Friday, July 11, 2008

ATW NewsClips - Tri-State Print

New York Times

Faust on Third, Lost Soul at Bat
The City Center Encores! revival of “Damn Yankees” is pleasant but a little pizazz-deficient.

Audio Slide Show: Playing the Game
Cheyenne Jackson talks about playing Joe Hardy in the revival of “Damn Yankees.”

The Voices in Your Head Will Not Be Your Own
Peter S. Petralia’s hypnotic “Whisper” is an intriguing brush with altered reality.
* Listen to an excerpt of 'Whisper' mp3

The Ultimate Outsider Under a Purple Umbrella
Over the years Neal Medlyn has channeled superstars like Phil Collins, R. Kelly and Beyoncé. Now he is back at it with a Prince extravaganza.

A Stand-Up Comic in Drag, Bursting Protective Bubbles
The sloppier things get in this show, the more you marvel at how assured and in control Taylor Mac is as a performer.

Raúl Esparza Joins ‘Speed-the-Plow’ Cast
The Tony-nominated star of “The Homecoming” will join the cast of “Speed-the-Plow,” the acerbic David Mamet play returning to Broadway in October.

The End of the Road for ‘Passing Strange’
“Passing Strange” will end its run at the Belasco Theater after the Sunday matinee performance on July 20.

New York Daily News

'Damn Yankees' is no Lola-palooza
With baseball season in full swing and a sexy sports scandal making headlines, "Damn Yankees" just opened at City Center with championship timing. The actual revival, however, isn't quite so ideal, writes Joe Dziemianowicz.

For 2 randy shows, sex marks the spot
In the R-rated monologue play "Men Are Real ... Women R2," a cast of seven shares stories of turn-ons and turnoffs, along with a variety of intimate topics. Similar scenarios come up in "My First Time."

Hot Seats: Theater and comedy picks for this weekend
The American Ballet Theater presents the classic love story "Giselle" for all you romantics, while the Lyceum Theatre gets ironic with "[title of show]" - a show about making a show.


A 'Damn' Good Time
Like last year's "Gypsy," the Encores revival of the 1955 musical comedy classic "Damn Yankees" is not so much a staged concert but a full-scale Broadway mounting.
* Photos: 'Damn Yankees'


Review: 'Damn Yankees' at City Center Encores!
Last year, for its first three-week summer season, the City Center Encores! series gave us Patti LuPone and "Gypsy" - a production that, to my mind, was even better there than when it broadened in its transfer to Broadway.

New York Post

Riedel: Death can't stop 'Holiday'
There won't be any splashy Broadway openings until the fall, but in rehearsal studios throughout Times Square, new musicals are already percolating. One that's generating very good buzz is "Death Takes a Holiday," which has a score by Maury Yeston, the Tony-winning composer of "Nine" and "Titanic." ...

Cast is game in 'Damn' revival
Beleagured Bronx Bombers fans won't find much comfort at City Center, where the team isn't having any better luck in "Damn...

New York Journal-News

Cabaret's contrasting Callaways
Those singing Callaway sisters of Croton-on-Hudson - Ann Hampton and Liz - will be performing July 19 at "Divas 2008," a benefit for the excellent Hudson Stage Company, which was co-founded by Liz's husband, Dan Foster


"Damn Yankees"
"Damn Yankees" is dutifully revived at City Center's Summer Stars series and while the 53-year-old classic features an all-star team, it just misses the mark.

Broadway Performers Begin Free Midtown Summer Series
Theater-lovers headed to a Midtown park this afternoon for the kickoff performance of the summer "Broadway In Bryant Park" series.

New York Magazine Vulture Blog

Antonio Banderas Returning to Broadway in ‘Don Giovanni’?

Hartford Courant

Ensemble Stages Real Life Health Care Stories

'Ella' Springs Back To Life


History and romance
Guillermo Reyes has had four plays produced in Madison, courtesy of Playwrights Theatre over the years. Now he's written a play called "Madison" but it's being staged in Union -- at Premiere Stages, the professional theater in residence at Kean University.

Irish troupe to present savage satires of Beckett
The work of seminal Irish writer Samuel Beckett follows a declining trend: the more he wrote, the less he wrote.

Talented team needs better chemistry
'Damn Yankees' review

Trenton Times

Actors' NET has high hopes for 'Sweet Charity' case

Bergen Record

Review: Damn Yankees

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