As it was at the overture and shall be at the exit music, bliss without end. Amen.

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City Center Encores! Announces 23rd Season

Cabin in the Sky Music: Vernon Duke Lyrics: John LaTouche Book: Lynn Root February 10-14, 2016 1776 Music and Lyrics: Sherman Edwards Book: Peter Stone March 30-April 3, 2016 Do I Hear a Waltz? Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents May 11-15, 2016

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The 71st Annual Theatre World Award Winners Announced!

The 2015 Theatre World Award Winners for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance during the 2014-2015 theatrical season have been announced! The ceremony will take place on Monday, June 1 at the Lyric Theatre, once again hosted by the inevitable Peter Filichia. Geneva Carr, Hand to God Daveed Diggs, Hamilton Megan Fairchild, On the Town Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris Collin Kelly-Sordelet, The Last Ship Sydney Lucas, Fun Home Karen Pittman, Disgraced Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Emily Skeggs, Fun Home Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play Ruth Wilson, Constellations The 2015 Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre: Leanne…

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Posted on May 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

‘Gypsy’ – Savoy Theatre


While it seems as if there’s a new Broadway revival of Gypsy every five minutes, London has not seen a production of the legendary musical since the original West End production closed in 1974. The musical, which tells the story of Rose Hovick and her two daughters, who would go on to become Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc, has been an instant classic since its 1959 Broadway premiere and contains one of the all-time great musical theatre leading roles. When I learned that Imelda Staunton would be headlining the first London revival in over 40 years, I decided to book my flight. This new West End production is an import from the Chichester…

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My Favorite Performances, 2014

Bryan Cranston, All the Way – It was staggering to see Cranston transform from the dopey dad on Malcolm in the Middle to the now-legendary Walter White on Breaking Bad. His performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson during the first year of his presidency was another astonishing feat. A tour-de-force, Cranston delivered a towering performance that was thrilling and captivating and occasionally unsettling. While the play itself seemed like it could have used some editing (particularly in act 2), Cranston’s performance was worth top dollar admission. Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation – While my feelings on the play are a bit complicated, my admiration for Jan Maxwell’s stunning portrait of a…

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The Year of Living Cinematically

Same as every other year: all films were watched in their entirety and all films that I’d never seen before have been marked with an asterisk. *Remember the Night (1940) 1/11 *August: Osage County (2013) 1/12 *Quartet (2012) 1/14 Gypsy (1962) 2/18 Never on Sunday (1960) 3/16 *Argo (2012) 3/17 Picnic (1955) 3/20 Godzilla (1954) 3/24 If…. (1968) 4/10 *Les Miserables (2012) 4/28 *Repo Man (1984) 5/16 *The Jazz Singer (1927) 5/20 *Frozen (2013) 5/22 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) 5/23 Father Goose (1964) 5/23 *Saving Mr. Banks (2013) 5/26 *Amarcord (1973) 5/29 *Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) 5/31 Oliver! (1968) 6/3 *Despicable Me (2010) 6/6 *Despicable Me 2 (2013) 6/10 Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 6/24 *Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013) 6/24…

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‘Can-Can’ at Paper Mill Playhouse


It’s only taken 31 years, but I finally saw a show at the Paper Mill Playhouse. When Kate Baldwin announced at 54 Below that she was starring in their production of Can-Can, I knew I had to go see it. Fortunately, I was able to attend the opening night performance with my pals Patty and Emily, and it was a magnificent experience. The gorgeous venue in Millburn, NJ was warm and inviting, and I hope to make many more visits there from now on. This was also the first time I have ever seen any sort of an out-of-town tryout in a regional setting. Can-Can, a hit in its original Broadway…

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Posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm.

‘You Can’t Take It With You’ on Broadway


It’s been said that home is where the heart is. In that case, home should be the Longacre Theatre where a joyous Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You is currently playing. When the houselights came up after the preview I attended, I wanted to become one of the household. (The last time I had such a feeling in the theater was after MTC’s gorgeous 2009 revival of The Royal Family). The characters inhabiting the home of Martin Vanderhof are so beautifully drawn and so lovable, that I wanted to spend a fourth or even fifth act with them. While topical references may sail over some heads, and the play’s Depression-era…

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City Center Encores! Announces 22nd Season

Lady, Be Good! Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Book: Guy Bolton & Fred Thompson February 4-8, 2015 Paint Your Wagon Music: Frederick Loewe Book & Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner March 18-22, 2015 Zorba Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Joseph Stein May 6-10, 2015

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And the Tony didn’t go to… Part II

It’s Tony Awards time, yet again. The last month has been spent praising the nominees, cursing the nominating committee for what it got wrong (namely, The Bridges of Madison County) and filling out our personal ballots and surveys. We’ve also been subjected to polls, videos, luncheons, speeches, think-pieces, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, which all point the way toward “Broadway’s biggest night” tomorrow evening on CBS. The race for Best Play seems to be nonexistent; it’s wide open with an edge to either All the Way or Act One, but no one seems to have great love for any of the five nominees. Best Musical…

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Posted on June 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm.
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Walking Among My Yesterdays


1/1 - Beautiful

1/8 - Honeymoon in Vegas

1/12 - A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration (92nd Street Y)

1/15 - On the Town

1/25 - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Paper Mill Playhouse, opening night)

1/28 - The Merry Widow (Met Opera)

1/30 - The Elephant Man

2/6 - Lady, Be Good! (Encores!)

2/13 - The Screen (Taksu Theatre Company)

2/19 - You Can't Take It With You

2/27 - The Lion

3/1 - John and Jen

3/3 - Craig Ferguson: Hot & Grumpy Tour

3/8 - The Audience (opening night)

3/12 - The King and I (first preview)

3/17 - Hand to God

3/21 - Sondheimas (54 Below)

3/22 - Paint Your Wagon (Encores!)

3/25 - Cabaret

3/26 - The Visit (first preview)

4/1 - Wolf Hall, Part 1

4/1 - Wolf Hall, Part 2

4/8 - Gigi (opening night)

4/9 - Rhiannon Giddens at Town Hall

4/21 - Gypsy (West End)

4/22 - Wicked (West End)

4/22 - The Audience (West End)

4/23 - The Hard Problem (National Theatre)

4/24 - Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (West End)

4/25 - Buyer & Cellar (Menier Chocolate Factory)

4/25 - Matilda (West End)

4/27 - Sweeney Todd (Tooting Arts Club)

4/28 - Follies (Royal Albert Hall)

4/28 - Gypsy (West End)

5/10 - Zorba (Encores!)

5/26 - The Visit

6/2 - On the Twentieth Century

6/9 - The King and I

6/14 - The Visit

7/2 - Little Shop of Horrors (Encores!)

Walking Among My Yesterdays


1/9 - Patty & Emily &... (54 Below)

1/19 - Machinal

1/23 - Cinderella

2/9 - After Midnight

2/9 - Little Me (Encores!)

2/28 - Patty & Emily &... (54 Below)

3/5 - Rocky

3/5 - Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic)

3/6 - All the Way (opening night)

3/7 - Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic)

3/22 - Three Wishes for Sondheimas (54 Below)

4/1 - The Bridges of Madison County

4/3 - Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall)

4/6 - The Most Happy Fella (Encores!)

4/15 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/1 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/4 - Mothers and Sons

5/7 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/11 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/11 - Irma La Douce (Encores!)

5/15 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/17 - Kate Baldwin: Sing Pretty and Don't Fall Down (54 Below)

5/18 - The Bridges of Madison County

5/20 - Beautiful

6/25 - Casa Valentina

7/1 - Randy Newman's Faust (Encores!)

7/18 - The City of Conversation

8/29 - You Can't Take It With You

9/15 - Patty & Emily &... (Laurie Beechman)

10/5 - Can-Can (Paper Mill Playhouse, opening night)

10/6 - I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center)

10/7 - Joanna Gleason (54 Below)

10/10 - The Medium (Taksu Theatre Company)

10/13 - The Medium (Taksu Theatre Company)

10/15 - Holiday Inn (Goodspeed Opera House, opening night)

11/2 - If/Then

11/24 - Side Show

11/30 - Elf (Paper Mill Playhouse, opening night)

12/2 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

12/10 - I've Heard That Song Before: The Music of Jule Styne (Merkin Concert Hall)


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