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‘Great Comet’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Lead 2017 Tony Award Nominations

“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” and “Hello, Dolly!” came out on top of this year’s Tony Award nominations that were announced Tuesday morning.
“Comet,” which earned 12 Tony nominations and is based on a few pages of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” is so complex and has so many characters that a tutorial – in the form of a song of course – is necessary to set the scene.
A …

Review: ‘Babes in Toyland’ at Carnegie Hall

While Victor Herbert is hardly a household name today, he was well known to audiences at the turn of the last century. Herbert was born in Dublin, Ireland, and began his career as a musician in Vienna so it was not surprising that, when he immigrated to the United States, he became best known for the operettas he composed, including the smash hit, “Babes in Toyland,” which made its debut …

Tony Awards 2016: ‘Hamilton’ Makes History with 16 Nominations

“Hamilton,” the popular hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, made history Tuesday with a record 16 Tony Award nominations.
The groundbreaking show, which is playing to sold out crowds, was recognized in every category from acting to writing to directing to design, with multiple nominations in some.
The previous record for the most Tony nominations was held by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot,” each of which garnered nominations for 15 Tony …

Review: ‘Cabin in the Sky,’ Encores Great American Musicals at City Center

Last month, Encores, a series that, since 1994, has yearly presented three seldom-produced Broadway musicals of the past, kicked off its 2016 season with “Cabin in the Sky,” which ran for five months in 1940. While Encores mostly assembles the finest of Broadway’s talent thanks to the work of resident casting director Jay Binder, “Cabin in the Sky” brought audiences a special treat. Tony award winner LaChanze, Tony nominee Norm …

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ at The Axis, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

If you catch yourself walking around the Las Vegas Strip, it would be impossible to miss one of the signs for Britney Spears’ show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” currently at Planet Hollywood. It reads “Voted Best Show in Vegas.” I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the election had to have been rigged, and what I saw could hardly deserve the title. For someone with the fame and notoriety …