Escape To Margaritaville

Lisa Howard as Tammy, Alison Luff as Rache, Paul Alexander Nolan as Tully and Eric Petersen as Brick in “Escape to Margaritaville”.

5 Reasons Not to Escape From Margaritaville

By: Iris Wiener

Yes, it was completely shut out of the Tony Awards race, and yes, critics have not been incredibly kind to the Jimmy Buffett extravaganza, and it is with good reason. Due in large part to a highly problematic, lazy book from television vets Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, Escape to Margaritaville is a scatterbrained, hallucinatory hodgepodge of nonsensical mayhem. However, its few redeeming qualities are like diamonds in the ruff, thus deserving recognition. Here, we celebrate these gems:

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Chicago Lyric Opera Presents North American Premiere of London’s 2017 Olivier-winner Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

By: Ellis Nassour

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening. The buzz right now is at Chicago Lyric Opera (20 North Wacker Drive) where the much-lauded house, soon to celebrate its 65th anniversary, is presenting the North American premiere of the Regent’s Park 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, through May 20. The production also won the 2016 Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical [voted by listeners].

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2018 Olivier Awards

Hamilton, Angels Score at the 2018 Oliver Awards

By: Ellis Nassour

At the 2018 Olivier Awards, held in massive Royal Albert Hall, it was no surprise that Hamilton and Angels in America scored big. The musical captured seven of its record 13 nominations.

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The Sting @ Paper Mill Playhouse

Broadway-Bound The Sting, Starring Harry Connick Jr.,
Receives Rousing Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse

By: Ellis Nassour

April 10, 2018 – Is Broadway ready for a high stakes street con? No, not the three-card monte of days gone by, but a rousing singing and dancing one in the era where smoke-filled  gin and jazz joints and sleazy bawdy houses reigned, the house always won, and the crap game dice were loaded. 

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Warren Carlyle

Warren Carlyle: Living the Dream and Going Places – For Now, Segueing from Hello, Dolly! to the Premiere of  The Sting

By: Ellis Nassour

British-born choreographer/ director Warren Carlyle says, “Every day I pinch myself. It’s a wonder I’m not black and blue. I can’t believe it’s not the dream I spent my life dreaming.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert: a Colossal, Moving, and Defining Project for TV

By: Ellis Nassour

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has stated, “Jesus Christ Superstar has always been at its best when it’s presented live and close to a rock concert.”

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Jesus Christ Superstar Part Two


            Part Two
     By: Ellis Nassour

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber worked in earnest on the Jesus Christ project. From the very beginning Lloyd Webber knew what he wanted. It would be a mash-up: a fusion of symphony orchestra, rock, and soul. But first they needed capital and a label.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Part One


                  Part One
          By: Ellis Nassour

With the 1968 release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, not only a mega sales blockbuster but also the album that changed the course of rock music, every record label was looking for another Beatles.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

NBC Presents Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Career Prior to Easter Sunday Live Telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar

By: Ellis Nassour

Ten-time Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe winner John Legend, who was handpicked to play the coveted role of Jesus in NBC’s live Easter Sunday telecast of the landmark Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, joins Tony-winner Glenn Close and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda in Wednesday’s one-hour special Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar, 10 P.M. Eastern. Jesus Christ Superstar Live! airs Sunday in a two-hour-and-20-minute telecast from Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Marcy Armory at 8 P.M.

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Goldstein

Megan McGinnis, Jim Stanek, Amie Bermowitz, Aaron Galligan-Stierle

GOLDSTEIN, a new musical about family with music and lyrics by Michael Roberts and a book by Charlie Schulman will open Off Broadway on  Thursday, April 5th at the Actors Temple Theatre (339 West 47 St -between 8th and 9th Avenues). Previews begin Monday, March 26th.  GOLDSTEIN is directed by Brad Rouse, with musical staging by Sarah O’Gleby.  Tickets are $79 and are available by visiting www.Goldsteinmusical.com  or by calling (212) 239-6200.   

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Remembering Harvey Schmidt

Remembering Harvey Schmidt: Composer of The Fantasticks

By: Ellis Nassour

Harvey Schmidt of the composing team Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt died Wednesday at his longtime home in Tomball, TX. He was 88. The duo created the longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks, which ran 42 years Off Broadway and was revived Off Broadway in July 2006 – June 2017; the Broadway musicals 110 in the Shade, I Do, I Do, and Celebration, and Off Broadway’s Road Side.

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The 90th Academy Awards

The Best of 2017 Vie for the Gold at the Very Diverse 90th Academy Awards Telecast Sunday on ABC

By: Ellis Nassour

The 90th Academy Awards will telecast live by ABC from L.A.’s Dolby Theatre Sunday, again hosted by late night’s Jimmy Kimmel and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at 6:30 P.M. (Eastern) [Red Carpet] with a gala start at 8 P.M. The Awards will be seen or streamed live or via tape delay in more than 225 countries. This being the 90th annual awards, there’ll surely be a lot of movie history. Undoubtedly, filled as ever with glitz and bejeweled and high coutured glamour, it will run until close to midnight.

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Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga: Celebrating 40 Years Onstage – from Li’l Orphan Annie, Vietnamese War Orphan, Disney Princess, and Now Love Goddess

By: Ellis Nassour

Olivier and Tony Award winner, “Disney princess,” recording artist, and international concert star Lea Salonga has returned to Broadway in the breathtakingly imaginative revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once On This Island, set on a Caribbean island “at the mercy of the wind and sea” with the lure of tropical and voodoo rhythms..

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