James Monroe Iglehart Warms Hearts With Lots of Soul at 54 Below

James Monroe Iglehart has punch and pizzazz. Both were on display at Feinstein’s/54 Below in his solo cabaret show, “How the Heck Did I Get Here?” This Genie holds more magic in his big heart than he’s ever displayed in Broadway’s Aladdin. Iglehart won a Tony award in 2015 for his show-stopping performance in Aladdin’s “A Friend Like Me.” What might be surprising is the number of layers beneath his comical veneer.... Read More...

Kathleen Marshall Revels in Tales About Most Popular Broadway Songs

Kathleen Marshall, a three-time Tony Award winner, revealed how some of Broadway’s most popular songs “saved the day” or launched careers in A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the Road to Broadway, a captivating concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Four of Broadway’s most talented performers helped tell the tales with renditions of songs like Burt Bacharach’s “I’ll Never Fall in Love, Again.”... Read More...

Jonathan Tolins Hits a High Note With Opera Spoof, The Forgotten Woman

Jonathan Tolins uses one of the characters in his cleverly insightful and brilliantly funny new play, The Forgotten Woman, to prove a point–lovers of opera face life head on. Tolins is clearly passionate about the art, which is obvious in the fact that Forgotten takes on the story of a gifted soprano on the verge of a major operatic career. Ashley Atkinson, Darren Goldstein, Mark Junek, Robert Stanton and Justin Mark star in the play. ... Read More...

Chip Zien, Lewis Stadlen Star in Sunshine Boys

Chip Zien and Lewis J. Stadlen are the Sunshine Boys. They star in the John W. Engeman theater production of the play, a never-ending laugh fest, ripe with relatable humor and slapstick comedy that is sorely missing from plays today. This endearing story, coupled with a clever cast of skilled actors, makes for an incredibly fulfilling and fun experience in theater.... Read More...

Broadway Spring Sprouts Losers, Winners, Part 1

This spring has brought New York an unrecognizable Robin Williams in a beard, the creators of South Park at the helm of a musical, and scores of men in drag. Though some productions fell flat almost immediately (Wonderland, anyone?) and some are hanging on by a thread due to a few award nominations for their actors (Jerusalem), the stages are chockfull of interesting gems. Here’s The Improper’s guide to what’s worth checking out as the summer approaches. ... Read More...
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