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2016 Stars in the Alley

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, will take place on Friday June 3, 2016 from 12:30pm-2:30pm in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets.



Waitress **1/2

By: Paulanne Simmons
In 2014, The Bridges of Madison County, a musical based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 romantic novel, only lasted three months on Broadway. Many had thought it might do better, considering the 1995 film based on the same novel was a huge success and the musical had a book by Marsha Norman and score by Jason Robert Brown. Most concluded the show’s box office failure was due in part to poor reviews but also to the audience’s lack of sympathy for the heroine, a woman who has an affair with a sexy photographer while her hard-working husband is at the state fair with the kids. 
Keala Settle, Jesse Mueller, Jeanna de Waal


2016 Drama Desk Nominations

The Nominations for the 2016 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced @ Feinstein's/54 Below by Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods, The Trip to Bountiful, "Ugly Betty") and Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, "Glee").
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Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Redgrave
DSC_0349President of the Drama Desk Charles Wright


Joshua Radin @ WHBPAC

Joshua Radin will be appearing at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 6 at 8:00 PM
Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin’s music is offhandedly referred to as “whisper rock” because of its quiet, fragile acoustic sound. While Radin’s music may seem relaxed, his lyrics often capitulate the tangible emotion of love - lost, found, and pondered. Radin take cues from his own life, and has reportedly weathered enough heartbreak to get “like, four albums” out of just one breakup. 


Alan Mingo Jr.

Alan Mingo Jr. Steps Into Broadway’s Kinky Boots 

By: Iris Wiener

The saying goes that until you have walked a mile in someone else’s shoes, you won’t be able to understand him or her. Until Alan Mingo Jr. first donned the iconic heels for Toronto’s Kinky Boots, he had no idea what he was getting himself into, nor did he even remotely imagine how Lola, a character made famous by Tony Award winner Billy Porter, would change his life. Mingo


Royal Shakespeare - BAM *****

King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings 
Royal Shakespeare Company at BAM Harvey Theatre

By: David Sheward
Shakespeare’s majestic cycle of Richard and Henry plays (Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II, Henry V) gets a rousing marathon treatment from the Royal Shakespeare Company in a stunning four-evening repertory touring presentation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater.David_Tennant_Photo_Keith_Pattison_Richard_11 David Tennant 

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Actors Fund Gala

Actors Fund Gala Raises Over $1.2-million for Its Outreach Programs

By Ellis Nassour
Monday’s annual Actors Fund gala, where the Fund’s highest accolade, the Medal of Honor, was bestowed on Emilo and Gloria Estefan and Casey Nicholaw, raised more than $1.2-million for the programs of the national human services organization for show business professionals. 

Also honored were Oscar-winning actor, producer, and 1971 Theatre World recipient Michael Douglas, prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory, and NBC entertainment chair and Broadway producer Robert Greenblatt.

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2016 Drama Desk Nominations

Nominations for the 2016 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein's/54 Below by Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods, The Trip to Bountiful "Ugly Betty") and Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, "Glee").
Mathew Morrison, Vanessa Williams 
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BC/EFA Easter Bonnet

BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition Spring Fundraising Season Breaks Another Record: $5, 528,568

By Ellis Nassour

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of audience members on Broadway, Off, and dozens of cities where touring shows played, help is definitely on the way – as Rachel York sang in Easter Bonnet’s traditional anthem, [written by David Friedman], the 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition shattered records with a final tally of $5,528,568 for the outreach programs of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

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Live Out Loud Gala


The 15th annual Live Out Loud Young Trailblazers gala featured an exciting list of Honorary Chairs and VIPs that include Nick Adams, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer Malan Breton, David Bloom, Alan Cumming, John Gidding, Farrak Krenek, Lisa Lampanelli, Daryl Roth, Jordan Roth & Richie Jackson, Ralph Rucci, Hal Rubenstein & David Nickle, Peter Staley and Bruce Vilanch and Bruce T Sloane.




Drama League Nominations

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has announced the 2016 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. original_Blogpost

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FSLC Honors Morgan Freeman

FSLC Honors Morgan Freeman with Gala Tribute and Chaplin Award 

By: Ellis Nassour

Film Society of Lincoln Center, presenter of the annual New York Film Festival, is honoring veteran actor, one of cinema’s most popular, and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman with its annual Chaplin Award at a gala and career retrospective on Monday at festivities beginning at 7 P.M. in Alice Tully Hall. The tribute portion of the evening will be followed by dinner on the David C. Koch Theatre Promenade. 

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BC/EFA Easter Bonnet

30th Annual BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition Monday and Tuesday

By: Ellis Nassour 
On the avenue, Broadway, the photographers will be snapping away and hearts will be beating fast as the special guest stars of the 30th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition help announce the results of the Spring fundraising drive. There are two ways to experience this always eagerly-looked-forward-to spectacular: Monday, April 25, at 4:30 P.M. and Tuesday, April 25, at 2.EasterBonnetLead16


The Crucible ***** -------------- The Father *****

By: David Sheward
All is not as it appears in two recent Broadway openings. Dutch-Belgian director Ivo van Hove turns The Crucible, the oft-produced Arthur Miller witchcraft trial drama, inside out and Frank Langella takes a harrowing journey into dementia in the American premiere of French playwright Florian Zeller’s The FatherElizabeth_Teeter__Saoirse_Ronan_and_Tavi_Gevinson_Elizabeth Teeter, Saoirse Ronan, Tavi Gevinson in The Crucible


Tony Awards Honor Harnick


The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced that Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick and multiple Tony- nominated director Marshall W. Mason will be this year’s recipients of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

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Chita Rivera

Superstar Chita Rivera Debuts at Café Carlyle
                    By Sandi Durell

With a magical smile that says “I’ve got a little secret,” the inimitable Chita Rivera was up and running like gangbusters at the sumptuous Café Carlyle, backed by her four piece extraordinary band under the direction of Michael Croiter (percussion/guitar), with Michael Patrick Walker on piano, Jim Donica on bass and Dan Willis on Reeds.

This is no ordinary performer – this is a legend debuting with An Evening of My Favorite Songs.  She’s the triple threat who earned two Tony Awards and eight additional Tony nominations.

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Outer Critics Circle Nominations

 The 66th  Outer Critics Circle Awards Announced their 2015-16 Season Nominees
She Loves Me & American Psycho the Musical  Heads the List with 8 Nominations! 
Followed by Bright Star & On Your Feet With 7 Nominations each!
And The Nominees Are: 


Bright Star ****

By: Iris Wiener

What would be the show to beat if the overhyped behemoth that is Hamilton was out of the picture? It might very well have been Bright Star, a beautiful, crafty love story that is charming and memorable. With a country-folk score that completely lacks the hokiness that one might expect from a string-heavy show, the music is the true bright star in this collection of foot tapping beats. Though the story is a bit predictable, it is told so delightfully through song that most written missteps are immediately forgiven.

star25f-1-web_0Carmen Cusack 

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Jamie deRoy & friends

A terrific evening at Birdland benefits The Actor’s Fund
Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland series welcomed Jamie deRoy & friends for a Sunday evening of diverse entertainment to benefit The Actor’s Fund Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative.1_2


The Father ***1/2

By: Paulanne Simmons

There’s one towering reason to see Florian Zeller’s The Father, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton. And that’s Frank Langella, who plays the father, an elderly man named Andr
é, who is sinking inexorably into dementia.Frank_Langella_Kathryn_ErbeFrank Langella, Katrhryn Erbe