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Paula Poundstone @ Bay Street

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Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presented MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND with PAULA POUNDSTONE. The comedian, considered by many to be one of the great humorists of our time, flew in from Santa Monica, CA for the Saturday evening gig. Pounstone held court to a sold out house on the Mainstage regaling the audience for almost two hours with her distinctive brand of dry, smart and witty humor. She kept the packed house in stitches throughout with her spontaneous interactions with them and several members in particular, who she chatted with at length, pulling them into the conversation of her s how. You can hear as a regular panelist on NPR's weekly news quiz show, the popular Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country.


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Tulla Booth Opening

Tulla Booth Gallery hosted an opening reception of WATER 2015 "Ode to the Sea"  A Photography Exhibition with artists: Daniel JTulla BoothTulla Boothones, Roberto Dutesco, Blair Seagra,Tulla Booth,Herb Friedman,Burt Glinn and Stephen Wilkes.Tulla Booth is showing new and classic work by these photographers,

The Tulla Booth Gallery features established and emerging contemporary photographers and offers authentic and beautiful photography in black and white and color. Photographs in the following subjects: landscapes, seascapes, still-life, flora, fauna, exotic travel, lifestyle, celebrity, and documentary. It is their goal to present iconic images that transcend their subject making the images timeless and collectable.


Megan Hilty @ Cafe Carlyle

     Megan Hilty Still Smashing                            By: Sandi Durell
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Motherhood definitely agrees with the former star of Broadway's Wicked (Glinda), better known for her smashing role as Marilyn on the TV series Smash. Last season she was six months pregnant when she performed at Café Carlyle and now with eight month old Viola keeping her sleep-deprived, Hilty and her guitarist husband Brian Gallagher were surely wide awake delivering an evening of Great American Standards and familiar Smash hits.



Man and Superman ****

                      NT Live          By: David Sheward
When Ralph Fiennes makes his first entrance in the National Theatre's production of George Bernard Shaw's epic comedy Man and Superman, he's talking a mile a minute and constantly in motion. He remains that way for the show's marathon running time of three hours and 40 minutes wTim McMullan, Indira Varma, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Le PrevostTim McMullan, Indira Varma, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Le Prevosthich includes the usually-excised "Don Juan in Hell" dream sequence. It's an athletic endurance test for both actor and audience as Fiennes bounds about Christopher Oram's stark, sterile set and precisely spouts Shaw's brilliant arguments for the destruction of conventional morality.


Tony Awards Line-Up

           Tony Awards Tony Entertainment Line-Up Announced

                                   By: Ellis Nassour
2015 Tony Awards executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss [White
Cherry Entertainment] announced a portion of the line-up of performances for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will co-host the live three-hour telecast from Radio City Music Hall June 7 from 8 -11 P.M. (ET/PT time delay) on CBS. The Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.


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The Obie Awards

The American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice announced the winners of the 60th Annual OBIE Awards. The Public Theater's Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda (includiLin-Manuel MirandaLin-Manuel Mirandang special citations for Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Kail, and Alex Lacamoire) received the OBIE Award for Best New American Theatre Work, which is accompanied by a $1,000 check. The Signature Theatre's Founding Artistic Director James Houghton received the OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement. The Awards were hosted by OBIE Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria ("Orange is the New Black").
A complete list of awards is given below:

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Adrienne Haan "Sparkles"


While performing her triumphant musical tour of the United States, European Cabaret artist Adrienne Haan followed up her recent critically acclaimed engagements at The Actors Temple and The Cutting Room in New York by dazzling audiences with her performances at the prestigious Embassy Series in Washington DC and sold out show at the Neue Galerie's Café Sabarsky in New York City.


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Jamie deRoy & friends

       Jamie deRoy & friends Celebrate Tony Awards at Birdland

The colorful cabaret series, Jamie deRoy & friends marked the countdown to the Tony Awards with a celebration of Tony
Award winning performers and musicals Sunday May 17 at Birdland on West 44th Street. Award winning cabaret performer Jamie deRoy toasted Tony with a roster of major talent on her Variety Show at the famed New York jazz hot-spot. Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Actors Fund's new program, The Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. The program has been created to assist people working in the cabaret industry who seek help for medical needs and concerns made available through the comprehensive services and programs at The Actors Fund.


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Drama League Awards

                Chita Rivera Wins Distinguished Performance Award

                                    By: Patrick Christiano
The 81st Annual Drama League Awards were announced at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in a star-studded luncheon ceremony hosted by Hand to God's Stephen Boyer. Broadway Legend, the incomparable Chita Rivera, was presented with the Distinguished PerforChita Rivera "The Distinguished Performance Award"Chita Rivera "The Distinguished Performance Award"mance of the Year Award by last year's winner Neil Patrick Harris for her role as the aging and very wealthy Claire Zachanassian, who returns to her hometown after years away amassing a fortune, to garin revenge on a childhood lover that spurned her.



                                          By: Paulanne Simmons
"Canning" is the word we use when we preserve food by sealing it in an airtight container. This assumes we are putting the food in a metal container, usually shaped like a cylinder. But suppose we preserve that food in a glass container, such as the one invented in 1858 by John Landis Mason?
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One might come up with "jarring," but this word has an entirely different meaning, the one Tracy Weller undoubtedly had in mind when she used "Jarring" as the title of the new solo show she wrote and now performs at Mason Holdings‘ theater at 225 E. Houston Street.

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The Drama League Awards

The Drama League Awards were presented at a star-studded luncheon ceremony hosted by Hand to God's Stephen Boyer at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, where Tony®, and Oscar® Award winner Joel Grey was honored with the Distinguished AchiSteven Boyer "Hand to God"Steven Boyer "Hand to God"evement in Musical Theater Award.

The winners of the 81st Annual Drama League Awards were: Distinguished Production of a Musical, An American in Paris; Distinguished Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Distinguished Revival of a Musical, The King and I; Distinguished Revival of a Play, You Can't Take It With You; and Distinguished Performance, Chita Rivera.

Photography: Barry Gordin    

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Barb Jungr: Hard Rain

        City of London Festival
The UK’s finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr returns to the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with her album Hard Rain. Barb has been taking this wonderful collection of material on the road since February 2014. Over the past few years the British chanteuse has been wowing critics and audiences alike at home and abroad with her insightful, intelligent interpretations of well-loved songs combined with her powerful and often witty performance style. Barb’s shows in NYC have now reached legendary status, with her latest season there completely selling out – don’t miss one of Britain’s best kept secrets live on her home turf.

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Frieze 2015

                                          By: Janet Lehr
Frieze New York 2015 SCORES A GRAND VICTORY. In an International 'Season of Fairs' dominated by Frieze and Basel fairs at their various location worldwide - from Fall to Spring, Frieze London, Miami Basel to Hong Kong Basel, to Frieze NY; Frieze New York 2015 delights the eye, finds a continuous number of fresh exhibitors, explores fresh presentation ideas, and brings to its exhibitors masses of collectors.


Frieze New York 2015 Located at Randall's Island Park, opened to VIP's and Press on Wednesday May 15th and closes Sunday May 17th.


Fun Home **** - Something Rotten! ****

              By: David Sheward
Two of the biggest contenders for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical are polar opposites, but they demonstrate that when theater practitioners are playing at the top of their game, the results can be sublime whether the content is serious or silly. Fun Home is a jagged memory piece about a deeply dysfunctional family while Something Rotten! is a screwy satire skewering Shakespeare as well as the conventions of musical comedy. The former will break your heart while the latter will break your funny bone.


Kander & Miranda Conversation

Tony and Drama Desk Winners John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Time Out Post-Performance at The Visit May 20

                                          By: Ellis Nassour
Time Out New York is sponsoring a conversation with Tony and Drama Desk-winning composers legendary John Kander, who with the late Fred Ebb, comprised one of Broadway's iconic musical teams, and Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights and Hamilton fame following Wednesday night's performance of The Visit. The Kander and Ebb musical at the Lyceum Theatre is nominated for five Tonys and six DDs - including Best Musical and Best Actress, the equally legendary Chita Rivera, the multiple-nominated winner of two Tonys and DDs.

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Lucille Lortel Awards

                     New Off Broadway musical HAMILTON is Big Winner!
                                          By: Patrick Christiano

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scored 10 Awards at the 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards honoring Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Off-Broadway League announced winners in 18 categories at the Lucille Lortel Awards where Hamilton won in 10 categories, the most ever in the history of the Awards.

Playwright Terrence McNally, who is also nominated for a Tony for his book of "The Visit," was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while writer and composer Jeanine Tesori, who is also a Tony contender for "Fun Home," was inducted onto the Playwrights' Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre.


Broadway by the Year

                                  By: Linda Amiel Burns
Scott Siegel's Broadway By The Year celebrates 25 years of musical theater from 1966-1990 with 25 Stars!

This Broadway By The Year season at Town Hall began with a new twist. Instead of covering the shows of the Great White Way one year at a time, Scott Siegel decided to present 100 years of Broadway history in four evenings, each show celebrating a quarter of a century of Broadway tunes performed by 100 stars! The first evening covered the years 1916 - 1940, then the "Golden Age" 1941-1965 and on May 11, the years 1966-1990 were celebrated, a time when tastes were changing and many "jukebox" musical were produced.


American Masters

ABT's Extraordinary 75 Years of Dance Is Celebrated May 15  in Ric Burns' Documentary on American Masters

                                             By: Ellis Nassour
WNET THIRTEEN's acclaimed Emmy winning American Masters is presenting Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning Ric Burns' American Ballet Theatre: A History, the dazzling documentary in honor of ABT's 75th anniversary, May 15 at 9 P.M.











Far Away Places *****

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At the beginning of Patti Lupone
's Far Away Places, she tells the audience that "It's Just the Gypsy in My Soul," that made her take the journey from the suburbs of New York City to the Great White Way, at that time so seedy she "had to step over bodies to get in the stage door." She then proceeded to take the audience at Schimmel Center (Pace University) on a journey of the imagination and spirit, lifted by song and her own larger-than-life personality.


Emmett Down in My Heart ****

                Trayvon, Amadou and "Emmett Down in My Heart"
                                           By: Isa Goldberg

On the subway to work last week, eavesdropping on the African American woman sitting next to me, I watched as she told herJames Ross, Jasmine SauniseJames Ross, Jasmine Saunise young son that he better behave in school, because he's a "brown boy," so he has to be more circumspect. That people are going to be real hard on him is something I didn't think any kid should have to listen to. But then, I realized why that mother had to tell that to her son.