Long Island Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: A New Spin on FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Cultural Arts Playhouse BWW Review: A New Spin on FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Cultural Arts Playhouse
by Jaime Zahl - November 28, 2017

Theatre is about pushing the boundaries of what's expected. In the Cultural Arts Playhouse's latest production of Fiddler on the Roof, director Eliana Kayelle has taken many risks in her telling of the Broadway classic.... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Tilles Center “…A tale of revenge and retribution; So if you're smart”, you'll see it! BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Tilles Center “…A tale of revenge and retribution; So if you're smart”, you'll see it!
by Nicholas Pontolillo - November 04, 2017

If one were to describe A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder in a single phrase, it would be described as 'madcap fun'. On October 28, 2017, the national touring production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (GGLM) performed at the Tilles Center in Greenvale, NY.... (more...)
BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre At CM Performing Arts Center BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre At CM Performing Arts Center
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - October 18, 2017

Halloween comes early this year to the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre in Oakdale as they opened their newest musical 'Jekyll and Hyde.' This chilling version of the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego Mr. Hyde is chock full of tricks, treats, and as always, riveting performances.... (more...)
BWW Review: CARRIE at Cultural Arts Playhouse BWW Review: CARRIE at Cultural Arts Playhouse
by Jaime Zahl - October 03, 2017

Just in time for the month of Halloween, the Cultural Arts Playhouse is generating goosebumps with its thrilling production of 'Carrie.'... (more...)
BWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at BroadHollow Theatre Company BWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at BroadHollow Theatre Company
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - September 17, 2017

The kids in Sweet Apple, Ohio are hooting and hollering over the arrival of Conrad Birdie and so is the audience over at the Broadhollow Theatre Company in Elmont. Bye Bye Birdie, the Broadway smash musical from 1960, is back and better than ever! Albert, Rosie, Hugo and Kim are also here to bring u... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at Cultural Arts Playhouse BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at Cultural Arts Playhouse
by Jaime Zahl - September 13, 2017

Teased hair, neon mesh and parachute pants galore - The Wedding Singer at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Syosset is a jubilant trip back to the '80s.... (more...)
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts
by Jaime Zahl - September 08, 2017

The Merrick Theatre and Center For the Performing Arts is casting a spell over its patrons with a magical production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's classic musical 'Into the Woods' running until October 1.... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts
by Jaime Zahl - August 10, 2017

Long Island theatre patrons have the opportunity to attend the tale of a 'killer' production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's horror musical 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at the Merrick Theatre & Center For the Arts until August 20.... (more...)
BWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Noel S. Ruiz Theatre BWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
by Jaime Zahl - July 25, 2017

While disco may be dead, its spirit is alive and well at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale through August 19.... (more...)