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Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh: Celebrating 50 Plus Years Onstage

By: Ellis Nassour

December 8, 20222: The four-time Tony and two-time Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh has done just about all there’s to do in show business: cabaret, theater (plays and musicals), TV, film, and playwriting. She’s also an author, philanthropist, and adventurer. On January 1, 2023, she will celebrate 50 years performing on Broadway.

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Reviews

Ain’t No Mo’ *****

Fedna Jacquet, Shannon Matesky, Marchant Davis, Crystal Lucas-Perry and Ebony Marshall-Oliver.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

December 5, 2022″. As Kermit the Frog often reminded us, it’s not easy being a color different from that of the dominant culture. Some Black American playwrights, especially since the 1960s, have satirized their frustrations with such unease by creating seemingly outlandish situations in plays located somewhere on the absurdist spectrum. In 1965, for instance, in the days of what was then called the Black theatre movement, Douglas Turner Ward’s one-act, “Day of Absence” considered the reactions of a Southern town’s whites (played by Blacks in whiteface) to the sudden disappearance of all the local African Americans.

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Stardust Road *****

Kayla Jenerson, Danielle Herbert and Sara Esty.

By: Paulanne Simmons

December 1, 2022: Hoagland Howard Carmichael, more famously known as Hoagy, was one of the most successful Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 1930s. Today he is remembered by such standards as “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind” and “Heart and Soul.” But Hoagy, who was named after a circus troupe called the “Hoaglands” that stayed at the Carmichael house during his mother’s pregnancy, also worked in construction, a bicycle-chain factory and a slaughterhouse.

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Hirschfeld Book

Al Hirschfeld

Edited by David Leopold with almost 300 Hirschfeld drawings the new book covers nearly 50 years of the American Theater in one volume.
The American Theatre As Seen By Al Hirschfeld

By: Paulanne Simmons

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BroadwayHD

Billy Crystal in “Mr. Saturday Night” A New Musical Comedy.

Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy premiers on BroadwayHD December 1, just in time for the Holidays.

November 22, 2022: Broadway HD, the premiere streaming service for live theatre, announced the exclusive streaming release of Billy Crystal’s five-time Tony Award® nominated Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy. Filmed during its Broadway run, Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy will be available exclusively on BroadwayHD starting December 1st. Called “The funniest show on Broadway in years!” by Variety, and “Musical comedy heaven” by NY Daily News, Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy stars Billy Crystal, Tony-Award® nominee for Best Actor in a Musical, as Buddy Young, Jr. in this entertaining musical about an outrageous and outspoken comedian who has one last shot at reclaiming the spotlight – and his family – one hilarious step at a time. Now, some 40 years after his TV career flamed out, Buddy seeks one more shot at the spotlight, and while he’s at it, one last shot at fixing the family he fractured along the way.

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Reviews

A Christmas Carol *****

Jefferson Mays

CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By: Samuel L. Leiter

November 30, 2022: If you go to Show-Score.com, an online site for theatre reviews, you’ll find that, within the past few years alone, there have been at least 15 adaptations of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novel A Christmas Carol produced in New York. It has been on the stage, in one form or another, since its earliest days, even acted by Dickens himself, and has been a constant presence on radio, TV, and movies as well. Yet actors, writers, directors, and producers never seem to tire of it, and audiences continue to flock to each new iteration, making it perhaps the most adapted and popular literary creation in history.

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

By: Alix Cohen

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Make Merry for the Holidaze.

November 30, 2022: The world’s foremost, all-male comic ballet company delighting the savvy and novices alike will be in residence at The Joyce Theater December 20 through January 8.  Who are they, how did the company happen? Are gallons of borscht required for upkeep?

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Cheese Fries & Froot Loops

A new solo show, Cheese Fries & Froot Loops, written and performed by Chris Fuller will play the Triad Theater on Tuesday, November 29th @ 7pm.

November 22, 2022:   Step Forward Entertainment announced Cheese Fries & Froot Loops, a humorous new solo show written and performed by Chris Fuller, will play The Triad Theater on Tuesday, November 29th at 7pm. The poignant tale about the playwright’s pursuit of a life-long dream, to play on the PGA Tour while living with Bipolar Mental Disorder, will be followed by an open discussion with a panel of Mental Health Experts, who will speak on the healing power of telling your own story. A question and answer will follow. Tickets are $20.00 plus a 2-drink minimum for the LIVE performance or $10.00 to view LIVE via streaming or on demand for 2 weeks.

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Reviews

& Juliet ***

Lorna Courtney

By: Samuel L. Leiter

November 23, 2022: & Juliet, a raucous jukebox musical that even has a jukebox as a prominent stage property, belongs as well to a genre with a much longer tradition, burlesque. No, not the modern burlesque of dirty jokes, baggy pants comedians, and bump and grind strippers, but the 18th- and 19th-century form—with 17th-century roots—from which that later genre was born. These were full-scale, often spectacular (thus the alternate name of “extravaganzas”), musical take-offs of theatrical genres or famous plays, usually with parody titles. In 1897, for example, you could laugh heartily at The Geezer, a spoof of the recent comic opera The Geisha.

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Broadway Babe

Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas.

Unique finds from Broadway Babe this week include Tony winner, Glynis Johns, from 1973, Shirley Jones, Marlo & Phil, and a tribute to Kander & Ebb.

November 26, 2022:  Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller, has unearthed some unique finds this week: Tony award winning Glynis Johns on the Tonight Show; Shirley Jones, in her own words; Marlo and Phil Donahue talking about their successful 40 year marriage; and a very special entre nous benefit that pays tribute to Kander and Ebb with performances from the best of Broadway!

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The American Theater 1962-2022 as seen by Al Hirschfeld

“Al had one of the only unique styles in the history of art.” Caricaturist David Levine

By: Alix Cohen

December 1, 2022: For a lover of the stage, paging through a book of Al Hirschfeld’s theater art is an act of remember when. Circumstances, company, occasion, and impressions are recalled. Those productions one hasn’t seen evoke saudade, a Portuguese word for something not personally experienced for which one nonetheless feels nostalgia. The latter is akin to phantom limb syndrome. It may not be real, but you sense it moving.

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Reviews

& Juliet ***1/2

Lorna Courtney and the cast of & Juliet.

By: Paulanne Simmons

November 23, 2022: On the heels of the international success of Six, comes another woke Elizabethan musical from the West End, & Juliet, directed by Luke Sheppard. Book writer David West Read’s tale of female empowerment does not concern Henry VIII’s many spouses (divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived) but one of Shakespeare’s most famous heroines, Romeo’s one and only wife, Juliet.

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The Old Man and The Pool ***1/2

Mike Birbiglia

By: Paulanne Simmons

November 21, 2022: In his newest solo show, The Old Man and The Pool, Mike Birbiglia looks to one of the most unlikely subjects for the source of humor: his own mortality. Heavy stuff, but nonetheless most people are likely to enjoy the show enormously. In fact, Birbiglia is less a comedian than a wonderful raconteur. And he even manages to throw in a few laughs, mostly at his own expense.

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The Rat Trap ***

Sarin Monae West and James Evans.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

November 21, 2022: In 1918, when he was a mere stripling of 18, Noël Coward (1899-1973), budding British playwright/ performer/song writer, and so forth, wrote The Rat Trap,a four-act comedy-drama about marital dysfunction, with its accent on the drama. A reflection of Coward’s extreme precocity, it had a Shavian-influenced theme about the overlooked intellectual and artistic powers of the female sex, as told through a scathingly delineated marriage (see its title) between a fatuous playwright and his more gifted novelist wife.

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Circus Vazquez

Home-Grown Circus Vazquez Is Celebrating 20th Season Under the Big Top in the New York Area

By: Ellis Nassour

November 18, 2022: The extraordinarily entertaining Circus Vazquez, one of the U.S.’s premier and longest-running family-owned shows, is no stranger to the New York area where it’s played for 20 seasons. The 2022 Edition plays through December 11 in Queens across from Citi Field (123-01 Roosevelt Avenue) with a high-energy family show under a brand new Big Top. It’s, as usual, a don’t miss/must see show.

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