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: WHERE THERE'S A WILL at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: WHERE THERE'S A WILL at Theatre Three
Posted: Apr. 12, 2017


BWW Review: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION at The Hampton Theatre CompanyBWW Review: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION at The Hampton Theatre Company
Posted: Mar. 29, 2017


Summer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2017 PreviewSummer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2017 Preview
Posted: Apr. 14, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

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


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


BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the EngemanBWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the Engeman
Posted: Mar. 22, 2017


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: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!BWW Review: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!
Posted: Mar. 1, 2017


BWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES MEBWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES ME
Posted: Feb. 15, 2017


BWW Review: BroadHollow's ASSISTED LIVING, THE MUSICALBWW Review: BroadHollow's ASSISTED LIVING, THE MUSICAL
April 26, 2017

See, everyone? Getting older doesn't have to be boring or frightening. As depicted in the adorable production of Assisted Living, The Musical, it can be an interesting ride to embrace. For the satirical tale, creators Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett created an eclectic collection of characters, portrayed by two actors, to make light in reaching the twilight years living in a retirement community.

Summer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2017 PreviewSummer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2017 Preview
April 14, 2017

Spring is in the air and that means a hopping theatre scene is in full force on Long Island. For the past almost six years, I've truly enjoyed traveling the Island to tell you about the amazing shows and extraordinary talent that we have.

BWW Review: WHERE THERE'S A WILL at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: WHERE THERE'S A WILL at Theatre Three
April 12, 2017

The latest offering from Theatre Three, Where There's A Will, is indeed a special treat. Not only did Jeffrey Sanzel (Theatre Three's Artistic Director and a pillar of the Long Island theatre community) create the hilarious play, but he also assembled an all-star cast for the presentation. This zany production runs through May 6th at the Port Jefferson venue.

BWW Review: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION at The Hampton Theatre CompanyBWW Review: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION at The Hampton Theatre Company
March 29, 2017

Canadian playwright Bernard Slade is perhaps best known for his 1975 Broadway debut play Same Time, Next Year in addition to his TV credits. Out of his usual comedic realm, Mr. Slade proves versatile with this gripping British who-dun-it play, An Act of the Imagination, currently being presented by the Hampton Theatre Company through April 9th at the Quogue Community Hall.

BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the EngemanBWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the Engeman
March 22, 2017

To start, this article will probably not do this incredible production justice. The Engeman's latest, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical is absolutely electrifying and the Broadway caliber cast is positively glorious. This is, without a doubt, a must see for the season. And by the reaction of the sold out audience on opening night, you may want to get your tickets quickly as this runs through April 30th.

BWW Review: CK Production's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWNBWW Review: CK Production's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
March 15, 2017

CK Productions' latest, Tony nominee You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is a really cute production. Based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz in his iconic comic strip Peanuts, this fun musical, created by Clark Gesner, was actually originally done in 1967. This incarnation, however, is a replication of the 1999 revival.

BWW Review: Fitting for International Women's Day, Theatre Three offers RESPECT: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF WOMENBWW Review: Fitting for International Women's Day, Theatre Three offers RESPECT: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF WOMEN
March 8, 2017

Respect: A Musical Journey Of Women - currently playing through March 25th at Port Jefferson's gorgeous Theatre Three - is truly a thought-provoking show taking the audience on a roller coaster of emotions. The musical, created by Dorothy Marcic, takes us on the journey of women - inspired by the women in her life - through generations of Top 40 music. As society has changed, the attitude and tone in music has changed and with this production, Dorothy has basically built the soundtrack of generations of women. Do we as women have further to go? Yes, but the progress that we see is really inspiring from the 'doting housewife' to influential civil rights activists to Presidents of essential organizations.

BWW Review: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!BWW Review: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!
March 1, 2017

I am a longtime fan of Whoopi Goldberg with the Sister Act movies ranking as some of my all-time favorites. So, as you can imagine, I am thoroughly excited to again see the musical adaptation now playing at Long Island's Noel Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC). This lively production, kicking off their 40th season, runs through March 25th at the Oakdale venue.

BWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES MEBWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES ME
February 15, 2017

BroadHollow's latest offering, the multi Tony winning musical She Loves Me, boasts a superb ensemble cast that wonderfully delivers this sugary-sweet production with panache. Well, mostly sugary-sweet there are some tense moments peppered throughout. Running through February 26th at their BayWay Theatre in East Islip (then continuing to their Elmont location), this incarnation is excellently directed by Bobby Kabat.

BWW Review: 'Let It Go' with the Engeman's THE FULL MONTYBWW Review: 'Let It Go' with the Engeman's THE FULL MONTY
January 25, 2017

In another hit for Long Island's John W. Engeman Theatre, Tony nominee The Full Monty delivers a lively production like its Broadway predecessor. This wonderful incarnation, directed superbly by Engeman newbie KEITH ANDREWS, runs through March 5th at the gorgeous Northport venue. The tale centers on a group of steel workers who were laid-off from their job and we follow them trying to get back on their feet and overcome insecurities.

BWW Review: MEMPHIS at The Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: MEMPHIS at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
January 18, 2017

The Long Island theatre community can seriously do no wrong when it comes to presenting multi Tony award winner Memphis, The Musical. Per usual when I see a production at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, I am truly inspired by the talent of the cast and creative team. This wonderful incarnation, directed excellently by Artistic Director Patrick Grossman, runs at the Oakdale venue through February 4th kicking off their 30th anniversary. The cast, the passion, the creative team... everything is top-notch.

BWW Recap: SoLuna Through The YearsBWW Recap: SoLuna Through The Years
January 3, 2017

It was indeed an emotional night at Long Island's SoLuna Studio annual holiday concert. As the Hauppauge venue turns more to their educational programming and Children's theatre - though not completely eliminating their main stage shows - owners Karen Braun and Megan Pietroforte took time with patrons to celebrate and reflect on their 5 years of wonderful theatre thus far.

BWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at CK ProductionsBWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at CK Productions
December 14, 2016

The hustle and bustle of the season is in full swing and the - relatively - new Long Island theatre company, CK Productions, excellently delivers an enjoyable holiday production in Meredith Willson's classic Miracle On 34th Street. This musical incarnation runs through December 28th at their new location, Ronkonkoma's Richie Applebaum Theatre, with a wonderful, talented, and spirited cast.

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.



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