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BWW Review: Redhouse Arts Center Now Streaming The World Premiere of the Virtual Sequ Photo BWW Review: Redhouse Arts Center Now Streaming The World Premiere of the Virtual Sequel STILL WAITING a Play Created for Zoom
by Natasha Ashley - June 26, 2020

Syracuse's Redhouse Arts Center is back at it again bringing theater to audiences virtually with their now streaming production of the world premiere of the virtual sequel Still Waiting a Play Created for Zoom by Marc Palmieri and wonderfully directed by Hunter Foster. The play is of course part II ...
BWW Review: Redhouse Arts Center Presents the New York Premiere of WAITING FOR THE HO Photo BWW Review: Redhouse Arts Center Presents the New York Premiere of WAITING FOR THE HOST a Play Created for Zoom
by Natasha Ashley - May 29, 2020

Many theaters are all finding unique ways to still bring theater, concerts, and the arts to their audiences. Facebook live, Zoom, and other streaming services are certainly getting a work out as schools, theaters, performers, and many workplaces have all shifted online due to the Coronavirus pandemi...
BWW Feature: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN: Live-Stream from Florence, Italy. 5/1 Photo BWW Feature: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN: Live-Stream from Florence, Italy. 5/10/20
by Peter Danish - May 13, 2020

A BWW EXCLUSIVE: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Florence, Italy...
BWW Review: Syracuse Stage's Stunning Production of AMADEUS Opens and Closes all in o Photo BWW Review: Syracuse Stage's Stunning Production of AMADEUS Opens and Closes all in one Historical Performance
by Natasha Ashley - March 15, 2020

Syracuse Stage's stunning production of Amadeus under the always meticulous direction of Robert Hupp opened on Friday, March 13, 2020 and also closed on the same night due to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision to suspend the rest of the production's run was a choice that Hupp told the audience a...
BWW Review: CRY IT OUT at Geva Theatre Center Photo BWW Review: CRY IT OUT at Geva Theatre Center
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - March 11, 2020

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BWW Review: ONCE at Geva Theatre Center Photo BWW Review: ONCE at Geva Theatre Center
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - February 28, 2020

Continuing Geva Theatre's 2019-2020 season is the story of an unexpected meeting that blossoms into love, vibrant music, and a renewed vigor for life. It will warm your heart on a cold and dreary Rochester evening....
BWW Review: The Central New York Playhouse Presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Photo BWW Review: The Central New York Playhouse Presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by Natasha Ashley - February 22, 2020

The Central New York Playhouse is now entertaining audiences with the delightful romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love. The play by Lee Hall is adapted from the popular 1998 film of the same name. With numerous productions of Romeo and Juliet occurring throughout Central New York the timing is perfect...
BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Proctors Maintains its Delicate Balance. Photo BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Proctors Maintains its Delicate Balance.
by Marc Savitt - February 20, 2020

I want to state clearly this a very good production with a large group of talented professionals. Notable performances include Yehezkel Lazarov as Tevye and Ms. Murphy, Froch, and Barenblat as his daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava respectively. The choreography originally by Jerome Robbins, rec...
BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - February 19, 2020

Now performing at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater as part of the Famous Artists Broadway Theater Series: Broadway in Syracuse is the touring production of A Bronx Tale the Musical. The musical features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Glenn Slater. This touring produ...
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Rochester Broadway Theatre League Photo BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - February 19, 2020

There is perhaps no greater contributor to the musical theatre art form than Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, etc.), and perhaps no more generation-defining contribution than Jesus Christ Superstar. Now celebrating its 50th anniver...
BWW Review: Redhouse Arts Center Presents ROMEO & JULIET Photo BWW Review: Redhouse Arts Center Presents ROMEO & JULIET
by Natasha Ashley - February 17, 2020

Redhouse's production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet appropriately opened on Valentine's Day under the fresh direction of Melissa Rain Anderson. The romantic tale of a forbidden love comes to life with a fresh take on the characters, time period, and costumes. The result is intriguing and...
BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Blackfriars Theatre Photo BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Blackfriars Theatre
by Dan and Julie Izzo - February 11, 2020

Lights up. Enter the whirlwind. Blackfriars Theatre's production of NEXT TO NORMAL drops its audience smack in the middle of an emotional storm. The 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical details a family's sixteen-year struggle with trauma, centering on bipolar disorder. Groundbreaking in style a...
BWW Review: HITMAKERS: ORIGINS OF CLASSIC ROCK at CenterStage Photo BWW Review: HITMAKERS: ORIGINS OF CLASSIC ROCK at CenterStage
by Dan and Julie Izzo - February 03, 2020

If you've got a 'whole lot of love' for rock music or if you are 'reelin' in the years' for that 70's sound, you will want to check out HITMAKERS: ORIGINS OF CLASSIC ROCK at JCC's Centerstage now until February 16th. Previous iterations of the Hitmakers series focused on the individual writers and p...
BWW Review: Syracuse Stage Presents THE WOLVES at the Storch Theater Photo BWW Review: Syracuse Stage Presents THE WOLVES at the Storch Theater
by Natasha Ashley - January 27, 2020

Syracuse Stage along with the Syracuse Department of Drama brings a captivating and raw production of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves under the impressive direction of Melissa Rain Anderson. The production features numerous Syracuse University student actors along with members of the Actors' Equity Assoc...
BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR a Breathtaking Production Presented by The Baldwinsville Thea Photo BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR a Breathtaking Production Presented by The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild
by Natasha Ashley - January 27, 2020

The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild has brought a truly breathtaking production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Bright Star to their stage under the superb direction of Colin Keating. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's beautifully crafted bluegrass musical is breathtakingly brought to life by the stel...
BWW Review: YOUR BEST ONE at Capital Repertory Theatre Supports the Notion That Nobod Photo BWW Review: YOUR BEST ONE at Capital Repertory Theatre Supports the Notion That Nobody Can Push Your Buttons Like Family Can.
by Marc Savitt - January 25, 2020

This production of YOUR BEST ONE marks the east coast premier of one in a series of three plays by Meridith Friedman. In it, the Hoffman family rallies together, and against one another, as they wrestle with issues such as love, loss, finance, health insurance, child custody, and more in the context...
BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Rochester Broadway Theatre League Photo BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - January 22, 2020

Perfectly timed for the blistery cold Rochester weather we're all suffering through, the RBTL is currently presenting 'Anastasia', the stage adaptation of the 1997 animated movie in which audience members are whisked away to snowy St. Petersburg during the height of the Russian Revolution of the 192...
BWW Review: SLOW FOOD at Geva Theatre Photo BWW Review: SLOW FOOD at Geva Theatre
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - January 20, 2020

There is nary a more unifying social experience than receiving horrid, mind-bogglingly bad service at a restaurant. It cuts across class, background, geography, ideology, upbringing, and every other imaginable social divide. With minimal effort we can all probably recall a recent experience in which...
BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at Proctors Invites Audiences to Get Re-Acquainted With Photo BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at Proctors Invites Audiences to Get Re-Acquainted With People We've Probably Never Met Before.
by Marc Savitt - January 04, 2020

THE BAND'S VISIT is a heartfelt, critically acclaimed (one of only four musicals in Broadway history to win the unofficial a?oeBig Sixa?? Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical) of how the smalles...
BWW Review: THE LION KING at Rochester Broadway Theatre League Photo BWW Review: THE LION KING at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - December 21, 2019

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BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER At Blackfriars Theatre Photo BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER At Blackfriars Theatre
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - December 16, 2019

Keeping with the artistic diversity that makes this theatre a Rochester gem, Blackfriars continues its 70th anniversary season with Peter and the Starcatcher, a Tony Award-winning play like none other they've featured in recent seasons, one that's fueled by imagination, spirit, and a tremendous amou...
BWW Review: A SYRACUSE CHRISTMAS CAROL Debuts at the Redhouse Photo BWW Review: A SYRACUSE CHRISTMAS CAROL Debuts at the Redhouse
by Natasha Ashley - December 16, 2019

For the 2019 holiday season Redhouse Arts Center has brought an entertaining and new musical production of A Syracuse Christmas Carol to their stage under the direction of Hunter Foster. The musical is of course inspired by the classic Holiday story of Scrooge and it incorporates everything and anyt...
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY National Tour Opens at The Landmark Theatre Photo BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY National Tour Opens at The Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - December 13, 2019

This week the new national tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of My Fair Lady opened at Syracuse's Landmark Theatre and it is a moving, powerful, and beautiful production under the superb direction of Bartlett Sher. It is in fact the classic My Fair Lady  you are probably used to seeing b...
BWW Review: The Central New York Playhouse Presents ANNIE for the Holiday Season Photo BWW Review: The Central New York Playhouse Presents ANNIE for the Holiday Season
by Natasha Ashley - December 09, 2019

The family-friendly show that the Central New York Playhouse brings to their stage every holiday season is always something to look forward to and this time around, it's a definite audience favorite. Featuring spot-on direction by Shannon Tompkins, this production of Annie is, without a doubt, the b...