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Alan Cummings and his crew at the end of his American Debut show on Oct. 23. The performance took place at the Staller Center and received a standing ovation from the audience. JUSTIN MISTLEMAKHER

“Spy Kids” actor Alan Cumming dazzles the Staller Center with his new cabaret show

Sydney Riddle October 29, 2021
On Saturday, Oct. 23, performer Alan Cumming came to SBU to debut his new show, “Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age.” Cumming’s new cabaret show was full of witty anecdotes, emotional tell-alls and surprising revelations. 
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Map of Suffolk County in New York State. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Suffolk County declares state of emergency and New York bans large gatherings, as coronavirus cases increase

Alek Lewis March 14, 2020
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declared a state of emergency in Suffolk County on Thursday afternoon after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county more than doubled in a day.
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The Staller Center Gala hosted by Kelli O’Hara and Sutton Foster was a success despite coronavirus concerns

Rabia Gursoy March 11, 2020
The 2020 Staller Center gala was packed on March 7 despite Gov. Cuomo’s declaration of a state emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. The crowd laughed and the night went on with jokes and touching moments.
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USG offering discounted Broadway trips for students during spring semester

Lajiere Blake February 2, 2020
During winter break the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced a flurry of surprises for returning Stony Brook students, including discounted trips to see hit Broadway plays. With a fee of $50 students get to see shows like the critically acclaimed “Lion King” during the Spring semester.
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Lincoln Center in New York City, with the David H. Koch Theater to the left, David Geffen Hall on the right, and the Metropolitan Opera House center. CHUN-HUNG ERIC CHENG/FLICKR VIA CC BY 2.0

Lincoln Center’s “My Fair Lady” is an old musical with modern feminist values

Kraig Klein February 9, 2019
“My Fair Lady” is an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play “Pygmalion,” a variation of the Greek myth of Pygmalion. In the original myth, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with his statue of a woman, and after praying to the goddess Aphrodite, his fetishized statue is brought to life.
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Broadway’s “Anastasia” is better than the movie

Brianne Ledda January 27, 2019
Directed by Darko Tresnjak and adapted by Terrence McNally, the Broadway show of the same name takes the best from the film and adds more.
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Man of La Mancha Comes to Northport Theater

“Man of La Mancha” Comes to Northport Theater

Kraig Klein October 21, 2018
The musical had its New York City premiere in 1965 at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre in Greenwich Village before moving uptown to Broadway’s Martin Beck Theatre in 1968.
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Patchogue Theatre’s Flashdance the Musical is just average

Kraig Klein September 10, 2018
Having never seen the original film, I cannot say whether the musical is an improvement, but I can say that the show’s flaws prevented me from taking any interest in the source material. On the other hand, the people I attended the show with and most of the audience seemed to love it, so there may be something that eluded me. 
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A view of Washington Heights, a neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan. SIMPLETHRILL/FLICKR VIA CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, “In the Heights,” fails to live up to his reputation

Kraig Klein March 29, 2018
I attended the John W. Engeman Theater’s revival of “In the Heights,” but left the theater incredibly confused as to how the musical could have possibly won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.
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Review: The Band’s Visit creates memorable staging

Kraig Klein March 18, 2018
“The Band’s Visit,” currently running at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, is one of the shortest shows on Broadway right now.
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The audience for Once: The Musical
 is invited onstage before the performance to make music requests.

ONCE: A simple, yet deeply entertaining, musical

Kraig Klein February 26, 2018
“ONCE,” currently performing at the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, is a revival of the 2011 stage adaptation of the 2006 film of the same name. The show originated off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop before moving to Bernard B. Jacob Theater.
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Northport theater performs heart-warming Annie in time for the holidays

Northport theater performs heart-warming “Annie” in time for the holidays

Kraig Klein December 4, 2017
With its uplifting story, exuberant score and likable characters, “Annie” has earned its place as one of the most famous Broadway musicals.
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