Melissa Giordano

Melissa Giordano Melissa has been covering theatre for BroadwayWorld for the past six 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: Theatre Three's annual showing of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Theatre Three's annual showing of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Posted: Nov. 20, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at The EngemanBWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at The Engeman
Posted: Mar. 21, 2018


BWW Review: Cabaret at Merrick Theatre & Center For The ArtsBWW Review: Cabaret at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts
Posted: Apr. 25, 2018


BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at The GatewayBWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at The Gateway
Posted: May. 16, 2018


BWW Review: ONCE at the John W. Engeman TheatreBWW Review: ONCE at the John W. Engeman Theatre
Posted: Jan. 24, 2018


BWW Review: BroadHollow's MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: BroadHollow's MAMMA MIA!
Posted: Oct. 14, 2018


BWW Review: TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Theatre Three
Posted: Apr. 11, 2018


BWW Review: Theatre Three's annual showing of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Theatre Three's annual showing of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 20, 2018

The show is wonderful to begin with; there is no doubt about that. Theatre Three's 35th annual production of the iconic Charles Dickens tale 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. Jeffrey Sanzel, the Artistic Director of the Port Jefferson venue, directs the dazzling play running through December 29th.

BWW Review: Bay Street's THE GREAT GATSBYBWW Review: Bay Street's THE GREAT GATSBY
November 14, 2018

This year the Sag Harbor venue has mounted a superb showing of the classic jazz era play The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted for the stage by Simon Levy.

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

Kicking off their incredible 34th season, The Hampton Theatre Company (HTC) offers Ken Ludwig's hysterical play A Comedy Of Tenors. This comedy farce is actually a sequel to Mr. Ludwig's Tony nominated play Lend Me A Tenor and the wonderful cast at HTC certainly delivers. And we indeed need some laughter in these wearisome times.

BWW Review: CM Performing Arts Center presents PHANTOM at the Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: CM Performing Arts Center presents PHANTOM at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
October 18, 2018

In a superb offering, Oakdale's CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC) presents Phantom at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre. Not to be mistaken for the famous Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Phantom Of The Opera, this is a different take - though based on the same novel - that gives us more insight into who the Phantom, the man, is. Running through November 3rd, Ashley Nicastro directs and choreographs this boffo incarnation.

BWW Review: BroadHollow's MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: BroadHollow's MAMMA MIA!
October 14, 2018

The latest offering from Long Island's BroadHollow Theatre Company is a delightful production of the worldwide blockbuster hit Mamma Mia! kicking off a sure to be dazling Fall/Winter season. Running through October 21st at East Islip's BayWay , this incarnation is excellently directed by Jason P. Allyn. Indeed, this uplifting show, set to the fun music of ABBA, will leave you smiling and humming the score for days.

BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at the John W. Engeman Theatre lead by Janet Dacal, Richard Todd Adams, and Carlos LopezBWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at the John W. Engeman Theatre lead by Janet Dacal, Richard Todd Adams, and Carlos Lopez
September 19, 2018

Northport's gorgeous John W. Engeman Theatre does it again with a stellar showing of theatre staple Man Of La Mancha, the second show of their dazzling 12th Season. This incarnation of the Tony winner, running through October 28th, is excellently directed by Peter Flynn and boasts an extraordinary cast. Long Island is certainly lucky to have this production lead by Broadway vets Janet Dacal, Richard Todd Adams, and Carlos Lopez.

BWW Review: CM Performing Arts Center presents THE RAT PACK LOUNGE at The Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: CM Performing Arts Center presents THE RAT PACK LOUNGE at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
September 13, 2018

Admittedly, when Long Island's Noel S. Ruiz Theatre announced they were going to have a run of the musical The Rat Pack Lounge, I was a little bewildered. The show hasn't been on Broadway, this is the first time it is being done in New York, and, honestly, there wasn't much overall information about the production as I was researching it. However... Sammy Davis, Jr., Ol' Blue Eyes, and Dean Martin? Pass me a martini because I am sold.

BWW Interview: A Chat With Kristen DiGilio of the Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Interview: A Chat With Kristen DiGilio of the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
September 11, 2018

Long Island theatre vet Kristen Digilio wears many hats working at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre. In no particular order, she an Executive Administrator, Educational Coordinator, Box Office Operations, and also directs and acts in some of the shows at the theatre. Currently she directs an exciting area premiere of the feel-good tuner The Rat Pack Lounge, The Musical. Ms. Digilio took time from opening weekend to chat with me about the show.

BWW Review: The Gateway's FLASHDANCE, THE MUSICALBWW Review: The Gateway's FLASHDANCE, THE MUSICAL
September 6, 2018

The Gateway theatre company's thrilling production of Flashdance, The Musical, is truly an electric way to end their busy Summer season. The sensational regional premiere, running through September 15th at the Patchogue Theatre, is excellently directed by Keith Andrews and boasts an absolutely superb cast. And though it is based on the famous 1983 movie, fans of the movie (like myself!) will notice several changes and will be pleasantly pleased in the stage incarnation.

BWW Review: BroadHollow Theatre Company's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSBWW Review: BroadHollow Theatre Company's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
August 15, 2018

Long Island's BroadHollow Theatre Company continues a terrific Summer season with a superb production of the musical Little Shop Of Horrors. This incarnation runs at East Islip's BayWay Theatre through August 26 continuing at their Elmont location beginning September 1st. Directed by Jason Allyn and boasting an excellent cast, this is based on the classic 1960 film. Book 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 & Roll, Doo-wop and Motown. You'll more than likely be familiar with the scores' popular tunes including the title song and 'Suddenly, Seymour'.

BWW Review: Bay Street Theater's Production Of EVITABWW Review: Bay Street Theater's Production Of EVITA
August 8, 2018

The Bay Street Theater of Sag Harbor closes out their dazzling 27th Mainstage Season with a thrilling production of the Tony winning musical Evita under the clever direction of Will Pomerantz who also serves as Bay Street's Associate Artistic Director. Now running through September 2nd, this production boasts an absolutely brilliant cast as the adorable Long Island venue executes an innovative incarnation of the iconic Tim RiceAndrew Lloyd Webber tuner. Now I know it may seem productions of this show are a dime-a-dozen but this particular production should really not be missed.

BWW FEATURE: Local Artists Announce Kickstarter Campaign for THROUGH THE WRENBWW FEATURE: Local Artists Announce Kickstarter Campaign for THROUGH THE WREN
July 24, 2018

New York based artists Melody Rodriguez and Jake Ruhl have announced a Kickstarter campaign for Through the Wren, a new immersive theatre experience where 12 guests journey in and out of parallel world set in a mid-1840's Gothic Romance Fairytale.

BWW Review: The Long Island Premiere of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY At The Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: The Long Island Premiere of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY At The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
July 19, 2018

The incarnation of Bullets Over Broadway, The Musical at Oakdale's Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC), is certainly an enjoyable one. Strongly directed by CMPAC Artistic Director Patrick Grossman, the Long Island premiere, running through August 11th, spectacularly closes out the venue's thrilling 42nd season. And let me tell you this cast is absolutely wonderful.

Photo Coverage: Bay Street Theatre's 27th Annual GalaPhoto Coverage: Bay Street Theatre's 27th Annual Gala
July 12, 2018

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts held Some Enchanted Evening, the 27th Annual Summer Gala in Sag Harbor on the Long Wharf on July 7, 2018, with Jane Lynch as emcee. The event benefits Bay Street's educational and theatrical programs. The evening included special performances as well as a silent auction, cocktail party, live auction with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind, dinner and dancing. And due to future restoration of the Long Wharf, this was the final gala to be held there. The theme this year was a Celebration of the Golden Age of Broadway. A star-filled concert kicked off the evening, with songs from the most beloved musicals including South Pacific, West Side Story, On The Town, Carousel, and more, written by the hilarious, award-winning playwright Jonathan Tolins (playwright of Buyer and Cellar and Bay Street's hit comedy The Forgotten Woman). Entertainment included Broadway star and East Hampton resident Howard McGillin (Mystery of Edwin Drood, Gigi, Bay Street's My Fair Lady and Grey Gardens) performing 'Some Enchanted Evening' and 'Something's Coming'; German and Australian star Sarah Bowden (Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Chorus Line at the Hollywood Bowl) and Cory Lingner performed 'Whatever Lolo Wants' with special thanks from Mary Callahan and Nicole Fosse from The Verdon Fosse Legacy; choreographer Joshua Bergasse who recreated his Tony nominated staging of 'New York, New York' from On the Town; and Robert Fairchild, former Principal Dancer New York City Ballet and starred in An American in Paris on Broadway performed 'Kansas City'; Phyre Hawkins performed 'Come Rain or Come Shine'; Nick Cearley and Wayne Alan Wilcox performed a medley from Guy and Dolls; Other performers include Bay Street Acting Apprentices Kara Arena, Lewis Elliott, Allison Gray, Meghan LeFlam, Anthony Sims and Phillip Young. The full company sang 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain.' Jane Lynch (two-time Emmy winning host of Hollywood Game Night and an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee) sang 'You'll Never Get Away From Me' with Richard Kind (Amazon's Red Oaks, The Producers, The Big Knife, Mad About You, Spin City, A Bug's Life, Cars, Inside Out, and Bay Street's productions including Enter Laughing, Romance, Travesties, and The Lady in Question). 'It was a wonderful evening and a great way to celebrate our last summer gala on the Long Wharf,' says Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater's Artistic Director. 'We will have a new location next year, but we had an amazing music-filled sunset party that supports Bay Street Theater.' 'The annual gala was a wonderful event and Bay Street's only fundraiser of the year,' says Executive Director Tracy Mitchell. 'Besides being a fun night in the theater and on the Wharf, the gala is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts allowing us to support more than thirty other community organizations on the East End.' The evening's auction items included a week-long stay in St. Barth's for 4 at a luxury 2- bedroom WIMCO villa, complete with unparalleled concierge service, and roundtrip flights to the island from San Juan via private carrier Tradewind Aviation. Other items included an 8-day cruise on Viking Cruises for 2, a walk on role in EVITA with dinner for 8 guests at The American Hotel, and many, many more. This year, the Bay Street Theater honored Sag Harbor businesses as a thank you for supporting the Gala for the past 27 years, Bay Street Theater honored Bay Street Board Members Luigi Caiola and Erik Batt, who along with their spouses and families have been devoted supporters. Also attending the Gala among Broadway stars and performers were actor Steven Fales from the upcoming production of Confessions of a Mormon Boy(July 17-22), Lorna Luft,The cast of Frost/Nixon (running now through July 22) including Harris Yulin and Daniel Gerroll. This year's sponsors (list in progress) include: Peeko Oysters, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Bedell Wine, Clovis Point Winery, Tradewind Aviation, Channing Daughters Winery, Hamptons H2O Water, Simple Vodka, Sag Harbor Rum, Sag Harbor Florist, Land's End, Oban, Peconic Landing, Viking River Cruises, Searles Graphics, Sterling Affair, Bridgehampton National Bank, Corcoran Group, Hamptons Magazine, Dan's Papers, Purist, Beach Magazine, and WIMCO Villas. For more information about Bay Street Theater log on to baystreet.org or call the Box Office at 631-725-9500. Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.

BWW Review: NUNSENSE at The GatewayBWW Review: NUNSENSE at The Gateway
June 13, 2018

Dan Goggin's Nunsense, now playing at Bellport's Gateway Playhouse, is certainly a treat. It was never officially on Broadway per se', but rather it has lead a very successful, thirty-three year life with consistent incarnations off-Broadway and at regional and local theatres. Running through June 23rd as part of Gateway's dazzling (and busy!) 69th season, this production is all about fun.

BWW Review: The World Premiere Of FELLOW TRAVELERS at Bay Street TheatreBWW Review: The World Premiere Of FELLOW TRAVELERS at Bay Street Theatre
June 6, 2018

Kicking off their exciting 27th main stage season - and continuing their mission to foster new works - the Bay Street Theatre offers the world premiere of Jack Canfora's new play Fellow Travelers. Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner Michael Wilson directs the superb production running through June 17th at the adorable Sag Harbor venue.

BWW Review: The Classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at The EngemanBWW Review: The Classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at The Engeman
May 23, 2018

Singin' In The Rain, the classic Tony nominated musical based on the wildly famous MGM film, is certainly a must see among theatre attendees. With a Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Greene and Music by Naico Herb Brown & Arthur Freedes, the incarnation at Northport's John W. Engeman Theatre will surely have you leaving the theatre with a smile. Running through July 1st, closing out their dazzling 11th season, the delightful incarnation is strongly directed by Engeman vet Drew Humphrey.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at The GatewayBWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at The Gateway
May 16, 2018

Though the classic musical A Chorus Line may be produced fairly consistently, it is always refreshing to see a good quality, professional, local production. This is exactly what you'll get when you see the Tony winner running through May 26th at Long Island's historic Gateway Playhouse soon to be celebrating their 70th year. The large Broadway caliber cast is brilliantly directed and choreographed by Mitzi Hamilton who has had a long association with the show including the original Broadway production.

BWW Review: CABARET presented by The BroadHollow Theatre CompanyBWW Review: CABARET presented by The BroadHollow Theatre Company
May 3, 2018

Between college productions and the many local theatres we have, it may seem there is always a production of the Kander and Ebb Tony winning classic Cabaret running. However, when you have a wonderful production like the one at BayWay Arts Centre, it indeed warrants another look. Excellently directed by Marion Waller, this superb incarnation, presented by the BroadHollow Theatre Company, runs at the Long Island venue through May 12th boasting a stellar cast

BWW Review: Cabaret at Merrick Theatre & Center For The ArtsBWW Review: Cabaret at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts
April 25, 2018

One could possibly say that a production of the Kander and Ebb Tony winning classic Cabaret is a dime a dozen. However, when you have a fascinating production like the one at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts, it indeed warrants another look. Excellently directed by Daniel C. Higgins, this superb incarnation runs at the Long Island venue through May 20th boasting a stellar cast.



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