Features

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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Reviews

Three Tall Women **** Lobby Hero *** Frozen ** Admissions ****

Glenda Jackson in “Three Tall Women”

By: David Sheward

April 8, 2018 – Recycling continues to be the main mode of operating on Broadway. Two American plays (Three Tall Women, Lobby Hero) are making their belated Main Stem debuts after successful Off-Broadway engagements roughly two decades ago and yet another Disney cartoon (Frozen) is transitioning to the live stage. Meanwhile Off-Broadway, a brand-new work (Admissions) is challenging conventions and rigidly-held beliefs in a production that induces both laughs and squirms of discomfort. The Broadway revivals do the same, but it’s indicative of our large-scale commercial theater that fresh innovation is confined to our smaller stages.

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Interviews

John Rando

A Musical with Some Sting: Director John Rando on His 30s Caper 

By: Iris Wiener

You may not know John Rando by name, but if you have experienced intelligent, entertaining theatre in the past few decades, you have certainly taken in some of his work.

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Reviews

Three Tall Women *****

Alison Pill, Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf

By: Isa Goldberg

April 5, 2018. While Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, his 1994 Pulitzer Award-winning drama, is full of sadness, Joe Mantello’s revival plays on its underlying and uncanny sense of comedy. Seething beneath the fast-paced banter, in fact, is a kind of Grand Guignol, a graphic, display of amoral horror and entertainment. 

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Features

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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Around The Town

The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards

Michael Urie Photo: Barry Gordin

The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be hosted by Michael Urie at The Town Hall.

Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie, who won his award for Buyer and Seller and starred in Torch Song Trilogy this season, will return as host of the awards ceremony for the third consecutive year. “The Drama Desk president Charles Wright said, “Michael’s enthusiasm for New York theater and his distinctive sense of humor add the perfect zest to this annual celebration.” He announced tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.DramaDeskAwards.com The awards will be presented on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).

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Reviews

Lobby Hero *****

Chris Evans, Michael Cera

By: Isa Goldberg

April 5, 2018. As humorous and unpretentious as Lobby Hero is, in its portrayal of everyday urban life, it’s a delving piece of theater, about the stories we tell ourselves, and others.

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Reviews

Gob Squad: War and Peace **1/2

By: Paulanne Simmons

April 3, 2018 – The Berlin collective Gob Squad works collaboratively with performance, video installation and interactive theater to produce innovative and challenging works. As with all such endeavors, the results range from brilliant to mundane. Their newest work War and Peace is a little of both.

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Features

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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Reviews

Babette’s Feast ****

Abigail Killeen, Michelle Hurst, Juliana Francis Kelly

By: Lauren Yarger
March 30, 2018

An exquisite and tasteful staging of the New York premiere of Babette’s Feast serves up this week’s Easter message of love and grace.

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Features

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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Around The Town

Centennial Memorial Temple Opens

     Long before Manhattan began moving uptown, the theatre district made its home on 14thStreet, where performance halls provided magnificent shows, just as they do today in Times Square.  A little part of those glory days will be returning now to 14th Street as the beautiful art deco Centennial Memorial Temple (CMT) opens its doors for rentals.

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Around The Town

Business of Cabaret

On Thursday, April 26 from 1-4pm Linda Amiel Burns will be moderating a panel on the tools needed to sustain your career in the Business of Cabaret with knowledgeable abnd talented experts that include Sandi Durell, Bernie Furshpan, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Lennie Watts, and Deborah Grace Winer. There will be a performance and a social gathering afterward at The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street, 3rd Floor at the Jerry Orbach Theater in NYC. Fred Rohan-Vargas of Mixing It Up Productions is the Producer.  For Tickets Click Here

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Reviews

Angels in America *****

Nathan Lane and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett in “Angels in America”

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

By: David Sheward

It’s been over 20 years since Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s epic two-part dramatic response to the AIDS crisis, burst onto the world stage. In spite of its age and the fact that it takes place ten years earlier (1985-6), this epic remains startlingly relevant and Marianne Elliott’s highly theatrical and insightful new production, now on Broadway after a smash run at the National Theater in London, is simultaneously massive and intimate. When the play opened (Part One—Millennium Approaches premiered in San Francisco in 1991, Part Two—Perestroika debuted on Broadway in 1994), critics predicted it would take its place alongside the masterworks of O’Neill, Williams, and Miller. This quirky, heartfelt revival confirms that status.

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Around The Town

Miscast Gala 2018

Blake West, William Cantler, Laurie Metcalf, Bernie Telsey and Robert LuPone

By: Iris Wiener

It was all about the fun at MCC’s annual Miscast gala on March 26th. Some of Broadway’s best were in attendance, performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast. Because the event honored Tony winner, three-time Emmy winner, Academy Award nominee and current star of Three Tall Women, Laurie Metcalf (on the eve of Roseanne’s return to prime time, no less!), guests on the red carpet shared their adoration for the actor, as well as favorite songs that they’d never get to perform for any audience….unless they happened to be overheard in the shower.

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