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Jerry Herman Tribute

February 3, 2020

The Broadway community paid tribute with a memorial service celebrating the life of Jerry Herman who died on December 26, 2019 at the age of 88 at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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17 Minutes ****

Larry Mitchell, Shannon Patterson

By: Isa Goldberg

February 5, 2020: If you think the problem of gun violence can be resolved in 17 Minutes you’re probably more of a cynic than an optimist. In Scott Organ’s new play at the Barrow Group that, ostensibly, is the issue posed. 

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BroadwayCon

Baaorke Lee, Donna McKecknie

By: Maryann Lopinto

2020: New York celebrated its fifth BroadwayCon  during the weekend of Friday, January 24th through Sunday. January 26th.  This brought thousands of theatre fans from all over the country and beyond came to the Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue and 53rd Street.  Many came in costumes, brilliantly created of characters from various shows.  There were the likes of “Beetlejuice”, Anna from “The King and I”, “Evita”, “Hello Dolly”, Frozen” “Newsies” “Waitress”, Little Mermaid” to name a few, it was overwhelming.

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BroadwayHD’s February Slate

New releases plus “Love is in the Air” with a select playlist for Valentine’s Day.

January 29, 2020:   BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, spreads a little love this February with a not-to-miss lineup, sure to please audiences of all ages.  It’s a “Wonderful, Wonderful Day” when movie musical extravaganza Seven Brides for Seven Brothersjoins the platform on February 1.  Phyllida Lloyd’s thrilling all-female performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempestthe third and final of Donmar Warehouse’s series,debuts on February 6, while The Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Ballet kicks off Valentine’s Day on February 14.  David Hare’s compelling political drama Absence of War also makes its way to the platform on February 20.

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LTV’s What’s Your Story

Joy Behar

Angela LaGreca hosted an evening of personal stories told in word, song and video at LTV.

 January 25, 2020:  Everybody has a story and LTV, East Hampton’s Media Center and Public Access Television station, presented several personal stories on fear , loathing and desire featuring Joy Behar, Patrick Christiano, Dell Cullum, Bryan Downey, Steven Gaines, Alfredo Merat, Mercedes Ruehl, Telly and Andrew Visconti. The evening at the LTV Media Center in Wainscott was hosted by LTV’s Creative Director Angela LaGreca. 
Photography: Barry Gordin

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East End Underground @ LTV

Funk Night featuring Funkin’ A and The Kenny Harris Project rocked LTV on Friday night.

January 24, 2020:  The East End Underground, LTV’s show for local bands presented Funk Night featuring Funking’ A and The Kenny Harris Project. LTV on Industrial Road in Wainscott is East Hampton’s Media Center and Public Access Television.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

Romeo and Bernadette ****

Anna Kostakis, Nikita Burshteyn

By: Paulanne Simmons

January 26, 2020: It may seem a little difficult to imagine Romeo and Juliet as a comedy. But Michael Saltzman’s Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn proves that with creativity and imagination, Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy can be turned into a comic tour de force.

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Grand Horizons ***

James Cromwell, Jane Alexander

By: David Sheward

January 25, 2020: Few performers can endow the simple culinary acts of making a sandwich or ladling gravy with as much meaning as Jane Alexander. The reserved, precise manner she pours out the brown sauce for mashed potatoes or the laser-beam side-eye she gives a non-communicative spouse as she spreads peanut butter speak of every slight and grievance in a 50-year marriage. These seemingly minimal actions reveal volumes about Nancy, a 70-ish woman on the brink of a major transition, in Bess Wohl’s uneven but blisteringly funny new play Grand Horizons, presented by Second Stage on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre. 

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Forbidden Broadway ***1/2

Joshua Turchin, Immanuel Houston, Aline Mayagoitia, Chris Collins-Pisano, Jenny Lee Stern

By: Paulanne Simmons

January 28, 2019: Now in its 31st year, Forbidden Broadway is again making gentle (and not so gentle) fun of our favorite (and not so favorite) Broadway shows, past and present. This season’s Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation! has transferred to The York, where it is getting big laughs from seasoned musical theater lovers. This edition, written and created by Gerard Alessandrini, features Chris Collins-Pisano, Immanuel Houston, Aline Mayagoitia, Jenny Lee Stern, Joshua Turchin, and Fred Barton on the piano, presenting their versions of past and present hits, as well as a few flops.

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The Emperor’s Nightingale ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

January 27, 2020: Pan Asian Repertory’s The Emperor’s Nightingale has everything a small child wants in theater – music, puppets, colorful costumes and audience participation. It also has what parents hold dear – an easily understood moral.

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Broadway at Birdland

Jamie deRoy

January 24, 2020: Show business tour de force and seven-time Tony® Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy brings her acclaimed Jamie deRoy &friends Cabaret show to New York’s famed Birdland on Sunday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. to benefit The Actors Fund with special Guests Sierra Boggess, Rick Crom, Harrison Greenbaum, Paula Dione Ingram and Well-Strung.

Performers who light up the marquees of cabaret, theatre, music and comedy will join Jamie in a one-night only show which is part of the club’s Broadway at Birdland Concert Series. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York’s theatre district.

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Grand Horizons Opening

Jane Alexander

Bess Wohl’s play Grand Horizons opened at Second Stage Theater at the Helen Hayes Theater and was Directed by Leigh Silverman.

January 23, 2020: Bill and Nancy have spent 50 full years as husband and wife. As portrayed by Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Jane Alexander (The Great White Hope, The Sisters Rosensweig) and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner James Cromwell (Babe, “Succession”), they practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton ****, The Woman In Black **1/2

Laura Linney in “My Name is Lucy Barton”

By: David Sheward

January 23, 2020: Adapting a novel to the stage is a tricky business. A play needs to have a central action  executed within a playing time of a few hours while a novel can be a rumination on multiple themes over hundreds of pages. Even a short novel can dive into a character’s interior in a way a play can not. Theater is action, literature is thought. My Name Is Lucy Barton, Rona Munro’s stage version of Elizabeth Strout’s slim but powerful novel now presented by Manhattan Theater Club after a run in London, manages to combine the two strains in a moving evening featuring the luminous Laura Linney in a stunning solo—yet dual— performance.

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Tina *****

Adrienne Warren

By: Isa Goldberg

 January 23, 2020: “That voice that come tumbling out that mouth of yourn is like fire and heaven all at once,” a rotund, mystical, native American-looking woman (Gran Georgeanna) tells her granddaughterAnna Mae Bullock.  For Tina Turner fans that is a far gone conclusion.

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My Name is Lucy Barton *****

Laura Linney

By: Isa Goldberg

January 23, 2020: Laura Linney, truly an elixir of stage chemistry, commands a full 90-minutes of storytelling in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production, My Name is Lucy Barton.  It’s beguiling to hear this master story teller convince us how essential it is to tell our own stories. 

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