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Reviewed by George Basler Watching a performance of A Christmas Carol at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott is a little like sharing a bowl of Christmas punch with an old friend whom you haven’t seen in a while. First performed in 1979, John Bielenberg’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is more than a stage production. It’s a holiday tradition that has played to thousands of patrons over the years. After a one-year absence, it’s back at the Cider Mill this year thanks to Brad Morgan,...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Colorblind — A Musical had a tenuous start Feb. 20, when one of the leads was unexpectedly delayed by about an hour. This, however, gave the rest of the actors, the writers and the director a great opportunity to conduct an impromptu Q & A session with the audience members, who had braved potholes and piles of icy snow to come to the Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton for the world premiere. I was privileged to be among them and...
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Reviewed by George Basler In his remarkable  40+-year career, nobody has ever accused Elton John of understatement. To the contrary, John's name conjures up a rock star image with over-the-top performances in large arenas and stadiums, outrageous costumes and driving rock bands. One image that doesn't leap to mind is performing his songs in a intimate, cabaret setting, with only a keyboard accompanist. That is the challenge being taken on this weekend by the Half Light Theatre, a new local theater group, which is peforming a wide-ranging concert...
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