“In remembrance, lies the secret of redemption.” These words, attributed to Baal Shem Tov, were spoken last evening at Temple Emanu-El by its Senior Rabbi, Joshua M. Davidson. Hundreds packed the massive synagogue on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 65th for A Concert Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. Leaders of several Jewish organizations, along with celebrity guest artists gathered for two poignant reasons: To remember the l.3 million lives that were lost at the Polish concentration camp and to honor the survivors, their families, and members of the Russian army who came to the rescue. [Read more…] about Stars Unite for Holocaust Memorial Concert
You might not get the plot, but you’ll get a fabulous dinner—along with a hoot n’ hollerin’ good time at On Site Opera’s current production of Das Barbecü at Hill Country Barbecue Restaurant. Book writer and lyricist Jim Luigs and composer Scott Warrender’s spoof on Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings has been kickin’ around for nearly 30 years. It first premiered in 1991 at Seattle Opera. That was followed by out of town runs at Goodspeed Opera and Baltimore’s Center Stage Theater. Eventually, it blew into town and took up residency Off-Broadway the Minetta Lane Theater.
Bada Bing! Bada Boom! Is it possible that lightning has struck twice in one week in the world of Off Broadway Musical Theater? Apparently. On Sunday evening, the silly but socially relevant musical Emojiland opened Off Broadway at the Duke Theater. Last night, the equally giddy and soulful Romeo and Bernadette opened at the Mezzanine Theatre of A.R.T./New York Theatres space. [Read more…] about ‘Romeo and Bernadette’ is a Fresh Take on an Old Tale
If Bess Wohl has a fan club, I want to be a member. For this talented, young American playwright seems to strike gold with every play she’s written. She first nudged us into the beauty of silence with Small Mouth Sounds. After that, she gave the eighties generation an introspective look into our childhood with Make Believe. Now, she’s gifted us with a poignant comedic drama in her Broadway debut, Grand Horizons, presented by Second Stage Theater. [Read more…] about ‘Grand Horizons’ is a Star-filled Night of Comedy and Pathos
There is so much potential to be had in Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway debut of A Soldier’s Play. When it initially premiered in 1981 Off Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theater, it ran for an impressive 486 performances and clinched the 1982 Pulitzer prize for drama. It was later turned into a critically acclaimed film with original stage star Denzel Washington. [Read more…] about ‘A Soldier’s Play’ Offers Big Stars in a Lukewarm Revival
Jewish stars of stage and screen, along with giants in the Klezmer and classical music worlds will unite on Monday January 27th for an evening commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The event, titled An Extraordinary Concert Against Bigotry will take place in the Streicker center of Temple Emanuel on Fifth avenue and 66th Street. [Read more…] about Concert Against Bigotry Draws a Starry Cast
While Ain’t too Proud, the Temptations bio-musical, continues to play to sold out crowds on Broadway, a lesser known quartet from down under recently made a huge splash downtown. [Read more…] about Māoris Make Musical Merriment at Soho Playhouse
Welcome to death. Not exactly a sentiment to end 2019 with, nor one that will usher in the new year with a cheerful demeanor. Nonetheless, it’s a theme that Playwrights Horizons has chosen to explore through Lucas Hnath’s mind-bending play, The Thin Place. The second show of the Off-Broadway’s company 2019-2020 season opened on December 11th to understandably rave reviews. Consequently, it has been extended through January 26th. [Read more…] about ‘The Thin Place’ is a Gripping Place to Be
New York has no shortage of nuts. No. Not the ubiquitous street vendors who sell warm peanuts, cashews, and almonds. (Although they certainly are a delicious treat!) I’m referring to the number of productions of the 1892 ballet The Nutcracker. Since the 1960s, countless ballet companies have staged the beloved story which offers a glorious score by Peter Tchaikovsky. [Read more…] about Goldstar Announces Nation’s Best Production of ‘The Nutcracker’
As Bette Davis uttered in All About Eve, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” That sentiment can be shared with Joshua Ravetch‘s One November Yankee, the latest Off-Broadway offering at 59E59 Street Theaters. Except with Yankee, you’re not going to hear a fraction of smart dialogue that Joseph L. Mankiewicz scripted for Eve.