This Week on Broadway for January 14, 2018: Frances Ruffelle


Jena Tesse Fox, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Frances Ruffelle. We review Mankind @ Playwrights Horizons, John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, and talk about The Minty Awards: Catholic High School Theater on Staten Island.


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Reviews: Frances Ruffelle

FRANCES RUFFELLE: “Live(S) in New York”
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM @ The Green Room 42
Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle is back in town with her stunning solo performance, an intimate evening of song that whispers seductive secrets, lays bare the naked truth and explodes with the one of a kind bottle rocket charisma that’s kept “Frankie’s” ardent fans coming back for more since she created the iconic role of Eponine in Les Miserables and turned “On My Own” into one of Broadway’s most beloved standards. This evening is a wildly entertaining ride straight through the core of the most tender heart, fiery passion and loose comic confidence of a seasoned performer at the height of her game. Frankie has made five solo albums and has performed countless West End shows including her most recent critically acclaimed performance as Queenie in the U.K. Premiere of Michael LaChiusa’s infamous The Wild Party. The show is co-created by Frances Ruffelle and Gwyneth Herbert, with Musical arrangements by Gwyneth Herbert with additional arrangements by Jude Obermuller and David Barber.
Frances Ruffelle: IBDB


MP: Mankind @ Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, through January 28, 2018

Jan Simpson’s Stagecraft: Robert O’Hara, Mankind

JF: John Lithgow: Stories by Heart @ American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, through March 4, 2018



Television, Film and Streaming: 


MP: The Mint Theater Company’s production of Hindle Wakes @  The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, through February 17th

MP: The Minty Awards: Catholic High School Theater on Staten Island






Post Script:

Coming Soon: 

PF + MP + JM: John Lithgow: Stories by Heart


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