All in "Adaumbelle's Quest"
Adam's Call: Charles Busch's "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse is still heaven sent! This past weekend I had the privilege of heading to Bucks County Playhouse to see their production of "The Divine Sister," featuring most of the original New York cast. "The Divine Sister" once again brought me to a place where laughter ensued for two full hours! "The Divine Sister" runs through August 13!
Adam's Call: "Empanada Loca" A recipe for success: Aaron Mark's "Empanada Loca," written for and starring two-time Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega, is another must see show! From the moment the lights went out & the rumbles of the subway train were heard, I was taken into "Dolores'" world & was kept there the whole time which is a testament to the powerful performance Daphne is giving in this show as well as to Aaron's writing! "Empanada Loca," presented by Labyrinth Theater Company, runs thru Nov. 8 at The Bank Street Theater in NYC!
Karen Mason's "Unfinished Business" at CAP 21 was a golden piece of theatre!
After as successful sold-out, twice-extended run at The Vineyard Theatre, Nicky Silver is making his playwrighting Broadway debut with "The Lyons." This gem of a play is a laugh out loud experience. Nicky and this cast should be applauded because "The Lyons" allowed me laugh at difficult topics and really connect with each character. If you are looking for a moving show that will also lift your spirits, I would highly suggest spending time with "The Lyons" at the Cort Theatre in NYC.
Tonight, I saw a legend live on stage, the one and only Judy Garland when I attended the new Broadway show "End of the Rainbow" starring Tracie Bennett, Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey, and Jay Russell. Tracie Bennett was so convincing as "Judy Garland," that when I closed my eyes, especially during the various songs, I seriously thought I was hearing the real Judy Garland sing. I am not the biggest Judy Garland fan by any means, but I am a fan of "End of the Rainbow!"
I am not an opera fan by any means, however, "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess" totally captivated me from beginning to end! If you are looking for a show that has lots of talent, then I would check out "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess" at The Richard Rogers Theatre in NYC.
When Linda Eder takes the stage, a hush comes over the audience as they eagerly await to first note to radiate out of Linda's angelic voice. Tonight was no exception. If you are looking to be dazzled and delighted, then I highly suggest going to see Linda Eder's "Songbirds" at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in NYC!
The genius of "35MM: A Musical Exhibition" is how Ryan Scott Oliver's music convey's the message of Matthew Murphy's photographs. I was constantly amazed at how the songs really spoke to each picture individually. From the opening number "Stop Time" to the several minute cheering applause after "The Ballad Of Sara Berry" the cast blew the audience away with their very powerful vocals!
Review: Whether you are a visitor to New York City or a resident, if you are looking for a fun, forget your troubles night out, I would suggest checking out "Make Mine Manhattan" at The Connelly Theatre.
Review: "As Wide As I Can See": Mark Snyder is definitely one playwright to keep your eye on! I attended his new play "As Wide As I Can See" at HERE Arts Center. "As Wide As I Can See" is well worth the view. Set in a recession-stricken Ohio where jobs are scarce, dreams are shattered, but held onto, friendships are tested, the past comes back in a haunting way, and future wishes light up the sky, "As Wide As I Can See" tells many people's life story. This is one play that held my attention from beginning to end. If you are looking for something fresh, Mark Snyder's "As Wide As I Can See" is definitely a play to go see!
Review: With a modern sound, Will and Anthony Nunziata's debut CD, "Make Someone Happy," is a delightful preservation of music. From the Great American Songbook to Broadway classics to contemporary hits, "Make Someone Happy," will light up any room with it's warmth, good feelings, and strong output.
If you're looking for a fabulous show that will take you to heaven, then I highly suggest checking out "Sister Act: The Musical" at the Broadway Theatre in NYC!
If you are looking for an album, by a wonderfully talented singer, then "Do I Love You" by T. Oliver Reid is one for your collection! T. Oliver Reid's vocals are controlled, powerful, and most of all, easy on the ears!
On January 17, I was put under a spell when I attended the Broadway revival of "Godspell," not by the show itself, but by the extraordinarily talented cast that really brought this show to life as well as the very creative staging! If you're looking for the next generation of Broadway performers, many of them, if not all, are in this show!
Once again, I was seduced by the music of award winning composer/lyricist Bobby Cronin, when I attend his concert "Bobby Cronin and Friends" on Monday, December 19, 2011 at Don't Tell Mama in NYC. Bobby's music is inspiring, heartfelt, and uplifting. He really knows how to get to the core of what it means to live life and experience everything it has to offer, from love and joy to sorrow and loss.
On Friday, December 16, 2011, I was treated to a truly delightful evening of holiday music at Carnegie Hall when I attended the NY Pops Holiday concert "John Pizzarelli and Jesicca Molaskey Wish You a Swingin' Christmas." This was my first time seeing the NY Pops and I was entranced, engulfed, and mesmerized by their talent!
Once again I was put into the holiday spirit when I attended Hedda Lettuce's hilarious, smart, and stupendous holiday show "Lettuce Rejoice" on December 18, 2011 at the Metropolitan Room in NYC. With her signature comedy style and original parody songs, Hedda easily won the sold-out crowd over from the moment she took to the stage!
After a very successful sold-out run this past summer Off-Broadway, "Lysistrata Jones" has made the leap to Broadway and let me say, it's a slam dunk! On Saturday, December 10, 2011, I once again took in this really fun, energetic, and upbeat show. The heart, soul, and message of the show are just as powerful as before, if not more!
Review: Jackie Hoffman's "A Chanukah Charol" is a wonderful ode of Jackie's life, career, and most of all talent! With only two more shows left, I would highly suggest making "A Chanukah Charol" part of your holiday season on either December 18 or January 2 at New World Stages in NYC (350 West 50th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue)!
Review: "ICONS" Hitting all the right notes, "ICONS" celebrates the powerful, influential musical artists who have paved the way for so many. It really highlights the contribution these "ICONS" have made to the music industry and reminds us of why they have made not only a name for themselves, but have made music history!