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Django Wall Art. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Jazz
Edward A Kliszus

Conrad Herwig and The Latin Side All-Stars Residency at The Django

Trombonist/composer Conrad Herwig and the Latin side all-stars ascended the stage to deliver their first musical offering. Splendid charts, extended improvisation, artistic interaction, virtuoso performances, a tight horn section, and a solid rhythm section immediately lit the room. A powerhouse of Latin rhythmic fire by drummer Robby Ameen and percussionist Mauricio Herrera on congas ignited an astounding sojourn.

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Zeroboy and Frank Zilinyi in The Haunting of East 4th Street. Photo credit: Dan Bianchi
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Radiotheatre presents The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street

The rich baritone voice of raconteur Frank Zilinyi launched Radiotheatre’s deliciously macabre exordium of The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street, a dark, spellbinding tale of New York City history, horror, mysterious sounds, ghosts, curses, cannibals, occult, exorcisms, diablerie, and doom. Zilinyi and his partner Zero Boy were our able cicerones, guiding us through a hypnotizing tale of gripping suspense and almost unspeakable dread.

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Bill Charlap, David Wong and Dennis Mackrel at Birdland. Photo credit: Edward Kliszus
Jazz
Edward A Kliszus

The Bill Charlap Trio at Birdland

Charlap is a virtuoso with full command of his musical voice on the piano who, with his fellow artists, lifted spirits and touched hearts. Fitting his artistic soul and imagination, Charlap played with passion, rich cinematic grace, and delicacy. His fiery offerings were an elegant, eloquent creative commentary that created energy and excitement.

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Ann Kittredge at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Photo credit: Edward Kliszus
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Ann Kittredge at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

Kittredge is a songstress of sumptuous romantic energy who possesses a dazzling gift for expressing the rich meaning of songs. She owns a sensitive, delightful facon de parler and freely communicates with the audience with her storytelling.

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Stephen Duff Webber, Gian-Murray Gianino and Ellen Lauren. Photo credit: Michael Brosilow, courtesy of SITI Company
Theatre
Edward A Kliszus

Radio Macbeth by the SITI Company

As the cast masterfully characterized Shakespeare’s saturnine work, we were inexorably drawn into the portentous tale. Supporting the account were the dim penumbra of macabre images, a panoply of sounds effects, striking musical soundscapes, the intense angular stage blocking of secondary characters in many scenes, and the gloom of a Scottish deid bell that either sought orisons or repelled evil spirits.

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L-R Samuel Frois Concertmaster, Nikki Chooi Violin, JoAnn Falletta, Guest Conductor. Photo credit: Edward Kliszus
Music
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now at the Rose Theater

The Orchestra Now stands proudly in the well-earned tradition of excellence among the superb symphony orchestras that regularly perform in New York City. And while they celebrate major standard repertoire (sometimes called the three B’s – Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms), they take care to include adventurous works that warrant recognition and performance before eager patrons.

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Soomi Kim's Body Through Which the Dream Flows. Photo credit: Charles Chessler
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Body Through Which the Dream Flows

With a marvelous coterie of young dancer gymnasts, Soomi Kim’s The Body Through Which the Dream Flows uses a multi-dimensional visual and aural landscape to provide insights into the complex relations of coaches and their proteges while opening a window into the inside world of children training for Olympic stardom.

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Andrea Bell Wolff and Elliott Litherland in Adventures in Vegas. Photo credit: Mia Katz.
Musical Theater
Edward A Kliszus

Adventures in Vegas

Adventures in Vegas is a sentimental, hilarious look at life as a showgirl and more. Now celebrating her 73 year’s young birthday, the intimate 1970 diary unfolds of actress, comedian, dancer, and singer Andrea Bell Wolff.

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Bille Recce. Photo from 54Below.com
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Now More Than Ever: The Songs of Billy Recce

Recce is a prolific composer and lyricist who knows his audience. His banter, sarcasm, wit, and humor are well received. He’s fresh, relevant, irreverent, and quick to lampoon those whose actions he reproves. He is rebellious and reflects his views through an evolution of personal expressions through song. His abilities are diverse. He expresses himself in a mode of his choice best suited to empower his message.

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Banner for Broadway's Next Hit Musical. Courtesy 54 Below
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

The audience gaped in wonderment and amusement at the singing, clever gestures, affectations, jokes, and exploitation of the hilarious, sometimes disjointed clues that inspired the scenes. The performers complete these tasks on the fly.

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