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Juice Mackinss, FCLC ’19, performance in The Prom, lands him a spot amongst Broadways up-and-coming actors (LENA ROSE/THE OBSERVER).

Wayne ‘Juice’ Mackins Dubbed One of Broadway’s ‘Ones to Watch’

January 3, 2019
The Ensemblist released its inaugural list of Broadway’s “Ones to Watch,” and on it is Fordham’s own Wayne “Juice” Mackins, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’19.
“I’ve always been inspired by the great musical satirists of yesteryear and today like Tom Lehrer, Tim Minchin and Bo Burnham,” said Billy Recce, FCLC ’19.

“The Perks of Being a Snowflake” – Senior Releases Debut Album

November 8, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the unifying thread between the “Justin Bieber, Lizard Man” conspiracy theory, creepy kids in trench coats and Betsy Devos is? The is answer Billy Recce. The Fordham senior,...

Clint Ramos is the new head of design and production for the Fordham Theatre Program (Andrew Beecher/The Observer).

Meet Clint Ramos, the Tony-Winning New Head of Design and Production

September 26, 2018

There was a lot happening around me as I sat in the second floor cafe of the Signature Theatre waiting for Clint Ramos. To my left, preteens in bright red T-shirts were animatedly chatting about “Be...

Stars is running in Dumbo, Brooklyn bfrom Sept. 3 through Oct. 14 (via Stars in the Night Press Release).

“Stars in the Night” Comes to NYC

September 12, 2018

“Please be advised: this show will have you on the move!” is not your typical warning when buying tickets to a theatrical event in New York City. But “Stars in the Night” is anything but normal....

Welcome Class of 2022!

August 28, 2018

Welcome to Fordham Lincoln Center Class of 2022! On the first day of orientation, The Observer interviewed members of the new class to find out why they chose Fordham, what they were most excited about...

Wayne Juice Mackins, FCLC ’19 plays the title role in Fordham Theatres production of Macbeth. (LENA ROSE/THE OBSERVER)

Macbeth to “The Prom”: Fordham Junior’s Juicy Future

April 18, 2018

I recently met up with Wayne “Juice” Mackins, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’19, on a dreary, cold spring morning in a crowded coffee shop off Columbus Avenue. Dressed in all black, from...

(REESE RAVNER/THE OBSERVER)

Photo Gallery: March For Our Lives in New York

March 24, 2018

On Saturday, Mar. 24, thousands of protesters took to the New York City streets to participate in the March For Our Lives, calling on lawmakers to enact common sense gun laws and sever ties with the gun...

Be Mine: A Valentine’s Drama Experience

February 14, 2018

We here at The Observer loved the anonymous Valentine's Day love letters and poems Fordham students wrote so much, that we decided they needed to be saved in more ways than just our centerfold. With help...

Televangelist Jan Crouch Lives on Through Billy Recce’s New Musical, “The Charlatans”

Televangelist Jan Crouch Lives on Through Billy Recce’s New Musical, “The Charlatans”

February 7, 2018

Billy Recce, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’19, sat one row ahead of me in the Kehoe theater, with his laptop wide open and eyes fixed on the stage in front of us. With collaborator Joel Kirk...

At Least 12 Dead in Fire Near Fordham in the Bronx

December 28, 2017

At least 12 people have died in a fire at an apartment complex near Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) on Thursday, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) has...

The cast of Cruel Intentions from left to right: Alex Boniello,
 Patricia Richardson,
 Matthew Griffin, Jessie Shelton, Carrie St. Louis,
 Constantine Rousouli,
 Lauren Zakrin and Brian Muller. (Photo by Jenny Anderson)

Review: “Cruel Intentions: The Musical”

December 15, 2017

Cunning teenagers, elite New Yorkers, a revenge sex scandal and all of your favorite 90s tunes? “Cruel Intentions: The Musical” at (le) Poisson Rouge has it all … and you don’t want to miss it....

Pictured above, left to right, are Uma Thurman as Chloe and Marton Csokas as Peter in Beau Willimons The Parisian Woman. (Courtesy of Matthew Murphy)

Theater Review: “The Parisian Woman”

December 9, 2017

After first premiering in Southern California in 2013, Beau Willimon’s “The Parisian Woman” has landed on Broadway, this time with an updated script and a Hollywood megastar in its leading role....

Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan (left) as the titular character and Beanie Feldstein (right) as Julie, her best friend. (Photo by Merie Wallace, courtesy of A24)

Who is Beanie Feldstein?

November 16, 2017

Two years ago, Beanie Feldstein was a relatively unknown aspiring performer. The younger sister of Jonah Hill, her standout role was as Nora, the spunky Kappu Nu co-founder in “Neighbors 2: Sorority...

“Eternal Ramnation” Returns to McNally Amphitheater

“Eternal Ramnation” Returns to McNally Amphitheater

November 16, 2017

“For the love of God, someone teach him,” Danny Holmberg, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ‘18, yelled from his perch at the back of the McNally Amphitheatre. It is 9:30 p.m., three and a...

Shonni Enelow is a professor in Fordhams English department.  (JESS LUSZCZYK)

Enelow Talks Winning Dramatic Criticism Award and Opening Play Off-Broadway

October 13, 2017

Although she is on leave this semester, English professor Shonni Enelow has done everything but slow down. As the new mother of a tiny baby boy, Professor Enelow has had a busy few months; not only was...

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Recent Alum Books Starring Role on Tour

October 12, 2017

Emma Copp, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’17, spent part of her last day in New York City in the Ram Cafe eating chocolate chip cookie dough Dippin’ Dots ice cream instead of packing up...

Taylor is this year’s Denzel Washington Endowed Chair. (PHOTO COURTESY OF REGINA TAYLOR)

Regina Taylor Chats “Magnolia,” Fordham and Denzel Washington

October 12, 2017

On a busy Monday afternoon, Regina Taylor met me at the Ildiko Butler gallery. The location was a strategic choice—it was public, quiet and a few steps away from Pope Auditorium where the Golden Globe...

Hannah Cabell leads CSCs production of As You Like It now until Oct. 22. (Copyright Lenny Stucker/Courtesy of Classic Stage Company)

“As You Like It” Gets a Musical Twist at Classic Stage Company

September 30, 2017

Humor, word play, forbidden love, betrayal and mistaken identities—Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” contains it all. Now, Classic Stage Company (CSC) is adding something new to the mix: jazz age...

New Yorkers gathered in Columbus Circle on September 9 to protest Trumps decision to end DACA. (SOPHIE KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Criticizes Trump’s DACA Decision

September 16, 2017
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s plan to phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, Fordham President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., and other members of the Fordham community have publicly demonstrated their support of DACA recipients.

Fordham Falls in Latest U.S. News and World Report Ranking

September 12, 2017

Fordham University has fallen in the 2018 US News & World Report ranking, dipping from 60 to 61. University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. addressed this "disappointing" change with the Fordham...

McShane Endorses Statement Made by the AJCU on DACA

McShane Endorses Statement Made by the AJCU on DACA

September 6, 2017
McShane endorses DACA statement made by Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., the President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).
Paul Taylor-Mills sat down with Professor Elizabeth Stones travel writing class after a performance of The Other Palaces latest workshop Bonnie and Clyde. (ELIZABETH STONE/ THE OBSERVER)

A Conversation with Paul Taylor-Mills

July 14, 2017

At only 29-years-old, Paul Taylor-Mills is living out every theater fan’s dream in London. Just 12 short months ago, Taylor-Mills was a theatrical producer just beginning to receive name recognition...

Joe Aaron Reid (center) poses  with our class backstage at Dreamgirls. (Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Stone)

Life, Love and London with Joe Aaron Reid of “Dreamgirls”

June 28, 2017

The stage of the Savoy Theater is dark and silent, worlds different from how it was a mere 15 minutes before when it was filled with buoyant show tunes and lit up with brightly colored set pieces. I am...

A large French flag waves in the wind from the center of the Arc de Triomphe. (MORGAN STEWARD/ THE OBSERVER)

A Weekend in Paris

June 25, 2017
Paris, France. The city of love, lights and college students satisfying their wanderlust by backpacking across Europe.
The 71st Annual Tony Awards returned to Radio City Music Hall this year, where they were also held in 2009, pictured above. (Aaron Uhrmacher via Flickr)

Morgan, London and the Great Tony Debacle of 2017

June 13, 2017

When I was given the opportunity to take a London travel writing course with a strong emphasis on theater, I didn’t hesitate. Within the first week, I had already been to Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace...

Professor Stones travel writing class on the first day of class. Sitting left to right: Miranda Powers, Tommy Zachar, Nadine Santoro, Deirdre McGrath, Callan McCarthy, Erika Ortiz and Morgan Steward. Not Pictured: Karalee Rogers and Izzi Duprey. (ELIZABETH STONE/ THE OBSERVER)

Facing the Terror

June 10, 2017

Monday, June 5 was set to be an exciting  day for the nine of us. All Fordham students, some at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) others from Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH), were to report...

The Perks of Being a Snowflake: Songs by Billy Recce will take place on July 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at the 54 Below website. (Photo by Jim Esposito Photography)

Billy Recce to Premiere Solo Cabaret Show at Famed 54 Below

June 7, 2017

Finals Week: the time where most Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) students can either be found in the library with their noses stuck in books or at Midnight Breakfast eating Fr. McShane’s famous breakfast...

Brandon J. Ellis currently stars as the bass-playing war vet Davy Zlatic in Broadways Bandstand. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NATHAN JOHNSON)

Brandon J. Ellis’ Life in the Theater

May 16, 2017

Between laughter and bites of food before a Friday evening performance, Brandon J. Ellis, star of the Tony-nominated new musical "Bandstand," and I chatted on the phone about his life in the theater....

Christina Baker Kline released her new novel on February 21. (BROOKE PARRETT/ THE OBSERVER)

Inside the Mind of Christina Baker Kline

March 9, 2017
When looking at Andrew Wyeth’s most famous painting “Christina’s World,” many questions come to mind.
Pictured above (left to right) are Halson Sage and Zoey Deutsch, two of the stars of Before I Fall along with the rest of their mean girl clique, Cynthy Wu and Medalion Rahimi. (PHOTO COURTESY OF Awesomeness Films)

Film Adaption of Young-Adult Bestseller “Before I Fall” Out Now

March 3, 2017
Imagine waking up in high school and knowing that it would be the last day of your life.
Editors React to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

Editors React to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

February 11, 2017
The Arts & Culture staff offer their thoughts on this year's Oscar nominations.
(SCREENSHOT COURTESY OF RACHEL UNRAVELED WEBSITE)

“Rachel Unraveled” Now Streaming

February 1, 2017
The first episode of “Rachel Unraveled,” the new musical satire web series created by Austin Spero, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ‘19 and Rachel Ravel, FCLC ‘19, is now available to watch
The book, which can be found in the Quinn Library, will soon be turned into a motion picture. (JILLIAN JAYMES/THE OBSERVER)

Learn the Truth Behind “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

January 27, 2017
Poland, 1935. The Warsaw Zoo is thriving. Recently bought by Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the menagerie is quickly being turned into one of the premiere animal establishments in Europe.
Ravel and Spero share a laugh in between takes of their new web series “Rachel Unraveled”. (PHOTO COURTESY OF AVERY BART)

Unraveling “Rachel Unraveled”

December 8, 2016
Those who know Spero and Ravel won’t be surprised by this late-night Wednesday banter between the two FCLC sophomores.
Conans excursion to Ailey, which was taped on Oct 12, aired on TBS on Oct. 30. (COURTESY TEAMCOCO VIA YOUTUBE)

Conan Heads to Alvin Ailey

November 8, 2016
A few lucky Ailey/Fordham BFA students were in for a treat when late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien took over one of their Ailey dance classes.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH HILL)

Shining the Spotlight on “Mimes and Mummers”

September 18, 2016
The Rose Hill club makes musical theatre part of your college career. Auditions are open to undergraduate students from either campus.
The program aims to connect students with Campus Ministry.  (BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

Peer Ministry Hopes to Expand Faith-Based Programming

September 13, 2016
A noticeable addition to the 2016-17 academic year is the Peer Ministry Program, a new initiative sponsored by Residential Life and Campus Ministry.
“The Cherry Orchard” opens on Sept. 15 at the American Airlines Theatre. (ANA FOTA/ THE OBSERVER)

This Fall on Broadway: What You Need to See

August 28, 2016
As the curtain closes on many beloved Broadway shows and the Hamilton buzz finally begins to subside, theatergoers anxiously await the start of the 2016–17 season.
The exhibit gives “Hamilton” fans the chance to see the real-life history the musical reflects. (IMAGE COURTESY OF NYPL)

Library’s New Exhibit Reflects City’s “Hamilton” Obsession

August 26, 2016
The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) newest exhibit is capitalizing on the city’s obsession with Broadway’s biggest character—Alexander Hamilton.
Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke star as Will Traynor and Louisa Lou Clark in Me Before You. (Alex Bailey/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

“Me Before You” To Hit Theaters Just In Time For Summer Vacation

May 5, 2016
First published in 2012, the 480-page novel has spiked in popularity in recent months due to the impending release of an adapted major motion picture.
Bright Star is one of the five musicals nominated in the Best Musical category. (ANDRONIKA ZIMMERMAN /THE OBSERVER)

Editors React to the 2016 Tony Nominations

May 5, 2016
The Observer’s Arts & Culture staff has compiled a list of their Tony nomination reactions, while discussing the standout performances from the 2015–2016 season.
The Broadway Goes to Church event begins promptly at 7 p.m. on May 2. (PAULA MADERO/ THE OBSERVER).

Broadway Takes Over St. Paul’s Church For One Night Only

April 28, 2016
Fordham’s neighbor is hosting its own musical soiree, “Songs of Hope: Broadway Goes to Church” for one night only, just in time for a relaxing break before finals.
Free nightly events at the David Rubenstein Atrium start promptly at 7:30 p.m. (PHOTO BY ELENA CIOTTA/THE OBSERVER)

Upcoming Free Events at Lincoln Center

April 20, 2016
During the week of April 18, several free nightly activities will be held at the David Rubenstein Atrium.
The Neue Galerie is located on 5th Ave between 85th and 86th street. (COURTESY OF JOHANNES ORTNER VIA TNS)

“The Scream” Returns to New York City

April 7, 2016
Temporarily, stressed students or art enthusiasts can view Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” in which a figure is permanently in a state of existential dread.
The TKTS booth in Times Square offers discounted tickets for several Broadway and Off-Broadway performances. (PHOTO BY ANA FOTA/THE OBSERVER)

Getting Cheap Tickets: What Every Student in NYC Should Know

April 3, 2016
There is only one thing standing between students and the theatre—money.
Lucia Zhou has practiced piano since the age of 5. (PHOTO COURTESY OF LUCIA ZHOU)

“Sing for Spring”: A Concert to End the Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

March 31, 2016
This semester, while many students at Fordham College Lincoln Center (FCLC) were busy planning their spring break vacations, Wan'ting (Lucia) Zhou, FCLC ‘19, was engrossed in planning a different sort of event—a student-led concert to reduce stigmas for mental disorders.
Members of the Splinter Group performed in the clubs Spring show. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX COURRIDES)

Splinter’s Spring Bee: Latest Musical Wins Over Audience in Pope

March 17, 2016
On March 11, Lincoln Center’s Splinter Group performed their 2016 spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Dakota Johnson in How to Be Single. (JoJo Whilden/Warner Bros. Entertainment via TNS)

Film Focus: Spotlight on Women for Women’s History Month

March 5, 2016
March is Women’s History month and what better way to celebrate than kicking back and watching classics with female leads and directors . The Fordham Observer is sharing some of our favorites.
(PHOTO BY RACHEL JARVIS/THE OBSERVER)

RestauranTOURISTS: Ramen Noodle Edition

February 24, 2016
The Arts & Culture editors set out to find the best ramen noodle in Hell's Kitchen.
BØRNS gets up close and personal with the audience at WinterFest 2016. (REESE RAVNER/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Falls in “Electric Love” with BØRNS

February 2, 2016
BØRNS was very engaging with the crowd through the event, speaking both about the songs he was about to perform and the audience.
Spring Awakening finished its limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Jan. 24, 2016. (OONA MURLEY/THE OBSERVER)

Deaf West Comes East with Return of “Spring Awakening”

January 28, 2016
In 2006, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater created a Broadway musical that challenged all previous notions of what it meant to be on Broadway.
Winnie Berger featured above. (PHOTO BY OLIVIA BURGESS/COURTESY OF WINNIE BERGER)

Ailey/Fordham Alumna Starts Dance Company

December 2, 2015
Winnie Berger, FCLC '14, founded Mook Dance Company that's composed of alumni and current Fordham students—she hopes to make it an official non-profit organization.
(PHOTO BY JESSICA HANLEY/ THE OBSERVER)

What It’s Like Living Next to the Big Apple Circus

November 23, 2015
At first, living next to the circus seemed unreal. I would stare out my window, 18 stories above the circus in McKeon, trying to imagine what could be going on inside of the large blue tents.
Anne Warren of Gulfport, Miss., right, prays with April Moore of Gulfport after the 10 Years, 10,000 Reasons Hurricane Katrina remembrance service at Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park in Gulfport on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Moore, who said she lost everything in Katrina, was overcome by memories of the storm. (John Fitzhugh/Biloxi Sun Herald/TNS)

Fordham Professor Discusses Post-Hurricane Katrina Coverage in New Book

November 10, 2015
Robin Andersen's new book, “HBO’s Treme and the Story of the Storm: From New Orleans as Disaster Myth to Ground Breaking Television,” explores the influence of the media during disaster coverage and its role in how people react to these natural disasters.
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Best of France Festival Kicks Off in Times Square

October 1, 2015
The Best of France Festival celebrates French culture with art, food and music.
Burberrys embroidered fringe cape. (MCV)

Trends of the 1960s and ’70s Lives on at NYFW

September 18, 2015
Here, we fill you in on the latest trends that are delving into past decades and gather opinions from fellow FCLC students.
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