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Review: Phillip Officer is Back Where He Belongs in LET ME SING AND I'M HAPPY at Bird Photo Review: Phillip Officer is Back Where He Belongs in LET ME SING AND I'M HAPPY at Birdland
by Ricky Pope - Sep 27, 2022

Phillip Officer was a prevalent name in NYC cabarets in the 1990s and early 2000s. He made a name for himself on Broadway in the cast of the original SIDE SHOW. And his cabaret evenings were always highly regarded by critics and audiences alike. But as he explained this evening, in 2008 he packed everything he owned into several large bags and not quite knowing why boarded a plane to Las Vegas, a place he had never been, with the intent of starting a new life. His baggage was lost along the way. How’s that for a metaphor?

Album Review: ELERI WARD: KEEP A TENDER DISTANCE is a Sequel That Lives Up to the Ori Photo Album Review: ELERI WARD: KEEP A TENDER DISTANCE is a Sequel That Lives Up to the Original
by Ricky Pope - Sep 18, 2022

n KEEP A TENDER DISTANCE, Ms. Ward has taken a large artistic leap forward from her previous collection of Sondheim. A PERFECT LITTLE DEATH was recorded in the middle of the pandemic in Ward’s home studio and contained 13 songs utilizing mostly just her solo voice and a guitar. The new album feels like an entirely more collaborative affair.  There are a plethora of instruments and lots of backup vocals (even though many of the voices are Ward herself.) Her technique has grown sharper, both as a vocalist and an instrumentalist, and her emotional range is deeper and more on target.

Interview: Martin Silvestri, Joel Higgins & Christine Andreas Talk About the Past and Photo Interview: Martin Silvestri, Joel Higgins & Christine Andreas Talk About the Past and Future of THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA at Surflight Theatre
by Ricky Pope - Sep 3, 2022

One of the most enduring of human beliefs is the idea of the existence of an afterlife. All sorts of terrors and challenges can be endured in an earthly life if one believes in a world beyond where things will be not only better but perfect. That is one of the central ideas of THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA, a musical that is opening next week at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ on Long Beach Island.

Surflight Theatre Presents THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA, September 7-25 Photo Surflight Theatre Presents THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA, September 7-25
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 26, 2022

Surflight Theatre, New Jersey's ‚ÄúBroadway at the Beach,‚ÄĚ will present a new production of The Fields of Ambrosia this September.

Photos: First Look at XANADU at Laguna Playhouse Photo Photos: First Look at XANADU at Laguna Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Aug 5, 2022

Laguna Playhouse concludes its historic 100th anniversary season with the dazzling and magical musical, XANADU, book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan. Check out photos here!

Laguna Playhouse Presents XANADU, the Final Show of Its 100th Anniversary Season Photo Laguna Playhouse Presents XANADU, the Final Show of Its 100th Anniversary Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 21, 2022

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE concludes its historic 100th anniversary season with the dazzling and magical musical, XANADU, book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan.  

Photos: First Look at SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Laguna Playhouse Photo Photos: First Look at SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Laguna Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022

Laguna Playhouse presents the hottest musical of the Summer, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, based on the Paramount/RSO Picture and the story by Nik Cohn, adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks, musical arrangements and orchestrations by David Abbinanti, featuring songs by The Bee Gees, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Karen Babcock Brassea. 

Laguna Playhouse to Present SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Photo Laguna Playhouse to Present SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

‚ÄúYou Should Be Dancing‚ÄĚ at LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE as it presents the hottest musical of the Summer, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, based on the Paramount/RSO Picture and the story by Nik Cohn, adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks, featuring songs by The Bee Gees.

Photos: Inside Look at Laguna Playhouse's Production of A CHORUS LINE Photo Photos: Inside Look at Laguna Playhouse's Production of A CHORUS LINE
by Marissa Tomeo - May 29, 2022

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is thrilled to present one of the greatest and most celebrated musicals of all time, A CHORUS LINE, conceived and originally directed & choreographed by Michael Bennett, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed and choreographed by Luis Villabon.

BWW Feature: The Diversity Ratio Photo BWW Feature: The Diversity Ratio
by Stephen Mosher - May 18, 2022

The artists of diversity in cabaret and concert are ready and willing to work - they just need to be invited to the table.

Laguna Playhouse to Present A CHORUS LINE Photo Laguna Playhouse to Present A CHORUS LINE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Laguna Playhouse will present one of the greatest and most celebrated musicals of all time, A CHORUS LINE, conceived and originally directed & choreographed by Michael Bennett, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed and choreographed by Luis Villabon. 

BWW Exclusive: First Look at I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! at the Laguna Pl Photo BWW Exclusive: First Look at I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! at the Laguna Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 21, 2022

Laguna Playhouse will present one of the longest running Off-Broadway productions of all time, I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music by Jimmy Roberts, musical direction by  Ricky Pope, directed & choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan.

BWW Interview: Catching Up With Maestro Michael McAssey Photo BWW Interview: Catching Up With Maestro Michael McAssey
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 1, 2022

Actor, singer, piano man, and now entertainment manager? Michael McAssey has his hands full, and he loves it.

BWW Review: TORI SCOTT Leaves It All on the Stage in JETLAGGED at Joe's Pub Photo BWW Review: TORI SCOTT Leaves It All on the Stage in JETLAGGED at Joe's Pub
by Ricky Pope - Mar 31, 2022

There is a phenomenon that occurs at Joe’s pub sometimes. Once in a while, you feel a little tremor underneath the seats while you’re watching a show like you’re experiencing a small earthquake. It’s attributable to the 6 train that runs directly below the Public Theatre on Lafayette Street. However last night, the tremor that was felt was completely due to the act onstage. Tori Scott was in complete command of the room, a room packed with fans there to celebrate her return to Joe’s Pub after a 2-year absence. For ten years she has been making appearances at the downtown cabaret and has developed a sizeable following. If her show, TORI SCOTT: JETLAGGED is any indication, it’s no wonder she has such devoted followers.

Laguna Playhouse to Present I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! Photo Laguna Playhouse to Present I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 26, 2022

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is set¬†to present one of the longest running Off-Broadway productions of all time,¬†I LOVE YOU, YOU‚ÄôRE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music by Jimmy Roberts, musical direction by¬†¬†Ricky Pope, directed & choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan.¬†¬†Comments Executive Producing Director Ellen Richard, ‚ÄúThe song ‚ÄėSatisfaction Guaranteed‚Äô from this joyous musical is what our subscribers and audiences will undoubtably have as we welcome this extraordinary cast and creative team to the Playhouse stage!‚Ä̬†¬†I LOVE YOU, YOU‚ÄôRE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!¬†begins previews on Wednesday, April 20; will open on Sunday, April 24 at 5:30pm and perform through Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.

BWW Review: The Sound of Meg Flather's RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN Music is Divine at Don't Photo BWW Review: The Sound of Meg Flather's RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN Music is Divine at Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 22, 2022

Rodgers and Hammerstein are the topic and Meg Flather is the professor, and such sweet tutorials were never, before, had.

BWW Review:  Jacob Khalil's MOST REQUESTED at Birdland Theater Is Music Everyone Shou Photo BWW Review: Jacob Khalil's MOST REQUESTED at Birdland Theater Is Music Everyone Should Ask For
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 21, 2022

Relative NYC newcomer Jacob Khalil has been making the rounds but when he sold out Birdland Theater, he may just have found an artistic home.

BWW Review: CHEEYANG NG is an Artist on the Rise at Feinstein's 54 Below Photo BWW Review: CHEEYANG NG is an Artist on the Rise at Feinstein's 54 Below
by Ricky Pope - Mar 21, 2022

Cheeyang Ng is an impressive human. They are celebrating nearly a decade as a resident of New York. The native of Singapore came here, as they said to escape some traditions and find a truer, more authentic version of themself. That journey is reflected in many of their songs, which focus on the joys and the uncertainty of being in unfamiliar territory, whether it be relationships or career ambitions of just self-actualization. They seem drawn to examining the multitude of thoughts and feelings that occur in a split second of actual time. In short, Cheeyang Ng writes about the active mind.

Photos: BETTY BUCKLEY AND FRIENDS Opening Night at Joe's Pub Photo Photos: BETTY BUCKLEY AND FRIENDS Opening Night at Joe's Pub
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 21, 2022

Claire Moore and Veanne Cox joined Betty Buckley on her opening night of BETTY BUCKLEY AND FRIENDS at Joe's Pub.

BWW Review: BETTY BUCKLEY & FRIENDS Deliver a Beautifully Thoughtful Evening at Joe's Photo BWW Review: BETTY BUCKLEY & FRIENDS Deliver a Beautifully Thoughtful Evening at Joe's Pub
by Ricky Pope - Mar 19, 2022

Betty Buckley is in great form. Her control over her instrument is remarkable, singing soft and gently, making her audience wait for the clarion tones that are her trademark. But when it’s time to belt, she delivers. She is masterful at creating musical monologues. For all her musical gifts you never forget that you are watching a great actress at work.

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