Phantom of the Opera

Another Milestone for Phantom of the Opera: 29 Years on Broadway

By: Ellis Nassour

Andrew Lloyd Webber is having quite a theater season. It’s nothing new to him. This season, however, is quite special. With his newest show, School of Rock, written with Glen Slater and book adapted from the film by, he’s going to have four musicals on Broadway. A new production of Tony-winning Best Musical Cats has returned for its first revival since closing in September 2000 after 7, 485 performances over 18 years.

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James Monroe Iglehart Stops at NJPAC Before Heading to Hamilton

By: Iris Wiener

Can’t wait to see Aladdin’s Genie swap his magic for beats when he moves to Hamilton in August? The original cast member of Memphis makes his way to NJPAC on Saturday, January 28th, in an intimate setting akin to that of 54 Below, where he sold out houses with his cabaret show, How the Heck Did I Get Here

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2017 Academy Awards Nominations

By: Ellis Nassour

They’re off and running! Awards season is officially underway. The Oscars are coming! The Oscars are coming! The Golden Globes have spoken, but now it’s time for golden Oscar to add his stamp of approval. Weekend after weekend, acclaimed films have hit theatres, but throughout the year several excellent films made big splashes at cineplex box offices. A couple of them, especially Hell or High Water, haven’t been forgotten by the nominators.

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Betty Buckley

Betty Buckley in Tight Squeeze in M. Night Shyamalan Blockbuster Thriller Split

By: Ellis Nassour

After the roll-out of studio prestige films from just after Halloween through New Year’s, so they qualify for nominations, you don’t expect much in the way of exciting films in January. Guess what? There’s always an exception.

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Remembering Debbie Reynolds

Remembering Almost Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds

By: Ellis Nassour

In 2009, legendary film star Debbie Reynolds returned to New York for her first professional appearance in over 25 years — performing her celebrated nightclub act that June at the Café Carlyle.

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Gypsy

Curtain Up on Imelda Staunton in Olivier Winning London Production of Gypsy – November 11 on PBS

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Asbury Short Film Concert

By: Isa Goldberg

Thirty five years ago, the Asbury Shorts Film Concert was just a fledgling effort, a dream to celebrate a genre, which much like TV commercials, can take days of planning, shooting and reshooting before anything even reaches the cutting room table. Then, gosh! Who knows what will happen next. While starting a business in TV commercial production, Doug LeClaire developed a fascination with shorts for their ability to achieve purity through brevity. “Even though they’re over with quickly, these films create long lasting impressions,” he observed, impressions that stayed with him long after the movie ended.

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Golden Boy

Golden Boy Fights Parkinson’s  

By: Paulanne Simmons

In 1937, after a stint in Hollywood that caused him to question his own complicity in a world that valued materialism over art, Clifford Odets wrote Golden Boy to create a hit that would support the Group Theatre, the company that had supported his earliest efforts. This classic drama about a talented musician, Joe Bonaparte, who is torn between the violin and the boxing ring, is a timeless struggle between who we are and what society wants us to be. 

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Wizard of Oz @ Harlem Rep

Harlem Repertory Theatre Presents Wizard of Oz Adaptation for Audience of All Ages, October 8 – December 13

By: Ellis Nassour

If you only had a brain [and you do], you’ll be off to see the Wizard on the Yellow Brick Road uptown to Harlem Repertory Theatre. Their special “zippy one-hour” version of The Wizard of Oz “for young and young-at-heart audiences,” will play six matinees and one evening performance October 8 – December 13 at Tato Laviera Theatre at Harlem Prep Elementary School [240 East 123rd Street at Third Avenue/Manhattan]. 


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