Melissa Giordano

Melissa Giordano Melissa has been covering theatre for BroadwayWorld for the past five years and has loved every second of it. She is consistently inspired by the talent of the artists of her beloved Long Island and looks forward to each show.


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BWW Review: Theatre Three's Annual Production of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Theatre Three's Annual Production of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Posted: Nov. 23, 2016


BWW Review: THE SCARLET LETTER at The Bay Street TheatreBWW Review: THE SCARLET LETTER at The Bay Street Theatre
Posted: Nov. 16, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at CMPACBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at CMPAC
Posted: Aug. 3, 2016


BWW Review: The Gateway's Long Island Premiere Of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERTBWW Review: The Gateway's Long Island Premiere Of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Posted: Jul. 27, 2016


BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Smithtown Performing Arts CentreBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Smithtown Performing Arts Centre
Posted: Jul. 13, 2016


BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Theatre Three
Posted: Sep. 21, 2016


BWW Review: BIG FISH at SoLunaBWW Review: BIG FISH at SoLuna
Posted: Jan. 13, 2016


BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at CMPACBWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at CMPAC
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016


BWW Review: The Engeman's 1776BWW Review: The Engeman's 1776
Posted: Sep. 28, 2016


BWW Review: A Practically Perfect MARY POPPINS At The EngemanBWW Review: A Practically Perfect MARY POPPINS At The Engeman
November 30, 2016

Having a long run on Broadway from 2007 to 2013, it is safe to day that any incarnation of Mary Poppins will not disappoint even the most devoted fans. One thing is sure; this still remains one of the most popular tales to this day as confirmed by the enthusiastic, nearly sold out audience at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport. The iconic story's musical adaptation, now playing through January 1st at the gorgeous Long Island venue, features an exceptional and spirited cast.

BWW Review: Theatre Three's Annual Production of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Theatre Three's Annual Production of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 23, 2016

The show is wonderful to begin with; that you can be sure. Theatre Three's 33rd annual production of the beloved Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol has certainly become a beautiful tradition on Long Island. Even with slight changes throughout the years, this ageless production is as spectacular as ever.

BWW Review: THE SCARLET LETTER at The Bay Street TheatreBWW Review: THE SCARLET LETTER at The Bay Street Theatre
November 16, 2016

The latest offering from The Bay Street Theatre, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, with an original script adapted for the Sag Harbor venue by Scott Eck and Joe Minutillo, will leave you unequivocally breathless. The cast is absolutely astounding delivering intense performances taking the audience on a true emotional roller coaster. Based on the classic novel, this thrilling production, part of Bay Street's LITERATURE LIVE! educational program (more about that below), runs through November 26th.

BWW Review: Hampton Theatre Company's NOVEMBERBWW Review: Hampton Theatre Company's NOVEMBER
October 25, 2016

When you have a David Mamet play - in this case November billed as political satire - with a cartoon turkey on the cover of the playbill, then you know you are in for an evening full of laughter. This show, which premiered on Broadway in 2008, is being mounted by The Hampton Theatre Company at a perfect time given the tumultuous political time we're currently in. In other words, this production will make you laugh even more at politics.

BWW Review: SoLuna's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSBWW Review: SoLuna's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
October 19, 2016

A delightful Little Shop of Horrors is the latest offering from Long Island's SoLuna Studio. Based on the classic 1960 film, writer Howard Ashman pens - and writes the lyrics for - the theatre staple's heartfelt story and Alan Menken's music is a fun fusion of 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and Motown. You will probably be familiar with the score's popular tunes including the title song and 'Suddenly, Seymour'. The Hauppauge venue's enjoyable incarnation runs through October 30th and Artistic Director Karen Braun excellently directs the talented cast who effortlessly delivers in each of their performances.

BWW Review: The Engeman's 1776BWW Review: The Engeman's 1776
September 28, 2016

In seeing the Tony winning Sherman Edwards/Peter Stone musical 1776, we get an interesting account of the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration Of Independence. It is actually uncanny - and kind of funny - how this story still resonates today; petty arguing amongst congress and how divided 'leaders' can be are emphasized in this production. Obviously we've come far since then but, at the same time, it seems not far at all.

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Theatre Three
September 21, 2016

Omigod, you guys! Broadway's most fashionable lawyer is currently holding court at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, Long Island. Tony nominee Legally Blonde, The Musical, based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, had an exciting opening weekend complete with a stellar cast and a very enthusiastic audience. Truly, I can't say enough about this wonderful incarnation.

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: AVENUE Q at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
September 14, 2016

Particularly over the past several years, the Tony winning musical Avenue Q has become a favorite show of mine. It is emotional, hilarious, relatable, and an original American production utilizing the fascinating art of puppetry. Now running through October 1st at Long Island's Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC), this wonderfully executed production is superbly directed by Heather Van Velsor who additionally operates the puppets Kate Monster and Lucy in the show.

BWW Review: The Barebones Theatre Company's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIGBWW Review: The Barebones Theatre Company's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
August 24, 2016

It is such a pleasure seeing a play that isn't overly preachy. It makes attending the show feel like a TV sitcom from the 50's or 60's where they concentrate on the material and the actors and their performances and the audience is actually being entertained. This is exactly the case with the Barebones Theatre Company's (BTC) adorable production of Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig which concludes performances this coming weekend on August 28th at the intimate Northport venue.

BWW Review: A 'Loverly' Showing of MY FAIR LADY at Bay Street TheatreBWW Review: A 'Loverly' Showing of MY FAIR LADY at Bay Street Theatre
August 10, 2016

Long Island's Bay Street Theatre is closing out their historic 25th season electrifyingly with a dazzling production of the iconic Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical My Fair Lady. Directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden, this incarnation is exquisitely reimagined and I am certain even the most devout fans will be delighted. Running through September 4th, I dare say this is the must-see of the season.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at CMPACBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at CMPAC
August 3, 2016

Being there are many productions of the iconic musical West Side Story running at any one time, it is imperative that the cast be absolutely brilliant. Indeed, the company at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center does not disappoint under the outstanding direction of Martin Aviles, who has been in several productions of West Side Story himself. This dazzling production, playing through August 28th at the Oakdale venue, will leave you extremely impressed with the incredible talent Long Island has to offer.

BWW Review: The Gateway's Long Island Premiere Of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERTBWW Review: The Gateway's Long Island Premiere Of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
July 27, 2016

The Gateway's exciting Long Island premiere of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert went off without a hitch this past weekend at The Patchogue Theatre. Running through August 6th, I really can't stress enough that this musical is incredibly enjoyable and the cast, directed by David Ruttura, is top-notch. There were some changes from the 2011 Broadway production, but your big, glittery heart will definitely be smiling as you leave the theatre.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Smithtown Performing Arts CentreBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Smithtown Performing Arts Centre
July 13, 2016

Of the many productions that will come and go of the Tony award winning musical Hairspray, the incarnation at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center is incredibly enjoyable. Running through August 28th under the excellent direction of Long Island theatre vet Jordan Hue, the talented cast will leave you singing the Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman score for weeks. To add, the book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan will indeed stand the test of time as we progress towards full equality at every level.

BWW Interviews: A Chat With Bay Street Theatre's Scott SchwartzBWW Interviews: A Chat With Bay Street Theatre's Scott Schwartz
July 7, 2016


BWW Review: Bay Street's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOOBWW Review: Bay Street's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
July 7, 2016

The Bay Street Theatre's dazzling 25th season continues with a wonderful production of Alfred Uhry's enthralling Tony winning play The Last Night Of Ballyhoo. This thrilling show, running through July 24th, truly has something for everybody. It has laughter, drama, it is cerebral, and enlightens you.

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at The GatewayBWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at The Gateway
June 15, 2016

After a spectacular season kick-off Tony winning classic Anything Goes, the Gateway continues to dazzle with a rocking rendition of Tony nominee Million Dollar Quartet. On Broadway during the 2010/2011 season, this is the story of the historic jam session that included legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Gateway's terrific incarnation of the jukebox musical by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott runs through June 25th at the bustling Bellport, Long Island, venue.

BWW Review: World Premiere of THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN at Bay StreetBWW Review: World Premiere of THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN at Bay Street
June 8, 2016

It is always thrilling to say "I saw it first" and that opportunity arrives with the world premiere of Jonathan Tolins' (Buyer and Cellar, et. al.) hilarious yet heart-tugging new play The Forgotten Woman. Now running through June 19th at the Bay Street Theatre, this kicks off a dazzling 25th Anniversary season for the gorgeous Sag Harbor venue. The production boasts an absolutely stellar cast and the tale will have you on a roller coaster of emotions.

BWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the EngemanBWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the Engeman
June 1, 2016

Closing out a spectacular 9th season at Long Island's John W. Engeman Theatre is a first-rate incarnation of the Tony winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. Is this show done consistently? Perhaps. But let me tell you everything about this production, running through July 10th, is absolutely top-notch and certainly a must-see for this season.

BWW Review: SHREK, THE MUSICAL at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: SHREK, THE MUSICAL at Theatre Three
May 25, 2016

It is truly a pleasure seeing Shrek, The Musical. Based on the sure-to-be-classic DreamWorks Animation motion picture, the superb incarnation at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson boasts a truly remarkable cast. Running through June 25th, Jeffrey Sanzel wonderfully directs the large, talented company that is led by Danny Stalter - in his Theatre Three debut - as our favorite green ogre.

BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at North Fork Community TheatreBWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at North Fork Community Theatre
May 19, 2016

Indeed the talented cast is the highlight at the North Fork Community Theatre's adorable incarnation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the David Yazbek/Jeffrey Lane musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine blockbuster movie. The comedic timing, witty quips, and a hilarious, unsuspecting story truly make this a laugh-out-loud event. Running through May 29th at the Mattituck, Long Island, venue, the terrific cast is excellently directed by Laura Pearsall.



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