Monthly Archives: August 2012

FringeNYC 2012 Update

The FringeNYC Encore Series has grown to 19 shows (including five musicals) to be presented in three venues over the next month (Sep. 7-30). Independents (book by Marina Keegan, lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick, music by Stephen Feigenbaum) and Super Sidekick (book … Continue reading

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Soul Sister: Review Roundup

The jukebox Tina Turner bio-musical Soul Sister opened to mixed reviews – unfavorable for its creators but highly favorable for its performers – in a limited West End engagement at the Savoy, where it transferred after a limited Fringe engagement … Continue reading

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Mario Lanza: Video Reviews

Warner Home Video has released a pair of Mario Lanza films (his final two) on DVD for the first time. The first is the 1957 United Artist musical Seven Hills of Rome (aka Arrivederci Roma), Mario Lanza’s penultimate film. The … Continue reading

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FringeNYC 2012: Review Roundup Week 2

The 2012 New York International Fringe Festival (aka FringeNYC) ended its run this past weekend. Of the scores of productions in this 16th annual edition, nearly three dozen were musical offerings. The FringeNYC Encore Series, now in its seventh year, … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Fringe 2012: Review Roundup

The Edinburgh Fringe 2012 has come to an end, and of the more than 100 musicals at this year’s festival, some dozen were from the U.S., including the original Mod and several new pieces in the American High School Theater … Continue reading

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Cougar: Review Roundup

The new Off-Broadway musical Cougar (not to be confused with the 2010 Chicago musical Cougars by Gillian Bellinger and Chuck Malone, nor with the 2008 New York revue Cougar by Mark Barkan) has opened to mixed though somewhat positive reviews. … Continue reading

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Sparkle: Review Roundup

TriStar Pictures has released Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 musical film, to moderate reviews. For the record, the creative team for the remake includes Mara Brock Akil (screenplay), Salim Akil (direction), Anastas Michos (cinematography), Terilyn A. Shropshire (editing), Salaam … Continue reading

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FringeNYC 2012: Review Roundup Week 1

The 2012 New York International Fringe Festival (aka FringeNYC), which runs August 10 through 26, has just passed the halfway mark of its 16th annual edition. Of the scores of productions being presented in some 20 venues in Manhattan’s Lower … Continue reading

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Soul Doctor: Review Roundup

The new musical Soul Doctor has opened to mixed but positive-leaning reviews in its limited Off-Broadway engagement at NYTW. For the record, the creative team includes Daniel S. Wise (book, direction), David Schechter (lyrics), Shlomo Carlebach (music, lyrics), Neil Patel … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Leading Ladies

Within the past month we have lost the two leading ladies from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical Oklahoma! This Monday, Joan Roberts, who originated the role of Laurey, died in Stamford, Conn., at age 95. She made her Broadway debut … Continue reading

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