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I see Romeo and Juliet tonight. The production with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as Shakespeare’s doomed teens. Am I looking forward to it? You bet.

As much as I am a fan of contemporary rock (Black Keys, Rihanna, Coldplay), I have to admit I am also a classic rock and roll dinosaur, having come of age in the mid 1970s and 80s. In college, even though it was post-breakup, I was still a bonafide Beatles fanatic, complete with card-carrying fan club membership and appropriate tears and screams when I blasted “Meet the Beatles” or “Revolver.” So, naturally, I went gaga for “Let it Be,” the Beatles “concert experience” currently on Broadway, through Dec. 29. The show was designed to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary (an import from London’s West End).

Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango returned to Broadway this month with a star-studded production. The show includes group dances and duets, as well as performances by the accordion-and-string orchestra and five-time Grammy Award winning singer Gilberto Santa Rosa.

It’s not every day I get to attend a sneak preview of a new Broadway show. Such was my luck on June 27, when the producers of Soul Doctor invited the press to a half-hour peak at the new musical about the real-life “Singing Rabbi” and father of popular Jewish music: Shlomo Carlebach. Who knew?

On Saturday night, I saw Pippin—the Broadway show that recently won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. The originally production enjoyed a long run on the Great White Way in the 1970s. The musical follows the tale of a young prince on his journey to find purpose in his life and maps out the obstacles he faces along the way.

For every celebrity I spy when I dine at Sardi’s after a show, I order a Bloody Mary. It’s a tradition. Needless to say, Sardi’s being celebrity central, I’ve enjoyed some very boozy nights there. The latest was Apr. 24, following a preview of Pippin. The show ran long (wonderfully long, I should add), so we didn’t arrive until near 11.

Bette Midler and Fiona Shaw: They couldn’t be more dissimilar as actresses and, one suspects, as women. On the one hand, there’s the earthy Miss M, a vaudevillian with the soul of a burlesque queen; on the other, the cerebral RADA-trained interpreter of Euripides and T.S. Eliot. In a Broadway season characterized by no shortage of solo plays, these two dames demand attention with two of the best. Midler plays Sue Mengers, real-life and larger-than-life Hollywood agent, in I’ll Eat You Last by John Logan.

A testosterone-fueled play like Orphans demands a steak afterward. That was my logic when I steered my companion and me to Angus’ Café and Bistro after Orphans’ Tuesday preview. Angus’, formerly known as Angus McIndoe, serves what is arguably the best bargain in the Theater District: a 38-oz. porterhouse T-bone for two, prix fixe at either $79 or $99.

Given the choice between pre- or post-theater dining, I invariably choose the latter. On Wednesday, after the preview performance of Motown: The Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, I made a quick dash, dodging raindrops, to the Marriott Marquis across the street and an even quicker elevator ascent to the Broadway Lounge on the hotel’s 8th floor.

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