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Friday, June 16, 2017

DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS TO PLAY 42ND STREET

Doug Varone and Dancers




New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers will perform Lux in 2017 Victory Dance, presented by The New 42nd Street and The New Victory Theater, on Thursdays, July 13 & 20, 2017 at 7pm at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street). Tickets for public performances of Victory Dance are $10 and are available online (NewVictory.org) and by telephone (646.223.3010).



Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, Doug Varone and Dancer presents Lux, a vibrant, life-affirming dance set to Philip Glass's "The Light" performed by eight members of the Bessie Award-winning company. Commissioned by the Vapnek Family Fund, the dance has been a mainstay in the Company's repertory since its premiere in 2006.



This July, The New Victory Theater will present its fourth season of VICTORY DANCE, the theater's initiative to provide FREE dance performances to kids in New York City day camps, school and youth programs over the summer. For four weeks from July 10 - August 4, 2017, VICTORY DANCE will feature a cross-section of highly accomplished and internationally recognized New York-based dance companies who perform a range of movement styles including hip-hop, contemporary, Indian classical dance and traditional African dance. Like The New Victory Theater, each company hopes to inspire young people to embrace the art form.



VICTORY DANCE consists of two unique programs which, this year, will include the following dance companies or soloists: Bill Shannon, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Decadancetheatre, Doug Varone and Dancers, Heidi Latsky Dance, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, and Preeti Vasudevan's Thresh with New York City Ballet's Amar Ramasar.



Every performance will feature a 90-minute program including a Talk-Back led by a NEW VICTORY Teaching Artist. Also, between each dance, a Teaching Artist will share more about the company, choreographer or the dance, providing insight into each work. Through the post-show discussions, New York City kids will have the opportunity to engage with choreographers and dancers, and the creators will also learn more about how their work affects young people.



VICTORY DANCE is designed to serve New York City students enrolled in NYC Department of Education summer school enrichment programs, such as Summer Arts Institute, subsidized day camps and social service agencies. These students attend daytime performances free of charge and also receive free dance-related workshops led by professional Teaching Artists before and after their visit to the theater. Summer school instructors also receive free NEW VICTORY School Tool® Resource Guides, which encourage further exploration of the art form in the students' day-to-day curriculum.



This summertime program, which reaches more than 3,500 NYC kids, mirrors the education programs The New Victory Theater provides to nearly 36,000 students throughout each school year. The New Victory Theater looks forward to sharing live performances on stage, exploring the art form in classrooms and building relationships that will have an impact on NYC kids from summer to summer.



DOUG VARONE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR



Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theatre, opera, film, and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His work is known for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the diversity of genres in which he works. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for three decades. In the concert dance world, Varone has created a body of works globally. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. In addition, his dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs around the country. In opera, Doug Varone is in demand as both a director and choreographer. Among his four productions at The Metropolitan Opera are Salome, the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy, and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, designed by David Hockney. His Met Opera production of Hector Berloiz's Les Troyens was broadcast worldwide in HD. He has directed multiple premieres for Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. His numerous theatre credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres across the country. His choreography for 2012's musical Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club earned him a Lortel Award nomination. Film credits include choreography for the Patrick Swayze film, One Last Dance. In 2008, Varone's Bottomland, set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of PBS's Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America. Last season, he directed and choreographed MasterVoices' production of Dido and Aeneas at New York City Center, starring Tony Award winners Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark, alongside the Company. Most recently, he directed the staging of Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize winning oratorio, Anthracite Fields for the Westminster Choir and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the President's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Numerous honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award (for Lincoln Center's Orpheus and Eurydice), the Jerome Robbins Fellowship at the Boglaisco Institute in Italy, two individual Bessie Awards, two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, and four National Dance Project Awards. In 2015, Varone was awarded both a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild. Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians and actors. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography.



Friday, January 13, 2017

'THE PRESENT' ON BROADWAY @ BARRYMORE THEATRE

Cate Blanchett




The Sydney Theatre Company production of THE PRESENT opens Sunday, January 8. Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, THE PRESENT is directed by John Crowley at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017.



THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail), as well as Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).



Set and costume design for THE PRESENT is by Alice Babidge, with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is Sound Designer and Composer.



THE PRESENT is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Sydney Theatre Company, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, The Shubert Organization, Robert G. Bartner, John Gore and Jimter Productions LLC.



Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited, Anton Chekhov’s first play was not discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright’s death. Andrew Upton’s adaptation is set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna (Blanchett). At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.



Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh previously appeared together on the New York stage in Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Additionally, Cate Blanchett appeared in New York in Sydney Theatre Company’s productions of Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Maids.



Andrew Upton was at the creative helm of Sydney Theatre Company (STC) for eight years from 2008-2015, the first five as co-Artistic Director alongside Cate Blanchett. During the Upton/Blanchett years, STC’s international touring profile increased with tours of Waiting for Godot to the UK, Gross und Klein (Big and Small) to the UK, France, Austria and Germany, both A Streetcar Named Desire and Uncle Vanya to Washington and New York and The Maids to New York. A History of Everything, commissioned by STC as a co-production with Belgian theatre company Onteroend Goed, has also had seasons in Chicago and in Belgium, Holland and the UK while Long Day's Journey into Night played in Portland, Oregon.



Australian critical reception for

 THE PRESENT.



“If you are lucky enough to be in Sydney, this is a night of theatre you can’t afford to miss,” noted Nancy Groves in The Guardian of “Andrew Upton’s masterful adaptation of Chekhov’s novice play. Their (Blanchett and Roxburgh) chemistry is electrifying as ever. Masterfully choreographed by director John Crowley.”


Sunday, January 08, 2017

SIGNATURE THEATRE'S PREMIERE OF 'EVERYBODY'

EVERYBODY




Casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the world premiere Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) production of Everybody, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Lila Neugebauer.



Everybody runs January 31 – March 12, 2017 with a Tuesday, February 21 opening night on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). All tickets for the initial run of the production are $30 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.



The cast includes Jocelyn Bioh (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Obie Award-winner Brooke Bloom (Cloud Nine), Michael Braun (The Crucible), Obie Award-winner Marylouise Burke (Sideways), Louis Cancelmi (Blasted), Lilyana Tiare Cornell (Les Misérables), Obie Award-winner David Patrick Kelly (Thérèse Raquin), Lakisha Michelle May (“Boardwalk Empire”), Chris Perfetti (Cloud Nine).



The creative team includes Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Gabriel Berry (Costume Design), Matt Frey (Lighting Design), Brandon Wolcott (Sound Design). Amanda Spooner is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Telsey + Company.



Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers,” comes back to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life's greatest mystery.



Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $30, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Margot Adams, Rhoda Herrick and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



2016-17 SEASON OVERVIEW



RESIDENCY ONE

The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

Final performance played on Sunday, December 18 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre



Venus

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Lear deBessonet

Begins April 25, 2017 | The Irene Diamond Stage



Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus,” and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.



The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood and Fucking A

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Jo Bonney

Theatre & Dates TBA

This production will be presented as part of the 2017–18 Signature season.



Remixing The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s seminal masterpiece, The Red Letter Plays tear open notions of gender and hypocrisy with poetic honesty and exhilarating wit. In the Blood’s Hester La Negrita is a penniless mother of five condemned by the very men who loved her. Fucking A’s Hester Smith is an abortionist, forced to ply her trade to save her own son. Performed together for the first time, the two plays form a thrilling and powerful indictment of the way we live now.



LEGACY PROGRAM

"Master Harold"... and the boys

Written and Directed by Athol Fugard

Final performance played on Sunday, December 11 in The Irene Diamond Stage



RESIDENCY FIVE

Everybody
(World Premiere)

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
Begins January 31, 2017 | The Irene Diamond Stage



Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers,” comes back to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life's greatest mystery.



Everybody is generously supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BROADWAYS BEST & TRU PRODUCER BOOT CAMP

Stewart F. Lane With Bonnie Comley




Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU Producer Boot Camp Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask, on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am - 6pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. For more details including a full schedule and faculty bios visit http://truonline.org/events/raising-money.


It's more important now than ever for the voice of theater to be heard, so take those projects off the back burner and move ahead with passion and a plan. For producers, that means finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We invite you to acquire some basic tools and crucial information that will help you to function effectively in hard times and the better days that may be on the way. From pitching techniques and presentation skills to legal requirements and effective business planning, plus a wealth of first-hand experience from more than a half dozen producers who are currently active in the Broadway and off-Broadway worlds, we promise you an informative, empowering and inspiring day.


Workshop faculty will include Broadway producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman of Sunnyspot Productions (Tony Awards for Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Clybourne Park; Tony nominations for On The Town, You Can't Take It With You, The Scottsboro Boys), Stewart Lane (Tony Award®-winner for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Will RogersFollies and La Cage Aux Folles), Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Tony Award winner for All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy and Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, plus Legally Bonde,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Caroline or Change,The Exonerated) and early career producers Jesse B. Langston and Molly Morris; investor James Simon (Something Rotten, Hand to God, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, upcoming: The Play That Goes Wrong); entertainment attorneys LisaRoxanne Walters and Erach Screwvala, financial advisor Bailie Slevin of Entertaining Finance, and others to be confirmed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

JOSH GROBAN RELEASES OLD HOLIDAY FAVORITES

Josh Groban




Los Angeles, CA - Multiplatinum recording artist Josh Groban releases the holiday song "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" on Warner Bros. Records. The track is currently available via all digital retailers and streaming services (Apple Music and Spotify). This is the first holiday music Groban has released since his 2007 Grammy-nominated 6x platinum album Noel.


Groban will make several TV appearances after Thanksgiving, including The Today Show on Monday, November 28th, and will also perform on NBC's annual holiday special Christmas at Rockefeller Center.


THE GREAT COMET opened on Broadway to glowing reviews on Monday, November 14th at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street, NY). The New York Times raved that "Josh Groban is absolutely wonderful...he invests his singing with the pain and frustration that define Pierre. And his acting is superb, as he all but trembles with the existential despair that courses through Pierre's veins." Time Out NY said: "Josh Groban plays the melancholy Pierre with intensity and a simply ravishing voice."


THE GREAT COMET is a theatrical experience like no other. Dave Malloy's inspired adaptation of a 70-page slice of War and Peace puts audiences just inches away from Tolstoy's brash young lovers, as they light up Moscow in an epic tale of romance and passion.

Friday, April 15, 2016

TORI MURRAY LOITERING OUTSIDE MATILDA THEATRE

Tori Murray Outside Theatre





The diabolical eight-year-old Tina Denmark (as played by the phenomenally talented Tori Murray in RUTHLESS!) was recently spotted loitering in front of Broadway’s MATILDA. In this photo, captured by a random tourist, Tina can clearly be seen clutching a jump rope behind her back; the very weapon she purportedly used to bump off a fellow third grader! Until a restraining order is in place, the MATILDA company has stepped up its in-house security force.



Off-Broadway’s musical smash RUTHLESS! opened on July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, “Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of John Waters!”



Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Paley also directed the original 1992 production of RUTHLESS! as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the new production, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.



When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY, it’s fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and demonic youngster who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.



Also featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Paul Pecorino (DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), and Jennifer Diamond (INTO THE WOODS, JEKYLL & HYDE).



The playing schedule for RUTHLESS! is Mondays at 8 PM, Thursdays at 7 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.RuthlessTheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.


Photo Courtesy Of: Jim Randolph

Monday, March 21, 2016

AMY SCHUMER LEAVES ONE THOUSAND TIP IN NYC

Amy Schumer



Talk about the ultimate surprise!


When Amy Schumer and boyfriend Ben Hanisch decided to see Hamilton on Broadway Saturday night, many fans would assume they simply wanted to savor an amazing show. But while enjoying a date night with a few mutual friends, Amy decided to surprise a few lucky bartenders with one generous donation.


According to employee Madeleine DeJohn, the comedian ordered a few drinks for her group. But along the way, she also left quite the tip to a grateful staff.


"Our house manager gave us her order before the show and we filled it," Madeleine shared with E! News. "Then at intermission, a member of her party came to the bar with another order and when he handed the receipt to my co-worker, he said ‘Amy wants to make sure you get this.' My co-worker looked at it and didn't know what to say."


She added, "We've served a lot of celebrities at Hamilton and we've received some nice tips but never before had I seen a tip that even came close to this one."


After enjoying the cast's singing, dancing and rapping, the Inside Amy Schumer star was able to meet with a few talented, castmembers. And as you may have guessed, she could hardly contain her excitement.


"Abhhhhhh #hamilton #bunk," she wrote while posing backstage. "Our name is Alexander Hamilton."


The date night comes after Amy and Ben recently enjoyed a tropical vacation with a few famous friends. Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica as well as comedian Bridget Everett made the trip that featured plenty of fun in the sun.


As for her good deed over the weekend, the lucky bartenders want to make it clear that they are extremely grateful for the star's generosity. And yes, she's welcome to the show anytime.


"Most of the bartenders in my company are artists, myself included, and this is our survival job while we try to ‘make it.' Amy knows what it's like to struggle in the service industry while trying to find success," Madeleine shared with us. "When she came to the bar a few months ago and put $80 in our tip jar, I went up to her and thanked her and she basically was like ‘Of course, I've been there, I get it, you guys are great.' I've never encountered this kind of generosity before."


She added, "Amy Schumer is really unbelievable, both as a performer and as a person. We couldn't thank her enough."



Thursday, January 14, 2016

HARRY POTTER STAR ALAN RICKMAN DEAD AT AGE 69

Alan Rickman



Alan Rickman, who played the role of Professor Snape in the famed Harry Potter films and portrayed villains in Hollywood movies, has died aged 69,according to media reports.



Rickman got his big acting break appearing the Broadway version of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" in the mid-1980s before making his first major film appearance in "Die Hard" soon afterwards.



That was to be the first of many performances as a villain, including the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." In addition to the Potter films, he starred in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", "Truly Madly Deeply", and "Love, Actually".


Rickman was a fixture in and around New York City. He will be missed...


Photo By: Media Punch
 

Thursday, January 07, 2016

THE MCC THEATER'S MEET THE PRESS FOR 'SMOKEFALL'

Zachary Quinto



Robin Tunney



Julia Garner



The MCC Theater's 'SMOKEFALL' Meet The Press event at MTC Rehearsal Studios in New York City today, brought out the stars.



Monday, December 14, 2015

ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY RETURNS TO FEINSTEIN'S

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BROADWAY'S BEST
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Rita McKenzie's Award Winning Ethel Merman




Feinstein’s/54 Below is presenting the triumphant return of Rita McKenzie’s award-winning ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, the country’s longest-running one woman musical, this Saturday, December 12th at 7 PM. Rita McKenzie has performed her critically acclaimed show throughout the world – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Pasadena Playhouse – from Canada to Europe and Asia.



ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY is a love letter to the life and times of Ethel Merman, the Queen of Broadway’s Golden Age. Ms. McKenzie brings to life more than 16 of the greatest hits of Broadway in this thrilling show which recalls the glorious days of the Great White Way and its brightest Star. Written by Christopher Powich and Ms. McKenzie and directed by Mr. Powich, McKenzie triumphs in a role in which she recreates the excitement of La Merm. A night to remember!



“Bold and Brassy. A Don’t Miss!”

- The New York Times



“Showstopping at its best!”

- Los Angeles Times



“Remarkable!”

- San Francisco Chronicle



Ms. McKenzie is currently co-starring Off-Broadway in the smash hit musical RUTHLESS! She's performed in the national tour of Neil Simon’s female version of THE ODD COUPLE, co-starring with Barbara Eden, in which he was honored for her outstanding portrayal of Olive Madison with a National Broadway Theatre nomination as Best Actress in a Touring Play. She also recently toured with Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna in their production of BERMUDA AVENUE TRIANGLE. Ms. McKenzie created the role of Phoebe Farber in Sam Harris’ production of HURRY! HURRY! HOLLYWOOD! in Los Angeles, and she played Maggie Jones in the 42nd STREET tour with Mariette Hartley. She also toured the U.S. in Merman’s signature role as Annie Oakley in the 50th anniversary production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN opposite Glenn Yarbrough. Ms. McKenzie has had the privilege of opening for stars such as Steve Allen, Don Knotts, Norm Crosby and Milton Berle and she has been an acclaimed Pops guest artist with virtually every major symphony across the country. An accomplished TV and film actress, Ms. McKenzie played Alice, the housekeeper, on Fox’s “Unauthorized Brady Bunch: The Final Days,” has guest-starred on NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” Mrs. Littlejohn on NBC’s “Frasier,” Rita Marcus on the Family Channel’s “Big Brother Jake” and her recurring role on “Daddy Dearest,” starring Richard Lewis and Don Rickles.



Produced by Evan Sacks, the return of ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY features a seven-piece orchestra, with musical direction by David Snyder. Tickets are available at www.54Below.com or by calling 646-476-3551. For more information about ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, visit www.EthelMermansBroadway.com.



Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54 Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

BROADWAY'S MARVIN LAIRD & JOEL PALEY MARRIAGE

Marvin Laird With Bernadette Peters And Joel Paley



Longtime partners and the creators of the hit musical RUTHLESS!, Marvin Laird and Joel Paley, were married in a private ceremony on November 1st. It was truly a family affair with two of the producers, Maxine Paul and Evan Sacks, standing up for the resplendent grooms as maid of honor and best man respectively. The initial announcement of the nuptials occurred at the July 13th opening night of RUTHLESS! when Paley proposed to Laird while making a celebratory toast at the post-performance party. Sunday’s wedding was held at the beautiful home of the show’s third producer, Ken Schur, and his lovely and charming wife Janet. Attendees included Bernadette Peters, Lynn Cohen and members of the RUTHLESS! company.



With book & lyrics by Joel Paley and music by Marvin Laird, RUTHLESS! first appeared Off-Broadway 23 years ago at the Players Theatre, winning both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe. Paley once again serves as director of the new production, with Laird on board as music supervisor as well.



When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY, it’s fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.



Featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Paul Pecorino (DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), Jennifer Diamond (INTO THE WOODS, JEKYLL & HYDE), and introducing Tori Murray (Paper Mill’s NEW VOICES OF 2014: OH, WHAT A NIGHT!)



Author/lyricist/director Joel Paley was an original member of the notorious Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, dancing as Bertha Vinayshinski. This gig led him to Laird who was musical directing a Shirley MacLaine TV special featuring the "Trocks," prior to their sold-out Broadway engagement at the Palace Theatre.



Composer Marvin Laird has written dance and vocal arrangements for over two dozen Broadway and West End shows, including the award-winning production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and the 2003 Broadway revival of GYPSY, both starring Bernadette Peters. He has been Ms. Peters’ personal music director for more than 40 years.



The playing schedule for RUTHLESS! is Mondays and Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.RuthlessTheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.




Friday, July 17, 2015

'I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT' PLAYING NYC THEATRE ROW

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BROADWAYS BEST
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Lué McWilliams And Olivia Scott



Penny Jackson’s dark comedy I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT directed by Joan Kane, is playing now to August 2nd at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC. (The play opens officially on July 18th at 8 PM)


Alex Esola & Jesse Shane Bronstein
In this cautionary tale, a prep school girl discovers that this week’s Internet sensation is a video of her having sex. Her feminist mother wants to help but Vicky insists she can handle the crisis alone. Can Vicky free herself from the curse of social media or will she always be caught in its web? The Equity production, directed by Joan Kane, has scene design by David Goldstein, costumes by Caitlin Cisek, lights by Dennis Parichy, sound by Andy Evan Cohen, projections by Jim Marlow. The Stage Manager is Tyler Winthrop. The cast features Olivia Scott (title role in Susan Stroman’s Little Dancer workshop), Lué McWilliams (Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks), Alex Esola, Kelsey Wang, Charlotte Frøyland, Alexander Nifong and Jesse Shane Bronstein (Pillowman on Broadway). Also appearing in I Know What Boys Want are Molly Collier, Lori Lusted, Joshua Spencer, Meghan St. Thomas and Phoebe Torres.



The performance schedule for I Know What Boys Want at the Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, is Wednesday to Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM (with no matinee on July 18).



Tickets at $19.25 are available via TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200, via www.TeleCharge.com or at the Theatre Row Box Office (12 noon to 6 PM daily)


Sunday, June 28, 2015

A LITTLE BIT OF BROADWAY A LITTLE BIT OF ROCK N ROLL

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Micky Dolenz




MAGIC MICKY --- We’ve been sworn to secrecy, but we were at a super-secret rehearsal last night for Micky Dolenz’s upcoming three-play at 54 Below on July 7, 10, and 11. The show is called A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is a nice riff on Mr. Dolenz’s Broadway experiences (Aida; Grease; Pippin’; and Hairspray) then meshed seamlessly with his rock ’n roll music we all know so well.



Working with a different band than usual—fronted by the astounding Michael Moritz (Matilda; Beautiful)—the show is an amazing revelation from a gentleman with one of the best voices in rock ’n roll ever.



Micky’s stories, with which he explains and introduces each song, are hilarious and informative. Suffice to say that if you were a fan of Dolenz before, then this show is a must-see. I will exclusively add that’s there a song from the way-ahead-of-its-time 1968 Monkees feature film classic Head (hint: Carole King wrote it) that is not only one of my all-time personal favorites, but is also a major show stopper.




This month, by the way, is the 50th anniversary of that famous Variety ad that sought “four insane boys” to audition for a new music-based TV show. This is the ad that introduced the world to Micky, Davy, Peter, and Mike. Great pop history, indeed!

This new show from Micky will be recorded for a live album on Broadway Records, set to be released this September.



At the final Saturday night performance (July 11), Q104.3’s DJ Jim Kerr will introduce Micky from the stage. You’ve heard it here first: Do not miss this show.



TRUMPED --- Univision says it is severing all business ties to Donald Trump.



Univision is the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, so its decision is a blow to the Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture of Trump and Comcast’s NBC/Universal division.



Last week, in his speech announcing his run for President of the United States, Trump deplored immigrants from Mexico who "have lots of problems" and are "bringing those problems to us."



"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists," he said, adding, "and some, I assume, are good people."



Trump went on Fox News Thursday to say, "Of course I'm standing by the statement." He added, "I love Mexico, I love the Mexican people."



Trump also said he intends to sue Univision for refusing to carry the pageant.



"I'm going to have to sue Univision now . . . They have a signed contract," he said. At another point, Trump said, "They'll have to pay me a lot of money."



This morning, there are unconfirmed reports that NBC is distancing itself from Trump–which, if one reads between the lines, may mean Adios to The Apprentice.



While I knew Trump’s inflammatory speech would have a polarizing effect, I didn’t think it would happen this quickly.



Mr. Trump—a.k.a., Mr. Arrogant—is in trouble . . . again!



JOURNEY’S JOURNEY --- Journey has announced that their special guest on their Canadian tour will be none other than Neal "Vortex" Schon.



Of course, Schon is a founding member of Journey and will be playing with them on their section of the show, but he will also open as a solo performer, playing songs from his new all-instrumental album Vortex. Joining Schon will be Omar Hakim on drums, Rachel Z Hakim on keyboards and Jerry Brooks on bass.



Vortex was released on Tuesday via the Mascot Music Group.



Schon will then join his former Journey bandmates Jonathan Cain (keyboards and backing vocals), co-founder Ross Valory (bass and backing vocals), and lead vocalist Arnel Pineda (who was discovered by Schon) for a hit-filled set from the classic rockers.



Omar Hakim will also be doing double duty, filling in for Deen Castronovo who was recently arrested for assault.



If you ask me, I think things would get really interesting out there on the road if Schon were to reunite with one-time Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar (who remains teamed up with his fellow ex-VH bandmate and bassist Michael Anthony in the super-group Chickenfoot, also featuring master guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith on drums) and they put together a reunion tour of their short-lived but dynamic early ’80s band HSAS (which stood for Hagar, Schon, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Michael Shrieve). You never know—these kinds can happen.





CLOSING NOTES-- Fred Goodman, who I knew for years when he was with music industry rag Cash Box, is out with his new book Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Fred is a somewhat cantankerous individual, but a brilliant writer whose knack for getting to the meat of the matter remains essentially unparalleled in the biz. His previous book, The Mansion on the Hill (Vintage), remains one of the definitive books about rock-artist management in our time.



Klein, for those five of you who don’t know, was the business manager for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and many more. Simply cannot wait to read this one . . .



Which major NYC-based charity is being looked into for possible violations? Well, they just celebrated with a major gala this week—but the wolves are at the door. Stay tuned on this one.


Photo Courtesy Of: Brad Balfour/BMB Media

Sunday, May 24, 2015

FAMED TELEVISION LEGEND ANNE MEARA DIES AT AGE 85

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DEATH OF A LEGEND
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Anne Meara On Johnny Carson




ABC NEWS -- Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.



Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided.



The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life."



"The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said.



The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV commercials they made together. Meara also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a longtime role on "All My Children" and recurring appearances on "Rhoda," ''Alf," ''Sex and the City" and "The King of Queens." She shared the screen with her son in 2006's "Night at the Museum."

Jerry Stiller And Anne Meara


Meara was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on "Archie Bunker's Place," along with three other Emmy nods, most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on "Homicide." She won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movie "The Other Woman."



Besides her husband and son, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren.



The family statement said: "Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne."


Editors Note: I have photographed Anne Meara many times over the years. This woman was funny and full of class, that's when she wanted to be. Sometimes she just let it all out and I loved it.


Last time I saw her was around 10 years ago at some museum on the West side of New York City. I was with Golden Girl Rue McClanahan as I was her photographer and we did photos with some very old paintings for some reason. Meara pulled me aside and started making gay jokes about Rue's new husband and I was on the floor. Rue kept looking over and asking what was so funny and that made us laugh even more.


Meara was a icon in New York City and she was a true New Yorker. We could see her at Broadway shows, at cocktail parties or just walking down the street. When I first started out in this business, she was everywhere with hubby Jerry. The two of them were like glue. She will be missed, Meara was a part of television and NYC history.






Friday, May 01, 2015

BROADWAY'S HELEN MIRREN UP FOR 2015 TONY AWARD

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Helen Mirren



MACHINE & MEN RETURN --- Two of my current new-band faves return with new music next week (and respective albums as well, due next month): the magnificent Florence Welch and her band, Florence + The Machine, return with a perfectly stunning new track, “Ship To Wreck,” from a new album titled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. 



It always amazes me how certain bands tweak their sounds from album to album. Example: after several dazzling acoustic albums, the new Mumford and Sons‘ album Wilder Mind is electric—and I hear that it’s brilliant. Florence‘s new track, however, doesn’t change a thing. It’s quintessential Florence + The Machine, and is everything you’ve come to expect from this visionary singer and the group: an atmospheric and evocative sonic vibe, topped off with her breathtaking vocals.



There’s also an accompanying video that’s pretty good, too. If you like their first two, then you’ll love this initial single.





The Iceland-bred group Of Monsters and Men dazzled last year with the release of their first full-legged album, My Head Is an Animal, which featured the hit tracks “Little Talks” and “Dirty Paws” (which was featured in the vastly-underrated Ben Stiller remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).


This five-member band, who performed "Little Talks" and "Mountain Sound" on Saturday Night Live on May 4, 2013, saw their career explode into the stratosphere after that spot. Their performance was just so different and mind-bending that they became an overnight sensation. Their new album is titled Beneath the Skin.


Their new song, “I of the Storm,” finds the Icelandic band taking a relatively laid-back and slow-building approach, with lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir taking the reins on vocals while Ragnar Þórhallsson adds a backing harmony on the lower register.


Performing in the accompanying video, Karaoke-style, is Danish actor and MAC makeup-artist Atli Freyr Demantur, whose facial expressions are so powerful that even the smallest muscles in his face can be seen twitching with emotion. With makeup like that of a Las Vegas showgirl’s and the projected physical fragility of a wounded animal, Demantur brings each of Hilmarsdóttir’s words and breaths to fiery life.


It’s a stark and surprisingly poignant video. Great song . . . great band. June’s going to be an awesome month for music!


TONYS NOMS UP --- Brit stars Carey Mulligan, Ruth Wilson and Dame Helen Mirren are all up for Best Actress at this year Tony Awards.


They go up against home-grown stars Geneva Carr and Elisabeth Moss in a year where British talent is particularly well-recognized.


Three of the four Best Director nominees are British, while Bill Nighy and Ben Miles are in the running for Best Actor.


The awards will be presented on June 7, with the show to be hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth.


The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home are the frontrunners, each landing 12 nominations on Tuesday, and each showing alternate sides of the Broadway experience.


An American in Paris is a sunny and heavily-choreographed adaptation of the 1951 movie musical featuring Gene Kelly and the lovely Leslie Caron. Meanwhile, Fun Home is a moody show based on Alison Bechdel‘s graphic novel about her suicidal father.


The nominations also range from the 11-year-old Sydney Lucas in Fun Home to the 82-year-old Broadway vet Chita Rivera, primed to perhaps receive her third Tony.


British talent accounts for 24 nominations in total, with two West-End transfers—Wolf Hall and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, up for Best Play.


Meanwhile, Dame Helen is nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, which imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and eight of her prime ministers.


Mirren already has received an Olivier Award for the London production of The Audience, and an Oscar for portraying the Queen on the big screen.


"I've studied the shape of her mouth," said Dame Helen. "I know her face probably better than anyone else does. But it's only my portrait. I can only surmise and imagine."


Ruth Wilson is shortlisted for her role in Constellations, the tale of a relationship playing out across alternate universes.


Her co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, missed out on a nomination, joining other notable omissions such as the Larry David play Fish in the Dark and Finding Neverland, the J.M. Barrie musical produced by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, with music by Gary Barlow.


Harvey “Scissorhands” Weinstein speculated that the slight was directly aimed at him and not the show. He even showed up at the next performance with a huge cake for all its cast. Face it: the man’s made himself a walking target.


I've seen the play . . . it’s really good.


Mulligan and Nighy are both nominated for Skylight, a revival of the David Hare 1995 drama, in which they play mismatched lovers. (Matthew Beard also co-stars in the show).


The director Stephen Daldry—best known for his work on the feature films Billy Elliot (2000) and The Hours (2002)—is also up for Best Director on Skylight.


Daldry, who also directed The Audience this season, made the following statement: "It is a fantastic day for British theatre on Broadway. I am personally thrilled for The Audience and Skylight, and delighted too for Wolf Hall and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."


Other notable nominees also include Bradley Cooper, up for Best Actor in his portrayal of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man (the same part played by the great English singer/songwriter David Bowie at the Booth Theater on Broadway back in the 1980-1981 season). And speaking of English singer/songwriters, we see here that Sting is up for Best Original Score, despite the fact that his first written musical, The Last Ship, closed early.


Cooper, who will continue to portray Merrick when the production heads to the West End next month, said: "To be a part of a community that gathers together in a 13-block radius, eight shows a week, no matter what, in the greatest city in the world—for one sole purpose, to tell stories—I can't think of a better job to have. Thank you for letting The Elephant Man be a part of this season's storytelling."

Gloria Reuben With Donnie Kehr



CLOSING NOTES --- Jersey Boys stalwart Donnie Kehr showed up at Gloria Reuben’s final NYC show at The Metropolitan Room. Also there was SiriusXM ’s talent guru Steve Leeds . . .


Hard to believe that YouTube is ten years old, we take it for granted so much now. Congrats—and in recognition of its first decade, here below is a link to the first video ever shown on MTV in 1981, the great “Video Killed the Radio Star” from The Buggles (can’t believe it’s been more than 30 years since this first aired—time sure does fly). Check this out



NBC’s Today show this morning announced their summer concert series, beginning with Meghan Trainor on May 22 … followed by their usual regulars, like Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy and Jennifer Lopez. Actually, the only elder-statesman was James Taylor. It’s great for the kids, but how about Diana Ross, Florence Welch, The Monkees, Joan Jett or Peter Gabriel. The one surprise addition, at least for me, was fun’s Nate Ruess. It’s all about the kids … right? ...

OUT HOTEL DAMAGE CONTROL RUMORS: We hear that the Out Hotel owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass have hired master publicist R. Couri Hay for damage control. The pair have apologized for "hurting the gay community" after facing backlash for hosting a dinner for Sen. Ted Cruz.


Expect Master Hay to convince the media what good guys they are. We at least will not fall for it. The NY Times recently profile R. Couri Hay and said the R. Stands for ruthless. Gotta love R. Couri Hay, he knows damage control. One of the best in the business!


CORNER EXCLUSIVE: Steve Gouveia, Original Broadway Cast member of Jersey Boys, will join Donnie Kehr on stage in a surprise appearance tonight at Bar 9 (807 9th Avenue, NYC) …

RIP Ben E. King!




Friday, April 24, 2015

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES GREAT WHITE WAY

Christopher Sieber



The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Great White Way with “Broadway Spectacular” NJSO POPS concerts May 30–31 in Newark and New Brunswick, respectively. Conductor Todd Ellison—music supervisor for the acclaimed Broadway production of An American in Paris—leads a program of favorites from Carousel, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Shrek the Musical, 42nd Street and more. Vocalists Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber and Kathryn Guthrie perform hit songs like “’Til There Was You” from The Music Man, “All I Care About is Love” from Chicago and a medley from A Chorus Line.



Performances take place on Saturday, May 30, at 8 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Sunday, May 31, at 3 pm at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. The May 31 performance is presented in collaboration with the State Theatre.



The program’s featured artists have each garnered critical acclaim. The New York Times hails Ellison as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors.” The Denver Post called Sieber the “main draw and superior pleasure” of La Cage aux Follies, calling the two-time Tony nominee “a theatrical force” and praising his ability to carry “the musical’s heft and poignancy.”



Broadway.com writes of Leavel: “When Beth Leavel is leading a show, the rest of the cast can relax in the knowledge that she will make them look good while nailing her own songs, dances, comic moments, love scenes and anything else she is asked to do. No wonder the audience at the 2006 Tony Awards cheered especially loudly when this 20-year Broadway veteran won for her inspired comic performance as the drunken title character in The Drowsy Chaperone: Leavel deserved it, and she is one of their own.” The Huffington Post wrote that Guthrie “outshone any other single moment on stage” in her New York City Opera debut in Prima Donna.



NJSO Accents include special festivities preceding each concert. Patrons can dance to the swinging sounds of the Michael Arenella Sextet in the NJPAC lobby on May 30 and can join in a sing-along of classic Broadway songs at the State Theatre on May 31.



TICKETS


Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase online at www.njsymphony.org, by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or in person. The NJSO Patron Services and Sales office is located at 60 Park Place, 9th floor, in Newark; tickets are available by phone or in person Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Tickets are also available, by phone only, on concert-weekend Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm.



Tickets for the May 31 performance are also available from the State Theatre ticket office online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org, by phone at 732.246.SHOW (7469) or in person. The State Theatre ticket office is located at 15 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick—hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 1 to 5 pm, and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified.



THE PROGRAM


Broadway Spectacular with the NJSO

Saturday, May 30, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Sunday, May 31, at 3 pm | State Theatre in New Brunswick



Todd Ellison, conductor

Beth Leavel, vocalist

Christopher Sieber, vocalist

Kathryn Guthrie, vocalist

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra



United Airlines, the official airline of the NJSO, is the concert sponsor of the May 30 performance. The May 31 concert is presented in collaboration with the State Theatre.


Full program information is available HERE.