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Charles Busch @ Bay Street

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presented "A Divine Evening with Charles Busch," a heartfelt cabaret show by the renowned Theater Icon Charles Busch, a Tony nominated playwri
ght and female impersonator extraordinaire, accompanied by Tom Judson on Saturday July 26th. The incomparable Mr. Busch, who has starred in three shows at Bay Street Theater including Auntie Mame and his own plays Shanghai Moon and The Lady In Question, held court to an adoring audience of admirers.


Carousel ***

Glimmerglass Festival           
By: David Sheward
Andrea Carroll, Ryan McKinnyAndrea Carroll, Ryan McKinnyCarousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's follow-up to Oklahoma!, their first big hit as a team, and many regard the sophomore effort as the legendary duo's finest work. Rodgers' gorgeous melodies and Hammerstein's intricate yet folksy lyrics combine to tell of the tragic marriage of Billy Bigelow, a bullying but attractive carnie and Julie Jordan, a simple but strong-willed mill worker. The sentiment of unconditional love even if your husband is an abusive lout may be politically incorrect today, but the power of redemption as expressed by Billy's transformation as a spirit and the sheer beauty of the evergreen score places the show in the pantheon of Broadway classics.

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52nd New York Film Festival Lines up Top Directors and Innovative Films for Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece Nights

             By: Ellis Nassour
The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 52nd New York Film Festival, September 26 - October 12, promises to be one of the most exciting and innovative in years. The announcement of the star attractions has caused huge buzz. The 17-day event, one of the world's most prestigious, showcases the best of international cinema, presenting revivals, retrospectives, celebrity appearances, and special programming events at the Society's Lincoln Center theatres.

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"Clever Little Lies" Opening

Clever Little Lies, a delightful new comedy by Tony Award winning playwright Joe DiPietro opened at Guild Hall in East Hampton starring television legend Marlo Thomas. The engaging evening is directed by David Saint, the Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse, where the play made its World Premier in 2013 with Marlo Thomas and featuring the same wonderful cast of Jim Stanek, Kate Wetherhead and Greg Mullavey. Peggy Siegel hosted a lively after party at The Baker House in East Hampton following the performance.
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Kate Wetherhead, Marlo Thomas, Joe DiPietro, Greg Mullavey, Jim StanekKate Wetherhead, Marlo Thomas, Joe DiPietro, Greg Mullavey, Jim Stanek


Clever Little Lies ****

                              Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall
                                    By: Patrick Christiano
Marlo Thomas shines in Clever Little Lies, a delightful new comedy by Joe DiPietro, which opened at The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Clever Little Lies, an engaging tale of infidelity, made its World Premier at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey in 2013 with the same wonderful cast. The beautifully written tale directed by David Saint, the Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse, is a witty and brisk story with a few bittersweet surprises.







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Glackens @ The Parrish

                              ARTMKT RECAP - JANET LEHR
     "Glackens combines greatness as an artist with a big man's mind"
                                           Alfred C. Barnes

William Glackens:  Bathers at Bellport, c.1912.  Loan courtesy of the Phillips CollectionWilliam Glackens: Bathers at Bellport, c.1912. Loan courtesy of the Phillips CollectionWILLIAM GLACKENS: PARRISH ART MUSEUM July 20 - October 13, 2014. The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York was chosen in part because Glackens painted in nearby Bellport, Long Island.

For the first decade of his artistic life, Glackens was engaged by the art of James McNeill Whis¬tler, the expatriate American painter and printmaker whose aesthetic credo and flamboyant example shaped the thinking of several generations of artists and crit¬ics on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Broadway Barks 2014

BROADWAY BARKS hosted their 16th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event featuring celebritBernadette PetersBernadette Petersies from the hottest shows on Broadway to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, the event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took place on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Shubert Alley. The festivities began at 3:00 p.m. and you were able to meet all of  the adorable adoptable dogs and cats.


Pump Boys and Dinettes *****

       By: Paulanne Simmons
Mamie ParrisMamie Parris
Those of us who frequently see the very fine Encores! musical revivals are used to having the musicians onstage. Most of the time, they play their instruments, and that's about it. Pump Boys and Dinettes, however, is a very different kind of show.

Written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, Pump Boys and Dinettes was also performed by its creators. It first opened at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in 1981, moved to the Colonnades Theatre in Greenwich village later in the year and finally made it to Broadway in February 1982.


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Pentecost/Gertrude-The Cry

            Pentecost and Gertrude - The Cry Opens @ Atlantic Stage 2
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in as
Alex Draper, Cheryl FaraoneAlex Draper, Cheryl Faraonesociation with Middlebury College,is proudly presented their 28th repertory season, and an 8th season in New York, running until August 10, 2014 for a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in New York City.

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Elaine Stritch


The Broadway community mourns the loss of actress and singer Elaine Stritch, who passed away today at age 89. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tomorrow night, Friday, July 18th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

The American actress and singer was best known for her work on Broadway. The four-time Tony Award â - nominee has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and many television programs. She also starred in several West End productions in London.


Sir Laurence Olivier

       Sir Laurence Olivier Intimately Revealed in New, Telling Biography

           By: Ellis Nassour

Brilliant, vicious, magnetic, dedicated, massively insecure, and bitterly competitive, Sir Laurence Olivier [1907-1989] was endowed with a talent and a jealously unchallenged by his contemporaries. In the new biography, Olivier [Quercus Publishing; hardcover, SRP $30; 460 pages; 32 pages, B&W photos; Index], prize-winning author Phillip Ziegler virtually leaves no stone unturned as he examines not only what made one of our most famous - and infamous - actor/directors of the 20th Century tick but also the work that influenced generations of actors.

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Bay Street Summer Gala

"A Night of Bright Stars" on the Long WhKate Burton, Tovah Feldshuh, Sheldon Harnick, April Gornik, Scott SchwartzKate Burton, Tovah Feldshuh, Sheldon Harnick, April Gornik, Scott Schwartzarf in Sag Harbor
Bay Street Theater hosted their 23rd Annual Summer Gala, "A Night of Bright Stars," as part of the celebration of the NEW Bay Street under Artistic Director Scott Schwartz.

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Harlem Summer Shakespeare

HARLEM SUMMER SHAKESPEARE begins its 10th season of FREE SHAKESPEARE in Riverbank State Park with ROMEO AND JULIET on Wednesday, July 23rd and coStella Heath, Jordan BellowStella Heath, Jordan Bellowntinues through August 17th, with the official opening on July 24th at 8 pm. The company returns to the Riverside Amphitheatre in Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive at 145th Street, overlooking the Hudson River. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 PM.

Artistic Director Alexa Kelly said: "Continuing our tradition of making Shakespeare a part of today's world, this year's production of R&J will be visually contemporary, whilst keeping Shakespeare's language intact. The goal of Harlem Summer Shakespeare is to bring Shakespeare to new audiences.

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NYFF Resnais Revival

New York Film Festival - Opening September 26 - Announces Premiere
of Restored Resnais' French New Wave Classic Hiroshima Mon Amour

               By: Ellis Nassour

The Film Society of Lincoln Center ‘s 52nd New York Film Festival, which begins September 26 and runs through October 12, will premiere an all-encompassing 4-K pixel restoration of Alain Resnais' 1959 debut feature, the French New Wave classic Hiroshima Mon Amour w, acclaimed as one of the most important films of the movement. On October 17, the film will have its first theatrical screenings in decades at FSLC's Walter Reade Theatre.


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           Annual "Pride in the Hamptons" Summer Celebration
Bruce T. Sloane of East Hampton's Grace Estate hosted the Live Out Loud Summer Celebration at his beautiful waterfront home. The tented event on the sprawling lawn featured a sensational silent auction, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres till 8:30. VIP guests stayed for Dinner & Dancing as the sun set over the Northwest Harbor. The evening raises money for Live Out Loud, whose programs are dedicated to inspire, nurture, and empower LGBTQ youth to build successful futures by giving them affirmative experiences and in many cases connecting them with successful role models in the LGBTQ community.