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Peter Oprisko – Celebrating Sinatra
And the Great American Songbook

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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For a singer, few things are more validating than to have a recording played on Jonathan Schwartz’s popular radio program. That’s what happened to Peter

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An American in Paris – “A New Musical”

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
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This show rightly subtitles itself  “A New Musical.” Craig Lucas (Book) has radically changed the iconic film story. Rob Fisher (Musical Adaptation/Arrangement) has added a

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Clouds of Sils Maria Offers Grace and Vulnerability

Friday, April 17th, 2015
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Few recent films showcase the strength and vulnerability of female acting as poignantly as Olivier Assayas’ latest work. A contender for the Palme d’Or at

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Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is Sleek, Eerie

Friday, April 17th, 2015
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Opening in select cinemas this weekend, Ex Machina marks screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut and follows in the veins of his previous sci-fi works, 28

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Finding Neverland – Never Takes Flight

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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The highly lauded 2004 film Finding Neverland is enchanting; richly evocative and deft in the portrayal of moving emotion.  Its story focuses on writer J.M.

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Gigi- - More Like Seltzer Than Champagne

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Colette’s 1944 novella Gigi was adapted for the stage as a straight play in 1951 (four unfamiliar numbers in this production were written for that

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The Royal Shakespeare Production of Wolf Hall Parts One & Two- A Theatrical Banquet

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
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With Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, two time Man-Booker Prize winning historian Hilary Mantel serves an irresistible banquet of gossip, ambition, corrupt politics,

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It Shoulda Been You – When Was the Last Time You Laughed in Theater?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
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Except for a very contemporary reveal- I’m not going to ruin it- around which this musical was undoubtedly written- It Shoulda Been You is Neil

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