The New Musical ‘Waitress’— A Bittersweet Slice of Heaven

August 18, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“Waitress” was (and is) a wonderful little movie. “Little” in the sense of quiet and intimate, no huge stars, no special effects. It is bittersweet (especially when you think about Shelly’s untimely death), yet it remains a celebration of motherhood and sisterhood, of staying true to yourself or finding yourself again if you’ve lost your way.

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An Immigrant Story: Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ Opens this Week

August 4, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Hamilton’ is a genius synthesis of historical and contemporary politics, human passion, strength and tragic flaw.

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The 2015 Tony Awards: Winners, Losers, and a Surprising Snub

June 2, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The Tony Awards aren’t usually as glamorous as the Oscars; there’s typically less cleavage—not to mention less Botox—on the red carpet. But what it lacks in glitz and glitter it makes up for in sincere appreciation of craft.

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Where Are All the Stage Mothers? (Maternal Roles Get Short Shrift in the Theater)

May 5, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Historically, both straight plays and musicals have been a little biased when it comes to maternal characters.

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Betty Buckley: “I Forgot to Get My Cutting Horse”

January 13, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Singer/actress Betty Buckley finds riding horses a good antidote to life in the limelight. “Horses are very spiritual,” she says. “They have an incredible emotional bond with human beings; there’s a tremendous, profound empathy between horses and humans that is very healing.” This is a refreshing contrast to a career in an industry filled with pigeonholing, constant judgment, and gossip.

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Betty Buckley’s New “Ghostlight” Is a Hauntingly Beautiful Homecoming

December 9, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“Ghostlight” is a disarmingly intimate collection of songs, spanning several decades and a breadth of genres—a carefully curated mix ranging from Irving Berlin to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jacques Brel to Tom Waits. It was designed to transport you to “a mysterious, smoky place.”

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Theater Review: ‘Finding Neverland’

September 16, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Magic is at the core of “Finding Neverland.” The main theme is that believing is all-important. We must find ways to keep or recapture the joys of childhood, or we perish. Will “Neverland” be a hit on Broadway?

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Days of Their Lives: Carol Ostrow, Producing Director

August 19, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“At the Flea we say that we want to go places artistically that you might not feel comfortable going,” says Carol Ostrow, the theater’s producing director. “Our work can be very transgressive and in your face. We exist on a playing field where we want to get in front of you.”

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Fashion Friday: Tony Women, Bejeweled in Verdura

June 13, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Not only were the Tony women dazzling onstage, t they were turning heads on the red carpet as well. Three of the five Best Featured Actress Nominees, Anika Larsen, Lauren Worsham, and Linda Emond, donned jewels by our favorite legendary jeweler, Verdura.

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Tony Awards 2014: Year of the Drama Queens

June 10, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

If you, too, love the theater, there was very little not to love about this year’s Tony Awards program. All in all, it was a delight. Speeches were sincere and brief. Excerpts from nominated shows were exhilarating. This was a celebration of the men—and particularly, the women—who give it their all eight shows a week.

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Women of Reinvention: Back to the Boards

August 13, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

She was the successful manager of a well-regarded restaurant. She was in her forties and had lost all her contacts. Still, she had to go back to the theater: “When you walk away from something you love, it doesn’t really go away. It simmers. It hides. It never lets you engage fully in what you’ve chosen to do. And then comes the lightning bolt.”

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Tonys 2013: Long Live the Drama Queens!

June 11, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

“There’s No Business Like Show Business,” the song proclaims.This past Sunday night, the crowd at Radio City Music Hall—along with millions of people watching the 67th Annual Tony Awards online and from home—would have agreed wholeheartedly. With so much extraordinary singing and dancing and acting, the level of joy was downright show-stopping.

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The Broadway League at Tony Time

June 9, 2013 by Charlotte St. Martin

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By Charlotte St. Martin

My No. 1 passion was the theater. So when a headhunter presented me with the role of Executive Director of the Broadway League, I knew it was the perfect role for my second act. Who gets to take her avocation and make it her vocation?

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Women to Watch at the 2013 Tony Awards

June 8, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

There will be a lot of talented women waiting in the wings at Sunday night’s Tony Awards (June 9, 8.m. EST, on CBS). There’s a distinct possibility that women will win both Best Direction of a Play and Best Direction of a Musical. And, if Cyndi Lauper wins Best Original Score, she will be the first woman to do so.

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Kirsten Kelly on Film and Theater Directing: Nice Work If You Can Get It

April 30, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

The (pleasant) challenge for 40-year-old director Kirsten Kelly: Mount a play involving 50 brides and 50 flight-suited, helicopter-dangling grooms on the stage of a 60-seat theater.

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