Mike Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra on Governors Island

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Events , Music , Reviews

Mike Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra on Governors Island for a hot balmy day of 1920s revival fun. We stepped off the ferry after a ten minute ride off the southern tip of Manhattan.

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Rent, again, a Review

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

After closing its twelve year run at the Nederlander Theater three years ago to become the ninth longest runnning show in Broadway history, RENT is back! The original show previously spawned three touring productions, a filmed live version and a feature film, begging the question is yet another production viable? It’s central characters – Roger, Mark, Mimi, Tom Collins, Angel, and Maureen struggle with daily poverty, love and loss, life and death. All-the-while they cling to friendships as they pursue their art and a life to be lived on their own […]

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Judy and Liza Together … Again!

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , On Stage , Reviews

If you’re a fan of Judy Garland, then you know her work way beyond the rainbow. The role of Dorothy might have made her a legend, but the cabaret career that followed made her an icon. And her daughter Liza’s career is no less legend, and her persona no less iconic than her mother’s. Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have been impersonating the two women for decades:  Fabulous! (New York Times), Extraordinary (Theatre Mania), Amazing (Time Out), Astonishing … Masterful … Brilliant (Chicago Sun Times), and Sensational (Times) are but a […]

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Richard Skipper as Carol Channing in Concert

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

The off-Broadway St. Luke’s theater on West 46th Street is small and cozy; which makes it the perfect venue for Richard Skipper as “Carol Channing” in Concert. The one-“woman” show seems almost as though Carol were improving in your living room.  With a big smile, the flutter of eyelashes, and an innocent roll of the wide child-like eyes, as well as “Carol’s” continued astonishment and deep appreciation of the audience’s reactions, Skipper presents a Carol that is truly endearing and delightful; you’re drawn in from the opening moment and deeply […]

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Inception: a review

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Film , Reviews

The new film staring Leonardo DiCaprio is a BIG idea.  Too big!  The acting is great, the special effects superb, and concept interesting.  Yet after two and a half hours it falls short.  All the elements were there, but it just like a doesn’t hit the spot. The dreams within dreams action is plenty, but beyond the coolness of the concept the film misses the opportunity to explore the subconcious baggage that we all carry and yet are so unaware of; settling instead for raw action for actions sake. All in all, those […]

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