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The ‘Daly Show’ is Coming to Vermont as Tim and Tyne Appear Together Onstage

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2017

“Tim Daly is my favorite actor. Tim Daly is my favorite brother. Not necessarily in that order.” Those are the words of Tony Award winner (Gypsy, 1990) and multiple Emmy recipient Tyne Daly ...

Shakespeare in the Park: A ‘How To Get Tickets’ Primer

ZEALnyc, May 23, 2017

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best theater deals in town. Any town. You can’t beat seeing remarkable performances from people like James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, or ...

Review: ‘The Whirligig’ Spins, Aided By a ‘Strong Ensemble Cast’

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017

The difference between tragedy and comedy, according to a character in Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, is that “In Tragedy the force that drives the hero to his fully mature realization of Self is ...

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Spring Show Opens This Weekend

ZEALnyc, May 24, 2017 The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit commences its 2017 shows this Memorial Day Weekend and the following weekend.  The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and ...

The 'Daly Show' is Coming to Vermont as Tim and ...

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2017 “Tim Daly is my favorite actor. Tim Daly is my favorite brother. Not necessarily in that order.” Those are the words of Tony Award winner (Gypsy, 1990) and multiple Emmy recipient Tyne Daly speaking of her younger brother Tim Daly, ...

Shakespeare in the Park: A 'How To Get Tickets' Primer

ZEALnyc, May 23, 2017 The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best theater deals in town. Any town. You can’t beat seeing remarkable performances from people like James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, or Liev ...

Jazz Notes: Virtuoso Violinist Regina Carter Brings Positive Vibes to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 22, 2017 Last month, virtuoso violinist Regina Carter released her tenth album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, on SonyMusic Masterwork’s imprint OKeh. It’s not only a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s in the centennial of her birth, but it’...

Review: 'The Whirligig' Spins, Aided By a 'Strong Ensemble Cast'

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017 The difference between tragedy and comedy, according to a character in Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, is that “In Tragedy the force that drives the hero to his fully mature realization of Self is Death. While in Comedy? That ...

Review: Perahia Brings His 'Colossal Artistry' to Carnegie Hall With ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017 The celebrated pianist Murray Perahia was the first North American to win the prestigious Leeds Competition in 1972 when he was 25. Since then, he has accumulated numerous other accolades, a large discography, and a worshipful following. Though he has been ...

Art Break: Calder and Miró Are the Focus at Pace ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017 This week Art Break is all about classic examples of art (not classical art, that’s something else entirely). Every entry is the gold standard of its movement or an artist’s output and seeing them is key ...

Review: 'A Doll's House, Part 2'—Nora's Back and Better ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, May 19, 2017 It still ends with a closing door, but this time, as is appropriate to the difference between a child and an adult, it isn’t slammed, but closed ruefully, hopefully, and perhaps a tad regretfully. And maybe it's still ...

Review: Kyung Wha Chung Is 'Unequalled' Making History at Carnegie ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, May 19, 2017 As predicted, it was quite an evening. Looking like God’s soldier, her magnificent face rapt in her task, Kyung Wha Chung gave the first integral performance of Bach’s sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin ever attempted on ...

Review: Fraternal Tensions Fuel the Mint's Current Find—'The Lucky ...

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, May 19, 2017 A.A. Milne is a member of that pantheon of British writers of revered children’s books who also achieved fame in more grown-up literary circles. J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) was a celebrated Scottish novelist and playwright, and ...

Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’—Nora’s Back and Better Than Ever

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, May 19, 2017

It still ends with a closing door, but this time, as is appropriate to the difference between a child and an adult, it isn’t slammed, but closed ruefully, hopefully, and perhaps a tad regretfully. And maybe ...

Review: Fraternal Tensions Fuel the Mint’s Current Find—’The Lucky One’

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, May 19, 2017

A.A. Milne is a member of that pantheon of British writers of revered children’s books who also achieved fame in more grown-up literary circles. J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) was a celebrated Scottish ...

Review: Encores!’ ‘Golden Apple’ Lacks Luster

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 18, 2017

Of all the flop shows that musical theater fanatics obsess about, The Golden Apple has to be one of the most legendary. The show was an Off-Broadway sensation in 1954, although upon transferring ...

Calling All Female Music Educators—Apply for the Liz Swados Inspiration Grant Now

ZEALnyc, May 11, 2017

The life of a school teacher is often one of oversight and lack of recognition for the significant contributions they make to our future generations, much less music teachers and those working in the arts. Last year, after the untimely ...

The Stars Align to Celebrate the Best of Off-Broadway at the Lortel Awards

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, May 10, 2017

In the world of theatre it seems that Broadway often steals the spotlight, but this past Sunday, it was Off-Broadway’s turn to shine at the 32nd annual Lucille Lortel Awards honoring Off-Broadway plays and ...

Breaking Down the 2017 Tony Nominations — The Plays

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 9, 2017

It’s been an especially good year for plays on the Broadway stage. As of this writing, we have five new plays running (Oslo, Sweat, Indecent, The Play That Goes Wrong, and A Doll’s House, ...

2017 Lucille Lortel Awards in Pictures

Lincoln Center Theater’s Oslo (J.T. Rogers) and The Band’s Visit take top honors at last ...

Review: ‘Marry Harry’ Will Have You Dancing Down the Aisle

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, May 5, 2017

Marry Harry is a joyful and optimistic paean to New York City, family, love, and dreams. This cheerful new musical, brimming with good songs and great laughs, covers loads of territory in its fast-moving ...

Breaking Down the 2017 Tony Nominations — The Musicals

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 4, 2017

Ah, the Tonys. When the annual nominations come out, it’s like Christmas morning for show queens. For some fans, it’s that super-cool new gadget you’ve been dying for. For others, it’s an ugly ...

Review: ‘The Dreyfus Affair,’ Newly Relevant and Intensely Moving

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, May 3, 2017

“France for the French,” they scream on the streets of Paris in the moving and deeply troubling new production of The Dreyfus Affair at BAM.

But it’s not a Marine Le Pen rally from last week. ...

Review: It’s a ‘Starry’ Night at the New York Pops Gala

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, May 3, 2017

Growing up in North Carolina, far away from the bright lights of Broadway, I’m always a bit starstruck when I have the opportunity to see these highly talented actors and actresses perform. So that’s ...

Tony Nominations 2017: You Can Bet the Farm on Bette

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, May 3, 2017

The 2017 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday and, as always, there’s a whole lot to unpack, pick over, thrill to, and wonder about.

The headlines note that the rapturous pop opera Natasha, ...

Review: ‘Indecent’ Wounds, Rapturously

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, May 1, 2017

Is it possible to go to the theater and not have your evening informed by the funhouse political environment we are living in? I get pretty tired of nearly every review, whether film or book or play, somehow making a ...

Review: Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon—Alternating ‘Foxes’ on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 28, 2017

It’s a great marketing ploy: cast two of the strongest actors of their generation opposite each other in an iconic play, and then have them switch off in the two central roles. If things go well, you ...

Review: ‘That True Phoenix’ Tells the Tale of Da Ponte, Mozart’s Famed Librettist

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, April 28, 2017

That True Phoenix tells the story of the fascinating and long life of Lorenzo Da Ponte, who is best known for being the librettist of three of Mozart’s greatest operas, Don Giovanni, The Marriage ...

Review: ‘Bandstand’ Dances, But Doesn’t Always Deliver

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2017

There are so many elements to be savored in the new Broadway production Bandstand. First and foremost is the wonderfully inventive choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, who also serves as the show’s ...

Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ Sparks a Connection

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 26, 2017

Oh, that Allison Janney. She can do more with one little finger than most performers can manage with their entire bodies. And that voice. That deep, dry, hilarious, wonderful voice. She’s one of that rare ones ...

100 Days, Funding and a Shutdown – We’ve Seen It Before from Donald J. Trump

By Mark McLaren with Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017

There is, if you can believe it, even greater scrutiny on President Trump this week as he approaches his first 100 days in office, and as he and Congress haggle over funding a wall, ...

Review: ‘Anastasia’—A Little Girl’s Dream Comes True

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 25, 2017

Walking into the Broadhurst Theatre I felt like a little girl at Christmas. I was finally going to see my favorite childhood movie come to life onstage. Anastasia, directed by Darko Tresnjak, boasting ...

Review: ‘The Antipodes’ Tells Us Stories About Stories

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 25, 2017

There are stories. And there are stories about stories. There are stories that number stories, that outline stories, that list stories. Somehow, The Antipodes, the new play by Annie Baker, directed by ...

Review: The Rust Belt’s Unraveling Is Explored In Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat’

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017

Drive around Reading, Pennsylvania at night and you’ll see a town in distress. The streets are empty, the shops all shuttered. Tracey (Johanna Day), one of the lead characters in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer ...

Review: Don’t Let This Parade Pass You By – Midler Opens in ‘Hello Dolly!’

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 22, 2017

Entertainment legend Bette Midler arrives boldly on Broadway following a fifty-year career that would shame the bloomers off the character she takes on. Midler inhabits Dolly Gallagher Levi effortlessly in this ...

Review: Not Just the Same Old: ‘Groundhog Day’ on Broadway

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017

The main challenge of a musical based on a movie about the same day happening over and over? How to make it not annoying and repetitive. The creators of Groundhog Day have avoided these pitfalls and ...

Review: Women Attempting to Escape the Tyranny of Men in ‘Angel’ and ‘Echoes’ at 59E59

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017

Two parts of Henry Naylor’s trilogy of one-act plays, Arabian Nightmares, are now being presented at the Theaters at 59E59. These two one-acts, Angel and Echoes, both received awards ...

Review: Sutton Foster Brings Her Artistry to Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017

When two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster came out onstage she was greeted with a roar of boisterous applause before saying a word or uttering a note; her fans who filled Alice Tully Hall immediately showed her ...

Review: ‘Cuisine and Confessions’ Dazzles Audience With Honesty and Acrobatics

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 14, 2017

Walking into NYU’s Skirball Center I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that Cuisine and Confessions, the latest show from the group called The 7 Fingers (directed by Shana Carroll and ...

Review: ‘Oslo’ Is A Trip Worth Taking

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 14, 2017

Who would ever have thought that history presented on stage could be so compelling?

Oh yeah, Lin-Manuel Miranda and that little musical called Hamilton thought so. And also J.T. Rogers in ...

The Berkshire Theatre Group Prepares For an Entertaining Summer Season

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, April 13, 2017

What do famous Hollywood legends and current film stars have in common with Western Massachusetts? A history and a connection to the Berkshire Theatre Group. Gracing the stage of the Colonial Theatre from when it ...

Review: Odds Are, You’ll Like ‘A Gambler’s Guide to Dying’ at 59E59 Theaters

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, April 10, 2017

Andrew Carnegie, once the richest person on planet earth, gave away almost all his net worth to charity. (So much for the cheap Scot stereotype). In his words, “The man who dies rich thus dies ...

Review: ‘Circus 1903’ Delights While Transporting To Another Time

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, April 7, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up to the unusual, yet thrilling Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. This turn-of-the-century attraction brings to the stage death-defying acts and ...

Review: Delicious Dueling Divas in ‘War Paint’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 7, 2017

Some musicals become must-see events based on the people behind the scenes, others because of the performers featured in them. War Paint is a little bit of both.

War Paint, which ...

Review: Amélie Charms and Little More

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 4, 2017

Remember that great episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show when Ed Asner as gruff boss Lou Grant says to Mary, “You know what? You’ve got spunk.” And Mary smiles, thinking he’s complimenting her ...