Bliss Street at City Winery, New York NY. Photo by Esme R. Smith
Musical Theater
Holli Harms

Bliss Street at City Winery

NEW YORK – Bliss Street at City Winery was a night of rockin’ celebration for the music of Charlie Sub’s youth, his dad’s tenacity, and what dreaming big can produce.

A scene from Encores! production of Jelly's Last Jam at New York City Center. Photo by Joan Marcus
Musical Theater
Tulis McCall

Jelly’s Last Jam at City Center

NEW YORK – Jelly’s Last Jam at City Center is a gorgeous and stunning music and dance production about the life and career of Jelly Roll Morton.

Sweeney Todd with Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford and the Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman
Tulis McCall

Sweeney Todd at the Lunt Fontanne Theater

NEW YORK – Sweeney Todd at the Lunt Fontanne Theater is a whopper of a tale, and the charm of this musical the last two times I saw it was that it pulled me into this preposterous story.  

Encores! Once Upon a Mattress. Photo by Joan Marcus
Music Reviews
Tulis McCall

Encores! Once Upon A Mattress – A Ton and a Half of Pure Joy

Encores! Once Upon A Mattress – A Ton and a Half of Pure Joy with Sutton Foster is at the center, using her crystal voice. lungs of iron, comedic timing.  Foster is a combination of Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball.  In addition, her physical prowess might qualify her for any number of Olympic Events, starting with Moat Swimming.

Brian D'Arcy James and Kelli O'Hara in Days of Wine and Roses The Musical. Photo by Ahron R. Foster
Tulis McCall

The Days of Wine and Roses

Watching O’Hara and D’Arcy James in Days of Wine and Roses is both thrilling and exhausting. These two thoroughbreds navigate this difficult and overwritten score with grace and self-assurance. Every song that O’Hara sings is an aria. D’Arcy James takes on his music with the precision of a fencing master. This is a master class in every way.

The Company of the 2021-2022 national tour of CATS. Photo by Matt Matthew, Murphymade.
Musical Theater
Victoria L. Dammer

CATS at the Mayo Performing Arts Center

There are so many beautiful songs in the first and second acts, too many to list. Still, song after song and with mindboggling dance presentations, the theatergoers waited in anticipation to hear Grizabella’s full performance of Memory, and it didn’t disappoint. It was so powerful that everyone in the theater held their breath momentarily.

Hercules at the Papermill Playyouse
Music Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

Hercules at the Papermill

Who can forget the critically acclaimed 1997 Disney animated musical comedy film Hercules? The outstanding and award-winning movie is currently attracting full-house crowds in an unforgettable production, thanks to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.

L-R Darius De Haas, Seth Rudetsky, Natalie Wachen, and Sharon Catherine Brown, at Café Carlyle. Photo by Julia Silverstein
Edward A Kliszus

Seth Rudetsky Presents DREAMGIRLS at Café Carlyle

Seth Rudesky hosted an event at Café Carlyle that, in the annals of theater, shall remain a night of incredible music, cherished remembrances, personal anecdotes, and Broadway history told by the artists who live it. It was indeed a biographical sojourn of epic artistic proportions.

The Who’s Tommy at the Nederlander Theatre


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