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ZEALnyc reports on the most important arts, culture and entertainment news coming from New York City and beyond. From Broadway to BAM, Carnegie Hall to Jazz at Lincoln Center, and everywhere in between, ZEALnyc keeps you informed.

Getting the Band Back Together

Review: The Amiable Schlock of ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2018 Sometimes shows come to Broadway that automatically get the online theater wags sharpening their knives. Before a show has even played its first preview, the theaterati start taking bets on when it will close, and polishing off their ...

Moulin Rouge

Review: ‘Moulin Rouge’ Gets a Lavish Pre-Broadway Tryout in Boston

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 Before the 1980s, Boston was a major out-of-town stop for plays and musicals before they went to Broadway. The economics of such tryouts have changed drastically, as has the standard model for developing new plays and musicals, and ...

Hudson Valley museums

Art Break: Just a Short Journey North, The Hudson Valley Continues To Inspire

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 The Hudson Valley has a special place in the heart of Art Break. So many of our favorite artists spent their summers in the region with friends and family, working on projects, and enjoying the beautiful landscape, just as we do today. It’s a ...

Getting the Band Back Together

Review: The Amiable Schlock of 'Gettin' the Band Back Together'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2018 Sometimes shows come to Broadway that automatically get the online theater wags sharpening their knives. Before a show has even played its first preview, the theaterati start taking bets on when it will close, and polishing off their “What ...

Moulin Rouge

Review: 'Moulin Rouge' Gets a Lavish Pre-Broadway Tryout in Boston

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 Before the 1980s, Boston was a major out-of-town stop for plays and musicals before they went to Broadway. The economics of such tryouts have changed drastically, as has the standard model for developing new plays and musicals, and Boston’...

Hudson Valley museums

Art Break: Just a Short Journey North, The Hudson Valley ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 The Hudson Valley has a special place in the heart of Art Break. So many of our favorite artists spent their summers in the region with friends and family, working on projects, and enjoying the beautiful landscape, just ...

Newport Jazz Festival Showcases Women Artists and Emerging Talents

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, August 10, 2018 This year’s Newport Jazz Festival highlighted an incredibly diverse selection of women performers and women ensemble groups. The festival’s founder George Wein, in his newsletter “Notes from the Wein Machine” (March, 2018), was very direct in his statement ...

Beloved; photo: Kait Ebinger

Review: A Young Woman's Quest for Love and Passion in ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2018 Discovering how life works is what resonates the most in Lisa Langseth’s one-woman show Beloved, starring Ellinor DiLorenzo and directed by Kathy Curtiss. The play begins with the character Katarina rummaging around her grandmother’s cottage, putting things ...

Before We're Gone

Review: 'Before We're Gone' Tackles Big Themes at 13th Street ...

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Before We're Gone ended it's run at 13th Street Repertory Theatre on August 5 with hopes of moving uptown and, with caveats, it deserves another chance to be seen. It is a small play, made for a small stage in ...

ICE; photo: Armen Elliott.

Review: A Mozart-less Evening Turns to ICE with 'Grand Pianola ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 The Mostly Mozart Festival's recent presentation of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College was a welcome respite from the summer's punishing mugginess. Entitled "Grand Pianola Music," after the John Adams piece ...

Florence Griswold Museum

Art Break: A Reverse Commute Uncovers Museum Gold in Connecticut

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Here at Art Break, we’ve often complained that people don’t realize how much art is available to see outside New York City. Case in point: the great state of Connecticut. Never been? Well, you’re missing ...

Jazz Notes Intel: 'West Side Story' Reimagined With Bobby Sanabria’...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 3, 2018 Last year marked the 60th birthday of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein’s classic Broadway show West Side Story, famously made into a 10 Academy Award-winning movie version in 1961 starring among others the Puerto Rico-born actress Rita Moreno. This year ...

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at the Irish Rep

Review: ‘On a Clear Day’ Almost Shines at the Irish ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2018 After the disastrous 2011 Broadway revisal of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, it was looking like we might never see that show in New York City again. Peter Parnell’s ridiculous, gender-switching libretto, combined with Michael Mayer’...

Newport Jazz Festival Showcases Women Artists and Emerging Talents

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, August 10, 2018 This year’s Newport Jazz Festival highlighted an incredibly diverse selection of women performers and women ensemble groups. The festival’s founder George Wein, in his newsletter “Notes from the Wein Machine” (March, 2018), was very direct ...

Beloved; photo: Kait Ebinger

Review: A Young Woman’s Quest for Love and Passion in Off-Broadway’s ‘Beloved’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2018 Discovering how life works is what resonates the most in Lisa Langseth’s one-woman show Beloved, starring Ellinor DiLorenzo and directed by Kathy Curtiss. The play begins with the character Katarina rummaging around her grandmother’s ...

Before We're Gone

Review: ‘Before We’re Gone’ Tackles Big Themes at 13th Street Repertory Theatre

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Before We’re Gone ended it’s run at 13th Street Repertory Theatre on August 5 with hopes of moving uptown and, with caveats, it deserves another chance to be seen. It is a small play, made for a small stage in spite of the fact that it ...

ICE; photo: Armen Elliott.

Review: A Mozart-less Evening Turns to ICE with ‘Grand Pianola Music’

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 The Mostly Mozart Festival’s recent presentation of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College was a welcome respite from the summer’s punishing mugginess. Entitled “Grand Pianola ...

Florence Griswold Museum

Art Break: A Reverse Commute Uncovers Museum Gold in Connecticut

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Here at Art Break, we’ve often complained that people don’t realize how much art is available to see outside New York City. Case in point: the great state of Connecticut. Never been? Well, you’re missing out on the best kept secret of the ...

Jazz Notes Intel: ‘West Side Story’ Reimagined With Bobby Sanabria’s Polyrhythmic Latin Twist; Clarinet-Guitar Duets With Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves; Women Big Band Conductors

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 3, 2018 Last year marked the 60th birthday of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein’s classic Broadway show West Side Story, famously made into a 10 Academy Award-winning movie version in 1961 starring among others the Puerto Rico-born actress Rita ...

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at the Irish Rep

Review: ‘On a Clear Day’ Almost Shines at the Irish Rep

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2018 After the disastrous 2011 Broadway revisal of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, it was looking like we might never see that show in New York City again. Peter Parnell’s ridiculous, gender-switching libretto, combined with Michael ...

This Ain't No Disco

Review: Off-Broadway Musical ‘This Ain’t No Disco’ Ain’t No Good

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 2, 2018 Why do bad musicals happen to good theater companies? That’s a question that I find myself asking quite a bit in the summer, when Manhattan’s numerous nonprofit theaters often trot out their latest musicals in development, hoping ...

Dispatch from Paris

Dispatch From Paris: Finding Romance in Museums and Cafés

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 1, 2018 You can only do so much with 36 hours in Paris. In fact, the New York Times Travel Section’s famous column has taken to dividing Paris into “36 Hours” on the Left Bank, or the same on the Right Bank. My only previous trip to ...

Umbria Jazz Festival

Jazz Notes: Umbria Jazz Festival Celebrates 45 With a Wonder of Italian Jazz, a Round of Top-Tier American Jazz All-Stars and a Genius Bolt of David Byrne’s Decidedly Non-Jazz Universe

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 31, 2018 At this summer’s 45th annual Umbria Jazz Festival in the ancient central Italian town of Perugia, the party atmosphere was omnipresent. It was hot in temperature and the songs were broiling. Musically the scene captured a rare meeting of ...

Art Break: The Berkshires Are Beckoning For a Day Trip or a Weekend Getaway

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 30, 2018 We love New York, we really do, but when it gets too hot and humid it’s time to hop in the car and head for the hills – in this case, the Berkshires. Located in Western Massachusetts, this region has a fantastic variety of museum experiences, ...

Life In Focus: Summer on the Streets and in the Parks

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, July 27, 2018   A little step dancing across the street; photo: Juliana Crawford.   Hip-Hop in Chinatown; photo: Juliana Crawford.   A stretch by the lake in Center Park; Juliana Crawford.   Tapping by Bethesda Fountain in ...

Review: ‘Head Over Heels’ Stumbles on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 27, 2018 The process of creating a jukebox musical involves at least one pivotal decision. You can either use a particular songbook to tell the story of the artists involved, as in the case of Jersey Boys, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and ...

A Day @: Green-Wood Cemetery Offers Much More Than Simply Peace and Tranquility

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2018 For some, visiting a cemetery means taking a stroll through history and enjoying a place of peace; for others, it’s a harder sell. No matter how you feel about visiting cemeteries, the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn needs to be on ...

A Pilgrimage to Shakespeare’s Birthplace: Stratford-Upon-Avon

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2018 Stratford-Upon-Avon gave the world William Shakespeare, and you can hardly go anywhere in the town without some kind of indication of this distinction. The first place to visit, of course, is the birth home of the Bard, which is the centerpiece of ...

Review: Adès Conducts Adès and Tetzlaff Is ‘Heart-Stopping’ in Sibelius with the BSO at Tanglewood

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 24, 2018 I have heard it said that composers should never conduct their own music. Nonetheless, I’ve always envied those that got to see great composers like Stravinsky and Copland conduct their own music, even if their conducting skills were ...

Review: Mostly Mozart Brings a Visually and Aurally Stunning ‘Creation’ to Life

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 23, 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival’s recent presentation of Barcelona-based La Fura dels Baus’s and conductor Laurence Equilbey’s version of the Haydn oratorio The Creation is one of my favorite types of creations. Multimedia iterations of ...

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