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700 Hempstead Turnpike Elmont

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265 East Main Street East Islip

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RFK

RFK," Jack Holmes' taut one-man play about Robert F. Kennedy's life in the years between his brother's assassination and his own, made its Long Island premiere two days after the 45th anniversary of Bobby's death.

WHEN|WHERE Through June 30, Broad-Hollow's Studio Theatre,141 S. Wellwood Ave.,Lindenhurst

TICKETS $15-$25; 631-226-8400, broadhollow.org

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Sinners

If you see "Sinners" at one BroadHollow theater or another, be warned.

WHEN|WHERE Friday and Saturday nights at 8, Sunday at 2:30 p.m., BayWay Arts Center,265 E. Main St., East Islip(631-581-2700).

May 18-June 2,BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Tpke. (516-775-4420)

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Newsday

There's nothing deep about "Sly Fox." Devious, yes, but the machinations of Foxwell J. Sly would be utterly transparent to all but those whose greed has corrupted their senses. That covers everyone in Larry Gelbart's deliciously amoral 1976 Broadway farce, last revived in 2004.

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BroadwayWorld

It is always intriguing to see what Greed does to people. It is even more intriguing when it is hilariously made fun of. Sly Fox, presented by the BroadHollow Theatre Company, will have you rolling in the isles as a con-man (and his assistant) convince the community that he is near death and turns their greed against them for his own gain, with some twists along the way.

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'Shirley Valentine' review: Linda May shines

'Marriage is like the Middle East," Shirley Bradshaw says. "There's no solution." Shirley is speaking to Wall -- her kitchen wall, which she addresses by name, as there is no one else to listen.

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Deathtrap

You simply can not go wrong with Ira Levin's Tony-nominated hit play Deathtrap. BroadHollow Theatre Company's production, running through September 2nd, boasts a wonderful cast that has you jumping in your seat one moment and laughing the next.

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Legally Blonde

BroadHollow Theatre Company brings the most fashionable law student to Long Island with their showing of the Tony nominated musical, Legally Blonde. Now playing through August 5th at their East Islip location, director Jessy Waller wonderfully replicated the Broadway production that closed in 2008.

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42nd Street

Published: Newsday, November 21, 2012
By STEVE PARKS steve.parks@newsday.com

Martin Aviles got his start more than 20 years ago, when he appeared in such classics as "The King and I" and "42nd Street" at BroadHollow Theatre. After building a career as a performer, Aviles returns home to direct and choreograph one of his specialties -- having played nearly every male role in "42nd Street" on European and American tours.

Along the way, he learned a thing or two. That becomes apparent at the sound of the first foot tap at BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center. Aviles' starry-eyed cast brings to life his cinematic vision of the 1980 Broadway musical inspired by the Busby Berkeley film of the same name.

Chris Dufrenoy sings and struts authoritatively as Julian Marsh, the grizzled director trying for a financial and artistic comeback with a musical called "Pretty Lady." He's hired a bankable star, Dorothy Brock, who's also a difficult, dance-clueless diva. Emily Nadler delivers a suitably clumsy Dorothy who nevertheless knows her way around a song like "I Only Have Eyes for You." But the heart of the shows -- both "42nd Street" and "Pretty Lady" -- is the hoofers. Heather Van Velsor as Anytime Annie and Lisa Brodsky as Maggie lead the "Dames" chorus, while Ryan Nolin (co-choreographer/assistant director) keeps them in line as dance captain Andy.

Lovestruck Billy, played by Bobby Peterson as if addled by hormones, only has eyes for the new girl from Allentown. That's Peggy Sawyer, a Broadway rookie who can (and does) dance circles around the diva. Erica Sloane Dollin has both the charm and chops -- not to mention the tapping feet -- to pull off Peggy's miracle. But she needs inspiration, which Dufrenoy provides in "Lullaby of Broadway."

As with most BroadHollow musical productions these days, there is no live orchestra. While the recorded score (better than most I've heard) occasionally seems incongruous -- especially when Julian Marsh says, "Twenty-five musicians in the pit are just waiting to work overtime!" -- it fits director Aviles' interpretation. Despite costumer-actor Ronnie Green's vivid choice of color for ladies' gowns, the show's prevailing motif is as black-and-white as the 1933 movie. Singing styles are from the Depression era, too. So when you find a dime on the street, "You're in the money." It's time to dance up a storm. And they do.

WHAT "42nd Street," book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music Harry Warren, lyrics Al Dubin

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Wednesday, BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip, through Dec. 2. Also, BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Dec. 8-23

TICKETS $14-$25 ($14-$28 at Elmont); broadhollow.org, 631-581-2700, 516-775-4420

Glen J. Beck
Associate Artistic Director
BroadHollow Theatre Company

 

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