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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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Drama Desk Panel Everyone’s A Critic

Charles Wright, Linda Armstrong, Susan L. Schulman, David Lindsay-Abaire, Peter Marks, Chris Jones, Helen Shaw, Elysa Gardner, James Morgon, Mathew Lombardo, Sharr White

The Drama Desk sponsored a panel discussion Everyone’s A Critic at BroadwayCon 2017. Chris Jones, the Chief Critic of the Chicago Tribune served as moderator and speakers included playwrights David Lindsay-Abaire, Matthew Lombardo, and Sharr White along with James Morgan, the Artistic Director of the York Theater, press agent Susan L. Schulman, and critics Linda Armstrong, Elysa Gardner, Peter Marks, and Helen Shaw.

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Not That Jewish ***1/2

Monica Piper

By: Paulanne Simmons
Monica Piper is a very funny woman. She comes by her skills naturally. Her father, was a touring comic before he decided to settle down to raise a family, and even her more sedate mother knew how to tell a dirty joke.

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BroadwayCon 2017

Michael Cerveris, Judy Kahn

Michael Cerveris and Judy Kahn hosted an Autograph/Photo session at BroadwayCon 2017.

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James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart Photo: Barry Gordin

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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Author directing Author ****

“I don’t know what I can save you from” By Neil LaBute with Richard Kind & Gia Crovatin

By: Iris Wiener

Though the roles of playwright and director often overlap in the rehearsal process, their work is usually distinguished by their prescribed jobs; this is what makes Author directing Author so special. In the third annual edition of the series that pairs international playwrights with one another as directors of each other’s work, boundaries become non-existent, and the roles behind the scenes are blurred, adding more layers to already poignant pieces.

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Get Happy *****

Stephen DeRosa, Erin Dilly, Klea Blackhurst, Nathaniel Stampley

By: Linda Amiel Burns

The 2017 Lyrics & Lyricist Season opens with a tribute to the Early Years of Harold Arlen with Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks and featuring a terrific cast.

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Around The Town

Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!

Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! brought together artists from Broadway, TV and beyond to spread a message of unity and hope yesterday afternoon at Town Hall. The first concert in the monthly series raised more than $100,000 to benefit the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, and the Sierra Club Foundation.

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Jitney *****

Michael Potts, John Douglas Thompson, Anthony Chisholm, Keith Randolph Smith, Andre Holland

By: David Sheward

It’s hard to pick one, but Jitney is probably my favorite in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade, ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th Century. It’s kind of the underdog of this mammoth collection and maybe that’s why I like it best. There are no star parts. There are no flashy elements of mysticism which can be found in The Piano Lesson and Gem of the Ocean. Jitney was one of Wilson’s early plays, written even before his first breakout hit (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). It was the first Wilson play to premiere in NYC in an Off-Broadway theater (Second Stage in 2000) and is only now making its Broadway debut in a dynamic revival from Manhattan Theatre Club.

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The Present ***1/2

Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett

By: David Sheward
The box-office draw of radiant Cate Blanchett may be the reason The Present, Australian playwright Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s first untitled play in a production from the Sydney Theatre Company, is now on Broadway. But the double-Oscar-winning star is just one shining jewel in a mostly dazzling show full of farcical humor, heartbreaking pathos, and pointed political observation. Clocking in at three hours, the comedy-drama does have its slow points—the third of four long acts is especially lead-footed. Yet the intense and witty moments more than make up for the snooze-inducing snatches.

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Student Arts Festival

Christina Strassfield (Museum Director/Chief Curator),Stephanie deTroy Miller (Registrar/Curatorial Assistant), Andrea Grover (Executive Director Guild Hall)

Student Arts Festival Part I, Grades K-8:
The Opening Reception Featured a Student Exhibition and Staged Performances on the stage at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall.

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Come Together *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

British cabaret dynamo Barb Jungr grew up in Rochdale, Lancashire, just a few miles from Liverpool. So it’s not surprising she has a special attraction to the Beatles. In fact, she told the audience at Don’t Tell Mama on Jan. 9 that growing up in the 1960s, she was convinced her country had produced no modern popular icon. Then the Beatles came along and Great Britain was back on the map.

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