Charles Pelletier: Music to our Ears!

Last night, Hadestown took home the Best Musical TONY. The paradigm shift begins! The stylish folk piece with a small-for-Broadway cast of 16 marks a turning point to New York Musical theater. That turning point continues to turn with THE GREEN ROOM – the latest Off-Broadway musical coming to us from Miller-Coffman Productions. With an…

Tales of Hofmann

Pride Month is upon us! But this one is especially powerful. Fifty years ago, a group of people simply wanting to enjoy life their way stood up and refused to be ignored. Thus, Stonewall is now more than just a bar – it became a movement. At this auspicious time, the entertainment industry is standing…

CULTURE: JORDAN SIMMONS by Michael D’Antoni

“GROWING UP POOR, BLACK & HANDSOME IN THE MIDWEST: A YOUNG MANS QUEST TO BECOME A FASHION MODEL AGAINST ALL ODDS.” It’s a career that can drive one crazy because it’s so precarious and pretentious. The career I am speaking of is the one in the Fashion model industry. Male models are small segment compared…

By George! … He smokin’ hot with jazz & blues

Rev. Mary is synonymous with wild and woolly wordplay from back in the day. For a while it was sexy banter … but now her act has gotten smokier. I’m Soooo High: Rev. Mary’s Reefer Revue extols the contributions of cannabis as sung by some clever writers spanning 1910-1950.  Speaking of smokin’ hot … during…

Teresa on Clooney

Spotlight On Productions presents cabaret singer, Teresa Fischer, in a tribute to the “Girl Singer.” The show explores themes of love, loss, joy, and second chances and centers on Rosemary Clooney’s return to the stage as a recording and concert artist in the 1970’s. Directed by Kent Cozad, with musical director, Paul Chamlin, at the…

The Musical Minds behind SHADOWS

Director/producer/choreographer, two-time TONY Award nominee, Joey McKneely, has assembled a gifted group of musicians to bring award-winning playwright, Randall David Cook’s memorizing Gothic romance, SHADOWS, to life.  Edison Woods, Maxim Moston, and Karen Bishko transport their audiences into an hypnotic world where lovers – living and otherwise – tell their tales in soaring song and elaborate…

“Black” is the new Golden

The Lady in Black Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret Review by Rebecca Benedict On the evening of October 20th after a long day and frustrating hustle with the NYC transit I finally found my way to the cozy and warm piano bar on 46th Street: Don’t Tell Mama. My friends and I scrambled into our seats…

A Moment with Sunflower Duran on FORT DICKS

Five Star Arts brings you a series of brief discussions with members of the independent theatre community prior to the openings of their works this fall. Here is Sunflower Duran, appearing in FORT DICKS the MUSICAL.       Tell us about yourself as an artist.   I am a free thinker and I love the…

He put OFF-OFF on-on the map!

  Theater Resources Unlimited’s The 2018 TRU Love Benefit, “The Power of Community” honoring Baayork Lee and John Chatterton The event honors legendary A Chorus Line co-star and co-founder of the National Asian Artists Project Baayork Lee, who will receive the TRU Spirit of Theater Award for a lifetime of creating opportunities for Asian artists. Ms. Lee is choreographing the upcoming 50th Anniversary…

The Super in Supernatural!

Wicked Clone The Cinema Musical Review by Jen Bush Let’s play a game.  You think of a category related to entertainment and I will guarantee you, it’s in Wicked Clone The Cinema Musical.  You like live theatre?  This was vivacious theater.  How about dancing?  Well swivel your hips and do a happy dance because there…

Observations by Michael D’Antoni Yesterday’s DRAG MUSICAL FESTIVAL at the age old long standing HELL’S KITCHEN FLEA MARKET on 39th Street between 9th and 10th went off with out a hitch even in the rain! AM NEW YORK rated this event one of the five best things to do this past weekend and without a…

GIRL INSIDE THE MIRROR By Peruvian-Italian Director Nicoletta Mandriotti continues its exciting journey. Director/Creator: Nicoletta Mandriotti Choreographer: Lindsey Dietz Merchant (Current Faculty Staff at Movement Research, Performer in “Then She Fell”, Third Rail Projects). Lighting Designer: Gilberto “Lucky” Pearto (3 times nominated for Outstanding Lighting Designer at Planet Connections Festival).  Stage Manager: Nicole Amaral Performers: …