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Review: A Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Encores! City Center

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017

Whatever happened to Brigadoon? Not the place, the musical. Yeah, the place supposedly comes back every 100 years, but it was beginning to look like a century might pass before we saw the ...

Review: ‘Latin History for Morons’ Is Entertaining and Laced with Timely Social Commentary

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 16, 2017

Unapologetic, of-the-moment, matured and funny. Just some of the words that come to mind describing John Leguizamo’s sixth one-man stage production, Latin History for Morons, currently ...

Review: ‘Friends! The Musical Parody’ Isn’t Always There For You

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, November 3, 2017

Friends the TV show has its own cult-following, so when I heard there was a Friends musical in the works, I was curious to see how it would transfer to the stage. With Friends! The ...

Review: A Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Encores! City Center

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Whatever happened to Brigadoon? Not the place, the musical. Yeah, the place supposedly comes back every 100 years, but it was beginning to look like a century might pass before we saw the musical again in a full-scale professional production. ...

Review: Female-Centric Programming Takes Center Stage with the New York ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Women have always been huge contributors to the arts, from celebrated costume designers, to award-winning writers, directors and producers. This past Friday the New York Pops chose to honor the musical side of the equation with its concert Women ...

Art Break: Another Side of Louise Bourgeois on Display at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Although Louise Bourgeois is known as a sculptor, she was also an accomplished artist in the areas of drawing, painting and printing. Less known are her works in textiles, often done in collaboration with other artists. Now on ...

Review: Benjamin Grosvenor Dazzles In Recital at 92nd Street Y

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, November 17, 2017 Hailed as a child prodigy who has gone on to a promising solo career, British concert pianist Benjamin Grosvenor dazzled New York audiences on Wednesday at the 92nd Street Y with an ambitious program both rangy and highly rewarding. ...

Review: The Mariinsky Orchestra With Its Massive Sound Is A ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 17, 2017 At least three things emerge from the Mariinsky Orchestra’s back-to-back concerts at Carnegie Hall this week. First, the Mariinsky is a world treasure. Second, Sergei Prokofiev is arguably the finest writer of music for orchestra since Hector Berlioz. ...

Review: ‘Latin History for Morons’ Is Entertaining and Laced with ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 16, 2017 Unapologetic, of-the-moment, matured and funny. Just some of the words that come to mind describing John Leguizamo’s sixth one-man stage production, Latin History for Morons, currently running at the iconic Studio 54 in New York City. Leguizamo’s claim ...

Review: The Swedish Chamber Orchestra Presents A Magnificent 'Missa Solemnis' ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 14, 2017 Nearly two centuries after its completion, people still pretty much fall into two camps about Beethoven’s Missa solemnis: they think it’s either one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, or the chaotic leavings of a ...

Getting Up Close and Personal With Michelangelo at the Met

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 13, 2017 There are times when an artist’s name becomes verbal shorthand for discussing anything that remotely resembles their talent – or when it doesn’t. As a result it’s easy to lose sight of the original reason for ...

Art Break: The Fabric of Our Lives Through the Eyes ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 13, 2017 A lot of people dream of travelling the world. They want to experience firsthand the joys of walking down narrow streets surrounded by the colors, smells, and sounds of other lands and cultures. Art Break takes a different ...

Music In the Digital Age Sparks Creation of the Open ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, November 10, 2017 Virtuoso pianist Joel Fan, a celebrated champion of new music and member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, is launching the Open Source Music Festival at the Lower East Side's Abrons Art Center on November 16—18. This is a ...

Review: ‘Junk’ Should Be A Lot More Messy

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, November 3, 2017

Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 play Disgraced garnered fine reviews and a Pulitzer for its nuanced exploration of racial and religious divides. It offered complex characters, cracklingly good dialogue, and more ...

Review: A ‘Butterfly’ That Blurs

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 31, 2017

If you have no idea what M. Butterfly is about and plan to see the play, now on Broadway with Clive Owen and Jin Ha starring, quit reading right now and go back in the cave you’ve been living in since ...

Review: A Renovated ‘Rags’ at Goodspeed Opera House

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, October 30, 2017

Rags is one of those heartbreaking musical flops that theater fans continually lament as they wistfully imagine what could have been. Such a glorious score. Such a mess of a book. Such a ...

It’s a Family Affair at the Big Apple Circus—and Grandma’s Back!

Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 27, 2017

Most of us daydreamed in our childhood (or perhaps even more recently) about running away with the circus. And for many in this familial-centric industry, it’s just a matter of continuing to work in the family ...

Review: Ken Urban’s ‘A Guide for the Homesick’ Digs Deep and Packs An Emotional Wallop

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, October 20, 2017

A “rising star” in theater, and HP Fellow, Ken Urban continues his successful momentum in Boston with the current premiere of his latest play, A Guide for the Homesick, which grabs its audience ...

Review: ‘Lonely Planet’ Spins But Never Soars

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 20, 2017

There’s something off about Lonely Planet. This play should sear and burn, should leave you choking for air. And maybe it did, when Steven Dietz’s two-hander premiered in 1994 at the height of the ...

Review: This ‘Torch Song’ Still Blazes

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 20, 2017

A confession: I never saw the original Torch Song Trilogy, or the three separate plays that came before it. So I have nothing to compare it to, no memory of Harvey Fierstein in the lead role, no sense ...

Review: Alison Fraser Stars In a ‘Squeamish’ One-Character Play

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, October 17, 2017

In Aaron Mark’s psychological horror play Squeamish, Alison Fraser’s character of “Sharon” starts off with a slow burn; she turns up at her psychiatrist’s office in a little black ...

Playwright Ken Urban Is ‘Homesick’ at the Huntington Theater And Things Are Looking Bright

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, October 12, 2017

When Science and Engineering majors or minors are mentioned alongside Theater and Performance Arts degrees, it’s not a natural association. Ken Urban, the newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts at ...

Review: Time and a Family Are Shaped In ‘Time and the Conways’

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 11, 2017

Who knew the Countess of Grantham had it in her?

After years of playing the good-hearted American mom on everyone’s favorite British soap opera, Downton Abbey, Elizabeth McGovern finally gets ...

Review: A Bloated ‘Honeymooners’ at the Paper Mill Playhouse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017

They don’t write ‘em like this any more. For good reason.

As any Baby Boomer knows, “The Honeymooners” was a short-lived but nonetheless enduring sitcom from the mid 1950s starring ...

Review: A Breakneck ‘As You Like It’ at CSC Retains Some Charm

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, September 29, 2017

“Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

Is it just because I have a birthday coming up that I find those words so very despairing?

Or is it because they are spoken, in ...

Review: Ego Knows No Bounds in Peccadillo’s Entertaining ‘The Show-Off’

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, September 29, 2017

A comedy of family and manners set in the mid-1920s, The Show-Off was first produced on Broadway in 1924. The play was the most successful of the many works of the accomplished playwright George ...

TODAY: ‘West Side Story’ Opens on Broadway 60 Years Ago

Don Adkins, Managing Editor ZEALnyc, September 26, 2017

It’s easy to imagine that a Broadway musical is written and produced in a rather orderly fashion, soon after its initial draft; that couldn’t be any further from reality, especially in the case ...

Review: It Takes A Village To Bring ‘As You Like It’ To Life At the Delacorte

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, September 7, 2017

The most renowned actors around the world have interpreted countless iterations of Shakespeare’s wildly popular comedy As You Like It. The Public Theater’s Public Works initiative ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Theater

ZEALnyc, September 5, 2017

While the theater season in New York doesn’t really stop, we do have an arbitrary ending and beginning of each new season based on when shows open for Tony Award eligibility purposes (shows must have opened by a specific date set ...

Review: ‘Prince of Broadway’ Arrives on Broadway Slightly Less Than Princely

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, August 24, 2017

It’s difficult to argue that Harold Prince is not the Prince of Broadway. For seven decades this legend has been associated with the most important, the most impactful and the most significant ...

Review: ‘Heartless Bastard’ Turns Out To Have One (And A Soul, Too)

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, August 24, 2017

With ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ newly nestled at number one on iTunes, this may be as good a time as any to see Heartless Bastard. Jim Shankman’s play, currently at the HERE Arts ...

Review: A Glimpse Behind the Canvas in ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017

In the world of art, you often hear about Van Gogh’s style of painting described as revolutionary when compared to his Impressionist counterparts. And at the time it was, and still is. The sad part is the ...

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017

One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Berkshire Theatre Group to Shakespeare & ...

Review: ‘Curvy Widow’ Is Creaky and Coarse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion, shook our hands, and introduced herself as Bobby Goldman, the author ...

Review: ‘Macbeth’ Proves To Be a Moving Experience—Quite Literally

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

As someone who frequents the theatre, I’m accustomed to taking my seat and remaining there for two hours, maybe longer. This isn’t exactly how the New York Classical Theatre presents their productions. ...

Review: An Intimate and Joyous ‘Jerry’s Girls’ at the York Theatre Company

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017

If we’ve learned one thing this Broadway theater season, it’s that Jerry Herman’s music retains its crowd-pleasing appeal. The blockbuster revival of Hello, Dolly! certainly has Bette ...

Two Festivals, Both Alike In Dignity In Fair Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, August 4, 2017

Attending a theatre festival is often a destination experience, so when considering your options, there are two shining examples just north of the border in Canada; experience live theatre at its finest at ...

Review: ‘Really Rosie’ Is Really Wonderful

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2017

Really Rosie began as a half-hour animated television special in 1975. The script and the lyrics were written by the famous children’s author, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) with ...

A Salute To Broadway Royalty—a ‘Prince’ To Be Exact

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2017

What do Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Candide, Sweeney Todd, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera have in common? They’re all Broadway musicals of ...

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Makes For a Magical Night

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, August 1, 2017

Lord, what fools these mortals, and fairies, and royals be!

Director Lear deBessonet’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte is filled with charm and hilarity, ...

Review: ‘The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin’ Retains Its Relevancy In Today’s Divisive Times

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 27, 2017

Encores! Off-Center’s latest offering is a timely staging of an unfortunately little seen musical that has much to say. Efficiently directed here by Robert O’Hara, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her ...

Review: Lincoln Center Festival’s ‘While I Was Waiting’ Explores the Aftermath of Political Upheaval and Hope

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2017

Now in its 22nd year, The Lincoln Center Festival hosts a myriad of performances from around the globe. Making its North American debut at the festival, While I Was Waiting is a play based on a ...

New Tenants In the ‘Doll’s House’ Starting This Week

ZEALnyc, July 25, 2017

When we think of a Broadway show, we often think of a musical. Of course there are dramas and comedies, as well as other special event productions, like Michael Moore’s upcoming one-man play The Terms of ...

Review: The Elusiveness of Peace Brought To the Fore In ‘Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination’ at Lincoln Center Festival

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017

In this era of dismal, seemingly endless intractability in the Middle East, it’s startling to be reminded that, not too long ago, the prospect of peace between Israel and Palestine was tantalizingly close. ...

Review: Compagnie XY Proves Its Strength Is Working Together

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017

Compagnie XY is a French-based circus, but there’s no big top, no trapeze rig, no spangled leotards nor wild animals. Instead, it is a troupe of individuals with extraordinary abilities and exquisite training ...