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DRAMA LEAGUE HONORS BETTE MIDLER

Ben Platt

Grammy and Emmy winner, Bette Midler, given award for distinguished achievement in the Theater, and Ben Platt wins Distinguished Performance.

The Drama League announced the winners of the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards on Thursday, May 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winners were Outstanding Production of a Musical, Dear Evan Hansen; Outstanding Production of a Play, Oslo; Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Hello, Dolly!;  Outstanding Revival of a Play, Jitney; and Distinguished Performance Award, Ben Platt,  who became the youngest actor to win the coveted award. The intimate celebration recognized the season’s outstanding productions and performers at a star-studded luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by Broadway’s 6-time Tony® Award winner Audra McDonald and her husband Tony® Award nominee Will Swenson in the Broadway Ballroom of the Marriott.

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Reviews

The Antipodes ****

Josh Charles, Phillip James Brannon

By: David Sheward

Annie Baker continues to explore the complex web of human communities in her strange and unexpectedly affecting new play The Antipodes from Signature Theatre. Previously she has detailed the connections made in an amateur acting class (Circle Mirror Transformation), a summer snack stand (The Aliens), a crumbling neighborhood movie theater (The Flick), and a possibly haunted bed and breakfast (John). Here, the specimens under her microscope are a group of Hollywood writers developing a major project—either a blockbuster movie or a TV series involving a monster of some kind. As they tell each other stories in search of inspiration for their mass-media project, they form a circle of trust and companionship amidst a disintegrating world. The unpredictable auteur disappears, apocalyptic weather erupts, and the line between reality and fantasy blurs.

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Bay Street Curtain Up!

Artistic Director Bay Street Theater Scott Schwartz, Executive Director Bay Street Theater Tracy Mitchell

6th Annual Honors Benefit at Joe’s Pub featured a sneak peek of the Bay Street Theater 2017 Summer Season in Sag Harbor.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts held The 6th Annual Honors Benefit: Curtain Up! on Monday, May 15 at Joe’s Pub at The Public. The evening hosted by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, featured a sneak peek of the 2017 Summer Mainstage season in Sag Harbor. Songs and bits of scenes were performed, along with the  honors presented to special guests, Richard Kind and Jules Feiffer.

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Features

A Hunger Artist

Sinking Ship Productions Presents Jonathan Levin in Rare Revival of Kafka’s A Hunger Artist

By: Ellis Nassour

A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. That’s the premise of the all-but-forgotten Kafka opus A Hunger Artist, based on his 1922 short story. You’ll have the rare opportunity to experience its uniqueness with Joshua William Gelb’s production at the Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B) June 1-27.

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Meet the 2017 Drama Desk Nominees

Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel “Hello Dolly”

Reception for 2017 Drama Desk Nominees to meet the press

The 2017 Drama Desk Nominees Reception, celebrated the Award Nominees at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Wednesday, May 10.. Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and it is the only critics’ organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.
Click Here for a Complete List of Drama Desk Nominees
Scroll Down Photography: Barry Gordin

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Around The Town

Idina Menzel in “Skintight”

Idina Menzel Returns to the Stage – Next Year — in Roundabout Underground Premiere Skintight

By: Ellis Nassour

It will be slightly over a year, but three-time Tony-nominee and 2004 Tony winner (Wicked) Idina Menzel returns to the stage in Roundabout Theatre Company’s world-premiere of Skintight by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other). It’s her first time back since her 2014 nomination for Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s musical If/Then. RTC’s artistic director Todd Haimes announced Skintight will be a presentation of Roundabout Underground. Previews begin May 31, 2018, with a June 21 opening, at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre for a limited engagement through August 26, 2018. Menzel is also a four-time Drama Desk nominee.

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Features

Callen-Lorde Benefit

Stars and NYC Nightlife Denizens Gather May 22 to Skewer Journalist Michael Musto for Callen-Lorde Health Center in Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back

By: Ellis Nassour

Beware, Michael Musto: It’s payback time! Remember the gossip you wrote about so-and-so and so-and-so? That roster of all-in-good-fun [actually – not always!] items is much too long to recount. Now, the tables will be turned, and the spit will be spinning over hot coals as media and stage stars and denizens of NYC nightlife gather to roast nightlife king, TV personality, and author Musto.

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Reviews

A Doll’s House, Part 2 *****

Jayne Houdyshell and Laurie Metcalf in “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

By: Paulanne Simmons

Ever since Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen in 1872, audiences have been wondering what happens to Nora after she walks out on Torvald and her children. Now, well over a hundred years later, thanks to Lucas Hnath’s new play, A Doll’s House, Part 2, we know.

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Features

Theatre World Awards

73rd  Annual Theatre World Award Honorees Announced
for June 5. Glenn Close to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

By: Ellis Nassour

The annual Theatre World Awards (TWA) is one of the most anticipated events of theater season’s end – and one of immense joy as actors – young to older – making their Broadway debuts are honored for their standout performances. In what has become an often touching tradition, 12 previous winners serve as presenters, and often relive moments from past ceremonies and share tales rarely heard at award shows.

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Around The Town

Chita Rivera @ Café Carlyle

Chita Rivera is one Hot Mama!

By: Sandi Durell

There aren’t many entertainers, or in this case icons who, at certain tender ages, can still transport their audiences back into great musical history that remains ever present and alive.  Chita Rivera is one of the few and from her opening, there’s no doubt, she’s got “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” She’s movin’ and a groovin’ through most of her time on that small stage at Café Carlyle that has seen the best celebrity performers throughout the years.  You can’t stop this train!

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Features

The Boy Who Danced on Air

Hit San Diego Musical The Boy Who Danced on Air to Be a First For Off Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

Following its successful run in San Diego, the musical The Boy Who Danced on Air, a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan, which one critic termed “An absolute must for lovers of new musical theater at its most innovative and exhilarating,” will become the first musical presented at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company.

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Reviews

Indecent ****

“Indecent” on Broadway Photo: Carol Rosegg

Indecent on Broadway
Haunting Tony nominated Best Play at the Cort Theatre is a stunning tale directed by Rebecca Taichman.

By: Patrick Christiano

In their Tony nominated play, Indecent now playing at Broadway’s Cort Theatre, Rebecca Taichman and Pulitzer prize winning playwright Paula Vogel have fashioned an exquisite evening of theater that movingly illustrates the history of a little known 1906 Yiddish play, God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch. The staging, a fusion of elements, directed by Taichman is an evocative kaleidoscope of images that begins with the play’s inception. The story then follows the journey of God of Vengeance, a play about a lesbian romance between a prostitute and the virgin Jewish daughter of the brothel’s owner, on a successful tour of Europe. Eventually coming to Broadway in 1923 a controversial kiss staged in the play results in an obscenity trial and the cast being jailed for indecent behavior.

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Features

OCC 2017 Winners

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced the award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories.

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Reviews

A Doll’s House Part 2 **** – Six Degrees of Separation **** – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory **

Laurie Metcalf in A Doll’s House, Part 2

By: David Sheward

The 2016-17 Broadway season ends with two bangs and a sort of whimper mixed with a chuckle. A Doll’s House Part 2 and Six Degrees of Separation examine difficult questions of identity in powerhouse productions while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stumbles and trips but is kinda funny in a goofy way. Though written almost 30 years apart and set in different centuries not our own, the first two plays offer vital snapshots of how we live now. Their themes are timeless and so can be applied in 1890, 1990, or 2017. The silly kid’s musical is good for a couple of guffaws.

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Jamie deRoy & friends

Jamie deRoy, Penny Fuller, Chuck Cooper, Doreen Montalvo, Paulo Szot, Tom Hubbard, Billy Stritch

Celebrating the Tony Awards at Birdland  to benefit The Actors Fund Jamie  deRoy & friends Cabaret initiative. 

Jamie deRoy hosted and performed at Birdland on Sunday May 7, 2017 with a roster of performers notable because they are distinguished for their Tony Awards, nominations or appearances in Tony Award winning musicals.

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