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Harry Connick Tapped to Bring Iconic 1973 Movie ‘The Sting’ to Broadway as Musical

Harry Connick Jr., a veteran Broadway stage actor, has his eyes set on the Great White Way, again. He’ll star in the an musical adaption of the iconic 1973 film “The Sting.” The musical will bow next month at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, with an eye on jumping to Broadway later. The movie starred Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff, a grifter who teams up with another con man to hatch an elaborate plot against a mob boss. Robert Redford played his cohort Johnny “Kelly Hooker.... Read More...

Intimate Apparel Beautifully Weaves Hopes, Pathos, Desire in Moving Play

Intimate Apparel, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony nominee Lynn Nottage, is as beautifully woven as the fine fabrics running through the hands of protagonist Esther Mills (Kelly McCreary), a New York City seamstress circa 1905. Currently playing at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, the production addresses a litany of complex issues that might have overcrowded a 130-minute play in less worthy hands. ... 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...

Micky Dolenz, Joyce DeWitt Bring Laughs, Tears in ‘Comedy Is Hard’

Monkee Micky Dolenz paired with “Three’s Company” actress Joyce Dewitt this past weekend at Connecticut’s sumptuous Ivoryton Playhouse in Comedy Is Hard, a moving play about washed up Catskills comedians. Dolenz plays 84-year-old Lou Goldberg, a borscht belt comedian confined to a wheelchair and nearing the end of his rope. DeWitt essays Kay, another aging show-biz vet, who eventually finds common ground with Lou.... Read More...

Jeremy Benton, Gretchen Bieber Lift Patchogue’s ‘Singin in the Rain’

Jeremy Benton and Gretchen Bieber are magical in Singin’ in the Rain at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. And rain it does: Laughs, fancy footwork, melodious tunes are awash in real water. In a space comparable to the comfort of a Broadway theater, Director Rick Conant’s incarnation of the hit musical, running through August 10, lives up to the show’s reputation as one of the best to ever hit the stage. Conant directs a large cast of talented actors... Read More...

Mia Matthews Nods to Hollywood Bombsells in One Woman Show

Actress Mia Matthews will pay homage to some of film and music’s most celebrated sexy bombshells in a new one-woman show at the Plaza Theatre in Palm Beach, Fla. Titled Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, she’ll sing tributes to Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, among others. Broadway musical director and arranger, Barry Levitt and acclaimed theatrical director Donald Birely lead the team behind the show. Backing up Mia in “Diamonds” are Boy Bombers Jamison Stern and Kevin B. McGlynn.... Read More...

Sarrah Strimel Powers Engeman Theater’s ‘Sweet Charity’

Sarrah Strimel carries the John W. Engeman Theater’s production of Sweet Charity . It’s as sweet as Long Island theater gets. The musical numbers in Neil Simon’s hopeful, unique musical are an enormous treat, and rarely misses its mark. Charity Hope Valentine’s classic 1966 story is relatable even today, yet different from any other in the musical theater canon. A New York dancer-for-hire looking for love, she gets shot down by the men she pursues and rises back up.... Read More...

Jack Kerouac’s Lost Play to be Produced in Mass. Hometown

Jack Kerouac, the ’50s beat generation writer about to be celebrated on film, will also be featured on stage. The only play he ever wrote, titled Beat Generation will be produced in his hometown of Lowell, Mass. Kerouac, who would have turned 90 on Monday (Feb. 12), lived for a time on Long Island in Northport, NY. He was a literary celebrity by then, in 1958, but was remembered by locals as someone who spent most of his time at a tiny town bar called Murphy’s.... 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...