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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.

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: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

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, ...