George Merrick, Karen Burthwright, Mitchell Jarvis, Lindsay Nicole Chambers
By: Iris Wiener
The new, updated version of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, needs to do anything but change. The off-Broadway hit musical, which ran from 1996 through 2008 for a remarkable 5,003 performances, has been revamped to reflect the current marriage of technology and dating, as well as the many ways in which social media and apps subsume love and family. In a rare feat, Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro’s book and lyrics and Jimmy Roberts’ music is as fresh, affecting and delightfully funny as it was when it debuted 21 years ago.
Big Apple Circus Schedules Performances for Children with Special Needs and Autism in November
By: Ellis Nassour
The Big Apple Circus, beloved by thousands since its 1977debut, returns to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park October 27 – January 7. Also returning are their community outreach programs, Circus of the Senses and a performance for children with autism.
3rd night of the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention at Rose Hall celebrated the ‘The Golden Age of Cabaret’ hosted by author James Gavin and dedicated to the memory of the late Barbara Carroll.
By: Linda Amiel Burns
In 2006 James Gavin wrote the book “Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of NY Cabaret,” a loving tribute to what has been called a “fragile and endangered” art form. On October 18, 2017, James hosted the 3rd evening of the Cabaret Convention, celebrating the history of cabaret and paying tribute to the great performers and clubs of the past.
Playwright, Amy Herzog traffics in the simple realities of human experience — the dailyness that both masks and reveals an inner drama. And while the style of her realism is highly detailed and finely textured, her works sustain a contemporary sensibility.
There’s no shortage of Shakespearean plays that have been turned into musicals. George Abbott, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers’ The Boys from Syracuse is based on The Comedy of Errors. Cole Porter and the Speweck’s Kiss Me Kate is the trio’s version of The Taming of the Shrew. Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story is a 20th century musical interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.
Hamptons International Film Festival honored Julie Andrews and Patrick Stewart.
By: Patrick Christiano
October 9, 2017: The Hamptons International Film Festival, now in its 25th season, was a smashing success over a four-day period from October 5-9 in East Hampton and Sag Harbor, where a diverse range of over 115 films from countries all over the world were screened. Provocative discussions with well-respected film artists, Rob Riener, Patrick Stewart, and Annette Bening, were amongst the festivals highlights, along with the awards.
24th Annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk benefits Animal Rescue Find of the Hamptons.
October 7, 2017: This year the annual ARF Stoll to the Sea Benefit was proceeded by a kick-off cocktail party on Friday, the night before the walk. The party was hosted by Candy and Mark Udell of London Jewelers at their Main Street location in East Hampton.
It was press day October 10 for MCC Theater’s World Premiere of School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play. Tony Award winning director Rebecca Taichman and 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bloh and the cast were on hand to speak with the press and give some insight into what the play is about as well as their roles.
Better Days Ahead for the Wurlitzer and the Brooklyn Paramount
By: Paulanne Simmons
If you’re a fan of organ music, there are only two places in New York City you can enjoy the sounds of the magnificent Wurlitzer theater organ. One is in Radio City Music Hall. The other is in the Schwartz Athletic Center at Long Island University, formerly the Brooklyn Paramount Theater. And in the latter, the sound of a dribbled basketball and running feet most often replaces the swelling music of the mighty organ. But not for long.
The Honeymooners Musical Has World Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse
By: Ellis Nassour
The world premiere production of Stephen Weiner, Peter Mills, and Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss’s musical comedy adaptation of the classic TV sit-com The Honeymooners offers a nostalgia-dipped trip down memory lane. It opened October 8 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.