Monday, May 16, 2016

Still Time to Get Tickets to Drama Desk Panel on Revivals

GAVIN CREEL, WARREN CARLYLE, STEVEN PASQUALE and JESSICA VOSK are among the panelists for REVIVING THE REVIVAL, a lively discussion about staging revivals moderated by Drama Desk member Robin Milling noon to 2:30 pm Tuesday, May 24 at Sardi's, 234 West 44th St.
Check the Drama Desk's Facebook and Twitter (@TheDramaDesk) pages for additions to the panel and for updates about the event*.

Topics include:
· Why bring the show back now?
· How do you make something from another decade relevant today?
· What elements make a good revival?
· What are the downsides/upsides of reviving a show?
· Working celebrity stars into the mix
· Which changes work and which ones don't?

Lunch will be served beginning at noon with salad and dessert and a choice of four entrees -- Salmon, Pan-roasted Chicken breast , Spaghetti Pomodoro (vegetarian) or Vegetarian Basket (gluten free).
Tables will seat eight and will be assigned (you will get your table assignment and menu selection ticket when you check in at Sardi's) -- please add the names of your guests and entree choices when purchasing your tickets.
Tickets are $57. Order tickets on line at or by calling (866) 811-4111. Deadline is NOON THURSDAY, MAY 19.


*Panel Participants are subject to change.
WARREN CARLYLE is a Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer. He directed and choreographed After Midnight, Chaplin, Hugh Jackman : Back On Broadway at the Broadhurst, Finian's Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities. He has choreographed She Loves Me, currently at Studio 54, the revival of On The 20th Century, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, A Christmas Story, and the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. He also directed and choreographed the 2015 New York Spring Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. He has been nominated for two Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award and has won the Tony, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the prestigious Astaire Award for choreography.

GAVIN CREEL starring as Kodaly in She Loves Me. Broadway: Hair (Tony Nomination), Thoroughly Modern Mille (Tony Nomination), The Book of Mormon, La Cage Aux Folles. West End: The Book of Mormon (Olivier Award), Mary Poppins, Hair. Off-Broadway: Bat Boy, The Mystery Plays. National Tour: The Book of Mormon, Fame. Regional: Bounce (Goodman Theatre/Kennedy Center), Prometheus Bound (A.R.T.), The Mystery Plays (Yale Rep). TV: "Eloise at the Plaza" and "Eloise at Christmastime" both co-starring Julie Andrews. Original Recordings: GoodTimeNation, Quiet, Get Out, and the single "Noise." Co-Founder: Broadway Impact. School: University of Michigan.

STEVEN PASQUALE Lortel winner for Roundabout's The Robber Bridegroom. He recently starred in Carousel at Chicago's Lyric Opera. Select New York theater: The Bridges of Madison County (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), Far From HeavenThe Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...A Soldier's Play (Second Stage), A Man of No Importance (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Beautiful ChildSpinning Into Butter, and The Wild PartyA Little Night MusicThe Grapes of WrathMiss Saigon, and The Light in the Piazza. Select TV: American Crime Story, The Good WifeBillions,Bloodline, and Rescue MeSolo album: Somethin' Like Love (2009).

JESSICA VOSK is Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. Other credits: Broadway: Finding Neverland, The Bridges of Madison County. She starred as Anita, in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony's West Side Story. Encores!': Merrily We Roll Along and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Roundabout's Death Takes a Holiday and She Loves Me. New York Philharmonic: Stephen Sondheim's Company; Featured in the new musical Kristina by ABBA's at both Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. 

ROBIN MILLING has a wealth of experience as an Entertainment Reporter covering everyting entertainment including film, theater, television, and music. Her style is conversational and candid, discussing personal issues as well as professional topics with celebrities. She is a writer/producer and host of Milling About™ podcast, an entertainment news and interview program featuring her provocative conversations with the hottest names in Hollywood, Broadway, and much more on iTunes and Blogtalk Radio She is also the New York Correspondent for World Entertainment News Network. Previous clients have included ABC Radio Networks, SONY Radio Networks, Associated Press Broadcast, and Showtime Networks, among others.

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** Mature indicates that the show has posted an advisory because of content. Usually this means I would recommend no one under the age of 16 attend.

Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

My Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists. Her play "From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O'Neill Story" was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women's Julia's reading Room Series in New York in February 2018.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at

She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (, an award-winning website featuring theater and arts news for the state. She is a contributing editor for She previously served as theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, Connecticut theater editor for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.

She is a Co-Founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle. and the Episcopal Actors' Guild.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.


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Key to Content Notes:

God's name taken in vain -- means God or Jesus is used in dialogue without speaking directly to or about them.

Language -- means some curse words are used. "Minor" usually means the words are not too strong or that it only occurs once or twice throughout the show.

Strong Language -- means some of the more heavy duty curse words are used.

Nudity -- means a man or woman's backside, a man's lower front or a woman's front are revealed.

Scantily clad -- means actors' private areas are technically covered, but I can see a lot of them.

Sexual Language -- means the dialogue contains sexually explicit language but there's no action.

Sexual Activity -- means a man and woman are performing sexual acts.

Adultery -- Means a married man or woman is involved sexually with someone besides their spouse. If this is depicted with sexual acts on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Sex Outside of Marriage -- means a man and woman are involved sexually without being married. If this is depicted sexually on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Homosexuality -- means this is in the show, but not physically depicted.

Homosexual activity -- means two persons of the same sex are embracing/kissing. If they do more than that, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Cross Dresser -- Means someone is dressing as the opposite sex. If they do more than that on stage the listing would include the corresponding "sexual activity" and/or "homosexual activity" as well.

Cross Gender -- A man is playing a female part or a woman is playing a man's part.

Suggestive Dancing -- means dancing contains sexually suggestive moves.

Derogatory (category added Fall 2012) Language or circumstances where women are referred to or treated in a negative and demeaning manner.

Other content matters such as torture, suicide or rape will be noted, with details revealed only as necessary in the review itself.

The term "throughout" added to any of the above means it happens many times throughout the show.

Reviewing Policy

I receive free seats to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows made available to all voting members of the Outer Critics Circle and The Drama Desk, the two professional critics organizations with journalists covering NY theater. Journalistically, I provide an unbiased review and am under no obligation to make positive statements. Sometimes shows do not make tickets available to reviewers. If these are shows my readers want to know about (I review all Broadway shows and pertinent Off-Broadway shows), I will purchase a ticket. If a personal friend is involved in a production, I'll let you know, but it won't influence a review. If I feel there is a conflict, I won't review their portion of the production.

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