Melanie Votaw

Melanie Votaw Melanie Votaw is a dancer/singer/actress who studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and character dance for nearly 20 years. Her teacher was one of the fastest tap dancers in the world in the 1930s. In addition to performing in cabaret, contemporary theater, and Shakespeare, Melanie has taught dance and choreographed solo pieces and musicals. As a writer, she has reviewed dance, theater, film, and television. She has also interviewed stars like Patrick Stewart, Linda Lavin, Sutton Foster, Raul Esparza, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Norbert Leo Butz, Glenn Slater, and Andrew Lippa. She has authored or ghostwritten a total of 26 non-fiction books, and she has published fiction, poetry, and photography. Melanie holds a B.A. in English literature.



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BWW Review: NY Public Library Celebrates Jerome Robbins in Exhibit VOICE OF MY CITYBWW Review: NY Public Library Celebrates Jerome Robbins in Exhibit VOICE OF MY CITY
Posted: Oct. 1, 2018


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BWW Review: Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Bring Brazen Hilarity to The Appel RoomRachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger Bring Brazen Hilarity to Appel Room
Posted: Feb. 13, 2018


BWW Review: A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, THE MUSICAL is Both Touching and SchmaltzyBWW Review: A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, THE MUSICAL is Both Touching and Schmaltzy
Posted: Mar. 8, 2018


BWW Review: Step Afrika! Pays Tribute to Jacob Lawrence in THE MIGRATIONBWW Review: Step Afrika! Pays Tribute to Jacob Lawrence in THE MIGRATION
Posted: Nov. 13, 2017


BWW Review: Savion Glover and Leonardo Suarez Paz Bring a Fiery Collaboration of Tango & Tap to Feinstein's/54 BelowSavion Glover, Leonardo Suarez Paz Bring Fiery Collaboration To F/54
Posted: Feb. 22, 2018


BWW Review: John Lloyd Young Returns To The Cafe Carlyle On A High Note With HEART TO HEARTJohn Lloyd Young Takes Up Residence at Cafe Carlyle
Posted: Feb. 16, 2018


BWW Review: NY Public Library Celebrates Jerome Robbins in Exhibit VOICE OF MY CITYBWW Review: NY Public Library Celebrates Jerome Robbins in Exhibit VOICE OF MY CITY
October 1, 2018

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center opened its latest exhibit celebrating choreographer Jerome Robbins on Tuesday, September 25 with luminaries like Mikhail Baryshnikov in attendance. The exhibit, titled VOICE OF MY CITY: JEROME ROBBINS AND NEW YORK examines the relationship between the dance icon and the city he called home.

BWW Review: PULA! Makes Rain On BroadwayBWW Review: PULA! Makes Rain On Broadway
August 28, 2018

Pula is the name for rain in Botswana, and its importance is vital to this semi-arid country. On August 23 and 24, 2018, the I Love Botswana Ensemble performed PULA! at the PlayStation Theater. PULA! is a fictional folk tale in music and dance about the relationship between the people of Botswana and rain.

BWW Review: IF SAND WERE STONE Centers on Alzheimer's DiseaseBWW Review: IF SAND WERE STONE Centers on Alzheimer's Disease
July 24, 2018

At the 2018 New York Musical Festival, the show IF SAND WERE STONE tackled the difficult subject of early onset Alzheimer's Disease. With music by Cassie Willson, and book and lyrics by Carly Brooke Feinman, the show was quite stylized and sometimes confusing.

BWW Review: Original Cast of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Reunites at Feinstein's/54 Below for Energetic ConcertBWW Review: Original Cast of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Reunites at Feinstein's/54 Below for Energetic Concert
July 24, 2018

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES was my first Broadway musical, so it not only holds a special place in my heart, but I still remember most of the lyrics. Running for 577 performances in 1982-83 and earning a Tony nomination for Best Musical, PUMP BOYS was 'the little show that could' with just six cast members and a small set. But the characters and songs captured many fans who came out to relive the experience at Feinstein's/54 Below July 22.

BWW Review: Liz Callaway Honors Female Role Models at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Liz Callaway Honors Female Role Models at Feinstein's/54 Below
May 29, 2018

In her new show A HYMN TO HER at Feinstein's/54 Below, Liz Callaway paid tribute to numerous women who have served as her role models.

BWW Review: Bebe Neuwirth Serves Up an Acting Lesson at Feinstein's/54 Below
April 6, 2018

If you want to know how to act a song, go see Bebe Neuwirth, who recently performed STORIES WITH PIANO, #1 at Feinstein's/54 Below.

BWW Review: Feinstein's/54 Below Pays Tribute to BABY: THE MUSICAL and Benefits Planned ParenthoodBWW Review: Feinstein's/54 Below Pays Tribute to BABY: THE MUSICAL and Benefits Planned Parenthood
March 25, 2018

For nearly 35 years, I have loved the score of BABY, the Broadway musical that ran for 241 performances from 1983 to 1984 and made Liz Callaway a star. So, it was thrilling to hear the music sung in concert by a stellar cast at Feinstein's/54 Below on March 18, the proceeds of which went to Planned Parenthood.

BWW Review: A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, THE MUSICAL is Both Touching and SchmaltzyBWW Review: A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, THE MUSICAL is Both Touching and Schmaltzy
March 8, 2018

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, THE MUSICAL is set in San Francisco in 1986, when retired Jewish immigrant Harry Weinberg takes a writing class taught by a young lesbian named Barbara, who encourages him to write a letter to someone who has passed away. He chooses to write to his old friend, Harvey Milk.

BWW Review: Savion Glover and Leonardo Suarez Paz Bring a Fiery Collaboration of Tango & Tap to Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Savion Glover and Leonardo Suarez Paz Bring a Fiery Collaboration of Tango & Tap to Feinstein's/54 Below
February 22, 2018

Tap dancer Savion Glover (BRING IN 'DA NOISE, BRING IN 'DA FUNK, SHUFFLE ALONG) and tanguero Leonardo Suarez Paz (FOREVER TANGO, TANGO ARGENTINO) mixed tap dance and tango music at Feinstein's/54 Below on February 15.

BWW Review: John Lloyd Young Returns To The Cafe Carlyle On A High Note With HEART TO HEARTBWW Review: John Lloyd Young Returns To The Cafe Carlyle On A High Note With HEART TO HEART
February 16, 2018

In his latest show at Cafe Carlyle titled HEART TO HEART, John Lloyd Young continues to hearken back to an earlier era in look, sound, and song choice, mostly performing pieces from the 60s and 70s.

BWW Review: Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Bring Brazen Hilarity to The Appel RoomBWW Review: Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Bring Brazen Hilarity to The Appel Room
February 13, 2018

Rachel Bloom has no shame, and we're all better for it. Performing original music at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room on Feb. 11, 2018, along with co-writer Adam Schlesinger, Bloom arrived on stage with guns blazing.

BWW Dance Review: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Present Concert at Theater for The New CityBWW Dance Review: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Present Concert at Theater for The New City
February 4, 2018

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are presenting their latest concert at Theater for the New City February 2-11, 2018. Directed by Crystal Field, the show incorporates live music, storytelling, and traditional dance in full regalia.

BWW Dance Review: Shanghai Dance Theatre Presents the American Premiere of SOARING WINGS at Lincoln CenterBWW Dance Review: Shanghai Dance Theatre Presents the American Premiere of SOARING WINGS at Lincoln Center
January 7, 2018

The Shanghai Dance Theatre premiered its full-length dance drama SOARING WINGS at Lincoln Center on January 5, 2018. Telling the story of the crested ibis, a rare bird, the visually exquisite piece calls for sustainable development and makes the point that nature and human beings are interdependent.

BWW Review: BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS Brings Belly Laughs to Soho PlayhouseBWW Review: BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS Brings Belly Laughs to Soho Playhouse
November 22, 2017

In the one-man play currently at Soho Playhouse, BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS, writer and actor Drew Droege brings 80 minutes of classic gay snark, directed by Michael Urie. Droege's character, Gerry, has just arrived in Palm Springs for a same-sex wedding. The title refers to a directive on the invitation that guests refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns. Gerry is incensed by this, feeling it's utterly anti-gay to be so 'beige.'

BWW Review: Step Afrika! Pays Tribute to Jacob Lawrence in THE MIGRATIONBWW Review: Step Afrika! Pays Tribute to Jacob Lawrence in THE MIGRATION
November 13, 2017

Step Afrika!'s latest show at The New Victory Theater, THE MIGRATION: REFLECTIONS ON JACOB LAWRENCE, is an exciting and moving chronicle of the migration of Africans from their villages to the American south and then to more northern cities like Chicago in the 1920s.

BWW Review: Glenn Close, Norm Lewis Perform at Benefit for National Dance InstituteBWW Review: Glenn Close, Norm Lewis Perform at Benefit for National Dance Institute
October 18, 2017

At the National Dance Institute (NDI) headquarters in Harlem Monday night, October 16, 2017, Glenn Close, Norm Lewis, Charlotte d'Amboise, Robert Fairchild, and NDI's young students gave a special benefit performance titled, SONGS I'VE SUNG ON BROADWAY...AND ONE I WISH I HAD.

Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'
October 8, 2017

The latest collaboration between Princess Cruises and Stephen Schwartz is called BORN TO DANCE. On October 7, 2017, press and friends of the creators were treated to a special performance of the show aboard the Regal Princess while ported at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

BWW Review: Benjamin Franklin Travels Through the Modern World in MONEY TALKS: THE MUSICALBWW Review: Benjamin Franklin Travels Through the Modern World in MONEY TALKS: THE MUSICAL
July 24, 2017

While the new musical MONEY TALKS isn't of Broadway caliber, there's a lot to like about both the book by Tony-nominated Peter Kellogg (ANNA KARENINA) and the score by Kellogg and David Friedman.

BWW Review: TAP ELLINGTON Celebrates the Duke's Love of Tap DanceBWW Review: TAP ELLINGTON Celebrates the Duke's Love of Tap Dance
July 15, 2017

Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation, Inc. presented a program to Duke Ellington music at Jazz at Lincoln Center's The Appel Room on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Nicholas Tolkien Brings His Holocaust Play TEREZIN to Playwrights HorizonsNicholas Tolkien Brings His Holocaust Play TEREZIN to Playwrights Horizons
June 18, 2017

TEREZIN, a tragic play written and directed by Nicholas Tolkien, the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote THE LORD OF THE RINGS series, is currently being produced by The Steinberg Theater Group at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.



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