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Vestal concludes Tier’s non-traditional high school musical season

By George Basler Austin Kiley has directed student musicals at Vestal High School for 10 years, but he says he has never directed a show like the one that will be seen this weekend. The production of Les Miserables School Edition will close out a non-traditional high school musical [...]

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Remembering CyberCafé West proprietor Jeff Kahn

By Barb Van Atta Broome Arts Mirror offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of former CyberCafé West proprietor Jeffrey (Jeff) Kahn, who died Sunday (June 13). Kahn, 59, was a towering figure in Broome County’s live music scene. Although the café closed, it maintained a Facebook [...]

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Strong performances brighten KNOW’s dark ‘Birdbath’

Reviewed by George Basler Leonard Melfi’s Birdbath takes place on Valentine’s Day, but do not expect candy or flowers. The deceased American playwright, who grew up in Binghamton, was known for creating eccentric characters who are out of tune with conventional society. And the characters in Birdbath certainly fit [...]

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Philharmonic plans return to Forum and busy summer season

By George Basler After more than a year’s absence, the Binghamton Philharmonic will return to the Broome County Forum Theatre on June 19 for two concerts of Baroque music. And Paul Cienniwa, the orchestra’s executive director, is excited for both the musicians and the community. For the musicians, the [...]

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Award-winning musical “Honk Jr.” coming to JC

By George Basler Twenty years ago, Broome County puppeteer Robert Rogers heard the CD soundtrack of a musical from England call Honk! and was inspired by its songs and story. He was not alone. The musical -- with music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe [...]

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Tri Cities Opera resuming live productions

By George BaslerAfter a 15-month hiatus because of COVID-19, Tri Cities Opera will resume live productions next week with a staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s popular The Elixir of Love. But the venue will be out of the norm for the Binghamton-based opera company.Instead of performing at The Forum [...]

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Coping with COVID (update): Seton’s ‘Les Mis’ both live and streamed

By George Basler After putting a list of safety measures in place, Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton is ready to stage a concert version of the musical Les Miserables this weekend. Limited-seating tickets are now on sale for the four performances that will run 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday [...]

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KNOW Theatre’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ features memorable performances

Reviewed by George Basler Emotional wounds and physical scars are on vivid display in Rajiv Joseph’s compelling two-character play Gruesome Playground Injuries. KNOW Theatre's production, being streamed through April 30, is just as compelling, thanks to bravura performances by Jessica Nogaret and Joshua Sedelmeyer as two needy people drawn [...]

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KNOW to stream unconventional play on demand

By George Basler KNOW Theatre is continuing to present online productions even as its management hopes to be back on its downtown Binghamton stage this fall. Following a virtual presentation of One Person, streamed online in January, KNOW Theatre will debut Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries for on-demand virtual [...]

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Coming back: Broadway at Binghamton sets 2021-22 season

Live theater fans, rejoice! This fall, Broadway at Binghamton will resume bringing touring musicals to the Broome County Forum in Binghamton. On the schedule, announced today (April 13): Escape to Margaritaville, Oct. 19-20, featuring both original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics An Officer and a Gentleman, Feb. 23-24, 2022, [...]

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Arts venues inch back to live shows

By George BaslerIn March 2020, the Endicott Performing Arts Center closed its theater doors and went dark because of COVID-19. For more than a year, the center has depended on an online platform, EPAC Digital, to stay active creatively.But this will change at 8 p.m. May 13, when the [...]

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Middle School actors go virtual, too

Vestal Middle School will present The Show Must Go Online! at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 27) on Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://vestal-k12-ny-us.zoom.us/j/97766686122 / Meeting ID 977 6668 6122). Produced by VMS Musical Director Elaine Laramee, this free virtual musical features performances by middle school students, along with special appearances [...]

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Coping with COVID: High schools pivot to maintain spring performance tradition

EDITOR’s NOTE: Late last year, Broome Arts Mirror writer George Basler reported on how local arts organizations had been “Coping with COVID.” His series continues today with a look at how local high schools are trying to maintain their annual spring performance tradition. (A special thank-you to Rich Ives, [...]

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BCAC announces 2021 UCF grant recipients

The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) has awarded $286,500 in 2021 United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants this year to 15 local arts organizations and community non-profits. General Operating Support (GOS) grants, designed to help sustain the general operations of major Broome County arts organizations, w ere awarded to the [...]

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