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The Best of Broadway this Summer

Roy Sadler | August 25, 2016 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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Sholom Aleichem circa 1907

Sholom Aleichem circa 1907

Oh no! Summer is almost over and you haven’t yet done something really spectacular? No need to fret, just go to a Broadway show!

Broadway is one of the unique New York attractions that bring people from all over the world to the Big Apple. Why not indulge yourself and another special someone, or even the entire family?

Here is what is on offer on the Great White Way:

Musicals

This genre of theater is really what Broadway a household word all over the world. And for very good reasons; the music is phenomenal, costumes and scenery will blow your mind, and the voices will most assuredly send chills up and down your spine. Pick the right show and you will also be treated to some incredible dancing. The choices are varied and many. Here are some of our favorites:

The Lion King: Based on the beloved Disney movie whose story bears a strong resemblance to Hamlet, the staged version of the animated film takes the music, and everything else to a completely new, and incomparable level.

The Book of Mormon: This controversial original play won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical of 2011, and was nominated for 14.

Fiddler on the Roof: This revival of the iconic 1964 show based on the “Tevye” stories written by Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem tells the story of love between couples old and young; between parents and children; social and political upheavals at the turn of the 20th century; and done with humor, empathy and lots and lots of heart. In short, its themes are universal and guaranteed to please whatever your ethnic origin.

Drama

The Price: This is a revival of a 1968 play written by Arthur Miller, of “Death of a Salesman” fame. The original was nominated for two Tony Awards, and is the story of family dynamics, the price of furniture and also the price of one’s decisions.

Heisenberg: A hit off-Broadway, Heisenberg tells the story of Clare, who notices a “much older than she is” Alex in a crowded London tube station. She spontaneously kisses him on his neck, which sets the stage for the two to engage in a life-changing game.

Photograph 51: See Oscar winner Nicole Kidman perform as Rosalind Franklin, the x-ray crystallographer whose photo allowed Watson and Crick to uncover the structure of DNA. The play focuses on the frantic hunt for the answer to how the shape of DNA transmits the information which carries the secret of life. Written by Anna Ziegler, Photograph 51 is a journey through what is sacrificed for science, love and a place in history.


Spring with Shakespeare at Lincoln Center

Roy Sadler | March 5, 2016 in Culture and History,Theater | Comments (0)

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From now until May 14 Lincoln Center is hosting a wonderful free event: Artists for LPA Share Shakespeare. Taking place at the New York

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009.

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009.

Public Library for the Performing Arts, come hear the answers actors, comic, musicians, designers and songwriters give to some intriguing Shakespearean questions, such as: “What is your favorite Shakespeare play or character? Your least favorite? Your favorite actor or production?” In other words, “How did Shakespeare inspire you?”

The event is completely free at 10:30am every day but Sunday. Not tickets needed. When you visit The Library you will see their answers paired with artifacts from the library’s collections.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Plaza Corridor Gallery is right next to Lincoln Center at 65th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.


New Signature Center Opens with Blood Knot Remake

Roy Sadler | February 26, 2012 in Theater | Comments (0)

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Blood Knot at the Signature Theater

The Signature Theater was founded in 1991 by James Houghton. Houghton’s goal was to explore and celebrate playwrights in a deeper way, frequently devoting an entire season of performances to works by one living contemporary writer.

This year the theater moved to its new home, a space designed by the illustrious architect Frank Gehry in such a way as to give form to the lofty ambitions of Houghton’s dream.

The Signature Center is now the home to three major Off-Broadway venues: a 299-seat main stage; a 199-seat miniature opera house; and a versatile courtyard theater named in honor of the late Romulus Linney.

If you come today at 2pm, Sunday February 26th, you will be able to enjoy the remake of Athol Fugard’s 1961 allegory about racism, Blood Knot. More performances of this tale about two brothers from South Africa will take place at the following times:

Tue 7:30pm; Wed 2pm, 7:30pm; Mar 01 – Mar 02 7:30pm; Mar 03 2pm, 8pm. Ending: Sun Mar 11 2pm.

For more information call (212) 244-7529

Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd at Tenth Avenue


Kids Go Free To Broadway this Week Only

Roy Sadler | February 6, 2012 in Theater | Comments (0)

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Wicked on Broadway

Kids’ Night Out on Broadway is a fantastic way to take your children out for an unforgettable experience, and not have to mortgage the house to do it. From February 5th through the 9th, kids between the ages of 6 and 18 can get a free ticket to a Broadway show when they are accompanied by an adult with a full price ticket.

The list of shows from which to choose is long, including such incredible productions as The Lion King, Anything Goes, Sister Act, and many more. There are several off-Broadway shows also available, such as Rent, Stomp, Avenue Q, and others.

As an added bonus, those participating in KNOB are invited to Madame Tussauds for a pre-theater party on February 7th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The event is free to kids and one parent or guardian who has a KNOB ticket for a participating show. Kids will meet many cast members, participate in a variety of fun programming, and will get to explore the world-renowned wax museum. Madame Tussauds is located at 234 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.


Sister Act Reborn on Broadway

Roy Sadler | September 19, 2011 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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Sister Act on Broadway

Remember the film Sister Act? Whoopi Goldberg plays a singer who must hide from the Mafia after witnessing a murder, and the police hide her in a convent where she must play the part of a nun. The screenplay was adapted for the theater and became a big hit in London’s West End after it opened there in 2009.

Now you can see Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy on Broadway. Unfortunately Goldberg is unable to reprise her role as Sister Mary Clarence, but Patina Miller is up to the challenge, with a wonderful voice and amazing stage presence. The chorus of nuns backing up Miller is spectacular, singing some old favorites and original tunes by the likes of Alan Menken, who gave the Little Mermaid her voice, and Aladdin his genius.

Sister Act is taking part in “Broadway Week,” and tickets can be purchased at the 2 for 1 price for shows beginning September 18 through the 30th.


Off-Off-Broadway at the 13th Street Repertory Theater

Roy Sadler | August 29, 2011 in Theater | Comments (0)

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Founder Edith O'Hara

Are you ready for something really different, and uniquely New York? Try the 13th Street Repertory Company, located at 50 West 13th Street between Fifth and the Avenue of the Americas. At this bastion of contemporary theater new artists are welcome to come and find their individual voices.

The company performs as many as seven shows each week, including theater for children in addition to its trademark “New Works Reading” series.

Especially enduring has been the play “Line,” written by Israel Horovitz and first performed at the 13th Street Repertory 32 years ago. The show is still performed weekly, making “Line” the longest running off-off-Broadway play in history.

For more information follow the link to the 13th Street Repertory Theater’s web site, or call (212) 675-6677.


Do Something Different in New York

Roy Sadler | June 13, 2011 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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New York is full of surprises. Here are a few outings which are guaranteed to astound, excite or inspire, coming up this summer.

Thrilling Fireworks- Macy’s sponsors one of the most incredible displays of fireworks anywhere in the country every 4th of July. Come to Hudson River Park on Monday night at 9pm at the conclusion of this year’s Independence Day holiday to witness in person with about 3 million spectators in addition to many millions nationwide who will watch the show on television. The largest of the nation’s fireworks shows, Macy’s will send over 40,000 blasts into the sky above the Hudson River for an unforgettable celebration of the 235th birthday of the USA.

Macy's Fireworks 2010

 

Family Fun- This year’s Columbus Avenue Summer Festival will take place on Sunday, June 19th on Columbus Avenue (Duh!) between 86th and 96th Streets. Enjoy the wonderful arts, crafts, plants, antiques, games, entertainment. Get there early and have a fantastic day!

Monkees Music- Whether or not you are old enough to remember the hit TV series “The Monkees” you will enjoy a trip down musical memory lane with this iconic pop-rock band. This rock group was artificially assembled not as musicians (although it so happens they were and are musicians) but mostly as actors to play the parts of musicians in a zany, cool and much loved late 1960s TV show. Go see them in two New York locations, part of a larger nation-wide tour, this Thursday evening, June 16 at the Beacon Theatre, and on Friday night June 17, at the Capital One Bank Theatre in Westbury, New York.

The Monkees Then

The Monkees Now


Old and New Theater in New York and Beyond

Roy Sadler | June 6, 2011 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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June is a great month to feast on some of New York’s special theatrical presentations. From Broadway to Central Park to some less known venues, treat yourself to some amazing performances this month.

•    Fish Eye: Playwright Lucas Kavner brings to life the love story of Max (Joe Tippett) and Anna (Betty Gilpin) which is a told in a loopy, time-warped fashion, but the narrative is never disjointed. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, director, makes sure everything runs smoothly while the cast delivers natural, convincing performances. Catch “Fish Eye” until June 18th at the HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, $18. Phone 2112-352-3101 for more information.

•    All’s Well That Ends Well: Until June 11th you can bask in the wonderful New York tradition of enjoying, for free, a Shakespeare play in Central Park. One of Shakespeare’s ‘tragicomedies.’ The story tells the unlikely romance of Helena, a simple doctor’s daughter, to Count Bertram, an unwilling partner in this forced marriage, believing that he is marrying below his station.  The play is full of twists and turns, one of Shakespeare’s “bed trick” plays, a case of mistaken identity during a sexual encounter. Delacorte Theater, June 11th through July 30th.

Shakespeare in the Park

•    Best of Broadway 2011: Fast-paced, great songs, fabulous dancing and exciting staging and choreography will make you glad you stepped out for some great musical nostalgia.  Check it out at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, 2831 Boardwalk, 800-843-8767


Off the Beaten Path in New York

Roy Sadler | March 14, 2011 in Entertainment,Restaurants,Theater | Comments (0)

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Are you a first time visitor to 31489, 1843404, 00.html”>New York and for some reason only have one day to take in the main attractions of this world class city? Well here are some great ideas of what to do and see which will give you a real feel for the real New York. These are sites which go beyond the usual recommendations such as Times Square and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1.    Time Warner Center is so much more than just a mall. Despite what cynical New Yorkers might say, this mall in many ways says it all about New York. Just check out the fourth floor alone. There you will find among two of New York’s best restaurants, and most expensive, too. Located on Columbus Circle which is at the southwestern corner of Central Park, you can dine in either “Per Se” of Chef Thomas Keller, or have an amazing sushi experience in Masa, named for chef and owner Masa Takayama.

2.    West Village—Take a stroll here and see for yourself what a New York neighborhood is really like. You will find quaint brownstones along surprising tree-lined streets which are basically in the same state they were in when they were new, during the 19th century. Be sure to take a map, the street layouts are not exactly logical; West 10th street somehow magically intersects with West 4th.

3.    Film Forum—Believe it or not, more movies are filmed in the streets of New York than anywhere else, even Hollywood. So it should come as no surprise that there is a place New York film lovers flock to to see the films others can only hope to read about. Among some of the pickings are provocative independent films, documentaries, and foreign art films hand-picked from the world’s most prestigious film festivals. A must see for film fans.


Discover Great New York Theater Now!

Roy Sadler | February 27, 2011 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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You live in New York- starting enjoying living in the greatest city in the world. How? Well if you like theater, I have some amazing suggestions of things to see that will take you on a journey of self-discovery, entertainment, and thoughtful contemplation.  Here is a list of a few possibilities, but not anywhere near an exhaustive list:

•    HerStory:

Follow the lives of four women who are poets-by-night and during their off hours are dealing with the struggles of vanity, cultural confusion and difficult life circumstances.  There will be a performance of HerStory on March 7th at 7:30pm at the Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, at 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York. For more information call 718-488-1624.

•    The Male Ego:

March is “Women’s History Month” and in recognition of this the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts is inviting women over the age of 18 to take part in a unique presentation of theater which will include a provocative discussion. Five men will reveal their innermost feelings and thoughts as they relate to the western Freudian concepts which our society uses to explain typical male behavior. Join in this unique experience on Wednesday, March 9th, at 7:30pm at the Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, at 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York. For more information call 718-488-1624.

•    Compulsion:

This is the world premiere of the story of Sid Silver, who in 1951 decides that he is on a mission to guard and disseminate what is one of the 20th century’s most moving and provocative accounts of the 20th century, Anne Frank’s diary. Compulsion was inspired by the story written by Meyer Levin, and brings together playwright Rinne Groff and Director Oskar Eustis for an unforgettably powerful production guaranteed to challenge and entertain. A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre featuring Hannah Cabell, Matte Osian and Mandy Patinkin. The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street,  NY, NY. For more information call  212-539-8500. From now until March 13th.