Monday, April 09, 2018


William Shatner

Newark, New Jersey- This spring and summer, New Jersey Performing Arts Center will give movie buffs the unique opportunity to view classic comedy and science-fiction films and hear stories and insight from the iconic actors behind them. The screenings in May, June and July take place at NJPAC in Newark in Prudential Hall and also at Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall in Asbury Park. NJPAC’s most recent partnership with Madison Marquette continues to bring new and exciting programming to Asbury Park’s Boardwalk, just in time for summer.

The bill includes legendary producer/director Mel Brooks looking back at the classic outer space spoof, “Spaceballs;” comedy legend John Cleese appearing for “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”; and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, hosting “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” In addition, John Cusack presents the romantic comedy, “Say Anything;” and Cary Elwes talks about laugh-out-loud comedy, “The Princess Bride.”

Saturday, May 6th at 8PM

Mel Brooks: The Schwartz Awakens – A Screening of Spaceballs
Location: Prudential Hall
Price: $49 - $119

Mel Brooks – The Schwartz Awakens invites you to experience Spaceballs like you’ve never seen it before – in full-format on the big screen – followed by Mel Brooks live on stage with a candid, hilarious look back.

Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 PM

William Shatner LIVE plus Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Location: Prudential Hall
Price: Starting at $39

Prepare to be beamed up for this spectacular screening of the space classic, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by award-winning actor and sci-fi legend William Shatner live on stage!

Saturday, June 16th at 7:30 PM

The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes
Location: Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
Price: Starting at $39

Q&A with a Performance by CARY ELWES

Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30 PM

Say Anything with John Cusack
Location: Prudential Hall
Price: Starting at $39

Hollywood icon John Cusack comes to NJPAC live with this screening of his iconic 1989 romance, Say Anything.

Saturday, July 20th at 7:30 PM

John Cleese & Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Location: Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Price: Starting at $47

Comedy legend John Cleese is heading in your general direction for this live and truly unforgettable afternoon of hilarity, featuring a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


Tina Fey

Following last night’s starry Broadway opening, Mean Girls, the new musical produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures based on the hit film, is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for performances through March 31, 2019 at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).

Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.

The Broadway cast is led by Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith, Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Kerry Butler as Mrs. Heron / Ms. Norbury / Mrs. George, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall. The cast also includes Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius R. Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Riza Takahashi, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, and Iain Young.

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

Mean Girls’ creative team includes Scott Pask (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Finn Ross & Adam Young (Video Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Milagros Medina-Cerdeira (Make-Up Design), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Music Director), John Clancy (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements), Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Jeff Richmond, and Natalie Tenenbaum (Vocal Arrangements), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator), and Telsey + Co / Bethany Knox, CSA (Casting).


Joy Behar

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Behar addresses a fake tweet circulating on social media that appears to be from her, but is not: "The tweet is as fake as my hair color, okay!"

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"If push comes to shove and this keeps happening, yes, we should get involved," Meghan McCain says. "It's easy for us as Americans to say 'it's happening over there'... There are historical comparisons that can be made to what happened in WWII. I think if we sit here and do nothing, at a certain point it will make its way... here."

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Lea Michele

Newark, New Jersey - Metropolitan Entertainment and New Jersey Performing Arts Center present actors and musicians Lea Michele and Darren Criss in concert this June. The duo will hit the stage together and solo, performing songs from Broadway, Glee and original songs from their recent solo albums. The co-headlining limited run tour was announced this afternoon during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and kicks off May 30, 2018 in Nashville. The LM/DC tour makes only one New York City stop in Newark, NJ at NJPAC on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8pm.

“We’ve always had so much fun performing together for one-off gigs, so it’s high time we took that show on the road,” Michele and Criss said in a joint statement. "We share so much musical history together between Glee, Broadway, and our own solo projects, so it will be fun to put it all together for our fans in one big show."

Tickets, priced at $39 - $99 (plus applicable fees), go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 13 at 10am ET. Tickets will be available online at, by phone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722) and in person at NJPAC Box Office located at 1 Center Street in Newark. VIP packages are also available. Please visit for all details.

Michele last hit the road in the spring of 2017 for a string of sold-out shows on her Intimate Evening With North American tour. Performing songs from her albums Louder and Places, critics stated, “Lea created a really beautiful night and performance. One of the key factors in the concert being so warm and welcoming was the fact that you knew everyone in the room was feeling the same.”

Darren Criss

Criss most recently released a five-track indie EP entitled Homework, his first solo project in over seven years. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart while SiriusXM described it as a “nice hybrid of early Elton John and Ben Folds.” In 2017, he debuted his indie-pop band Computer Games along with his brother Chuck Criss with their first album Lost Boys Life EP. Billboard deemed the bands single “Every Single Night” as a contender for song of the summer.


Japanese Butoh Dancer Dai Matsuoka

Vangeline Theater presents Japanese Butoh dancer Dai Matsuoka (principal dancer with celebrated butoh company Sankai Juku) on April 21, 2018, at 8pm at Cameo Studios, 307 W. 43rd Street, Studio A, NYC. With this performance, Vangeline Theater debuts its Studio Series, where audiences enjoy the unique opportunity to witness the skill and polish of talented dancers in an intimate setting. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE. Doors open at 7:45pm - Space is limited to 60.

Dai Matsuoka is a Butoh Dancer and the Artistic Director of LAND FES. He has been a principal dancer with SANKAI JUKU since 2005 and has danced in eight Sankai Juku pieces including "Kinkan Shonen", "Tobari", "Meguri" and "Unetsu".

Dai Matsuoka is also in collaboration with puppet company Phantom Limb (NYC) and a member of The Dance Archive Network dedicated to the preservation of Butoh legend Yoshito Ohno's digital motion data.

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute.

Vangeline's work has been heralded in publications such as The New York Times ("captivating"), Los Angeles Times ("moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist") and LA Weekly, to name a few. Time OUT Chicago named Vangeline's "one of the best Dance Visits of 2011." More recently her BUTOH BEETHOVEN: Eclipse received critical acclaim in New York and was dubbed: "incredibly moving and powerful. It is clear that Vangeline is an artist who knows the darkness of Butoh well and has the incredible skill to make that darkness dance...Vangeline has the control and poise of a true master of Butoh."

Saturday, April 07, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff And Martin Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff And Carolyn Maloney

New York, N.Y. – Author and Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff hosted a reception on the Upper East Side on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 to celebrate Surgeons of Hope. Surgeons of Hope, a nonprofit striving to ensure that pediatric heart surgeries are available to the world’s most under-resourced regions, kicks off another year of service and fundraising by reconvening friends and partners. Attending guests gained insight into Surgeons of Hope’s growing efforts in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru, and encouraged to celebrate the nonprofit’s work at its One Night for Hope Gala on May 3rd in New York.

Edgar Batista And Mary McFadden

Charles Catherine With Jean Shafiroff, Alejandro Posse And Gilda Sacasa

The 2018 Night for Hope gala is honoring the memory of Michel Berty, co-founder of the Long Island Chapter of l’Arche USA and long-time supporter and part of the board of Surgeons of Hope. Starting the tradition of the annual Gala to benefit the children of Latin America, he was a generous contributor for the foundation.

This year’s Gala Chairs are Michael Katz and Robert G. Pine.

The Gala will be held on Thursday, May 3 at the Le Bernardin Privé by Eric Ripert in Manhattan, starting with cocktails at 7PM followed by dinner and program, music and a live and silent auction. To purchase tickets to the event and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit here for TICKETS.   

Jean Shafiroff With Alex Donner And Lucia Hwong Gordon

Naz And Mario Rinaldi

Edward Leibman With Jean Shafiroff

Rebecca Knox
In addition to Martin and Jean Shafiroff, and Surgeons of Hope’s Executive Director Charles Catherine, attending the kickoff party were: U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, Designer Victor de Souza, Artist Tony Bechara, Edgar Batista, designer Mary McFadden, Margo Lagenberf, Rebecca Knox, Rachel Hirschfeld, Edgar Batista, Natalie Ross, Florence Anthony, Chele Farley, Gilda Sacasa, Marie-Eve Berty, Odile Longchampt, Marie-Monique Steckel, Baroness Veronique Bich, H.E. Alejandro Posse and Surgeons of Hope VP Judith O’Neill.

Ashley Jordyn

Charles Catherine With Michael Katz

Gala Co-Chairs, this year’s Gala Committee includes: Eduardo and Suzanne da Cruz, Michael and Alison Katz, Pascal Royer and Nathalie Le Bos, Michel and Odile Longchampt, Daniela Nikolova and Judith O’Neill.

About Surgeons of Hope

Although complex pediatric heart surgeries and treatments are available, they are often out-of reach for the world’s more under-resourced regions. Surgeons of Hope strives to build a more equitable world by ensuring no child is negatively affected by a broken heart. Once surgeries are conducted, Surgeons of Hope also provides facilities, technology and triaging to ensure local medical professionals can continue this service in their communities. 

Each year, Surgeons of Hope sends medical teams to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru to help children and provide them with a better future. 

Friday, April 06, 2018


Moulin Rouge!

April 2018 – Boston, MA – Global Creatures (Carmen Pavlovic, producer) has announced principal casting for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, playing Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG)’s Emerson Colonial Theatre for just 36 performances from June 27, 2018 through August, 5, 2018. Reviving a great theatrical tradition, Boston’s crown jewel reopens its doors this summer with the World Premiere engagement of the musical, based on the 2001 20th Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical will star Karen Olivo (Tony Award® for West Side Story, In the Heights, Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), Danny Burstein (six-time Tony Award®-nominee, Fiddler On the Roof, Cabaret), Sahr Ngaujah (Tony® and Olivier award-nominated for Fela), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago, Encores’ Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers), Ricky Rojas (Burn the Floor) and Robyn Hurder (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Chicago).

Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Karen Olivo). Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Danny Burstein); the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah); the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - in all of Paris, Santiago (Ricky Rojas); the tempting Nini (Robyn Hurder); and The Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu), the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.

Additional tickets for the run of Moulin Rouge! The Musical are now on sale. Tickets start at $55 and are available at or by calling 888.616.0272.


Viola Davis

ABC will screen the first episode of documentary series “The Last Defense,” from executive producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, XCON Productions and Lincoln Square Productions, at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on FRIDAY, APRIL 27. The seven-episode docu-series explores and exposes flaws in the American justice system through emotional, in-depth examinations of multiple death row cases. This first hour of a three-hour-arc takes a look at the case of Julius Jones, a star college athlete convicted of shooting a father of two at point-blank range as his attorneys race against the clock to get him a new trial before his execution date is set.

Previously announced in June 2017, “The Last Defense” will look at cases from all angles returning to the scene of the crime, re-interview witnesses and delve beyond the details of the crime and court proceedings to take a deep look into the personal stories of the subjects, seeking to trace the path that led them to their place on Death Row. With incisive, compelling storytelling, “The Last Defense” gives voice to those who can no longer be heard.

“The Last Defense” executive produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon for JuVee Productions, Christine Connor and Lee Beckett for XCON Productions, Vanessa Potkin and Aida Leisenring for Lincoln Square Productions to air on the ABC Television Network.


Titanic Headlines

The South Street Seaport Museum presents special programming exploring the legacy of the RMS Titanic during the month of April. First, a Curator's Talk on their exhibition Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street, NYC. Tickets are free for members (registration required) or $10 for non-members and can be purchased at or in person at the main Museum building at 12 Fulton Street, NYC. Then, a special walking tour exploring Titanic's life and legacy, Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, at 12pm and 2pm

This April marks the 106th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Join the Seaport Museum's historian, and curator of Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 for special programs commemorating the brief life and journey of the RMS Titanic. First Join us during a special curators talk for an in-depth look at the exhibition: Millions, and New York's special relationship with ocean liners. Then on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, join the Seaport Museum for a special walking tour to commemorate the 106th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, and the legacy of Titanic's brief life. From Schermerhorn Row to the Brooklyn Bridge, the Seaport District is full of surprising connections to many of Titanic's passengers. Come and discover these forgotten ties between the ill-fated liner and South Street. Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for non-members and can be purchased at or in person at the main Museum building at 12 Fulton Street, NYC.

About the Exhibition

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century.

Ships like Titanic, Olympic, Lusitania, Mauretania, Aquitania, and Imperator dominated transatlantic travel. On each voyage, they transported thousands of people, First-Class passengers sailed across the Atlantic in the lap of luxury while Third-Class passengers made the voyage in the stuffy lower decks.


That Summer

"Big Edie and Little Edie have become indelible cultural icons. But even if you're the completist... you've never seen the mother-daughter duo quite as they're revealed in That Summer. Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson, whose masterful touch with found footage made The Black Power Mix Tape 1967–1975 a potent historical chronicle, again delves into the vaults, with engrossing results. That Summer offers a new level of intimacy as well as a wider view, with Beard's commentary lending compelling context. Above all, the loving interactions between the socialite and the shut-ins has a tender, down-to-earth poignancy. What was to be a memory piece for Radziwill has been crafted into a memory piece about nostalgia itself.” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Long believed to be lost forever, Sundance Selects is proud to present the theatrical premiere of THAT SUMMER, thought for decades to be only a legend, now restored to full glory.

In 1972, artist Peter Beard initiated a film project with Lee Radziwill about her relatives, the Beales of Grey Gardens, for which they hired filmmakers David and Albert Maysles to help out. For various reasons, this project never did see the light of day -- though the Maysles returned of their own accord to the same material to make their now legendary documentary GREY GARDENS, which made icons out of Big and Little Edie.

As fashioned into a feature by Göran Hugo Olsson (who has used archival footage to make his brilliant films The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 and Concerning Violence), this extraordinary footage re-emerges in a film that focuses on Big and Little Edie before the clean-up that rendered Grey Gardens more livable, as they interact with Radziwill and reflect upon their past. It also focuses on Beard and his family of friends, who formed an enormously influential and vibrant creative community in Montauk, Long Island (NY) in the 1970s. Featuring Peter Beard, Lee Radziwill, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale, and Andy Warhol. Including footage directed by Peter Beard, Jonas Mekas, and Andy Warhol, with additional cinematography by Albert Maysles and Vincent Fremont.

Opens Theatrically May 18