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First Nighter: Audra McDonald Dazzles as Billie Holiday

David Finkle | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps the most complimentary remark to be made about Audra McDonald in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill is that in 90 minutes and under Lonny Price's fully empathetic direction, she nails that voice and she gets that whole life.

First Nighter: City Center's "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road" Hits Bumps

David Finkle | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Two-thirds of the way through I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road--revived for the Encores! Off-Center series at City Center--39-nin...

Can She Sing? Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues at Bay Street and Into the Woods at the Delacorte

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.12.2012 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The woods are dark and deep, and rife with loss, chance encounter, menace and mischief in the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods, well staged amidst the foliage at Central Park's Delacorte Theater.