Review – Kiss Me, Kate

Director Scott Ellis and the Roundabout Theatre Company have a habit of putting together tremendous musicals. Their latest classic musical remounting is Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate." But as we have recently observed many of these works come with problematic histories as we've recognized issues with misogyony and the patriarchy. Just look at "Carousel" (spousal … Continue reading Review – Kiss Me, Kate

Review – Classic Albums Live: The Beatles; Abbey Road

Interesting Concept. This group has been around for sixteen years and I have never heard of them. Their idea is to create live concerts with note by note, cut by cut. This is not a tribute band where performers play the parts in audio and appearances. It is not an interpretation of an artist's work … Continue reading Review – Classic Albums Live: The Beatles; Abbey Road

Review – Broadway by the Year; The Broadway Musicals of 1943 & 1951

Scott Siegel runs an excellent series of a musical cabaret program of Broadway hits from selected years at The Town Hall. Arguably 1943 and 1951 are slim pickings beside Oklahoma! but there are favorites from many sources. The performers were uniformly skilled but the stand outs were William Michals, Robert Cuccioli, and Oakley Boycott. The … Continue reading Review – Broadway by the Year; The Broadway Musicals of 1943 & 1951

Review – If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

Sorry if the the above title offends you. I considered using asterisks (as a current NYC play "HateF**k" does) but knew I would be using a Playwrights Horizon program cover and it would show up unedited. A scattering of play titles have included the "F" word recently and I don't mean "Fork." Like the late … Continue reading Review – If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

Reviews – DCINY Beethoven Symphony #9

Recently I traveled over to Carnegie Hall to catch the Distinguished Concerts International New York with their orchestra and various chorales performing Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.  I love Ode to Joy and thrill to it whenever it is done well and this certainly was.  It was one night only so you … Continue reading Reviews – DCINY Beethoven Symphony #9

Review – Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show

Broadway theatre owners have long rented out their venues for short term attractions between major bookings.  These can be for special holiday shows (like the Illusionists show I reviewed on November 29).  Last year there was an absolutely terrible Broadway show (Home for the Holidays) that featured "YouTube Personalities" and I reviewed on November 22, … Continue reading Review – Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show

TOMORROW: The Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival

For months I have been suggesting you mark Sunday, September 30 on your calendar to attend The Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival and tomorrow it finally arrives.  Take the A Train to 190th Street, take the elevators to the street and turn right.  Welcome to my neighborhood.  Enjoy some jousting, cosplay, shops and more at … Continue reading TOMORROW: The Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival

Review – Tomorrow is a Long Time – a tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1963 Town Hall Concert in Town Hall in 2018

Sometimes it takes me a while to post a review after I have seen the show.  Sometimes it is because I am overwhelmed by other things to post but in this case because of the awful taste I had to wash from my mouth before sitting down to do it.  The show was on May … Continue reading Review – Tomorrow is a Long Time – a tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1963 Town Hall Concert in Town Hall in 2018