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: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at CK ProductionsBWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at CK Productions
Posted: Dec. 14, 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: 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.

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.



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