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He Has Reached the Point of No Return

  George Lee Andrews will wrap up his career as Guinness World Record’s “longest-  running actor in the same Broadway show,” tomorrow night. Andrews has been with Phantom of the Opera since its opening night in 1988, marking his 9,382 show. The 68 year-old, Milwaukee native performed principal roles in shows such as Merlin, On the Twentieth Century, and A Little Night Music before becoming ever-so faithful to Phantom. Andrews will perform as Monsieur Andre, one of four roles played in his 23 years with the show. Andrews current role will be passed to son-in-law, Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Ragtime).


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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Entertainment


The Book of Mormon Winning Big at Tony Awards

People have been raving that the The Book of Mormon is the hottest play on Broadway. Last night at the Tony awards they proved this true. The Book of Mormon won 9 awards including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, best featured actress, best orchestration, best scenic design of a musical,  and best direction. If you thought it would be hard to get a ticket to the show before, it might be near impossible to get one now. If you would like to experience one of the best plays on Broadway and have trouble getting tickets, email or call 212-686-5710.

Other big winners at the Tony Awards:

Best Play
War Horse

Best Revival of a Play
The Normal Heart

Best Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse

Best Choreography
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Rae Smith, War Horse

Best Costume Design of a Play
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Entertainment


InsideSEG @ Summer Jam 2011

Summer Jam 2011 may have been one of the best hip hop concerts ever. With a line up of artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Birdman, Lloyd Banks, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Rick Ross how could one go wrong? Every artist brought a high level of energy, which showed in the movement and dancing within the crowd. Giants Stadium was an amazing venue for this concert and I was lucky enough to watch the performances from one of their suites. Although there was an exciting Miami Heat game on, I was focused on Miami’s own Rick Ross (who was the headliner of the show) who was performing with Lil Wayne, Drake, and Puff Daddy. Hot 97 put on a great concert and it was a night I will never forget. If anyone gets a chance to see these artists perform this summer take advantage of the opportunity and go!


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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Entertainment


INSIDE at Sleigh Bells

Webster Hall was the place to be last night and Sleigh Bells was the band.  Composed of Derek E Miller, formerly from the hardcore band Poisen the Well, and Alexis Krauss, who was a member of Rubyblue, Sleigh Bells is a noise pop duo whose heavy metal guitar riffs and dance beats will get anyone’s adrenaline pumping.

Once the lights went out, Webster Hall turned into what felt like the basement of two teenagers playing with strobe lights, whaling on the guitar and screaming into a mic. The energy this duo has is unmatched. The stage was blaring red and white flashes and silhouettes of Miller and Krauss dancing all over the stage had the crowd mimic their every move. Fans moved in unison with the guitar riff from Miller.

Although the show was only a mere 40 minutes, the duo played their one album, Treats, in its entirety. The crowd walked out covered in sweat and more than likely deaf. Sleigh Bells is definitely a band to have on your radar. Fans are patiently awaiting their second album or any new material.

By: Meg Reithmayr

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Entertainment


INSIDE at LCD Soundsystem

I arrive at MSG at 9:07 and 8 minutes later the lights go out:  James Murphy and the rest LCD Soundsystem take the stage for their farewell show.  The crowd went absolutely crazy, and the energy was electrifying.

Murphy spoke about the Terminal 5 shows (a string of shows that were added by demand upon the announcement of the final show) before he opened with ‘Dance Yourself Clean’, and 20 seconds later, the whole garden was shaking.  The show provided for non-stop dancing.  I have to say that I have never been to a concert in which the momentum of the crowd was positive and flowing from start to finish; there was not one dull moment.  After 2 sets with two very short breaks, LCD came back on stage for set 3, opening with ‘Us v Them’.

Rumors had been circulating all night about cameos. Reggie Watts came out during set 2 for ‘45:33 Part 2’ but it was during set 3 when the real magic happened.  Murphy introduced Arcade Fire to the crowd and together they sang ‘North American Scum’, definitely the highlight of the night. The show went on for almost 4 hours, including 2 encores.  Murphy closed with a very emotional ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ as white balloons fell over Madison Square Garden.

It’s a shame that such an amazing act should retire at the peak of their career, but I guess Neil Young was right, its better to burn out than to fade away.

By Meg Reithmayr

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Entertainment


LCD Soundsystem to Perform Last Show

On April 2nd, LCD Soundsystem will take the stage to perform their farewell show.  Held at Madison Square Garden, the show is said to be three hours in duration and packed with musical guests.  After the announcement of their last show, the band had to add a run of shows at Terminal 5, just to fulfill the demand from fans.

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Entertainment


Hipster Nation: The Music Hall of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the new hipster neighborhood.  Less than 15 minutes on the subway from Manhattan and you can emerge onto boutique-lined streets and bar-scattered corners.  It’s characterized by up-and-coming designers and talented musicians.  To top off the eclectic atmosphere is the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Totally renovated to reflect true Williamsburg, the Music Hall is a three-floor venue.  Each level has a bar, complete with a lounge-like atmosphere.  And balcony seating provides for great acoustics.   Most of the bands and artists who perform at the venue are indie-rock and underground hip-hop.

On Saturday, I went to see The Death Set, featuring Spank Rock and Ninja Sonic at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.  These bands specialize in a Baltimore underground sound, with lots of drum and bass beats.  They are a union of hip-hop and electro.  This was my first time at the venue and I was highly impressed.  It was spacious and provided for the perfect concert-watching experience.  The bars were off-set from the stage area, allowing for a place to talk but still close enough to enjoy the concert.

I would highly recommend a trip to this hipster establishment.  One can’t beat the culture and music for seemingly cheap prices.  It’s only 15 minutes to an underground movement that’s totally worth the while.

By: Jessica Murden

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Entertainment