Tag: judy garland

Seth Sikes Embraces His Divas

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, June 29, 2017.] I am a fan of the divas that inspire the passionate fandom Seth Sikes revealed in his June 24 cabaret show. I’ve wondered, as I’ve read reviews of his tribute show appearances over the past few years, whether his performance style would land as gushing

Continue reading

Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Metropolitan Room

Moore paints a picture of a time, a community, and show business camaraderie. Sinatra’s pals piled into charter planes for Coward’s Desert Inn opening, including original Rat Pack members Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Sid Luft and others. (Sinatra would execute a charter bus version of this kind of group adventure the following month

Continue reading

review: Among the Dead

by Hansol Junt Directed by Ralph B. Peña Featuring Will Dagger, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Diana Oh, Mickey Theis Ma-Yi Theater Company @ HERE (SubletSeries@HERE) 145 6th Avenue November 6, 2016 – November 26, 2016 production site [featured image caption: Among the Dead. [L-R] Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Diana Oh, Mickey Theis. Photo: Hunter Canning.] Each location in the three

Continue reading

Lorna Luft at 54 Below

Lorna Luft has always had a killer vocal instrument. There is television evidence as early as 1963 (The Judy Garland Show episode 15) of her 12-year-old’s self-possession and developing voice, and ample testimony by her mother in interviews during those years. In her current show at 54 Below, Luft demonstrates to supporters and critics alike that her

Continue reading

What Was It Like to See Judy Garland’s Famous Carnegie Hall Show?

[article as originally published at TDF Stages, June 15, 2016.] Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things. This week, Stages contributor Martha Steketee geeks out with retired general manager Albert Poland at his home in Wappinger Falls, New York . In his 43-year career in New York theatre — which spanned

Continue reading

Sixth Annual Night of a Thousand Judys

[article originally published at Theater Pizzazz, June 8, 2016.] On Monday June 6, 2016, Judy Garland wrapped her arms around an entire city block on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a fundraiser to benefit the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ youth. Two packed acts of guest artists, a scripted “middle school skit”

Continue reading

Joan Sings Judy at 54 Below

[article originally published at Theater Pizzazz, June 4, 2016.] The petite figure appears in a delectable blue cocktail ensemble with sparkly clear heels determined to evoke another petite performer’s work from over 50 years ago on concert stages, movie sets, radio studios. Joan Ellison’s current show Get Happy! Judy Garland 1944-54 focuses on a specific

Continue reading

event musings: night of a thousand judys

Ali Forney Center Benefit Concert: Night of a Thousand Judys Written and Hosted by Justin Sayre Music Direction by Lance Horne Featuring Martha Wash, Madeleine Peyroux, Carolee Carmello, Lea DeLaria, Karen Mason, Maude Maggart (and many others) Monday, June 17, 2013 Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street event site For

Continue reading

event musings: taylor mac jewish songs of 1900-1909

Sleep Fast! We Need the Pillow! Jewish Songs of the 1900s (1900-1909) Taylor Mac Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 8pm JCC Manhattan, 344 Amsterdam Avenue event site [Note: these are musings about an experience, not a review of the product. These comments are a kind of conversation with the work and this magical performer, not

Continue reading

review: end of the rainbow

End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter Directed by Terry Johnson Featuring Tracie Bennett, Tom Pelphrey, Jay Russell, Michael Cumpsty The Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street April 2, 2012 — open run production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 29, 2012 After a tour through Britain and a stop in a major city in

Continue reading