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2015 Drama League Honoree

The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) announced they will honor the legendary Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® AwaJames Earl JonesJames Earl Jonesrd (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at the 31st AnnualMusical Celebration of Broadway, to be held on Monday evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute inspired by Mr. Jones' career in theater, film and television, supports The Drama League's educational initiatives for promising young artists.

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Contes d'Hoffman **** and Swan Lake ****

                    By: David Sheward
Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in "Swan Lake"Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in "Swan Lake"High culture is currently plentiful in New York with magnificent examples of opera and ballet. One takes a non-conventional approach while the other adheres to the staging from the 19th century, but both quicken the pulse and stimulate the mind. The Metropolitan Opera is presenting a revival of Tony winner Bartlett Sher's opulent interpretation of Offenbach's Contes d'Hoffman (Tales of Hoffman) while BAM is hosting St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet in a familiar yet brilliant rendering of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

 

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Theater Hall of Fame

2014 Theater Hall of Fame Inductions to Take Place on January 26
                        By: Ellis Nassour

Oscar winner and veteran stage actor F. Murray Abraham, Tony winner and Drama Desk nominee Blythe Danner, Alvin Epstein are the acting contingent of the 2014 - 44th Annual American Theater Hall of Fame inductions. Also destined to enter the annals of theater history are director Marshall Mason, award-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, former New York Times drama critic Frank Rich, and Shubert Organization chairman Philip J. Smith. The inductees will be saluted on January 26 at the Gershwin Theatre. Following the inductions, the honorees are feted at the Friars Club. Terry Hodge Taylor is the executive producer of the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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"Great Lakes" Opens

A Beautiful Day in November On the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes

NEW GEORGES in association with WOMEN'S PROJECT THEATER is presenting an inventive staging of A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson and directed by Lee Sunday Evans at City Center State II.
Gerry Bamman, Mia Katigbak, Nina Hellman, Brooke Ishibashi, Heather Alicia Simms, Jessica Almasy, Christian FelixGerry Bamman, Mia Katigbak, Nina Hellman, Brooke Ishibashi, Heather Alicia Simms, Jessica Almasy, Christian Felix

For Kate Benson preparing a Thanksgiving Day dinner for the relatives is more like a highly charged basketball game. And although the holidays are suppose to be happy times of togetherness, the tensions that are often stirred up between relatives at this time of the year are put on sharp display in Benson's stylized farce with a weird off centered dark comedic side.

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WHBAC Oscar Screenings

2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action)
Back by popular demand Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will screen the 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films in the Mollie Parnis Auditorium on Saturday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, $9, $5 and are available online at www.whbpac.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aya
Directed by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
A young woman waiting at an airport has an unexpected encounter with an arriving passenger.

Boogaloo and Graham
Directed by Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Jamesy and Malachy are presented with two baby chicks to raise by their soft-hearted father.

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Honeymoon in Vegas ***

                                          By: David Sheward
The first 30 minutes of Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the 1992 film comedy, are among the best in any musical now on Broadway. The amazing Rob McClure, who dazzled us a feTony Danza, Brynn O’MalleyTony Danza, Brynn O’Malleyw seasons back with his title performance in the uneven Chaplin, opens the show with "I Love Betsy," a peppy, funny number with zestful music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. With the aide of Gary Griffin's sharp direction and Denis Jones' engaging choreography, McClure establishes his character Jack, a shlubby but amiable guy about to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend of five years.

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Great Lakes **1/2

A Beautiful Day in November On the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes

                 By: Patrick Christiano
Christian FelJessica Almasy, Ben Williams, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Brooke Ishibashi, Mia KatigbakChristian FelJessica Almasy, Ben Williams, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Brooke Ishibashi, Mia KatigbakFor Kate Benson preparing a Thanksgiving Day dinner for the relatives is more like a highly charged basketball game. To set forth her clever premise in "A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes," the playwright Benson and director Lee Sunday Evans have put the action on a basketball court, where two stereotypical sports announcers in polyester suits are calling the fierce skirmish from the announcer's booth above the playing court.

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"Lady, Be Good" @ Encores!

Gershwins' Lady, Be Good Ushers in the Encores! Season February 2-8

                  By: Ellis Nassour

George and Ira Gershwin's beguiling 1924 musical opens the Encores! season at City Center for seven performances February 2-8. This smash up musical with everything but the kitchen sink, is a rom com about penniless siblings aching to be rich, Fifth Avenue socialites, (crooked) lawyers, (Mexican) gangsters, and a song-and-dance man with rhythm. It 330 performances at the Duce's Liberty Theatre [the entrance is gone but the auditorium and stage house are part of the Liberty Diner].

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Honeymoon in Vegas

        Honeymoon in Vegas: First Broadway Musical of the Year Opens
                        By: Ellis Nassour

Three-time Tony and Drama Desk winner and Oscar nominee Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Berman's Honeymoon in Vegas is the first musical to sail onto Broadway in the new year. Bergman wrote the film the musical's adapted from, not to mention Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles [rumored to be heading to the boards]. The always-watchable Rob McClure [Chaplin] and Tony Danza, with McClure lighting up the stage with his amazing comic skills and slapstick and Danza channeling Sinatra in the crooning department. We've been seeing a lot of Danza all over the city promoting the musical, following its successful 2013 run at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, but McClure has been all but a well-kept secret.

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Constellations **1/2

                                             By: David Sheward
The concept of multiple universes with infinite possibilities has been used as fodder for many sci-fi movies and TV shows (Who can forget that Star Trek episode with the evil Capt. Kirk and Spock?). There have also bJake Gyllenhaal, Ruth WilsonJake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilsoneen a few plays tackling the subject. Usually you have a couple playing out variations on the stages of their relationship. This type of playful playwriting can be fun for a brief comedy sketch (David Ives and Caryl Churchill have done effective short pieces on this theme), but any longer than 10 minutes and the gimmick wears thin.

 

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Dying for it **

                                         By: David Sheward
Political satire is a rare commodity on American stages, so the Atlantic Theatre Company shows bravery and imagination in presenting Dying for It, British playwright Moria Buffini's "free adaptation" of Nikolai Erdman's 1928 Russian comedy The Suicide. Too bad director Neil Pepe's pacing is slow and choppy when it should move with the speed of a Marx Brothers farce. Buffini has made slimming alterations to the original, such as reducing the number of characters and confining the action to a single setting (designer Walt Spangler's depressing but atmospheric apartment house), yet the show feels bloated.

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DRAMA DESK PANEL

The Drama Desk hosted a panel discussion, "ART IMITATES ART: THE ENDURING APPEAL OF THEATER ABOUT THEATER" moderated by Adrienne Onofri.
Adrienne Onofri, Jim Brochu, Jan Maxwell, Bob Stillman, Jenifer Foote, Sarah Ruhl, T.R. KnightAdrienne Onofri, Jim Brochu, Jan Maxwell, Bob Stillman, Jenifer Foote, Sarah Ruhl, T.R. Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joe Pintauro's "Snow Orchid"

This February, Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli and Angelina Fiordellisi will star in a new version of Joe Pintauro's classic drama SNOW ORCHID at Off-Broadway's Lion Theatre on Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd St.). Presented by the Miranda Theatre Company and directed by Valentina Fratti, SNOW ORCHID will play a strictly limited four-week engagement, February 3-28, 2015 and opens on February 8 at 3 p.m.

In 1964 Brooklyn, Rocco Lazarra (Cuccioli) is returning home to face his family, a year after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena (Fiordellisi), hasn't left their house since before his departure, and longs for her native Sicily.

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Madison Square Garden

Buckle Up New York for Action as the Professional Bull Riders Buck into Madison Square Garden
                              
         By: Ellis Nassour

Want to ring in the New Year with a buck instead of a bang? Then the place to be is Madison Square Garden. In a few days NYC will get a huge influx of brawn and bravado in addition to the winter chill. It's rodeo time and the international rivals of the Professional Bull Riders will have you on the edge of your seat for three intense days, January 16-18, as they mount and bravely try to stay on monster bulls for eight seconds. Sounds easy, you say! Not on your life!

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GURNEY'S 2015 New Year

Venus Yunker, Paul MonteVenus Yunker, Paul MonteTo ring in 2015 with style Gurney's hosted a Black & White Masquerade Gala at their oceanfront resort in Montauk. Revelers dressed in festive black and white attire and donned elaborate masks in the tradition of Truman Capote's famous Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1964, dubbed by the press as the "party of the century." Gurney's Gala began with a lively cocktail reception followed by a 5 course dinner with a live performances by Joe Delia & PJ Delia and band members. In addition to dancing there were several large screen Televisions set up all over to watch the ball drop from Times Square in New York City. Gurneys was jumping at Midnight....HAPPY NEW YEAR!