Melissa Giordano

Melissa Giordano Melissa has been covering theatre for BroadwayWorld for the past eight 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: Hampton Theatre Company's First-Ever Musical MAN OF LA MANCHABWW Review: Hampton Theatre Company's First-Ever Musical MAN OF LA MANCHA
Posted: Mar. 27, 2019


BWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD at The John W. Engeman TheatreBWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD at The John W. Engeman Theatre
Posted: Sep. 20, 2019


BWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Theatre Three
Posted: Apr. 18, 2019


BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at The EngemanBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at The Engeman
Posted: Mar. 22, 2019


BWW Review: CM Performing Art Center presents MAMMA MIA! at the Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: CM Performing Art Center presents MAMMA MIA! at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
Posted: Feb. 21, 2019


BWW Review: AIDA at the John W. Engeman TheatreBWW Review: AIDA at the John W. Engeman Theatre
Posted: May. 22, 2019


BWW Review: A COMEDY OF TENORS presented by The Hampton Theatre CompanyBWW Review: A COMEDY OF TENORS presented by The Hampton Theatre Company
Posted: Nov. 1, 2018


BWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD at The John W. Engeman Theatre
September 20, 2019

It may seem that productions of Tony winning musical Sunset Boulevard are a dime a dozen. But when it is playing at the exquisite John W. Engeman Theater, you know it is a must-see. Running through October 27th at the Northport venue, the show boasts a fantastic, affecting cast.

BWW Review: SWING! at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre At CM Performing Arts Center
September 13, 2019

Now playing at the adorable Noel S. Ruiz Theatre through September 28th, the lush show features a superb ensemble cast each of whom gets to shine. They're young, but they seem to 'get' this type of music, so devotees of this type of this style need not worry. Some of the iconic artists featured in the fun score are Duke Ellington, Casey MacGill, and Johnny Mercer. And, you're sure to recognize some of the classic song including a?oeIt Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) and a?oeBoogie Woogie Bugle Boya??

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Presented By The Gateway At The Patchogue Theatre
September 9, 2019

The Gateway Theatre ends their dazzling 70th season with the Long Island premiere of Tony award winning musical Kinky Boots. The stellar Larry Raben directed production runs through September 14th at the beautiful Patchogue Theatre. This show, based on the movie with a book by Harvey Fierstein, is indeed a must-see this season.

BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at BroadHollow Theatre Company
August 16, 2019

The BroadHollow Theatre Company does it again with an entertaining showing of Mel Brooks' hit musical comedy The Producers. Director Jason Allyn has assembled a superb cast for the raucous show running through August 25th at The BayWay Theatre in East Islip.

BWW Review: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at Bay Street Theater
August 7, 2019

Closing out a spectacular Summer season, Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theater offers a new take on musical theatre icon Annie Get Your Gun. Masterfully directed by Sarna Lapine, this thrilling production has extended its run through September 1st at the adorable East End venue. It boasts a brilliant cast and creative team and it is sure to have you singing the popular Irving Berlin score for days.

BWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre At CM Performing Arts Center
July 17, 2019

The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, Nice Work If You Can Get It, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Joe DePietro, Patrick Grossman, Matthew W. Surico, Alison Weinberger, Ashley Nicastro, Amanda Wenchel, Nicolette Carosi, Ronald Green III, Steven Cottonaro, Bailey Whitney, Andrew J Beck, Emily Edwards, Briggs G. Houston, Barry Johnson, Emily Nadler, Adriana Michelle Scheer, Jeff Pangburn, Linda Pentz, David DiMarzo, John Mazzarella, Steven Press, Luke Ferrari, Mike Shapiro, Christian Kalinowski, Katie Perpall, Morgan Zweibel, Maggie Overbaugh, Jennifer Trezza, Juliana Jagielo, Katie Johnson, Megan Fives, Kristi Kahen, Megan Monaghan, and Katy Snair

BWW Review: The Long Island Premiere of THE BODYGUARD at The Gateway
July 12, 2019

The dazzling 70th season at The Gateway continues with the Long Island premiere of The Bodyguard. Excellently directed by Keith Andrews, the production runs at the charming Bellport venue through July 20th. Indeed, this show is one not to miss.

BWW Review: The World Premiere Of SAFE SPACE at the Bay Street Theater
July 8, 2019

Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theater does it again with the second offering of their 2019 season, Safe Space. Continuing their tradition of fostering new works, the world premiere of Alan Fox's new play runs at the charming East End venue through July 21st. Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien directs the gripping one-act production.

BWW Review: The World Premiere of THE PROMPTER at Bay Street Theater
June 5, 2019

Kicking off their 28th season of surefire hits, the Bay Street Theater offers the world premiere of Wade Dooley's The Prompter. Initially, the Sag Harbor, Long Island, venue presented a reading of the one-act play last year during their annual New Works Festival to much praise. Running through June 16th, it is thrilling to see how the show has developed.

BWW Review: AIDA at the John W. Engeman Theatre
May 22, 2019

Closing out The John W. Engeman Theatre's dazzling season is a thrilling a showing of Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida. The beautiful Northport venue outdoes itself with the lush production of the heart-tugging musical. Excellently directed by Paul Stancato, the cast is remarkable drawing the audience in at every turn.

BWW Review: The Regional Premiere Of ON YOUR FEET! at The Gateway
May 17, 2019

It is a milestone year for The Gateway, and they are celebrating big time. The Bellport venue begins their incredible 70th season with the regional premiere of the Broadway hit On Your Feet!, The Story Of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. If opening weekend is any indication, the rhythm is indeed going to get you.

Photo Coverage: Renovations at the North Fork Community Theatre
April 18, 2019

Building on a tradition. That has been the credo of the North Fork Community Theatre (NFCT) for quite some time now. The uplifting story starts in 1956 with an advert calling for people interested in starting an amateur theatre. After years of performing in schools on the north fork of Long Island, they moved into their current building in 1961.

BWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Theatre Three
April 18, 2019

When Theatre Three announced that William Gibson's The Miracle Worker was on the docket for this season, I knew it was going to be outstanding. The well-known tale is about Helen Keller, a deaf, blind, and mute child and her teacher Annie Sullivan. If you haven't read it, you may be familiar with the Patty Duke/Ann Bancroft movie. It shows a small part of how Helen was as a child; spoiled, pitied, and wild. Noticing Helen's potential, Annie plans to teach Helen a host of things like decorum and language. It is her hope that her tutelage will guide Helen to be independent.

BWW Review: The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center presents JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
April 12, 2019

If there ever was a time to see Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it is now. The strangely uplifting and silly show encourages the viewer to dream. Even if you are sad or down; continue to dream. Don't get me wrong; there are emotional and dramatic moments. However, the overall message thrives.

Summer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2019 Preview
April 1, 2019

It is indeed the best time of year; Spring is in the air, Summer is around the corner. That means a bustling theatre scene is in full force.

BWW Review: Hampton Theatre Company's First-Ever Musical MAN OF LA MANCHA
March 27, 2019

You can feel the energy at the Hampton Theatre Company (HTC) as they mount their first musical. In their inspired thirty-four-year history, they have presented plays strictly. However, recent technical upgrades have provided them with the opportunity to present musicals. In a brave decision, they have wisely chosen to offer iconic Tony winner Man Of La Mancha. You're probably thinking, doesn't the Long Island venue have a rather intimate stage? They do. Do they deliver superbly? That is a resounding yes.

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at The Engeman
March 22, 2019

It is a real treat that The John W. Engeman Theatre is currently mounting A Gentleman's Guide To Love & Murder. The top-notch cast is remarkable leaving the audience in stitches. The hit show plays the beautiful Northport venue through April 28th, and it is sure to be a must-see this season.

BWW Review: NINE at Theatre Three
March 7, 2019

The tale, set in the 1960s, takes place in the city of Venice. It centers on Guido Contini who is dreading his upcoming 40th birthday. We follow him as he is facing a midlife crisis that seems to be blocking artistic whims cornering him in a web of romantic complications; Both in real life and his mind. Arthur Kopit's book takes much insight from the viewer as they switch between reality and Guido's mind. Moreover, the music, by Maury Yeston, is rich and moving.

BWW Review: CM Performing Art Center presents MAMMA MIA! at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
February 21, 2019

You will not be disappointed when you see a production of the worldwide hit Mamma Mia!. As the current offering from the Noel S. Ruiz Theater at CM Performing Arts Center, this show boasts a remarkable cast. Running through March 9th at the Oakdale venue, Patrick Grossman directs the superb production featuring our favorites from pop group ABBA.

BWW Review: BroadHollow's DAMN YANKEES
February 14, 2019

Kicking off what is sure to be an excellent season, The BroadHollow Theatre Company offers a delightful incarnation of Damn Yankees. Running through February 24th, the Tony award-winning musical is excellently directed by BroadHollow's Jason P. Allyn and boasts an outstanding cast.



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