Melissa Giordano

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BWW Reviews: MARY POPPINS at The Patchogue TheatreBWW Reviews: MARY POPPINS at The Patchogue Theatre
Posted: Jul. 9, 2014


BWW Reviews: No Day But Today To See RENT At SoLunaBWW Reviews: No Day But Today To See RENT At SoLuna
Posted: Jul. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: Bay Street's TRAVESTIESBWW Reviews: Bay Street's TRAVESTIES
Posted: Jul. 2, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: Locals Take on LES MISERABLES at Theatre ThreeBWW Reviews: Locals Take on LES MISERABLES at Theatre Three
Posted: Sep. 25, 2013


BWW Reviews: CM PAC's SHREK, THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: CM PAC's SHREK, THE MUSICAL
Posted: Dec. 11, 2013


BWW Reviews: MARY POPPINS at The Patchogue TheatreBWW Reviews: MARY POPPINS at The Patchogue Theatre
Posted: Jul. 9, 2014


BWW Reviews: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS at the EngemanBWW Reviews: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Engeman
Posted: Nov. 27, 2013


BWW Reviews: CM PAC's LES MISERABLES - This One Is For NoelBWW Reviews: CM PAC's LES MISERABLES - This One Is For Noel
Posted: Oct. 23, 2013


BWW Reviews: SoLuna Studio's SWEENEY TODDBWW Reviews: SoLuna Studio's SWEENEY TODD
Posted: Oct. 16, 2013


BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's FIDDLER ON THE ROOFBWW Reviews: BroadHollow's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Posted: Oct. 2, 2013


BWW Reviews: No Day But Today To See RENT At SoLunaBWW Reviews: No Day But Today To See RENT At SoLuna
July 17, 2014

I'm always cautious in seeing a regional production of Jonathan Larsen's Rent as I have become a Renthead over the years. The thing to remember is art has different interpretations. SoLuna Studio Artistic Director and Owner Karen Braun fantastically directs and choreographs this slightly reimagined take on Mr. Larson's Tony and Pulitzer winning musical. Running through July 27th, some adjustments were made for SoLuna's vision including an unexpected twist the last moment of the show.
BWW Reviews: MARY POPPINS at The Patchogue TheatreBWW Reviews: MARY POPPINS at The Patchogue Theatre
July 9, 2014

One thing is sure; Mary Poppins remains one of the most popular tales to this day. The iconic story's Tony Award winning musical adaptation is having its Long Island premier at the beautiful Patchogue Theatre running through July 19th.
BWW Reviews: Bay Street's TRAVESTIESBWW Reviews: Bay Street's TRAVESTIES
July 2, 2014

When you see the play Travesties, it will probably make you feel like your brain haywired a bit. Don't worry, though, that's supposed to happen. Tom Stoppard's Tony Award winning play, running through July 20th at Sag Harbor's beautiful Bay Street Theatre, is brilliantly constructed for many 'What?!' moments.
BWW Reviews: Gateway Presents SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - Rock And Roll in BellportBWW Reviews: Gateway Presents SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - Rock And Roll in Bellport
June 18, 2014

If you want a high-energy show, Smokey Joe's Caf is definitely for you. The musical revue, on Broadway from 1995-2000, highlights the music of songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The spectacle has forty of their hit songs done back to back including 'Love Potion Number 9', 'Yakity Yak', 'Stand By Me' and 'Jailhouse Rock'. Believe me when I say that you will be dancing in your seat at some point.
BWW Reviews: MASTER CLASS at Theatre ThreeBWW Reviews: MASTER CLASS at Theatre Three
June 11, 2014

Terrence McNally's Tony award winning play, Master Class, is certainly an enjoyable night of theatre. This dramatic biographical story of opera diva Maria Callas tells a tale of the retired performer as she conducts a master class cultivating new operatic talent. Jeffrey Sanzel splendidly directs this delightful incarnation running through June 28th at Theatre Three of Port Jefferson, Long Island, culminating their stellar 44th season.
BWW Reviews: The World Premier of CONVICTION at Bay Street TheatreBWW Reviews: The World Premier of CONVICTION at Bay Street Theatre
June 4, 2014

It is always exciting to be able to say 'I saw it first'. It is a favorite aphorism amongst New Yorkers. You, too, will have that opportunity attending the new, up-and-coming play Conviction by Carey Crim performing through June 15th at the lovely Bay Street Theatre of beautiful Sag Harbor, Long Island.
Summer Stages: Long Island Summer PreviewSummer Stages: Long Island Summer Preview
June 2, 2014

The Long Island theatre scene will unquestionably be a hopping one this Summer. One of the most exciting seasons is being offered by Northport's John W. Engeman Theatre. Their current season culminates with Plaza Suite (May 29th - July 13th). Then their 8th season starts soon after with a stellar line-up that includes Evita, Deathtrap, A Christmas Story, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Chorus Line, and The Producers.
BWW Reviews: The Gateway's 42ND STREETBWW Reviews: The Gateway's 42ND STREET
May 28, 2014

You will find it truly refreshing to attend Gateway Theatre's beautiful incarnation of the Tony winning musical 42nd Street. I know what you're thinking... 42nd Street is done frequently... and you are correct. However, the right cast and a top notch director - Broadway's Randy Skinner who had a hand in the original Broadway production as well as the 2001 Broadway revival - breathes new life into a theatre staple.
BWW Reviews: North Fork Community Theatre's INTO THE WOODSBWW Reviews: North Fork Community Theatre's INTO THE WOODS
May 21, 2014

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony award winning musical Into the Woods is produced fairly consistently since it premiered on Broadway in 1987. This certainly puts a great deal of pressure on the cast to breathe new life into this theatre staple. Fortunately, Director Brett Chizever, in a strong directorial debut, got the right cast to create a wonderful incarnation of the theatre staple.
BWW Reviews: SoLuna Studio's XANADUBWW Reviews: SoLuna Studio's XANADU
May 7, 2014

To see an all-out fun production like Xanadu is certainly a pleasure. The musical, currently running at Hauppauge's SoLuna Studio, is entertaining and the talented cast delivers in all its campy glory. The story, a spoof of the atrocious 1980's movie, follows Kira who sets out to inspire a struggling artist in order to achieve his utmost creative desire... a roller disco!
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow Has Another Hit with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSBWW Reviews: BroadHollow Has Another Hit with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
April 30, 2014

So it seems BroadHollow has another hit on their hands with Little Shop of Horrors. Is this fun and comical production consistently produced? Sure. But that doesn't for anyone mean to miss out on a well-executed show.
BWW Interviews: A Chat With Playwright Claude SolnikBWW Interviews: A Chat With Playwright Claude Solnik
April 18, 2014

Lady from Limerick is an up and coming play by playwright Claude Solnik. The story, based on actual events, is about an Irish woman who tells her husband that she's going to a conference but instead travels to New York. It is a play about beauty, passion, betrayal and the desire to be young forever.
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's THE DROWSY CHAPERONEBWW Reviews: BroadHollow's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
April 17, 2014

The Tony Award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, the latest from BroadHollow Theatre Company, is indeed a fascinating piece. I say fascinating because at its entertaining core, it is a show within a show spoofing old musicals. The plot includes mistaken identities, dream sequences, an unexcitable English butler, a Broadway producer going crazy over his Follies production, comical gangsters, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and a 'Drowsy', er, alcoholic, 'Chaperone' amongst other stereotypes.
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's THE MUSIC MANBWW Reviews: The Engeman's THE MUSIC MAN
April 3, 2014

BWW Reviews: Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts' DIAL M FOR MURDERBWW Reviews: Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts' DIAL M FOR MURDER
March 12, 2014

Being an enthusiast of old movies, I saw Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film version of Fredrick Knott's Dial M for Murder long before I attended the stage incarnation. I have to say that I actually grew bored with film; the 'thriller' seemed very slow to me. Thankfully, the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts' (SCPA) production, running through March 30th, put a better spin on this riveting story... and went at a better pace.
Long Island Spring PreviewLong Island Spring Preview
March 5, 2014

The Long Island theatre scene will unquestionably be a hopping one this Spring and Summer. One of the most exciting seasons is being offered by Northport's John W. Engeman Theatre. Their current season culminates with The Music Man (March 27th - May18th) and Plaza Suite (May 29th - July 13th). Then their 8th season starts soon after with a stellar line-up that includes Evita, Deathtrap, A Christmas Story, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Chorus Line, and The Producers.
BWW Reviews: CM PAC's FIDDLER ON THE ROOFBWW Reviews: CM PAC's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
February 27, 2014

BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's HELLO, DOLLY!BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's HELLO, DOLLY!
February 19, 2014

Hello Dolly!, the multi Tony award winning musical, is probably one every theatre fan should see. Fortunately, the classic theatre staple is the latest offering from the BroadHollow Theatre Company playing their BayWay Theatre until March 2nd continuing to their Elmont location beginning March 8th.
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's OTHER DESERT CITIESBWW Reviews: The Engeman's OTHER DESERT CITIES
January 29, 2014

Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities' is an emotion roller coaster. It is a heart wrenching story set around what is supposed to be a happy time of year and Richard T. Dolce's cast wonderfully delivers at the stunning John W. Engeman Theatre. Running through March 9th at the Northport venue, the play revolves around a prominent political Californian family.
BWW Reviews: Let CMPAC Entertain You with GYPSYBWW Reviews: Let CMPAC Entertain You with GYPSY
January 24, 2014

Creative Ministries Performing Arts Centre's (CMPAC) latest musical, Gypsy, is certainly one for the books. The Ronald R. Green III directed production boasts a great cast and a well told story. This classic piece runs through February 9th at the Oakdale, Long Island, venue.


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