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Review: ‘Angry Young Man’ – A Zany Yet Serious Satire

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 24, 2017

Angry Young Man, by accomplished British playwright and director, Ben Woolf, is a satire that explores varying and complicated attitudes towards immigration. The imaginative and slapstick play was ...

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THE PRICE CAST
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THE PRICE CREATIVE
Arthur Miller  Playwright   Terry Kinney  Director 

Derek McLane—Set Designer
Sarah J. Holden—Costume Designer
David Weiner—Lighting Designer
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen—Sound Designers

Review: ‘The Price’ Returns a Rarely Seen Miller Work to Broadway

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 23, 2017

What makes life a success?

In Arthur Miller’s The Price, which opened on Broadway recently, policeman Victor gave up his dreams and dropped out of college to care for his father, who went bust in ...

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Manhattan Theatre Club Serves Up ‘The Little Foxes’—With A Twist

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 23, 2017

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a revival of Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 drama of greed and ambition, The Little Foxes, which  begins previews on March 29 and opens on April 19 at ...

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Ailey II Debuts With Both Old and New at the ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is nearing a six-decade milestone of presenting, and at the same time, revolutionizing modern dance as we know it today. Over the years the company has grown and in 1974 the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble ...

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Art Break: Women and Art and 'The Movement of Herstory' ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 This week’s Art Break has women artists in focus. From traditional textile techniques to unique expressions of political and emotional states, these masters of their mediums bring new perspectives to the world around them. ZEALnyc recommends our ...

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Music and Cocktails at The Miller Theater—How Can You ...

ZEALnyc, March 24, 2017 Looking for a way to relax after a hard day at the office? Or maybe a way to hear a little music? Or maybe a place to have a drink? How about combining all these needs into 'one-stop shopping'?  The Miller Theater at ...

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Planning a Trip to Cuba? What You Need to Know ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 24, 2017 For years, visions of Cuba danced before my eyes like Shangri-La or El Dorado, the colorful, wonderful land that was very close, yet very far away. My partner and I have wanted to visit for ages. He loves Cuban ...

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Review: ‘Angry Young Man’ – A Zany Yet Serious Satire

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 24, 2017 Angry Young Man, by accomplished British playwright and director, Ben Woolf, is a satire that explores varying and complicated attitudes towards immigration. The imaginative and slapstick play was critically acclaimed in London and Australia, and in its U.S. ...

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THE PRICE CAST
Mark Ruffalo  Victor Franz Tony Shalhoub  Walter Franz Jessica Hecht  Esther Franz Danny DeVito  Gregory Solomon 

THE PRICE CREATIVE
Arthur Miller  Playwright   Terry Kinney  Director 

Derek McLane—Set Designer
Sarah J. Holden—Costume Designer
David Weiner—Lighting Designer
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen—Sound Designers

Review: 'The Price' Returns a Rarely Seen Miller Work to ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 23, 2017 What makes life a success? In Arthur Miller’s The Price, which opened on Broadway recently, policeman Victor gave up his dreams and dropped out of college to care for his father, who went bust in the Depression. His ...

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Jazz Notes: Review of Kevin Eubanks' Superb New Recording: 'East ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, March 23, 2017 Too often, jazz concept albums are so dedicated to their premise that the music suffers. The tunes aren’t interesting, the rhythm section doesn’t groove, and the soloists are phoning it in. With East West Time Line, ...

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Manhattan Theatre Club Serves Up 'The Little Foxes'—With A ...

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 23, 2017 Manhattan Theatre Club presents a revival of Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 drama of greed and ambition, The Little Foxes, which  begins previews on March 29 and opens on April 19 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street. This ...

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Review: 'Beneath the Gavel' Interrogates the Art World Via the ...

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 “I’ve always felt that a lot of modern art is a con, and that the most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists,” said by a man in 1987 who knows art, or at ...

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Review: 'Chess Match No. 5'—A Tribute to Composer John ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 Chess Match No. 5 is the current production by the Abington Theatre Company playing at the June Havoc Theatre. The show, which felt more like a 90 minute monologue, centers around two characters, He (Will Bond) and She (Ellen Lauren), and ...

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Review: ‘Beneath the Gavel’ Interrogates the Art World Via the Auction House

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017

“I’ve always felt that a lot of modern art is a con, and that the most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists,” said by a man in 1987 who knows art, or at least ...

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Review: ‘Chess Match No. 5’—A Tribute to Composer John Cage

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017

Chess Match No. 5 is the current production by the Abington Theatre Company playing at the June Havoc Theatre. The show, which felt more like a 90 minute monologue, centers around two characters, He ...

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Review: ‘How To Transcend a Happy Marriage’ Is, Well, Transcendent

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 21, 2017

We are all so confused.

Here are the headers of the first two Show-Score member reviews of the new Sarah Ruhl play, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. The first says: “Boring, Excruciating, ...

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Review: ‘The Strangest’ Addresses Family and Political Strife With Poignancy in French Algiers

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2017

Inspired by Albert Camus’ classical novel, The Stranger, and coupled with playwright Betty Shamieh’s fascination of Middle Eastern storytelling cafes, we have a dynamic ...

JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE
February 14 – April 16
Newman Theater

Directed by Alex Timbers

Choreography by Steven Hoggett

Starring: Terence Archie, James Brown III, Jonathan Burke, Rodrick Covington, Sean Allan Krill, Jo Lampert, Mike McGowan, Dimitri Joseph Moïse, Mary Kate Morrissey, Adam Perry, John Schiappa, Kyle Selig, Michael James Shaw, and Mare Winningham 

Scenic design by Chris Barreca
Costume design by Clint Ramos
Lighting design by Justin Townsend
Sound design by Cody Spencer
Projection design by Darrel Maloney

Musical direction by Kris Kukul

CAST
erence Archie, James Brown III, Jonathan Burke, Rodrick Covington, Sean Allan Krill, Jo Lampert, Mike McGowan, Mary Kate Morrissey, Adam Perry, John Schiappa, Kyle Selig, Michael James Shaw

A ‘Choice List’ for Off-Broadway This Spring

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 16, 2017

From Lieutenant Sulu to Stephen Sondheim, Joan of Arc to John Leguizamo, the Off-Broadway spring season truly has something for everyone. But since I’m most interested in what it has for me, here’s a ...

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Book and Lyrics by Ethan Lipton 
Music composed and performed by Ethan Lipton, Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy & Ian Riggs
Directed by Leigh Silverman
 
Scenic and Costume Design: David Zinn
Lighting Design: Ben Stanton
Sound Design: Nicholas Pope

Review: The Quirky Charm of ‘The Outer Space’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

As Broadway is enjoying a bit of a banner year for musicals — at least in terms of the number of new shows — a broad array of Off-Broadway musicals have also opened this season.

So far, ...

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Review: Jarring Styles Defeat ‘Kid Victory’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

Kid Victory is a real odd duck of a show. The subject matter itself is extremely challenging: a teenage boy falls prey to an online sexual predator and is held hostage for nearly a year. Now, ...

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A Crowded Spring on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a very crowded spring on Broadway. Although, just a few weeks ago, more than half of the 41 theaters on Broadway were empty, by the time we reach the cutoff ...

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Review: ‘Haram! Iran!’ Tackles the Topic of Homosexuality and Islam

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 14, 2017

Haram! Iran! is an appealing coming of age play about the growing friendship between two apparently very different teenage boys, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhouni. They engage in enlightening and ...

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photo call/set-ups photographed: Wednesday, February 15, 2017; 9:30 PM at NY City Center Stage I-Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC; 
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Review: ‘Linda’ Personifies the Working Feminist/Out-of-Touch Mom

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 13, 2017

With recent public events like the Women’s March On Washington and A Day Without A Woman, there is no shortage of efforts to reinvigorate the feminist movement. Merely turning on a television these days ...

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Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Returns with a Simple Beauty

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 9, 2017 

After nearly six decades in film and television, Sally Field comes to Broadway in a tour-de-force role, played with a gentle and devastating accuracy.

The role is Amanda, and Field appears in what is a ...

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Theater Breaking Through Barriers Does It Again—An Evening of Short Plays of Diversity and Otherness

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 8, 2017

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (formerly known as Theater By the Blind) kicks off its 38th season with the World Premiere of The Other Plays, five short plays exploring the themes of ...

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The Writer and the Wrestler Meet Off-Broadway

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 7, 2017

As unlikely, or even unbelievable, as it sounds, professional wrestler Andre the Giant and Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett once spent a great deal of time together.

The story goes that when young Andre ...

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Review: ‘Significant Other’ Has Us Laughing Through Tears

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 3, 2017

Significant Other is either the saddest play I ever laughed my way through or the funniest play I ever left in tears. I’m not sure.

The laughs come with the frequency of a really good TV comedy, ...

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Flaherty and Ahrens To Be Honored at a Benefit for Amas Musical Theatre

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2017

Tony Award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on this Island, Ragtime, Rocky, Seussical, Dessa Rose) will receive the 2017 Rosie ...

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Review: Tyne Daly Goes Mad with the York Theatre’s ‘Dear World’

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, February 27, 2017

The York Theatre Company presented its 22nd season of Musicals in Mufti program this year. “Mufti” means ordinary street dress, and their mission is to present the “underappreciated” or little-seen ...

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Review: ‘Fish Men’ Is Sure To Reel You In

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, February 22, 2017

Fish Men is a stunning and thought-provoking play, full of enriching sports metaphors and surprises about life, trauma, and adversity. The twist is that the sport is chess and the matches are as ...

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‘Sousatzka’ Premieres in Toronto Before Heading To Broadway With a Lead from New Jersey

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2017

The tradition of trying out musicals in regional settings prior to opening on Broadway has a long history. Typical “tryout” cities have included Boston, New Haven, Washington, D.C., Chicago ...

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Review: The Sun Won’t Come Out Tomorrow In ‘Evening at the Talk House’ and ‘Ring Twice for Miranda’

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 17, 2017

Dystopia rules! Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale are bestsellers. Yeat’s poem “The Second Coming,” nearly 100 years old, was quoted more in 2016 than any ...

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‘Caesar’ in the Age of Trump, Courtesy of the Public

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 16, 2017

 It’s always interesting to see how a new presidential administration makes its mark on the arts. Hamilton, after all, began its journey to Broadway seven years ago at a

Review: In ‘The Dressmaker’s Secret’ Nothing Is What It Seams

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2017

Last Thursday night for New York Fashion Week, Kendall Jenner set the catwalk crowd cooing in barely-there intimate apparel from La Perla. My invitation having inexplicably been lost in the mail, I instead ...

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The New Group is Making a ‘Fine’ Showing This Season

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017

Remember the young actress who lit up the screen as the precocious beauty pageant contestant in the 2006 film, Little Miss Sunshine? That was ten-year old Abigail Breslin in her ...

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Will Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress Defund the National Endowment for the Arts?

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 14, 2017

The Trump administration is moving quickly on the agenda it voiced during its presidential campaign. And while organizations like Planned Parenthood are girding for a budget fight, not-for-profit arts and ...

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Review: ‘Sight Unseen’ Paints a Compelling Portrait of an Artist in Crisis

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017

Sight Unseen, the classic American play by Donald Margulies, examines the emotional and artistic crises of Jonathan Waxman (Richard Brundage), an artist so bankable that he is not only being honored ...

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Encores! Big River
New York City Center

Cast & Credits

Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Choreography by Josh Rhodes
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Lear DeBessonet
Starring Stephen Lee Anderson, Nicholas Barasch, Patrice Covington, Andrew Cristi, Wayne Duvall, Mike Evariste, Charlie Franklin, Annie Golden, Katherine A. Guy, Megan Masako Haley, Adrianna Hicks, Zachary Infante, Gizel Jimenez, Andrew Kruep, John-Michael Lyles, Cass Morgan, Tom Nelis, David Pittu, Horace V. Rogers, Kyle Scatliffe, Christopher Sieber, and Lauren Worsham

Review: A Meandering ‘Big River’ at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017

Quite a few members of the theater community were scratching their heads when Encores! at New York City Center announced its season for this year. Two of the shows made perfect sense: the 1950s cult ...

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Palace Theatre

Produced by Paul Blake and Mike Bosner; Produced by special arrangement with Really Useful Group
Book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton; Based on the film by Billy Wilder; Musical Director: Kristen Blodgette
Directed by Lonny Price
General Manager: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Company Manager: Penny Daulton
Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Timothy Semon
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Press Representative: DKC/O&M; Advertising: Serino/Coyne
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Norma Desmond 
Siobhan Dillon 
Broadway debut	Betty Schaefer 
Fred Johanson 
Broadway debut	Max von Mayerling 
Michael Xavier 
Broadway debut	Joe Gillis 
Nancy Anderson 
Ensemble 
Mackenzie Bell 
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Preston Truman Boyd 
Artie Green 
Barry Busby 
Ensemble 
Britney Coleman 
Broadway debut	Ensemble 
Julian R. Decker 
Ensemble 
Anissa Felix 
Ensemble 
Drew Foster 
Ensemble 
David Hess 
Ensemble 
Brittney Johnson 
Ensemble 
Katie Ladner 
Broadway debut	Ensemble 
Stephanie Martignetti 
Ensemble 
Lauralyn McClelland 
Ensemble 
T. Oliver Reid 
Ensemble 
Lance Roberts 
Ensemble 
Stephanie Rothenberg 
Ensemble 
Graham Rowat 
Ensemble 
Paul Schoeffler 
Cecil B. DeMille 
Andy Taylor 
Sheldrake 
Sean Thompson 
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Matt Wall 
Ensemble 
Jim Walton 
Manfred 
Swings: Mackenzie Bell and Barry Busby

Review: The Pictures Get Small as Close Reprises Norma in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 9, 2017

Sunset Boulevard, the troubled 1993 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with a past as melodramatic as its plot, returns to Broadway in a trim new production with the powerhouse that brought it to New ...

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The Public Theater and The New Yorker Team Up to Talk Trump

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 8, 2017

The Public Theater and The New Yorker announced today the creation of a new series as part of the Public’s spring 2017 Public Forum line-up that will explore the Trump presidency. Public Forum: ...

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Welcome Back, William Inge

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, February 7, 2017

Although he won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama along with many other awards, had five plays produced on Broadway during the 1950s—which were later successfully adapted for the screen, William Inge remains ...

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Review: Surreal Comedy ‘Enterprise’ at the Brick in Williamsburg

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, February 7, 2017

Currently in residence at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is Enterprise, a surreal comedy about a large company suddenly on the brink of collapse, and the desperate attempt by four ...

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Review: The Honest, Touching Emotion of ‘Milk and Honey’ at the York

The York Theatre mounts a spare but moving concert of Jerry Herman’s first Broadway show

Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2017

Last season, the fine folks at Encores! at New York’s City Center ...

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Donald Trump—From Broadway Producer to President

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, February 3, 2017

He was 23 years old, had a degree from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and had an extremely profitable family business waiting for him.

But Donald Trump thought he ...

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BroadwayCon Creates a Bubble for Theater Fans

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, February 1, 2017

When BroadwayCon, the theatre community’s version of Comic Con, began as an idea to bring theatre fans together for one weekend, no one could have imagined just how big it would ...