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Broadway Babe

Liza Minnelli in rehearsal with John Kander & Fred Ebb

Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Alec Baldwin and more celebrating John Kander & Fred Ebb at the 1998 Kennedy Center Honors are some of the entertaining Holiday treats from Broadway Babe this Season.

By: Randie Levine Miller

December 18, 2022: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sit back, relax, and watch these gems that Broadway Babe, Randie Levine Miller has unearthed. They include the 1998 Kennedy Center Honors, featuring Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, and more, a Johnny Ray Documentary, and scenes from the 1994 version of Showboat. Plus a added treat Liza Minnelli on the creative process with Kander and Ebb.

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Reviews

Ohio State Murders **1/2

Audra McDonald

By: Paulanne Simmons

December 19, 2022: Ohio State Murders was first performed in 1991 at the Yale Repertory Theater. Sixteen years later, the play premiered at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater Festival and was produced off Broadway at Theater for a New Audience. Now, twenty-two years later, the play has landed on Broadway, directed by Kenny Leon, with Audra McDonald in the role of Suzanne Alexander, a famous writer and former student at Ohio State University.

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Reviews

Becky Nurse of Salem ***

Bernard White and Deirdre O’Connell.

By: David Sheward

December 19, 2022: Rebecca Nurse is a minor character in The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s harrowing dramatization of the witch-hunt hysteria which gripped colonial America. But she is the center of Becky Nurse of Salem, Sarah Ruhl’s jagged new play set in contemporary times with a brief trip into the past. Well, not the Rebecca of Miller’s play, but an imagined descendent beset with just about every possible calamity associated with 21st century working-class society. The modern Becky (the brilliant Deirdre O’Connell) is addicted to opioids, has been fired from her job as a guide at the local museum of witchcraft, her granddaughter is just out of the hospital for depression, and she’s got a lousy love life. Drawing parallels to her ancestor, Becky becomes mixed up in magic spells to solve her various dilemmas and winds up in jail.

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The Al Hirschfeld Foundation – It Exists!

By: Alix Cohen

December 17, 2022: Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) spent seven decades as figurehead at the prow of the New York Times Arts and Leisure section. Drawings were delivered wrapped in brown paper inscribed “Do not fold, bend, stomp on or dunk in chicken fat.”

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Features

Michael Urie – Jane Anger

Michael Urie Co-stars in Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Revival of Talene Monohon’s Jane Anger …

By: Ellis Nassour

December 16, 2022: Are you ready for a bloody good time? It’s 1606 and an egomaniacal Shakespeare is plagued with writer’s block. London’s theatres are closed and the plague, the Black one, has the Bard in quarantine with his sly apprentice, Francis. However, he’s not as sly as the cunning woman known as Jane Anger, who climbs in through a window.

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Reviews

Becky Nurse of Salem **1/2

Deirdre O’Connell and Alicia Crowder.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

December 16, 2022: In an afterword appended to her script for Becky Nurse of Salem, playwright Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play), whose unsatisfying dramedy about the Salem witch trials is now playing at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, she explains the inspiration that led her to write the play. This was a compound of things, including the chants of “Lock her up” that soiled the 2016 election and Ivo van Hove’s Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s classic play about the Salem witch trials, The Crucible.

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Interviews

Tovah Feldshuh – Author

Part Two

Tovah Feldshuh: Celebrating 50 Plus Years Onstage and a Heartfelt Tell-All Memoir – Part Two

By: Ellis Nassour          

December 14, 2022 –  Tovah Feldshuh, the four-time Tony and two-time Emmy nominee, will celebrate 50 years performing on Broadway on January 1, 2023. That doesn’t include her work at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater and Off Broadway. Over the five decades, this theatrical wunderkind has done just about all there’s to do in show business: cabaret, theater (plays/musicals), TV, film, and playwriting.

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Reviews

Some Like It Hot *****

Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee in “Some Like It Hot”.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

December 14, 2022: Regardless of what Rodgers and Hammerstein may have said, there has always been something like a dame, namely, men who dress as dames. And from The Bachhae to Charley’s Aunt to Tootsie and so on, the theatre has never let us forget it. Pentheus may have lost his head (and a few other parts) in the first of these, but by and large, the object has been to ignite laughter, as we are yet again reminded in Some Like It Hot, the sensational new Broadway musical at the Shubert Theatre, loosely based on Billy Wilder’s still hilarious 1959 movie.

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Tony Awards 2023

United Palace Theater

CBS will present “THE 76th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS” airing Sunday, June 11, 2023, from a New Location, the United Palace in New York City. The TONYS will celebrate 76 years of the best of Broadway.

December 13, 2022: CBS will present “The 76th Annual Tony Awards,” which will be broadcast live from a new location, the United Palace in New York City. The celebration of 76 years of the best of Broadway will air on Sunday, June 11, 2023, on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+*.

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Reviews

A Child’s Christmas In Wales ***

Kylie Kuioka, Ali Ewoldt, Jay Aubrey Jones, Dan Macke, Ashley Robinson, and Kerry Conte.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

December 12, 2022: As it has on five earlier occasions since 2002, the Irish Repertory Theatre has retained its venerable name despite leaping over the Irish Sea to Wales for artistic director Charlotte Moore’s musical adaptation of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Atmospherically and accent-wise, the show, despite being based on a prose poem by a great Welsh writer remembering his childhood Christmases in Wales, comes off as more American than Welsh.

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Reviews

Josephine Beavers @ 54 Below ****

Josephine Baker

Josephine Beavers brings her cool jazz to 54 Below.

By: Patrick Christiano

December 7, 2022: Josephine Beavers wowed the audience on Tuesday, the opening night of a two-night engagement at 54 Below. Returning to the supper club after her 2019 debut, she did not disappoint and may be like a fine wine that becomes better with age. She performed with an amazing band, under the musical direction of Ed Vodicka on piano, who gave the evening a big band feel with his superb arrangements. Her style is warm, yet sophisticated and her smooth distinctive voice displayed an easy command of a polished craft.

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Broadway Babe

The cast of the original 1957 “West Side Story.”

Broadway Babe: West Side Story, Toast of the Town, Johnny Mathis and more.

December 9, 2022:  Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller has unearthed some wonderful nostalgic finds including film clips from the original West Side Story; Toast of the Town, the forerunner to the Ed Sullivan Show; Broadway Open House, the forerunner to The Tonight Show; and a very special concert with Johnny Mathis from 25 years ago.

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Interviews

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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