Reflections

Broadway

Clyde’s & SIX on Broadway NOW – GO!

This past week we crept back, getting close to hitting our pre-pandemic numbers for theater attendance. As an exercise in collective effervescence the more people that are in the group for our audiences the higher the energy and the more rewarding the experience. This is a good and lovely thing and nothing makes me happier than energy bouncing around on the sidewalk as we prepare to enter the theater.

Quietly Going Back to the Theater with Letters of Suresh

If I had known what a powerful and perfect choice this play was for our group, I would have made more noise about it. You should go experience this play: the words, the premise, the creative use of lighting, and the super hard to pull off, but brilliantly performed monologues.

A New York State of Mind

For those of us who live in NYC, the city IS the star of all of our shows. We are all the supporting actors. I for one look forward to being back in the city soon in support of it and all it has to offer. Who is ready to support Broadway with me?

Going Back to Broadway…Collective Effervescence Personified

On the evening of August 4th, 2021 at 8pm Stacie (my GYGG partner in chief) and I had the good fortune to GO back to BROADWAY. Doors that had been shuttered for some 500 days were flung wide open at the August Wilson Theater to welcome us and our fellow giddy audience members back to the theater in the form of a play called Pass Over….

“Raise a Glass to Our Old Broadway…”

This year was going to be a big season for so many talents on and off-Broadway. It was also going to be a big season for the GYGG theater group with up to 4 shows a month and well over 400 tickets purchased. That is A LOT of theater for a whole LOT of New Yorkers. As it happens these were a whole lot of generous, kind-hearted, empathetic and supportive New Yorkers…

Sing Street – The Movie – and Why You Should Watch It

We LOVED this movie! If I had to summarize, it is a comprehensive 80’s era (the year 1985 to be exact) love letter with a School of Rock/Once/Stand by Me/Bend it Like Beckham/Almost Famous vibe (these happen to be some of my and probably your most favorite movies). Most of the car ride back to Montauk we talked through how we would go about turning it into a musical…

A Tale of Two Tinas

The role of Tina Turner, in the musical of the same name, has to be all kinds of grueling – a massive commitment at each and every performance. The energy burn is off the charts and the vocal range and explosiveness of the voice that needs to be employed to pull this performance off is otherworldly. Which is why, I have since learned, that they have cast two Tinas to play the part…

The Subjectivity of the Theater Experience

Last week I was super fortunate, thanks to a thoughtful and fellow theater-loving friend, to attend an evening with André Bishop discussing his many years as the Artistic Director for Lincoln Center. The crux of the conversation was to do with how he chooses what goes on his stages. Want to know his simple answer to this complicated question?

My Name Is Linda and I Have a Story

Laura Linney is able to memorize and deliver words in a most astounding and authentic fashion as she so remarkably demonstrates in her one-woman carefully constructed and brilliantly delivered performance in My Name is Lucy Barton. If you love Laura Linney, you must GO see her in this play. This post, however, is not about that performance. Rather it has to do with a story around the show. This post is about – eeh gads – karma…

Truth & Beauty on Stage at Jagged Little Pill on Broadway

Jagged Little Pill tackles ugly beautifully. I saw this show for the second time on Sunday with a group of 50, many in the 14/15 year old range. When there are kids and their parents in the mix, I am hyper aware of the content that is that is being covered. And Jagged Little Pill covers a lot of dark, ugly and challenging content…

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