Articles by Chaviva Freedman

In Transit: The Show with the Rhythm of New York City

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“I heard that this musical is about the subways of New York,” the lady standing in front of me said to her husband. “What makes this musical different than the other ones?” With In Transit, the newest Broadway musical, it’s not just about the “subways of New York.” It’s about the people that take the […]

Busted, Not the Band I Remember, But Better

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As a child, I vaguely remember hearing about the British pop band Busted. Consisting of a trio of rowdy teenage boys, Charlie Simpson, Matt Willis and James Bourne burst onto the scene in 2002. Their agenda: to push the envelope with their music, while still expressing all the thoughts that go through a teenager’s mind. […]

Leading The Fantasticks: A Profile with Cast Members Madison Claire Parks and Andrew Polec

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“The perfect musical:” that’s how The Wall Street Journal praised the Off-Broadway show The Fantasticks, and more than fifty years after its premiere in May 1960, people still come to experience the classic every night at The Theater Center. As an intern working on the show, I remember hearing the statement and wondering, how could […]

Real Talk: From Anxiety to Art

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It’s a Tuesday evening. You have two papers, math homework and a lab assignment all due at the end of the week. You feel like nothing is going to be done on time and your anxiety levels are through the roof. I’ve been in your position. I live in this position every day. As someone […]

“I’ll Be Right Here”: The Inner Workings of a College Play

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In the past few months, I’ve been pretty lucky. I had the chance to be the Assistant Stage Manager for the recent production of “I’ll Be Right Here,” performed by the Yeshiva College Dramatics Society. Although I have past experience in the position I held, this play just felt electric to me from start to […]

New York City: The City That Never Stops Filming

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Everyone knows this line from the classic Jay-Z song “Empire State of Mind”: “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.” In New York City alone, there is an abundance of film and television shoots wherever you walk. Some are independent movies with small budgets and relatively unknown casts, while others could be for the top […]

BUILDing a New Platform

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Suppose your favorite celebrity came to town. You really love their work and always wanted a chance to meet them and tell them how much you admire their work. With AOL’s new BUILD series, the public now has that option. Located downtown, AOL BUILD is a live webstream series set up by parent company AOL […]

You’re the One that I Want: A Review of Grease: Live

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You’ve seen the movie numerous times. You know the lyrics. You attempted to perform the dances. And let’s be honest—you always wanted to be either a T-Bird or Pink Lady. The world had the chance to relive their childhood when the recent production of Grease: Live premiered on Fox Network. When Fox Network released the […]

#Ham4Ham

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In the Arts and Culture section of any newspaper or magazine, one can find an article about Hamilton, Broadway’s hottest ticket. Along with being a top Broadway show, Hamilton brings another element to the Great White Way every Wednesday and Saturday evening; the phenomenon known as #Ham4Ham. When Hamilton had its initial run off-Broadway at […]

Stitches of Laughter: A Review of The Pirates of Penzance

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  When one thinks about different genres in the world of theater, one tends to think that comedy and opera would not be put together into one piece. Contrary to what we know, there are a few pieces of theatre that do combine the two, and I recently had the opportunity to see Gilbert and […]