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Entries in Theatre (119)


Graham Alexander at the Rock Shop: Biggest Fan

Adam Rothenberg and Graham AlexanderGraham Alexander at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn, NYThe first time I saw Graham Alexander perform live was in "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles" on Broadway and it was in that moment, I knew he would go far. On October 9, 2012, I truly saw the depths to which Graham has come and will continue to go when I attended my very first Graham Alexander concert at Brooklyn's The Rock Shop.

Graham Alexander rocking the shopBen Barclay (Bass), Graham Alexander, Rob Fini (Drums), Adam Rothenberg, Zach Harski (Guitar), my friend ChristinaMixing original songs from his debut album "Graham Alexander" as well as various cover songs, Graham ROCKED the shop with his great music, high energy, and strong stage presence. Joining Graham on stage was his incredible band consisting of Rob Fini on Drums, Ben Barclay on Bass, and Zach Harski on Guitar.

I love the way Graham got the audience even more enthusiastic for his music with his humor and banter in between songs. Some of my favorite tunes were "Paralyzed," "World Without You," "Biggest Fan," and "Have A Zach Harski (Guitar)Rob Fini (Drums) and Ben Barclay (Bass)Good Life," all from his debut album. Graham also premiered a few new songs (hopefully from a forthcoming album) which I really enjoyed including "Cursed With The Faith Of A Child," "Games," and "Wait In The Rain." Because Graham is such a dynamic singer he scored well on his covers of Kenny Rogers "Lucille," John Lennon's "Instant Karma," Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son."

Since "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles" closed on Broadway in 2011, Graham has really spent this last year focusing on his debut album, which released to strong reviews, and performing around the country. After attending this show, I can see why Graham loves singing and performing live. He LOVES his fans and really knows how to connect with them. I definitely left wanting more.

So the next time Graham Alexander is performing in your town, I highly recommend going to see him! If you can't wait until then, definitely pick up his debut album "Graham Alexander!"

On November 10 catch Graham at The Kennet Flash in Kennett Square, PA at 8pm (All ages). Click here for tickets!

On December 8 come see Graham rock NYC at The Bitter End at 9pm (all ages).

For more on Graham be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!


The Medium: Seeing a Real Future

Like "The Medium" herself, on November 1, 2012, I saw the past, present, and future when I attended Provincetown Counter Productions and Mark Cortale's staging of Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Medium," starring Jeffery Roberson (a.k.a. Varla Jean Merman) and directed by Donna Drake at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in NYC.

Leaving "Varla" behind for this journey, Jeffery has stepped into the spotlight as himself, but in drag, playing the lead role of "Madame Flora," a "medium" who can reunite the living with the dead. Joining Jeffery on stage are Stefanie Izzo as "Monica," Edmund Bagnell as "Toby," Shannon Carson as "Mrs. Gobineau," Peter Kendall Clark as "Mr. Gobineau," and Maria Elena as "Mrs. Nolan."

When "Mr. and Mrs. Gobineau" and "Mrs. Nolan" enlist "Madame Flora's" services, hopes are high, lives are changed, and the dark musical comedy thriller ensues. "The Medium" raises many questions: What will a person do to have just a few moments with a lost loved one? Are these "mediums" really helping people or just conning their customers? Do "mediums" really see the deceased or are they just hearing voices in their head?

Maria Elena, Jeffery Roberson, Peter Kendall Clark, and Shannon Carson in "The Medium"Jeffery Roberson and Stefanie Izzo in "The Medium"Exploring these topics entirely in song, "The Medium" is dark, humorous, and just a little campy. The cast is exceptionally talented with big voices. They hit all the right notes! It was really great to see Jeffery in something very different than a "Varla Jean" show. He triumphantly tackled this role with ease.

With only has 4 performances left, "The Medium" runs through this Sunday, November 11 at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in NYC (10 West 64th Street). Click here for tickets!. I would catch it while you still can!


Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking: An evening of genius and laughter

Cast of "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking"Back on stage after a 3-year hiatus, "Forbidden Broadway" is celebrating its 30th anniversary with more laughs, more parodies, and great talent! On October 2, 2012, I was delighted to attend this new installment of the smash Off-Broadway hit musical comedy created by Gerard Alessandrini.

Marcus Stevens and Jenny Lee Stern as "Ricky Martin" and "Elena Roger" in "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking"Known for poking fun at Broadway shows and stars, "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" was a laugh out loud evening of theatre. What makes "Forbidden Broadway" so smart is that you don't need to see the actual show being made fun of to understand the spoof. In this particular version, I saw only a handful of the shows being parodied, but I was still able to laugh right along with everyone else. Without giving too much away, "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" nailed the funny moments of "Evita," "Book of Mormon," "Anything Goes," "Mary Poppins," "The Lion King," "Mandy and Patti," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Wicked," and "Spiderman." Everything they poked fun at about these shows or their stars were spot on.

Marcus Stevens and Scott Richard Foster as "Mormons" in "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking"During the whole show, I constantly saw the brilliance that was put into staging "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking," from the writing to the directing to the acting. This cast, consisting of Natalie Charle Ellis, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Lee Stern, and Marcus Stevens, were beyond talented. The quick changes they had to do, not only into costume, but also into character, between each scene consistently amazed me. Their vocals are unreal, especially the way they so closely resemble the person they are pranking.

"Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" is definitely a show to go see! It's an evening of genius and laughter. No star or show is safe from the clutches of "Forbidden Broadway." After seeing this version (as well as earlier incarnations), I often wonder, has a show or star really made it on Broadway if "Forbidden Broadway" hasn't mocked them? Let me know what you think. Click here for tickets to "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" playing at the 47th Street Theatre (304 West 47th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) and follow them on http://forbiddenbroadway.comFacebook and Twitter!


Owen Dunne's Positions: Show's promise in 52 ways

On October 11, 2012 I was introduced to a promising new playwright named Owen Dunne when I attended the NY premiere of his new show "Positions," directed by Steve Bakunas, and presented by Red Barn Studio, Steven Bakunas and Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin

Starring Michelle Gagliano, Anna Stromberg, and Mike O'Neil, "Positions" is a dark comedy about sexual dysfunction in a marriage and a husband's desperate attempt to remedy the situation. When the lights went down, I was quickly immersed in Owen's strong, witty, and relatable writing, which was aided by Mike and Michelle's great comedic acting as husband and wife "Leo" and "Hilary." Full on, out-loud laughter ensued throughout the first act. I have seen and heard similar stories to the ones of "Leo" and "Hilary," however, I was not prepared for the twist this story took, which made me eager for the intermission to end!

At the top of the second act, we are introduced to "Cassandra," played by Anna Stromberg, who is interestingly brought into the lives of "Leo" and "Hilary." Anna shined brightly and added much comedic flair to a second act. It's during this act that my favorite line in the whole show was uttered by "Cassandra," "They maybe good men, but they don't make good husbands." While the second act was entertaining it left me wanting a few moments more. 

As a director, Steve Bakunas presented a great interpretation of Owen's words. I hope he will get to direct more shows here in New York!

I think Owen has a lot of promise as a playwright. The strength of the first act is a testament to that. Its comedic and dramatic moments demonstrate Owen's good writing. If this show has another life, I hope the second act could get fleshed out a bit more, but it definitely has a great start. I just wanted a few more links connected, but I can see why it was written the way it was.

I would still recommend "Positions" because Red Barn Studio and Owen Dunne are new entities in New York, but well known in their hometown of Wilmington, NC. So many theatre companies have closed their doors over the years that it's nice to see there are still more emerging! I hope you do take a chance with "Positions" because it's a new original work by a rising playwright and theatre company. For $20, you'll be helping support live theatre and be entertained!

"Positions" plays at the Roy Arias Theatre in NYC (300 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue) through October 21. Click here for tickets!


Robert Cuccioli "A Standard Love": A Fine Romance

Adam Rothenberg and Robert CuccioliI had the pleasure of attending Robert Cuccioli's CD release concert "A Standard Love" in celebration of his debut album "The Look Of Love" at Birdland on Monday, October 8 as part of Jim Caruso's Broadway in Birdland series. The evening was a smashing success as Robert delighted the sold-out crowd to some of his favorite songs from the 30s and 40s.

Robert Cuccioli has one of the most beautiful male voices I have ever heard. His skilled and powerful vocals echo throughout every venue he performs in, whether that be an intimate setting like Birdland or a big Broadway theatre.

Photo Credit: Seth WaltersI am so happy to have been able to attend Robert's show for Robert found a way to rope me in from the moment he started singing. You see, I'm not the biggest fan of 30s/40s music, but when Robert was singing, I found myself immersed in to this time and found a new appreciation for the music. Robert's magical voice and commanding stage presence showed me just how great this music really is. There were many wonderful moments in this show and some of my favorites were the opening number "The Look of Love," as well as "Ain't That A Kick In The Head," "A Fine Romance," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "I Like To Lead When I Dance," "I Wanna Be Around," "Our Love Is Here To Stay," "Day By Day" and the glorious encore of "This Is The Moment" from Broadway's "Jekyll and Hyde."

In addition to these great songs were the multitude of stories Robert told in between. He took the audience on a journey of love, which he had a lot of experience with. Not only is Robert a great singer, but he's also a terrific storyteller who made me feel as though we were just sitting around in his living room talking and singing. 

Photo Credit: Seth WaltersThe next time Robert Cuccioli performs, I strongly recommend attending. He will dazzle you with his glorious vocals, funny stories, shining stage presence, and booming personality. If you can't wait for his next concert, then you can catch him in Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark" where he is currently starring as "The Green Goblin."

For more on Robert be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook! 

Click here to purchase Robert's CD "The Look of Love" at CD