Reviews

13

On Broadway 13 a smooth coming of age tale geared toward kids around that age performed by an entire cast of enthusiastic teenagers, including the onstage band, is one for the whole family. The show boasts some catchy tunes and several good performances by the youngsters. Based on the show’s slick marketing and packaging, the kids may already be chomping at the bit to see 13. The musical could easily be the opening for some serious heart to heart time with your kids about values, empathy and the effect of our choices.

 

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Features

HARLOLD PINTER DIES

Harold Pinter

The Noble prize winning British playwright Harold Pinter, acclaimed for his dark menacing stories of bleak lives, passed away at 78 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He won the Noble Prize for literature in 2005 and his acceptance speech at the time was most profound. Just this past season, Pinter was represented on Broadway with a star studded revival of his classic The Homecoming.

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Holiday Magic

Jamie deRoy, Lee Roy Reams, Loni Ackerman

Jamie deRoy & friends brought their charming "Holiday/Magic" to The Metropolitan Room where a host of talent including The Accidentals, Loni Ackerman, David Buskin, Julie Budd, Jake Holmes, Will & Anthony Nunziata, Oz Pearlman, Lee Roy Reams, and Caroline Rhea spun an array of entertaining spells in preparation of the season. Lee Roy Ream was in grand Broadway form with a melody of songs from "Holly Dolly" and some priceless imitations of the ladies who played her. Another highlight was the very funny take off on "The Grass is Always Greener" amusingly sung by Jamie and Loni.

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Around The Town

Liza’s At The Palace


Liza Minnelli
brought her electrifying presence to Broadway in her new show “Liza’s At The Palace…, " where the three time Tony Award winning superstar "razzle dazzled" the opening night audience with a confident, grity and of course magical display of showmanship. Liza’s very personal show plays tribute to her godmother Kay Thompson, who as vocal coach and arranger for MGM during that studio’s musical heyday period in the 1940s and 1950s taught Lena Horne and Judy Garland how to sing.

 

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Liza’s At The Palace and WOW!

by Ellis Nassour

"Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage.
She may not be the latest rage,
But she’s singing and she means it;
And she deserves a little silence…"

[Carole Bayer-Sager/Peter Allen]

Well, she didn’t get it!

The audience response was near pandemonium. After Liza with a Z took six bows, including ones with her pianist Billy Stritch, music director Michael Berkowitz and the 12-piece orchestra, she reluctantly left the stage, completely drained and wet from perspiration, wrapped in Stritch’s arms.

 

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Around The Town

ReWrite World Premiere

Urban Stages kicked off their 25th season with the world premiere of Joe Iconis’ delightful new musical ReWrite, a trio of off-beat mini musicals by the award winning composer, who’s Things to Ruin, a revue of his songs just completed a well received run at The Zipper Factory. With ReWrite, a trio of mini-musicals (Nelson Rocks, Miss Marzipan, and The Process, Iconis takes a look at normal people in frustrating everyday situations that seem to overwhelm them. The evening directed by John Simpkins with ditzy style is performed by a wonderful cast of young performers, who pull out all the stops to lift this little musical a mile high.

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Broadway Unplugged

Scott Siegel, Barbara Siegel
Julia Murney, Ron Bohmer

The 5th Annual Broadway Unplugged concert at Town Hall produced, written and hosted by Scott Siegel featured more than a dozen Broadway and Cabaret stars headed by perenial "unplugged" favorite Marc Kudisch, along with Aaron Lazar (Tale of Two Cities) and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown.

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Reviews

Dividing The Estate

Photo: Joan Marcus

Mary Jo (Hallie Foote) looks like she has spent her life sucking on lemons with the pucker that’s formed around her lips just begging for a do over. Actually what she arrives begging for in “Dividing the Estate”, Horton Foote’s comedy about a Southern family, is her anticipated inheritance.

 

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“American Buffalo” Opening

The opening night  of Broadway"s revival of American Buffalo
Photography: Rob Rich

Haley Joel Osment, John Leguizamo, Cedric The Entertainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Around The Town

Andrea Marcovicci … Cabaret

Andrea Marcovicci has returned to the Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel for an unprecedented 22nd season and will be performing her outstanding show called “Marcovicci Sings Movies 11” until December 27th. Her long-time Musical Director, Shelly Markham was on piano, with Jared Egan on bass. This show brings us back to the romantic era of the movies with songs that serve as a “catalyst in recalling our memories.” Andrea entered the Oak Room in an obviously good mood, as she had just celebrated her 60th birthday the day before. She was wrapped in a shawl for the first song and then removed it to reveal a dazzling antique gown worthy of any movie star in an MGM musical.

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Reviews

Bash’d

Men in pink are taking over. With duo Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow, from Alberta Canada performing their show, “Bash’d”, a gay rap opera at the Zipper Theater, pink is the color du jour, but the act is anything but flaming. And even though Nathan Cuckow does a mean Cher impersonation, neither he nor his partner are drag queens nor do they act like them. In fact, the show is done entirely in rap, spoken word and poetry.

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Marvin Hamlisch Honored

Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch was honored with the Paul Newman Entertainer of the Year Award at Broadway Salutes Arts Horizons’ 30th Anniversay at the Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Hotel.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Boeing-Boeing

Director Matthew Warchus and his outrageous cast have turned the revival of the slight Boulevard farce "Boeing-Boeing" into a hilarious highlight of the season. Warchus expertly guides his gifted ensemble to fits of inspired lunacy lifting the 1960’s vehicle a mile high with a bold physical production that is a laugh out loud riot.

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If You See Something…

Mike Daisey

 

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING, the title of Mike Daisey’s new monologue which he performs at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, is all about a bomb. The one he describes so vividly that he actually makes you see it.

 

 

 

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