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Jaime Zahl

Jaime Zahl Jaime is a freelance writer with a passion for both performing in and writing Arts & Entertainment news stories. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to cover the Long Island theatre community, which has been a second home since she made her on-stage debut as a crow in The Wizard of Oz. Her work has been featured in the The East Hampton Press/Southampton Press, and - where she has interviewed some of Broadway's best including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Stephen Schwartz - to name a few. She has also contributed to The Long Island Press and Buzzfeed. If you have an idea for a feature story or would like your show reviewed please use the email feature on the author listing.



BWW Review: Rarely Produced Version of JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL Thrills at Theatre Three
September 23, 2019

Theatre Three in Port Jefferson presents a rarely produced version of 'Jekyll & Hyde' The Musical to kick off their 50th Anniversary season.

BWW Review: PRODIGAL SON at Modern Classics Theatre Company Of Long Island
September 11, 2019

Long Island audiences have the opportunity to take in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley's 'Prodigal Son' in the heart of Lindenhurst this weekend, where it runs at BACCA (Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts BACCA). 

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a Chorus of Nostalgia at The Gateway
August 14, 2019

Whether the film was a sentimental part of your childhood or not, the story and the music of 'The Sound of Music' will transport you back to the Golden Age of musical theatre. With stellar casting and top-notch production value, The Gateway's production is perhaps the closest you will get to Broadway on Long Island. 

BWW Review: BRING IT ON! Brings Down the House at Cultural Arts Playhouse
July 29, 2019

As the sport of cheerleading has evolved, it has gained respect for the sheer athleticism involved in performing complicated routines. The Cultural Arts Playhouse's latest production of a?oeBring it On!a?? is living proof of this. The cast is filled with quadruple threats who not only belt out musical numbers, act both dramatic and comedic scenes, and perform a variety of dance styles, but also fly through the air executing impressive cheer stunts.

BWW Review: TREASURE ISLAND Sets Sail at Eastline Theatre
July 19, 2019

Eastline Theatre in Wantagh transforms into the moody world of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island with a stylized stage adaptation.

BWW Review: NEWSIES at CM Performing Arts Center
May 28, 2019

Over the years, CM Performing Arts Center has continued to impress Long Island audiences with top-notch production value, talented casts, and crowd pleasing seasons of musicals. Their latest show on the marquee, Disney's "Newsies," is no exception. 

BWW Feature: Tony-Award Winning Satire URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL Flows Into YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts
May 1, 2019

Scarcely produced on Long Island, Tony-Award winning satire 'Urinetown: The Musical' will be presented as a one-weekend only run at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts from Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 4.

BWW Feature: DAY AND AGE Musical Set For Long Island Premiere at Cultural Arts Playhouse
March 5, 2019

New York composer/lyricist Brian Sweeney and writer Tiffany Smalls' 'Day and Age' - a modern, millenial anthem - is set to premiere at the Cultural Arts Playhouse Friday, March 15

BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at The Argyle Theatre Takes Risks and Raises Questions
January 23, 2019

Modern audiences were given the opportunity to see the powerful messages of Wedekind's play - set in the late 19th century - juxtaposed with a manic, brilliant rock score by Duncan Sheik and equally impactful lyrics and a book by Steven Slater to create the recipient of 2007's Tony Award for Best Musical. Brought to life by The Argyle Theatre, Long Island fans of the show and those who missed it on Broadway have the chance to see this important work. 

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Gateway
January 7, 2019

The Gateway conjured pure holiday magic with their recent production of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast,' hosted by The Patchogue Theatre. 

BWW Review: 'We Think You're Gonna Like It Here' - CM Performing Arts Center's ANNIE
December 3, 2018

If you're looking to enjoy some holiday cheer in the comfort of a toasty theater look no further than the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center's production of the family favorite 'Annie.' Lavish sets by the masterful Patrick Grossman, a spacious house with a majority of plush red seats and some of the best talent on the island - this production is nothing less than you would expect from this company. Although there are multiple other companies also producing 'Annie' this season I must say this would be quite difficult to top.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL Breaks Stigmas at Cultural Arts Playhouse
December 3, 2018

Mental illness continues to have a stigma in this country and I applaud the Cultural Arts Playhouse for taking on a musical with such difficult and timely subject material. The passion this cast has for their production is evident through their dedication to diving head first into the emotional narrative and embodying characters faced with painful pasts, experiences and revelations.

Long Island Theatre Community Joins Forces to Aid Theatre Three After Devastating Flood Damage
September 28, 2018

After severe flooding in the Port Jefferson area, community theatre staple Theatre Three suffered severe damages leaving its staff, performers and patrons devastated. However, efforts are already in the works to raise money to restore the theatre

BWW Review: FUN HOME Breaks Boundaries and Touches Hearts at Smithtown Performing Arts Center
September 12, 2018

Some shows move you. Some shows run a chill up your spine. Some shows leave makeup and tears streaming down your face. This was my experience sitting in the intimate Circle in the Square Theatre, where 'Fun Home' premiered on Broadway in 2015 after an Off-Broadway run in 2013. More than three years later I experienced the same rush of emotions at Smithtown Performing Arts Center's production.

August 20, 2018

Phoenix Repertory Theatre Company's debut season continues with Lillian Hellman's rarely produced play 'The Children's Hour,' directed by Long Island theatre veteran Daniel Bubbeo and featuring a cast of local actors.

BWW Review: NEWSIES Reigns 'King of New York' at the John W. Engeman Theater At Northport
July 27, 2018

The second act of Disney's 'Newsies' opens with a show-stopping number titled 'King of New York,' in which the Newsies celebrate their newfound celebrity in the press. The cast and production team of the John W. Engeman Theater's stunning production have equal reason to celebrate. Bringing to life a spectacle of pure entertainment, they earn the title of 'King of New York' - or Long Island, rather.

BWW Review: ON THE TOWN at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
June 7, 2018

What would you do if you met someone who had never seen a musical before? They have no concept of what goes into it - the dance breaks, the big ensemble numbers, the balance of humor and pathos. The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre's production 'On the Town' would be the perfect production to display what it means to be a musical. Although it teeters on the cliche at times, the production value and the performances make up for the sometimes flawed piece.

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Cultural Arts Playhouse
May 29, 2018

Staging a musical like 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' is no easy feat. It calls for a company of strong voices, deep character study and a set worthy of emulating the titular Paris famous bell tower. The Cultural Arts Playhouse manages to bring all these elements together in a wonderful crescendo of theatrical magic.

BWW Previews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts
May 3, 2018

Feed your need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore plant at the YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore.

BWW Feature: The Luke Neuhedel Foundation presents annual charity production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
April 6, 2018

A group of Long Island performers and musicians have gathered together once again for a charitable cause in the Luke Neuhedel Foundation production of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.'