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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LAST 30 DAYS

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


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
Posted: Sep. 14, 2016


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


LAST 365 DAYS

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


BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Smithtown Performing Arts CentreBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Smithtown Performing Arts Centre
Posted: Jul. 13, 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 WEDDING SINGER at The Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
Posted: May. 4, 2016


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


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.
BWW Review: The Barebones Theatre Company Presents SUPERIOR DONUTSBWW Review: The Barebones Theatre Company Presents SUPERIOR DONUTS
May 11, 2016

The second offering from the Barebones Theatre Company's 2016 season is a wonderful showing of the Tracy Letts' play Superior Donuts. Now running through May 22nd at the intimate Northport venue, Jeff Bennett and Christopher Tully superbly direct a stellar ensemble cast in the Long Island premiere. It is set in present day and the play revolves around Arthur Przybyszewski, a 1960s hippie turned donut shop owner, and Franco, his young yet trouble-prone assistant.
BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at The Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
May 4, 2016

In spite of what you may have heard or read about this show from its 2006 Broadway incarnation, The Wedding Singer is certainly an enjoyable time. Who doesn't love 1980's campiness? Not only that, the Tony nominated stage version stays very true to the hilarious Adam Sandler movie particularly with the dialog.
BWW Review: BEAU JEST at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: BEAU JEST at Theatre Three
April 20, 2016

There is something very special about James Sherman's play Beau Jest now playing at Theatre Three. It actually reminds me of the television shows of the 50's and 60's (I Love Lucy for example). There is no message to preach; it is just funny situations, great acting, witty dialog, and a lot of heart.
BWW Review: MEMPHIS at the EngemanBWW Review: MEMPHIS at the Engeman
April 6, 2016

The Spring season is officially underway with the start of Memphis at the John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island. The multi Tony award winner, directed excellently by Igor Goldin, runs at the gorgeous venue through May 8th and I cannot say enough about this brilliant production. The cast, the passion, the creative team everything is just top-notch.
Summer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2016 PreviewSummer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2016 Preview
March 23, 2016

One of my favorite things about writing for BroadwayWorld is continuing my travels around Long Island throughout the Spring and Summer. And to bring you the latest on the Long Island theatre scene is just the icing and sprinkles and cherries and... well, you get it... on the cake. And from the looks of things, I am going to be a very busy bee again this season as there are some thrilling shows on the horizon.


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