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Mayfair Theatre

(New York, NY)
235 W. 46th St.
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by Michael Dale - Sep 9, 2016
'I am not gonna let Broadway rot,' raps a rising musical theatre artist who describes himself as being 'just like a savior / With Mobb Deep misbehavior,' in Gerard Alessandrini's positively brilliant spoof of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony and Pulitzer winner, repackaged as SPAMILTON.
by Michael Rabice - Sep 24, 2017
LATIN RHYTHMS OVERCOME 'ON YOUR FEET' SHORTFALLS No one would be more surprised to see a Cuban-American immigrant turn into an international superstar than a young Gloria Estefan herself. But years later her story is being retold on stage in ON YOUR FEET- The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical. After a near 2 year run on Broadway that recently closed in August, the National Tour has been in Buffalo rehearsing for weeks and opened to an energetic audience on Saturday night at Shea's Buffalo Theatre.
by Christie Fisher - Nov 9, 2015
The Holly Theatre Company presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS October 23-November 8, 2015 at the Historic Holly Theater. The Howard Ashman and Alan Menken musical features a blood-thirsty plant and his quest for world domination.
by - Nov 8, 2010
BWW Reader Feedback for 11/8/10.
by Cassandra Sandros - Nov 16, 2014
The hottest ticket in West Michigan right now is indisputably Mary Poppins. Selling out even their final dress rehearsal, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre has brought together a technical powerhouse that will thrill the most seasoned audiences.
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 13, 2015
This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in New Jersey, Salt Lake City, Sydney, and more. Check out our top 10 spooky stories around our Broadway World below, which include the National Tour of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY in Nashville, BUYER & CELLAR in Salt Lake City, and Audra McDonald in Sydney, just to name a few.
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015
'It Burns a Lovely Light' is a riveting novel about an Air Force family. Set in the 1970's and 80's, the novel has the highest 5 Star Rating from Amazon Reviews and was a 2014 USA Best Book Finalist. 'It Burns a Lovely Light' features the James family, a tight-knit foursome that move from base to base. The dysfunction of the family relying only on each other (their family motto is 'Us four and no more') is revealed when crisis strikes. The descriptions of military life, from base housing, to the Officer's Club, to the protocol involved when an airman is killed or wounded, are based on Pennington's personal knowledge of military life. 'My sisters and I were Air Force Brats,' said Pennington. 'Our father, General Robert McCann, was transferred often, so we were constantly packing, unpacking, making new friends and saying goodbye to old friends. Perhaps in order to survive, we convinced ourselves that we were the lucky ones. That people who grew up in one place were missing out. That is the jumping off point of my novel.' IndieReader calls Pennington's debut novel 'A remarkably moving book, with well-crafted characters and a strong, loving emotional center.' 'It Burns a Lovely Light' is available on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, Barnes&Noble.com.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015
2014 USA Best Book Finalist 'It Burns a Lovely Light' goes to the heart of the Autism Community. The funny, heartbreaking, and occasionally dark story of an Autistic Young Man and his patchwork family has seen a surge in sales throughout April - National Autism Month. International Organization Autism Speaks was the first of many Autism Groups and Organizations to recognize Pennington's debut novel. Autism Speaks now carries Pennington's novel in their on-line Parent's Resource Library. Over the past month, Pennington has appeared at numerous venues related to the Autistic Community in the Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Richmond areas. 'There is a particular beauty, innocence and honesty not only to William, but the group of characters he comes to call family, that resonates with readers,' says Pennington, a former filmmaker and writer of short stories and essays. Praise for 'It Burns a Lovely Light.' 'Outstanding.' 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Awards / Literary Fiction 'Fiction at its Sharpest and Most Effective.' Piedmont Virginian Magazine 'A gifted writer.' Washington Post's Leonard Shapiro for Middleburg Life Magazine 'Another talented writer surfaces.' Genevive Lapham-Cerefice, former Newsweek Magazine 'A remarkably moving book.' IndieReader
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2014
"Another talented writer surfaces. Although I know your book is to an adult audience, I would recommend teenagers read it too." - Genevieve Lapham-Cerefice "Us four and no more" is the James family motto as Farley, William, and their beloved parents move from Air Force Base to Air Force Base. For savant-like William, their mother keeps each new house as similar as possible to the old - everything always "just so." But in the course of one evening, their parents die in a horrific car accident and Farley and William's lives become completely unsprung. Stunned and grief-stricken, they move into their aunt's decrepit boarding house overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. Over time, Farley, William, and the eccentric residents of Bridge Manor bond - holding each other up through loss, love, the threat of eviction, and a brutal act of intolerance. This patchwork family forms the heart of Penny McCann Pennington's award-winning debut novel, "It Burns a Lovely Light." "I'm so grateful for the overwhelming response to my book," says Pennington. "I think we can all relate to Farley's struggle to do what is right, but its William's innocent wisdom that stays with you long after you put the book down." "It Burns a Lovely Light," published by CreateSpace, is available on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, Barnes & Noble, and select bookstores, libraries. Awards for "It Burns a Lovely Light" Honorable Mention in Fiction 2014 New England Book Festival Honorable Mention in Fiction 2014 Southeast Book Festival Honorable Mention in Fiction 2014 Great Southwest Book Festival https://www.facebook.com/pages/It-Burns-a-Lovely-Light/398286523605588 Contact Daisy Venners / 919-272-3987 / daisy@meltatl.com
by Michael Dale - Mar 24, 2019
One of the quirky charms of the musicals that packed Broadway houses during early decades of the 20th Century, was the practice of allowing a stray remark that has nothing to do with anything that's going on to serve as the cue for a novelty song that has nothing to do with anything that's going on.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2013
This April, the company dubbed "the People's Opera" will return to the venue known as "the People's Theater" for the first time since 1965, when New York City Opera returns to New York City Center, its original home. The residency includes new productions of Gioachino Rossini's Moses in Egypt, conducted by Jayce Ogren and directed by Michael Counts (April 14-20); and Jacques Offenbach's La Perichole, conducted by Emmanuel Plasson and directed by Christopher Alden (April 21-27).
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 18, 2010
Now playing through August 29, 2010 at the Marriott Theatre in north suburban Lincolnshire is a playful and moving, family-friendly and Afro-Caribbean production of "Once On This Island," the first Broadway musical (1990) from the writing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 2, 2008
The no-holds-barred production of the classic stage musical Cabaret, which has been running at the No Exit Café in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, deserves many kudos for bringing this show to life. And what a life!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2010
Downtown's largest circulation newspaper, The Battery Park City Broadsheet, recently called the Pen Parentis Literary Salon an 'Algonquin Redux,' and we agree: this monthly literary event has no paralells in this century.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2010
Downtown's largest circulation newspaper, The Battery Park City Broadsheet, recently called the Pen Parentis Literary Salon an 'Algonquin Redux,' and we agree: this monthly literary event has no paralells in this century.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2014
Leonard Shapiro of Middleburg Life Magazine writes: 'A gifted writer....As the child of an Air Force general, Pennington's early depiction of life on base gives the book an authentic jumping off point.' Award-Winning Debut Novel Blends Dark Humor and Familial Bonds against the Backdrop of a Crumbling Industry. Former filmmaker and producer Penny McCann Pennington's first novel, 'It Burns a Lovely Light' is fiction at its sharpest and most effective. At its center is a Pittsburgh still stumbling from the loss of its formidable steel industry, and a family coping with tragedies both great and small. By turns heartrending, poignant and wildly funny, 'It Burns a Lovely Light' is, above all, a stirring portrait of a young woman regaining her life. A city, crushed from the loss of its main source of income. A family, brought together by circumstance and rallying beneath the face of tremendous tragedy. It's a turbulent landscape that many readers will identify with, and it forms the beating heart of Penny McCann Pennington's celebrated first novel, 'It Burns a Lovely Light.' As Pennington points out, the bonds of family - whether blood related or not - strike to the very core of what it means to be a human being. 'The response to my book has been tremendous, and I think it's partially due to the fact that we can all relate to Farley and her struggle to do what is right.' Synopsis: Aspiring photographer Farley James abandons her dreams of traveling the world to care for her savant-like brother, William. They return to Bridge Manor, their mother's childhood home in Pittsburgh, as the city is reeling from the loss of its great steel industry. Now a falling-down boarding house run by their formidable Aunt Claire, the large Victorian appears to cling to the hillside and has a commanding view of the changing city below. Through hard work, friendship, and eventually romance, Farley's broken spirit begins to mend. Then William, forever young and innocent, is found nearly beaten to death, clutching his bloodied superhero underpants. While Farley and the residents of Bridge Manor take shifts, reading and talking to an unresponsive William, Claire borrows more and more money to stay ahead of the bills. Horror over William's state turns to panic at the impending loss of Bridge Manor. But one thing becomes clear; this patchwork family will do whatever it takes to save their home. By turns hilarious, heartbreaking, and subtly twisted, It Burns a Lovely Light is a story of renewal, dreams, secrets, and the inescapable bonds of family. Although the book is fictional, Pennington's inspiration was rooted in her own experiences working as a filmmaker. 'The initial seed for this book was planted in the early 1990's when I spent three wonderful years in Pittsburgh, working in feature film production,' says Pennington. 'Scenes were often shot in the cavernous, abandoned steel mills and factories in and around the city. I was fascinated by stories of the city's survival after the demise of its great steel industry - and overwhelmed by the kindness of the people of Pittsburgh. After fifteen years, I finally put pen to paper.' Continuing, 'I didn't want to just write 'any book' - rather, it was vital to me to showcase vibrant, strong and multi-faceted female characters, true depictions of life on a military base and represent the Pittsburgh I got to know from my time there. It truly is a wonderful, complicated and beautiful city.' Since its release, the book has received notable acclaim. 'This book is good. Period. The writer was able to throw together a diverse cast of characters, each one with his/her individual demons and make you fall in love. Not since Fried Green Tomatoes have I cheered and jeered so loudly while reading a book!' writes Stephanie Elia. All-Pro former Washington Redskin 'Hog' and Pittsburgh Steeler Offensive Line Coach, Russ Grimm, was even more succinct: 'Great book!' 'It Burns a Lovely Light', published by CreateSpace, is available now in both paperback and Kindle formats: http://amzn.to/1hvNt1R About the Author: Penny McCann Pennington has been a producer, director, writer, and script supervisor in the Film/Television/Video/Documentary fields. In the early 1990's she spent three years in Pittsburgh, working on films such as 'The Silence of the Lambs,' George Romero's remake of 'The Night of the Living Dead,' Stephen King's 'Two Evil Eyes,' and numerous made for TV movies of the week. Scenes were often shot in the cavernous, abandoned steel mills and factories in and around the city. Fascinated by stories of the city's survival after the demise of its great steel industry, Pennington's story of the eclectic residents of a boarding house overlooking the changing city was born. The New England Book Festival recently awarded Ms. Pennington's novel, 'It Burns a Lovely Light' with an honorary mention in Fiction. Contact: Daisy Venners / 919-272-3987 / daisy@meltatl.com
by Review Roundups - Feb 5, 2020
The North American tour of Phantom of the Opera has made its way across the country with stops in Dallas, Cleveland, Denver and more!
by Victoria Beal - Feb 3, 2017
Written by New-Yorker-turned-Melburnian Kotryna Gesait, The Nursery Web holds a mirror up to the way we behave in love.
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 21, 2018
A lot of risk, fast rotations in perfect unison, a precarious balance point. No, I'm not talking about doing a twizzle in Olympic ice-dancing--but starring in SEMIRAMIDE by Gioacchino Rossini, a man who believed there was no such thing as too many runs, roulades and high notes. Neither did soprano Angela Meade, who fearlessly stars in the Met's current run of this dazzlingly difficult piece.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014
Penny McCann Pennington, author of acclaimed novel, 'It Burns a Lovely Light' made a splash in Somerville's Infamous Irish Restaurant and Pub, The Burren. 'You can't beat signing books to the sound of mandolin, guitar and some crisp Gaelic Harmonies,' says Pennington. 'Not to mention, the bartenders really know how to pour a pint of Guiness.' The daughter of an Air Force General, Pennington and her sisters sent many summers in Marshfield, Massachussetts, while their parents moved their belongings to yet another base. 'It Burns a Lovely Light' is a stay-up-all-nighter: When a possibly-too-close military family suddenly comes unsprung, the eldest daughter, Farley, gives up her dreams to care for her brother, William, an autistic savant. William is the novel's loyal and disarmingly insightful hero. 'The book was written primarily from Farley's perspective,' says Penny McCann Pennington, the author of 'It Burns a Lovely Light.' 'The impact of William just took over. It's a classic example of the story directing the author.' 'It Burns a Lovely Light' continues to receive rave reviews in major publications and won numerous awards / honorable mentions. Judges from the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Awards gave her a perfect 5 ('outstanding') in all categories. The international organization Autism Speaks requested permission to include her novel in their on-line parent's resource library. And most recently, 'It Burns a Lovely Light' was named a finalist for the 2014 USA Best Book Award.
by Marina Kennedy - Dec 11, 2015
Lala Sharma's beloved restaurant returns to the West Village offering sophisticated, Indian cuisine.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014
You will stay up all night to finish 'It Burns a Lovely Light.' When a military family suddenly comes unsprung, the eldest daughter, Farley, gives up her dreams to care for her younger brother, William. An Autistic Savant, William is the novel's loyal and disarmingly insightful hero. 'The book is written primarily from Farley's perspective,' says Penny McCann Pennington, the author of 'It Burns a Lovely Light.' 'The impact of William just took over. It's a classic example of the story directing the author.' Pennington took the modern approach to publishing. After working with an agent for over a year, the agent suddenly stopped taking Pennington's email. 'I was crushed,' said Pennington. 'I knew my book was good - but I was afraid to tackle promotion and marketing without an agent.' In the end, Pennington self-published and got herself a good publicist. 'It Burns a Lovely Light' has since received rave reviews in major publications and won numerous awards / honorable mentions, including 2014 USA Best Book Award Finalist. Judges from the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Awards gave her a perfect 5 in all categories - 5 meaning 'Outstanding.' Pennington is currently working on a biography of a prominent, vilified figure from the Vietnam era and another novel. 'It Burns a Lovely Light' can be found on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, Barnes&Noble.com, Scribd, and select bookstores and libraries.
by Michael Dale - Aug 13, 2005
A young Broadway performer brings Yeston's classical work to the cabaret stage
by Review Roundups - Apr 8, 2015
Gigi, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning musical comedy, celebrates its opening tonight, April 8, at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). Let's see what the critics had to say...
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018
The Old Globe will present a free, one-night-only event to celebrate the debut of a new book by legendary Globe Associate Artist Marion Ross  titled My Days Happy and Otherwise. This evening of storytelling with Ms. Ross and Associate Artistic Director Eric Keen-Louie will take place on Monday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m., on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. My Days Happy and Otherwise, by Ms. Ross with David Laurell, and a foreword by Ron Howard, will be available for purchase after the event, and Ms. Ross will be available to sign copies.