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FEATURES:

PALM BEACH POST: Hap Erstein makes theater picks for 2010-2011 season

PLAYBILL: U.S. Tuner Academy and Corey Boardman Take Top Honors at Korean Musical Fest

PLAYBILL: Photo Coverage: ACADEMY Set for Korea’s Daegu International Musical Festival

BROADWAYWORLD: ACADEMY Receives High Marks at NYMF, Heads to South Korea

NEW YORK TIMES: NYMF: Five Questions About ‘Academy’

BROADWAYWORLD:30 Days Of NYMF: Day 21 ACADEMY

BROADWAYWORLD: John Carrafa Leads The Creative Team Of NYMF’s ACADEMY As Director

REVIEWS:

“All this show needs for the big time is a set and a larger theater.  And the set it optional.”–Anita Gillette, NYTIMES Review

“…the boys test their mettle and each other, and we get to hear a strongly melodic pop-contemporary score and wittily referential lyrics that reflect these young men’s struggles for self-confidence, independence and peer acceptance with freshness and honesty.”–Randy Gener, AMERICAN THEATRE Magazine Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2010

“John Mercurio wrote the powerful book, music, and lyrics, crafting a begs-to-be-recorded score that captures – and respects – the emotions and language of youth in its uncertainty, yearning, and raw honesty…Well-written, well acted and well, just excellent all around…”– CABARETEXCHANGE Review

DIMF AWARDS 2010:

DAEGU INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL AWARD: BEST MUSICAL

NYMF AWARDS 2010:

DAEGU INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL PRODUCTION AWARD
NYMF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: MUSIC
NYMF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE.
ASCAP FOUNDATION COLE PORTER AWARD For Outstanding Music and Lyrics

NYMF AWARDS HONORABLE MENTION 2010:

OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL
EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: LYRICS
EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION

GLIMPSES OF THE MOON

FEATURES:

NEW YORK TIMES: Glimpses of the Moon

NEW YORK SUN: A Show of the Oak Room’s Own

THEATERSCENE: Producer Sharon Carr is Over the Moon

REVIEWS:

“…this fast-paced musical is a clever, sophisticated and captivating dish served up with a huge scoop of humor.  The music, on par with Sondheim’s best, supported the plot with 16 dazzling numbers…”–Jordan Wright, ALEXANDRIA TIMES

“…a lovely tribute to “modern” matrimony and the charming chicanery of the wealthy, both old and new.”– Jolene Munch Cardoza, THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER

“Pop, fizz, deliriously good. Mash up the sensibilities of Gatsby and Thoroughly Modern Millie; pour over jazz-kissed show tunes laced with interesting harmonies (John Mercurio); stir in a witty book and lyrics (Tajlei Levis) — especially dazzling when cross-talking lyrics float on the intricate score; and before you can say, “Gilded Age” or “Roaring Twenties,” you have Metro Stage’s ‘ champagne cocktail ‘ season opener, Glimpses of the Moon, a romantic musical comedy based on the Edith Wharton novel…”–Gary McMillan, DC THEATRE SCENE

“Take one landmark hotel – the Algonquin, add one world famous cabaret showcase – the Oak Room, mix in six elegant, talented singer/actors, a jazzy, bubbly period 20′s score, some dapper dances, lots of gorgeous costumes, a great pianist, the wit of Edith Wharton and a guest artist who gets to sing a wonderful song “Right Here, Right Now” and what do you get?… A delightful frothy evening of idle rich fun!”
–Oscar Moore, TALKENTERTAINMENT.com

“One of the BEST new musicals I’ve seen in ages.
Highly recommended for those who love … great musical theatre.”
“…A well-crafted, witty musical comedy… a sparkling valentine
to the Jazz Age.”
“The cast of six is flawless, all singing and acting to perfection. Composer John Mercurio captures the jazzy-flair of the 1920s with glorious music…well-suited to bookwriter Levis’ marvelously clever lyrics.”
–Duncan Pflaster, BROADWAYWORLD.com

“Creative and very funny!”
VARIETY

“It plays only on Monday nights but elicits a Sunday kind of love.”
–John Simon, BLOOMBERG.com

“Best of all about Glimpses of the Moon: It’s intelligent… the way that off-Broadway musicals used to be: derived from lofty literary works, and taking the high road in being smart.”
–Peter Filichia, THEATREMANIA.com

“A delicious evening of entertainment.”
–Fern Siegel, HUFFINGTON POST

“Every New Yorker should go to the Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel at least once… there will probably never be a better reason to go than Glimpses of the Moon.”
–NEW YORK PRESS [no link available]

“As soon as the opening number “Living in the Modern Age” is played, you are enrapt in glorious harmonies, intelligent lyrics and a new take on jazz. Glimpses of the Moon is a delight.”
–Suzanna Bowling, NY BROADWAY EXAMINER

“A jewel of an experience…a truly delightful New York night out!”
–Valerie Smaldone, THREE TOMATOES [no link available]

“Tajlei Levis has spun her book and lyrics on Wharton’s solidity and, together with John Mercurio’s deliciously apt music, fashioned a charmingly successful trifle of a musical…Glimpses of the Moon is delightful.”
–-Eugene Paul, THEATERSCENE.net REVIEW

“Exploding with charm and infectious songs … an evening of classy, frothy entertainment…”
“Glimpses of the Moon offers a whiff of honesty that takes musical theater back where it belongs.”
–Amy Krivohlavek, OFFOFF-ONLINE.com

“The performances are delicious…Go see it now!”
–Arlene McKanic, GREENWICH VILLAGE GAZETTE [no link available]

“I loved it!”
“A dizzy delight of a musical… a champagne flute of sparkling songs.”
“Glimpses of the Moon is deliciously old-fashioned but refreshingly original at the same time.”
“Um, hello producers, did I hear the phrase “Off-Broadway transfer?”"
–YAHOO BROADWAY: TWO ON THE AISLE [no link available]

“A one-of-a kind New York experience… Don’t miss getting a glimpse of this moon!”
– Bixby Elliot, Broadway.yahoo.com

“Glimpses of the Moon has already bested most of the current crop of musicals for civilized entertainment”
–Michael Dale, BROADWAYWORLD.com [link no longer avail]

“As soon as we hear composer John Mercurio’s first Gershwinian piano
chords and see Lisa Zinni’s authentic-looking costumes, we settle comfortable into the 1920s, and the bright-eyed cast and almost Wodehouse-like plot do nothing to dispel the spell.”
–Jon Sobel, BLOGCRITICS.org

“The performances are Broadway-caliber, and director Marc Bruni’s rich theatrical expertise is evident.”
–Dana Lang: OFFOFF-ONLINE

“Glimpses of the Moon is SWELL”
–Tunis McCall, BLOGCRITICS

“Levis and Mercurio’s score is smart and charming.”
BROADWAYWORLD.com: ALL THAT JAZZ

“The show’s creators- aided by Lisa Zinni’s era-celebratory costuming and Denis Jones’ cleverly compacted choreography—conjure such a charmed world, it seems a pity it must evanesce like the bubbles off a gin fizz.”
–Sandy MacDonald, THEATERMANIA.com

“With its slick direction, polished cast and agreeable storyline, it’s hard to imagine Glimpses of the Moon not finding another home after its run is over at the Oak Room.”
–Paulanne Simmons, NYTHEATRE-WIRE.com

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