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Michael Feinstein @ WHBPAC

August 1, 2022: From Gershwin to Carole King and beyond, Michael Feinstein expands the Great American Songbook into the modern era. Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” He is widely considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. This is an evening of music you won’t want to miss!

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Reviews

Oresteia ***

Peter Wight and Angus Wright.

By: David Sheward

August 1. 2022: There are some stunning images and moving moments in Robert Icke’s massive modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, paying in repertory with Hamlet at the Park Avenue Armory. But this nearly four-hour marathon indulges in too much extraneous dialogue and lacks the relentless, gripping action of the companion Shakespearean production. 

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The Kite Runner ****

Evan Zes, Eric Sirakian and Amir Arison.

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 31, 2022: Turning a much beloved novel into a stage play is always tricky business. It’s especially difficult when that novel spans several decades and two continents. So adapter Matthew Spangler and director Giles Croft should be given special credit for The Kite Runner, which opened at the Helen Hayes Theater on July 21.

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Broadway Update

Joshua Henry and Gavin Creel in “Into the Woods”. Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.

Broadway Update: Woods Extends, Piano Moves, Etc.

By: David Sheward

July 29, 2022: Into the Woods is now officially extending its limited run at the St. James through Oct. 16. The acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine fairy-tale musical was originally intended to play only till Aug. 21 after its sold-out City Center run. The announcement came one day after producers of The Piano Lesson revealed they were moving the August Wilson production to the Barrymore rather than the previously announced St. James. New casting for later in the Woods run will be announced in the coming days. What’s surprising is the extension is only for another two months. Perhaps there will be another extension if the box office continues to hold strong. Woods pulled in a whopping near $2 million last week. Maybe the show could become like another Encores transfer, Chicago which is still running and holds the record as the longest-playing American musical in Broadway history. Chicago boosted its epic run with some interesting big names in replacement casting including most recently Pamela Anderson. With so many juicy roles, Woods could become star-bait and attract new audiences with each new cast.

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof **

Matt de Rogatis

By: Samuel L. Leiter

July 24, 2022: There have been five Broadway revivals, all of them star studded, and one with an all-Black cast, since Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened in 1955. While not all were of equally high quality, none missed the litter box like the current version, the first to open Off Broadway (at St. Clement’s Theatre). 

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Shy

Shy – The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers

By: Alix Cohen

July 29, 2022: “Au fond,” as Mary Rodgers might say, she was about as shy as Princess Winifred= NOT. (Once Upon a Mattress) Daughter of musical theater legend Richard Rodgers, the accomplished artist was a musical theater composer and writer of everything from dialogue for Bill Baird marionettes to Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts to hugely popular children’s books (some turned into movies).

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Reviews

The Kite Runner ****

Amir Arison and Eric Sirakian in “The Kite Runner”.

By: David Sheward

July 22,2022: Novels don’t always work well on stage, especially when there’s a first-person narrator. Plays rely on action rather than narration (“Show, don’t tell” is the rule of thumb) and contained plots over sprawling stories. Fortunately, Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 best-seller about a young man’s harrowing experiences of growing up in Afghanistan and immigrating to the US after the Russian invasion, is sharply focused, conveying an epic and engaging plot without wandering or diffusing. Now at the Helen Hayes Theatre for a limited run after two seasons in London’s West End, Kite runs, soars and introduces American audiences to a culture rarely, if ever, seen on Broadway. 

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Broadway Update

Gavin Creel and Julia Lester in “Into the Woods”.

Broadway Update: What’s Up with Into the Woods and Piano Lesson?

By: David Sheward

July 22, 2022: The Encores! revival of Into the Woods is such a big hit that there are rumors it will extend beyond its relatively brief limited run ending Aug. 21 at the St. James. But the revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson starring Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks and John David Washington is slated to begin previews at the St. James on Sept. 19. Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post reported last week that Woods producers want their show to stay put and have Piano Lesson move to the Barrymore where Paradise Square has just closed. (Side note: Paradise producer Garth Drabinsky has been placed on Equity’s Do Not Work list for “outstanding payments and benefits, and a continued pattern of abuse and neglect that created an unsafe and toxic work environment.”) There has been no confirmation on Woods extending or Piano Lesson changing its venue. Tickets are not being sold for Woods beyond Aug. 21 and tickets are being sold for Piano Lesson at the St. James from Sept. 19 until Jan. 8, 2023.

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BroadwayHD

The Phantom of the Opera

Beat the Heat with a variety of Summer blockbuster titles from BroadwayHD including Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hair, and more.

July 18, 2022: BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theatre fans across the globe, has an array of stunning musicals to cool off with, right from the comfort of your own home. The Summer blockbuster titles include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hair, and more.

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Marilyn Maye @ Bay Street

Cabaret legend, Marilyn Maye, brings her acclaimed show, “94, OF COURSE THERE IS MORE,” to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on July 18 @8pm.

July 11, 2022:  If you have never experienced the cabaret legend, Marilyn Maye, performing live on stage, here is an excellent opportunity. Maye is bringing her show, “94, Of Course There is More,” to musical Mondays at Bay Street Theater on July 18. Known for her powerhouse delivery, electric stage presence, and chatty rapport with the audience, Manhattan’s Queen of Cabaret celebrated her 94th birthday on stage performing at Feinsteins/54 Below, where she did 10 shows this past April. She will be reprising that show, “92, Of Course There is More,” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor next Monday, July 18 @8pm. 

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Reviews

Into The Woods *****

The Cast of “Into The Woods”.

By: David Sheward

July 14, 2022: When a show is absolutely perfect, reviewing it becomes more of a challenge than if it were flawed. It’s not difficult to list a production’s shortcomings and how they detract from the experience, but enumerating superlatives makes your writing sound like a gushy, repetitive love letter. Well, here goes. With the possible exception of Hamilton, the new revival of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved mature twist on traditional fairy tales, is as close to perfection as any production on or Off-Broadway in the past 30 years (the 1992 Guys and Dolls was the last one to come the closest).  

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Broadway Babe’s Picks

Elvis Presley

By: Randie Levine Miller

July 17, 2022: Since the release of the Elvis movie, we are all obsessed (again) with the legend. Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine Miller, has unearthed a fabulous Elvis BBC documentary of his Vegas years.  And there’s more: a star studded salute to Broadway by some of the greats performing at the White House, a delightful “Golden Girls” reunion; and she’s celebrating Annette Warren who just turned 100, with this video of her performance at the age of 95, at 54 Below – and Randie was there! Enjoy!“Elvis: The Rebirth of the King”

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Reviews

Into the Woods *****

Cast of “Into The Woods”.

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 15, 2022: First, let me confess; I am not a Sondheim fan. His music leaves me unimpressed. His lyrics leave me confused. His characters often make me want to forsake humanity. And his story lines make me wish the show will end quickly.

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