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Whoopee! (Eddie Cantor’s Hit Show) –
A Chestnut with Four Songs

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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The 1928 musical comedy Whoopee, a hit for Eddie Cantor and Ruth Etting,  has as flimsy a plot as many shows of the time. It

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Navy, Navy Give Me Your Answer True: The First Navy Blue of Spring

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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Always a secondary hue in Winter and a Leading one come Spring (go figure), navy blue has been biding its time. This year, though the

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Big Love – Comedy, Romance, Sex, Morality and Horrific Violence (With Music) – Go!

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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Playwright Charles Mee credits Aeschylus’ The Danaids – a classical tale of fifty sisters fleeing arranged marriages with a like number of Egyptian cousins –

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Rocket To The Moon – Pithy And Well Produced

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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Playwright Clifford Odets has emerged relevant these last years with major revivals of Golden Boy and Awake and Sing. Though his pithy style and psychologically

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Checks Are Not Just for Lumberjacks

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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It’s almost as if winter plaids untangle themselves to become spring checks. The first are predominantly black and white, from gingham to windowpane (add bright

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The Lyrics and Life of Dorothy Fields- A Genial Way for Fans to Spend an Hour

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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Harvey Granat is a crooner and historian of a certain vintage who understands American Songbook in his heart and gut. His vocal manner is comfortable,

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Lives of the Saints – David Ives Is As Wry As He Is Smart

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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New York theater is about to be flooded with comedy for the first time in a good long while. In an era when lightness/levity is

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The Broadway Musicals of 1916-1940

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Broadway By The Year begins its 15th season with a bang-up concert offering talent drawn from diverse vocal geography. Plumbing this rich period, impresario Scott

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