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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: '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 and subject of ...

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. Under the leadership of Artistic ...

Art Break: 'All The World's A Stage' For Hilary Knight

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 This week, our focus is on Hilary Knight, an artist with a wide ranging career in book illustration, stage and costume design, and writing. From his expressive pen came Eloise, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Wallace, the Algonquin Cat, and so ...

Review: A Dynamic Duo—Bell and Isserlis—Are 'Perfectly Synched' ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017 Not many musicians can match violinist Joshua Bell for the sheer ferocity he brings to his music-making, but cellist Steven Isserlis is his perfect foil. Friends, colleagues, and sparring partners for three decades, they are symbiotic in their electrifying ...

Review: An Intimate and Joyous ‘Jerry’s Girls’ at the ...

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 Midler to thank for its phenomenal success, but there’...

The State of the Art—Thoughts on the Final Week ...

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 8, 2017 NORTH ADAMS, MA.  When curating a project, an exhibition, a concert, even a festival, there are typically two approaches the producing organization may take. One, is to organize around a particular idea, theme, or message (as many exhibitions, concerts, ...

Bard Music Festival Focuses on 'Chopin and His World'

ZEALnyc, August 8, 2017 As many summer festivals are beginning to wind down, there's one just to the north of New York City that is getting ready to commence. The 28th annual Bard Music Festival, taking place on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, ...

Review: Ksenija Sidorova—Accordionist Extraordinaire—at Mostly Mozart

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, August 7, 2017 Ksenija Sidorova's program bio says that she is “the world’s leading ambassador for the accordion.” After seeing her solo recital on August 5 at the Kaplan Penthouse, as part of Mostly Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” series, her ...

Art Break: Powerful Images at the International Center of Photography

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 7, 2017 NYC is having a Magnum moment! Not only is our downtown pick featuring work from women members of this renowned photo agency but The Rubin Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography Museum are also participating ...

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 the Stratford and Shaw Festivals 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 ...

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 ...