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‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ and ‘My Fair Lady’ Lead 2018 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

The 2018 Outer Critics Circle award nominations were announced Tuesday at the famed Oak Room in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel.
The award nominees were announced by Katrina Lenk, the award winning actress who originated the role of Dina in “The Band’s Visit,” and Jenn Colella, who earned the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Captain Beverly Bass in “Come From …

Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ is ‘Loverly’ at Vivian Beaumont Theatre

Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” which returned to Broadway Thursday night at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, is nothing short of glorious while remaining true to the show’s history and bringing relevance to a new generation of theater-goers.
Alan Jay Lerner adapted it from George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” one of the most erudite comedies in the English language, while Frederick Lerner made it sing. Now director Bartlett Sher has made …

Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ at Marquis Theatre Offers Lessons for Innkeepers

Perhaps the most important lesson one can take away from “Escape to Margaritaville” is how innkeepers at otherwise questionable establishments can offer thousand thread-count sheets.
“Margaritaville,” the Jimmy Buffet jukebox musical that opened in March in the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, has a decidedly tropical look from the ushers’ tropical shirts to the obligatory margaritas to Walt Spangler’s colorful set that belies its past as the theater where I saw revivals …

Restaurant Review: Mamo Brings Cannes to New York City

Celebrities flock to Mamo Le Michelangelo during the Cannes Film Festival for its Provençal/Italian cuisine, but now there’s a much closer option in New York City.
Located south of Grand St. on West Broadway, a parking spot right in front of Mamo was a good omen and things only improved from there.  The original Mamo was opened by Herve “Mamo” Mammoliti in 1992 and the New York version is helmed by …

Restaurant Review: DaDong in New York Elevates Peking Duck

Roast duck has been a staple in China for centuries and Peking duck, developed during the Ming Dynasty, is notable for its thin, crisp yet meaty skin, often carved tableside and served with either pancakes or steamed buns and a variety of accompaniments that might include hoisin or sweet bean sauce, spring onions, and cucumber.
DaDong is a Chinese restaurant group founded by chef Dong Zhenxiang, who is known for his Peking …

Review: ‘Frozen’ at St. James Theatre Left This Reviewer Cold

“Frozen” has a problem. Modeled after the 2013 blockbuster Disney movie of the same title and loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” the movie has everything you’d want in a musical: great casting, an enthralling story, romance, and a princess who shows her mettle when the going gets rough.
The Broadway show that just opened at the St. James Theatre, not so much.
To review, “Frozen,” …

Raise a Glass! Today is National Beer Day

Today, April 7, is National Beer Day, a holiday that celebrates the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage.
Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world and is brewed from cereal grains such as malted barley or wheat. It is mentioned in the Code of Hammurabi and The Hymn to Ninkasi, a prayer to the Sumerian goddess of beer.
The manufacture of beer is codified by law in many countries and …