Musical Spotlight on Mental Illness

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

Committed: The Musical explores the fictional world of a late-1980s psychiatric ward Upper West Side After the success of her recent parody musical, “50 Shades of Fucked Up,” writer, director and choreographer Tricia Brouk started writing what she thought was another comedy, settling on a psychiatric ward for the setting. But as she researched mental [&hellip
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Young Dancers Take Over 92Y

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

Teenage choreographers strut their stuff in weekend-long showcase Upper East Side The 92nd Street Y has long played host to some of the most celebrated contemporary dancers, companies and choreographers, including Alvin Ailey’s, Merce Cunningham’s, and Robert Joffrey’s companies. Some of New York City’s talented teenage choreographers can add their names to this impressive list. [&hellip
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Healthy Holidays

Written by Shari Portnoy on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Dining Our Town Downtown, Dining West Side Spirit

A Manhattan nutritionist proposes some Passover and Easter alternatives Holidays and dieting aren’t usually found in the same sentence. But there is some good news for the health conscious: Local caterers do have flavorful, authentic foods for Easter and Passover minus the fat and calories. Passover People are looking for an alternative to brisket and [&hellip
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For Matilda’s director, rats at $15,000-a-month

Written by Philip Boroff on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

Broadway director Matthew Warchus found himself living with rodents, maggots and bedbugs in his pricey West End Avenue rental Upper West Side On April 11 of last year, the musical “Matilda” opened to some of the best reviews of the Broadway season. But any celebration at the $15,000-a-month Upper West Side brownstone that the show’s [&hellip
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Broadway Vet Leads the Next Generation

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Rema Webb uses her own Broadway experience to teach young singers and dancers When she’s not performing in Violet at the Roundabout Theater, 16-year Broadway veteran and Upper West Sider Rema Webb teaches little ones how it’s done. Her performing arts training program, On Broadway, goes beyond vocal training and dance, covering everything from auditioning, [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit, Dining West Side Spirit

April 11 NYU Symphony Jens Georg Bachmann Conductor Peter Jay Shap Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street 8 p.m., Free NYU Symphony conducted by Jens Georg Bachmann. Featuring the winners of NYU Steinhardt’s Film Score and Orchestral Composition Competitions with film animations from Tisch Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television Student [&hellip
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Russian Cooking at the U.J.A.

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Food A fund-raiser between six teams in an Iron Chef-style race Six Russian chefs and six sous-chefs competed in an Iron Chef-style competition last week to benefit the UJA-Federation of New York. The organization’s fourth annual Russian Cook-Off, held at the Jewish Community Center on Amsterdam Avenue, raised money for the UJA’s annual campaign, to [&hellip
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Family Fun at Film Forum

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

Movies Long-standing movie theater kicks off fifth season of children’s programming Soho When a longtime financial supporter of nonprofit movie house Film Forum expressed concern about the city’s lack of movie programming for children, Karen Cooper, director of the Houston Street cinema, approached Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s director of repertory programming, about putting together a [&hellip
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