Capathia Jenkins, Ted Sperling, Clarke Thorell, Leslie Kritzer, Faith Prince opening

Ziegfeld Girl: The Many Faces of Fanny Brice – Hit or Miss

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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For his sixth outing at Lyrics and Lyricists, Ted Sperling has chosen Fanny Brice in order to fill the house “with music of the 1920s



Whistling Away the Dark – Shana Farr is Exceptional

Friday, February 21st, 2014
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Classically trained singers rarely transition well from opera/operetta to American Songbook and musical theater. Most are inadvertently strident and showy unable to express themselves with


Ann Denim

Ann Randolph’s Loveland – Writing Your Life

Monday, February 17th, 2014
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“She’s a bit of a genius. I’ve been around and I haven’t seen so much talent in one person since I married Anne Bancroft.” Mel


Bruce Dow

Bruce Dow – Having Fun at The Forum

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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For Bruce Dow, the third time’s the charm. The first time he performed the role of Pseudolus in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of A


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A Life In Her Day – Comedic Charm

Monday, October 7th, 2013
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Hilary has big dreams and a bigger imagination. Wakened by her puppy (puppet) in a vertically staged bed, she extricates herself like Alice falling into


Jimmy Ray Bennett, Stephen Guarino, John Gregorio, Shirine Babb & Bryce Ryness hi

Around the World in Eighty Days – An Infectious Romp!

Friday, May 31st, 2013
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The completely ingenious, rollicking, revved up version of Mark Brown’s Around the World in Eighty Days may be the best staycation New York has to


Vanessa Lemonides

Fade Out, Fade In – Mixed Bag Musical
Entertaining Production

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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Having had terrific success with Singin’ in the Rain (1952), 12 years later, Betty Comden and Adolf Green moved their movie industry pastiche forward to



All I Ever Want Is You And Music, Music, Music

Friday, May 11th, 2012
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There are some great new CDs that celebrate the fabulous music of Broadway and TV. As I write, ONCE has received more Tony nominations than


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