Interview with Robert Creighton, Creator and Star of Cagney
Mar17

Interview with Robert Creighton, Creator and Star of Cagney

The past year has been a good one for Robert Creighton, the creator and star of Cagney. The project that has been his passion for nearly 20 years has just celebrated its first year Off Broadway and,  although it is closing at the West Side Theatre, there are plans for future productions.  It started back when Creighton’s teacher, Jack Melanos, at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts told Creighton he looked like Cagney.  This sent Creighton off to research Cagney, and he pretty much fell for the guy.

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Show Up
Feb21

Show Up

Look, I don’t like “fun” per se. I know a lot of you do, but for the most part what other folks consider “fun” I find puzzling. Sitting outside getting third degree burns watching baseball. Hopping on a sail boat to sail to nowhere before you turn around and head back home. Strapping long narrow pieces of metal onto you feet and purposely going to the top of a snowy mountain so that you can figure out how to, well, slide down – and then do it over and over again. No. No thank you.

Also on my list of things I do not like is Audience Participation of any kind. Entertain me. Do not ask me to work for you.

I was, therefore, PLEASANTLY surprised to enjoy myself in the extreme….

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3
Jan31

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3

By Stanford Friedman For the second year in a row, BroadwayCon coincided with a severe storm. But this time, instead of a blizzard, a fierce political wind raged through the city, with thousands taking to the streets in protest. At the Javitz Center, in keeping with theater tradition, the show went on. And what a show it was. Sunday morning brought out a dozen of the industry’s most talented artists. First, there were the...

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INTERVIEW with Andy Walmsley, production designer
Jan31

INTERVIEW with Andy Walmsley, production designer

British born Andy Walmsley designed the West End/Broadway musicals “Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story” and “Blood Brothers”. He created the set for the globally syndicated TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. His set design has been widely seen on “Pop Idol” and “American Idol” for which he won an Emmy, as well as on current TV shows “America’s Got Talent”, “The Biggest Loser”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Here is our interview with Andy Walmsley.

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2
Jan29

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2

I arrived earlier than planned tho BroadwayCon on Saturday morning,so I snuck into the end of a discussion on cosplay because, really, how could one not? On the dais, a princess, a cat, and a Phantom of the Opera held forth. The audience was full of assorted Schuyler sisters, and various characters from Wicked. The conversation was a rather fascinating mix of gender politics and tips on buying fabric; surely it was the only outlet at BroadwayCon where Goodwill shops and transgenderism were simultaneously getting proper recognition for their merits.

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 1
Jan28

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 1

Flocks of theater kids heading west, dressed as Matilda or The Little Mermaid or a Newsie can mean only one thing: BroadwayCon 2017 has arrived. After launching the convention last year, during a blizzard, in the comparatively intimate Hilton Midtown, this year the organizers have gone full throttle, relocating to the Javits Center and offering more than 200 hours of programming with nearly 500 “special guests” spread across three days.

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Book Review:  Un/Masked:  Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour
Jan10

Book Review: Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour

Throughout this memoir, Kaz collapses the various layers of her life – thwarted actress, budding writer, latent activist, undiscovered feminist – to step out from behind the mask of her personal history. She declares: I’m still here and I like it. And I’m not going away.

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PANGEA’S JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS – SONGS OF PROTEST
Jan06

PANGEA’S JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS – SONGS OF PROTEST

A month of protest at Pangea!

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2016 Critics’ Picks
Dec30

2016 Critics’ Picks

READ OUR CRTICS’ PICS for 2016 – Look, the theatre is a temple. It is a living breathing entity that grabs you like no other art form. You do not sit idly by and observe. It requires you to breath in concert with the performers. And when it all works, it is little short of a communion.

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NO FILTER: a LOVE STORY
Dec01

NO FILTER: a LOVE STORY

The aura ran madcap through the hallways at The Pit Loft Sunday night where Solocom was in full swing for the fourth straight day. Tell me another time when the words “Make sure your cell phones are turned on” began a show.

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IN THE FRAME
Nov21

IN THE FRAME

Sometimes you see something you wish everyone could see. I’m thinking not only of playwright Donald Steele’s writing, which is always engaging, but also of how it was staged tonight, in an elegant apartment in the west village, where actors Shauna Bloom and John Lampe plied their trade in the most noteworthy fashion.

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Thank You Dear Reader from the Irish Rep Lobby
Aug05

Thank You Dear Reader from the Irish Rep Lobby

By Tulis McCall The other night I was at the theatre (surprise), and as I gave my name to the woman at the Box Office, I overheard someone say, “Are  you with Front Row Center?” Yes, Yes I am. “I read it every day,” she said.  “I love it.” Do you subscribe? “Nope,” she said.  “I get too many emails.  I’d rather just go there.” Whatever works, says I. There are a lot of...

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Cherry Lane Theatre Closes  OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES
Jul14

Cherry Lane Theatre Closes OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES

Angelina Fiordellisi, Founding Artistic Director of the Cherry Lane Theatre, has issued the following statement regarding the premature closing – effective immediately – of Israel Horovitz’s comedy OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

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BRANDON VICTOR DIXON  LEXI LAWSON  and  MICHAEL LUWOYE join HAMILTON
Jul11

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON LEXI LAWSON and MICHAEL LUWOYE join HAMILTON

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON, LEXI LAWSON, and MICHAEL LUWOYE JOIN BROADWAY CAST OF“HAMILTON” With Javier Munoz on July 11, 2016

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JAVIER MUÑOZ  is Alexander Hamilton Starting July 11
Jul05

JAVIER MUÑOZ is Alexander Hamilton Starting July 11

Javier Muñoz – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s alternate in the Tony Award-winning musical HAMILTON on Broadway and the actor who portrayed Alexander Hamilton when President Barack Obama saw HAMILTON last July – will step into the title role starting July 11 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46 St.), it has been announced by HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller. Mr. Miranda’s final performance in the Broadway production is set for July 9.

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Patience & Sarah, an Opera Revival for LGBT Pride Week
Jun16

Patience & Sarah, an Opera Revival for LGBT Pride Week

“… a lesbian story of love and courage . . . there’s not your typical lesbian opera character who is a psycho killer.

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Cagney The Musical Revisited
Jun10

Cagney The Musical Revisited

I had the complete and total pleasure of seeing “Cagney” the other night. Robert Creighton is beyond brilliant in the title role. Do yourself a favor and hoof on over to the West Side Theatre and see this show.

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Colman Domingo  To Host Vineyard Theatre’s  Annual Emerging Artists Luncheon
Jun02

Colman Domingo To Host Vineyard Theatre’s Annual Emerging Artists Luncheon

Colman Domingo To Host Vineyard Theatre’s Annual Emerging Artists Luncheon Thursday, June 30 2016 Susan Stroman Directing Award will be presented to Lee Sunday Evans   Colman Domingo will host Vineyard Theatre’s Annual Emerging Artists Luncheon on Thursday, June 30 from noon-2pm at The Gander (15 West 18th Street) in Manhattan. The event will feature the presentation of the 2016 Susan Stroman Directing Award to Lee Sunday Evans...

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Helane Blumfield, at Don’t Tell Mama in  “Call Me H!”
May17

Helane Blumfield, at Don’t Tell Mama in “Call Me H!”

“‘Call me H!’ is a show about blending borders between genders and celebrating the men who inspire me,” says Ms. Blumfield. Her repertoire is a mix of pop, rock and theatrical material, from Dar Williams’ “When I Was a Boy” to “Moondance” by Van Morrison and “A Piece of Sky,” the Legrand/Bergman/Bergman composition made famous by a gender-blending Yentl.

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Gay Marshall Returns to the Metropolitan Room
May17

Gay Marshall Returns to the Metropolitan Room

May 11 – New York – Gay Marshall brings her acclaimed concert, Gay Marshall Sings PIAF, back to the Metropolitan Room on Friday, May 20th at 7pm, featuring music from her Billboard Top World Album, Gay Marshall sings PIAF la vie l’amour.  Her vivacious and wholly original take on Édith Piaf presents the iconic star as a versatile powerhouse of heartwarming and heartbreaking emotion. Full of personality and humor,  Marshall...

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