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  • It's Green, It's Slimey, And It Stars Nancy Opel!

    April 20, 2009. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    You never know what might serve as the inspiration for the next big musical in New York!

     The Toxic Avenger, a B-movie from the 80's with a tremendous cult following has found its way to Off-Broadway as  The Toxic Avenger Musical following a successful run at the George Street Playhouse.  One of the stars of the show, Nancy Opel stopped by our studios recently to talk about "Toxie" with our resident theater guru, Michael Bourne.  Listen in to this web exclusive as they talk about the new show as well as some of Nancy's past appearances on Broadway!

  • 30th anniv of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

    April 16, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Tuesday night, Dizzy's at Jazz @ Lincoln Center was packed, and pianists spottable in all directions. With one long break, the celebration ran past midnight. Marian listened from her dressing room as Bill Charlap opened with “While We’re Young,” a tip of the hat to her long friendship with composer Alec Wilder, who hosted the forerunner of Marian’s celebrated series, Piano Jazz. Bill made that melody sing. He’s with the Blue Note 7 at Birdland for the rest of the week. Be there.

    Renee Rosnes joined Bill – they were married at Dizzy’s – for the first two-piano presentation of the night. Fun! Then Renee continued with “Chelsea Bridge” (Strayhorn) – love the harmony. Grady Tate sang two with pianist John Di Martino. JoAnne Brackeen stepped up to play her own composition, then Taylor Eigsti put her feet to the fire on a two-piano “Giant Steps.” I really enjoyed that duo, am sure it was their first time together. Marian played “Easy to Remember (and so hard to forget),” and she seemed in synch with every note. Karrin Allyson sang “Twilight Time” with Marian, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, just right.

    The Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller two-piano closer was the apotheosis of the evening. Read more

  • Countdown to Checkout Time

    April 10, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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