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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: Little Me Big and Christian Borle Even Bigger

David Finkle | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

When Little Me opened in November 1962, its major pluses were Sid Caesar, the Carolyn Leigh-Cy Coleman score and the rarely-miss Neil Simon gags. Revived at City Center this weekend, it can crow about what could be called a breakout performance by Christian Borle.

First Nighter: Bacharach Revue Awkwardly Asks 'What's It All About?' -- Steve Tyrell Smoothly Answers

David Finkle | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Truth is, Tyrell's effortlessly infallible phrasing has the effect of making what he does appealingly conversational. The emotion he's experiencing is a component of his seemingly off-handed -- smile-smile-smile -- style. Let's just say he's singing for all generations.

The Right Girl in the Right Place at the Right Time

George Heymont | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Like many young men who were starting to embrace their homosexuality, I derived intense pleasure from one of the pictures near the back of the book in which an aging Belle Poitrine (Jeri Archer) looks up at the packed crotch of some faceless stud clad in a Speedo.

First Nighter: Cy Coleman's Best is Yet to Come is Here Now at 59E59 Theaters

David Finkle | Posted 07.27.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

The best is yet to come? Not this time. It's already here as it deliciously unfolds by way of singers Sally Mayes, Lillias White and Rachel York.

The Best Is Yet to Come

Howard Kissel | Posted 07.26.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

There's no more entertaining show in town than the Cy Coleman revue The Best Is Yet to Come at 59E59.

Easy Listener: Why You Should Know Singer Joyce Breach

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

There's a world-class pop singer you may not know about but absolutely should. She's Joyce Breach, who's been hiding her mellow light under lucky urban bushes.