Author Archive: Mark Dundas Wood

Mark Dundas Wood is an arts/entertainment journalist and dramaturg. His features and reviews have appeared in such publications as American Theatre and Back Stage and on BistroAwards.com. As a dramaturg he has worked with New Professional Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. His stage adaptation of Henry James's novel The Tragic Muse was part of the Gilded Stage Festival at the Metropolitan Playhouse in January 2014.

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Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz

September 10, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

As a leading man in musicals, two-time Tony Award recipient Norbert Leo Butz has been very much a creature of his own era. He has appeared in six Broadway musicals since 1997, as well as in Off-Broadway’s very successful The Last Five Years (2002). None of these shows was a revival, and all of them […]

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Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement

Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement

September 2, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The vanity, self-indulgence and capacity for delusion among show-business divas—male and female alike—have been satirized regularly over the decades. So there is nothing especially boundary-breaking about Julia Mattison’s Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement, currently at Feinstein’s/54 Below—yet the talents of Mattison (both as writer and performer) make the show something special. Particularly welcome is […]

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Villain: DeBlanks

Villain: DeBlanks

August 21, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In the 1950s, Leonard B. Stern and Roger Price—a pair of TV comedy writers—invented Mad Libs, the comedic word game in which certain nouns, verbs and adjectives in a story are left blank, to be filled in with random suggestions. The duo clearly had a keen appreciation of absurd, Jabberwocky-ish wordplay. And Mad Libs was […]

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Analisa Bell

Analisa Bell

July 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Australian-born performer Analisa Bell was originally set to perform Off the Rails—her Duplex show about the blessings (few) and banes (innumerable) of the New York City subway system—back in June. A seemingly unfortunate postponement moved the show to late July, but, in fact, that turned out to be a lucky break for the singer. Here’s […]

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Byron St. Cyr

Byron St. Cyr

July 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Byron St. Cyr stepped onstage for his recent Don’t Tell Mama show (directed by Jim Brigman) looking spiffy in jacket and tie. Well, sort of. The tie he wore was actually an untied bowtie, draped scarf-like from the back of his neck. Though it was an unusual choice, there seemed to be method in it: on […]

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Matt Wolfe and Lainie Munro

Matt Wolfe and Lainie Munro

July 9, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The jazz world has long looked to Broadway for melodic fodder. Jazz singers have forever riffed on musical lines from the likes of Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. And that makes particularly tidy sense if you accept the often-stated proposition that the two major cultural contributions that America has made to the world are jazz […]

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Carole Demas and Sarah Rice

Carole Demas and Sarah Rice

July 2, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The recent Carole Demas and Sarah Rice offering at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Thank You for Your Love: Our Celebration of Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, was no ordinary tribute show. The singing duo, who have both enjoyed a long professional and personal relationship with lyricist Jones and composer Schmidt (and with each other), offered much […]

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Marquee Five

Marquee Five

June 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

What fun it was to start off Tony Awards weekend at the Laurie Beechman Theatre with Broadway By The Letter, an hour of musical-theatre songs from the vocal ensemble Marquee Five (Mick Bleyer, Lynsey Buckelew, Adam West Hemming, Vanessa Parvin, and Sierra Rein). Musical director Hemming wrote the lush and intricate arrangements that the group […]

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Lane Bradbury

Lane Bradbury

June 13, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The title of Lane Bradbury’s Don’t Tell Mama show, Let Me Entertain You Again, suggests that the singer-dancer-actor will be dealing largely with her participation in Broadway’s legendary 1959 premiere of the musical Gypsy. That proves to be the case, and for good reason. Bradbury was a girl of 16 when she took on the […]

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Carol Shedlin

Carol Shedlin

May 27, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

“I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues,” Carol Shedlin declares emphatically in the opening number of her current Don’t Tell Mama show, Serenade in Blue (directed by Linda Amiel Burns). While there are, of course, no legal restrictions on blues singing, there’s long been disagreement about who has and who lacks the credentials to do […]

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