Features

When Girls Become Women

By: Isa Goldberg

Woman empowered, and the multitude of issues that surround women’s empowerment, sparked the imagination of the Broadway musical this season. Frozen and Mean Girls, in particular, reflect the impact of #MeToo, and the explosion of women demanding that their voices be heard. Indeed, both of these musicals are about sisterhood, in its various guises. And they are each based on stories written primarily for girls, and teenagers.

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Cirque du Soleil ‘s Volta 

Cirque du Soleil ‘s Volta Pitches Tent in Long Island
May 17 – July 1

By: Ellis Nassour

May 16, 2018:  The new big top show from international entertainment behemoth Cirque du Soleil, Volta, with an energy-jolting focus on space-age extreme sports, plays Long Island May 17 – July 1. Its new eco-friendly white and grey “grand chapiteau” has risen adjacent to NYCB Live/Nassau Veterans Coliseum in Uniondale. The show is so colossal it took 16 creators to assemble it.

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Frozen

Frozen: Disney’s Blockbuster Musical Has Birthed a Mutual Admiration Society  Among Cast Members

By: Ellis Nassour

May 13, 2018:  Disney’s 2013 Oscar-winning animated worldwide phenomenon Frozen, with colossal grosses in excess of $1.300-trillion, is now a Tony-nominated Broadway live-action musical phenomenon by the film’s Oscar-winning husband and wife composers Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Coco). Robert’s also the Tony-winning co-writer of The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. Loosely-inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen, Frozen: The Broadway Musical is the story of fearless Princess Anna who sets off with a rugged mountain man in search of her sister Elsa, now Queen, whose curse of cryokinesis has inadvertently trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.

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Me and My Girl

Laura Michelle Kelly, Christian Borle

Five Reasons Encores!’ Me and My Girl Is Ripe for Broadway

By: Iris Wiener

May 13, 2018:   A throwback to old musicals with extraordinary humor and wit (albeit slightly anti-feminist), the New York City Center Encores! production of Me and My Girl is delightful at all turns. Here are just a few of the reasons the criminally short-lived show is so very much deserving of an extravagant, lengthy run on Broadway.

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Reviews

Me and My Girl ****

Encores! Closes 25th Season with Rollicking Me and My Girl Starring Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly

By: Ellis Nassour

May 9, 2018:   Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert may have audiences humming up the aisles, but Encores! 25th Season closer Me and My Girl at City Center, through May 13, has the cast dancing in the aisles and everyone doing the infectious “The Lambeth Walk.” This revival, with Tony winner Warren Carlyle directing and choreographing, of the show that was the 1937 toast of the West has a great score by British hit maker Noel Gay [real name: Richard Armitage] and enough wise-cracking one-liners to keep you laughing for weeks.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Five Reasons Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two Transcends Traditional Theatre

By Iris Wiener

May 12, 2018:  According to Harry Potter’s one-time foil and adversary, Draco Malfoy, “People say parenting is the hardest job in the world. It isn’t. Growing up is.” With the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, New York audiences are at the very least reminded that they don’t ever have to grow up (entirely, at least), and that the magic of theatre can help to keep the imagination youthful and alive. Because the production is so phenomenal in part due to its well-kept secrets, here we recognize only a few of many reasons the show is a profound experience. (Warning: Wizarding jargon ahead!)

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Reviews

Miss You Like Hell **1/2- Mlima’s Tale ****

Gizel Jimenez (left) and Daphne Rubin-Vega “Miss You Like Hell”

By: David Sheward

May 11, 2018:  The Public Theater is currently presenting two productions about journeys, one a well-intentioned, but familiar musical tracing a mother-daughter road trip, the other an innovative and startlingly scary voyage documenting the cruelty of the ivory trade. Both have professional and talented guides but only one takes us to new places.

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Drama Desk Nominees’ Reception

Glenda Jackson

Nominees for the 2018 Drama Desk Awards met with the Press at Friedmans at the Edison Hotel in the Theater District.

 May 9, 2018:  Nominees for the 2018 Drama Desk Awards attended a “meet and greet” with the press and Drama Desk members on Wednesday morning at Friedmans at the Edison Hotel, 228 West 47th Street, in the theater district. The annual Nominees’ Reception was a festive event with great food and lively conversation. The annual happening is a chance for Drama Desk members and the press to chat with many of the talented artists that were part of the 2017-2018 theater season. The 63 Annual Drama Desk Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 3rd at The Town Hall. For tickets go to: http://dramadeskawards.com/tickets
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Frances Ruffelle

Frances Ruffelle

May 10, 2018: Frances Ruffelle is once again bringing her one-woman show FRANCES RUFFELLE LIVE(S) IN NY to the Greenroom 42 on May 20,  2018 at 7pm.  Ms. Ruffelle originated the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. Frances sat down at the famed Lambs Club and talked about her show and  stage  roles she had created.
Video: Magda Katz

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Features

New Jersey Hall of Fame

Bruce Springsteen

By: Magda Katz

May 6, 2018: The Paramount Theatre on the  famed Jersey Shore boardwalk was the setting for the 10th annual ceremony of The New Jersey Hall of Fame. The distinguish class of 2017 included astronauts, sports greats, rock stars, business titans and other great New Jerseyites. The evening was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and the house band was led by New Jersey’s Glen Burtnik (formerly of Styx).

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The People VS. Antigone **

Alan Altschuler, Joshua George, Isa Goldberg

By: Paulanne Simmons 

May 8, 2018: It is believed that Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone, the third of his three Theban plays, was written in 441 BC, at a time when the playwright was appointed one of ten generals to lead a military expedition against Samos. But Sophocles makes no comment on the specific imperialist ambitions of Athens. In fact, the play is not particularly political, focussing mainly on character and morality by pointing out the inherent danger of autocratic leadership in a democracy.

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2018 Lucille Lortel Awards

May 7, 2018: The 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement of Off-Broadway were awarded in 19 categories at NYU Skirball Center. Hosted by Laura Benanti and Jason Jones, the Off-Broadway League event served as a benefit for The Actors Fund. Eve Ensler was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Michael Freidman will be posthumously inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel  Theatre on Christopher Street. WP Theater will be awarded as an institution for their Outstanding Body of Work.

The 2018 Lucille Lortel Winners Are……..

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Outer Critics Circle Winners

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2017-18 season in 27 categories.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Tops Win List with 6 Awards! Followed by “My Fair Lady” with 5 Awards, “SpongeBob SquarePants” with 4 Awards, “Angels in America” & “Carousel” with 3 Awards Each! 

May 7, 2018:  Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole and Martha Plimpton will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 68th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 24th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

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Unexpected Joy Opens at the York

Janet Hood (Music), Bill Russell (Book/Lyrics)

Three generations of female singers collide in Unexpected Joy, a witty new musical by Bill Russell and Janet Hood, testing the limits of their love.

May 4, 2018:  Unexpected Joy, a constantly amusing new musical, which opened last night at the York Theatre, has already been extended for an additional week due to popular demand. The story brings three generations of female singers to modern day Provincetown, where they are gathering for a memorial concert to honor the family’s patriarch. With a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood, the delightful musical explores the conflicts and long-held family tensions of three women from different peer groups. Sparks fly as the family struggles to discover the common ground of their divergent values and beliefs.

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Reviews

The Iceman Cometh **1/2 – Saint Joan **1/2

Micael Potts, Colm Meaney, Denzel Washington, Jack McGeen, Tammy Blanchard, Neal Huff, Reg Rogers, Dakin Matthews

By: David Sheward

May 5, 2018: Two massive works by dramatic theatrical giants Eugene O’Neill and George Bernard Shaw are making rare appearances on musical-heavy Broadway. The fact that masterworks The Iceman Cometh in a commercial, limited run and Saint Joan from Manhattan Theater Club as part of its subscription season at the Friedman, are being presented at all in the same lowbrow venue with Disney and Donna Summer musicals should be cause for celebration. But their current incarnations fall short of their full, devastating potential. The respective directors and casts fall into the easy trap of audience-pleasing laughs—and yes, they are there even in somber, dark-hued O’Neill—and they miss the mark as complex portraits of man’s conflict with the illusions and institutions he has created.

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