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Quinn Lemley

                           Quinn Lemley's Burlesque to Broadway
                        Plays Cutting Room Mondays in November
             By: Ellis Nassour

We all know that dazzling redhead - No! Not Lucy, but - singer/dancer extraordinary Quinn Lemley, who's come a long way, baby, from her girl-next-door Indiana roots to become a reigning goddess of the art of burlesque.

You may recall her "spellbinding" revue tribute to screen goddess Rita Hayworth, The Heat Is On and her steamy rendition of the classic "Put the Blame on Mame" from the 40s film noir Gilda*. That show had an encore performance in New York earlier this month at 54 Below.

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Barb Jungr Opens @ 59E59

BARB JUNGR: HARD RAIN, the Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen
59E59 Street Theaters Artistic Director Peter Tear, Barb Jungr59E59 Street Theaters Artistic Director Peter Tear, Barb Jungr
Renowned British cabaret star Barb Jungr returned to 59E59 with BARB JUNGR: HARD RAIN, accompanied on piano by Tracy Stark and on percussion by Mike Lunoe. BARB JUNGR: HARD RAIN began performances on Tuesday, October 28 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 9.

Performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 5:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM & 7:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.


The Last Ship **

By: David Sheward

The title of the new musical featuring a score by pop star Sting offers plenty of satirical opportunities: The Last Ship sinks, hits a reef, scuttles, etcCollin Kelly-SordeletCollin Kelly-Sordelet. etc. Fortunately, this vessel isn't entirely unseaworthy. The score is catchy and moving, the staging by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello is imaginative and gritty and Steven Hoggett's choreography expresses character with quirky and unexpected movement, except when the actors are called upon to stomp their feet which happens about every 10 minutes.

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Broadway Update 2015-16

B'way Update: 2015-16 and Twice-Told Tales 
             By: David Sheward

Andrea Martin at the 2013 Tony AwardsAndrea Martin at the 2013 Tony Awards
The trend for twice revived shows continues into 2015-16. The latest announced show for the next Broadway season follows the trend of plays or musicals receiving their second revival within the memory of old farts like me and which I have seen at least twice before. It's like I'm reliving my first few years in New York. Roundabout Theatre Company will be staging Michael Frayn's Noises Off which opened on Broadway in 1983 and was staged again in 2001.


Disgraced ****

                                       By: David Sheward
It seems like you can't have a nice, quiet dinner or cocktail hour with friends and family in a Broadway show witGretchen Mol, Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman, Josh RadnorGretchen Mol, Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman, Josh Radnorhout everybody drunkenly exposing their true nasty selves. Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced is the latest in a long line of "in vino veritas" plays following Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, God of Carnage, August: Osage County, and many others. After a brief run off-Broadway, a London production, and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, this 90-minute explosive device has detonated on Broadway with impressive impact.

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Barb Jungr Returns to 59E59

BARB JUNGR: HARD RAIN, the Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, comes to 59E59 Theaters

British cabaret star Barb Jungr returns to 59E59  Theaters with BARB JUNGR: HARD RAIN, accompanied on piano by Tracy Stark and on percussion  Mike Lunoe.

Acclaimed singer Barb Jungr continues to bring the American Songbook into the 21st Century with BARB JUNGR: HARD RAIN, breathing new life into the music of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, arguably the best folk/pop songwriters of their generation. The political and philosophical songs by these two music icons make up her hardest hitting set to date. With a song list that includes Masters of War, Hard Rain and Blowing in the Wind, Jungr's celebrated interpretations allow these songs to be heard in brand new ways.

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Hidden Treasures III

Hidden Treasures III - More Songs of Larry Kerchner
              Sunday. November 30, 7pm
Mercedes EllingtonMercedes Ellington

Triad Theater features Broadway/Cabaret
performers: John Bolton, Jim Brochu, Aisha de Haas,Natalie Douglas, Kevin Earley, Jeff Harnar, Marissa Mulder, Mark Nadler, Stacy Sullivan, more!

Hosted by: Mercedes Ellington - Tex Arnold on piano+ 4 pc. band.

Michael Feinstein says "Larry's songs embody the essence of classic writers ina contemporary fashion." $25 cover + 2 drink min.


Scott Schwartz

         "Hunchback" at La Jolla
                 By: T.E. McMorrow
After four years of work by an artistic team headed by director Scott Schwartz, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," which goes into previews at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, Cal., Oct. 26, is anything but your child's cartoon version of the Victor Hugo classic.

Still produced by Disney, and using many musical elements from both the 1996 animated film, as well as the 1999 stage production which had a book by James Lapine, and played for three years in Berlin, this is, none the less, a re-conception of the piece. "This version is completely different," Schwartz said on the phone last week during a break from tech rehearsal. "It is a whole new take."

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Boo! It's the Most Ghoulish Time of Year: Halloween!

                By: Ellis Nassour
There's nothing like a Broadway show for a Halloween treat. While it's not exactly a horror musical, there is one very scary person in the hit musical Matilda, the school mistress, Mrs. Trunchbull, who'll have you shaking in your boots. Other treats: Wicked, the tale of how the Good and Bad witches of The Wizard of Oz came to be; that blockbuster still packing theatres world-wide, The Lion King. Disney has pulled out all the stops in creating a colorful musical extravaganza for their stage version of Aladdin, a huge family treat.


Angelo Del Rossi

Remembering Angelo Del Rossi, Paper Mill Playhouse's Gentleman Executive Producer

                       By: Ellis Nassour
Beloved gentleman regional theater producer Angelo Del Rossi, who helmed Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, for 40 years, where he brought it back from a disastrous fire to one of the nation's largest, most successful, and most respected theatres, died August 30. A star-studded memorial and musical tribute was hosted October 20 on the main stage of the Playhouse by Mr. Del Rossi's partner husband Per Rasmussen. Hundreds of dedicated subscribers and a roster of theater stars attended to celebrate Mr. Del Rossi's life and legacy.


On The Town ****

                       By: David Sheward
On the Town, the iconic musical following three sailors pursuing romance while on a 24-hour leave in wartime Gotham, has had a strange life since its 1944 premiere. That watershed original staging marked the Broadway debuts of a quartet of talents whose collective influence on the American musical has been nothing less than seismic: composer Leonard Bernstein, director-choreographer Jerome Robbins, and book authors-lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green who also played leading roles. A weird hybrid of the sophisticated sensibilities of Bernstein and Robbins and the show-biz sketch humor of Comden and Green, Town was a smash-hit celebration of youthful exuberance having one last fling before facing the perils of war.


Off-Broadway Roundup

       By: David Sheward
While the fall is one of Broadway's busiest times, Off-Broadway is equally crowded with openings. The current roster includes daring reinterpretations of familiar works, New York premieres of British and American plays from veteran and promising playwrights, and a musical featuring bedbugs and a Celine Dion impersonator (no kidding!)



While I Yet Live ***

                     By: Isa Goldberg
Elain Graham,Lillias White, Larry PowellElain Graham,Lillias White, Larry PowellBilly Porter, the playwright, is not shy about using clichés. They run through his semiautobiographical play, "While I Yet Live", like the glittering red boots he wears in "Kinky Boots", the wham bang role that won him his Tony. Looking back at his youth brings up the stuff of many a celebrity autobiography - child abuse, incest, ghetto life, homophobia - and all of the obvious dialogue that goes with it, like his mother's admonition, "The Lord is always there, is the answer", or Calvin's impatient grimaces, "I can't fix what I am."


Curious Incident of the Dog

       The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tiime
                                      By: David Sheward

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time shouldn't work. Its protagonist, Christopher Boone is a difficult young man to like. Incredibly brilliant at math and logic, yet suffering from a form of autism, the 15-year-old cannot comprehend human emotion and hates being touched. He screams and becomes violent whenever anyone does so. He's also arrogant and selfish.



               Alejandro González Iñárritu's
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance 
               The Must-See Film of the Year

                By: Ellis Nassour
From the moment Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu took over Times Square and set up shop inside the St. James Theatre in March of last year, you knew something big was in the works. But who expected something as big as the film with the winsome title Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance [Fox Searchlight]. The buzz began, and hasn't stopped. Now, all sorts of accolades are being thrown about - and deservedly so [however, that's not to say the film doesn't have its detractors, and that it may not be for everyone].