Reviews

Melba Moore @ 54 Below ****1/2

By: Patrick Christiano

Melba Moore’s Dynamite new show, From Broadway With Love, @ 54 Below.

March 16, 2024: The marvelous Tony winner Melba Moore is trying out a new show, MELBA MOORE: FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE, at 54 Below, the intimate supper club in the theater district on 54th Street, just off Broadway.  She will do another performance tonight at 7pm. If you are free and can score a ticket, don’t hesitate. The lady is the real deal with an unbelievable voice and a commanding presence. She lights up the entire room. Her song list is spectacular with an emphasis on highlights from her Broadway Career.

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Melba Moore @ 54 Below

Melba Moore

Melba Moore’s Dynamite new show, From Broadway With Love, @ 54 Below.

March 16, 2024: The marvelous Tony winner Melba Moore is trying out a new show, MELBA MOORE: FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE at 54 Below, the intimate supper club in the theater district on 54th Street just off Broadway.  She will do another performance tonight at 7pm. If you are free and can score a ticket, don’t hesitate. The lady is the real deal with an unbelievable voice and a commanding presence. She lights up the entire room. Her song list is spectacular with an emphasis on highlights from her Broadway Career.
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Reviews

Doubt: A Parable *****

Liev Schreiber (Father Flynn) and Zoe Kazan ( Sister James).

By: Samuel L. Leiter

March 15, 2024: The Roundabout’s revival of John Patrick Shanley’s taut-as-a-tripwire 2004 drama Doubt: A Parable has been racked by health setbacks to its acting company. First, Tyne Daly had to drop out of the role of Sister Aloysius Beauvier, requiring the distinguished Amy Ryan to step in with very little time to prepare. Then, on the day I was booked, I learned that one of the principals would be out and that critics—most of them awards voters—would need to reschedule so they could see the complete regular company. A friend who happened to be at that performance told me that Liev Schreiber had appeared before the play began to apologize for not being able to perform, his role of Father Flynn being taken by Chris McGarry, who, my friend said, turned in a fine performance. I was finally able to attend last night and can assure you it was well worth the wait.

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Features

Peggy Lee

Wink Martindale, Holly Foster-Wells, Palm Springs Mayor Jeffrey Bernstein, Michael Feinstein. Scott Nevins and Behind them in pink T-shirts the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus.

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By: Joel Vig

March 16, 2024: For the rest of the world, March 8, 2024, was International Women’s Day.  But Palm Springs, California was celebrating one particular woman and pulling out all the stops.  That woman was the late legendary artist Miss Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 31, 2002.) Born Norma Deloris Engstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, the popular singer, songwriter, composer, and actress would eventually scale the heights in every area of show business. 

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Reviews

The Notebook ***, Illinoise ***

Joy Woods (Middle Allie) and Ryan Vasquez (Middle Noah) in “The Notebook”.

By: David Sheward

March 14, 2024: If sentimentality is your thing, The Notebook is definitely for you. Based on Nicholas Sparks’ 1996 best-selling novel, which became Nick Cassavetes’ 2004 cult-favorite film, this musical mines every treacly plot point for maximum tearjerking effect. 

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Reviews

Doubt: A Parable *****

Amy Ryan (Sister Aloysius), Zoe Kazan (Sister James), and Liev Schreiber (Father Flynn).

By: Paulanne Simmons

March 13, 2024Ever since John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable opened on Broadway in 2005, it has been a centerpiece for ambiguity in theater. Whether people see Doubt on screen or on stage, they come away wondering or arguing about the major questions: Did the priest have an improper relationship with Donald Muller, an altar boy and the school’s first Black student? Did he give Donald wine to drink? Did he let Donald take the blame for stealing the wine?

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Reviews

A Taste of Ireland ****1/2

Dancers in “A Taste of Ireland”.

The Irish Music and Dance Sensation

By: Paulanne Simmons

March 12, 2024: Craic is the Gaelic word for fun. And at the very top of the evening, that’s what the audience at A Taste of Ireland – The Irish Music & Dance Sensation, were promised. The show certainly delivered on that expectation.

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Around The Town

Broadway Babe

Celebrating Sondheim

Fun Gems from Babe include Sondheim, Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, and More.

March 11, 2024: Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller has some more gems to share with us including: a Sondheim concert with the New York Philharmonic; A variety show/fundraiser with some of Broadway’s best for PBS TV in Southern California; Michael Feinstein, singing a fabulous Broadway medley; and a BBC TV Jerry Herman themed broadcast. All of these picks are upbeat and fun finds!

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Broadway Update

Denzel Washington

Washington and Gyllenhaal to Star in Othello.

By: David Sheward

March 9,, 2024: Get ready for the highest-profile star casting in several years, if not decades. Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Fences) and Tony and Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Sea Wall/A Life, Brokeback Mountain) will co-star in a revival of Shakespeare’s Othello, set to open in Spring 2025. To add to the marquee value, the play will be directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) who will also be staging a new production of Our Town during the same 2024-25 season. Leon directed Washington in The Iceman Cometh, Raisin, and Fences. Further casting is to be announced.

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Reviews

Doubt: A Parable ****, The Ally ****

Liev Schreiber (Father Flynn) and Zoe Kazan ( Sister James).

By: David Sheward

March 7, 2024: It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Doubt: A Parable first appeared Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club and then transferred to Broadway winning the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, NY Drama Critics Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. John Patrick Shanley’s compact and powerful morality play pitting a determined nun against a charismatic priest she suspects of sexual misconduct still shakes and shatters. Scott Ellis’ revival for Roundabout Theater Company is as sturdy and upsetting as Doug Hughes’ original and Shanley’s self-directed 2008 film version. This is especially impressive considering Amy Ryan stepped into the lead of Sister Aloysius and had only a few weeks of rehearsal when Tyne Daly had to withdraw for medical reasons. 

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Reviews

Sunset Baby ****

Moses Ingram and Russell Hornsby.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

March 4, 2024: A little more than 10 years ago, in December 2013, to be precise, I saw the first New York staging of Dominique Morisseau’s riveting Sunset Baby, a work mingling father-daughter dysfunction against a background of revolutionary Black activism. The production arrived a year after its premiere in London, in 2012. Staged, I vaguely recall, in the three-quarters round at the intimate Labyrinth Theatre on Bank Street, it’s now being revived in standard proscenium style at the Signature Theatre’s somewhat larger Linney Courtyard Theatre. 

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Around The Town

Melba Moore @ 54 Below

Melba Moore

Tony Winner, MELBA MOORE: FROM BROADWAY, WITH LOVE @ 54 Below March 15 & 16. 

March 4, 2024:  Melba Moore returns to Broadway’s Living Room, 54 Below, with From Broadway, With Love – journeying through her notably remarkable career in music and beyond. Raised in NYC with professional musicians as parents, Ms. Moore stepped into the industry singing Background Vocals for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin which led to her Broadway debut succeeding Diane Keaton in the musical Hair. Moore went on to play recurring roles in several hit Broadway productions, including her celebrated portrayal of Lutiebelle in the musical Purlie.

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The Adventures of Curious Ganz

By: Alix Cohen

March 4, 2024: This imaginative puppet piece is based on “the true life of 16th-century copper smelter Joachim Ganz with a little leap to Ada Lovelace, Galileo, Al-Buzanji, Brunelleschi…A response to the closing of borders and narrowing of minds.”

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Pescador (Fisherman)

By: Alix Cohen

March 4, 2024: An old fisherman (puppet) grey, frayed, pulpy, has lived his life married to the sea. The relationship is powerful, symbiotic. Sometimes she gives, sometimes she takes. He grows old and infirm, but never thinks of drawing away. This is his last challenge. A lighthouse beam fans out.

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