Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dance Review: Flying with Twyla, Come Fly Away at the Marquis

  Written and directed by Twyla Tharp, romance takes literal flight in a picturesque party that lights up the cast and band in Broadway’s Come Fly Away at The Marquis Theater.   In this tribute to Frank Sinatra, Tharp reigns queen of the classical lifts; within the first ten minutes of the show, she pulls out […]

Theater Review: Dreamgirls Captures the Essence of the Apollo in its 75th Anniversary Year

Dreamgirls captures the essence of the Apollo Theater as the Apollo celebrates its 75th anniversary season. Known as the theater “where stars are born and legends are made,” the Apollo has helped great performers on their road to fame including Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Ella […]

Broadway Dance Review: To All Fela-Fanatics… Don’t Just Go See FELA! Go See it Again and Again and Again!

FELA!, the new Broadway musical that marries the biopic story of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with his music, is a raw insightful adaptation of 37 Arts’ off Broadway version to the great white way.  This production is enhanced by the incredible spacial perspective and evocative powers of the design team.  The visionary choreography/direction from Bill T. Jones, […]

Dance Review: Take a Trip to Buenos Aires with Tanguera, The Tango Musical!

Tanguera, dubbed the only tango musical, arrives at New York City Center creating the atmosphere of Buenos Aires.  With only one singer and a few narrative songs, I would hardly call the production a musical.  Tanguera is very much a ballet, but with tango as the dance vocabulary that tells the story.  The production opens […]

Dance Review: Ballroom Brilliance, BURN THE FLOOR on Broadway

Burnin’ Hot Show!  But first, Tales of The Box Office Nazi… It’s Friday night. Indian summer is upon us.  People are hustling by in their best weekend theatre-goer attire awaiting the evening’s performances all over Midtown West.  “Ah, the theatah!” I say to myself, feeling on top of the world knowing that I, Sheena DiMatteo, […]

Theater Review: Scandalous People at the Fringe

Scandalous People: A Sizzling Jazzical marks the latest effort from New York’s burgeoning Fringe Festival, which chose as a slogan this year, "New York’s Best Staycation."  Unfortunately, Scandalous People hardly provides an excuse to stay for the second act, much less stay in the City.  This sloppy, amateurish production, despite its respectable cast and its […]

Dance Review: Ease on Down that Bumpy Road, The WIZ at City Center

Ease on down that bumpy road . . . You don’t have to be a child of the 70’s to understand the subversive magic of taking a tale of a lily white Kansan and transposing it into our own script of Black allusions and urban metaphors. Even after winning seven Tony Awards and best musical […]

Dance Review: LET THE SUN SHINE IN

Broadway’s revival of HAIR offers an amazing experience that transcends the limits of humanity and embraces the pure goodness that exists in all of us! Any New Yorker who has ever felt that familiar sting of loneliness, the hungry grey skies of winter swallowing you whole, or the hopelessness of the rat race… this musical […]

Dance Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, — Go Beowulf!

Beowulf: “This is how tough I am: 1, 2, 3, 4” – break into campy rock and roll. Take tights, song, severed limbs, mix together and you have Banana Bag and Bodice’s Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage presented by Shotgun Players at the Abrons Arts Center.   Lights up:  three academics descend into the […]

Dance Review: Crazy Fun with Crazy Head Space @Seaport

Some sensitive issues, like mental illness, shouldn’t be taken lightly.  But there’s some unwritten law that we’re allowed to make fun of ourselves, giving Elizabeth S. Davis, who’s living with bipolar illness, the license to write Crazy Head Space.  This mostly comical musical, performed by Abraxas Stage Company and choreographed by Matthew Neff, celebrates psychological […]

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