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Lincoln Center Festival Brings the World’s Theater, Music, and Dance to NYC

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 7, 2017

The culturally diverse Lincoln Center Festival takes place this summer from July 10 through 30 with a very special and unique lineup of events. Whether you’re looking for an incomparable night of theatre, ...

The New York Musical Festival Is Bigger and Better Than Ever

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, July 7, 2017

In 2004, a new theatre festival came onto the scene with the idea that strength and vitality of musical theater lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) created a ...

Review: ‘Marvin’s Room’ Moves to Broadway After 26 Years

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 30, 2017

There’s a lovely and unexpected moment that comes near the end of the new production of the 1991 play Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson.

It comes towards the end of the play, when sisters Lee and ...

The New York Philharmonic Hosts Centennial Festivities Honoring Its Former ...

Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 23, 2017 This year the New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th anniversary with various concerts commemorating this auspicious occasion. A milestone of this magnitude would provide most organizations with more than enough reason to celebrate, but not the New York Philharmonic. This ...

Art Break: 'Russian Photography After the Revolution' at Nailya Alexander ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 23, 2017 This week Art Break is focusing on photography work influenced by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Our midtown pick, the Nailya Alexander Gallery, is known for its outstanding holdings of Russian photographers and this collection will show you ...

Review: Ken Urban's 'A Guide for the Homesick' Digs Deep ...

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 immediately with emotional intensity, a character ...

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 AIDS crisis. But this ...

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 of ...

Review: Violinist Maxim Vengerov is Both Fierce and Tender as ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 20, 2017 The Montreal Symphony made a flying visit to Carnegie Hall this past Wednesday night—literally; they’d played the same pieces the night before in their stunning new concert hall back home—bringing a recent piece by Samy Moussa, ...

Jazz Notes: The Queen of Cabaret Marilyn Maye Dazzlingly Swings ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 19, 2017 The iconic cabaret singer Marilyn Maye loves to work. In fact, she says with gusto, “I work every day of my life.” As the preeminent singer of the “art of song,” as she calls it, Maye exudes a ...

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Expands to the Javits ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 The International Art Fair for Prints & Editions, now in its 26th year, is known for its dazzling array of works in the mediums of prints and books. Previously located at the Park Avenue Armory, the fair has ...

Jazz Notes: The Jazz Foundation of America's 26th Annual Loft ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 18, 2017 With its motto ("Please help us to save the very people who saved you all these years with their music"), the New York-based Jazz Foundation of America has been raising funds to help and support elderly blues and ...

Review: Bill Murray Blurs the Lines of Literature, Classical Music, ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 Comedian, actor, writer, and now singer: Is there anything Bill Murray can’t do? Not likely. A chance encounter on a plane brought Murray and acclaimed cellist, Jan Vogler to the stage at Carnegie Hall this past Monday evening. ...

Review: A (Family) Tree Grows in ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, June 28, 2017

Egypt’s King Farouk, after fathering Ferial, Fawzia, and Fadia in quick succession, despaired of ever having a son. So much so, he insisted that any subsequent princess be named Fiasco. In Napoli, ...

Shakespeare Reigns (Even When It Rains) In Outdoor Productions Around NYC

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017

Presenting Shakespeare’s plays in outdoor settings during the summer months has become a veritable institution in America and around the world. New Yorkers have been privileged with the Public Theater having started their tradition in ...

The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Summer Theater

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017

The phrase “summer theater” conjures up images of everything from small converted barns and non-typical performing spaces showcasing the talents of youthful, up-and-coming performers, all the way to prestigious, highly-regarded ...

Berkshire Theatre Group Brings Musicals, Dramas and Farce to Multi-Venue Stages

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, June 22, 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: ‘Fulfillment Center,’ A Quietly Moving Character Study

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 21, 2017

There’s a long strip of a stage. A folding chair. And six orange cones.

But something is missing in the lives of the folks in the new Manhattan Theatre Club production Fulfillment Center by ...

Review: The Laudable But Rambling Path of ‘Bella: An American Tall Tale’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017

There aren’t nearly enough women or African Americans writing musical theater. Not by a long shot. So when someone comes along who is both, it’s really something to celebrate, even if the results ...

Patrick Wilson Replaces Steven Pasquale in New York City Center Encores! ‘Brigadoon’ with Kelli O’Hara

ZEALnyc, June 20, 2017

While the 2017 Tony Awards are still fresh, New York’s new theater season begins. Early and with turmoil. 1984, fresh from a successful run at London’s Almeida Playhouse opens this week with a dystopian look at ...

‘1984’—The First Broadway Production of the 2017-2018 Season

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017

It’s a book; it’s a film, and now it’s a play. It’s George Orwell’s classic 1984, written in 1949, which gives a chilling look at a future marked by war, government surveillance and public ...

Review: ‘Zero Hour’ Has Lots of Pluses

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, June 15, 2017

Zero Hour is the one-man show written and performed by Jim Brochu about the legendary performer Zero Mostel. This current incarnation playing at the Theatre at St. Clement’s is a remounting of the ...

Review: ‘Julius Caesar’ in the Park Gets the Trump Treatment

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 13, 2017

The process is complete. My brain is fully and totally Trumpified.

I’m trying to remember the last time I saw something on stage that didn’t make me think about our current president. Dear ...

Remember Zero Mostel? Jim Brochu Won’t Let You Forget In ‘Zero Hour’ at St. Clement’s

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 9, 2017

Actor/playwright Jim Brochu reprises his award-winning role as legendary actor Zero Mostel in Zero Hour, a one-person tour de force, which he has performed since 2006. The play is being presented at ...

Review: ‘The Cost of Living’ at MTC Explores the Cost of Caring

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 8, 2017

What is the cost of living? The cost of being alive, as in really alive, as in Bobby in Company being alive, is other people. Relationships with other people, connections with other people, giving and, even ...

Review: ‘The Boy Who Danced On Air’ Musical Remains Earthbound

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 8, 2017

Off-Broadway musicals this season have been tackling some seriously downbeat subject matter. Ride the Cyclone focused on a group of teenagers who die in a roller-coaster tragedy. Kid Victory ...

Tony Awards 2017: Who will win? And who cares? I do!

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 7, 2017

This year’s Tony Awards are looking like a rather sedate affair, aren’t they? Maybe that’s to be expected, considering that they follow 2016, otherwise known as the year Hamilton made ...

Review: ‘Composure’ (Keeping It or Losing It?) At the Workshop Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, June 7, 2017

Composure is the latest offering by The Workshop Theater, which develops and produces new American plays and musicals. Written by Scott S. Sickles, Composure adeptly covers a great deal of ...

Review: Art, Eulogies, and a Nod to Mark Twain In Foundry Theatre’s ‘Master’

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, June 6, 2017

A gallery of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and found objects greet audience members as they enter the Irondale Theatre for Master, a Foundry Theatre production written by W. David Hancock in ...

Review: The Government Inspector–It’s Delightful, It’s Delicious, It’s Delirious…

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 2, 2017

It’s The Government Inspector, revived by those clever folks  at the Red Bull Theater. And it’s more than funny—this madcap comedy of mistaken identity is the perfect antidote to whatever ails ...

Tony Predictions 2017 — Who Will Win? Who Should Win?

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 1, 2017

For some theater seasons, the outcome of the Tony Awards is slightly more predictable than for others. Last year it was all but certain that Hamilton would take nearly every category in which it ...

Review: Signature Theatre’s ‘Venus’ Is More Than a Side Show Curiosity

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, May 30, 2017

These are heady days for the 1810s. First Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 blazed a Tony-nominated trail. Now comes Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus at the Signature Theatre, set in the ...

Review: ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ Presents Timeless Themes For a 21st Century Audience

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2017

Amber Tamblyn delivers a delightful and often wickedly funny performance in Gina Gionfriddo’s engaging play, Can You Forgive Her?, making its New York premiere at the Vineyard Theatre. She plays ...

Review: ‘Building the Wall’ Depicts a Trump-Era Dystopia

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 25, 2017

Robert Schenkkan’s powerful new play, Building the Wall, is a gripping cautionary tale, set in the near future, that imagines some of the consequences that could result from Donald Trump’s presidency. ...

Review: British Import ‘Rotterdam’ Takes On Gender Identity With Uneven Results

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 25, 2017

Gender identity and sexuality are at the forefront of Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam, part of Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. But while the script approaches its subject matter with sensitivity, humor, ...

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 ...

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 ...