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City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.


The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical: New Tribe – Great HAIR!

(May 25, 2010) - For baby boomers, the 2008 production of Hair at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre was one of those seminal retro experiences: a Zen-like then-and-now laced with nostalgia and the compulsion to unearth long-buried appliquéd bell-bottoms and fringed suede vests. (read the story...)

Big Apple Theatre Update - Puppets, Gossip & the People Behind Both

(April 27, 2010) - While Julie Taymor’s current project, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, dawdles in pre-Broadway limbo, her puppet masterwork The Lion King still rules on the Great White Way. But what of that other long-running, Tony-winning musical cohabitated by people and puppets, Avenue Q? (read the story...)

Broadway in Full Bloom...A Garden of Earthly (and Earthy) Delights

(March 30, 2010) - For some it’s spring fashions, for others the arrival of baseball season, but for me and every other theatre-ista, it’s the siren’s song of new shows that gives April in New York its irresistible allure. (read the story...)

Show Time for the A-List: Mega March Is Here!

(March 01, 2010) - It’s not quite the Twilight Zone, although there is a whiff of the surreal in the air as the latest batch of Tony hopefuls flutter onto the Great White Way during this schizoid month of slush and sunshine. (read the story...)

Falling in Love Again... Broadway in February -- Let the Seduction Begin!

(February 10, 2010) - Perhaps it’s the whole St. Valentine’s Day thing. Or the urge to slip out of the cold and into a cozy New York City theatre. Most likely though, it’s the unprecedented list of major stars landing on the Great White Way in February. (read the story...)

Corbin Bleu: Now Hanging His Alpha Star In the Heights

(February 09, 2010) - In the Heights, the Tony- and Grammy Award-winning musical that brought the barrio to Broadway in 2008, is breaking new ground in early 2010 thanks to one of the hottest young talents around: Corbin Bleu, who recently stepped into the lead role of Usnavi, narrator/bodega owner/Romeo wannabe/rapper extraordinaire. (read the story...)

Not-to-Be-Missed Musicals: Mega-Stars Optional

(January 11, 2010) - The holidays are history, and January isn’t nearly as socially animated as holly-jolly December. Fortunately, as things quiet down on the family-and-friends circuit, New York’s vibrant theatre scene provides a savory antidote to post-party depression. Particularly when one turns one’s sights to a trio of outstanding musicals that arrived on the Great White Way this past October and November: Fela!, Finian’s Rainbow, and Memphis. (read the story...)

Bright Lights, Big Stars & Spectacular Shows - Getting Your Holiday Groove On!

(December 16, 2009) - You’re in the Big Apple in December, which means you’ve hit holiday gold: Prime Time Show Time. So get out your theatre ticket wish list and start checking it twice -- once for giving and once for yourself...’tis the season! (read the story...)

WINTUK! Cirque Du Soleil’s Snowcapped Gift to New York (Catch It Before It Melts!)

(December 09, 2009) - During the holidays, the desire to give yourself over to fantasy can become overpowering...so why not just surrender vis-à-vis Cirque Du Soleil’s seasonal celebration: Wintuk, the troupe’s family-friendly, non-denominational holiday thrill ride. (read the story...)

Theatre: Shows Custom-Made to Lift Holiday Spirits!

(December 03, 2009) - When you visit New York City during the holidays, there a number of great seasonal musicals and plays on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Here are some of the best shows for the whole family. (read the story...)

November in New York: A Serendipitous Feast of Shows, Stars & Surprises

(November 09, 2009) - Jude, Sienna, Daniel, Carrie, Hugh, Rosemary... Having read and written about them for so many weeks and months leading up to their respective Broadway openings, it feels a bit disorienting to realize that Law, Miller, Craig, Fisher, Jackman, and Harris -- who have been sprinkling their stardust along the Great White Way for quite some time now -- are scheduled to move on to other projects come December and January. (read the story...)

Memphis: A New Musical With Equal Parts Heart and Soul

(October 12, 2009) - According to Joe DiPietro, it all started with a producer who came to him with an idea -- an irresistibly tantalizing idea -- “about these early rock n’ roll DJs playing R&B music for white teenagers. And I thought, ‘This is a really important story to tell.’” (read the story...)

Show and Tell - Welcome to October in New York!

(October 12, 2009) - Broadway A-listers are out in full force this month, performing, harvesting awards, and hosting high-profile theatrical events, like last month’s blow-out celebration of Broadway performers, “Broadway Salutes”, and Primary Stages’ upcoming “25th Anniversary Gala” (November 9th) with Charles Busch and Julie Halston sharing the dais. (read the story...)

Stars a la Ronde: The Fall Theatre Collection Arrives With Former Loves, Competitors, Co-Stars and Good Buddies

(September 14, 2009) - The siren song of the Broadway’s 2009-2010 season is heading off the charts thanks to super-sized star power -- a.k.a. multiple heavy hitters from cinema and TV -- and a compelling medley of new shows and revivals. It certainly doesn’t hurt that many of these name performers are arriving in the Big Apple with interesting (and occasionally tantalizing) back-stories. (read the story...)

Living La Vida Hip-Hop: GROOVALOO

(September 14, 2009) - The performers range in age from (roughly) 20 to 40. The genre is dance -- mostly freestyle hip-hop: popping, locking, breaking, house...laced with a bit of jazz and commercial hip-hop. The spoken word that underscores the physical is personal to the dancers: humorous and heart-wrenching; confessional and redemptive; beautiful and unflinching. (read the story...)

Passing the Torch: Edgy Summer Festivals Give Way to Broadway's 2009-2010 Season of Stars

(August 18, 2009) - When it comes to New York's theatre scene, no time of year comes off as more creatively schizophrenic than the August-September crossover. (read the story...)

Big Apple Theater in the Summer - It Sizzles!

(July 21, 2009) - Crank up the A/C, toss back some iced tea, and get ready to troll the box office circuit. For veteran NYC theatergoers, the reason is a no-brainer: July and August are New York’s golden days for booking Broadway (great seats available), catching the shows and stars that scooped up 2009 Tonys. (read the story...)

The Groundbreaking Musical That Brought the Barrio to Broadway: In the Heights

(July 07, 2009) - Spread out in front of me are three In The Heights Playbills. The first is dated February, 2007 -- the month the “new musical about three days in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan” opened at Off-Broadway’s 37 Arts Theatre. The second is dated March, 2008, not long after it transferred to Broadway -- and shortly before it took home 2008’s “Best Musical” Tony. (read the story...)

Big Apple Summer Basics: Sunscreen, Flip-Flops & Super-Awesome Theatre

(June 20, 2009) - When the thermometer soars, two really cool things happen in New York: 1) an avalanche of cutting-edge shows hit town and; 2) top celebrities join the casts of some of Broadway’s biggest hits. The problem, of course, is fitting everything in. Fortunately, summer days are long. (read the story...)

Faith Prince (Nefarious) & Drew Seeley (Romantic) Star in Disney's The Little Mermaid

(June 16, 2009) - A Saturday matinee at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre featuring a pre-show flurry that is pretty much what you’d expect -- only better: Kids sauntering or scampering down aisles, up stairs and around corners with mom and/or dad in tow. Giggling, gazing, and, in the case of more than one dressed-to-impress young lady, glittering (sparkly shoes and tulle still rule). All the while, good-natured ushers sidestep shopping bags and happy feet to deliver massive seat cushions to the wee-est of the wee. (read the story...)

In Case You Missed It: A Couch-Eye View from the Tony Awards

(June 08, 2009) - 7:40 pm: Morley Safer on 60 Minutes launches his interview with Dolly Parton with an intro plugging her latest venture: the Tony-nominated musical 9 to 5. After a few minutes watching (a rerun I'd already seen), I slip into the kitchen (Goodbye, Dolly) to reheat a slice of pizza, a/k/a my Tony night dinner. (read the story...)

For Broadway's 2008-2009 Season, Tony May Be the Prize but the Play's the Thing!

(May 26, 2009) - Let me go on record as saying, for serious theatre lovers, the past two months have been heaven. New Broadway productions (mostly plays) have opened to reviews (mostly raves) that warrant, as Arthur Miller wrote in Death of a Salesman, “Attention must be paid.” (read the story...)

Shrek the Musical: The Man Behind the Ogre Speaks Out

(May 19, 2009) - It takes a lot of courage, patience and dedication to commit oneself to a pre-show ritual of cumbersome green prosthetics, a medieval fat suit and guy tights. Even more impressive? The natural ability to elevate the physical phenomenon known as “flatulence” to an art form -- on Broadway, no less. And yet, musical theatre star Brian d’Arcy James does it all, with a wink and a belch and a swampful of gusto. (read the story...)


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