Long Island Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: NUNSENSE at The Gateway BWW Review: NUNSENSE at The Gateway
by Melissa Giordano - 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 2... (more...)
BWW Review: ON THE TOWN at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre BWW Review: ON THE TOWN at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
by Jaime Zahl - June 07, 2018

What would you do if you met someone who had never seen a musical before? They have no concept of what goes into it - the dance breaks, the big ensemble numbers, the balance of humor and pathos. The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre's production 'On the Town' would be the perfect production to display what it me... (more...)
BWW Review: The World Premiere Of FELLOW TRAVELERS at Bay Street Theatre BWW Review: The World Premiere Of FELLOW TRAVELERS at Bay Street Theatre
by Melissa Giordano - June 06, 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 t... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater Three's production of Kander and Ebb's CURTAINS certainly is “A Tough Act to Follow” BWW Review: Theater Three's production of Kander and Ebb's CURTAINS certainly is “A Tough Act to Follow”
by Nicholas Pontolillo - June 02, 2018

Port Jefferson's Theater Three production of the musicial murder mystery romp Curtains is brilliant; it is a clever mash up of Columbo meets Kiss Me, Kate. Curtains is a wonderful show that reveals how a show's ensemble is not just its cast, but also its creative team. It emphasizes the importance o... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Cultural Arts Playhouse BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Cultural Arts Playhouse
by Jaime Zahl - May 29, 2018

Staging a musical like 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' is no easy feat. It calls for a company of strong voices, deep character study and a set worthy of emulating the titular Paris famous bell tower. The Cultural Arts Playhouse manages to bring all these elements together in a wonderful crescendo of ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at The Engeman BWW Review: The Classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at The Engeman
by Melissa Giordano - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at The Gateway BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at The Gateway
by Melissa Giordano - 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 ce... (more...)
BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at The Argyle Theatre BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at The Argyle Theatre
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - May 15, 2018

Another opening, another show, but this time it's at a brand new theater in Babylon Village. No longer will we have to deal with the unpredictable LIRR to see a hit musical, we can see a big Broadway show with big Broadway names both on and offstage right here on Long Island. The radiant and comfy-c... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET presented by The BroadHollow Theatre Company BWW Review: CABARET presented by The BroadHollow Theatre Company
by Melissa Giordano - May 03, 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 directe... (more...)
BWW Review: CRY-BABY at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre BWW Review: CRY-BABY at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
by Melissa Giordano - April 18, 2018

In a Grease-meets-Romeo & Juliet type of tale, the Tony nominated musical Cry-Baby brings loads of laughs. The Long Island premiere - running through May 12th at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC) - is superbly directed by Patrick Grossman - the Artistic Director of the Oa... (more...)
BWW Review: TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Theatre Three BWW Review: TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Theatre Three
by Melissa Giordano - April 11, 2018

Reginald Rose's Tony nominated play Twelve Angry Men is certainly an affecting piece and a wonderful selection for Theatre Three's thrilling 48th Season. This superb showing, running through May 5th at the stunning Port Jefferson venue, is excellently directed by Bradlee E. Bing and indeed continues... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - March 29, 2018

It's 'Girls' Night Out' at Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts' electrifying production of 'Mamma Mia!' The ABBA musical brings down the house and features an energetic gang of Long Island's finest actors including the amazing Michelle Rubino who steals the spotlight as bride to be Sophie.... (more...)
BWW Review: LANFORD WILSON'S 5TH OF JULY at Five Towns College BWW Review: LANFORD WILSON'S 5TH OF JULY at Five Towns College
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - March 28, 2018

It was an enchanting gathering with the Talley family at the Five Towns College Performing Arts Center's dynamite production of Lanford Wilson's 'Fifth Of July.' This Broadway classic was beautifully and intimately brought back to life by director Milton Justice. It was as if we were members of the ... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at The Engeman BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at The Engeman
by Melissa Giordano - March 21, 2018

When I attended the Broadway incarnation of In the Heights, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Accordingly, when they announced their current season, I had the upmost confidence that the showing at the gorgeous The John W. Engeman Theatre was going to be just as stellar. Being the Engeman Theatre, I was prove... (more...)
BWW Recap: The Patchogue Theatre's HAIR In Concert BWW Recap: The Patchogue Theatre's HAIR In Concert
by Melissa Giordano - March 14, 2018

It was indeed a weekend of love at the Patchogue Theatre honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic musical, Hair. To commemorate, the gorgeous Long Island venue put together a thrilling - and abbreviated - concert version of the Tony winner featuring top talent from Broadway and beyond for a s... (more...)
BWW Review: BroadHollow Theatre Company's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS BWW Review: BroadHollow Theatre Company's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS
by Melissa Giordano - March 08, 2018

It is a breath of fresh air seeing a production that is all about laughs and silliness. No message, no plot... just a terrific comedic cast making an audience forget about life for a bit. In BroadHollow Theatre Company's boffo showing of the off-Broadway hit Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, they ... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre BWW Review: RAGTIME at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
by Melissa Giordano - February 28, 2018

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 ecstatic to see that the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center has added it to their fantastic Spring/Summer schedule. This excit... (more...)
BWW Review: NUNSENSE at Theatre Three BWW Review: NUNSENSE at Theatre Three
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - February 26, 2018

The hooting, hollering, and Hail Marying the other evening at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson was for the fabulous five sisters of Hoboken in a rousing production of Dan Goggin's 'Nunsense!' This holy ensemble features some of the most talented actresses on Long Island who sing, dance and pray their... (more...)
BWW Review: Merrick Theatre's THE CRUCIBLE BWW Review: Merrick Theatre's THE CRUCIBLE
by Melissa Giordano - February 22, 2018

Oh my goodness, what a powerful production and remarkable cast is offered in Merrick Theatre's latest The Crucible. Arthur Miller's 1953 Tony winning play is - perhaps - often produced, but when you have a showing of this caliber, it certainly warrants another look. Now playing at the adorable Long ... (more...)
BWW Review: Broad Hollow's Production of MY FAIR LADY BWW Review: Broad Hollow's Production of MY FAIR LADY
by Nicholas Pontolillo - January 26, 2018

Broad Hollow Theater Company begins its 2018 Spring season with the classic Lerner & Lowe's My Fair Lady which continues its run through January 28 at Baywway Arts Center in East Islip, NY and then transfers for a run at the Broad Hollow at Elmont Theater from February 3 - March 4.... (more...)
BWW Review: Of Thee I Sing at the Tiles Center BWW Review: Of Thee I Sing at the Tiles Center
by Nicholas Pontolillo - January 26, 2018

Upon entering the theater, brightly lit stars graced the stage. While it's intentions were to symbolically represent the stars on the American flag, it also indicated the level of talent the audience would endure.... (more...)
BWW Review: 'I Know the Truth'.... AIDA is a SMASH at The Noel S. Ruiz Theater At CM Performing Arts Center BWW Review: 'I Know the Truth'.... AIDA is a SMASH at The Noel S. Ruiz Theater At CM Performing Arts Center
by Nicholas Pontolillo - January 26, 2018

After seeing Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida at The Noel S. Ruiz Theater at CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, NY, I can officially say that this theater and production is the closest Long Island will ever get to Broadway! Aida was truly unbelievable and will go down as one of the best theater exp... (more...)
BWW Review: DOG SEES GOD at South Shore Theatre Experience BWW Review: DOG SEES GOD at South Shore Theatre Experience
by Jaime Zahl - January 21, 2018

Drug use, underage sex and juvenile delinquency - that is the reality of the beloved Peanuts gang in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, presented by the South Shore Theatre Experience in Lindenhurst until January 19.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Portrays the Realities of Romance at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Portrays the Realities of Romance at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts
by Jaime Zahl - January 09, 2018

The Merrick Theatre & Center For the Arts continues its 2017-2018 season with Jason Robert Brown's intimate love story, The Last Five Years, running until January 28. The two-person, song cycle musical tells the story of the romantic relationship between two New Yorkers - Cathy, an aspiring actres... (more...)
BWW Review: LIONEL BART'S OLIVER at Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: LIONEL BART'S OLIVER at Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - December 06, 2017

Long Island's finest actors have gathered together this holiday season to bring Lionel Bart's 'Oliver' to the Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts. The outstanding Anne Marie Finnie, terrific Chazmond Peacock, charming Zak Ketcham, and a slew of multitalented kids and pros took us to London for ... (more...)