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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

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2013 – We Survive A Year of Computer Meltdowns,
Government Shutdowns, and Embrace A New Pope

Friday, January 17th, 2014
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Depending upon your point of view, the number 13 signals bad luck or good luck. There was plenty of both in 2013. Washington was responsible

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Saving Mr. Banks – A Spoonful of Sugar With Some Medicine

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Mary Poppins and the Banks. They’re family to me. So insists P.L Travers (Emma Thompson). Much like her famous creation, P.L. Travers is aggravating, stubborn,

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Laughter Alert: Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking

Friday, September 7th, 2012
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Attention Broadway theater denizens! After a three year hiatus, the inimitable Gerard Alessandrini, master of “arsenic and rhyme,” Al Hirschfeld with a poison pen, is

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The Ride—Only in New York—Trite But True

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
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If I had a dollar for every time I heard the phrase, “Only in New York!” during the inaugural take-off of “The Ride,” I’d be

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The Laughs Never Stop: Inner Circle
Spoofs the News for Charity

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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The news watch may never stop but this coming weekend many New York City reporters will be “Preoccupied.” Over the past year these fine journalists

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Spider-Man Bites

Sunday, June 19th, 2011
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A couple of months ago, I was anxiously waiting my turn in the dentist’s office when a jaunty young man of seven or eight sauntered

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A Funny Mama’s Night Out

Sunday, November 14th, 2010
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Mama’s Night Out, the tour featuring three winners of the “funniest moms in America,” show made its stop last night at the historic Paramount Theatre

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