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Westminster Dog Show

The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a prestigious all-breed conformation show that has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Currently, the breed and Junior Showmanship competitions are being held at Piers 92 and 94, while the group and Best in Show competitions are held at Madison Square Garden.

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Features

Broadway Update

Headlong and Almeida Theater’s stage version of 1984 is coming to Broadway

Broadway Update: Theatre Responds to Trump
By: David Sheward

Donald Trump has only been President two weeks, but theater is already responding to his controversial (to put it mildly) regime.

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Features

NY Metro Fest Salutes Beatles

NY Metro Fest Salutes Beatles and 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

By: Beau Jared

The infectious spirit of Beatlemania will dominate the 43rd annual NY Metro Fest, March 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City (2 Exchange Place). The event commemorates the legacy of the Fab Four and the  50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. A huge roster of Beatles-related guests will be participating along with fans from 30 states.

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The Gateway Playhouse 2017 Season

Swing June 7 – June 24, 2017 at The Gateway Playhouse
On The Town – June 28 – July 15, 2017 at The Gateway Playhouse
Mama Mia -July 19 – August 5, 2017 at Patchogue Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors August 23 – September 9, 2017 at The Gateway Playhouse

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Reviews

The Liar **** – Yen **** – Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 ***1/2

Kelly Hutchinson, Carson Elrod

By: David Sheward
Could there be a more appropriate historical moment to mount a new adaptation of Corneille’s comedy The Liar? As our newly-elected president and his spokespeople substitute “alternative facts” for truth, Classic Stage Company presents David Ives’ intricate semi-updating of the hilarious tale of Dorante, an epic braggart exaggerating and fabricating his way through romantic entanglements in 17th century Paris. He’s accurately described as “a lying genius, if a moral zero” (sound familiar?) This is Ives’ third foray into refashioning French theatrical meringues. He has previously adapted Moliere’s The Misanthrope (as The School for Lies) and Regnard’s The Heir Apparent, both of which have played CSC.

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Georgie Opens at The Davenport

Mike Blank, David Elliot, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jamie deRoy, Ed Dixon, Mary Cossette, Riki Kane Larimer, Eric Schaeffer, Martin Platt. Richard Winkler

Ed Dixon recounts a 20- year friendship in the poignant and captivating tale, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose.

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The Present *****

Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh

By: Isa Goldberg
Is it a bomb? Will there be a postmortem?  Simply, questions people are asking about the The Present.

The Sydney Theatre Company makes its Broadway debut with this contemporary adaptation of Platonov, an early, unwieldy play, by Anton Chekhov. In its current incarnation, by Andrew Upton, directed by John Crowley, the setting (by Alice Babidge) is a contemporary country home in Russia, in a village that might as well be East Hampton, NY. To coin a Chekhovian joke, it’s a place everyone is dying to go to, but even at 110 miles from Manhattan, the trip is far too treacherous.

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Features

Broadway Update: “Butterfly” and “Prada”

Clive Owen

Clive Owen will star in M. Butterfly on Broadway this fall
By: David Sheward

Clive Owen, last seen on Broadway in Harold Pinter’s Old Times, will return in a new production of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, directed by Julie Taymor in her first Broadway staging since being dismissed from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. (Her interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream played Off-Broadway.)

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Reviews

Jitney ****1/2

By: Isa Goldberg

Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s revival of Jitney delivers a heartfelt optimism all within the harsh realism of August Wilson’s drama, about a group of African American men in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1977. This is Wilson’s well-known turf, after all, and he knows these characters with an almost innate intimacy, that this director shares.

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Around The Town

Kira Lee @ ACA Galleries

Kira Lee

ACA Galleries presents Kira Lee’s first solo exhibition in New York, Legends & Lyrics, on view February 2nd through March 4th, 2017. The exhibition features over thirty new portraits of Rock & Roll’s most notable icons including: Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, and The Beatles

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Reviews

The Liar ***1/2

By: Isa Goldberg
The dictum “the unexamined life is not worth living”, is merely a set up for hilarious antics, or so it would appear, in David Ives’ The Liar, currently at the Classic Stage Company (CSC). In fact, at this performance, it behooves us to put any thought of morality aside. Unless it sort of tumbles out of the lampoon, it is hardly with our time.

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Around The Town

Scott Siegel Presents

ON SUPER SUNDAY – THE SUPERBOWL OF SINGING!
The Great Broadway Belt Show! Sunday, February 5 at 7 PM at Feinstein’s/54 Below

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Photos

Broadwaycon 2017

Some of Broadway’s biggest fans, performers, and creators from classic and current shows gathered at the incomparable Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate theatre at Broadwaycon 2017.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Features

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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