Note from the Publisher



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"If you don't go to Broadway, you're a fool. On Broadway, off Broadway, above Broadway, below Broadway, go! Don't tell me there isn't something wonderful playing. If I'm home in New York at night, I'm either at a Broadway or an Off Broadway show. We're in the theater capital of the world, and if you don't get it, you're an idiot."
- Joan Rivers

 

“Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory, at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.”

 

Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director, The Broadway League

 

As our staff is scurrying back from the regionals and abroad
(and Off Broadway)
we are gearing up for the explosion that is about to happen on
Broadway
as a multitude of star studded productions
will open in rapid succession
all carefully listed in my Editor’s notes
so don’t be an “idiot”
(thank you, Joan)
buy tickets early and often!

 

See you at the theater………………

Jeannie Lieberman
Publisher, Theaterscene.com
Publisher, Fire Island Sun. com
voting member: Drama Desk
Outer Critics Circle
Drama League
ATCA

Columns

Editor's Notes: The New Season ’14-‘15
By Jeanne Lieberman on Sept. 18
Star Power on Broadway
Producers have figured out they can recoup their investments quickly and painlessly by casting Hollywood stars in their shows. Actors can also make a quick bundle (and satisfy their acting chops) in limited runs. The result – a celestial jamboree on Broadway for savvy theatergoers who will make sure to get their tickets often and early!

Editor's Notes: STARS IN THE ALLEY: Broadway Stars Dazzled in Daylight and turned the legendary Shubert Alley into theatrical Heaven on Earth!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 22
The huge event reminded us all what a very special thing our theatrical community is. It is to be cherished and nurtured

Editor's Notes: Talkin’ Tony’s
by Jeannie Lieberman on May. 1
Is Neil Patrick Harris the new Hugh Jackman

Editor’S Notes: The Spring Season Midway
by Jeannie Lieberman on Apr. 21
The mid-season March to the Tonys is nothing short of theatrical ecstasy.(so far)

Editor’s Notes: What happened to the Broadway Musical?
by Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 15

Broadway - Musicals

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
by Eugene Paul on June. 26
The phenomenon that was Tupac Shakur, immortalized in his own short time on this planet, inspires this new “musical”.

‘Phantom of the Opera’
Welcomes Norm Lewis as its First Black Lead on Broadway

by Jeanne Lieberman on June. 18
Lewis brings a sexually intense, almost menacing persona, overpowering in this version and every indication the magic of this opus still works.

Cabaret
by Laura Jo Trexler on May. 8
Though The Newest Revival Is Far From Original Or New, Kander And Ebb’s Cabaret Still Compares To Few.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder
By Michall Jeffers on May. 8
Lunacy abounds in a gleeful Gilbert-and-Sullivan-meets-music-hall delight featuring the incomparable Jefferson Mays.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch
By Michall Jeffers on May. 1
Tony presenter Neil Patrick Harris should be up for his own Tony this season. This is not a production for those of delicate sensibilities but definitely has the potential to become another cult musical.

After Midnight!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
The performances are a series of gems that shine brightly alone but blaze in unison until your heartbeat echoes the music’s rhythm, cardiologists take note! Artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and his Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, launch you on a magical musical carpet ride that will eventually carry you on out to the street

Bullets Over Broadway
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21
Susan Stroman's razz ma tazz romp through Woody Allen's hilarious take-off on putting on a Broadway show is a great big splashy old fashioned musical.

If/Then
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 6
Devotees of Broadway belters are destined to flock to Idina Menzel’s huge sounds in her new show filled with good company.

The Bridges Of Madison County
by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 28
Jason Robert Brown’s lush score is soaringly romantic, the coupling of Steven Pasquale and Kelli O’Hara, pure theater magic.

Aladdin
by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 26
A true Disney magic carpet ride of opulent costumes, dazzling sets, creative choreography, savvy showbiz shtick and a Genie for all time.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
by Jeannie Lieberman on Jan. 29
A feel good evening of special delight to her fans and all those who just want a slick, nostalgic, music-packed evening.

Broadway - Plays

Act One
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 1
James Lapine brings Moss Hart’s classic autobiography alive on Lincoln Center Theater’s stage. Of all Broadway's productions this season, Act One most deepens that tinsel-tinged adjective theatrical.

The Cripple of Inishmaan
By: Eric Grunin on May. 1
McDonagh's Cripple of Inshmaan is an Irish comedy with more than a touch of the tragic...or is it the other way around? He does a brilliant job of navigating between the two. Radcliffe displays an extraordinarily radiant, desperate passion for simply being onstage.

Casa Valentina
By Michall Jeffers on May. 1
Do clothes make the man? Cross-dressing in the Catskills was both liberating and dangerous; a gifted ensemble makes the trip worthwhile.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
by Eugene Paul on May. 1
Audra McDonald has vaulted past anything she’s ever done to this pinnacle of performance art, her portrait of Billie Holiday.

Of Mice and Men
by Eugene Paul on May. 1
In a season bursting with outstanding performances, there hasn’t been a finer staging than this harrowing American drama.

The Realistic Joneses
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 1
In spite of its misleading title, Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses is a charming new play that is bound to tickle your funny bone and make you think twice about the people who live next door.

All The Way
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21
A major performance among performances in a major play is one of the highlights of an extraordinary theatrical season.

Bronx Bombers
by Eugene Paul on Feb. 26
In this love letter to the Yankees, you will encounter Yankee greats from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter in their prime.

Machinal
by Eugene Paul on Jan. 29
Rebecca Hall makes her Broadway debut unmistakably in every scene of this sterling revival of an American expressionistic play.

Waiting for Godot
by Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 11
Staring into the void just became a first-rate experience as two great British actors take on a Beckett classic.

Regional - Musicals

The Wizard of Oz
by Eugene Paul on Sept. 9

After 75 years, the world wide beloved The Wizard of Oz and “Over the Rainbow” is now live, on stage in Westchester.

Kathy Najimy “Lift Up Your Skirt” at Ice Palace ICONS
by Sherri Rase on Aug. 28
photos by Jeannie

“imagine what we could be if we weren’t continually patching up the holes the world puts in us, telling us we’re wrong, or bad" 

Jackie Hoffman is on Fire! (Island)” at the Ice Palace
by
Jeannie Lieberman on Aug. 28
photos by Jeannie

“The kvetching continues, the whining will go on” promised the motor mouthed, mobile faced, manic purveyor of blue tinged jewish flavored humor.

Linda Lavin & Billy Stritch at Fire Island's Cherry Grove
by Jeannie Lieberman on Aug. 8

The duo set the bar high for elegant entertainment.

LINDA EDER LAUNCHES NARDICIO’S ICON SERIES at CHERRY GROVE'S ICE PALACE
by Jeannie Lieberman on July. 24
photos by Jeannie

From ballads to blues to bouncy pop the audience joyously rode that trip with her.

Mary Poppins
by Edward Lieberman on May. 30
Mary Poppins hitched a ride on the East Wind to Westchester Broadway Theatre's 40th Anniversary and we are happy the wind will not shift until July 27th!

Ragtime
by Edward Lieberman on Mar. 24
A Glorious, Broadway-sized staging of a portrait of America at the turn of the 20th Century.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

Piece Of My Heart
by Eugene Paul on August. 7
He wrote the songs that made the stars come out but no one knew his name, until now. With 26 of his songs, the songs of Bert Berns.

Pump Boys and Dinettes
by Eric Grunin on July. 24
More than a revue, less than a song cycle, Encores! takes a second look at this hardy Country and Western entertainment from the early 80s.

Tick, Tick...Boom!
by Eric Grunin on July. 18
A lesser-known work of Jonathan Larson shows themes that was to he develop further in Rent.

Rugantino
by Joel Benjamin on June. 18
A spectacle that winningly combines Italian folk themes, music, dance, and a large cast who all sang their hearts out

Boogie Stomp!
Variations Theatre Group at the Chain Theatre

by Joel Benjamin on June. 5
Two brilliant, devoted musicians playing the music they love—what could be better?

Heathers: The Musical
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 5
This new killer musical takes bullying out of the closet and exposes its psychological layering with some very witty songs.

Here Lies Love
by Stewart Schulman on May. 30
An energetic “immersive” theatrical experience with a great cast and a great true story, unfortunately mostly untold.

TROUBLEfuturesongs
by Joel Benjamin on May. 22
Three imaginatively and wittily staged operas with complementary themes making for a fascinating evening of music and drama.

Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging
by Michall Jeffers on May. 8
Sometimes the truth hurts; but a talented cast and lots of laughs eases the pain.

Irma La Douce
New York City Center Encores!

by Joel Benjamin on May. 8
Although not the most exciting show in the Encores!, this show has a charming score and great performances.

Encores!: The Most Happy Fella
by Joel Benjamin on Apr. 7
A rousing, first rate staging of a shining example of American musical theater.

Off-Broadway - Plays

Dancing Monk Ippen
By R. Pikser on August. 28
An energetic and disciplined young company in a tale from the annals of Buddhism represents Japan at the New York Fringe

King Lear
By Eugene Paul on August. 7
John Lithgow gives an inspired, moving performance in this towering tragedy, one of Shakespeare’s great plays.

Gertrude: The Cry
By Eugene Paul on August. 7
Howard Barker’s re-examination of Hamlet’s adulterous mother, Gertrude.

Pentecost
By Eugene Paul on August. 7
Work on restoring an art masterpiece is interrupted by a mob of armed, war torn refugees seeking their own salvations. Fully engaging.

The Qualification Of Douglas Evans
by Eugene Paul on July. 24
The Amoralists plunge headlong into the harrowing subject of man’s propensity for repeating his history.

Enter At Forest Lawn
By Eugene Paul on July. 24
If you’ve wondered about the frustrations behind those TV shows you see happily going on week after week. Wonder no more.

The Other Mozart
By Eric Grunin on July. 3
Sylvia Milo does a lovely job showing us the 18th Century from an unexpected point of view, that of Mozart's older sister.

Donogoo
By Joel Benjamin on June. 26
Both fun and unsettling, the Mint Theater’s imaginative production keeps this 1920’s comedy still relevant.

Much Ado About Nothing
By Eugene Paul on June. 26
Aside from its title this craftily constructed corkscrew of a play and this production is perfect.

When We Were Young And Unafraid At City Center , 55th St .
By Eugene Paul on June. 26
Director Pam MacKinnon mounts a splendid production, with a superb cast in playwright Sarah Treem’s engrossing play. Go!

Too Much Sun
By Joel Benjamin on June. 18
Even a second rate Nicky Silver play is worth seeing, especially when given the Vineyard’s first rate production graced by his muse, Linda Lavin.

Farcicals
By Eugene Paul on June. 18
In keeping with transAtlantic amity, Brits Off Broadway offers a double portion of an American favorite: British farce.

Time Of My Life
By Eugene Paul on June. 18
The splendid Ayckbourn Ensemble gives a piercing performance in this chilly comedy of bad manners.

Ethel Sings
The Unsung Song of Ethel Rosenberg

By Joel Benjamin on June. 18
Although basically factual, this show does nothing to illuminate the tragic events of the lives of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
by Eugene Paul on June. 5
A wonderful ensemble enables the astonishing Sir Alan Ayckbourn to continue to astonish and delight us with his newest works.

A FABLE
by Eugene Paul on May. 22
In a handsome, active setting, this large, vigorous cast tackles the largest of themes, Good and Evil and the human condition.

The City Of Conversation
by Michall Jeffers on May. 22
Jan Maxwell in the riveting Hostess with the Mostest in Georgetown where the Capitol Hill elite chit chat over drinks, and where outsiders aren’t welcome

The Rivals
by Eugene Paul on May. 8
Make haste. At least totter your damnedest to the Pearl for a romp of a show, a treat for eye, ear, mind and heart in Pearl Company’s handsomest production.

The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful
By Joel Benjamin on May. 1
A clever cultural commentary; a sophisticated, tongue-in-cheek parody and a display of the talents of two wonderful actors who turn themselves inside out to please.

The Substance of Fire
By Joel Benjamin on May. 1
A dark, but penetrating look at a very literate family.Jon Robin Baitz’s use of language and innuendo is astonishing in its literacy and sharp understanding of each character’s idiosyncrasies.

A Respectable Widow Takes To Vulgarity & Clean
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 13
A delightful double bill from Scotland’s burgeoning theater scene featuring up-front, adventuresome, women having fun.

Off-Broadway - Multimedia

The Dancing Fox: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East
By R. Pikser on Sept. 18
Chosen from both Arab and Jewish traditions, these tales illustrate how people behave and about how they might behave better.

Abe Abraham
by R. Pikser on August. 7
A tightly controlled view of Hell – or trying to escape from one’s own Hell.

Amaluna
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 31
Cirque du Soleil’s newest of their many shows, thrilling, eye-popping, exciting, perhaps their most beautiful ever.

Off-Broadway - Solo Performance

They Call Me Q
by R. Pikser on June. 18
Ms. Kadwani’s presence is engaging as a first generation American of Islamic Indian parentage but her show would benefit from help with the writing.

Just Jim Dale
by Joel Benjamin on June. 5
A One-Man Musical Comedy

Satchmo At The Waldorf
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 23
Theater critic Terry Teachout scratches beneath the surface of a jazz legend in his new one-man play starring John Douglas Thompson.

Cabaret/Concerts

The Mostly Mozart Festival
By Michall Jeffers on Sept. 10
The Season Wrapped Up With Magical Musical Moments

Mostly Mozart
by Deirdre Donovan on August. 2
Your playbill might read “Mostly Mozart,” but Beethoven and Haydn had the last word in this August 2nd program.

The Mabel Mercer Foundation: “It Might As Well Be Spring”
A Celebration In Song Of The Incomparable Life Of Margaret Whiting

by Linda Amiel Burns on June. 26
An all-star cast celebrated the life of legend Margaret Whiting in song at Weill Recital Hall hosted by her daughter Debbi and KT Sullivan.

The American Classical Orchestra: Prague, Golden City of Music
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 18
The fabled city of Prague comes alive with the sound of four great classical composers.

Carole J. Bufford: Shades of Blue
Metropolitan Room

by Joel Benjamin on June. 5
A “white chick” who gives the Blues a run for their money with a torrent of emotions, musicality and wit.

Going Solo in Terminally Delightful
by Edward Rubin on May. 30
BenDeLaRue, a Ru Paul alumnus, in his solo debut, had the audience eating out of his/her hands

A Maestro’s Memoirs
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 22
Musician Donald Pippin time-travels back through star-dusted moments in his long-and-winding career.

MURDER MOST FUN: A Conversation with the Team Behind “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at the 92nd Street Y
by Linda Amiel Burns on May. 22
The audience couldn’t seem to get enough of the delightful inside stories of the birth of this “Killer New Musical"

Lyrics & Lyricists at 92nd Street Y
Ziegfeld Girl: The Many Faces of Fanny Brice

by Linda Amiel Burns on May. 8
L & L pays tribute to iconic Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice 50 years after Funny Girl opened on Broadway.

The New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala: “Make It Big” honored Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
by Stewart M. Schulman on May. 1
Under Music Director Steven Reineke, the roster of talent included over 230 musicians and guest artists, the largest cast ever in The Pops history, and the evening was a brilliant success!

David Ostwald and his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland
by Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
David Ostwald, who sets the pace and chooses the songs as he goes, leads a magic meld of multigenerational music meisters that varies slightly from week to week.

Dance

The Fire Island Dance Festival
Now in its 20th Year
Shatters Fundraising Record with $533,860

by Jeannie Lieberman on July. 24
Produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS a program of Broadway Cares/equity Fights AIDS

Japan Society Project IX – Pleiades
by R. Pikser on May. 22
This tribute to the music of the late Iannis Xenakis offers insight to the current approach to music and movement

Soaking Wet
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 3
A well-organized and varied program of short dances by some talented dance makers.

FEATURES

92nd Y TALKS Sept 14, 2014
Andrea Martin in Conversation with Nathan Lane

by Linda Amiel Burns on Sept. 14
The 92ndY launched its new season of TALKS with 2 Tony winners in conversation – Nathan Lane interviewing Andrea Martin about her new book, “Lady Parts.”

Town Hall raises the roof to honor Fiddler on the Roof’s 50th birthday, composer Sheldon Harnick’s 90th, Folksbein Theater celebrates 100th
by Linda Amiel Burns on June. 18
Casts from the past helped celebrate.

“BLACK STARS OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY”
AT CARNEGIE HALL JUNE 23, 2014 8 PM
by Jeanne Lieberman on June. 18
In the wake of his appearance in Phantom, Norm Lewis and co producer Chapman Roberts have created an evening saluting some of the greatest musical heroes in history.

Broadway Up Close Walking Tours
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 30
Actor Tim Dolan invites everybody to get up close to Broadway and learn its history and lore on foot.

THE AWARD GOES TO:
The Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Theater World and the Obies announce their winners!
by Jeannie Lieberman on May. 22
Drama Desk and Tonys to come………………

AND THE NOMINEES ARE…………
by Jeannie Lieberman on May. 1
TIME TO GET SERIOUS AS THEATER ORGANIZATIONS SUMMON THEIR VOTERS TO DECIDE THE WINNERS OF THIS VERY VARIED AND WONDERFUL THEATER SEASON:
TONY AWARDS NOMINEES
DRAMA DESK
DRAMA LEAGUE
OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE
WITH NO OBVIOUS FRONTRUNNERS THE RACE IS WIDE OPEN.