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: ANNIE at The EngemanBWW Review: ANNIE at The Engeman
Posted: Nov. 15, 2017


BWW Review: CLEVER LITTLE LIES presented by the Hampton Theatre CompanyBWW Review: CLEVER LITTLE LIES presented by the Hampton Theatre Company
Posted: Nov. 1, 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: 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: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL at North Fork Community Theatre: It's alive!... in black and white!BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL at North Fork Community Theatre: It's alive!... in black and white!
Posted: Oct. 18, 2017


BWW Review: Let GYPSY At The Engeman Entertain YouBWW Review: Let GYPSY At The Engeman Entertain You
Posted: Sep. 20, 2017


BWW Interview: A Chat With Artistic Director Patrick GrossmanBWW Interview: A Chat With Artistic Director Patrick Grossman
Posted: Sep. 19, 2017


BWW Review: ANNIE at The EngemanBWW Review: ANNIE at The Engeman
November 15, 2017

The holiday offering from the exquisite John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island, is an excellent production of the classic Tony winning musical Annie. Marking the half-way point of the Engeman's dazzling 11th season, this production is superbly directed by Antoinette DiPietropolo who also serves as Choreographer. Now I know you're probably thinking: Another production of Annie? Well, when you have a cast as remarkable as this, it definitely warrants another visit.

BWW Review: CLEVER LITTLE LIES presented by the Hampton Theatre CompanyBWW Review: CLEVER LITTLE LIES presented by the Hampton Theatre Company
November 1, 2017

Kicking off their exciting 33rd season, the Hampton Theatre Company (HTC) offers a stellar production of Joe DiPietro's hit off-Broadway comedy Clever Little Lies. We certainly need a good laugh in these worrisome times and the outstanding cast of HTC vets deliver resoundingly. Excellently directed by Andrew Botsford, the show runs until November 12th at the adorable Quogue venue.

BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL at North Fork Community Theatre: It's alive!... in black and white!BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL at North Fork Community Theatre: It's alive!... in black and white!
October 18, 2017

Kicking off their 60th Season, The North Fork Community Theatre (NFCT) of Mattituck gets in the Halloween spirit with a very entertaining production of Mel Brooks' classic Young Frankenstein, The Musical. Directed by Long Island theatre vet Bob Kaplan, it is certain that you will thoroughly enjoy this hilarious show now playing through October 29th. This is indeed a special treat not only because it is the beloved show, but it is being done 'in living black and white'. In a nod to the 1974 movie incarnation starring Gene Wilder - the source the musical is based on - practically all of the visuals in this production are black and white.

BWW Review: The Long Island Premiere of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: The Long Island Premiere of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Theatre Three
September 27, 2017

Kicking off what is sure to be a dazzling 48th season, Theatre Three offers the Long Island premiere of The Bridges Of Madison County. The Tony winner runs at the Port Jefferson venue through October 28th excellently directed by Theatre Three's Artistic Director Jeffrey Sanzel boasting a top notch cast. The best piece of advice I could give? Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions.

BWW Review: Let GYPSY At The Engeman Entertain YouBWW Review: Let GYPSY At The Engeman Entertain You
September 20, 2017

Northport's exquisite John W. Engeman Theatre does it again with a stellar version of the iconic Laurents/Styne/Sondheim musical Gypsy. The Tony winner runs at the Long Island venue through October 29th excellently directed by Engeman vet Igor Goldin boasting an outstanding cast. And I know you are probably saying that there are showings of this everywhere you look. However, when you have a production like this, it definitely warrants another visit.

BWW Interview: A Chat With Artistic Director Patrick GrossmanBWW Interview: A Chat With Artistic Director Patrick Grossman
September 19, 2017

Ahead of the 30th Anniversary concert this weekend at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, Artistic Director Patrick Grossman took a few moments to chat with me about the shows this season, his plans for theatre, and more!

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at the Noel S. Ruiz TheatreBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
September 13, 2017

Opening their 41st season in tremendous style, the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center offers a superb production of the Tony winning musical Dreamgirls. Running through October 1st at the Oakdale venue, this incarnation boasts a stupendous cast who are absolute naturals in their respective roles. Excellently directed by CM Artistic Director Patrick Grossman (who also serves as Choreographer and Set Designer), the show is certainly a must see for the fall season.

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at The GatewayBWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at The Gateway
August 30, 2017

The Gateway Playhouse closes out an amazing and busy Summer season with a superb production of the musical Little Shop Of Horrors. This incarnation runs at the Bellport venue through September 9th boasting an outstanding Broadway caliber cast. 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 and roll, doo-wop and Motown. You'll more than likely be familiar with the score's popular tunes including the title song and 'Suddenly, Seymour'.

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.



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