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American Classical Orchestra - Bach B Minor Mass. Photo credit Iconoscope Productions
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus
American Classical Orchestra Performs Bach’s B Minor Mass

NEW YORK – American Classical Orchestra Performs Bach’s B Minor Mass with Conductor Thomas Crawford leading a glorious, miraculous, and formidable concert expressing and honoring the provenance of Bach’s monumental musical work.

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.

The Club. Courtesy georgestreetplayhouse.org
Theater Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer
The Club at the George Street Playhouse

NEW YORK – The Club at the George Street Playhouse through emotion to the forefront and proves racism cripples. It teaches the lesson we should strive to dispel racism in our communities, no matter what color we are.

Fill the Bag Benefit for NY Common Pantry in the Ziegfeld Ballroom
Human Interest
Sora Vernikoff
NY Common Pantry Fill the Bag

NEW YORK – NY Common Pantry Fill the Bag is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that addresses New York City hunger and promotes self-respect, health, and the independence of those in need.

Josh Radnor in a scene from The Ally at the Public Theater. Photo by Joan Marcus
Theater Reviews
Tulis McCall
The Ally at the Public Theater

NEW YORK – The Ally at the Public Theater, exploring on a razor’s edge the relationship between Israel and Gaza.

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.

Casa La Femme. Courtesy CasaLaFemme.com
New York Restaurant Reviews
Sora Vernikoff
Egyptian Dining at Casa La Femme

NEW YORK – Egyptian Dining at Casa La Femme boasts a menu fit for any vegan, vegetarian, halal, health conscious or uninhibited diet – and don’t forget the marvelous belly dancer!

Patrick T. Horn and Patricia Lynn in a scene from The Maid and the Mezmerizer. Photo by DLW Photography NYC
Off Broadway
Victoria L. Dammer
The Maid and the Mesmerizer

NEW YORK – The Maid and the Mesmerizer is a gripping performance about a work relationship when one partner is the so-called master, and the other becomes the captive.

A Scene from Seven Year Disappear. Photo by Monique Carboni
Theater Reviews
Tulis McCall
Seven Year Disappear

NEW YORK – Seven Year Disappear at the Pershing Square Signature Theater stars Miriam (Cynthia Nixon) and her son Naphtali (Taylor Trensch) who have what could be referred to as a strained relationship – strained to the point of busting wide open except for the fact that the two are wearing emotional corsets pulled so tight that even the laces refuse to budge – until they do.

Until Dark at the Et Alia Theater. Courtesy eliatheater.com
Off Broadway
Holli Harms
Until Dark at the Et Alia Theater

NEW YORK – Until Dark at the Et Alia Theater looks at trauma for children, growing up in a dysfunctional household, and how these experiences can neurologically alter thinking in the same way PTSD might affect a soldier returning home from war – it’s about turning what is right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable, completely upside down.

This is Not a Time of Peace by Deb Margolin at Theatre Row, NYC. Courtesy New Light Theater Project Spotlight Series
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus
This is Not a Time of Peace

NEW YORK – This is Not a Time of Peace expresses the philosophical, insightful remembrances of author Deb Margolin, spanning decades about her father and the crushing tyranny of Senator Joseph McCarthy – is history repeating itself?

Scott Bakula and Ben Levi Ross in MCC Theater's 2024 production of THE CONNECTOR - Photo by Joan Marcus
Off Broadway
Tulis McCall
The Connector

NEW YORK – The Connector now at MCC Theatre is an innocuous bit of fluff that has great ambitions and little structure. What it does have is a spectacular cast who tell this tale with as much gusto as they can.  That alone almost makes it worth the watch.

Recursive Classics - David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. Tchaikovsky Symphonies No. 4, 5 & 6 - RC4789671
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Records Tchaikovsky

NEW YORK – Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Records Tchaikovsky in a new set published by Recursive Classics, the latest triumph by Maestro Bernard and the PACS reminds us not only of the importance of orchestral music but also the historical, humanistic value of late 19th-century music that redefined the symphonic genre and established Tchaikovsky as one of the foremost composers of his time.

Peter Norton Symphony Space. Courtesy Bard.edu
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus
The Orchestra Now Performs Mendelssohn and Sibelius

NEW YORK – The Orchestra Now Performs Mendelssohn and Sibelius in a musical experience that delivered! Audience members left with hearts still echoing with melodies, virtuosity, drama, and perhaps a profound sense of gratitude and wonder. For in tonight’s moments of musical transcendence, they experienced the sublime and shall carry the memory of this magical night.

Isaac Mizrahi (photo courtesy IsaacMizrahi.com)
Cabaret
Sora Vernikoff
Dining at Café Carlyle with Isaac Mizrahi

NEW YORK – Dining at Café Carlyle with Isaac Mizrahi singing songs by Cole Porter, Billy Joel, Mizrahi’s personal creations, and stand-up humor that was, well, “typical Mizrahi,” blunt, brash, and hysterically funny!

David Greenspan in a scene from On Set With Theda Bara. Photo by Emilio Madrid
Off Broadway
Holli Harms
On Set With Theda Bara

NEW YORK – On Set With Theda Bara features David Greenspan playing complex characters entwined in an imaginative, pronounced immersion into what is reality, what is gender, what is being alive, who are we now, who have we been, and who will we become growing out of what matters to us.

L-R: Christine Lyons Philip Cokorinos, and Bernard Holcomb, in OnSite Opera Presents the Immersive Coffee Cantata Experience at the Lost Draft. Photo by Dan Wright Photography
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus
On Site Opera presents The Immersive Coffee Cantata Experience

NEW YORK – On Site Opera presents The Immersive Coffee Cantata Experience, telling their tale through virtuosic strains of splendid singing, hilarity, and elegance while faces remained lit with smiles and gratitude in this truly immersive delectation of exquisite music, drama, dance, costuming, humor, taste, aroma, and warmth.

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

Singer and Songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli at Chelsea Table + Stage. Photo courtesy of gabriellestravelli.com
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus
Gabrielle Stravelli at Chelsea Table + Stage

NEW YORK – Gabrielle Stravelli at Chelsea Table + Stage, winner of the 2023 Broadway World Cabaret Award for Best Vocal Jazz Show, stormed the stage with guitarist Saul Rubin for the perfect Valentine’s Day performance.

Stevie Nicks on Tour Now. Courtesy stevienicksofficial.com
Music Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer
Stevie Nicks 2024 Live in Concert Tour

NEW YORK – Stevie Nicks 2024 Live in Concert Tour – Stevie Nicks. Phenomenon and phenomenal. End of review, and no, seriously, even though you can describe Nicks with just those two words, she’s so much more.