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The 'New York Spectacular' Lives Up To Its Name

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Photo: Carl Scheffel/MSG Photos By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 7, 2016 I assumed that the New York Spectacular, known to be fami...

Danny Gardner comes to life as George M. Cohan in the New York Spectacular at Radio City

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.27.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Bob Rizzo, Contributing Writer, June 27, 2016 He made his mark on the New York stage in 2015 playing the Fred Astaire role in Lady, Be Good at Cit...

Tales of Emasculated Gay Men

George Heymont | Posted 12.13.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

But what about the psychic damage people inflict on themselves? Condemned by their religion, and ostracized by their families, some gay men develop high levels of internalized homophobia, which prevents them from enjoying life. In another part of the world, a desperate need for money may make a young gay man take extreme measures that could affect his future.

Aisle View: Backstage Coming of Age

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.29.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Shows for Days is closer, in style and genre, to Joseph Stein's 1963 adaptation of Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing. But that play--which launched the acting career of Alan Arkin and the directing career of Gene Saks--offered what the New York Times critic of the day described as continuous "side-splitting laughs."

First Nighter: 'The Band Wagon' Is Worth Jumping on

David Finkle | Posted 01.09.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The list of delightful ingredients in the Encores! Series revival of The Band Wagon is so long that not only is it pleasing the crowds attending at City Center, but it has the usual show-biz-insider suspects talking about a transfer for a longer Broadway run.

The Business of The Band Wagon at Encores!

Barry Singer | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

News that Encores! here in New York is mounting a "new stage adaptation" of The Band Wagon as a "Special Event" beginning Thursday filled my girls with wonder, and not a little moral outrage. "Why?" they cried! All I could think to reply was: Why not?

That's Entertainment? The Band Wagon Comes to City Center

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I don't necessarily get Encores! special events as a concept. However I'm happy such things exist. I hope The Band Wagon is great and has a future life. But if it doesn't live on, at least there is time to see it next week at City Center.

First Nighter: The Met's New "Die Fledermaus" Far Too Batty

David Finkle | Posted 03.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Die Fledermaus back again as the Metropolitan Opera's New Year's Eve gala confection? Directed by Jeremy Sams, who also supplied the revised lyrics, ...

The Forest for the Trees: Seeing Cinderella on Broadway with Kids

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

For those of us of a certain age, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella is a nostalgia trip. The memory of this musical, a television landmark in the '50...

How to Reboot a Classic

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

There's plenty of old-fashioned magic in the current Broadway production of Cinderella, which just nabbed nine Tony noms -- enough to make all the little girls in the audience sigh and swoon and stare enraptured, and their parents too.

First Nighter: Nathan Lane First-Rate, as Usual, in Douglas Carter Beane's New Play, The Nance

David Finkle | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Plays conjuring Manhattan in the 1930s often take on the look of a live-action Edward Hopper painting. Not a bad thing. Actually, the effect is stunning when the curtain rises on The Nance.

Cinder-Ella: Are You New or a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It was not surprising Cinderella got categorized a "revival" -- after all, as Michael Riedel wrote a couple of weeks ago, that means it is a shoo-in for a nomination. But was that the right call?

Cinderella at The Broadway Theater

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 05.12.2013 | Entertainment
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

As you are ushered to your seats you will already be oohing and aahing over the forest stage set.

Nathan Lane Gets a Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award; Cinderella on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The award season is all about superlatives and thank you speeches but for East Hampton's Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Awards, it is about community and family.

James and The Giant Peach Meets Josephine Baker and Bernadette Peters...

Freddie Gershon | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Freddie Gershon

This past January at the Broadway JR. Festival in Atlanta, approximately 2,500 young people from grade schools with their teachers and adjudicators we...