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Outer Critic Circle Awards

Lauren Ambrose (Outstanding Actress in a Musical) “My Fair Lady”

May 24, 2018:  Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole and Martha Plimpton served as gala award presenters at the 68th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony  at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

The Hollower **

Ryan Wesley Stinnett, Patrena Murray, ToniAnne DiFilippo

SIXTEEN GOING ON SEVENTEEN: THE HOLLOWER

By: Samuel L. Leiter

May 25, 2018:  Question: What unusual historical background do Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton, and Madonna have in common? Answer: All are descended from les filles du roi, known in English as the King’s Daughters  a group of nearly 800 French women who were sent to New France (Canada) from 1663 to 1673 by Louis XIV to marry and procreate with French settlers.

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Reviews

Bump ****

Luciy DeVito, Jenny O’Hara

By: Paulanne Simmons

May 24, 2018:  Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the eponymous Foundation, according to its website, is a “not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor.”

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Interviews

Michael Urie

Michael Urie Photo: Barry Gordin

Michael Urie Talks Succeeding in Business While Hosting Drama Desks

By: Iris Wiener

May 23, 2018:  Who better to host an award show celebrating the best in theatre than an actor who personifies it? Over the past year, two-time Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie garnered rave reviews for his brilliance with physical comedy in The Government Inspector; his moving, sincere performance in Second Stage’s Torch Song; and the titular title character in Shakespeare Theater Company’s Hamlet. In the coming year he shows no signs of slowing down. Immediately after hosting the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards for the third time on June 3rd, Urie heads to the Kennedy Center to reunite with his Ugly Betty co-star Becki Newton in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. However, if fans can’t make it to D.C. to get a taste of Urie’s talent, they can check out his work on digital platform BroadwayHD. Urie took the director’s seat for the twice-extended Off-Broadway production of Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, which will be streaming this summer.

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Reviews

The Beast In The Jungle **

Irina Dvorovenko, Tony Yazbeck

DANCE, BALLERINA, DANCE: THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE

By: Samuel L. Leiter

May 23, 2018:  Recently, a playwright/director friend who often accompanies me to the theatre as my plus-one expressed an interest in seeing The Beast in the Jungle, the new “dance play” adaptation by David Thompson, with music by John Kander, of Henry James’s classic 1903 short story of that title.

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Reviews

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two *****, Travesties ****, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire **

Poppy Miller, Jamie Parker “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One & Two

By: David Sheward

May 22, 2018:  The 2017-18 Broadway season ended with the usual rush of productions racing to qualify for the Tony Awards. There was no unifying theme amid the final plethora of shows, but two of them did share a common element—their producers banking on American theatergoers’ love affair with all things British. Two imports featured feats of English legerdemain—a theatrical sequel to JK Rowling’s beloved series of book on the boy wizard Harry Potter, and Travesties, a revival of one of Tom Stoppard’s early works of intellectual sleight of hand.

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Drama League Awards 2018

Honoree Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel honored at 84th Annual Drama League Awards and Glenda Jackson wins Distinguished Performance

May 19, 2018:  Glenda Jackson, who stars in the Broadway revival of Three Tall Women, won the coveted Distinguished Performance Award at the 2018 Drama League Awards, presented yesterday at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.  Her award, selected from 55 nominated performances, was the highlight of the  Awards Luncheon and can only be won once in a lifetime.

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Hamptons Life

Keyes Art East Hampton

Julie Keyes

Keyes Art launches new location at 53 The Circle-Main Street in East Hampton with opening reception for Keyes Art Hello

May 18, 2018: Julie Keyes hosted a festive opening reception for Hello, the inaugural show for Keyes Art, in a new location at 53 The Circle in East Hampton just off Main Street behind Chase Bank. Hello features work by gallery artists including: Bert Stern, Nathan Slate Joseph, Darius Yektai, Ned Smith, April Gornik, John Chamberlain, Larry Rivers and Willem de Kooning.  www.juliekeyesart.com 

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Features

When Girls Become Women

By: Isa Goldberg

Woman empowered, and the multitude of issues that surround women’s empowerment, sparked the imagination of the Broadway musical this season. Frozen and Mean Girls, in particular, reflect the impact of #MeToo, and the explosion of women demanding that their voices be heard. Indeed, both of these musicals are about sisterhood, in its various guises. And they are each based on stories written primarily for girls, and teenagers.

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Around The Town

Cirque du Soleil ‘s Volta 

Cirque du Soleil ‘s Volta Pitches Tent in Long Island
May 17 – July 1

By: Ellis Nassour

May 16, 2018:  The new big top show from international entertainment behemoth Cirque du Soleil, Volta, with an energy-jolting focus on space-age extreme sports, plays Long Island May 17 – July 1. Its new eco-friendly white and grey “grand chapiteau” has risen adjacent to NYCB Live/Nassau Veterans Coliseum in Uniondale. The show is so colossal it took 16 creators to assemble it.

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Features

Frozen

Frozen: Disney’s Blockbuster Musical Has Birthed a Mutual Admiration Society  Among Cast Members

By: Ellis Nassour

May 13, 2018:  Disney’s 2013 Oscar-winning animated worldwide phenomenon Frozen, with colossal grosses in excess of $1.300-trillion, is now a Tony-nominated Broadway live-action musical phenomenon by the film’s Oscar-winning husband and wife composers Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Coco). Robert’s also the Tony-winning co-writer of The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. Loosely-inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen, Frozen: The Broadway Musical is the story of fearless Princess Anna who sets off with a rugged mountain man in search of her sister Elsa, now Queen, whose curse of cryokinesis has inadvertently trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.

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Around The Town

Me and My Girl

Laura Michelle Kelly, Christian Borle

Five Reasons Encores!’ Me and My Girl Is Ripe for Broadway

By: Iris Wiener

May 13, 2018:   A throwback to old musicals with extraordinary humor and wit (albeit slightly anti-feminist), the New York City Center Encores! production of Me and My Girl is delightful at all turns. Here are just a few of the reasons the criminally short-lived show is so very much deserving of an extravagant, lengthy run on Broadway.

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Reviews

Me and My Girl ****

Encores! Closes 25th Season with Rollicking Me and My Girl Starring Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly

By: Ellis Nassour

May 9, 2018:   Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert may have audiences humming up the aisles, but Encores! 25th Season closer Me and My Girl at City Center, through May 13, has the cast dancing in the aisles and everyone doing the infectious “The Lambeth Walk.” This revival, with Tony winner Warren Carlyle directing and choreographing, of the show that was the 1937 toast of the West has a great score by British hit maker Noel Gay [real name: Richard Armitage] and enough wise-cracking one-liners to keep you laughing for weeks.

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Around The Town

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Five Reasons Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two Transcends Traditional Theatre

By Iris Wiener

May 12, 2018:  According to Harry Potter’s one-time foil and adversary, Draco Malfoy, “People say parenting is the hardest job in the world. It isn’t. Growing up is.” With the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, New York audiences are at the very least reminded that they don’t ever have to grow up (entirely, at least), and that the magic of theatre can help to keep the imagination youthful and alive. Because the production is so phenomenal in part due to its well-kept secrets, here we recognize only a few of many reasons the show is a profound experience. (Warning: Wizarding jargon ahead!)

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Reviews

Miss You Like Hell **1/2- Mlima’s Tale ****

Gizel Jimenez (left) and Daphne Rubin-Vega “Miss You Like Hell”

By: David Sheward

May 11, 2018:  The Public Theater is currently presenting two productions about journeys, one a well-intentioned, but familiar musical tracing a mother-daughter road trip, the other an innovative and startlingly scary voyage documenting the cruelty of the ivory trade. Both have professional and talented guides but only one takes us to new places.

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