One video this morning reminded me of another. First, Alfred Molina in a “Funny or Die” video as a high-powered critic of children’s theater. Which reminded me of David Sedaris’ “Front Row Center With Thaddeus Bristol.” As good a way as any to start the week.
OK, so what it lacks in suspense it more than makes up for in thrill factor. Westchester’s Sophia Gennusa, and her fellow “Matilda” stars Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro will receive Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre for their performances as “Matilda” in Matilda The Musical. The… Read More →
This weekend, you can encounter cowardly lions, dancing zombies, hard-working secretaries, legal eagles, upwardly mobile window-washers, teens itching to dance, twenty-somethings itching to dance and a girl favored by the gods on stagees from Hastings to Shrub Oak to New Rochelle. Here’s a list of who’s doing what, with links… Read More →
RIP, Richie Havens, who died this morning, at age 72, after a sudden heart attack. Hard to believe that the man who opened Woodstock is gone. He left touring life behind him three years ago, but his trademark soulful sound will live on, as will the impact of that devastating… Read More →
I’ll be busy, busy, busy the next few days, as the high-school-musical season comes to a spirited close across the Lower Hudson Valley. Today, it’s New Rochelle for “Zombie Prom,” Stepinac for “Evita” and Mamaroneck for “Legally Blonde,” a musical for graduating seniors only. Tomorrow, I start at Hastings for… Read More →
For 11 seasons, David Hyde Pierce played Dr. Niles Crane, the persnickety perfectionist younger brother of Kelsey Grammer’s Dr. Frasier Crane on TV’s “Frasier.” It’s how many people still see him. You can see Pierce on April 14 at the old Nyack High School on Midland Avenue, where he’ll chat… Read More →
Here are Ricky Flores’ photos from a recent rehearsal of “Sweet Charity” at Yorktown High School. Thanks to director Tom Arduini and producer Karli Wheeler for having us. Shows at 7:30 p.m., March 15, 16; 2 p.m., March 17. $10. www.yorktown.org.
The storm has prompted White Plains Performing Arts Center to postpone tonight’s opening of “The Color Purple.” In an email, theater manager Kathleen Davisson wrote: “All ticketholders may exchange their tickets to another performance of THE COLOR PURPLE – Saturday, February 9 at 8pm; Sunday, February 10 at 2pm; Friday,... Read More →
Just got word that the Standing Ovation Studios performance of “In the Heights” scheduled for tonight has been canceled. Saturday and Sunday performances will go on as scheduled. Details at the Westchester Broadway Theatre website. Reaching new ‘Heights’
OK, everybody, breathe….
Westchester’s singing phenom finishes 2nd on ‘X Factor’ Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar on “X Factor.” Ray Mickshaw/FOX In the end, the country went for country. Westchester singing sensation Carly Rose Sonenclar did not win the second season of “The X Factor” tonight. After more than 35 million votes were cast… Read More →
Tonight’s performance sets “X Factor” victor (Carly singing Elton John’s “Your Song” last week. Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX.) It has been six months since Carly Rose Sonenclar walked onto the stage in Providence, R.I., and announced that she was ready to sing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” for her audition for… Read More →
Mamaroneck teen was last one to make the cut Carly Rose Sonenclar singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” Wednesday night. Photo by Ray Mickshaw/Fox. It didn’t look good for a while there, but Carly’s Angels came through. Fans of Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar — known as Carly’s Angels — were kept in… Read More →
Even after all these weeks, the judges on THE X FACTOR still aren’t quite sure what they’ve got with Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar. She killed “My Heart Will Go On,” the “Titanic” anthem tonight and the judges were still thinking that someone was singing for her. L.A. Reid to Carly’s… Read More →
And then there were 12 on “The X Factor,” including Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar, who was spared by Britney Spears last night, with 11 other acts. They’ll be back singing live next Wednesday with the results show next Thursday. But first, there’s Sunday night’s recap from the judges’ homes, for… Read More →
Gotta love this Facebook post from Tarrytown Music Hall: For all of you attending the Aimee Mann show tonight and still have no power at home, drop off your cellphone and charger tonight and we’ll charge it for you during the show. (Subject to available outlets and power strips…)
Hurricane prompts postponement of ‘Ask Chazz’ benefit Chazz Palminteri in his Bedford home office. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Eastern seaboard, Westchester Broadway Theater and Lighthouse Youth Theater have postponed Chazz Palminteri’s one-night-only event that had been scheduled for Monday. The Bedford resident will now be at the… Read More →
This weekend and next, openings all over (The cast of Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing” at Axial Theatre in Pleasantville includes, from left: Sean Weil, Ann Gulian and Ryan Mallon. Photo by Leslye Smith.) Stages across the Lower Hudson Valley offer plenty of choices to theatergoers. We gave the folks… Read More →
After a baseball rain delay stalled the start of “The X Factor,” in the final night of the Judges Homes episodes, Britney Spears last night told Mamaroneck phenom Carly Rose Sonenclar that she’s moving on to the group’s 16 finalists. The 13-year-old joins Diamond White, 13, from L.A.; Arin Ray,... Read More →
Mamaroneck teen wows Britney and Will.i.am in Malibu On “The X Factor” last night, after L.A. Reid was finished screening the six finalists in the “Over 25” category, it was time for the teens—and Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar.
On tonight’s hour-long episode of “The X Factor,” Mamaroneck 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar and her fellow teens hang out at Britney Spears’ Miami home, and compete to be among the four teen acts moving on to the Fox show’s “live shows.” The show airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m…. Read More →
If you’re of a certain age, you’ll get a kick out of this. At Saturday’s sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Grammy-winner Peter Gabriel had a little fun before he started to sing “In Your Eyes.” He had John Cusack come on stage with a huge boombox, recreating that classic… Read More →
Swapped emails with Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar, who is now through with boot camp on “The X Factor.” Here’s our Q&A. We’ll add some more answers later this afternoon, about last night’s duet with Diamond, so check back later for that.
Stern show regular moonlights as Blaze composer Richard Christy, a producer and on-air personality on Howard Stern’s radio show on Sirius, is also a musician who calls himself “a Halloween fanatic.” He first learned about The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze while reading a Halloween message board on the Web. Yes,... Read More →
Carly survives boot camp’s first round (Carly Rose Sonenclar, left, on “The X Factor” boot camp’s first night last night. Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX.) Nerves took their toll on early X Factor boot campers tonight. Waiting for Carly Rose Sonenclar to do her thing, but it looks like we might… Read More →
Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar will be on tonight’s Boot Camp episode of “The X Factor.” I’ll be updating this post after her performance tonight and speaking with her first thing tomorrow moring, so check back here. Meanwhile, here’s my story about the 13-year-old phenom. (Carly Rose Sonenclar sings “Feeling Good”... Read More →
Looks like I’ll have a weekly appointment to talk with Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar, who blew the judges away on “The X Factor” and will appear on the show’s Miami Boot Camp episode tomorrow night. Do you have a question for Carly? Leave a comment here and I’ll pick a… Read More →
White Plains PAC this week opens the New York regional premiere of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning “August: Osage County,” a spell-binding story of a family in freefall. I remember it on Broadway as three hours that felt like 30 minutes, and an opening scene that was as compelling and… Read More →
Just in time for Halloween, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is having a costume sale. Tomorrow only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in the storefront office at 140 Main Street in Cold Spring. Among the offerings—on two racks (so get there early)—are costumes from “Richard III,” “Cymbeline” and “Pericles.” Nothing… Read More →
TCM host Osborne to help ArtsRock mark Gene Kelly’s 100th Robert Osborne, the host of Turner Classic Movies, is a walking encyclopedia of movie history, able to speak extemporaneously about movies and stars from Fred Astaire to Zasu Pitts. On Oct. 6, Osborne will bring that considerable wealth of knowledge… Read More →