Shrek the Musical is a delightful winner. Here is a fun loving big Broadway show for the entire family. Retaining the heart and style of the immensely popular 2001 animated film “Shrek,” the musical stays close to the original story, while expanding on the background of the beloved characters in enchanting ways. And there is a fresh pop score by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly ModernMillie) with blues and gospel influences. The clever lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire (2007 Pulitzer Prize winner), who is also responsible for the book.
Opening Night Photos of The American Premiere of "Dinner" by Moira Buffini at Bay Street Theatre’s Mainstage in Sag Harbor featuring Reed Birney, Laura Campbell, Daniel Gerroll, Brian Hitchison, Mercedes Ruehl, J. Smith-Cameron and Eric Walton directed by David Esbjornson,
Morgan Lindsey Tacho portrays the central character in the play about “Benny”. On stage throughout the entire 90 minutes, Tacho has an alluring stage presence. Plump and quite pretty, she can also appear too intense, and her features too severe. That’s just the right mix for Anna – the adoptive child of a dysfunctional family who, suffering from bipolar disease, sexual abuse, a bad therapist, and a birth mother who is absolutely crazy, winds up at the end of the play divorcing her alcoholic husband.
The immensely gifted comedian Mike Birbiglia, who recently ended an 8 month run of his Drama Desk Nominated "Sleepwalk With Me" brought a brand new show to The John Drew Theater @ Guild Hall in East Hampton, where the deft comic gave the East End a taste of his hilarious style. Photo: Barry Gordin
Grammy Award winning folk legend, Joan Baez, performed to a sold out audience at WHBPAC (West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center) on Sunday July 26. The evening (sponsored, in part, by the Ann Liguori Foundation, sold out quickly when first announced. Her appreciative audience was a testament to her acclaimed status. Next up is Joan Rivers, another sold happening at WHBPAC, this Friday July 31.
Katrina Bowden of NBC’s “30 Rock” kicked off DAFFY’S summer promotion offer – a once in a lifetime opportunity for a Lucky winner to live in a luxurious West Village apartment for a fraction of the $7,000 monthly rent. Beginning July 23, you can enter for a chance to win a rental lease on the fully furnished state of the art 2 bedroom, 2 bath loft for Daffy’s amazingly discounted price of $700/month for one year.
Euan Morton opened his new show, “Caledonia: Songs for the Homecoming,” at the popular cabaret venue the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street in NYC. Morton a Tony and Drama Desk nominee for his fantastic performance as Boy George in the Broadway musical “Taboo, a role he originated in London where he received an Olivier Award nomination, is native of Scotland. Morton,backed by Bryan Reeder on piano and Maud Reardon on violin, dwelled on music from his homeland, particulary the songs of the great Scottish songwriter/poet, Robert Burns, who wrote Auld Lang Syne.
It is difficult to find anything flattering to say about the Off Broadway musical “The Tin Pan Alley Rag” which opened at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre. That is especially disappointing because it celebrates the works of two iconic American composers, Irving Berlin (Michael Therriault) and Scott Joplin (Michael Boatman).
Fresh off her resounding success at the Metropolitan Room in NYC, which compelled Stephen Holden to gush her praises in the NY Times, Marilyn Maye held court at Guild Hall, where this “national treasure” enraptured the audience at The John Drew Theater. Her performance was an inspirational celebration of life spanning a wide array of music including Johnny Mercer, Ray Charles, Kander and Ebb, and even Jack Feldman, who was in attendance at the benefit evening sponsored by The Board of Trustees of Guild Hall and Co-Chairs. An intimate dinner followed at the Maidstone Tennis Club.
Well known for his political and social satire, playwright Christopher Durang is at it again with “Why Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them”. Like the unwieldy title, this new work at the Public Theater takes up a litany of topical issues from terrorism, American militarism and spousal abuse, to suburban life, Hooters (the restaurant), Looney Tunes and Jane Fonda.
Any play that begins by projecting the word “theme” across the stage must be making a statement. In Moises Kaufman’s new drama that statement leads to some thick soup.
In “33 Variations”, Fonda portrays Dr. Katherine Brandt, a musicologist who is writing a monograph about the birth of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, how it came about, and what it is. Sadly, this academic quest which frames the story, also dominates it. Parallels between Beethoven’s deafness and Brandt’s terminal illness, between Beethoven’s creative process and Brandt’s personal revelations proliferate.