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Marry Harry Opens at York

Ben Chavez, Lenny Wolpe, David Spadora, Morgan Cowling, Robin Skye, Claire Saunders, Jesse Manocherian

Off-Broadway premiere of appealing new musical opens at the York Theatre

Marry Harry, a delightful new romantic comedy, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino opened on May 4th  at the York Theatre. Set in New York’s East Village the story about a young man and a young girl approaching 30, charming played respectively by David Spadora and Morgan Cowling, struggling to get away from their controlling parents and manifest their own dreams has a witty book by Jennifer Robbins, with lovey music by Dan Martin, and fun lyrics by Michael Biello.

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Reviews

Baghdaddy ***1/2

By Iris Wiener

Free donuts and coffee. Name tags. A church basement. Is this an AA meeting, or is it a musical? Actually, it’s a bit of both. Factor in political satire, vigorous choreography, dark humor, strobe lights and rap and rock music, and you get Baghdaddy, a show with a title just as bizarre as its storytelling technique.

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Reviews

Miss Saigon *****

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. with additional Lyrics by Michael Mahler

By: Lauren Yarger

A revival of the Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil (the team that brought us Les Miserables) classic, almost 25 years after the show first arrived on Broadway, brought “ho hum” as my first thought. 

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Reviews

Gently Down the Stream ****

Gabriel Ebert and Harvey Fierstein in “Gently Down the Stream”

By: Paulanne Simmons

Anyone who doesn’t believe we are (in many ways) in a post gay rights era need only see Martin Sherman’s  Gently Down the Stream and chances are the sceptic will be convinced.

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Around The Town

Tony Award Press Junket

David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin

A morning to meet and greet the 2017 Tony award nominees
By: Patrick Christiano

The 2017 Tony Award nominees were announced in 24 categories on Tuesday May 2, 2017 and the following morning many showed up at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 45th Street for a photo op and an informal meet and greet with the press. The casual event is a fun filled morning, a chance to chat with many of the season’s celebrated stars and producers, where everyone is thrilled to be honored with a coveted Tony Award Nomination. In the press room and on the red-carpet attendees, many who performed the previous night and had matinee and/or evening performances afterwards that same day, were laughing and having a ball.

I asked many of the nominees I spoke with “What does this mean to you?”

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Around The Town

Lone Star

By: Paulanne Simmons

Written by James McClure and directed by Pete McElligott, Lone Star is a rollicking exploration of male identity. The one-act comedy, presented by NINE Theatricals in association with Genesis Repertory, is set in the 70s and focuses on a macho-man trying to regain his life after serving in Vietnam.

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Around The Town

Waterwell Presents Hamlet

Waterwell’s dual-language re-imagining of Hamlet  Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, starring Tony nominees Arian Moayed (Hamlet), Micah Stock (Horatio), and Sherie Rene Scott (Gertrude) will be performed at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture May 10- June 3, 2017. Original music will be by renowned Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo.

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Reviews

Significant Other ****

Lindsay Mendez, Gideon Glick

By: Lauren Yarger

A strong ensemble cast makes Joshua Harmon’s search for a Significant Other on Broadway engaging and less ho-hum than one might expect.

After all, the premise of a one friend feeling left out while others of a group find significant others and get married isn’t new. This one offers some decent character development, however, and studies the complexities of why friends get pushed aside when romance enters the picture. 

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Reviews

Marry Harry ****

David Spadora, Morgan Cowling

By: Paulanne Simmons

The York Theatre Company, famous for its nurturing of musicals, has hatched a new potential hit, Marry Harry, with a book by Jennifer Robbins, music by Dan Martin and lyrics by Michael Biello. 

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Meet the Tony Nominees

“Indecent” Producer Daryl Roth, Playwright Paula Vogel, Director Rebecca Taichman, Co-Producer Cody Lassen

Press junket for the 2017 Tony Award Nominees

On Wednesday morning May 3, 2017, the day after The American Theatre Wing’ announced their 2017 Tony Nominations in 24 categories, the nominees attended a press junket at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 45th Street. The casual event was an opportunity for the nominees to be interviewed and photographed by members of the press.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

Bandstand ****

Corey Cott, Laura Osnes

By: Isa Goldberg

A new American musical, Bandstand, raises the stakes on a storied cliché. That a bunch of guys start a band, and fulfill their dream of becoming famous seems to be as hackneyed as it can get. But Richard Oberacker and RobTaylor, the creative duo, who are making their Broadway debut here, bring an innocence and vitality to a story every boy and girl imagines, and which the show’s creators run with, to the heights.

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Reviews

Come From Away ***

Jenn Colella and the Cast of “Come From Away”

By: Isa Goldberg

So this guy goes shopping and the check out lady says, “Thank you for shopping at Walmart. Would you like to use my house for a shower?” Mind you, this comes as no surprise. The guy says yes, and the checkout lady finishes her shift and brings this complete stranger into her home.

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2017 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Jane Krakowski, Christopher Jackson

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Heads the list with 12, followed by  Hello, Dolly! with 10 and Dear Evan Hansen with 9

Tony Award Nominations were announced on May 2, 2017 in 24 competitive categories for by Tony Award-winning actress Jane Krakowski and past Tony Award nominee Christopher Jackson at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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Features

Great Perfomances at the Met

Placido Domingo Heads to Ancient Babylon Sunday in Verdi’s epic Nabucco on Great Performances at the Met

By: Ellis Nassour

Great Performances at the Met continues its 11th Season this Sunday at 12:30 P.M. on PBS/THIRTEEN as Plácido Domingo, in one of his most emotional and vocally difficult portrayals, brings another baritone role to the Metropolitan stage as Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in a lavish production of Verdi’s early/1842 four-act epic: Nabucco

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Reviews

Hello Dolly ****

David Hyde Pierce, Bette Midler

By: Isa Goldberg

For its graceful legion of dancers, and for the return of Bette Midler to Broadway, let us say, “Hello, Dolly!“ In this revival of the popular show, by Michael Stewart (book) and Jerry Herman (music and lyrics), director Jerry Zaks and choreographer Warren Carlyle recreate the flow of song, story and motion that distinguished Gower Champion’s original choreography and direction. These dancers are literally on their toes, and the pageantry and whimsy they bring to this revival recreates one of the best-staged musicals of all time.

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