Monthly Archives: May 2012

Larger Than Life: Video Reviews

Last week, Entertainment One released the DVD of the recent feature documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life. Reviews have been mostly positive. The creative team includes Dori Berinstein (co-writer, director), Adam Zucker (co-writer). Those interviewed include Channing, husband Harry Kullijian, … Continue reading

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Liza: Album Reviews

Masterworks Broadway has released the first digital transfer of Liza Minnelli’s live recording of her 1974 concert at the Winter Garden Theater. The reviews have been generally favorable. The tracks on the CD, which include three songs not on the … Continue reading

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February House: Review Roundup

The new Off-Broadway musical February House, based on Sherill Tippins’ 2005 book, opened last week at the Public to mixed but somewhat positive reviews. Below is a sampling. For the record, the creative team includes Seth Bockley (book), Gabriel Kahane … Continue reading

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2012 Awards Update #3

This week three more sets of award winners were named for work in the 2011/12 New York theater season. The first were the 78th annual Drama League Awards, handed out this weekend in a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times … Continue reading

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Rhapsody in Blue: Video Reviews

The 1945 biopic of George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, was released on DVD this month and received generally favorable reviews. The creative team includes Howard Koch and Elliot Paul (screenplay), Irving Rapper (director), Fred M. MacLean (sets), Milo Anderson (costumes), … Continue reading

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Glee Recap: Nationals

From its first shot, “Nationals” (the second hour of Glee’s back-to-back episodes) leads with its heart and not its head. Logic be damned, writer Ali Adler is out to tug at our basal emotions. Everyone is on edge as they … Continue reading

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Glee Recap: Props

In the penultimate week of its third season, before several of its original characters say “Goodbye” (or at least graduate high school) next Tuesday, Glee offered a unique back-to-back offering: two hour-long episodes. The first hour of this doubleheader, “Props,” … Continue reading

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Glee Graduation: Album Reviews

In time for this year’s season finale, and the graduation of several key characters in the series, Glee released its Graduation Album in stores this week. The compilation received generally negative reviews. As usual, Adam Anders and Ryan Murphy are … Continue reading

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Lysistrata Jones: Album Reviews

The original Broadway cast recording of the short-lived musical Lysistrata Jones, released this week in stores, has received mixed but generally favorable reviews. The show closed January 8, after only 30 performances, but the cast reunited two months later, on … Continue reading

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Newsies: Album Reviews

Recorded March 4-5 at MSR Studios in New York, the original Broadway cast album of Newsies was released this week and has received generally positive reviews. The creative team includes Harvey Fiersetin (book), Jack Feldman (lyrics), Alan Menken (music), Kurt … Continue reading

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