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Review of Fresh Fruit Festival’s THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW by culture writer, EVAN MEENA The ad biz has always been a topic for sitcoms and films. It’s colorful characters and varied situations make it rife for celluloid drama. Doug DeVita’s entry in this canon is The Fierce Urgency of Now, a comedic slice of the existences of a colorful group…

A Kosher Christmas Carol

A HANUKKAH CAROL, or GELT TRIP! The Musical isn’t just “A Christmas Carol for Jews”—it’s an irreverent, heartfelt musical comedy that celebrates being the best version of oneself in pursuit of making the world a kinder place. Jewish-American playwright and Helen Hayes Award nominee Harrison Bryan teams with the BMI Workshop songwriting duo of composer Aaron…

A Whole Lotta Love for Led Blimpie

Led Blimpie Review by music and convention commentator, Jen Bush I’m a rock and roll singer who has a few Led Zeppelin songs in my repertoire. When I was asked to review Led Blimpie, a Led Zeppelin tribute band I thought, I got a whole lotta love for this assignment! Led Blimpie has been around…

A Dancers Line … Online

Jessica Jennings, founding member of Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. has kicked off a video dance project featuring over 30 dancers and actors, spanning the globe from Alaska to Italy. Together with LÎLA- Dance Alchemy For The Soul and Mare Nostrum Elements, these artists are utilizing cinema and ‘dance theatre’ to respond to the chaos of…

PART III OF ROBERT LIEBOWITZ’ “THE PASSING OF SOMEONE DEAR”

  Can you believe an Old Fogy like ROBERT LIEBOWITZ has an extensive music collection going back more than three-quarters of a century. Thus, his ability to equate the trajectory of the Broadway theatre to the advent of MTV and the music industry seems apt. IN PART III OF HIS TOME (READ PART I IN…

Drumming it with Titus

With a beard trespassing a goodly piece of his towering frame, Titus Tompkins, mans the drums and washboards of Granny’s Blue-mers latest incarnation for the sashay down memory lane at Pangea, “Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll.” Tompkins had the demeanor of someone not born in Brooklyn but he is proud to be Brooklyn-based. He…

Maurio Brown continues to make history with COMMON GROUND

Common Ground, the new musical by Granville Wyche Burgess and Stan Wietrzychowsk, tells the yet-untold story of what really necessitated the Emancipation Proclamation. This special book-in-hand presentation, will be Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at The Actors Temple, 339 West 47th Street, NYC. Common Ground begins with a veiledly racist President Lincoln, carrying a country-at-war on…

CULTURE CONVO: A minute with Francis Mabborang

The 21st Century – thanks to the proliferation of social media – must find new learning lessons for young children about how we – and how to – communicate. Enter Nikki Sorrentino & Susan Paroff, Jonathan Brenner, Allison Jacobs, and Sean Paroff. Their new musical designed for everyone, “Fluffy The Pine,” is designed to be…

Around the world with Mary Setrakian

No need for a spotlight when Mary Setrakian Lets the Sun Shine! Mary Setrakian: Let The Sun Shine will be at The TRIAD THEATER, 158 W. 72nd St (between Broadway & Columbus; theater upstairs) for ONE-NIGHT-ONLY; Friday, October 25. Doors open 6:30PM / Show 7:00PM. Tickets: TriadNYC.com Mary Setrakian, returns to the opulent Triad Theatre on the Upper…

Junte-se a Daniel Fadione e Guillaume Dion para um “Sing-Over”

Daniel Fadione and Guillaume Dion have converted the jazzy West End Lounge into their bedroom for a SingOver… and they’d like you to join them. That may sound weird but Brazilian singing sensation, Daniel Fadione and French-Canadian piano-master, Guillaume Dion, offer up a joyous, heart-warming night of memories and music. Daniel’s had a rocky ride to get…