"To The Stage!"
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's Ongoing Broadway Concert Series
May 15, 2013
To attend the Broadway Concert Series at Northport's stunning John W. Engeman theatre is a special treat. During their dark weeks, Producer and Host Stephen DeAngelis rounds up Broadways best for an evening of songs and stories of their careers.
BWW Interviews: A Chat With Tony Winner Anthony Crivello
May 13, 2013
A few times a year, some of Broadway's best perform at Northport's John W. Engeman Theatre for their ongoing Concert Series. This past weekend, Tony winner Anthony Crivello was part of the cast and took some time to speak with me as rehearsals were getting underway.
BWW Reviews: ANYTHING GOES Sets Sail at CM PAC
May 1, 2013
Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center (CM PAC) continues their fantastic season with the Tony Award winning musical Anything Goes. Patrick Grossman wonderfully directs (and does the sets and choreographs) the Cole Porter classic running through May 19th at the Oakdale, Long Island venue.
Scapino! Presented by the Barebone's Theatre Company
April 24, 2013
BWW Reviews: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK - A Classic At Theatre Three
April 17, 2013
The Diary Of Anne Frank is truly a remarkable play heart wrenchingly highlighting the atrocities too many people unnecessarily endured simply because of the religion they were brought up on. Theatre Three's incarnation of the Tony winning classic, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, is wonderfully directed by Jeffrey Sanzel, who is also the Artistic Director of the Port Jefferson venue. Now running through May 4th, the cast is beyond talented as they tell this horrifying tale of a young girl unwillingly forced to grow up too fast.
BWW Reviews: Norm Foster's SINNERS - Chaotic Hilarity At The Bay Way
April 10, 2013
Norm Foster's comedy, Sinners, is the latest offering from the Broadhollow Theatre Company. The story hilariously makes light of grossly mistaken identities, extra marital affairs, and life's general chaos. This Marian Waller directed incarnation runs through April 21st at Broadhollow's BayWay Theatre in East Islip and continues at their Elmont location beginning May 18th.
BWW Reviews: Broadhollow's SLY FOX at Studio Theatre
April 3, 2013
It is always intriguing to see what Greed does to people. It is even more intriguing when it is hilariously made fun of. Sly Fox, presented by the BroadHollow Theatre Company, will have you rolling in the isles as a con-man (and his assistant) convince the community that he is near death and turns their greed against them for his own gain, with some twists along the way.
BWW Reviews: BOEING-BOEING Flies Into the Engeman Theatre
March 27, 2013
The uproarious production of Marc Camoletti's Boeing-Boeing that landed at Northport's John W. Engeman Theatre is indeed a brilliant night of theatre. Directed by BT McNicholl, the show runs through May 5th at the Long Island venue and let me tell you that the talented cast will put even the biggest sour-puss in a good mood.
BWW Reviews: Adam Pascal Rocks Long Island's Tilles Center
March 13, 2013
I had the pleasure of seeing Broadway vet Adam Pascal in concert at the Tilles Center on the Long Island University Post Campus. The cabaret style show was held in a separate, cute room to the side of the grand concert hall with a high stage and seating that reminded me of a mini half-stadium. He is currently touring in support of his latest album, Blinding Light, and is accompanied by the wonderfully talented Larry Edoff (they tour under the name Me and Larry).
Long Island Spring/Summer Preview
March 5, 2013
The Long Island Theatre scene is really shaping up this upcoming spring/summer season. As most of the theatres have announced their schedule, I'm thrilled to bring you a preview.
BWW Reviews: BACK TO BACHARACH AND DAVID at Theatre Three: An Ode To the 60's
February 27, 2013
Back to Bacharach and David is a nice little gem of a revue. I was vaguely familiar with the music, but not familiar with this particular show prior to seeing it. However, with it being directed by the fantastic Long Island theatre vet Steve McCoy, I knew the audience would be in for a treat.
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's FUNNY GIRL at the BayWay
February 22, 2013
Hello, Gorgeous! I was very happy to see the musical Funny Girl was part of BroadHollow's winter/spring season. A pop culture staple, this is a show theatre enthusiasts should see. BroadHollow's production at their BayWay Theatre runs through March 2nd and continues to their Elmont location starting March 16th.
BWW Reviews: LITTLE WOMEN at Long Island's CM PAC
February 19, 2013
Little Women, the current musical at Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center (CM PAC), is indeed a pleasant production. This incarnation, directed by Ronald R. Green III, who also does sets and costumes, runs through March 10th at the Oakdale venue and boasts a very talented cast of 10.
BWW Reviews: BareBones Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere of Frederick Stoppel's DEAD OF NIGHT
February 6, 2013
It is such a treat to be able to say 'I saw it first'. In the world premier of Frederick Stroppel's two new wonderfully intense plays, collectively called Dead Of Night, we find alot of suspense with a little comedy mixed in ala' Alfred Hitchcock.
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's WAIT UNTIL DARK
January 30, 2013
One thing is for sure; you'll never be disappointed when you see a show at Northport's stunning John W. Engeman Theatre. Located on Long Island, their current Alan Souza directed production, Frederick Knott's suspense-filled Wait Until Dark, will have you at the edge of your seat in anticipation and apprehension for the entire show.
The Engeman's Ongoing Broadway Concert Series
January 16, 2013
It was another eventful night at Northport's stunning John W. Engeman Theatre as they hosted their ongoing Broadway Concert Series. Per tradition, during their dark week between shows, Producer and Host Stephen DeAngelis rounds up Broadway's best for an evening of songs and stories about their lives and careers. The incredible line up this time included Chester Gregory, Tari Kelly, Caissie Levy, Jessica Phillips, Rashidra Scott, and a special appearance by Tad Wilson.
CM PACs LEGALLY BLONDE - I'm 'Serious' You'll Love this Show!
January 16, 2013
Omigod, you guys! The most fashionable lawyer is currently holding court at Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center (CM PAC) in Oakdale, Long Island. Legally Blonde, The Musical opened this past weekend, complete with pink carpet arrivals, to a very talented cast and wonderfully enthusiastic audience.
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's SHIRLEY VALENTINE at the BayWay
January 9, 2013
I always love when a random show pops up on the community theatre circuit. It breathes new life into a scene that may run the same show too many times. Some would probably consider BroadHollow Theatre Company's presentation of Willy Russell's Tony Award winning play Shirley Valentine a risk, but they pulled it off excellently.
2012 Long Island Wrap Up
December 26, 2012
This has been a very exciting year for the Long Island theatre community. There was a lot of diversity from classic shows like The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to more modern shows like Legally Blond at the BayWay Theatre. Some productions may have been stronger than others, but all of them had a lot of heart invested in each of them.
BWW Reviews: Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Gateway
December 19, 2012
Whenever you see a production presented by the Gateway Theatre, you're in for a wonderful event. Their current musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, based on the Paramount Pictures film, is no exception. This David Ruttura directed production is even fortunate to have the original sets and choreography as the Broadway showing (more on that later).
BWW Reviews: CM PAC Presents Madison Square Garden's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL
December 12, 2012
My journey with the cast of A Christmas Carol, The Musical, now playing at Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center (CMPAC), comes to end with their opening. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Ms. Ahrens and Mike Ockrent, this wonderful cast surely didn't disappoint. Now playing through December 30th at the Oakdale, Long Island, theatre, you're in for a wonderful evening when you see this Timothy Pappalardo directed production originally presented by Madison Square Garden.
CM PAC'S Upcoming Production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical- Tech Week
December 5, 2012
My next chapter with the cast of A Christmas Carol, The Musical, the upcoming production at Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center's (CM PAC) of Long Island, continues with Tech Week.
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A Ghost Story Of Christmas
November 28, 2012
The show was fantastic to begin with. The John W. Engeman Theatre's retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has a refreshing taste to the classic favorite. Directed by Mark Adam Rampmeyer and adapted by Michael Wilson, this production runs through January 6th at the beautiful Northport theatre.
BWW Reviews: Theatre Three's A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Tradition At Its Finest
November 28, 2012
Port Jefferson's Theatre Three thrills Main Street once again with their 29th annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Now running through December 29th, this beautiful production and cast will surely get you into the Christmas spirit.
BWW Interviews: A Chat With Director Mark Rampmeyer
November 12, 2012
A Christmas Carol may be a theatre staple throughout the holiday season, but the John W Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island, has decided to switch things up a bit. Mark Rampmeyer, director of the Engeman's upcoming production, has taken time out of rehearsals to chat with us to give us a sneak peak.
Hampton Theatre Company's Beautifully Heart-Wrenching Production Of GOOD PEOPLE
November 1, 2012
If ever there was a more relatable tale for these times, David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony-Award winning play, Good People, is certainly among that list. This story hits home with the masses that are struggling with the current economy. You'll find yourself empathizing, in whole or in part, with the story and the characters we meet now playing through November 11th at Quogue Community Hall on Long Island.
BWW Reviews: CM PAC's MAN OF LAMANCHA - It's Not Always What It Seems
October 17, 2012
The Tony winning musical, Man Of LaMancha, is truly a force to be reckoned with. Now playing at Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center (CM PAC) on Long Island, Director Noel Ruiz, the cast, and creative team are certainly up for the challenge. This production features an amazing cast, wonderful set, and, of course, a beautiful and classic score.
CMPAC's Upcoming Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL - My Journey Continues
September 24, 2012
The next chapter in my journey with the cast of Creative Ministries Performing Art Center's (CMPAC) A Christmas Carol, The Musical continues with their first sit-down reading. It was more of a fun information/getting to know you session.
BWW Reviews: TREASURE ISLAND, A MUSICAL ADVENTURE World Premiere - A Wonderful Pirate Tale at Theatre Three
September 18, 2012
Aye, Matees! It is so exciting to see the world premiere of a show. I had this opportunity with the opening of Treasure Island, A Musical Adventure at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, Long Island. This original two-act musical, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, has a book by Sherman Yellen, Music by Gary William Friedman, and lyrics by Will Holt -- all Tony nominees. Now playing through October 27th, this beautiful up-and-coming production, directed by Jeffrey Sanzel, is in fantastic shape thus far.
The Engeman's SWEET CHARITY - A Classic Tale Never Gets Old
September 13, 2012
Neil Simon's Tony nominated classic, Sweet Charity, is the quintessential tale of a young woman trying to find love and running into the wrong guys in the process. We've all been there. Now playing through October 28th at the beautiful John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island, this production proves that a timely tale never truly gets old.
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's Ongoing Broadway Concert Series - Always A Thrilling Night
August 29, 2012
The ongoing Broadway concert series at Northport's stunning John W. Engeman Theatre is truly an event not to be missed. Broadway's best come together for a night of songs and stories about their careers.
A Journey In Progress - CM PAC's Upcoming A Christmas Carol, The Musical
August 27, 2012
Long Island's Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center (CM PAC), now in its 25th year, will be presenting Madison Square Garden's version of A Christmas Carol come December. As a former employee (MANY years ago) of the theatre that merged with CM PAC, I was thrilled when director Tim Pappalardo asked me to watch the process of putting this show together. I'll be attending casting, a read through, going to Tech, and opening night with the many CM vets expected to be in this production.
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow Theatre's DEATHTRAP - You Just Never Know
August 22, 2012
You simply can not go wrong with Ira Levin's Tony-nominated hit play Deathtrap. BroadHollow Theatre Company's production, running through September 2nd, boasts a wonderful cast that has you jumping in your seat one moment and laughing the next.
BWW Reviews: Lillias White is Brilliant as BIG MAYBELLE at Bay Street Theatre
August 15, 2012
The world premiere of Big Maybelle: Soul Of The Blues, featuring the incredible Tony Award winner Lillias White, is off to a great start at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Now playing through September 2, this tells the story of the American jazz singer as she rises to the top and her heart wrenching fall from glory.
BWW Reviews: Working 9 TO 5 at Creative Ministries PAC in Oakdale
August 8, 2012
At Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center (CM PAC) in Oakdale, director Patrick Grossman wonderfully replicated the Tony nominated Broadway production of 9 TO 5. Now playing through August 26th, this adorable musical hilariously shows the journey of three women who've had enough of their overbearing boss.
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's LEGALLY BLONDE at BayWay - 'Positive' You'll Love This Show
July 25, 2012
BroadHollow Theatre Company brings the most fashionable law student to Long Island with their showing of the Tony nominated musical, Legally Blonde. Now playing through August 5th at their East Islip location, director Jessy Waller wonderfully replicated the Broadway production that closed in 2008.
The Engeman's I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE - Relationships 101
July 10, 2012
We've all been there with the ups and downs of relationships. I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change hilariously pokes fun at the good, the bad, and the ugly from dating to weddings to dealing with kids and in-laws and everything in between.
BWW Reviews: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES At CM PAC of Oakdale - A Fabulous Night To Be Had
July 3, 2012
One of the best things about Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Hermans' La Cage' Aux Folles is that it is a fun show. I was even asked if I had a feather boa to bring with me. Sadly I did not, but that made me more excited to see this Tony winning musical. This incarnation, directed by Noel Ruiz, features a wonderful cast and is showing at CM PAC in Oakdale, Long Island, through July 29th.
BWW Reviews: The Ongoing Concert Series at the Engeman - Always A Dazzling Night
June 28, 2012
Attending the ongoing concert series at the John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island is always a treat. During their dark week between shows, host and producer Stephen DeAngelis rounds up Broadway's best for an evening of song and stories from their careers. This time the fantastic line up included Daniel Jenkins, Adriane Lenox, Mark Jacoby, Dee Hoty, and Alton Fitzgerald White.