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Holland Taylor is among the stars appearing Off-Broadway during 2015-16.Holland Taylor is among the stars appearing Off-Broadway during 2015-16.Summer doldrums have set in the theater scene with a tepid reception for Amazing Grace (here's a link to my review), and Hamilton providing the only excitement. The Off-Broadway transfer opens officially on Thurs. and it has become the show to see. I hear house seats are impossible to get and even Tony voters are getting limited selections on a few weeknights. So this is the perfect time to look ahead at the fall season and beyond. I've compiled my usual list of Broadway and Off-Broadway openings.

Gordin's View

Tulla Booth Gallery

       Reception for Michael Clinton's Closer: Seeing the World in Details
Michael ClintonMichael Clinton
Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor celebrated the launch of Michael Clinton's new book, CLOSER: Seeing the World in Details, with a festive reception at their 66 Main Street location. Michael has traveled the world for more than 35 years to seven continents and 120 countries while documenting his experiences in photographs. In his new book the author shares his adventures, his knowledge and his own witty reminiscences of life on that journey. What makes his book unique is his focus on small, often overlooked magical details that surround us, even in our own backyards.

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Hampton Designer Showhouse

Designer Showhouse 2015 presented by Traditional Homes Benefits Southampton Hospital.

The opening night Gala Preview Cocktail Party for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York was a sensational happening on Saturday, July 25, 2015. The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse, a showcase for America's premier design talent, is open daily until Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Proceeds from the Showhouse will benefit Southampton Hospital.

Reviews

Amazing Grace **1/2

                           By: David SheErin Mackey, Josh YoungErin Mackey, Josh Youngward
During a recent early morning subway ride, a street preacher loudly burst into the traditional hymn Amazing Grace. When she finished with the last verse, she told the entire car the story of the song's writer John Newton, a reprobate 18th century English slave trader who had a religious conversion and became an advocate for abolition.

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New York Film Festival

Major Events Set for 53rd New York Film Festival, September 25 - October 11
               
                     By: Ellis Nassour

The 53rd New York Film Festival, September 25 - October 11, announced that Robert Zemeckis' 3D docudrama The Walk (Tri-Star Pictures) will make its world premiere as the Opening Night selection. However, the actual showing at Alice Tully Hall will be on September 26, due to the visit of Pope Francis. Festival dates stay the same, with free NYFF programming to take place on September 25.

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Super Saturday 2015

World Famous Designer Garage Sale, Sponsored By QVC, Benefits Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa hosted Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's (OCRF) 18th annual Super Saturday NY, sponsored by QVC on Saturday July 25 at Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. Super Saturday NY is a fun-filled, family oriented daylong fundraiser completer with a unique designer garage sale, kids' carnival and activities, along with a luxury raffle and gourmet treats.

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Bay Street Theater 2015 Gala

BELIEVE was the theme for Bay Street Theater's 24th Annual Summer Gala with special guest Stephen Schwartz.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts gave attendees an extremely special treat by staging the premiere concert reading of the first act of DreamWorks Theatricals new stage adaptation of Stephen SchwartzStephen SchwartzThe Prince of Egypt on the Bay Street Theater's mainstage. The performance was part of Bay Street Theater's 24th Annual Summer Gala in Sag Harbor at the Long Wharf on July 11. The annual event benefits Bay Street's educational and theatrical programs. The Prince of Egypt features a book by Philip LaZebnik and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell.

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Liza Minnelli in Concert

Liza Minnelli made a triumphant return to the concert stage at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi. Liza Minnelli in Concert With Billy Stritch marked the first time Liza has performed since back-surgery sidelined the legendary performer last September.
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli

People.com said, "She back!"

The New Orleans Times-Picayune said, "Dressed in a shimmering, black, off-the-shoulder tunic and pants, set off with a long fuchsia scarf, Minnelli hit the stage and her fans leapt to their feet, giving her a standing ovation before she sang a note."

Theaterlife.com says "HURRAY" "WE LOVE YOU LIZA"

Around The Town

Accabonac House

                         ACCABONAC HOUSE LAUNCH PARTY
Artistic Director Alex Kilgore hosted a launch party and first annual silent auction to benefit Accabonac House on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at AshawaArtistic Director ALex KilgoreArtistic Director ALex Kilgoregh Hall (780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY). The silent auction featured art by Gibby Haynes, Jim Tozzi, and Dan Witz, with music by Invisible Familiars, and a special performance of Happy Hour by Monica Bill Barnes Company. In keeping with Accabonac House's mission to bring great work to Springs, the evening was free and open to the public.

 

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Theodore Bikel

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015  AT 7:45 PM
IN MEMORY OF CELEBRATED ACTOR THEODORE BIKEL

The Broadway community mourns the loss of acclaimed performer Theodore Bikel, who passed away on July 21, 2015 at age 91. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Friday, July 24, 2015 at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

The accomplished actor originated the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the 1959 production of The Sound of Music which earned him the second of his two Tony Award® nominations; the first was for The Rope Dancers in 1958. His other Broadway credits included Tonight in Samarkand, The Lark, Café Crown, Pousse-Café, and The Inspector General.

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"Lucky Stiff"

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's First Collaboration, Lucky Stiff,
Comes to the Screen

        By Ellis Nassour

Long before the acclaim and Tony and Drama Desk Awards Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty received for Ragtime, their Tony nominations for Once on This Island, followed by and then My Favorite Year, Seussical, and The Glorious Ones, there was their first musical, Lucky Stiff, their 1988 show which played at Playwrights Horizons and went on to become a cult classic - almost in the league of Rocky Horror Show - and produced everywhere.

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Broadway Barks

Andrew Rannells, Bernadette PetersAndrew Rannells, Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters and special guest Andrew Rannells graciously hosted the 17th Annual Broadway Barks adoption event. The annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies was held at Shubert Alley/Golden Theatre on West 45 Street in NYC. This year's event was produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and sponsored by SYLVIA on Broadway, among others. Prior to the event, Peters signed copies of her newly published third children's book along with well-known artist, Ross Bleckner, who designed this years Special Edition Poster and Playbill. Bravo!

 

Reviews

Shows for Days *** --------------- Of Good Stock ***

                                        By: David Sheward
Though we've encountered their plot templates many times before, two Off-Broadway shows-Shows for Days at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse and Of Good Stock from MTC at City Center-provide vibrant evenings in the theater. Douglas Carter Beane's Shows for Days employs the reliable, semi-autobiographical memory-play framework wherein the mature narrator recalls his youthful transition into maturity with a domineering older woman playing a major role. Beane recounts his induction into the world of stage make-believe at a Pennsylvania community theater and the bizarre, fabulous creatures that inhabit it.
Patti LuPone, Michael Urie: "Shows for Days"Patti LuPone, Michael Urie: "Shows for Days"

 

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"Driving Miss Daisy"

Great Performances Presents Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy Shot Live in Australia July 17

                                      By: Ellis Nassour
Alfred Uhry's 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, a three-year smash Off Broadway [1987-1990] and a 2010-2011 hit on Broadway, comes to TV courtesy of PBS/Thirteen's Great Performances starring two of the world's greatest living actors five-time Tony and three-time Drama Desk winner and three-time Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony and six-time DD winner and Oscar winner James Earl Jones. It airs Friday at 9 P.M. [with encore performances to follow].

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Broadway Mourns Roger Rees

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, JULY 15th AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF CELEBRATED ACTOR and DIRECTOR ROGER REES

The Broadway community moRoger Rees: Photo: Barry GordinRoger Rees: Photo: Barry Gordinurns the loss of Tony Award® - winning actor and Tony Award - nominated director, Roger Rees, who passed away on Friday at age 71. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, July 15th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, said, "We are so fortunate that Roger Rees has graced our stages through the years and inspired us with his brilliant talent. In addition to his acting and directing accomplishments, his generous heart and warm, giving spirit will be greatly missed by his family, friends and fans."

Reviews

The Qualms *** 10 Out of 12 ***

                                       By: David Sheward
We don't always play well with others. That's the common theme of two Off-Broadway productions in which the characters clash but the actors mesh with near perfection. Bruce Norris' The Qualms is set at a beachside group sex party while Anne Washburn's 10 Out of 12 takes place at an endless tech rehearsal for an avant-garde New York show. Both display how an odd man out can gum up the works and cause the entire temporary community to examine their motives for joining in. Both plays have flaws, but their casts and directors find the connections and passions within each.
"The Qualms""The Qualms"

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Great Performances at the Met

Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Starring Anna Netrebko, in Double Bill with Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle,Starring Nadja Michael Sunday on Great Performances at the Met
                   By: Ellis Nassour

Acclaimed Polish film director Mariusz Treliński made his Metropolitan Opera debut with this new production of one-acts which paired Tchaikovsky's lyrical fairy tale Iolanta, about the psychological awakening of a blind princess, and Bartók's harrowing Bluebeard's Castle, inspired by classic 40s film noir. Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle will be telecast on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met Sunday at 12:30 P.M. Met bass baritone Eric Owens hosts.

 

Reviews

Oklahoma ***1/2

By: David Sheward
Damon Daunno, Amber Gray: "Oklahoma"Damon Daunno, Amber Gray: "Oklahoma"There is a homey, welcoming feeling as you enter the intimate Luma Theater in Bard College's Fisher Center for the innovative SummerScape production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Oklahoma! Friendly ushers greet you. Audience members are seated at long wooden tables with napkin holders and crock pots full of chili for a down-home meal during intermission.

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American Masters

American Masters Presents Harper Lee Documentary July 10
to Coincide with Publication of Author's "New" Novel

                         By: Ellis Nassour
In honor of the publication of Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman, featuring characters from her Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, published 55 years ago (July 11, 1960), THIRTEEN's American Masters is presenting the newly-updated Harper Lee: Hey, Boo, the 2012 documentary by Emmy-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy. The 90-minute special airs July 10 at 9 P.M. There'll be encore showings July 12 at 6:30 and 11.

Reviews

Gloria **** -- The Tempest ** -- The Significant Other **1/2

                                        By: David Sheward
Two new, effective Off-Broadway shows defy expectations, but in different ways. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria starts out as a fairly conventional office comedy with a bunch of 20somethings bitching about their nowhere editorial-assistant jobs but then takes a bizarre turn and veers into uncharted territory. Joshua Harmon's Significant Other a"Significant Other""Significant Other"t Roundabout's Laura Pels space, also covers the familiar ground of young people bemoaning their lack of purpose. In this case, the cri de coeur revolves around romance rather than career and, unlike Jacobs-Jenkins, Harmon has no great surprises up his sleeve.