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Thursday, December 18, 2014

LISA LOEB IN ATLANTIC THEATER'S CAMP KAPPAWANNA

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NEW YORK'S OFF BROADWAY
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Lisa Loeb



Atlantic for Kids presents the New York premiere of Camp Kappawanna, a new family musical featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty, directed by Atlantic Acting School Artistic Director Alison Beatty, choreographed by MK Lawson (Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money) with musical direction by Nate Weida (Ivy + Bean The Musical).



Camp Kappawanna will play every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015 through Sunday, April 12, 2015, with two weekday performances at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10 at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street between 8 and 9 Avenues). Running time is approximately one hour with no intermission.



Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, an awkward and adorable 12-year-old kid, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time. This lighthearted musical, inspired by Lisa Loeb’s own nostalgic summer camp memories, has an acoustic sound that will take you back to nights spent around the camp fire.



Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum selling number one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the motion picture Reality Bites. In 2008, Lisa took her talents to the non-profit sector to launch The Camp Lisa Foundation, to help raise funds to send kids to camp. She enlisted her musician pals Kay Hanley, Jill Sobule, Nina Gordon and Steve Martin to record a companion cd, Camp Lisa, and released it via partnership with Barnes and Noble.



Atlantic for Kids has presented fun, quality children’s theater for the past 12 years. In addition to its weekend performances for families, Atlantic for Kids has welcomed thousands of NYC public school children to see weekday performances. These performances include talk backs with cast members and discussions about the theme of the play.



TICKET INFORMATION: Single tickets to Camp Kappawanna start at $15 for Kids (ages 10 and under) and $20 for Adults. Group tickets are also available. To purchase, please visit atlantictheater.org or call Ovation Tix at (866) 811-4111.



Camp Kappawanna is best suited for ages 7 to 11, while kids and adults of all ages are welcome.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MANNERS THAT MATTER MOST BOOK FETE @ SWIFTY'S

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NEW YORK'S IN CROWD

Photos By: James Edstrom
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Norah Lawlor And Catherine Petree



Sharon Bush



George Wayne With Jean Shafiroff



Robert Caravaggi And Angelo David



May Pang



Paola Bacchini Rosenshein With Nicole DiCocco And Jane Pontarelli



High Voltage


Jeffrey Bradford



Jean Shafiroff With George Wayne,High Voltage And Montgomery Frazier




Catherine Petree and Norah Lawlor hosted an intimate Holiday Party to celebrate the release of the book, Manners That Matter Most, at Swifty’s Restaurant the other evening. Around 80 attendees gathered in the private room of the restaurant for specialty cocktails, tasty hors d’Oeuvres, and a look at the new book by June Eding which also includes a special foreword by Norah Lawlor.



Attendees included: Norah Lawlor (Lawlor Media Group; Co-Host; Manners That Matter Most special contributor), Catherine Petree (Co-Host), Robert Caravaggi (Co-owner of Swifty’s Restaurant), June Eding (Author of Manners That Matter Most), Andrew Flach (Hatherleigh Press), Ryan Tumambing (Hatherleigh Press), Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), Angelo David Pisacreta (Angelo David Salon), George Wayne (Vanity Fair contributor), Kathleen Hearst, Nicole DiCocco, May Pang, Sharon Bush, Jane Pontarelli, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Fernanda Capobianco, Michele Gerber Klein, Sharon King Hoge, Marie Michelle Heinemann, Barbara Regna.

Manners That Matter Most


About Manners That Matter Most:



Manners That Matter Most – the Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World – published by Hatherleigh Press, researched and written by June Eding, and featuring a special foreword by Norah Lawlor – was created to provide everyday people with useful wisdom to improve their lives, seeks to resurrect the bygone customs of good manners and graceful style; all while updating and applying them to the modern age. Covering topics from introductions, greetings and thank-you’s, to the etiquette of modern technology, Manners That Matter Most is a valuable resource and a much-needed guide in our fast-paced world.



Available on Amazon.com and in Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Distributed by Penguin Random House.


THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME'S CLASS OF 2015

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Joan Jett




CLASS OF 2015 --- Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Green Day and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band have all been elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.



Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will also be honored as the recipient of the hall’s Award for Musical Excellence. Starr was already inducted to the hall as a member of the Fab Four back in 1988. His bandmates have each been previously inducted for their solo careers — John Lennon in 1994, Paul McCartney in 1999, and George Harrison in 2004.



Colleague Roger Freidman (Showbiz 411) posited that the Hall of Fame (with crazy-man Jann Wenner at the helm) probably is giving Starr the award in the hopes of having mate Paul McCartney show up and perform, He’s most likely right!



Reed, who passed away, last year, is also a two-time honoree, having joined the Hall of Fame back in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground. Vaughan, who died in 1990, was the runaway winner of this year’s fan’s ballot voting, as 18 million music lovers insisted the time for him to join the Hall of Fame had arrived.



The induction ceremony will be held at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, April 18.



Snubbed again is Sting, whose long solo career began in 1985. He also has his Broadway musical currently running (The Last Ship) and this would have been the year to induct him (he’s already in with the Police).



Nile Rodgers and Chic were also denied entrance even though Rodgers was more a part of pop music success in the past year (with Daft Punk) than ever. Sad.

James Franco




THE INTERVIEW CANCELED --- The ongoing cyber hack of Sony Studios took an most ominous turn yesterday as the so-called Guardians of Peace said that theaters showing next week’s The Interview, should expect a 9/11-like event.



Needless to say, that immediately caught the attention of Homeland Security and turned this instantly from an entertainment-only story to one of national security.



The N. Y.- premier set for tomorrow at AMC’s Sunshine Cinemas was abruptly canceled and all media-appearances by stars Seth Rogen and James Franco were immediately shuttered.



Several theaters, including the mighty Carmike Cinema chain (278 theaters and 2,917 screens in 41 states), canceled the movie as well.



Was that the right move? Unquestionably so. Always sad to see the terrorists win, but always better to ere of the side of caution I say.



With the government now in tow. It'll be interesting to see what happens. Another cache of Sony-emails were released as well. One thing’s for sure: this could well be the most-expensive hack ever for a corporation, with some saying it go as high as 300 million.



WONDER MANIA --- Last year, the Recording Academy found out the drawing power of a special salute to one of the great artists of popular music with The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute.



That special, which taped the night after the Grammy Awards and aired a week later on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, brought in twenty million viewers and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction for Don Was.



This year, the Academy will produce a special salute to another of their most honored artists, Stevie Wonder, with Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute. The special, which will include performances of songs from the classic album by a number of different artists, will tape on Tuesday, February 10, two days after the Grammys, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will air on Sunday, February 16 from 9 to 11 PM.



Wonder is a special artist in Grammy history as the only artist to win Album of the Year three times in a four year period with Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale, and Songs of the Key of Life. Neil Portnow, president of the Academy, said "Stevie Wonder is a beloved icon whose golden songbook remains one of America's and music's greatest treasures. A 25-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, it's only fitting that Music's Biggest Night celebrates this legendary musical genius and pays tribute to his enduring music and legacy."

Charlie Rose





CLOSING NOTES --- One of the funniest parts of SNL last weekend, with host Martin Freeman, was the cold opening when Charlie Rose (played by Taran Killam) was interviewing the two architects of the enhanced interrogation techniques, so labeled in the just-released government report. When queried about what else the pair did, one, essayed by Bobby Moynihan, said they also worked for Time/Warner cable. Too funny and so true …



Terrific Micky Dolenz interview this week by Ilyssa Panitz in Closer.



Together for 27 years, the legendary Kid Creole And The Coconuts return to Manhattan for a March 25 show at B. B. King’s. Take it from me, this is the band, fronted by August Darnell, that inspired everyone from Prince to Chic and Hall & Oates. A not-to-be-missed show if there ever as one …



I started hearing about this new artist Alexander Kariotis about year ago. How he successfully blended classical and pop. First from one publicist, then another … and, then another. An EP was released; then the album … and, all died without a whimper. See, hiring a publicist is not a guarantee of anything. The proof is in the pudding. The disappointment of the year, if you ask me.


SOMETHING ROTTEN! COMING TO NYC'S BROADWAY

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THE GREAT WHITE WAY
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Something Rotten



Producer Kevin McCollum is proud to announce that Something Rotten!, a completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award® winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, will begin previews March 23 and officially open April 22, 2015 at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).



Hear Ye, Broadway! From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes something original… something fresh... Something Rotten!, a world-premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all.



Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE ROBERT F. KENNEDY RIPPLE OF HOPE AWARD

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HUMAN RIGHTS
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Kate Mulgrew



Michaela Kennedy Cuomo And Mariah Kennedy Cuomo



Ethel Kennedy And Writer Kerry Kennedy



Dennis Haysbert



Trevor Donovan



Former Mayor Of New York City David Dinkins



Rory And Joseph Kennedy III With Lauren Anne Birchfield



America Ferrera



Cheryl Hines And Robert F. Kennedy Jr.



Tony Lo Bianco And Elizabeth Lo Bianco



Grace Hightower And Robert De Niro



Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro were photographed at the The Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award at the NY Hilton in New York City tonight. Good friend Tony Lo Bianco And the beautiful Elizabeth Lo Bianco were also snapped. Also attending were actress America Ferrera,Cheryl Hines, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rory Kennedy and many others.



ABOUT THE RIPPLE OF HOPE AWARD



The Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award lauds leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change. Honorees including President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, George Clooney and Vice President Al Gore reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to "make gentle the life of this world.


EMMA STONE IN FASHION AT DAVID LETTERMAN STUDIOS

Emma Stone



Emma Stone looked stunning when she visited the Late Show With David Letterman in New York City yesterday.


MARLO THOMAS & ST. JUDE GIVING CAMPAIGN @ KMART

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SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE
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Marlo Thomas



Marlo Thomas attended the St. Jude Thanks And Giving Campaign Shopping Spree at Kmart in New York City yesterday.


Monday, December 15, 2014

WILL.I.AM SITS DOWN WITH THE LEGEND LARRY KING

Larry King



Black Eyed Peas' co-creator Will.i.am sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to talk about his exciting new smart watch venture, what he thinks about Taylor Swift, why the media demonizes his friend Justin Bieber and why he's "disappointed" in President Obama, plus his desperate plea for the crisis in Ferguson.



Will.i.am revealed why he's "disappointed" in President Obama, whom he helped elect, “I’m not going to sit here and claim I’m the expert at politics. I don’t understand it. The idea of Obama was an amazing idea. The execution of it, how you executed—education reform to me should have been the first thing we should’ve been fighting for.” 



JAMES FRANCO & SETH ROGEN BEHIND 'THE INTERVIEW'

James Franco



In the aftermath of the recent Sony hack, "The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco are standing behind the movie, which centers on a fictional assassination attempt of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.



Rogen, who also co-wrote the film, told "Good Morning America" that he never could have predicted the drama surrounding the film.



"I can't definitively say I know the ramifications of the storm. I mean, I don't know if the hacking honestly is because of our movie, definitively or not," he said. "I know that it has been the center of a lot of media attention lately. It is weird because we just wanted to make a really funny, entertaining movie and the movie itself is very silly and wasn't meant to be controversial in any way."



As a result, he doesn't regret making it. Rogen, 32, who co-wrote the movie, said that it's the responsibility of others "who are much smarter than me" to analyze the possible repercussions of making a film like this. His job, he said, is just to make people laugh.


NOT REALLY THE BIGGEST LOSER JILLIAN MICHAELS

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ON THE NEWSSTAND
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Jillian Michaels


Jillian Michaels graces Good Housekeeping’s January cover, and in the interview, the master motivator opens up about her life after The Biggest Loser and her secrets to reaching your goals.




On leaving The Biggest Loser: "The minute I wasn't on the show, it opened up a lot of opportunities," she says of the many projects she's already begun, like taking her "Maximize Your Life" tour to Australia and the U.K., launching a Kmart clothing line and exploring a return to TV.



"I recently had a meeting with a television executive who asked if people hire me just to scream at them. I'm like, 'Do you think I'm not actually a trainer?' I am extremely appreciative of the Biggest Loser platform, but it started to warp my message and [public] persona. It was just, 'She's a psycho.' "


CHANNING TATUM IS TERRIFIC IN FOXCATCHER DRAMA

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Foxcatcher Official Trailer





NEWSROOM GONE --- Last night’s series finale of HBO’s The Newsroom was a fitting end to a show I feel that was cut far too short. Aaron Sorkin’s writing with this one was top notch and much of it revolved around a song, called “That’s How I Got To Memphis” that Will (Jeff Daniels) first heard in Charlie’s office (Charlie Skinner essayed by Sam Waterston; the character that was felled by a heart attacked in last week’s show).



At a pivotal point in the show, McAvoy is shown performing the song with Skinner’s grandsons during a post-funeral memorial. Earlier in the show, we were told something about the symbolism of this song, which represents finding yourself; finding the right place; being where you're supposed to be; even if you realize you should have tried to get there sooner. A grand metaphor if you ask me.



At that moment, Will McAvoy, who had begun the series as an arrogant jerk in 2010, is where he is supposed to be, even if it took him a while: and, he is now able to show some compassion and reach out to Charlie’s grandsons in a way that matters to them– through music. But the song also touches a chord with others at Charlie’s funeral, who are looking for some respite from the sadness of missing him.



Yes, it perhaps bordered on being too-corny ... but, it worked so well.



Charlie’s Memphis was the newsroom. Will is going to carry on the good fight, but he is also finding ways to express concern for others, rather than just focusing on himself.



Most all of the other key plot points were successfully answered as well.



I'm a fan of Sorkin’s work (Sports Night, West Wing), but this show could well have run several more season. Sorkin’s said TV doesn't work for him anymore as the deadlines are too constricting. Deadlines? That’s what it’s all about. In any case, The Newsroom ended on a strong note.



FOXCATCHER --- We finally got to see the much heralded Foxcatcher over the weekend, with award-winning performances from Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. This is the some-what well documented story, of John du Pojnt and his fledgling wresting camp, Foxcatcher. I remember reading about it when it first happened in 1988 although, it quickly disappeared from view in the media.



Wealthy John du Pont (Steve Carell) invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics. Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo).



However, du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark road, including du Pont’s fixation with cocaine and drink, causing the athlete's self-esteem to slip. Meanwhile, du Pont becomes fixated on bringing Dave into the fold eventually propelling all three toward an unforeseen tragedy.



The performances are simply terrific. Director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) as he’s done his whole career, conjures the best work from his company of actors, including Vanessa Redgrave as du Pont’s mother.



This may well be Tatum’s best performance yet, as the conflicted wrestler. The way he’s contorted his body to that of a wrestler is just astonishing. Carrell is brilliant as du Pont. His performance is very definitely from the less-is-more. His steely sneer conveying just the right degree of contempt is positively chilling.



It’s hard to tell his exact motivation; you feel he wants more than just companionship with the wrestler; especially when he actually joins in the competition and seemingly wins several matches; although you see his crony hand an envelope to the loser probably filled with cash.



Ruffalo, who amazes me with each performance is spectacular. Conveying the right amount of brotherly-concern to Tatum. His end is definitely tragic.



I liked the movie; although a better explanation seemed to be in order. Why did du Pont do what he did? What was his end game? I want to know.



CLOSING NOTES --- First wow-tour of 2015: Bob Seger and The J. Geils Band …



Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Steven Tyler and Pam Anderson out at Saturday’s It’s Just A Shot Away (a collection of Rolling Stones photos from photographers David Bailey, Anton Corbijn and Terry Richardson) exhibit in L. A. at the Taschen Gallery …



Martin Freeman (The Hobbit; Fargo) was terrific on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Best sketch was The Hobbit re-imagined as The Office … we called it Lord of the Reams …. Hilarious!



VIVID CABARET'S ADULT RATED CHRISTMAS WINDOWS

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ONLY IN NEW YORK
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Vivid Cabaret Girls In Christmas Window



A Christmas window display featuring "Miss Santa" and her female "helpers" made its debut at Vivid Cabaret New York, the midtown Manhattan gentlemen's club that is home of the city's tallest stripper pole and the first of its kind "VIP Ultra Lounge."



The Vivid Cabaret window display features a sexy Miss Santa and her holiday helpers against a festive backdrop of ornaments, bows and faux snow. It has been attracting crowds of excited onlookers and warming the hearts of all those who pass by.



"We keep our clothes on while in the window because we don't want to cause any traffic accidents," giggled Vivid Cabaret NYC Girl Victoria. "But you can come inside the club where I will gladly strip out of my holiday outfit, haha!"


Friday, December 12, 2014

JEAN SHAFIROFF @ ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER FETE

Jean Shafiroff With Victor deSouza



Animal Advocate and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and designer Victor deSouza were photographed at the Animal Medical Center Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street, in New York Cith this week.


The event raised $1.7 million. Jean Shafiroff is wearing a gown designed by Victor de Souza.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB PREMIERE

Ben Stiller And Owen Wilson



Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson were snapped at the Premiere of 20th Century Fox Presents Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City last night.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

BRIE LARSON IN DIAMONDS AT THE GAMBLER PREMIERE

Brie Larson




Actress Brie Larson was snapped last night wearing Forevermark diamonds to The Gambler New York City premiere.




GET THE THE LOOK:



Forevermark by H.J. Namdar Diamond Ear Cuff with Round Brilliant Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k White Gold



Forevermark The Center of My Universe™ Stud Earring with Round Brilliant Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k White Gold


Photos Courtesy Of: Domain MSA

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MAGIC JOHNSON SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMAN

Magic Johnson



Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Mo'Ne Davis and Madison Bumgarner attended the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award Presentation at Pier 60 yesterday, in New York City.



THE 26TH ANNUAL EDITION OF GYPSY OF THE YEAR

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BROADWAY'S BEST
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Hugh Jackman



The 26th annual edition of Gypsy of the Year raised a record-breaking $5,229,611 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS thanks to six weeks of fundraising by 64 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.



The grand total was announced Tuesday, December 9, 2014, by special guests Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane and Judith Light after two stellar performances of original dances, songs and skits by more than 200 “gypsies” from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.



Since 1989, the 26 editions of Gypsy of the Year (#gypsyoftheyear) have raised $62.4 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The previous record high for Gypsy of the Year fundraising was $4,895,253 set in 2011.



A standing-room-only audience at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney's Aladdin, erupted with cheers and applause as Jackman, Lane and Light also presented awards to the top fundraising companies and for the best performances in this year's show.



This year’s top overall fundraiser was The River, which stars Jackman and raised $549,725. For the first time in history, the top two fundraising plays – The River and It's Only a Play – raised more than $1 million.



Here's how this year’s fundraising competition ended:



Broadway (Musical)

Top Fundraiser Kinky Boots $233,544

1st Runner-Up Cabaret $217,699

2nd Runner-Up Beautiful: The Carole King Musical $195,773

3rd Runner-Up The Book of Mormon $193,181



Broadway (Play)

Top Fundraiser It’s Only a Play $464,559

1st Runner-Up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time $115,980



Off-Broadway (Play or Musical)

Top Fundraiser Avenue Q $19,237



National Tours

Top Fundraiser Kinky Boots $329,734

1st Runner-Up Wicked – Munchkinland $257,880

2nd Runner-Up The Book of Mormon – Latter Day $242,756

3rd Runner-Up Wicked – Emerald City $205,386



The company of The Lion King took honors for the best onstage presentation for an emotional, socially charged dance, created by Ray Mercer. The number started with the word “Justice” written on a chalkboard wall. In a flurry of arm movements and flying chalk dust, artist Clarione Gutierrez transformed the wall into a dove of peace as dancers personified the struggles of racism and fairness which continue to capture today’s headlines. The cast of Pippin, who will play their final Broadway performance in January, was runner-up as Nicolas Jelmoni and Charlotte O’Sullivan mesmerized the audience with incredible feats of strength and hand acrobatics while Syndee Winters sang Selah Sue’s “This World.”


'ANNE' PREMIERE AT NEW YORK'S ZIEGFELD THEATER

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ANNE THE MOVIE HITS BIG SCREENS
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Cameron Diaz



Padma Lakshmi



Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje



Stephanie Kurtzuba



Meagan Good



Quvenzhané Wallis And Sandy



Bobby Cannavale



Lilla Crawford



Rose Byrne



The stars came out for the Annie film premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City the other night.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

DICK CAVETT INTERVIEWED IN NYC BY ERIC METAXAS

Dick Cavett With Eric Metaxas



Socrates in the City presented a very special onstage interview with legendary TV personality, Dick Cavett, at W83 Space in Manhattan. The interview, conducted by bestselling author and founder of Socrates in the City, Eric Metaxas, focused on Cavett’s new book Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks.



In his newest book, three-time Emmy winner Dick Cavett introduces us to the fascinating characters who have crossed his path, enhancing our appreciation of their talent, personalities and their place in the pantheon.



Eric Metaxas is a #1 New York Times bestselling author known for mobilizing people to ask bigger questions and live more meaningful lives.



For more information about upcoming Socrates in the City events, visit www.SocratesInTheCity.com.


Photo Courtesy Of: Socrates In The City

Monday, December 08, 2014

STAR STUDDED BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF 'GIGI'

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BROADWAYS BEST
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Vanessa Hudgens



Rehearsals began Monday, in New York City for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. The production stars Vanessa Hudgens who will make her Broadway debut as Gigi, Tony Award-winner and two-time Tony Award-nominee Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Mamita Alvarez, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille, three-time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Footloose) as Aunt Alicia, two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes) as Honor√© Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d’Exelmans.



Gigi features a new book adaptation by Heidi Thomas (BBC/PBS’s “Call the Midwife”) and is choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, “Smash”) and directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet).



Gigi will play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, chairman, Deborah F. Rutter, president) in Washington, D.C. from January 16-February 12, 2015. Opening night is January 29, 2015.



Tickets for the Kennedy Center engagement are on sale to the general public. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for further details. Gigi will open on Broadway in 2015 following the Kennedy Center engagement.



The cast also features Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, Ian Paget, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Manuel Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.



Scenic design is by Tony Award-winner Derek McLane, costume design is by five-time Tony Award- winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design is by four-time Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz and sound design is by Tony Award-nominee Kai Harada. Hair design is by David Brian Brown. Musical director is James Moore. Orchestrations are by August Eriksmoen. Vocal and incidental music arrangement is by Matt Aument. Dance music arrangements are by Sam Davis.