a 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM. She was also the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.
Presently, Valerie can be heard on her new daily radio show, Valerie’s New York on WOR.710.com. She is also the voice of numerous commercials and television promos. She has been the “Voice of God” for many prestigious live events including: The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, and many more. She writes a weekly nightlife column for TheThreeTomatoes.com and writes a theater column for Examiner.com.
As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on Internet Radio and Voice-over, coaches talent privately, and produces promo reels and demo tapes for various clients.
An actress and writer, she has appeared in numerous off -Broadway productions and co-wrote a play with music entitled, "Spit it Out!"
That Championship Season is back on Broadway
You may remember that the play made it's debut at the Public Theater many years ago in 1972 and then moved to Broadway where it won a number of awards: The Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony for Best play of 1973.
The revival boasts a cast of stars of today: Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.
5 strong actors, a great set, compelling story and solid performances.
Personally, I love to see an all male cast. I really enjoy watching a play with only male characters, to be able to peek behind the curtain and see how men truly behave and think.
This is a play about male camaraderie gone awry. As the story of these men unfolds, we find out about the high school championship that they re-live every year well into adulthood, and what has happened since.
That premise alone casts a sad shadow. Imagine having the need, drive and desire to relive such a brief time in a life history and to herald it as the central force of an existence.
Well, on paper, this all sounds good so far... But somehow, I could not feel engaged with the play. Maybe it was because the theater was so warm, that it was uncomfortable. Maybe because I was exhausted from a busy week.
Maybe because it felt dated, and some of the dialogue repetitive. I don't know. I kept wanting to love the play, but I just couldn't get pulled in.
The performances are good, especially those of Jim Gaffigan and Jason Patric. Although Chris Noth strikes a strong presence on stage, I felt that he needed more volume and more dynamics in his delivery.
It is well worth seeing, though, for the ensemble of actors and the play's rich theatrical history. That Championship Season marks Kiefer Sutherland's Broadway debut. And Jason Patric (who plays a great messed up drunk) is the son of the author,
Jason Miller. Gregory Mosher directs.
That Championship Season runs for a limited time through May 29th.