Dressed to the Nines


Upstairs at the Downstairs

(New York, NY)
37 West 56th Street
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017
An unexpected move can turn your life upside down, but for rapper Parrish Tha Great, it was life-changing in the best possible way.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017
The Huntington's 36th season will be commemorated with a Season Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 16 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and Studio 210. Guests will walk the red carpet, enjoy a glass of champagne, and experience the critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along.
by Cindy Marcolina - Sep 18, 2017
On Sunday, 17th September, 8 Northumberland Avenue saw theatre veterans and newcomers gathering together to celebrate the latter's accomplishments. The first edition of The Stage Debut Awards was a success, and the red carpet turn-up was a grand and sparkling line of stars and stars-in-the-making. Dressed to the nines in suits, gowns, and make-up worthy of Hollywood's glitziest of nights and shrouded in the humbleness and grace that only belong to the theatre folk (well, most of them, anyway), actors, writers, composers, and directors walked with full hearts and starry eyes.
by Shari Barrett - Sep 18, 2017
Master satirist Paul Rudnick blends a deep humanity with a honed sense of hilarity in this powerful and funny play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out. But it is also one that promotes a very progressive political stance on human rights, especially within the gay community, with much of the dialogue presented as if they are soapbox speeches meant to sway the listener to take action. But given our current political circumstances, there is nothing wrong with encouraging people to take a stand and speak out to make the world a better and more equal place for everyone.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2018
head of their North American fall tour, which includes festival performances at ACL and Life Is Beautiful, indie dance duo SOFI TUKKER share the insanely fun music video featuring Brazilian LGBTQ pop icon and guest vocalist Pabllo Vittar, 'Energia (Parte 2)'.  Beats 1 and Hot 97 NYC radio presenter Ebro Darden, who premiered several songs from the 2016 Soft Animals EP, intro's the track with 'SOFI TUKKER get it.' 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2017
An unexpected move can turn your life upside down, but for rapper Parrish Tha Great, it was life-changing in the best possible way. A native of the Midwest, his job transferred him to Dallas, Texas, where he found that 'the love was overwhelming so I just stayed.' He's been rapping since he was a kid, and feels that music is the path that chose him.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 31, 2019
There was so much heart, love and entertainment on the stage of The Rose Theater last night, as The Cabaret Convention celebrated the legacy and the music of the legendary Judy Garland
by Don Grigware - Oct 29, 2019
Listening to Sylvia Brooks' album The Arrangement is a thrilling experience. Attending her live performance onstage is even more so. On Saturday October 26, Brooks brought her fascinating jazz/pop/Latin sounds to Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's for a sold out concert. What a pleasure to see this lovely woman dressed to the nines in an evening dress rarely worn by performers in today's circle and singing passionately with a 7 piece orchestra. Brooks poured her heart out and really had a grand time...meaning her enjoyment reached over the footlights and pulled her audience in, held on to them and never let go for 90 minutes. That in my book is a truly great performer, who leaves you begging for more.
by Katie Lynch - Oct 29, 2018
Witchery is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be soaking up every spooky moment as the Sanderson Sisters made their much-anticipated cabaret return last night at (le) Poisson Rouge. I Put A Spell On You: The Return of The Sanderson Sisters was everything Halloween and Broadway lovers alike could have hoped for. Full of laugh out loud moments, hip hop dancing, special guest appearances and a witches medley for the ages. This cabaret was true comical absurdity at its finest.
by Rachel Weinberg - Oct 26, 2018
The touring production of the 2017 Tony Award-winning revival HELLO, DOLLY! has arrived in Chicago with a jubilant, tuneful, and visually pleasing staging. Jerry Zaks's fast-paced production finds every moment of joy and adventure in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's classic musical. This bright and bold HELLO, DOLLY! offers unapologetic escapist entertainment, but that's precisely what makes the production such a success. At its core, HELLO, DOLLY! was created to supply fun and farce, and that's precisely what's served up.
by Shari Barrett - Oct 22, 2018
Directed by Howard Teichman for the West Coast Jewish Theatre at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica on a beautifully detailed split-level set designed by Kurtis Bedford and lit by Ellen Monocroussos, Neil Simon's classic took on a more emotional dedication from the cast with Simon's passing on August 26, 2018 during the show's rehearsal process. But even though Teichman keeps the pace moving along at a steady pace, running at almost 3 hours with very little laughter, the play, though extremely well written and performed, does seem a bit long and drawn-out as there certainly were moments when it could have ended much sooner and still been as effective.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018
Internationally renowned Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, will be ringing in 2019 with a glittering New Year's Eve performance at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
by TV News Desk - Oct 1, 2018
Internationally renowned Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, will be ringing in 2019 with a glittering New Year's Eve performance at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
by Christine Swerczek - Nov 28, 2018
Three unbelievably talented, real ORIGINAL Broadway Princesses singing the petticoats off every beloved princess song in the book! We're throwing a magical musical event and you're invited!
by Shari Barrett - Nov 26, 2019
Beginning at a rather leisurely pace, JITNEY takes its time introducing us to the cast of characters working and hanging out together in the one-room gypsy cab business office run by Becker (Steven Anthony Jones), a former mill worker who prides himself on owning his own business. His employees, who we learn about via their individual stories as they interact with the other characters, allow the audience an intimate view of the Pittsburgh working-class struggling to keep afloat in a time of great social change during the city's period of so-called a?oeurban renewal,a?? as the city tries to shut down businesses -- including the cab station -- to make way for a new, more upscale modern building
by Perry Tannenbaum - Nov 2, 2018
After we're rid of the obligatory 'Memory,'CP's fond farewall to Pease Auditorium, THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, is a lot of fun - but not a lot of music,
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2019
The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC) announces New Year's Eve: The McKittrick World's Fair, an evening of cosmopolitan glamour taking over the hotel to ring in 2020 on Tuesday 12/31. New Year's Eve: The McKittrick World's Fair will be a one-night-only spectacular filled with dazzling artistry for the celebration of the year! Every floor of the legendary home of Sleep No More will be transformed to evoke global metropolises and exotic curiosities of the World's Fair.
by Dylan Shaffer - May 24, 2018
Missed your invitation to Harry and Megan's royal wedding? Fear naught, because as part of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh, the story of Cinderella is as enchanting and regal as any British love story.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019
The theater nerd SuperBowl, The Tony Awards, is June 9th! Want to join a bunch of pals and eat delicious food and scream while watching 10 TVs? Ok then! From the hosts of the Broadway Trivia League, join Brett Thiele and Ellyn Marie Marsh at Treadwell Park (510 West 42nd Street) on Tony night for a free viewing party. Enjoy trivia during commercial breaks, a red carpet and a photo booth sponsored by Maker's Mark, as well as free Aperol Spritz's. Come dressed to the nines for the event. There will also be a Tony Pool and the winner will receive a gift card to Treadwell Park.
by Herbert Paine - May 22, 2018
Robert Kolby Harper has conceived a thoroughly entertaining remake of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, running through June 10th in Phoenix Theatre's Mainstage, and featuring knockout performances by Kate E. Cook and Brian Golub as Seymour and Audrey.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre's exclusive annual gala Everything's Coming Up Roses broke all previous records andraised $848,000 for the not-for-profit Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2019
The music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, arrives shortly after Rita began the first leg of her hotly anticipated Phoenix World Tour which kicked off on March 1st in Australia. Borrowing a 1950s aesthetic, Rita embodies different versions of herself, from being dressed to the nines in an elegant dress as a club singer, to a classic diner waitress. 
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 4, 2018
Anniversaries are customarily times to reflect on the past, but for Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director, Curt Dale Clark, the 2018 gala celebration of the company's sixty years is not only a time to celebrate history, but also to use the significant milestone as an opportunity to look to the future. 'We are thinking forward and not resting on our laurels. We are accentuating what works, trying to fix what doesn't, and trying to find new ways to engage the community and make them happy,' Clark explains his philosophy about the Brunswick-based theatre's upcoming historic season.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Mar 3, 2019
Like Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper radiating adoration and raw sexual chemistry, singing "Shallow" at the Oscars, as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd's hand roved up Miss Mona Stangley's lace stockings while they nuzzled on the couch, Angel Tuider Frale and Michael c De Baca scorched the stage at Carrollwood Players. The yearning for something more, an unrequited love was palatable. That's called great acting.
by TV News Desk - Mar 27, 2019
 Bravo Media presents the social scene of San Antonio, Texas in the new docuseries “Texicanas” premiering Tuesday, May 7 at 10pm ET/PT. Boasting one of the largest Latino populations in the United States, San Antonio is a city rich in Mexican culture and flare, making it the leading destination for Mexican nationals. The series follows Penny Ayarzagoitia, Mayra Farret, Lorena Martinez, Anayancy Nolasco, Karla Ramirez, and Luz Ortiz, a stylish group of San Antonio sophisticates as they try to balance their social lives and the demands of raising a family. But, it's their shared experience of facing the ongoing challenges of American culture, while still finding ways to honor their heritage and traditions that bonds these ladies with a connection that runs deeper than friendship. For a sneak peek, please visit: https://www.bravotv.com/texicanas/videos/your-first-look-at-texicanas
by Shari Barrett - Mar 22, 2019
THE SOUND OF MURDER by William Fairchild premiered in London in 1959, making the plot somewhat predictable now, given the abundance of murder mysteries written and being produced on local stages. But this one set play is exactly the kind of British murder mystery that Theatre 40 audiences enjoy, especially with the company's designers onboard who always create a visually stunning production. Skillfully directed by Adrian Cohen to keep the action interesting and a lot more than just a lot of talking heads with British accents, the cast of THE SOUND OF MURDER includes Roslyn Cohn, Gabriel Olivas, David Hunt Stafford, Peter Trencher, David Westbay and Kate Whitney. And why that title? There's some audio equipment involved that turns out to be a pivotal prop in the investigation!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2019
The Tony Awards are almost here, it's time to start planning! Like many people watching, you might not be able to make it to Radio City on June 9, but that's not the only place to have some Tony fun. While you might not be in the room with Tony host James Corden, these are same places that'll happily host you and others dying to view the award show.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019
The ever-dazzling International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is set to return to Australia, New Zealand and Europe with the most lavish touring burlesque show in history with her all-new revue, DITA VON TEESE: GLAMONATRIX.
by Pnina Topham - Jun 17, 2018
Despite its flaws, it's hard not to enjoy GUYS & DOLLS. The music is infectious, and the characters are memorable. This production isn't perfect, nor is it a rendition of the old classic; some attendees are bound to be startled or surprised by the modern twists. But if you know what you're getting going in, this show is worthy of your time and the ticket price. For families of all ages who want to have fun without a ton of thought, go!
by Erica Miner - Jun 13, 2018
An insider's view of what it was like to grow up as the eldest daughter of the most influential American musician of the 20th century
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 1, 2017
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Thursday, June 1, 2017 - or, as we like to call it #TheaterThursday, 'June is busting out all over…' as a song from Carousel reminds us, and there's no better way to kick off a new month than by planning our theater outings for the weekend! Tomorrow night at Cumberland County Playhouse, the company, cast and crew unveil the 2017 model of Smoke on the Mountain, which marks the 24th year of the musical playing in Crossville. Weslie Webster directs and her cast includes Daniel W. Black and Lauren Marshall as Sanders family father and mother Burl and Vera.
by Cindy Sibilsky - Jul 25, 2018
Dancers for Good, a glitzy gala benefitting The Actors Fund brought top dance talents from Martha Graham, Paul Taylor Dance Companies and more to East Hampton in a flawless, echanting evening of dance honoring two legends and true 'dancers for good': Bebe Neuwith & Chita Rivera.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents award-winning sister act Gracie & Lacy and the Legends Swing Band in Great American Songbook Live on September 21st, 2018. Dressed to the nines in glittering vintage-inspired attire, Gracie & Lacy deliver power- house vocals, smooth-as-butter harmonies, comedy, and even break out their tap shoes as they perform the unforgettable hits of the Golden Era celebrating Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more!
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 6, 2020
The once ubiquitous NYC nightclub staple is back onstage, with a new CD, a new life, and a new attitude. Well, it's the same attitude only it's been REnewed.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017
On Oscar® Sunday February 26th, the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel will provide you this new venue for the arrival of approximately 100 + VOTING Academy film and TV stars who will attend the hottest celebrity Awards party in town with even bigger names than last year.
by Shari Barrett - Jan 25, 2017
Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre is sharing the comedy so prevalent in Florence Foster Jenkins performances by presenting "GLORIOUS! the True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in The World" written by Peter Quilter through February 5, 2017. It is a hilarious and heart-warming comedy, somewhat similar to the 2016 film Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep. As directed by Anne Gesling, and thanks to the brilliant performance of AnnaLisa Erickson as Florence, we get to know the real woman who truly believes she is the best opera singer in the world - with a remarkable ability to ignore the taunts and laughter from her critics and audiences in the pursuit of her dream. Erickson's ability to overplay Florence's brutally imperfect singing and flamboyant physical style to perfection is captivating.
by Shari Barrett - Jan 21, 2020
The playwright nervously awaiting the make-or-break review on opening night has been the setting of many stage and movie scenes. But in this play, McNally runs with the idea, taking no prisoners across two acts boasting almost as many Broadway name-drops as punch lines, all delivered with perfect comic timing by a cast of talented actors who know how important it is to both give and take with each other as the wide range of human emotions overcomes the a?oestarsa?? who hope and pray this play will revive their struggling careers. And all the while, the laughs abound non-stop.
by Perry Tannenbaum - Feb 23, 2018
CPCC Theatre's EVITA sports spectacular sets and costumes along with a regal, enigmatic leading lady who can belt, but they need to fix the audio for the leading men.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is preparing to send out invitations for this season's tango-themed gala-Under the Stars in Buenos Aires-featuring the return of violinist Daniel Rowland and his virtuosic performance of music by the tango master Astor Piazzolla with musicians of the PSO. The fundraiser includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live auction, and will be held at Jasna Polana on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
by Cindy Marcolina - Feb 1, 2018
In 1960s Los Angeles, traffic police officer Effie-Lou (Katrina Foster) is looking for her PI friend Jo after she went missing. As Effie-Lou investigates Jo's disappearance, she falls into a world of murder and sex trafficking, coming to terms with her past as a prostitute.
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Dec 8, 2018
Artistic Director Pat Taylor's JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble is a beautiful jazz/dance and soulful enterprise that is so exuberant and exhilarating to watch, that, and this is also because the four jazz musicians who play throughout are just beyond brilliant, you forget every one of your troubles and feel compelled to join in to rejoice the human spirit through music, dance, poetry and the spoken word.
by Don Grigware - Dec 3, 2019
D. Scott Eads brought his holiday show to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal entitled Christmastime in the Key of Bing Sunday December 1 to a packed house of loving fans. The show came in at about 100 minutes and is ideally suited to a theatre stage. Not only were we treated to a fine carol selection and to a bevy of guest stars, but Eads featured story readings that in a larger space could be staged with more creative flair. But, as is, it was more than a fulfilling evening of holiday mirth.
by Shari Barrett - Dec 17, 2019
Attendees will enter a nightclub in 1963 Germany just under the shadow of the Berlin Wall where everyone is a spy and no one can be trusted. During the evening, CRIMSON CABARET guests will engage with secret agents and be slipped notes with assigned missions to complete throughout the evening. All guests are required to dress in 1960s appropriate cocktail party attire and assume a character of their choosing, then bring that character into the space and be ready to do what is asked of you and find the right person who can lead you in the direction where your skills are required during this multi-sensory, immersive theatrical experience. But you see, since everyone is dressed appropriately, how can you possibly know who to trust and who is really playing for the wrong team on this side of the wall?
by Shari Barrett - Dec 14, 2019
The Troubies continues its 25th Silver anniversary season (bringing Los Angeles audiences a quarter century of mayhem!), with their 18th annual holiday offering of A CHRISTMAS CAROLE KING adapted & directed by Matt Walker with musical direction by Derrick Finely, in which the soulful sounds of songstress Carole King are combined with one of the most enduring stories of our time, and the result is 'So Far Away' from what you'd expect! The nine cast members who play a multitude of characters and change costumes more frequently than seems humanly possible, are (in alphabetical order): Rick Batalla, Chelle Denton, Beth Kennedy, Janelle Lillian, Luis a?oeL.T.a?? Martinez, Mike Sulprizio, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Matt Walker and David C. Wright. And you could not ask for a more talented, off-the-wall group of entertainers to bring this holiday laugh fest back every December to appreciative local audiences!
by Barbara Johnson - Dec 11, 2017
In many ways, the holiday season is about schmaltz and sentimentality, when it's okay to let yourself appreciate old-fashioned pleasures and crank up favorite songs. The In Series' AN OPERETTA HOLIDAY unabashedly embraces this spirit, serving up a frothy cabaret of romantic songs from THE MERRY WIDOW, DIE FLEDERMAUS, and other classics.
by Shari Barrett - Aug 6, 2018
Somewhere in the world tonight there are 7 performances of the hit musical MAMMA MIA! onstage entertaining audiences. In fact, the show based on the music by Swedish pop group ABBA, has become so popular that the only continent where a regional or touring production has not occurred is Antarctica, and the show has set the record for premiering in more cities faster than any other musical in history. And after seeing the current 3-D Theatricals production, it's easy to see why audiences continue to fill theaters to experience the fun, spectacle, great music, and overall happy atmosphere generated by this feel-good musical.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017
On Saturday night, April 1, more than 350 of the Bay Area's finest arts supporters gathered at the Fairmont San Francisco to honor Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning theatre company known for its innovative and challenging works. OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding raised $775,000 to support the Theatre's artistic and creative efforts, including education programming and the Theatre's attempts to promote active citizenry.
by Anne Simendinger - Apr 22, 2018
Between the classic score, phenomenal talent, lavish costumes, and stunning sets, Rogers and Hammerstein's The King and I is most certainly "something wonderful".