weak in story. Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, the show transports audiences back to the 1970s with as much glimmer and shine as the disco ball at the forefront of the stage. Featuring music by the Bee Gees, Fever is the story of Tony, a streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. Here are five reasons why the best treat you can give yourself this summer is a stop at Long Island’s theatrical mainstay:

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Kinky Boots on BroadwayHD

Hit Musical Begins Streaming Today after record breaking Broadway and West End runs.

July 15, 2019: BroadwayHD will exclusively present the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed musical Kinky Boots.  The award-winning production from Cyndi Lauper and legendary playwright Harvey Fierstein was filmed late last year at Adelphi Theater on London’s West End featuring two of the show’s original stars.

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George Salazar

George Salazar, Be More Chill ’s Michael in the Bathroom Has Gone as Fur as He C’n Go – at the Lyceum Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

June 25, 2019: George Salazar is co-starring, scene-stealing, and delivering a unique power ballad as Michael [the one locked in the bathroom] in Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s hilarious, mind-bending Sci-Fi musical paean to teenage angst. At the 115-year-old Lyceum, to borrow a few lyrics from Oklahoma! and Cats!, he’s “gone about as fur as he c’n go.” He’s up, up, up a rusted, narrow iron stairwell – almost to the Heaviside Layer! [of the flies], where in addition to a bird’s eye view of all that’s happening below, he’s created a very cozy dressing room surrounded by his colorful headband collection and art presented by his legion of fans.

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The cast and crew of Hadestown accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Hadestown honored with 8 Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s Biggest Night, while The Ferryman won 4 Awards, including Best Play.

By:  Patrick Christiano

June 10, 2019: The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden and televised live on CBS.  Possibly the biggest surprise of the evening was how handily Hadestown, a contemporary take on Greek mythology, nurtured by nonprofits,dominated the competition, The Prom, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, and Ain’t Too Proud, musicals developed by more commercial producers. Hadestown won 8 awards including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Music & Lyrics. The Ferryman, a British import about a family in Northern Ireland, won 4 Awards, including Best Play, and Best Director. The remaining awards were spread around with four shows winning two and seven shows winning only a single award. 

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2019 Tony Award Predictions

Hadestown, The Prom & Tootsie Vie for Broadway’s Top Prize on Sunday, June 9th live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City

By: Patrick Christiano

June 9, 2019: Tonight the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring the best of Broadway during the 2018-2019 season, will be presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden. The awards will be televised live on CBS from 8-11 pm EST, and will feature performances from many of the nominated shows including Tootsie, The Prom, The Cher Show, Ain’t Too Proud, Choir Boy, Hadestown, Kiss Me Kate and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.

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