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Outer Critics Circle Awards

Outer Critic Circle presented their annual awards at a Gala dinner at the legendary Sardi’s

By: Patrick Christiano
Celebrating its 66th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theater, Outer Critic Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, presented their awards today, May 26, at a Gala Dinner at the legendary Sardis Restaurant.  DSC03381Cynthia Erivo Outstanding Actress in a Musical The Color Purple 


Indecent **** - Signature Plays **1/2 "The Sandbox" - "Drowning" - "Funnyhouse of a Negro"

By: David Sheward

Two highly theatrical productions demonstrate that the avant-garde stage can challenge as well as mystify. Paula Vogel’s Indecent at the Vineyard Theaters is a combination theater history lesson and searing docudrama on the impact of censorship and the oppression of groups deemed as “other.” Adina_Verson_and_Katrina_Lenk_CAROL_ROSEGG_Adina Verson,  Katrina Lenk Indecent

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61st Annual Obie Awards

Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria returned as host of thisyear’s 61st annual Obie Awards ceremony, which was held at Webster Hall (125East 11th Street). 
AAAA complete list of the awards is given below.

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Theater World Awards

The 72nd annual Theatre World Awards hosted by Peter Filichia presented twelve performers making their Broadway and off-Broadway debuts. Bernadette Peters received the John Willis Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Lynne Meadow. Nicholas Barasch  She Loves Me was honored with the Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in Theatre and was presented by Bobby Steggert.  The festive event took place on May 23rd at Circle in the Square Theatre in NYC.

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2016 Drama League Awards

THE DRAMA LEAGUE announced the winners of the 82nd annual awards “HAMILTON” was named Outstanding production of a musical “THE HUMANS” outstanding production of a play  “THE COLOR PURPLE”  outstanding revival of a musical “A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE” outstanding revival of a play.  LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA received the Distinguished Performance Award @ A star studded ceremony at The Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 20, 2016DSC_1733
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Anything Goes @ Gateway

Cole Porter’s tap dancing musical comedy Anything Goes opened at The Gateway in Bellport Village and will run through June 4.  

Anything Goes, a Tony Award-winning musical kicked off Long Island's oldest professional theater's 2016 Season.  Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s original “Annie,” stars as Reno Sweeney; Emmy Award-winner Sally Struthers is featured as Evangeline Harcourt; and TV’s “Survivor” contestant Josh Canfield plays Billy Crocker. 


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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Whatever Happened to the Plot?
As far back as Aristotle, plot was recognized as an essential element of a play. Plot, according to Aristotle, consists of clearly defined problems the characters have to solve. This is also known as conflict. 

It used to be pretty easy to find the plot in a play. Hamlet has to figure out how to take revenge for his father’s death and kill Claudius. Tom has to find a way to extricate himself from his beloved sister with her glass menagerie and his mother with her idealized memories and her thwarted ambition. But nowadays it’s not so easy.


Long Day's Journey Into Night **** - Dear Evan Hansen **** - Fully Committed **

By: David Sheward
A pair of intense lead performances illuminate two new productions on and Off-Broadway. Jessica Lange’s shattered Mary Tyrone unexpectedly dominates Jonathan Kent’s searing revival of Eugene O’Neill’s massive classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night for Roundabout Theatre Company while Ben Platt’s heartbreakingly lonely teenager is the soul of the sensitive musical Dear Evan Hansen at Second Stage.
Jessica Lange in Long Day's Journey Into Night

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FSLC Presents La Magnani

FSLC Presents La Magnani: A Series Tribute to Italian Spitfire Anna Magnani May 18 – June 1 

By: Ellis Nassour
In the history of Italian cinema, there’s never been a shortage of lusty women.  Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Anouk Aimée, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Verna Lisi, and Monica Vitti are memorable examples. Though not as gorgeous as them, Anna Magnani had more fiery passion than all combined. 



American Psycho ***

By: Patrick Christiano

When we first see the captivating Benjamin Walker as the Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's witty musical treatment of the shocking 1991 novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis,he is in a tanning booth wearing only sunglasses and his underwear revealing a taught smooth muscled body and looking like an adonis.This makes for a catchy opening as well as a smart comment on the cosmetics of the 1980s status obsessed culture. 
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Broadway Originals @ 54 Below

Scott Siegel Presents Musicals’ Original Stars May 20

By:Ellis Nassour
As the announcer for the Lone Ranger might say, “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” for a nostalgic evening of Broadway musical tunes sung by those who introduced them. Well, so says, presenter and host Scott Siegel of his Broadway Originals revue on May 20 at 9:30 P.M. at Feinstein’s/54 Below.BwayOrigs16
An interesting and eclectic roster of singers has been assembled by Siegel, who’s also scripting the show, a sequel to the concept he presented at Town Hall for six years along with his acclaimed Broadway by the Year and Broadway Unplugged series.


BC/EFA "On Broadway"

BC/EFA Benefits from Auction of Signed Posters Featured
in On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution 

By: Ellis Nassour 
On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution (Rizzolli; 8x12 Hardcover; Color and B&W designs, photos, and posters; Credits; 224 pages; SRP $45), written by Drew Hodges with a Foreword by designer/author Chip Kidd, Introduction by author David Sedaris and a Cast section, is a history of the past 20 years of razzle-dazzle window card design from SpotCo ad agency that brought shows visually alive. 



Broadway Season Round-up

By: Iris Wiener
The season is winding down for the theater community, but smart theatergoers know that award nominations are not the last word on whether or not to take in a show. Here’s a quick tip sheet on what you should consider catching soon.


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2016 Drama Desk Nominees

The 2016 Drama Desk Nominees Reception, celebrated this year’s Drama Desk Award Nominees at the New York Marriott Marquis Astor Ballroom in NYC. 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. BRAVO!
A1Jessica Lange Outstanding Actress in a Play Long Days Journey Into Night, Frank Langella Outstanding Actor in aa Play The Father


American Psycho ** - Tuck ** - Waitress **** - Shuffle Along ***** - Cagney **1/2

By: David Sheward
It’s a wrap for the 2015-16 New York Broadway theater season and four of the last shows take up radically different positions on the Broadway musical spectrum. 90_0Brandon Victor Dixon, Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

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Outer Critics Circle Winners

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2015-16 season in 25 categories.

Broadway’s Marlo Thomas, Alex Sharp, Sheldon Harnick and Victoria Clark will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 66th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 26th  (3PM) at the legendary Sardis Restaurant.

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Meet The Tony Nominees

By: Patrick Christiano
The nominees for the 2016 Tony Awards attended a Meet the Nominees Press Junket on Wednesday, May 4th, at The Diamond Horseshoe in The Paramount Hotel on West 46th Street. Producers, writers, actors and creative talent in the 24 competitive categories came to meet the press at the annual press junket where they celebrated their nominations.
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The Night Alive ****

The Night Alive @ Guild Hall

By Patrick Christiano
An atmospheric production of Conor McPherson’s gripping and poetic play, directed by Stephen Hamilton, opens at Guild Hall



Lights, Camera, Action!  What’s Onscreen and Coming Soon
By: Ellis Nassour

It’s not even Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of summer blockbuster season, and the cineplexes are filled with mucho standout entertainment – for the kiddies, family, and serious adult trade. Rush to see those of interest for toward the end of May epics will be coming at you, opening almost every weekend. 

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Actors Home Celebration

The Actors Home Celebrates Bard’s Birthday and Edwin Forrest Day with Len Cariou 

By: Ellis Nassour    
“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances…” wrote the Bard of Avon in As You Like It. AFBardBDMay16