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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...


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...


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. (STEPHAN 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...

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

In response to President 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. released an email on the...

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. I was one of those students. Abroad for the first time in London taking a summer class,...

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. Who is that woman in the pale pink dress and why is she sitting—or perhaps collapsed—in...

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. Now, imagine being forced to relive the day of your death over and over and over again until you finally make a...

Editors React to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

Editors React to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

February 11, 2017

Best Picture: Morgan’s Pick With nine amazing movies nominated for this year’s award, it is hard to pick a clear winner from the pack. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” has taken the awards season...


“Rachel Unraveled” Now Streaming

February 1, 2017

The wait is finally over! 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,...

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, with groundbreaking...

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

“…I win an Emmy and it allows me to host the Emmys and then Kerry Washington presents Rachel and I with an Emmy and I stand by her side and then we do a bit and it becomes a gif,”  Austin Spero,...

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. O’Brien,...


Shining the Spotlight on “Mimes and Mummers”

September 18, 2016

Most Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) students are well versed in the clubs this campus has to offer, but what about the opportunities at Rose Hill? While FLC has some things Rose Hill does not (a theatre...

The program aims to connect students with Campus Ministry.  (BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

Peer Ministry Hopes to Expand Faith-Based Programming

September 13, 2016

Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) saw many new additions to the campus over the summer. Most changes were structural—the old law school finally reopened as “140 West,” the home to the new Quinn Library,...

“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 Arts and Culture Editors have rounded...

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. The free six-month exhibit, aptly named “Alexander...

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

Louisa Clark is at a standstill—she just lost her job and is in a long-term relationship with an inattentive boyfriend that pays more attention to the asphalt he runs on than her. Despite being the oldest...

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

Every June, the Broadway community gathers to celebrate the standout performers of that year’s theater season. This year, it has been rumored that the Tony Awards ceremony will last as little as 15 minutes....

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

When looking for fun musical events to attend near campus, Fordham Lincoln Center students may often look north to Lincoln Center for inspiration. However, on Monday, May 2, students should turn and look...

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

As finals draw near, students at Fordham Lincoln Center are out and about, trying to have fun on last minute excursions before it’s time to study in the library. Venturing far from campus during this...

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

As final exams and graduation briskly approach, students all over Fordham College Lincoln Center are panicking—rapidly trying to study for finals, finalize summer plans and figure out their living situations...

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. Fortunately, there are lots of options for discount tickets out there just waiting to be utilized. To save you time and 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...

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

For one night and one night only, Fordham Lincoln Center’s Splinter Group performed their 2016 spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” With admission on a first-come, first-serve...

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. “How...


RestauranTOURISTS: Ramen Noodle Edition

February 24, 2016

Mee Noodles Dish, Location, Price, Delivery: #20 (Ramen with roast chicken and boiled egg). 795 9th Ave, corner of 53rd and 9th. Across the street from Holey Creme. $8.05. Free Delivery via Seamless. Rachel:...

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

Upon entering the Lowenstein Lobby on Friday Jan. 29, one was immediately met with a sea of WinterFest volunteers, denoted by their blue shirts, that consisted of Fordham staff and students. Excited...

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. Now, “Spring Awakening” has returned to Broadway, six...


Ailey/Fordham Alumna Starts Dance Company

December 2, 2015

Most college seniors spend the last portion of their school careers trying to find a job in the workforce or trying to survive the remainder of college. Students hope and pray that their hectic schedules...


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

November 23, 2015

In late September, major construction began at Lincoln Center. The reason was unclear at first—that is, until one afternoon in October when the two large blue tents were raised and mobile homes set up....

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, professor and director of both the Communication and Media Studies and Peace and Justice Studies departments at Fordham College Rose Hill (FCRH) gave a presentation about the media coverage...


Best of France Festival Kicks Off in Times Square

October 1, 2015

Sept. 26 and 27 marked the beginning annual Best of France festival in Times Square. The festivities, formerly called the Taste of France, included live performances, art displays, fashion shows, food...

Burberrys embroidered fringe cape. (MCV)

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

September 18, 2015

New York Fashion Week is upon us once again, and this year the runways are full of looks inspired by the 1960s and 1970s. Fringe, platform shoes, bell bottoms and high waisted pants controlled the runway...

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