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Review: It Takes A Village To Bring ‘As You Like It’ To Life At the Delacorte

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, September 7, 2017

The most renowned actors around the world have interpreted countless iterations of Shakespeare’s wildly popular comedy As You Like It. The Public Theater’s Public Works initiative ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Theater

ZEALnyc, September 5, 2017

While the theater season in New York doesn’t really stop, we do have an arbitrary ending and beginning of each new season based on when shows open for Tony Award eligibility purposes (shows must have opened by a specific date set ...

Review: ‘Prince of Broadway’ Arrives on Broadway Slightly Less Than Princely

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, August 24, 2017

It’s difficult to argue that Harold Prince is not the Prince of Broadway. For seven decades this legend has been associated with the most important, the most impactful and the most significant ...

Jazz Notes: Berklee Hosts a Gala Honoring Jazz Impresario Fred ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 20, 2017 In all his years as the legendary music promoter of the Boston area and cultivator of many renowned jazz musicians and contemporary artists, Fred Taylor hardly expected someone to be promoting musical acts for his benefit. But on the ...

Review: American Classical Orchestra Excels in a Revelatory Concert at ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2017 Let’s cut right to the chase: the American Classical Orchestra is one terrific outfit, and their concert this past Saturday evening at Alice Tully Hall was a mind-blower. This is a “period-instrument ensemble,” using “era-specific performance techniques” proper ...

Art Break: Water-Inspired Works by Maya Lin at Pace Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2017 This week Art Break is highlighting Maya Lin, a unique voice in contemporary art. Among her many strengths as an artist is the ability to use unusual materials, such as water, to invoke a mood or state of ...

The Arts Converge at the 12th Annual NY Art Book ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 15, 2017 The NY Art Book Fair is a great way to kick off the fall season of art fairs in New York City. Now in its twelfth year with over 370 vendors from 28 countries, this free event showcases the intimate ...

Carnegie Hall Prepares for a Powerful Season of Exciting Programming

By Christopher Johnson, September 14, 2017 Carnegie Hall opens its 2017-2018 season on October 4, with the annual gala in the main hall, this time featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra and a whole slew of bold-face names, including Yanick Nézet-Séguin, Chick Corea, and Lang Lang. Like much ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Arts and Culture in Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, September 13, 2017 This fall, Canada’s arts scene is going strong with international ballets, film festivals, and tons of outdoor performances and activities. Venture up North to catch the biggest names in music, art, and the movies, and enjoy the fall ...

Celebrate All Things Italian at San Gennaro

ZEALnyc, September 12, 2017 For the 91st time the Feast of San Gennaro, a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, takes place in the neighborhood of Manhattan affectionately known as "Little Italy" (Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets; the festival stage is located ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Classical Music

ZEALnyc, September 12, 2017 The fall season typically signals a time of new beginnings, as well as the commencement of performances that we've been anticipating since they were first announced months ago, and this year is no exception. This season heralds the initial centennial celebrations for legendary ...

Art Break: All You Need is Love (And Some Great ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 11, 2017 This week, Art Break is thinking about what artists do to show love, so our choices feature artists who are passionate about creating and connecting with others. Robert Rauschenberg’s friendships, Leon Polk Smith’s joyous colorful forms, ...

Review: NYCO Brings the Old West to Life in Puccini's ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 8, 2017 New York City Opera has not only successfully risen from the ashes, but is doing so through stimulating programming that fills a needed niche. They have opened this season with Puccini's overlooked, but heavenly, La fanciulla del West, and ...

Review: ‘Heartless Bastard’ Turns Out To Have One (And A Soul, Too)

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, August 24, 2017

With ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ newly nestled at number one on iTunes, this may be as good a time as any to see Heartless Bastard. Jim Shankman’s play, currently at the HERE Arts ...

Review: A Glimpse Behind the Canvas in ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017

In the world of art, you often hear about Van Gogh’s style of painting described as revolutionary when compared to his Impressionist counterparts. And at the time it was, and still is. The sad part is the ...

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017

One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Berkshire Theatre Group to Shakespeare & ...

Review: ‘Curvy Widow’ Is Creaky and Coarse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion, shook our hands, and introduced herself as Bobby Goldman, the author ...

Review: ‘Macbeth’ Proves To Be a Moving Experience—Quite Literally

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

As someone who frequents the theatre, I’m accustomed to taking my seat and remaining there for two hours, maybe longer. This isn’t exactly how the New York Classical Theatre presents their productions. ...

Review: An Intimate and Joyous ‘Jerry’s Girls’ at the York Theatre Company

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017

If we’ve learned one thing this Broadway theater season, it’s that Jerry Herman’s music retains its crowd-pleasing appeal. The blockbuster revival of Hello, Dolly! certainly has Bette ...

Two Festivals, Both Alike In Dignity In Fair Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, August 4, 2017

Attending a theatre festival is often a destination experience, so when considering your options, there are two shining examples just north of the border in Canada; experience live theatre at its finest at ...

Review: ‘Really Rosie’ Is Really Wonderful

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2017

Really Rosie began as a half-hour animated television special in 1975. The script and the lyrics were written by the famous children’s author, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) with ...

A Salute To Broadway Royalty—a ‘Prince’ To Be Exact

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2017

What do Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Candide, Sweeney Todd, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera have in common? They’re all Broadway musicals of ...

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Makes For a Magical Night

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, August 1, 2017

Lord, what fools these mortals, and fairies, and royals be!

Director Lear deBessonet’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte is filled with charm and hilarity, ...

Review: ‘The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin’ Retains Its Relevancy In Today’s Divisive Times

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 27, 2017

Encores! Off-Center’s latest offering is a timely staging of an unfortunately little seen musical that has much to say. Efficiently directed here by Robert O’Hara, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her ...

Review: Lincoln Center Festival’s ‘While I Was Waiting’ Explores the Aftermath of Political Upheaval and Hope

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2017

Now in its 22nd year, The Lincoln Center Festival hosts a myriad of performances from around the globe. Making its North American debut at the festival, While I Was Waiting is a play based on a ...

New Tenants In the ‘Doll’s House’ Starting This Week

ZEALnyc, July 25, 2017

When we think of a Broadway show, we often think of a musical. Of course there are dramas and comedies, as well as other special event productions, like Michael Moore’s upcoming one-man play The Terms of ...

Review: The Elusiveness of Peace Brought To the Fore In ‘Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination’ at Lincoln Center Festival

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017

In this era of dismal, seemingly endless intractability in the Middle East, it’s startling to be reminded that, not too long ago, the prospect of peace between Israel and Palestine was tantalizingly close. ...

Review: Compagnie XY Proves Its Strength Is Working Together

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017

Compagnie XY is a French-based circus, but there’s no big top, no trapeze rig, no spangled leotards nor wild animals. Instead, it is a troupe of individuals with extraordinary abilities and exquisite training ...

Review: ‘Assassins’ Chills and Thrills at Encores! Off-Center

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, July 19, 2017

For years, I’ve been threatening to write a book entitled Everything I Know I Learned from Musical Theater.

I have Andrew Lloyd Webber to thank for my religious education. I listened to Jesus ...

Review: ‘1984’—More Distasteful Than Intense

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2017

Broadway productions don’t come timelier than 1984. Or, at least, that’s what the creators are hoping you will think. And, to be sure, in this time of “alternative facts” and such ...

Review: ‘Opening Skinner’s Box’ at Lincoln Center Festival is Absorbing, Stimulating and Refreshing

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 12, 2017

The famous American psychologist and father of radical behaviorism B. F. Skinner (1904-1990) is considered to be the most influential psychologist of his time. His work is the springboard for Lauren ...

Review: Classic Theatre of Harlem Brings a Bit of the Hood To Its ‘Three Musketeers’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, July 12, 2017

The story of The Three Musketeers was already a “classic” when it was written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844, setting the story two hundred years earlier. I had the pleasure of being ...

Review: Say Hello To the ‘Other’ Dolly!

By Chris Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 11, 2017

Here’s some good news if you can’t get a ticket to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! — or if you couldn’t afford that ticket even if you could find ...

Help For Making Your ‘Dream’ Come True—Getting Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park

ZEALnyc, July 11, 2017

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best theater deals in town, because as its title states: it’s FREE! Tonight A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins performances and continues through August ...

Review: Barrington Stage Offers a Stirring ‘Ragtime’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 10, 2017

One of the best things about summer is the opportunity to get out of the city and take in some quality regional theater. Fortunately, there’s ample opportunity to do so at any of the first-rate theater ...

Lincoln Center Festival Brings the World’s Theater, Music, and Dance to NYC

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 7, 2017

The culturally diverse Lincoln Center Festival takes place this summer from July 10 through 30 with a very special and unique lineup of events. Whether you’re looking for an incomparable night of theatre, ...

The New York Musical Festival Is Bigger and Better Than Ever

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, July 7, 2017

In 2004, a new theatre festival came onto the scene with the idea that strength and vitality of musical theater lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) created a ...

Review: ‘Marvin’s Room’ Moves to Broadway After 26 Years

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 30, 2017

There’s a lovely and unexpected moment that comes near the end of the new production of the 1991 play Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson.

It comes towards the end of the play, when sisters Lee and ...

Review: A (Family) Tree Grows in ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, June 28, 2017

Egypt’s King Farouk, after fathering Ferial, Fawzia, and Fadia in quick succession, despaired of ever having a son. So much so, he insisted that any subsequent princess be named Fiasco. In Napoli, ...

Shakespeare Reigns (Even When It Rains) In Outdoor Productions Around NYC

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017

Presenting Shakespeare’s plays in outdoor settings during the summer months has become a veritable institution in America and around the world. New Yorkers have been privileged with the Public Theater having started their tradition in ...

The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Summer Theater

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017

The phrase “summer theater” conjures up images of everything from small converted barns and non-typical performing spaces showcasing the talents of youthful, up-and-coming performers, all the way to prestigious, highly-regarded ...

Berkshire Theatre Group Brings Musicals, Dramas and Farce to Multi-Venue Stages

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, June 22, 2017

What do famous Hollywood legends and current film stars have in common with Western Massachusetts? A history and a connection to the Berkshire Theatre Group. Gracing the stage of the Colonial Theatre from when it ...

Review: ‘Fulfillment Center,’ A Quietly Moving Character Study

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 21, 2017

There’s a long strip of a stage. A folding chair. And six orange cones.

But something is missing in the lives of the folks in the new Manhattan Theatre Club production Fulfillment Center by ...

Review: The Laudable But Rambling Path of ‘Bella: An American Tall Tale’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017

There aren’t nearly enough women or African Americans writing musical theater. Not by a long shot. So when someone comes along who is both, it’s really something to celebrate, even if the results ...

Patrick Wilson Replaces Steven Pasquale in New York City Center Encores! ‘Brigadoon’ with Kelli O’Hara

ZEALnyc, June 20, 2017

While the 2017 Tony Awards are still fresh, New York’s new theater season begins. Early and with turmoil. 1984, fresh from a successful run at London’s Almeida Playhouse opens this week with a dystopian look at ...