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Review: ‘Hand to God’

April 20th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of "Hand to God" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Hand to God” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Broadway has gone to hell and a hand puppet—and that’s a good thing. Hand to God, the alarmingly visceral new American play by Robert Askins is a jolt of theater that the Great White Way has been waiting for.

The violent and funny work takes place “somewhere in Texas where the country meets the city” and follows the emotional wreckage of teenager Jason (Steven Boyer) as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his father with the help of a Christian after-school puppet workshop taught by his widowed mother Margery (Geneva Carr). Fellow students Timothy (Michael Oberholtzer) and Jessica (Sarah Stiles) play witness to Jason’s odd behavior and exceptional talent for puppetry as he finds his voice through his alter ego/sock puppet, Tyrone. Enter Pastor Greg (Marc Kudisch) as the hands-on man of the cloth, who persistently tries to persuade Margery to let go of her grief in a more carnal manner. Meanwhile, Timothy has his own pinings for Margery and his teenage testosterone gets the both of them. As the days wear on, the puppet (a.k.a Tyrone) becomes a more consuming presence in Jason’s life, giving voice to Jason’s tormented emotional state through a series of verbally and physically violent episodes.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Review: Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer in ‘Finding Neverland’

April 17th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of "Finding Neverland" (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Finding Neverland” (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

I must have been about eight-years-old when I jumped off the couch in our family room and fractured my wrist. I was trying to fly and had gallantly tied a bed sheet around my neck in an attempt to soar through the air. Grounded for the season (not by my parents, but by the injury), I set up shop at the kitchen table with my dad’s old dopp kit filled with markers and crayons and a stack of poster board, provided by my mother who I’m sure hoped that a more sedentary expression of my creativity would be the safer route.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Watch: An All-Male ‘Cell Block Tango’

March 17th, 2015 Comments off
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

An all-male version of Chicago‘s famous “Cell Block Tango” shows Joshua Buscher-West, Marty Lawson, Alfie Parker Jr., Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alex Ringler, and Ryan Steele take on the famously female-driven song. The performance, part of Broadway Backwards, took place earlier this month, helps raise funds for Broadway Cares.

Check out the fantastic performance after the jump…

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Save Some Money and See the Shows You Want During Broadway Week

January 15th, 2015 Comments off


True, the dead of winter is not New York City’s most shining moment, but if you’re a die-hard theater fan there’s no better time to head to the city and snag discount tickets to some of your favorite shows. Broadway Week returns January 20 through February 5 (yes, that’s actually two weeks) and practically everything on the boards is available, but tickets are going fast.

Some of our top picks include:

The cast of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Honeymoon in Vegas
This new musical, based on the beloved 1992 Nicolas Cage comedy of the same name, stars Tony Danza as Tommy Korman, an aging gangster looking for one last chance at love (no matter the cost), and Rob McClure as Jack, the conflicted young man who must fight Tommy for the love of his fiancée—set against the splashy, campy backdrop of contemporary Las Vegas.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Global Cocktail: Cow & Clover’s Eggnog

December 12th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Cow and Clover

It’s not just about the food at Brooklyn’s newest hot spot, Cow & Clover, which brings local ingredients to seasonal wood-fired cooking by Chef Morgan Schofield (il Buco, North End Grill, Blue Hill), but restaurant-goers will take delight in their delicious and festival cocktails this holiday season. After warming up in the 100-seat spacious restaurant, we got to sample one of their insanely delicious eggnogs. We liked it so much, we stole the recipe for you.


In a large bowl beat yolks with egg beater until light. Add sugar and beat until thick. Stir in milk, then rum.  Beat egg whites until peaked. Fold into mixture. Pour into a punch bowl and chill for at least 2 hours. Beat cream until it softly peaks, then gently fold into chilled mixture. Chill again for at least 2 more hours.  When serving, garnish with nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.


Three Broadway Shows to See: Final Curtain Edition

December 5th, 2014 Comments off

Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler takes a look at some of Broadway’s biggest hits, which are bidding adieu this January. 

Keke Palmer and Joe Carroll in "Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Keke Palmer and Joe Carroll in “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

As 2014 comes to an end, so do the runs of many of our favorite Broadway shows. The current crop of new productions hasn’t been revelatory (perhaps with the exception of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), so it will be especially sad to bid adieu to some of our favorite standbys. But with a slew of vacant theaters comes January, perhaps some new blood will transfuse the Great White Way and get our hearts beating again. In the meantime, let’s take a last look at three of our favorites (plus a couple of bonuses) before they take their final bows…

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

The original television musical, which aired in 1957, was magically reinvented for the Broadway stage. Originally starring Laura Osnes, the show has seen a several star turns since, including Carly Rae Jepsen and now Keke Palmer. Beyond the gorgeous tunes and innovative design, Douglas Carter Beane retooled the book to make it appealing for a new generation.

Closes January 3, 2015

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Andrew Cuomo Cancels Massive Free Health Care Clinic ‘Expo’ in New York City

November 19th, 2014 Comments off
Stan Brock - Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

Stan Brock – Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

On Black Friday thousands were expected to arrive as early as 5 A.M. at New York’s Jacob Javits Center to take part in a day of free health care. Thanks to the organization, RAM, which once only catered to help those in the developing world, individuals and families would be able to receive medical care even without insurance. Accustomed to creating pop-up clinics across the United States, the organization’s biggest pop-up would have taken place at the convention center after Thanksgiving (with 500 dentists, 2,500 volunteers). The event, though, was canceled just two weeks before it was scheduled. The Office of Governor Cuomo decided not to issue a waiver that would have allowed these dedicated doctors to practice medicine in New York State (a piece of paperwork that governors throughout the United States have issued).

According to HuffPo:

Waiving this provision was entirely at the Governor’s discretion. The offices of Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine (both of whom who have seen RAM clinics firsthand), and Chuck Schumer called Cuomo and the NY Public Health Department directly to petition for the clinic to go forward. The reason provided to RAM for the clinic being scuttled: New Yorkers have all the health care they need.

You can click here to message Governor Cuomo.

Learn more about RAM and an upcoming documentary by clicking here. 

Join Cheyenne Jackson as He Honors Fergie and Andrew Tobias at Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Emery Awards for LGBT Youths

November 5th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

The Hetrick-Martin Institute, an organization that provides lifesaving services to at-risk LGBTQ youth, next Wednesday will host The 2014 Emery Awards gala at Cipriani Wall Street, New York for a star-studded evening hosted by openly gay actor Cheyenne Jackson. The event will pay tribute to the legends of the HMI’s 35 year history and will honor eight-time Grammy Award–winner Fergie, NY Times best-selling author Andrew Tobias, and Wells Fargo (introduced by soap star Crystal Chappell), with special tributes to the LGBT Caucus of the NYC Council, founding HMI member Dr. Joyce Hunter, former HMI Executive Director David Mensah, and inaugural teacher to the Harvey Milk High School Orville Bell.

Tickets, which are still available by clicking here, include a cocktail reception, dinner and awards, and an after party. 


Three New York Plays to See this November

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

We have a lot to be thankful for this November as Broadway and beyond welcomes revivals galore, hoping to capitalize on familiar titles and cult favorites. We’ll see who has staying power, but our eyes are on the following three:

John Epperson as Lypsinka (photo: Peter Palladino via The Broadway Blog.)

John Epperson as Lypsinka (photo: Peter Palladino via The Broadway Blog.)

Lypsinka! The Trilogy
She’s back. After a 9-year absence, a triple dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson’s iconic creation, will be doled out this fall when the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’ deigns to grace New York City with her sweeping presence in Lypsinka! The Trilogy. To celebrate a staggering three decades of glamorous theatrics, three different shows—revivals of the acclaimed Lypsinka! The Boxed Set and The Passion of the Crawford, as well as the New York premiere of John Epperson: Show Trash—will run in rotating repertory for a strictly limited 8-week engagement from November 5, 2014 through January 3, 2015.

Lypsinka! The Trilogy
Connelly Theater
220 East 4th Street
Opening night: November 13

Find out what the other two shows our Broadway Blog Editor Matthew Wexler recommends for this November by clicking here.

50 Cent, Laverne Cox, Sufjan Stevens to Appear at Cyndi Lauper’s Annual True Colors Benefit

October 24th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

Cyndi Lauper’s fourth annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert is shaping up to be even more eclectic than this week’s Turn It Up series, as it was announced that rapper 50 Cent will also perform to benefit homeless LGBT youths. Other headliners include indie-icon Sufjan Stevens, R&B legends Salt-N-Pepa, and controversial country gal Natalie Mains. Taking place at the Beacon Theatre on December 6, Rosie O’Donnell and Laverne Cox with co-host the event.

The addition of 50 Cent, however, comes as a surprise. The singer famously bashed gay people on social media by tweeting “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.” and has also threatened violence over a comment by openly gay blogger Perez Hilton. 50 Cent has been an apology tour for his comments, and it appears he has come full circle with this latest announcement.

Tickets are on sale today.