November 2008

Broadway Shows and Holiday25 Nov 2008 03:36 pm

An old-fashioned treat danced its way to Broadway in the form of the delightful classic new musical Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The limited engagement at the Marquis Theatre is sure to enchant all with the breathtaking Irving Berlin score set to the clever choreographed numbers of Randy Skinner, of “42nd Street” fame. This production gives the audience everything in a perfect, about two-hour long, musical Christmas package filled with so many festive delights including the expected “snowfall” upon its conclusion.

The cast led by Broadway veteran Kerry O’Malley showcased their talents throughout this must-see holiday classic. It was Ms. O’Malley’s shining moment when she performed “Love, You Didn’t Do Right by Me”. She appeared in a simply gorgeous black dress (costumes by Carrie Robbins) in a scenic masterpiece of a nightclub set against the city skyline(designed by Tony-award winning Anna Louizos). Her rich, mezzo voice was enhanced by the sensitive and light tone of Stephen Bogardus who performed “How Deep Is the Ocean” during the same scene. Both performers captured a magical moment in this vocal highpoint of the show.

         white christmas caroline digonis

Stephen Bogardus was also a pleasant vocal surprise during his cheerful performance of “Blue Skies” in another scene.   The second act began showcasing our second couple in the cast, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson performing in the very colorful and dazzling number “I Love A Piano”. The show was filled throughout with dance numbers with Meredith Patterson and Jeffry Denman feather light on their toes in the spirit of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. If you are fond of dance and Irving Berlin’s music then this is the show to see. The audience is even encouraged to join in with the cast for the performance of the title song “White Christmas”, so brush up on your knowledge of the lyrics.

The story of White Christmas is about two sisters with different ideals for their male counterparts. While one is more outgoing and flamboyant, the other is more protective and mature in her decisions. The sisters (played by Kelly O’Malley and Meredith Patterson) find their equals in a pair of Army buddies turned Broadway stars (played by Stephen Bogardus and Jeffry Denman). Along the way of their growing relationships, the couples help raise much needed funds for an old General buddy (played by Charles Dean) who runs a bed and breakfast, in Vermont, that fell on hard times.

The production has been touring since 2004, under the Tony award-winning Director Walter Bobbie and remains surprisingly fresh in presentation. The Radio City Christmas Show and The Nutcracker will have some serious competition to contend with if this song-filled production becomes a Christmas tradition which can easily happen.

The limited engagement runs from November 14th, 2008 through January 4th, 2009 at the Marquis Theatre, located within the Marquis Hotel, at 211 West 45th Street. Ticket prices range from $65.00 to $140.00. Visit White Christmas online for showtimes and ticket purchasing information.

                        All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2008

Holiday22 Nov 2008 04:59 pm

by Diane Malone
22 November 2008

polar rink metroway amnh museum

   The American Museum of Natural History has unveiled their long awaited state-of-the-art outdoor skating rink, The Polar Rink, which will remain open from November 22, 2008 thru February 28, 2009. It is their first skating rink in their 140 plus-year history. 
   The Polar Rink can accommodate up to 200 skaters (in one-hour sessions) and is made of a non-toxic synthetic ice that is 100% recyclable. The rink measures 150 x 80 feet and is located on the Arthur Ross Terrace (the north side of the Museum). Skaters are invited to glide around the decorated 17-foot-tall polar bear that twinkles in white holiday lights as dusk falls.
   The atmosphere where the Polar Rink is situated is pleasant with the nearby Polar Rink Cafe located in the North Galleria, which is glassed-in, and serves snacks and hot beverages. The Polar Rink Cafe is open 1pm–8pm Friday, 12 noon–8pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The surrounding views include the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Theodore Roosevelt Park, and plenty of benches under the lit trees on the Terrace.
   Skaters are welcomed to bring their own skates but it does not reduce admission fees of $10.00 adults, $8.00 children, $9.00 seniors (with discounted fees for AMNH members).   
   The American Museum of Natural History is located at 79th Street at Columbus Ave.  

Photo: (c) AMNH\D. Finnin 2008

Broadway Shows09 Nov 2008 07:14 pm

Cast Notes:
Kelli O’Hara as Nellie
Paulo Szot as Emile 
Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary
Matthew Morrison as Lieutenant Cable
Danny Burstein as Luther Billis


Length of Show:
3 hrs., 1 Intermission

Started Previews:
March 1, 2008

Opening Night:
April 3, 2008


Official Website:

At This Theatre:
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
150 West 65th Street (Broadway & Amsterdam at Lincoln Center Plaza)
New York, NY 10023





Broadway Shows05 Nov 2008 09:04 am

Cast Notes:
Brian d’Arcy James
Daniel Breaker
Sutton Foster


Length of Show:
2 hrs 30 mins., 1 Intermission (15 mins.)

Started Previews:
November 8, 2008

Opening Night:
December 14, 2008


Official Website:

At This Theatre:
Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway (between West 52nd & 53rd Streets)
New York, NY 10019





Celebrity Signing Events02 Nov 2008 10:42 pm

by Diane Malone

  • The Celtic music group Anuna will be signing copies of Christmas Memories, on 12/02/08 (7:00 pm) at Borders Books at Columbus Circle, New York, NY
  • Jessica Lange will be signing copies of 50 Photographs on 12/03/08 (7:00 pm) at Barnes & Noble at Union Square, New York, NY.
  • Bill O’Reilly (Fox News personality) will be signing copies of  A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity on 12/05/08 (7:30 pm) at Barnes & Noble at the Smith Haven Mall  in Lake Grove, NY
  • Billie Jean King will be signing copies of Pressure Is A Privilege on 12/10/08 (7:00 pm) at Barnes & Noble on Broadway, New York, NY.
  • Carrie Fisher (actress/author) will be signing copies of Wishful Drinking, on 12/10/08 (8:00 pm) at Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle, New York, NY
  • Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will be signing copies of Built To Succeed on 12/11/08 (1:00 pm) at Borders Books on Broadway, New York, NY.
  • Annie Leibovitz (celebrity photographer) will be signing copies of A Photographer’s Life, on 12/11/08 (7:00 pm) at Barnes & Noble on 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY
  • The Cast of the Irving Berlin’s new musical White Christmas will be performing highlights from the Broadway show and signing copies of the soundtrack on 12/11/08 (5:00 pm) at Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle, New York, NY