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54th NY Film Festival

54th New York Film Festival, September 30-October 16

By: Ellis Nassour

For 17 days and nights, movie lovers at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 54
th New York Film Festival (NYFF), running September 30 – October 16, will find more, more, more than ever before with the totally-renovation of the Walter Reade Theatre, the anchor of the Festival campus that also includes the three venues of the Eleanor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and for gala screenings, Alice Tully Hall. NYFF54Logo_0

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Neo-Political Cowgirls

Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls world premiere production of Andromeda, August 25-28 at the Montauk County Park.  13873096_10153881959981902_2393970970236240884_n

Presenting a cast of local Hamptons and NYC actors and puppets by award-winner Liz Joyce, Andromeda is a unique, outdoor, music-filled experience that is not to be missed.

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Leslie Odom, Jr @ Guild Hall

Tony winning star of Hamilton graces the John Drew Theater stage in East Hampton

On Saturday, August 20, 2016 Leslie Odom, Jr, who originated the role of Aaron Burr on Broadway in Hamilton winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, performed a one-night-only concert at Guild Hall. The sold-out evening featured soulful interpretations of beloved classics along with songs from his new self-titled album that debuted at #1 on the jazz charts this summer. Odom was backed by a sensational band that featured Michael Mitchell on Piano, Orlando Le Flemming on Bass, Steven Walker on Guitar, John Davis on Drums and Senfu Stoney on Percussion.
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Ireland on Broadway

In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, let’s all be Irish on Friday, September 2, 2016 and celebrate the crossroads of Ireland and Broadway! That’s the night, at 7 PM, that we will present a grand combination of Irish stars and Irish songs from Broadway shows to prove, beyond any doubt, the enormous historical impact of the Irish on New York musical theater.

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ARF Summer Gala

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons hosted “The Bow Wow Meow Ball” in Wainscott

On Saturday, August 21, 2016 ARF friends and supporters celebrated at an elegant evening of dinner and dancing honoring filmmaker Katharina Otto-Bernstein under a beautifully decorated tent at the ARF adoption center in Wainscott. 
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2016-17 Broadway Season

By: David Sheward

We are in the valley between seasons. It's the trough of summer and nothing will open on Broadway until well after Labor Day. The only hot-weather openings have been revivals of Motown (which has already closed) and Cats.
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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep: Her Transformation into the World’s Worst Singer for Florence Foster Jenkins and Plans to Return to Theater

By: Ellis Nassour
 

For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that, sadly, cut short her theatrical ambitions but blazed a path of incredible artistry in film. Many consider her “
the greatest living actress.” She’s won three Oscars from 19 nominations [the most of any actor/actress]. There’ve been 28 Golden Globe nods with eight wins, and two Emmys. 
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Interviews

Spotlight on My Fair Lady *****

My Fair Lady, opening night interviews, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor with Patrick ChristianoDSC_5235Kelli Barrett, Patrick Christiano CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW VIDEO

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Affordable Broadway

Affordable Broadway: 19 Shows Offer 2-for-1 Tickets are for  Performances September 5-18

By: Beau Jared

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, has a plan to make theatergoing on Broadway affordable from September 5-18, and it’s at the tip of your fingers – or avoid those service fees, and go direct to the box offices. BwayWk9_16


For the biannual NYC Broadway Week, tickets to 19 participating shows – drama, comedy, and musical  --  Tony and Drama Desk Award winners and nominees, among them!, are on sale now at nycgo.com/broadwayweek for performances September 5 to 18. 

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Seeger *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

Pete Seeger may have been taken from us over two years ago, but Randy Noojin brings  him so much to life in his solo show it seems as if the great singer and activist never died. Seeger, directed by Mary Beth Easely, is one of the offerings of this year’s Fringe festival and should not be missed by anyone who loves Seeger or good music or our right and duty as Americans to stand up for justice.

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Troilus and Cressida ***

By: David Sheward

This summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park season has consisted of two of the Bard’s most difficult works for contemporary audiences. The first offering was a misfiring Taming of the Shrew, which attempted to balance the piece’s inherent sexism with an all-female cast and jiggering of the script. The second piece, the notoriously unwieldy Troilus and Cressida, is much more successful but unfortunately only has a brief run after its official opening was postponed due to the injury of a major cast member. 

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Sweeney Todd **1/2 - The Crucible **** - Fidelio****

By: David Sheward

Opera and theater merge and meld in two offerings at this summer’s Glimmerglass Music Festival in Cooperstown, NY. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 Broadway bloodbath Sweeney Todd receives a confused staging while Robert Ward’s 1961 operatic adaptation of The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s drama of the Salem witch trials, succeeds with a more straightforward production. 
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My Fair Lady *****

A glorious production of the classic musical opens at Bay Street Theater in Sag Habor

By: Patrick Christiano

Director Michael Arden, with the aid of a marvelous design team and a superlative cast, has scaled down the classic musical My Fair Lady into a splendid two and a half plus hours of shimmering entertainment. With only two pianos and soaring voices, there isn’t a single dull moment in the entire evening. The staging is simply pitch perfect. The stellar cast of actors is led by Paul Alexander Nolan, who was Tony nominated last season for Steve Martin’s Bright Star, and Kelli Barrett. MyFairLadyCastWEBcrop

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Let"s Go To The Movies

Let’s Go to the Movies: Cool Off With Two Must-See Films --
Hell or High Water and Florence Foster Jenkins 

By: Ellis Nassour

Two of the films opening Friday might be said to be an early kick off of the time of year when the studios release the “big guns,” films they hope attract award nominations. These two, Hell or High Water, an off-beat indie, and Florence Foster Jenkins, surely will.LetsGoMovies_1

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Leah Lane in "Carmen High"

Carmen High at Spotlites International Theater, Edinburgh

August 8, 2016:  Leah Lane, the daughter of Broadway producers Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, has traveled to Scotland to perform in “Carmen High” at The 69th annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which began this past Thursday. The previous Saturday on August 1 Ms. Lane performed in Fada:  The House of Madness at the 23 annual Watermill Center Summer Gala, which is one of the most sought after social events of the Hampton’s Summer Season. This year more than 1000 guests attended. 

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Cats ** - Oslo *****

By: David Sheward

Meow and forever, Cats is back. After a smash London premiere, the original NYC production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline phenomenon became the fourth-longest running show in Broadway history, inspiring devoted loyalty among fans and disdain among naysayers. The rambling cat-alogue of frisky vignettes ushered in an era of Eurospectacles which were long on flash and glitter and short on substance (Starlight Express, Miss Saigon, etc. The latter is returning to Broadway next spring, God help us.) I confess I never saw that original Cats staging live—but I did catch a PBS filmed version. cats

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Carolines @ The Beach

Carolines on Broadway brought a hilarious night of laughter to the Hamptons in The John Drew Theater @ Guild Hall, featuring an extremely funny group of  comedians, including Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli, Vince AugustKaren Bergreen and Yamaneika Saunders.
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Vince August. Caroline Hirsch, Karen Bergreen, Alexandra Guarnashelli, Yamaneika Saunders

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Simply Barbra

Steven Brinberg/Simply Barbra Salutes the Indefatigable
Barbra Streisand August 12 at Feinstein’s 54 Below

By: Beau Jared

Internationally-acclaimed Barbra Streisand tribute artist Steven Brinberg launches his Simply Barbra summer/fall tour at Feinstein’s 54 Below on August 12 at 9:30. Brinberg’s evening of classic Streisand songs and comedy may, indeed, have a very special guest. August 12 is the day BS is taking off between her two shows at Brooklyn’s Barclay arena.

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Lucie Arnaz @ Guild Hall

An intimate evening with Lucie Arnaz

After playing several locations on the East coast, Lucie Arnaz concluded her summer concert series at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Sunday, July 31. Her new show presented with only her longtime Musical Director Ron Abel on the piano is a lovely evening of fun stories and music. Lucie thrilled her adoring fans referencing her roots and career with songs that remain close to heart. She performed an eclectic mix of pop, Broadway, standards, and Latin music with true stories from her career and exciting life. A highlight of the evening was “They’re Playing Our Song” from her award winning performance in the musical of the same name.

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54th NYFF

54th New York Film Festival: Surprise Film to Open 17-Day Salute to Global Cinema; World Premieres Get Choice Centerpiece and Closing Slots

By: Ellis Nassour

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