Will's New York Nite Life

Will's New York Nite Life

Lyrics & Lyricists: The Worlds of Lerner & Loewe

Lyrics & Lyricists: The Worlds of Lerner & Loewe

Posted May 31, 2017

"War Paint," Now Playing at Nederlander Theatre in New York City

"War Paint," Now Playing at Nederlander Theatre in New York City

Posted May 26, 2017

Karen Mason, "Mason at Mama's in May"

Karen Mason, "Mason at Mama's in May"

Posted May 25, 2017

On stage at Don’t Tell Mama, Karen Mason spends a lot of time paying homage to Broadway. This seems especially generous on her part, especially when, viewed from an objective distance, the musical theater has not totally done right by her. She’s never been cast as the original lead in a classic show, but has always been hired as a replacement or an understudy for a name about the title headliner (like Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard”). With this solo offering, however, she shows that she can put together a one-woman show to compete with any superstar diva. In the Mama’s set - which one hopes will be extended beyond Mondays in May - she brings considerable freshness to the overdone likes of “Over the Rainbow” and “Somewhere,” but the real standout moments are more contemporary works like “Finding Wonderland” and “It’s a Whole New World,” that no one has ever sung so intimately and movingly - the latter, in particular, made me want to cast my vote in favor of Ms. Mason doing an all Alan Menken show - there’s more depth in these songs than other singers have been able to find. Even though the subject matter of her climactic number, and the title of her excellent new CD, “It’s About Time” (no spoiler alert here, although it is by her husband, Paul Rolnick) led me to fear an overblown anthem, the song is an impassioned and effective closer. Based on her rapport with the crowd at Mama’s, Ms. Mason would appeal to have all the talent of a brand name, Tony-winning diva but none of the ego.

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See Antonia Bennett at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City!

See Antonia Bennett at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City!

Posted May 24, 2017

The New York Hot Jazz Festival Presents: Frankie Manning Birthday Bash 2017

The New York Hot Jazz Festival Presents: Frankie Manning Birthday Bash 2017

Posted May 23, 2017

Frankie Manning Birthday Bash 2017

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"A Bronx Tale" by Chazz Palminteri, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater at Longacre Theater

"A Bronx Tale" by Chazz Palminteri, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater at Longacre Theater

Posted May 18, 2017

Longacre Theater

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"Marry Harry," a New Musical at the York Theatre Company at St. Peter's

"Marry Harry," a New Musical at the York Theatre Company at St. Peter's

Posted May 16, 2017

The York Theatre Company at St. Peter’s

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"The View Upstairs," A New Musical by Max Vernon

"The View Upstairs," A New Musical by Max Vernon

Posted May 3, 2017

Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project

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New York City Center Encores! "The Golden Apple"

New York City Center Encores! "The Golden Apple"

Posted May 1, 2017