Category: Editorial

CD Review: “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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The Rodgers & Hammerstein score for Cinderella has the verve they always had – lots of those soaring Rodgers waltzes – even if it isn’t filled with immortal standards like Oklahoma or South Pacific. Laura Osnes sings the title role beautifully, particularly in her earnestly yearning take on “In My Own Little Corner”. On stage, Santino Fontana is charmingly awkward as Prince Topher, but here his duet with Osnes, “Ten Minutes Ago”, is simply charming. Marla Mindelle and Ann Harada are probably the funniest stepsisters ever, and Harada kills it in “Stepsister’s Lament”. Overall, a lovely rendering of a beautiful R & H score.


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Theatre Review: “Patti Issues”

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This one-man show is quite possibly the gayest show in town. Ben Rimalower, a director making his writing/performing debut with this piece, tells his own story of a gay man dealing with his estranged father – who is also gay – interspersed with Patti LuPone diva-worship. Gay, gay, gay!

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Theatre Review: “The Little Mermaid”

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When I first saw wrongly-maligned Broadway Little Mermaid, I thought “what is everybody complaining about? This is solid musical theater entertainment.” It’s not visionary, not earth-shattering, just a tuneful love story that should thoroughly entertain the kiddies and divert the adults.

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Why Anthony Weiner shouldn’t be running for Mayor of New York City

Editorial: Weiner should pull out of NYC Mayor's Race

As reported earlier this week; Anthony Weiner, a former Congressman who was forced to resign following a scandal in which he texted and Tweeted inappropriate photos of himself to various women and the world, is running for Mayor of New York City.

It is highly unlikely that Weiner can pull off a win, but he has rattled the race creating nothing but trouble for the Democratic party.

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Cabaret Review: Pandora Boxx

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This “lady” is one of my favorite comedy queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and it has long been clear that she’s always an audience favorite. Her current show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Lick This Boxx is mostly stories of Ms. Boxx’s drag life, up to and including her time on Drag Race. Pandora delivers these tales with the offhanded ease of girlfriends exchanging gossip. Behind that nonchalance, however, is a steel-sharp sense of comic timing, and that’s what really makes her the rising star she is.

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