Dance Hall Daze: Great Cast Helps Revive Edwin Drood

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Photo by Joan Marcus. Sandwiched in-between he monolith musicals that stormed their way from the West End to Broadway throughout the 1980s (Evita, Cats, Les Miserables, etc.) was a different kind of British import, one that was, in fact, given new life by an American. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a 1985 Public Theater production, was musicalized and adapted [&hellip
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City Arts: In Search of Lost Jazz

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SearchLostJazz600 ‘Cotton Club Parade’ brings back musical history  By Valerie Gladstone Cotton Club Parade opens with the robust Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars, directed by Daryl Waters, swinging into “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” offering a tantalizing [&hellip
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Getting Down to Business With Henry Winkler

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In his latest Broadway role, “The Fonz” plays a porn star (no, really) with a heart of gold By Rachel Sokol When one hears the name “Henry Winkler,” what often comes to mind is a leather jacket, a thumbs-up, an “aye!” and a best friend named Richie Cunningham. But Henry Winkler, porn star? Well … [&hellip
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New “Annie” Avoids Red Scare

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Photo credit Joan Marcus James Lapine’s revival has legs – and not one but two noteworthy Broadway debuts It was 36 seasons ago that a little show about a little orphan named Annie, adapted by the team of Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse from Harold Gray’s long-running comic, took Broadway by storm and became an instant classic. [&hellip
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A Whale of a Tale: Samuel D. Hunter’s Play Offers Plenty of Food for Thought

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

thewhale-joanmarcus What is it with writers and whales? Ever since Herman Melville’s magnum opus, Moby-Dick, was published 160 years ago, cetaceans have provided an interesting allegory for man’s quest to defeat others and understand himself in literary forms. Just last year, Melvillean influence permeated Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, arguably the best novel of the year. [&hellip
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A Woman’s Worth: Jessica Chastain Gives This Heiress Her Due

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

The Heiress Never before has the musical clippity-clop of horse hooves sounded as petulant or mocking as they do in Moisés Kaufman’s newly opened production of The Heiress, the second Broadway revival of Augustus and Ruth Goetz’s play. When Catherine Sloper (Jessica Chastain) hears those hoof beats galloping right on by the opulent townhouse in which she [&hellip
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Classical Season’s Greetings

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Theater, West Side Spirit

Netrebko in Donizetti’s Elixir AN ‘ELIXIR’ WITHOUT FIZZ AND A MODEL ‘CARMINA BURANA’ The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2012-13 season with a new production of The Elixir of Love, Donizetti’s offbeat romantic comedy. For 20 years, the Met had a production by John Copley: goofy, whimsical, endearing—like The Elixir of Love. It looked like an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day card. At the [&hellip
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Crying Woolf

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CA-virginia woolf revival Tracy Letts Takes on his Mentor Edward Albee in New Production   By Ben Kessler Edward Albee’s classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? returns to Broadway in a 50th-anniversary production from Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Tracy Letts and Amy Morton will appear in the iconic roles of George and Martha, a middle-aged married couple locked in terminal, [&hellip
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Ellie Covan’s Dixon Place is Home for Culture

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Survival600 By Elena Oumano Just before a recent performance of Dan Fishback’s musical The Material World (held-over, full house, many turned away), Dixon Place’s omnipotently attractive founder/creative director Ellie Covan took the stage to thank “those of you in the audience who are holding drinks” and then warmly encouraged everyone else to also visit the upstairs [&hellip
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