Anastasia Barzee News

STAGE TUBE: Teal Wicks, Alex Brightman and More in 'PAST IS PRESENT' at the Met Room
by Stage Tube - Apr 07, 2014

Everything old is new again--and vice versa-at PAST IS PRESENT, up-and-coming lyricist SARAH REBELL's Metropolitan Room debut, which took place on March 24, 2014. Watch the videos below, featuring performances by Teal Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked), Autumn Hurlbert (NBC's Sound of Music Live!), Alex Brightman (Big Fish, Wicked), Samantha Massell (Encores! Little Me, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) and more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: VIVIAN REED Signs, Seals and Delivers a Soulful and Powerful Performance at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 03, 2014

In the late '70s, Vivian Reed captured a Tony Award nomination and won a Drama Desk Award for her work in the Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar, and although Reed has delivered some critically-acclaimed work in the many years since (a Tony nomination for the 1992 musical The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club and a star turn in the revue Three Mo' Divas), during the last decade she had gone and stayed away too long, mainly to take care of her ailing mother. Last November, she dipped a toe in the New York nightclub waters, producing a one-night show at 54 Below that was highly praised and offered hints of great things to come. But this past Monday night—the first of what will ultimately be a four-show run of “An Evening With Vivian Reed” (the next three dates are April 14, May 20 and June 19)—this performing powerhouse established her return in earnest. With Reed's still expressive voice tackling musical genres ranging from R & B to Jazz to Great American Songbook standards to Gospel (even a dash of Opera), her electric and passionate show was cabaret/nightclub performing as revival meeting in more ways than one. Reed is not only reviving her singing career, she is inspiring impassioned converts at the same time. (more...)

Teal Wicks and Autumn Hurlbert Join Line Up for PAST IS PRESENT: THE LYRICS OF SARAH REBELL, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2014

Everything old is new again--and vice versa-at PAST IS PRESENT, up-and-coming lyricist SARAH REBELL's Metropolitan Room debut March 24 at 9:30pm. By turns hilarious and touching, sexy and historical, this concert features Rebell's lyrics paired with the music of promising young composers including DANNY ABOSCH (Fancy Nancy), WILL BUCK (Only Anne), JOSH FREILICH, (The Star Child), ELIZABETH HAGSTEDT (Rose Petals), TERESA LOTZ (The Birds and the Bees) , MADELINE MYERS (Legends and Lore) and WILLEM OOSTHEUYSEN (Prodigy). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of 50 SHADES! at The Elektra Theatre
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 13, 2014

50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody at The Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd Street) just opened last night, March 12. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, 50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody is produced by Royal Mile Entertainment, Andrew Asnes, Rob Kolson, and 50 Shades Tour LLC. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Anastasia Barzee, Joe Carroll and More Set for PAST IS PRESENT: THE LYRICS OF SARAH REBELL at the Met Room, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Everything old is new again--and vice versa—at PAST IS PRESENT, up-and-coming lyricist SARAH REBELL's Metropolitan Room debut. By turns hilarious and touching, sexy and historical, this concert features Rebell's lyrics paired with the music of promising young composers including DANNY ABOSCH(Fancy Nancy), WILL BUCK, ELIZABETH HAGSTEDT, TERESA LOTZ, MADELINE MYERS (Legends and Lore) and WILLEM OOSTHEUYSEN. (more...)

Vivian Reed to Play 54 BELOW, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

After packing the club at 254 E. 54 Street to the rafters in a quick sellout last November, the multi-award-winning singer, actress and dancer Vivian Reed performs an encore presentation of her passionate and powerful vocal stylings in unique arrangements of an eclectic lineup of R&B, jazz, gospel and musical theater songs. (more...)

Rachel de Benedet, Kevin Earley, Teal Wicks and More Join UnsungMusicalsCo.'s CAESAR'S WIFE, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2013

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) will present a one-night-only concert of Caesar's Wife featuring the world premiere of an original score written circa 1969 by Tony Award nominee Carolyn Leigh (Peter Pan, Little Me, Gatsby) and Grammy Award nominee Lee Pockriss (Gatsby, Ernest in Love). Conceived and directed by Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad), this new behind-the-scenes look at the unfinished musical will play Peter Norton Symphony Space today, November 18 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Amy Hohn, Cary Shields & More Join Cast of UMC's CAESAR'S WIFE Concert, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

Jonathan Burke (A Christmas Story), Amy Hohn (November), Chris LeBeau, Kilty Reidy (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Cary Shields (Taboo, Rent) have joined the cast of UnsungMusicalsCo.'s (UMC) concert presentation of Caesar's Wife. (more...)

Photo Flash: Robert Cuccioli, Teal Wicks and More Join Frank Wildhorn for FRANK & FRIENDS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2013

On Monday, November 4, the Broadway at Birdland partnership with multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn continued with another 'Frank & Friends' concert. This very special evening was an on-stage reunion for performers from sixteen years of Jekyll & Hyde Broadway and touring companies, including Robert Cuccioli, Craig Schulman, Luba Mason, Anastasia Barzee, Andrea Rivette, Coleen Sexton, Jodi Stevens?, Teal Wicks, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Courtney Markowitz, Dana Costello, Sean Jenness, Doug Storm & Mel Johnson, Jr. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Rachel de Benedet, Kevin Earley, Teal Wicks and More Join UnsungMusicalsCo.'s CAESAR'S WIFE, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 05, 2013

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) will present a one-night-only concert of Caesar's Wife featuring the world premiere of an original score written circa 1969 by Tony Award nominee Carolyn Leigh (Peter Pan, Little Me, Gatsby) and Grammy Award nominee Lee Pockriss (Gatsby, Ernest in Love). Conceived and directed by Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad), this new behind-the-scenes look at the unfinished musical will play Peter Norton Symphony Space on Monday, November 18 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Django Reinhardt Festival, Cyrille Aimee, Barbara Carroll and More Set for Birdland, 11/4-10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 04, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its eclectic line-up of vivacious talent for November 4-10, including the Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Frank Wildhorn and Friends, Birdland Jazz Party with Cyrille Aimee, Barbara Carroll, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

Frank Wildhorn, Robert Cuccioli, Teal Wicks and More Set for JEKYLL & HYDE Reunion Concert at Birdland, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 04, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced the Broadway at Birdland return of Frank Wildhorn in 'Frank and Friends' - Jekyll & Hyde Reunion Concert - featuring Robert Cuccioli, Teal Wicks, Luba Mason, Anastasia Barzee and surprise guests today, November 4 at 7pm. (more...)

Frank Wildhorn, Robert Cuccioli, Teal Wicks and More Set for JEKYLL & HYDE Reunion Concert at Birdland, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 01, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced the Broadway at Birdland return of Frank Wildhorn in 'Frank and Friends' - Jekyll & Hyde Reunion Concert - featuring Robert Cuccioli, Teal Wicks, Luba Mason, Anastasia Barzee and surprise guests on Monday, November 4 at 7pm. (more...)

Django Reinhardt Festival, Cyrille Aimee, Barbara Carroll and More Set for Birdland, 11/4-10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its eclectic line-up of vivacious talent for November 4-10, including the Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Frank Wildhorn and Friends, Birdland Jazz Party with Cyrille Aimee, Barbara Carroll, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dana Ivey and Barbara Fleischman Honored at Acting Company Gala
by Jennifer Broski - Oct 22, 2013

Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, Angela Lansbury, Laura Osnes,Harriet Harris, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen, Alfred Uhry saluted actress Dana Ivey and arts patron Barbara Fleischmanat The Acting Company's Gala on last night, October 21 at Capitale. Ms. Ivey received the John Houseman Award recognizing her profound commitment to the development of American actors and a national audience for the theater. Ms. Fleischman was presented the Warburg Humanitarian Award for her outstanding philanthropic endeavor and support of the arts. BroadwyWorld was there for the special event and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Nora Mae Lyng, Tari Kelly, David Elder and More in AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: An Evening with Richard Rodgers
by Kaitlin Milligan - Oct 14, 2013

On October 12th, noted arranger and producer, Fred Barton, whose work is heard regularly in concert halls around the country, celebrated composer Richard Rodgers on the Schimmel stage. Fred Barton, his 12-piece orchestra and star-studded cast of performers are back to celebrate the legendary Richard Rodgers! The extraordinary icon's career spanned six decades, during which he composed 40 Broadway musicals. Fred's tribute to the versatility of Richard Rodgers will prove a revelation to those familiar with his biggest hits: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and The Sound of Music. You'll hear Richard Rodgers from his razz-ma-tazz roots to his later masterworks, created with a number of star lyricists. Join us as we journey from Broadway to Hollywood and back, celebrating the incredible music and tales of Richard Rodgers! (more...)

Nora Mae Lyng, Karen Murphy, Joshua Henry and More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: AN EVENING WITH RICHARD RODGERS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2013

Tonight, October 12th, noted arranger and producer, Fred Barton, whose work is heard regularly in concert halls around the country, is celebrating composer Richard Rodgers on the Schimmel stage. (more...)

Nora Mae Lyng, Karen Murphy, Joshua Henry and More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: AN EVENING WITH RICHARD RODGERS, 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

On Saturday, October 12th, noted arranger and producer, Fred Barton, whose work is heard regularly in concert halls around the country, is celebrating composer Richard Rodgers on the Schimmel stage. Fred Barton, his 12-piece orchestra and star-studded cast of performers are back to celebrate the legendary Richard Rodgers! The extraordinary icon's career spanned six decades, during which he composed 40 Broadway musicals. Fred's tribute to the versatility of Richard Rodgers will prove a revelation to those familiar with his biggest hits: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and The Sound of Music. You'll hear Richard Rodgers from his razz-ma-tazz roots to his later masterworks, created with a number of star lyricists. Join us as we journey from Broadway to Hollywood and back, celebrating the incredible music and tales of Richard Rodgers! (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Catch-Up Reviews From a Cabaret Spring - BATT, DEROW, FORREST, McNEIL, BARZEE, HENNESSEY
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 05, 2013

Back on April 1, when he posted his third compilation of delayed cabaret reviews from shows staged during the winter, BroadwayWorld.com's lead New York cabaret reviewer promised Number 4 would come with arrival of summer. Okay, so he missed his self-imposed deadline by a couple of weeks. but here's yet another catch-up column with critiques of a half dozen spring shows performed by Bryan Batt, Dawn Derow, Lynly Forrest, Dennis McNeil, Anastasia Barzee, and Nina Hennessey. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Scott Thompson's ONE FOR MY BABY is Ready to Bring the Light Back to Broadway
by Bree Moon - Jun 23, 2013

I still remember seeing my first Broadway show as a child. It had everything possible: drama, comedy, and, most importantly, depth and a broad spectrum of emotion. Shows weren't pigeon-holed into one genre or another; they were expansive and beautiful works that could elicit every possible feeling from the audience and leave you feeling elated, as if you had been a part of the magical journey of the characters on stage. Nowadays, it seems as though many of the plays and musicals lack the dimension of the great shows of yesterdays and leave the audiences craving more. Whatever happened to the gripping stories that could make you laugh, cry, loathe and love all in the same two hours? While they may have gone astray in the last few years, there is finally a shining light on Broadway's horizon that can restore the lackluster Great White Way to its former glory, and 'One for My Baby' will be that beacon. (more...)

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