Reviews

Titanic ****1/2

“Hubris is one of the great renewable resources.” PJ O’Roarke

By: Alix Cohen

June 21, 2024: This is not the tragic, fictional love story of society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater and poor artist Jack Dawson from the film. Instead, the Tony Award winning musical offers a fisheye view of men responsible for the avoidable disaster, those who valiantly did their jobs, and a wide swath of the ship’s unwitting victims.

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Much Ado About Nothing 

Five Reasons Why Much Ado About Nothing is Worth Making an Ado About

By: Iris Wiener

June 24, 2024: In Thomas G. Waites’ reimagined, somewhat modernized version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, an acting troupe of stellar proportions excels with a piece that is rife with playful flirting, sexual innuendo, and epic antics. A comedic play filled with love, deception, and pun-tastic twists, the story takes place in 1940s Italy, and follows the courtship of Hero and Claudio; their incessant drama contrasts with the banter-filled sparring of Benedick and Beatrice. The action culminates in a double wedding filled with surprises and mishaps. Now open at the Gene Frankel Theater, here are five reasons why Much Ado is an airy, enjoyable start to the summer:

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2024 Tony Award Winners

Mileah Joe Moon – Best Actress in a Musical “Hell’s Kitchen”.


The Outsiders Wins Tony for Best Musical & Stereophonic is Best Play.

June 17, 2024: The 77th Annual Tony Awards recognizing Broadway shows from the 2023-2024 season were held at Lincoln Center last night hosted by Ariana DeBose. The Outsiders won the award for Best Musical. Stereophonic won Best Play and 5 awards, the most of the evening. Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along was named best musical revival, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “Appropriate” won best play revival.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Cats, “The Jellicle Ball”.

PAC NYC Debuts Cats, The Jellicle Ball – A Quasi Revival in Spectacular “Ballroom” Style 

By: Ellis Nassour 

June 21, 2024 — This Cats has no cats. This rip roaring, joyous transformation features unstoppable Broadway and screen veteran of 55 years, educator, activist, survivor, and Tony winner André De Shields alongside top-caliber singers, classical dancers, burlesque teasers, and members from various Ballroom platforms. 

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Broadway Update

Idina Menzel in “Redwood”. Photo:: Rich Soublet

The Last Five Years, Redwood

By: David Sheward

June 17, 2024: Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years will have its Broadway premiere in a new production starring Tony winner Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers, How to Succeed) directed by Tony and Drama Desk nominee Whitney White (Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, On Sugarland), set to open in spring 2025. The two-character musical premiered at the Northlight Theater in Skokie, Illinois. It opened Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theater in 2002 with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott, winning Drama Desk Awards for Brown’s Music and Lyrics. A 2013 revival at Second Stage starred Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe. The 2014 film version directed by Richard LaGravenese was headlined by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick.

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Reviews

The Welkin ***1/2

Dale Soules (Sarah Smith), Emily Cass McDonnell (Helen Ludlow ), Sandra Oh (Lizzy Luke) , Jennifer Nikki Kidwell (Ann Lavender), Tilly Botsford (Kitty Givens),(kneeling) Susannah Perkins (Mary Middleton), Haley Wong ( Sally Poppy),Paige Gilbert (Hannah Rusted), Simone Recasner (Peg Carter), and Nadine Malouf (Emma Jenkens).

By: David Sheward

June 17, 2024: According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, The Welkin is “the vault of the sky or firmament, the celestial abode of God or gods.” But the characters in Lucy Kirkwood’s ironically-titled playnow at the Atlantic Theater Company after a run in London, are more concerned with matters on the Earth. Set in 1759 Suffolk, England, at the time of the earliest recorded observation of Haley’s Comet, the main action concerns a murder trial. Town disgrace Sally Poppy (feral and ferocious Haley Wong) has been convicted of slaughtering a young girl but claims she is pregnant. A makeshift jury of twelve “matrons” is quickly empaneled to determine if Sally is indeed “quick with child” and therefore saved from the gallows. During deliberations, secrets are revealed, hypocrisies  and injustices are exposed, and the plight of being a woman in a dangerous time and place is examined. Kirkwood takes a page from Caryl Churchill by not strictly adhering to the rules of setting and chronology. All eagerly anticipate citing the comet and what it means, glimpses of the future (our present) are inserted in odd places, and fantasy demonic figures appear in this disturbingly arresting work.  

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Features

Celebrating The Tony Awards

Celebrating 77 Years of the Tony Awards, But Have You Ever Asked “Who’s Tony”?

By: Ellis Nassour

June 12, 2024 – You’re not alone. Sunday’s Tony Awards mark 77 years of excellence on Broadway and like Ben Vereen, you may have wondered how the Tony Awards got their name. When Vereen was co-starring in Jesus Christ Superstar, he received a letter by messenger. It was from the American Theatre Wing. He asked the stage doorman what that was and the gent had no idea. He opened the letter. “It read: ‘Congratulations, Ben Vereen. You have been nominated as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for your performance.’” It was signed, The Tony Awards. He asked, “Who’s this Tony?”

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Lina Koutrakos

Lina Koutrakos

The American Songbook Association/Cabaret Scenes Honors Lina Koutrakos

By: Alix Cohen

June 16, 2024: Lina Koutrakos is the perfect recipient for the Darrell Henline award due to her commitment to the art of cabaret as a performer, director, songwriter, and producer. Her forty-year career was launched with her own rock band in decades-long residencies at the legendary venues. Koutrakos garnered multiple pop songwriting awards while simultaneously presenting her cabaret shows at the Metropolitan Room, 54 Below, and the Waldorf Astoria.

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Reviews

Home *****

Stori Ayers (Woman Two), Tory Kittles (Cephus Miles), and Brittany Inge (Woman One / Pattie Mae Wells).

By: Samuel L. Leiter

June 14, 2024: To paraphrase the old song, no matter where you’ve been searching for it, someday you’ll find that happiness lies, right under your eyes, right in your own backyard. It’s a maxim that, at least for a Black North Carolina farmer named Cephus Miles, certainly holds true. Cephus is the hero of Samm-Art Williams’s Home, a spirited 1979 play now being given its first Broadway revival—a deeply affecting one—at the Roundabout’s Todd Haimes Theatre.  

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White Room Gallery

Greg Lotus Photography: “Through the Window”.

Through the Looking Glass @The White Room Gallery June 18th – July 14.

June 14, 2024: The White Room Gallery at 3 Railroad Avenue in East Hampton will present THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS from June 18th Through July 14. The exhibition will feature Italian Vogue Photographer Gregg Lotus. The Back Room will feature pop artist John JosephHanright. There will be an opening reception on Saturday June 22 from 5-7pm.

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2024 Drama Desk Awards

Maleah Joi Moon “Hell’s Kitchen”, Brian D’Arcy James “Days of Wine and Roses”. And Kelli O’Hara “Days of Wine and Roses”.

June 11, 2024: Photos from the 68th Annual Drama Desk Awards held at the NYC Skirball Center on Monday, June 10 hosted by Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit. 
Click Here For a Full List of Winners
Photography: Barry Gordin

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2024 Drama Desk Awards

Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange and Celia Keenan-Bolger. Photo: Barry Gordin


Stereophonic & Dead Outlaw win Best Play & Best Musical at the 68
th Drama Desk Awards.

June 11, 2024:  The 68th Annual Drama Desk Awards were presented yesterday at the NYU Skirball Center near Washington Square Park in lower Manhattan. Stereophonic, which originated at Playwrights Horizon, and is now playing on Broadway won Best Play, along with 7 additional awards including a special ensemble award.  Outstanding Musical was David Yazbeth’s Dead Outlaw directed by David Cromer, which had a short Off-Broadway run last year, and also won best book and lyrics. Water For Elephants nabbed 4 Awards including Outstanding Director of a Musical for Jessica Stone’s impressive work.
Here is a Complete List of Winners.

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Reviews

David ***1/2

Kenny Morris,Ethan Zeph, Timothy Warmen and cast.

By: Paulanne Simmons

June 11,2024: Michelangelo is quoted as saying, “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” The same could be said of the new Musical, David, now making its premiere at AMT Theater. Martha Rosenblatt (book and lyrics), Gary Glickstein (book and lyrics) and Albert Tapper (book, lyrics and music) have created a real gem. All they need to do is chisel away the superfluous material. And there’s certainly a great deal of it.

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Broadway Update

Dolly Parton – Photo: Jim Wright

LCT Season; Dolly Parton Musical

By: David Sheward

June 10, 2024: Lincoln Center Theater has announced its 2024-25 season for its Vivian Beaumont, Mitzi Newhouse and Clara Tow Theaters. LCT’s Broadway season at the Vivian Beaumont begins with the previously announced MCNEAL by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar and starring Robert Downey Jr. in his Broadway debut. (previews Sept. 5 and opens Sept. 30). 

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Broadway Update

Aaron Tviet and Sutton Foster will host the 2024 Drama Desk Awards on June 10. Drawing by Justin “Squiggles” Robertson

Drama Desk, Pre-Tonys, Hills of California, Etc.

By: David Sheward

June 5, 2024: The 68th Drama Desk Awards, held on Mon. June 10 at 6:15 pm at NYU’s Skirball Hall and hosted by Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit of Sweeney Todd, have announced presenters: Brooke Shields, Laura Benanti, Matthew Brodereick, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Debra Messing, Brian d’Arcy James, Montego Glover, Lena Hall and Ruthie Ann Miles. Kelli O’Hara (nominated for Days of Wine and Roses) will perform a musical tribute to William Wolf Award recipient Andre Bishop. Nathan Lane will receive the Harold S. Prince Award for Lifetime Achievement. Lane has previously won six Drama Desk Awards, three Tonys, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award, a Lortel and two Obies. 

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