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Eye of Love"
Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" at Walter Kerr Theater
at Studio 54 (again)
Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill"
Fringe Festival: Party Politics
Fringe Festival: War
Fringe Festival: Repression
Arcade's "Longing Lasts Longer"
Gelbe Stern" (The Yellow Star)
Mice and Men"
"Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging"
Cripple of Inishmaan"
Ado About Nothing"
at the Waldorf"
views of "The Killer"
views of "The City of Conversation”
Green: So, This Then Is Life"
n' Tina's Wedding"
views of "Beautiful-The Carole King Musical"
Book Of Mormon"
Anahid Sofian Dance Company
Mix Festival at Here
Ballet's Ashton Festival
Song" at Theater for the New City
Rite" by Anne Bogart, Bill T. Jones, and Janet Wong at
“Becoming-Corpus” at BAM Fisher
Festival avant garde and traditional dance-theater pieces tell
haunting stories of life and politics
performs MILLS/works at New York Live Arts
Surface" at Theater for the New City
Modern Dance at the Joyce Theater
Northwest Ballet at City Center
Tankard's "The Oracle"
the Boston bombings through Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out"
Cat of Otama Pond"
Katy Perry: Part of Me
Extremely Lesbian and Incredibly Butch
"Crazy, Stupid Love"--A Convincing Argument for Monogamy
Day" -- is it "Ordinary People" Redux?
MORE FILM REVIEWS
Fringe Festival: Party Politics
Fringe Festival: War
Fringe Festival: Repression
Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed" in Hong Kong
Other Face of Cuban Jazz
Night is Berlin’s best music party of the year
Jazz Festival in Nice, France
T. and Lizzy K." at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Year of Magical Thinking" in St. Augustine, FL
words of Wisdom at the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival
Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" is a stunning jazz cabaret
by Audra McDonald
Wrapped in a white
gown, an iconic white gardenia in her hair, Audra McDonald channels
Billie Holiday — her voice, her accent, her manner —
till you believe you are sitting in the slightly tacky Philadelphia
dive where Holiday sang her last songs. By Lucy Komisar.
The wonderfully intimate, 80-seat, Laurie Beecham Theatre, situated
across from Theatre Row, and a few blocks west of Broadway,
presents "BenDeLaCreme," an extravagant show which
celebrates artifice and fantaisie. "BenDeLaCreme"
is a subtle combination between performing and visual arts with
a love of spectacle and glamour. By Edward Rubin.
Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody at Pescatore cabaret"
Cabaret singer/song-writer Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful
and moody. She begins rather optimistically at the second-floor
cabaret at Pescatore on Second Avenue singing "Spring is
Here," but then moves into musical angst, of loves that
Second Time Around"
The first time around, Karen Wyman was a 16-year-old Bronx belting
sensational who sparked viewers of TV's "The Dean Martin
Show" to sit up and take notice. This young performer demanded
attention and she got it in on "The Ed Sullivan Show,"
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and just
about every other variety show on television and in 1969, variety
shows were the key to success. Nightclubs and recordings followed
and Karen Wyman was looking at stardom.
the Clouds Away"
got rhythm, you got music, you got your men - who could ask
for anything more? it was all there at Lyrics and Lyricists'
second show of the season at the 92nd Street Y. By Elizabeth
in a Barbour Shop
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" -- the
1963 holiday favorite, could not have rung more true. You usually
hear the captivating richness of Broadway baritone, James Barbour,
on the Broadway stage, acclaimed in major musicals like his
portrayal of Sidney Carton in the short-lived, "A Tale
of Two Cities." Catching him upfront and personal in the
intimacy of a cabaret room, however, brings special rewards.
James Barbour deivered them in his "Sixth Annual Holiday
Concert: A Broadway Tradition" at 54 Below, 254 West 54
Street. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Smooth Texas Blend
This eclectic trio never cut a record. They only performed together
for a few years but in those years, they were hot. Sharon Montgomery,
Sally Mayes and Billy Stritch created "Montgomery, Mayes
and Stritch". This was one of those nights to remember.By
Rene Scott and a well-done "Piece of Meat"
Sherie Rene Scott takes us on a journey that I suspect will
never end, her passionate search for understanding, love and
joy in the energy of the universe. In her cabaret show, “Piece
of Meat” at 54 Below, Scott is a sexy and energetic performer
just as she was in her Tony nominated Broadway show, “Everyday
Rapture.” By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
of Broadway comes to the cabaret
winner Faith Prince stars in a rare cabaret show directed by
Dan Foster, proving that a star used to a big stage can still
connect with a more intimate audience. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Party Time at the Carlyle
John Pizzarelli brings his quartet and his father, Bucky Pizzarelli, to the Cafe Carlyle. The two Pizzarelli virtuosos
share the stage and give-and-take with a mutual admiration and
intimacy that envelops the music. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Early Night for 11 O'Clock
a special one-night only performance, producer Scott Siegel
has brought together on stage Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter
and Christina Bianco to present "11 O'Clock Numbers at
7 O'Clock" at Birdland. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Patricia Racette is not opera’s first world-class soprano
to share her down-to-earth side in an intimate cabaret. She
is, however, one of the few who is a natural. In her show at
54 Below, “Diva on Detour, ” Racette demonstrated
a sharp acting talent and a flair for comedy. With her well-tempered
chest voice, this star of opera houses like the Metropolitan
Opera and La Scala chose some of the American songbooks’
favorite standards and some of the most heart-wrenching ballads
and embraced them in true cabaret diva passion. By Elizabeth
Get Busy" with Tanya Holt
In the words of a 1918 song, “There are smiles that make
us happy, ” andd now there is Tanya Holt with a smile that
radiates and a voice that shines. Her one-night only show, “Forever
Home, ” at the Iridum, was an offering of romance, sass, jazz, pop delivered with the joyful love of entertaining. With
a smoky voice and a vocal belt that’s a satisfying burst
of clarity, Holt made the evening an appealing commitment between
her eclectic song deliveries and her audience. By Elizabeth
A-Maz-ing Marilyn Maye is Back and 54 Below's Got Her
Conductor Peter Nero stated, "She sets the standard for
the way any pop, jazz or big band singer would like to sound."
That still holds true. At almost 85, the irrepressible Marilyn
Maye remains as good as it gets. As Johnny Carson commented
on The Tonight Show, "And that, young singers - is the
way it’s done." By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Nepotism Needed with Adam Guettel at 54 Below
The son of Mary Rodgers ("Once Upon a Mattress") and
grandson of Richard Rodgers (composing partner to Lorenz Hart
and Oscar Hammerstein II), Adam Guettel has developed a singular
music sound of his own. While handsome enough to star in one
of his own musicals and an expressive singer as well, Guettel
invited Stephen DiPasquale and Whitney Bashore, two exquisite
performers to join him in a 90-minute show at 54 Below. By Elizabeth
with Edward Hibbert
Edward Hibbert, familiar to many as "Gil Chesterton, "
gourmet critic on the TV series, "Frasier, " does not
bound onto the cabaret stage, rarin’ to go. Stylishly, he sails through the audience, head high, back straight, and
slight smile, and places himself before the microphone. Slowly
his smile expands to a mischievous grin and, with utmost Noel
Coward élan, performs "Why Must the Show Go On?"
And so begins his one-man show, "Can’t Something
Be Done?: An Evening with Edward Hibbert!, " the show where, he says, "I popped my cabaret cherry." A program of
clever anecdotes punctuated with songs by Cole Porter, Noel
Coward, Cy Coleman and more, whimsically traces his journey
from theater to television and now intimate cabaret at 54 Below.
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Lloyd at the Café Carlyle
It was memory
time at the Café Carlyle, remembering as John Lloyd Young’s
confident tenor and strikingly clear falsetto hit the money
notes in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s oldies.
The cabaret show, however, was not about the Four Seasons songbook.
Its focus was to introduce Young’s new CD, "My Turn."
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Pixie in Gold Lame"
Ya gotta say, Tovah Feldshuh is an entire vaudeville show wrapped
up as one sprightly imp. She makes her “under Broadway
debut” at 54 Below, singing, telling stories, cracking
jokes and sharing memories. She is a zesty, zany powerhouse
who scampers onto the stage and never rests. When she sits, it is to morph into one of her characters, like the old man
in the park trying to stay positive and treasuring his memories, or evoking the image of her Grandma Ada who urged her to persevere
even when young Tovah wanted to be an actor. “Reach for
the stars and you may get to the roof, “ she told Tovah.
“If you reach for the roof you may never get off the ground.”
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
McBroom's "A Valentine Rose" at the Cafe Carlyle
“A Valentine Rose” is not kid stuff. It’s
“romance, adult style” for singer, songwriter, actor
Amanda McBroom’s debut at the Café Carlyle, bringing
a zesty lineup of music delivered with perception and humor
(“I feel like I’m in Rhonda Fleming’s living
room!”) McBroom, a stylish, outgoing, upbeat performer,
chooses some of the best from standard songwriters like Dorothy
Fields, Sammy Cahn and Jacques Brel. She also adds numerous
original songs that reach out and touch love’s various
facets. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
AND EXHIBITIONS AROUND TOWN IN MAY, 2014
Kevin Murphy & Laurence OKeefes HEATHERS:
The Musical, Robert L. Freeman & Steven Lutvaks A GENTLEMANS
GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, Robert Sternin & Prudence Frasers
UNDER MY SKIN, James MacMillans "SINCE IT WAS THE DAY
OF PREPARATION" Religious Caution Advised, Richard Brinsley
Sheridans THE RIVALS, Christian Rizzos Lyon Opera
Ballet in ni fleurs, ni ford mustang Unrate able; Not Unbeat able,
Jeff Blumenkrantzs MOVING RIGHT ALONG: The World of Jeff
Blumenkrantz, David Langs battle hymns, Anthony Giardinas
THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, Terry Teachouts SATCHMO AT THE
WALDORF, ISHs Amsterdam Inspired HYPERISH, Anton Dudley
& Stephanie DiMaggios 17 ORCHARD POINT, Gardner McKays
SEA MARKS, Carole J. Brufords SHADES OF BLUE, Jon Robin
Baitzs THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, BAM & Brooklyns
DANCE AFRICA FESTIVAL, Gene Ionescos THE KILLER, A Story
of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition, The Poetry of Parmigianinos
"Schiava Turca", ENGLIGHTENMENT & BEAUTY: Sculptures
by Houdon & Clodion, THE POWER OF WORDS & IMAGES IN A
WORLD AT WAR, URS FISCHER, LAUNCHPAD FOR THE AMERICAN THEATRE:
The ONeill Since 1964, CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion, THE
PRE RAPHAELITE LEGACY: British Art & Design, LOST KINGDOMS:
Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia
TO GARP: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection,
A DIALOGUE WITH NATURE: Romantic Landscapes from Britain &
Germany, MIRACLES IN MINIATURE: The Art of the Master of Claude
de France, Rembrandt Now On Line at the Morgan: Study His Etchings
in the Privacy of Your Own Home!, MULTIPLE EXPOSURES: Jewelry
& Photography, HOMEFRONT & BATTLEFIELD: Quilts & Context
in the Civil War, SPRING MASTERS NEW YORK.
for The Month of April 2014
Ted Shen's A SECOND CHANCE, Lanie Robertson's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S
BAR & GRILL, Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey's IF/THEN, Woody
Allen's BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, John Steinbeck's OF MICE &
MEN, David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill's
THE THREEPENNY OPERA, Scott Z. Burns & Steven Soderburgh's
THE LIBRARY, Will Eno's THE REALISTIC JONESES, Kander, Ebb, &
Masteroff's CABARET, Kander & Ebb's CABARET, Jeanine Tesori
& Brian Crawley's VIOLET, Martin McDonagh's THE CRIPPLE OF
INISHMAAN, John Cameron Mitchcell & Stephen Trask's HEDWIG
& THE ANGRY INCH, Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA, Eric
Coble's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, Stephen Cole's INVENTING MARY
MARTIN: The Revue of a Lifetime, Charles Ludlam's THE MYSTERY
OF IRMA VEP: A Penny Dreadful, Jules Massenet's CENDRILLON, David
Grimm's TALES OF RED VIENNA, DON JUAN, OR, THE WAGES OF DEBAUCHERY,
Robert Sickinger & Alaric Jans' NICHOLAS NICKLEBY: A New Musical,
James Lapine's Adaptation of Moss Hart's ACT ONE, Joseph Haydn's
Report for The Humana Festival of March April 2014, THIS WAS
THE HUMANA THAT WAS, Big Bucks for Playwriting! American Theatre
Loves the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust!, ATCA!
Why Not Honor Designers, as Well as Playwrights? Here's a Modest
Proposal:, Ted Talk Therapy for FACTA Board Members?, Meanwhile,
Back To The Panels: Thinking About Social Media--Learning to
Twitter & to Tweet, A Panel to Remember: The Art of Collective
Invention--Who Needs a Playwright?, Not Inhumane, but also Not
Humana: Darting Across Main Street to the Whiskey Lofts, Welcome
to Baron's Theatre in What Once Was Squirrelly's Magic Tea Room!,
Diana Grisanti & Steve Moulds' THE STRANGER & LUDLOW
QUINN, And Now for Actors Theatre Louisville & The 38th
Humana Festival of New American Plays!, Kimber Lee's brownsville
song (b side for tray), Dorothy Fortenberry's PARTNERS, SITI's
STEEL HAMMER, Lucas Hnath's THE CHRISTIANS, Jordan Harrison's
THE GROWN UP, A Commissioned Committee's REMIX 38, The So Called
TEN MINUTE PLAYS:, Rachel Bonds' WINTER GAMES, Jason Gray Platt's
SOME PREPARED REMARKS (A History in Speech), Gregory Hischak's
The Bard’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA / Quiara Alegría
Hudes’ THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST / Henrik Ibsen’s
A DOLL’S HOUSE / Marsha Norman & Jason Robert Brown’s
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY / David Henry Hwang’s KUNG
FU / Jean Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT / Sarah Ruhl’s STAGE
KISS / Red China’s THE RED DRESS / Robert Askin’s
HAND TO GOD / Will Eno’s THE OPEN HOUSE / Randy Sharp’s
NOTHING ON EARTH CAN HOLD HOUDINI / Chris Marlowe or Will Shakespeare’s
MEASURE FOR MEASURE / Polly Pen & Victor Lodato’s
ARLINGTON / Disney’s ALADDDIN / Robert Schenkkan’s
ALL THE WAY / LIFE INTERNATIONAL/ 19 FEBRUARY 1968/p. 36: /
GUEST COLUMN by Glenn Loney - Another View of LBJ / Sly Stallone,
Tommy Meehan, Stephen Flaherty, & Lynn Ahrens’ ROCKY
/ Terrence McNalley’s MOTHERS & SONS / Victor Hugo’s
Musicalized LES MISÉRABLES / Casus’ KNEE DEEP /
Chris Marlowe, Ben Jonson, or Will Shakespeare’s KING
LEAR / Branden Jacobs Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE / Brian Richard
Mori’s HELLMAN V. MCCARTHY / Cirque du Soleil’s
AMALUNA / John Van Druten’s I REMEMBER MAMA / Lorraine
Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN / Scott Siegel’s
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR - The Broadway Musicals of 1940-64.
Will Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe’s KING LEAR, Clare Coss’
DR. DuBOIS & MISS OVINGTON, John Patrick Shanley’s
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, Barry & Liz Peak’s PHILOSOPHY FOR
GANGSTERS, Donald Margulies’ DINNER WITH FRIENDS, Greg
Edwards & Andy Sandberg’s CRAVING FOR TRAVEL, Juilliard
& the Met Opera Present A CONCERT OF COMIC OPERAS, Eric
Simonson’s BRONX BOMBERS, Benjamin Britten’s BILLY
BUDD [High Winds/Deep Snow], Bob Marley’s THREE LITTLE
BIRDS, Nilo Cruz’s SOTTO VOCE, Caryl Churchill’s
LOVE & INFORMATION, Carole King & Friends’ BEAUTIFUL:
The Carole King Musical, John Van Druten’s LONDON WALL,
Thomas Keneally & Larry Kirwan’s TRANSPORT, Charles
Busch’s THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, Douglas Lackey’s DAYLIGHT
PRECISION: An American Tragedy, David Rossmer & Steve Rosen’s
THE OTHER JOSH COHEN, Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE YEAR:
Broadway Musicals of 1915 1939, Paddy Chayefsky’s MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT, At the Juilliard School: JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA Conducted
by Hans Graf [Austrian] &BEYOND CARMINA BURANA: Carl Orff
Commentaries Creating Prometheus & Ein sommernachtstraum…
An Expeditious Expedition to Holy Places in Portugal & España,
Sophie Treadwell's MACHINAL,Scott Siegel's 12th ANNUAL NIGHTLIFE
AWARDS 2014, Bert Brecht's A MAN'S A MAN, Miral Kotb & Crew's
iLUMINATE, Joe Orton's LOOT & THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG
Dark and Wacky Side of Life
Amoralists proudly present The Gyre, a two play repertory exploring
man's vicious cycles, featuring the World Premiere of Derek
Ahonen's "The Qualification of Douglas Evans", directed
by James Kautz, and the world premiere of Mark Roberts' "Enter
at Forest Lawn", directed by Jay Stull. By Philip Sandstrom.
Sofian Celebrates 35 Years
Anahid Sofian Dance Company celebrated its 35th Anniversary
June 28 and 29, 2014 at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center,
presenting a retrospective of its signature works and works
by guest artists: Nourhan Sharif and Dancers, The Sera Solstice
Ensemble, Souren Baronian Music Ensemble and Carlos Fittante
& Robin Gilbert. By Barney Yates.
Voices: The Art of Supertitles
We are accustomed to speaking about many disciplines of the
performing arts, but the art of supertitles is almost always
overlooked. Althought indispensable to world theater, this art
is under-appreciated. Both mysterious art and art of compromise,
supertitles is, "A way of connecting different cultures,"
according to Mauro Conti of Presscott Studio in Italy. By Claire
and Dancing towards the Heavens.
The newest Wooster Group work directed by: Kate Valk, "Early
Shaker Spirituals" is a performance based on a 1976 LP
of Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by
Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community
in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The show features Cynthia Hedstrom,
Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, Suzzy Roche with Matthew
Brown, Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Bebe Miller, and Andrew
review: Two views of "New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The
History, Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Gras"
Jack Anderson writes: People like to parade. People
like to party. People like to don extravagant or even outlandish
outfits that have nothing to do with the sober stuff they might
choose as workaday attire. People simply like to show off. And
certain communities are celebrated for allowing citizens and
visitors to do just that. One city famous, even notorious, for
revelry is New Orleans, with its balls, parades, and carnivals.
Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday") may literally be only a
single day: the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which opens the
penitential season of Lent. But in New Orleans the Mardi Gras
spirit seizes the city weeks before that and never really leaves
it.Paulanne Simmons adds: Most of all, O'Neill reveals how Mardi
Gras epitomizes the best in New Orleans: the sense of family,
the love of life that comes with food and drink and dress, and
the special magic that are the soul of this great city.
Precision" by Douglas Lackey
Jerry Tallmer, who served in World War
II as a radioman on B-25 bombers, previews "Daylight
Precision" by Douglas Lackey, a play that takes us back
to World War II and into the great controversies involving strategic
bombing. In that war, the U.S. began by avoiding population
centers but ended up destroying them. Lackey shows how the change
came about by tracing the careers of Generals Haywood Hansell
and Curtis ("Bomb them back to the Stone Age") LeMay.
Over 700,000 civilians lost their lives because Hansell lost
his command to LeMay and this play characterizes Hansell as
the unsung tragic hero of World War II. Theater for the New
City presents the provocative history play February 21 to March
16, directed by Alexander Harrington.
in the Body You Have
There are a lot of life's lessons you can learn from productions
of mixed-ability companies, where wheelchairs and crutches are
danced with as partners, props, or conceptual objects d'art.
"The Women's Stories Project," by Kitty Lunn's Infinity
Dance Theater, is one such experience. By Barney Yates.
W. Sandstrom interviews Tere O'Connor about his new work “BLEED”
that is premiering at BAM Fisher in the Fishman Space.
Ich, Kürbisgeist is set in a harsh, quasi-medieval landscape
facing destruction, populated by a community speaking a rigorous,
specific and completely invented language, where each word is
a somewhat-recognizable amalgam of English, Swedish, German
and Sid Caesar. Partly centered on the annual harvest, the work
includes at least 100 pumpkins, with new ones needed for every
performance. By Philip J. Sandstrom.
presents Angelin Preljocaj’s "And then, one thousand
years of peace"
A work inspired by the apocalypse as conjured by St. John in
the Book of Revelations and created with an international team
of collaborations. Interview with Angelin Preljocaj By Philip
first time at La MaMa
Yara Arts Group's "Fire. Water. Night, " conceived
and directed by Virlana Tkacz, was a sudden immersion experience
for me into the international, interdisciplinary forms of theater
that La MaMa is known for. This combination of dance and theatre
based on Ukrainian myth was incredibly dynamic, featuring audience
participation in every facet of the piece. By William Gutierrez.
Jean Stapleton: The Mingling Miracles of Edith Bunker
goodbye to actress Jean Stapleton, best known for playing loveable
wife and mother Edith Bunker on long-running sitcom "All
in the Family." By Jerry Tallmer.
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