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CHITA RIVERA & TOMMY TUNE TO BE HONORED NOV. 13TH

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The Martina Arroyo Foundation's 13th Annual Gala, a celebration of Prelude to Performance, Role Class and Outreach Programs, will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 beginning 6:30pm in the Grand Salon of the JW Marriott Essex House,160 Central Park South, NYC.


The gala will honor James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Bass-Baritone; Ailyn PĂ©rez, Metropolitan Opera Soprano; Chita Rivera, Tony Award Winning Actress; and Tommy Tune, Tony Award Winning Actor.


Dinner will be held at 7:30pm with award presentations and a live auction, followed by dessert and a special performance by Prelude to Performance Young Artists and Special Guests. The event is black tie optional.


The mission of the Martina Arroyo Foundation is to counsel young singers in the interpretation of complete roles for public performances. The Foundation guides each singer in the preparation of an entire operatic role through a formal educational process that includes the background of the drama, the historical perspective…

THE CHEW'S GOLDEN GIRL WILD HALLOWEEN BASH

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The Chew Celebrates Halloween


“The Chew”’s biggest Halloween extravaganza in seven seasons will serve up a ghoulishly good time with a seven-course Halloween event! Our talented team of award-winning co-hosts will deliver a spooktacular celebration featuring festive cocktails, delicious main dishes, and an impressive feast of costumes. Check out this irresistible treat with sneak peek of Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall as the Golden Girls. You are not going to want to miss the 28 costumes, 24 wigs and headpieces, 18 pairs of shoes, 17 pairs of pants, 12 pairs of glasses, 6 dresses, 5 scarves, 4 pairs of earrings and 2 necklaces on “The Chew”’s Halloween Bash airing Tuesday, October 31 (1 p.m. ET, noon CT/PT) on ABC.

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ADAM KAPLAN JOINS BROADWAY SHOW 'A BRONX TALE'

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A Bronx Tale welcomes Adam Kaplan (Newsies, Show Boat at the New York Philharmonic, Kinky Boots National Tour) to the cast beginning Thursday, November 9 in the role of “Calogero.”


After one year, Bobby Conte Thornton, who originated the role on Broadway, will play his final performance on Sunday, November 5.


ADAM KAPLAN (Calogero). Broadway: Newsies (Jack Kelly u/s), Show Boat (New York Philharmonic). National Tour: Kinky Boots (Charlie Price). Select regional: Flat Rock Playhouse and Music Theatre Wichita. Numerous concerts across the country and Japan, including a performance for the Obamas at the White House. TV: “Deception” (ABC), Live From Lincoln Center (PBS). Proud graduate of Elon University (BFA Music Theatre). @AdamSKaplan


A BRONX TALE also stars Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero (Waitress, Bullets Over Broadway) as Sonny, Richard H. Blake (Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Matilda The Musical) as Lorenzo, Bobby Conte Thornton (My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theatre) as Calogero, Luc…

THE HIT MEN RELEASES SINGLE 'YOU CAN'T FIGHT LOVE'

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The Hit Men are five brilliant musicians and singers who, throughout the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business - huge stars from Frankie Valli and Carly Simon, to Tommy James, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Cheap Trick, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Blood Sweat & Tears, and many, many more. They are not a tribute act. They are not the former cast of a Broadway musical. They are the actual artists who helped rocket so many songs to the top of the Billboard charts.


They’ve just released a new album Don’t Stop, featuring the lead single, “You Can't Fight Love.”


They are: keyboardist and group founder Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Ryan, bassist/vocalist Jeff Ganz, keyboardist, percussionist & vocalist Russ Velazquez and drummer and vocalist, Steve Murphy. You may not know their names, but you went to their concerts, heard them on the radio, watched them on TV, and boug…

CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN TODAY WITH ABC'S 'THE VIEW'

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Halloween At 'The View'



They have been presidents, queens and stars of the silver screen, witches, cartoons and Disney villains but this year, “The View”’s Halloween is one for the books! A disappearance, a caped crusader riding to the rescue, evolution, climate change, lies vs. facts and the mother of all rhyme …Is this the Hot Topics list or Halloween inspiration from the classics? Find out when “Once Upon A View” airs Tuesday, October 31 (11 a.m. - Noon ET) on ABC.


Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain are joined by funnyman JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”; author, “The Book of Leon: Philosophy of Fool”) who is going absolutely mad, the magical Yvette Nicole Brown (ABC’s “The Mayor”) casts her spell and Tony-Award winner Christian Borle joined by the Broadway cast delivers a Halloween treat with a performance from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”




Celebrating Season 21, “The View” (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT) is the place t…

JEAN SHAFIROFF & IVANA TRUMP @ LIFELINE NEW YORK

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 **** HIGH SOCIETY @ LE CIRQUE
Photos By: Patrick McMullan ****







Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine, hosted Lifeline New York’s 7th Annual Benefit Luncheon to raise funds for medical equipment for children's hospitals in Serbia at Le Cirque recently. Among the supporters were Jean Shafiroff, Ivana Trump, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Cheri Kaufman, Sharon Bush, artist Robert Cenedella and Kick Kennedy.



The event kicked off with a champagne reception where guests were served hor d'oeuvres. At the lunch, President of the Board, David Hryck, welcomed guests and introducing Event Emcee and Vice President Cheri Kaufman who introduced HRH Crown Prince Alexander who thanked his wife and attendees for their support.



Prince Alexander introduced guest of honor, Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD, CEO of the Project C.U.R.E. Dr. Jackson, who partnered with HRH Crown Princess Katherine to donate 1.4-million dollars of medical sterilizers, then said “You don’t have to …

'THE NUTCRACKER' CLASSIC @ FLORENCE GOULD HALL

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New York Theatre Ballet returns to Florence Gould Hall with their popular and critically acclaimed production of Keith Michael's THE NUTCRAKER from December 15-17, 2017. This is a timeless, inventive re-imagined classic danced to Tchaikovsky's beloved score and set in an Art Nouveau style, circa 1907. The set is designed by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes are designed by Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan (Resident Costume Designer at the Metropolitan Opera).



...the production has sweetness, fun and intimacy. ...Although I've seen other productions feature a Marzipan Shepherdess with dancing sheep in Act II, this one, with the tiniest child who goes on dancing for the audience until the last possible moment, is especially irresistible. -- Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times



...Keith Michael has made an hour mini ballet intended primarily for little kids but equally enchanting for ancients like me. It's completely ingenious the way he deploys the pretty cut-out scenery and th…

PATRICIA RICHARDSON JOINS CRUEL INTENTIONS

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Off Broadway New York, NY -- Cruel Intentions: The Musical has turned the 90s nostalgia level up to eleven. Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions are pleased to announce that four-time Emmy nominee Patricia Richardson, who captured the hearts of American families for a decade on the hit television show “Home Improvement”, is returning to the stage as Mrs. Bunny Caldwell in Cruel Intentions: The Musical for the show’s ten-week limited engagement at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) this fall. Richardson, who made her Broadway debut in the first revival of Gypsy, completes a cast which features the previously announced Lauren Zakrin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Rock of Ages) as Kathryn, Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Ghost) as Sebastian, Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages, Wicked) as Annette, Jessie Shelton (Hadestown) as Cecile, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Blaine, Brian Muller (“The Good Wife”) as Greg, and Matthew Griffin (The New Yorkers at Encores!) as Rona…

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR BROADWAY'S JERSEY BOYS

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Full casting has been announced for Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning musical Jersey Boys, now in rehearsals for performances to begin Wednesday, November 22 at New York City’s New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) Stage 1.


As previously announced, Jersey Boys stars Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massi and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio. The production also includes Stephen Cerf, Andrew Frace, Natalie Gallo, Jon Hacker, Christopher Messina, Austin Owen, John Rochette, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Rachel Schur, Dru Serkes.


Tickets are now on sale at the New World Stages box office or by visiting Telecharge.com. Group sales (ten or more) are available through Dodger Group Sales at 877-536-3437.


Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The production includes Music Supervision, Voca…

HALLOWEEN'S TOP TEN HAUNTED HOMES FOR SALE

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The Clown Motel




Would you buy a haunted house? According to a survey by Realtor.com, 33% out of 1,000 people said they would! Fall is a slow time of the year in the real estate business. The kids are back in school and winter is coming up fast when most people do not want to move. With anxious sellers and fewer buyers, it is the best time of the year for a bargain on a home purchase - especially a haunted house. But buyer beware, this year’s “Top 10 Haunted Homes For Sale” list from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com has ten ‘spooktacular’ listings that might raise the hair on the backs of the necks of even the bravest home buyer!


The Clown Motel, which has recently garnered fame from its appearance on shows like "Ghost Adventures" and exposure on the internet, is now for sale. For $900,000, a new owner will inherit the collection of clowns and motel.

Looking for a new home that is a bit different than the two-story colonial with a white picket fence, two-car garage, pool and lush la…

BILL COSBY'S 30 MILLION LOAN ON NYC TOWNHOUSE

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NY POST -- Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is looking to take a $30 million loan against his Upper East Side townhouse to pay for his mounting legal bills as he faces a retrial for sexual assault.


Cosby, 80, is trying to take the $30 million hard money loan on his 12,000 square foot mansion as he hires a new legal team to represent him, “Page Six TV” revealed Wednesday.


He bought the six-story townhouse in 1987 for $6.2 million and reportedly spent another $1.2 million renovating it. Neighbors include Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO and chairman Howard Lutnick, and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who spent 13 months in jail after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from an underage girl in 2008.


A source exclusively told Page Six, “Cosby is looking for a 30 million hard money loan against the house. Which means Cosby must be desperate because the banks won’t give him money. Hard money loans have high-interest rates and are usually repaid in a short time, such…

WPLJ & SAMUEL WAXMAN @ ANGELO DAVID SALON

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Angelo David Salon, New York City’s leading luxury hair salon for Couture Hair Extensions, Wigs & Additions, partnered with New York radio station 95.5 PLJ for the 3rdAnnual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), an international research organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The popular event continues to grow, and is now adding participating salons; this year, Gumdrop Hairdressing, located at 46 Church Street, Montclair, NJ joined the cause. Attendees at the Gumdrop Hairdressing event included Nicole Coultas, VJ Moscaritola, and Jeanna Sheridan.




Attendees at this year’s event included: Carrie Preston, Aviva Drescher, Marion Waxman, Angelo David Pisacreta, William T. Sullivan, Courtenay and Daniel Hall, Margo Manhattan, Avanti Gupta, Kelly McCarthy, Lud Merka, Joanne Martin, Gerijo Matyka, Robyn Pisacreta, Valeri, Pam Kosove, Carol …

MARK BEGO'S EAT LIKE A ROCK STAR @ CUTTING ROOM

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Author Mark Bego’s bash at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room recently was a singular success. There to officially launch his Eat Like A Rock Star (Skyhorse Publishing), which contains more than 100 recipes from rock stars: from Richie Sambora, to Bill Wyman, Boz Scaggs, Joey Fatone, Ray Parker, Jr., Micky Dolenz and Michael McDonald, the book is lavishly produced, with photos and bios for each chef, from Bego. With 62 rock-bios to his credit, Bego said that invariably the topic of food would come up during his interviews and often, the stars themselves would prepare their favorite dish for Bego. “I well remember interviewing Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones, and though he said he didn’t cook at first, he eventually opened up and gave me a terrific recipe (Lamb Chops with Endive Salad).”



Seen amongst the crowd, which was served a special white Sangria that the author himself prepared, were Gene Cornish from The Rascals; Cory Daye from The Savannah Band; Paul Antonelli from Animotion; song…

LAUGHING AFFAIRS PLAYS WEST SIDE COMEDY CLUB

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Laughing Affairs, founded by comedian Felicia Madison, presented Laughercise, an innovative lunchtime comedy show, at the West Side Comedy Club located at Playa Betty’s restaurant in New York City. The afternoon’s lineup included Felicia Madison and fellow comedians Liz Miele and Carmen Lynch.



Guests enjoyed lunch as the talent took to the stage. Felicia performed after an opening act, sharing her irreverent take on marriage, motherhood, and life in Manhattan. “My husband wouldn’t divorce me,” she quipped. “He couldn’t bear to part with… half of his money.” Liz offered anecdotes on dating as a comedian (“His eyes are broke, my face is broke… is this what soulmates are?” she joked about dating a color blind suitor while dealing with an acne flare-up) and Carmen’s routine touched on everything from dating an older man to goat yoga.


Notable guests included Felicia Madison, Carmen Lynch, Liz Miele, Belinda Boxer, Laurie Gelman, Deana Hanson, Tara Lipton, Kory Apton, Carol Lister, Mara La…

HARVEY WEINSTEIN WANTED TO BE A ROLLING STONE

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****  DIRTY HARVEY ! New York Post “Page Six” Editor, Emily Smith, reveals Harvey Weinstein tried to buy Rolling Stone on yesterdays episode of “Page Six TV.” ****


Before his sexual harassment scandal broke, Harvey Weinstein was trying to put together a deal to buy the legendary Rolling Stone magazine, Page Six has exclusively learned.


With Weinstein now out of the way in rehab, “Page Six TV” revealed that bidders for Jann Wenner’s venerable publication now include famed former Live Nation Entertainment executive chairman and Eagles manager Irving Azoff who’s putting together a $30 million plus offer backed by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan.


Sources tell us there are around 30 bidders, including Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge, Variety owner Jay Penske and American Media, Inc. boss David Pecker. Though a source said, “The Wenners really don’t want to give Rolling Stone to AMI even though Pecker bought Us Weekly from them.”


While recent reports said disgraced Weinstei…