Melissa Giordano

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BWW Reviews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT at SoLuna StudioBWW Reviews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT at SoLuna Studio
Posted: Aug. 5, 2015


BWW Reviews: Betty Buckley and Rachel York Dazzle in Bay Street's GREY GARDENSBWW Reviews: Betty Buckley and Rachel York Dazzle in Bay Street's GREY GARDENS
Posted: Aug. 12, 2015


BWW Reviews: Sandy Rustin's Newest Play THE COTTAGE at The EngemanBWW Reviews: Sandy Rustin's Newest Play THE COTTAGE at The Engeman
Posted: Jul. 29, 2015


BWW Recap: The Gateway's 5th Annual 'Disco Ball' GalaBWW Recap: The Gateway's 5th Annual 'Disco Ball' Gala
Posted: Aug. 26, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: CARRIE, THE MUSICAL at SoLuna StudioBWW Reviews: CARRIE, THE MUSICAL at SoLuna Studio
Posted: Oct. 22, 2014


BWW Reviews: PETER PAN flies into OakdaleBWW Reviews: PETER PAN flies into Oakdale
Posted: Dec. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: The Gateway's Fabulous SISTER ACT!BWW Reviews: The Gateway's Fabulous SISTER ACT!
Posted: Jul. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews: An Enchanting EVITA at the EngemanBWW Reviews: An Enchanting EVITA at the Engeman
Posted: Sep. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's 1776BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's 1776
Posted: Mar. 5, 2015


BWW Reviews: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - The Monster Takes Over OakdaleBWW Reviews: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - The Monster Takes Over Oakdale
Posted: Oct. 15, 2014


BWW Recap: The Gateway's 5th Annual 'Disco Ball' GalaBWW Recap: The Gateway's 5th Annual 'Disco Ball' Gala
August 26, 2015

Over the weekend, I had pleasure of attending the fabulous annual gala event hosted by the Gateway Playhouse located in Bellport, Long Island. In essence, this is a fundraising event, now in its 5th year, to benefit the theatre. Everyone was in the spirit of the 70's - outfits, hair, you name it - as the party featured preview performances from their upcoming production of the musical Saturday Night Fever. In fact, they even dubbed the event 'Gateway's Disco Ball Gala'.
BWW Reviews: Betty Buckley and Rachel York Dazzle in Bay Street's GREY GARDENSBWW Reviews: Betty Buckley and Rachel York Dazzle in Bay Street's GREY GARDENS
August 12, 2015

Tony Award winning musical Grey Gardens, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is a superb creation. Chiefly speaking here about the incarnation at Bay Street Theatre, this is truly a special event for countless reasons. Among them is the fact that the theatre, based in Sag Harbor, is only around 8 miles from the infamous house, so this truly hits home for them. Another of the many reasons is the remarkable cast.
BWW Reviews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT at SoLuna StudioBWW Reviews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT at SoLuna Studio
August 5, 2015

When Green Day's American Idiot arrived on Broadway in 2010, it received a mixed response. When I saw the OBC, I thought they were absolutely stunning and found the book, like everyone else, safe. Furthermore, you have the hard rocking score that is Green Day's Grammy winning album that the musical is derived from. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience seeing it on the Great White Way and I am delighted Hauppauge's SoLuna Studio has added it to their summer season.
BWW Reviews: Sandy Rustin's Newest Play THE COTTAGE at The EngemanBWW Reviews: Sandy Rustin's Newest Play THE COTTAGE at The Engeman
July 29, 2015

In attending the newest work from Sandy Rustin, The Cottage, a 2014 Reva Shiner Comedy Award finalist, you will feel inspired watching an original production being developed. This hilarious story, inspired by the works of Noel Coward, runs through September 6th at the gorgeous John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island.
BWW Reviews: SoLuna Studio's IN THE HEIGHTSBWW Reviews: SoLuna Studio's IN THE HEIGHTS
July 15, 2015

When I attended In the Heights on Broadway, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm thrilled that Hauppauge's SoLuna Studio has added it to their summer season. The wonderful production runs through July 26th at the adorable Long Island venue.
BWW Reviews: The Gateway's Fabulous SISTER ACT!BWW Reviews: The Gateway's Fabulous SISTER ACT!
July 8, 2015

I am a longtime fan of Whoopi Goldberg with her Sister Act movies ranking as some of my all-time favorites. So, as you can imagine, I am thrilled I finally had the opportunity to see the musical adaptation that Ms. Goldberg produced on Broadway at Long Island's Gateway Theatre. This lively production runs through July 18th at the gorgeous Bellport venue.
BWW Reviews: The East Coast Premiere Of FIVE PRESIDENTS At The Bay Street TheatreBWW Reviews: The East Coast Premiere Of FIVE PRESIDENTS At The Bay Street Theatre
July 1, 2015

I always say that the mark of a good story can make us alter the way we think. In attending the East Coast premiere of Five Presidents at the Bay Street Theatre, by way of the Arizona Theatre Company and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, I actually found myself sympathizing, if slightly, for people that I, frankly, don't like politicians.
BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at the GatewayBWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at the Gateway
June 17, 2015

It is truly a pleasure seeing Nice Work If You Can Get It at Bellport's Gateway Theatre. It has a zany and charming story, a beautiful Gershwin score, and the theatre is absolutely stunning. Most importantly, however, the cast is super-beyond talented. After all, many of them come from Broadway.
BWW Reviews: The World Premiere of THE NEW SINCERITY at Bay StreetBWW Reviews: The World Premiere of THE NEW SINCERITY at Bay Street
June 3, 2015

It is always exciting to see a world premier; to be able to say 'I saw it first'. In continuing their mission of fostering new works, the beautiful Bay Street Theatre has selected Alena Smith's The New Sincerity to kick off their 2015 season. And a wonderful choice it is.
BWW Reviews: GHOST, THE MUSICAL at SoLuna StudioBWW Reviews: GHOST, THE MUSICAL at SoLuna Studio
May 28, 2015

It is a brave decision for a local theatre to take on a show that was not exactly well received for its Broadway run. However, it seems that if it is derived from a popular movie it is certainly worth the risk and, in the end, people will attend the show. In seeing Ghost, The Musical at SoLuna Studio, you will see it is an excellent decision to add this show to their 2015 season.
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's THE RAINMAKERBWW Reviews: BroadHollow's THE RAINMAKER
May 20, 2015

The Rainmaker, BroadHollow Theatre Company's current offering, seems to be produced quite often; and that's ok. It's nice to break away from the glitz and fluffiness and see a raw, truly emotional play that makes you feel. The melodrama, by N. Richard Nash, is now running at BroaHollow's BayWay Theatre in East Islip, Long Island, through June 28th continuing at their Elmont location beginning July 11th.
BWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Shines at the Tilles CenterBWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Shines at the Tilles Center
May 14, 2015

Audra McDonald Shines at the Tilles Center
BWW Interviews: A Chat with Bay Street's Artistic Director Scott SchwartzBWW Interviews: A Chat with Bay Street's Artistic Director Scott Schwartz
April 22, 2015

The Hamptons theatre scene will be getting the Summer started early this year as Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre will be holding their Second Annual New Works Festival. Being held this weekend, April 24th through 26th, preparations are in full swing for some exciting new works to be displayed in a theme of 'Rediscovery'. Artistic Director Scott Schwartz took time to speak with me today about the festival.
BWW Reviews: A Powerful JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Reviews: A Powerful JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
April 15, 2015

While it is true that the musical Jesus Christ Superstar is done consistently among the regional and community theatre scene, we should take the opportunity to see classics like this whenever we can. The superb incarnation currently running through April 26th at Oakdale's Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC), is a great chance to see it again or see it for the first time.
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's Sensational A CHORUS LINEBWW Reviews: The Engeman's Sensational A CHORUS LINE
April 1, 2015

Though A Chorus Line may be produced consistently, it is always refreshing to see a good quality, professional, local production. This is exactly what you'll get when you see the Tony Award winning musical running through May 10th at Long Island's stunning John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport.
BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's 1776BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's 1776
March 5, 2015

In seeing the Tony winning Sherman Edwards/Peter Stone musical 1776, we get an interesting account of historical events. The cast at BroadHollow's BayWay Theatre in East Islip are comical, comfortable in their roles, and are extremely talented.
BWW Reviews: Jonathan Larson's TICK...TICK...BOOM! at SoLuna StudioBWW Reviews: Jonathan Larson's TICK...TICK...BOOM! at SoLuna Studio
February 25, 2015

As a renthead, I am thrilled to see Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical Tick, Tick BOOM! part of SoLuna Studio's 2015 season. The cast at the charming Long Island venue is super talented and does the show justice in a forum in which it should be presented; an intimate theatre.
BWW Reviews: The Engeman's VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKEBWW Reviews: The Engeman's VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE
January 29, 2015

Christopher Durang's Tony winning play Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike is certainly one for the books for Northports's John W. Engeman Theatre. The gorgeous Long Island venue has mounted a wonderful incarnation running through March 8th and boasts an extraordinary cast.
BWW Reviews: SoLuna's AVENUE QBWW Reviews: SoLuna's AVENUE Q
January 22, 2015

Particularly over the past several years, the Tony winning musical Avenue Q has become a favorite show of mine. It's hilarious, relatable, and an original American production particularly with the use of puppetry which is a fascinating skill to watch. So, as you can imagine, Hauppauge's SoLuna Studio had a lot of work to do and a lengthy rehearsal process to prepare to put this show on.
BWW Reviews: The Hampton Theatre Company's TIME STANDS STILLBWW Reviews: The Hampton Theatre Company's TIME STANDS STILL
January 14, 2015

Time Stands Still, a Tony nominee by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, is one of the more powerful plays that you will see. Now running through January 25th at the Quogue Community Hall, the Hampton Theatre Company (HTC) produces this gripping production superbly directed by Sarah Hunnewell. To note, this is HTC's second show of their 30th season and marks the HTC debut of each cast member.


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