Review: Bullets Over Broadway

bullets over broadway

Based on the screenplay by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway finally hit the NYC stages this past week.  The production introduced a new collaborating team to Broadway: Woody and Susan Stroman. With a pair like that, my hopes were high. Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe, Heléne Yorke, Vincent Pastore, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Lenny Wolpe and Karen Ziemba head the  ensemble cast of 29 - that's a lot of talent on one stage. The story revolves around emerging playwright David Shayne, who is about to have his play produced … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway: Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

phantom of the opera

I have never forgotten the time when, as a much younger girl that I am now, I went with my musical-loving mother to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. We were both memorized by the music, the costumes, the set (I've never forgot the hanging chandelier), the lighting, the magic. We both talked about the show and listened to the show's soundtrack for many days after that and the CD traveled me with me across many continents in my days during and after college. When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the show which is now … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win 2 Tickets to A Time to Kill on Broadway

a time to kill

Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes’ stage adaptation of A Time to Kill, John Grisham’s best-selling novel, will open on Broadway on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). This new Broadway play holds the distinction of being the first-ever John Grisham property to be adapted for the stage. Ethan McSweeny will direct, with previews beginning Saturday, September 28th. Sebastian Arcelus, Chike Johnson, Patrick Page, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Emmy Award winner Tom Skerritt, Fred Dalton Thompson, John … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway: Soul Doctor on Broadway

soul doctor

Around 15-20 years ago in NYC, I wandered into a little shul on West 79th Street called the Carlbach and found a Jewish scene like none other. As a girl from the deep south, I had never experienced this kind of Judaism.  It was spiritual, fun and uplifting.  There was an old Rabbi who led the congregation, and he was the man himself.  Shlomo Carlbach had an engaging presence that I will never forget.  It introduced me to a new type of being Jewish and I remember running to that shul on many Saturday mornings for yet another dose.  When he was there … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win 2 Tickets to Romeo & Juliet on Broadway

RomeAndJuliet

  This is the kind of giveaway I like - SHAKESPEARE. This fall film actor Orlando Bloom will make his Broadway debut alongside as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in a new Broadway production of the timeless love story ROMEO AND JULIET, directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux. The play will open on Broadway on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, following preview performances from Saturday, August 24, 2013. The production will also star Tony Award® winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman) as … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Forever Tango on Broadway

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My husband is a great dancer.  I found out as soon as we started dating and he took me to a small tango club in Greenwich Village called La Belle Epoque and came face to face with the real thing.  We were attempting to tango with professionals (or so they seemed).  Later he bought tickets to a tango production on Broadway where we witnessed the longest-running tango production in Broadway history. It wasn't something I'd have selected to see myself, but it was very compelling. That show was Luis Bravo’s internationally acclaimed entertainment … [Read more...]

A Big Night for Female Directors

Pam MacKinnon

  I love theater.  There is so much about it that resonates with me.  The ability that people have to weave together the words, acting, staging, choreography and costumes to tell a story for me is unique and magical. Every year when the Tony Awards come on TV, I inform my family that I'm hibernating for a few hours to watch the industry I support by seeing practically every show that hits the NYC stage.  I love Neil Patrick Harris' energy, the musical numbers, the glitter, the glitz, the familiar faces from Broadway. It's always … [Read more...]

Review: Cinderella on Broadway Offers “Possibility”

cinderella musical

When I was growing up, my mother filled our lives with the songs and music of composers Rodgers & Hammerstein.  She took us to revivals at the local theaters of Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I and, naturally, The Sound of Music.  My sister performed in several of these shows and I played their music on the piano.  Their music, shows and films definitely played an important part of my youth, which I'm always happy to relive. I also relish the opportunity to introduce my own daughter to pieces of my past and their stories are full of … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Nice Work if You Can Get It on Broadway

nice work if you can get it

  The show Nice Work if You Can Get It is a show with fabulous music, choreography and some of the best singers on Broadway. It's a real crowd pleaser and if you don't love musicals, this may change your mind. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) with the book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis), the show is about the Roaring Twenties and features a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don't go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger … [Read more...]

Broadway Train Your Star

Broadway Edge

A few weeks ago I wrote about a workshop my daughter attended to learn the art of auditioning for a Broadway show.  My very shy daughter was transported into another world of music and dance for two hours.  It was the real mccoy.  Broadway Edge is more than just about auditioning - it's all about building confidence and allowing each child to spontaneously access their powerful instincts. As a result, they become unstoppable as their belief rises to new levels. That's why I'm bringing this information again to you now - to give you the chance to sign up … [Read more...]