Melissa Giordano

Melissa Giordano Melissa has been covering theatre for BroadwayWorld for the past five 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: The Bare Bone Theatre Company presents Neil LaBute's SOME GIRL(S)BWW Review: The Bare Bone Theatre Company presents Neil LaBute's SOME GIRL(S)
Posted: Aug. 9, 2017


BWW Review: The Gateway's MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: The Gateway's MAMMA MIA!
Posted: Jul. 26, 2017


BWW Review: Bay Street Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT with Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, et. al.BWW Review: Bay Street Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT with Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, et. al.
Posted: Aug. 16, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Jonathan Larson's RENT Brings Excellent Ensemble to The GatewayBWW Review: Jonathan Larson's RENT Brings Excellent Ensemble to The Gateway
Posted: May. 23, 2017


BWW Review: ON THE TOWN at The GatewayBWW Review: ON THE TOWN at The Gateway
Posted: Jul. 6, 2017


BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the EngemanBWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the Engeman
Posted: Mar. 22, 2017


BWW Review: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!BWW Review: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!
Posted: Mar. 1, 2017


BWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES MEBWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES ME
Posted: Feb. 15, 2017


BWW Review: Bay Street Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT with Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, et. al.BWW Review: Bay Street Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT with Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, et. al.
August 16, 2017

Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre closes out their spectacular 26th season with a fun production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. This incarnation, running through September 3rd, features a stellar cast of favorites including Tony, Oscar, and Emmy winner Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, Kyle Scatliffe, and more. Bay Street's boffo showing is in conjunction with New York City's Classic Stage Company and is excellently directed by CSCs Artistic Director John Doyle. In fact, once the run at Bay Street ends, this production will be opening at CSC on September 13th.

BWW Review: The Bare Bone Theatre Company presents Neil LaBute's SOME GIRL(S)BWW Review: The Bare Bone Theatre Company presents Neil LaBute's SOME GIRL(S)
August 9, 2017

The latest offering from The Bare Bones Theatre Company is a splendid incarnation of Neil LaBute's off-Broadway play Some Girl(s). Excellently directed by Bare Bones vet Eric Clavell, the production runs through August 20th at the charming Posey School dance studio on Main Street in the beautiful town of Northport on Long Island. The story follows a gentleman, simply known as 'Guy', as he travels across the United States in an attempt to make amends with several ex-girlfriends before he embarks on his marriage.

BWW Review: The Gateway's MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: The Gateway's MAMMA MIA!
July 26, 2017

The Gateway's latest offering is an absolutely thrilling production of the worldwide blockbuster hit Mamma Mia!. Running through August 5th at the Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts, this incarnation is excellently directed by Larry Raben. Indeed, this uplifting show, set to the fun music of ABBA, will leave you smiling and humming the score for days.

BWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL by Lynn Nottage at Bay Street TheatreBWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL by Lynn Nottage at Bay Street Theatre
July 12, 2017

Intimate Apparel by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is the second offering in Bay Street Theatre's spectacular 26th season. Excellently directed by Bay Street's Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, the show runs through July 30th at the charming Long Island venue. And I have to say that this is certainly one for the books.

BWW Review: ON THE TOWN at The GatewayBWW Review: ON THE TOWN at The Gateway
July 6, 2017

The classic musical On The Town is probably the perfect theatrical offering - thanks to Bellport's Gateway Playhouse- during the 4th Of July festivities. Instead of an overture, the band plays the Star Spangled Banner and the story follows three sailors from the US Navy on a one day shore leave. We follow the sailors as they quickly meet three women who show them around New York City on their day off.

BWW Review: BroadHollow's RAGTIMEBWW Review: BroadHollow's RAGTIME
June 28, 2017

I had the honor of seeing the original Broadway cast of the Tony winning musical Ragtime as my very first Broadway show. So, as you can guess, I am absolutely thrilled to see that the BroadHollow Theatre Company has added it to their Spring season. This exciting incarnation, directed by Marian Waller, runs through July 9th at East Islip's BayWay Theatre and then heads over to BroadHollow's Elmont location beginning August 5th.

BWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Theatre Three
June 15, 2017

Closing out their wonderful 47th Season, Theatre Three offers a first-rate showing of the musical Saturday Night Fever. Based on the iconic 1977 movie and a story by Nik Cohn, this entertaining production, featuring songs by the Bee Gees, runs through June 24th at the charming Port Jefferson venue. This officially opened a few weeks ago and judging by the enthusiastic and still-packed house, you will certainly need to get your tickets quickly.

BWW Review: The World Premiere of Andrew Lippa's THE MAN IN THE CEILING at Bay Street TheatreBWW Review: The World Premiere of Andrew Lippa's THE MAN IN THE CEILING at Bay Street Theatre
June 7, 2017

In their ongoing effort to support new works, the Bay Street Theatre kicks off their 26th main stage season with the World Premiere of Andrew Lippa's latest musical The Man In The Ceiling. Running through June 25th, this endearing production, directed by Tony winner Jeffrey Seller, boasts a stellar cast and creative team. And judging by the very enthusiastic, packed house opening night, you may want to get your tickets quickly.

BWW Review: ALARMS AND EXCURSIONS presented by The Hampton Theatre CompanyBWW Review: ALARMS AND EXCURSIONS presented by The Hampton Theatre Company
June 1, 2017

Closing out their spectacular 32nd season, the Hampton Theatre Company (HTC) offers the uproarious British comedy Alarms and Excursions by Michael Frayn. In this engaging play, the actors appear in a series of vignettes - different characters and stories; sometimes all on stage together and sometimes not - making light otherwise embarrassing situations. Moreover, situations involving new technology - 1998 technology. Most of the vignettes don't have any relation, but each are absolutely sidesplitting.

BWW Review: Jonathan Larson's RENT Brings Excellent Ensemble to The GatewayBWW Review: Jonathan Larson's RENT Brings Excellent Ensemble to The Gateway
May 23, 2017

I'm always cautiously optimistic in seeing a regional production of Jonathan Larson's Rent as I am a Renthead of MANY years. The thing to remember, obviously, is art has different interpretations. It is interesting to see the different elucidations of the choreography, the varied choices the actors make, the Director's vision, et cetera. I can proudly say that The Gateway Playhouse's incarnation of the Tony and Pulitzer winner, which is kicking off a very busy Summer season for the darling Bellport venue, does not disappoint.

BWW Review: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA!BWW Review: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA!
May 17, 2017

Brilliantly ending their spectacular 10th season, Long Island's John W. Engeman Theatre offers a great incarnation of the iconic, game-changing musical Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. Excellently directed by Engeman vet Igor Goldin, this production runs through June 25th at the gorgeous Northport venue. The cast is truly outstanding and the whole production is well done.

BWW Review: BroadHollow's ASSISTED LIVING, THE MUSICALBWW Review: BroadHollow's ASSISTED LIVING, THE MUSICAL
April 26, 2017

See, everyone? Getting older doesn't have to be boring or frightening. As depicted in the adorable production of Assisted Living, The Musical, it can be an interesting ride to embrace. For the satirical tale, creators Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett created an eclectic collection of characters, portrayed by two actors, to make light in reaching the twilight years living in a retirement community.

Summer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2017 PreviewSummer Stages: Long Island Spring/Summer 2017 Preview
April 14, 2017

Spring is in the air and that means a hopping theatre scene is in full force on Long Island. For the past almost six years, I've truly enjoyed traveling the Island to tell you about the amazing shows and extraordinary talent that we have.

BWW Review: WHERE THERE'S A WILL at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: WHERE THERE'S A WILL at Theatre Three
April 12, 2017

The latest offering from Theatre Three, Where There's A Will, is indeed a special treat. Not only did Jeffrey Sanzel (Theatre Three's Artistic Director and a pillar of the Long Island theatre community) create the hilarious play, but he also assembled an all-star cast for the presentation. This zany production runs through May 6th at the Port Jefferson venue.

BWW Review: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION at The Hampton Theatre CompanyBWW Review: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION at The Hampton Theatre Company
March 29, 2017

Canadian playwright Bernard Slade is perhaps best known for his 1975 Broadway debut play Same Time, Next Year in addition to his TV credits. Out of his usual comedic realm, Mr. Slade proves versatile with this gripping British who-dun-it play, An Act of the Imagination, currently being presented by the Hampton Theatre Company through April 9th at the Quogue Community Hall.

BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the EngemanBWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at the Engeman
March 22, 2017

To start, this article will probably not do this incredible production justice. The Engeman's latest, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical is absolutely electrifying and the Broadway caliber cast is positively glorious. This is, without a doubt, a must see for the season. And by the reaction of the sold out audience on opening night, you may want to get your tickets quickly as this runs through April 30th.

BWW Review: CK Production's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWNBWW Review: CK Production's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
March 15, 2017

CK Productions' latest, Tony nominee You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is a really cute production. Based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz in his iconic comic strip Peanuts, this fun musical, created by Clark Gesner, was actually originally done in 1967. This incarnation, however, is a replication of the 1999 revival.

BWW Review: Fitting for International Women's Day, Theatre Three offers RESPECT: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF WOMENBWW Review: Fitting for International Women's Day, Theatre Three offers RESPECT: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF WOMEN
March 8, 2017

Respect: A Musical Journey Of Women - currently playing through March 25th at Port Jefferson's gorgeous Theatre Three - is truly a thought-provoking show taking the audience on a roller coaster of emotions. The musical, created by Dorothy Marcic, takes us on the journey of women - inspired by the women in her life - through generations of Top 40 music. As society has changed, the attitude and tone in music has changed and with this production, Dorothy has basically built the soundtrack of generations of women. Do we as women have further to go? Yes, but the progress that we see is really inspiring from the 'doting housewife' to influential civil rights activists to Presidents of essential organizations.

BWW Review: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!BWW Review: SISTER ACT at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre is fabulous, baby!
March 1, 2017

I am a longtime fan of Whoopi Goldberg with the Sister Act movies ranking as some of my all-time favorites. So, as you can imagine, I am thoroughly excited to again see the musical adaptation now playing at Long Island's Noel Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC). This lively production, kicking off their 40th season, runs through March 25th at the Oakdale venue.

BWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES MEBWW Review: BroadHollow's SHE LOVES ME
February 15, 2017

BroadHollow's latest offering, the multi Tony winning musical She Loves Me, boasts a superb ensemble cast that wonderfully delivers this sugary-sweet production with panache. Well, mostly sugary-sweet there are some tense moments peppered throughout. Running through February 26th at their BayWay Theatre in East Islip (then continuing to their Elmont location), this incarnation is excellently directed by Bobby Kabat.



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