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33rd Drama League Gala

David Hyde Pierce to be Feted by Broadway and Hollywood's Brightest Stars at the 33rd annual Drama League Musical Celebration of Broadway 

The Drama Leagues Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks announced the roster of special guest performers for the 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Tony® and Emmy® Award winner David Hyde Pierce which  will  held on Monday evening, November 7, 2016 at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue) in New York City.  DSC_1846_img_assist_custom__1_

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A Taste of Honey ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

In the 1950s, the working and middle-class playwrights, known as the “angry young men,” emerged as a major force in British theater. Although these playwrights were considered radical at the time, over half a century later, they have become part of our literary canon. Less well known is an angry young woman, named Shelagh Delaney, who at the age of 18, took the theater world by storm with her first play, A Taste of Honey, now revived by The Pearl Theatre Company in a production helmed by Austin Pendleton.

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Laura Benanti @ Cafe Carlyle

Laura Benanti Has Tales from Soprano Isle

By Sandi Durell

Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti must have had quite a nightmare dreaming that all sopranos would one day be shipped out and banished to an island! Well, who knows, maybe they will . . . but she will be left behind to weave her magical soprano web on audiences now awaiting her at Café Carlyle. She is the perfect representative of the group as she plies her warm, delicious purring well trained voice along with her quick-witted humor in this debut performance.

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Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

Cirque du Soleil Returns to the Big Top with Retro Spectacle
 Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, September 29 -November 27

By: Ellis Nassour

Cirque du Soleil hasn’t raised its distinctive blue and yellow tent in the New York area since 2014. But they’re back and with quite a show, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. It opens Thursday on Randall’s Island and plays through November 27th. The title refers “to the strange characters that inhabit a Seeker’s cabinet of curiosities where wonders abound” and word has it that it wraps audiences in the nostalgia of those earlier productions we loved.

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What Did You Expect? ****

By: David Sheward

Once again playwright Richard Nelson mixes politics and cooking for a rich feast of thought in What Did You Expect?, his second play in the series The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, at the Public Theater. Like his Apple Family plays presented from 2010 to 2013, this new trilogy focuses on a middle-class clan in Rhinebeck, New York, as they discuss their own economic and emotional crises which reflect the tumultuous state of the nation at large. Amy_Warren_and_Jay_O__Sanders_MARCUSMeg Gibson, Maryann Plunkett

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Broadway Bound

Kaufman Music Center’s Annual Bound for Broadway Season Opens Monday with Liz Calloway Hosting

By: Ellis Nassour

If you want to see the next Avenue Q or Hamilton before anyone else, the place to be beginning Monday at 7:30 PM is the Broadway Close Up series Bound for Broadway at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, in the shadow of Lincoln Center at 129 West 67th Street [between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue].

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Hello Dolly!

The upcoming Broadway revival of “Hello Dolly!” starring the incomparable Bette Midler, in the title role, is destined to be a major happening this season. Tickets went on sale this past Saturday, September 17 ringing in a record breaking $9 million plus dollars, a first-day record amount in the history of Broadway. Wow!” tweeted Bette Midler when she heard the news late on Monday, and the reaction was not unique. 

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 Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel, Chairman and President of The Shubert Organization, respectively, said, “We are thrilled with the tremendous response from Hello, Dolly! ticket-buyers. The combination of this show and Bette Midler has proven irresistible to theatergoers.” 

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Ave Q Presidential Debate

Long-running Best Musical Avenue Q Offers a Live-Streamed 'Presidential' Debate Monday at New World Stages

By: Ellis Nassour

The cast of long-running Best Musical Avenue Q, in the tradition they began in 2004 with a bully puppet 'presidential' debate between faux furry George W. Bush and John Kerry, will host another bully puppet debate Monday at noon at New World Stages.

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New York Pops Undergound

The New York Pops presented "The New York Pops Underground", featuring Tony nominees Montego Glover and Tony Yazbeck, hosted by New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke to benefit The New York Pops’ PopsEd music education programs at Feinstein's 54 Below SSC_1025Montego Glover, Steven Reineke

There was a champagne reception and dinner with wine pairings, and a special treat  with performances from two of Broadway’s finest performers Montego Glover and Tony Yazbeck
Sept 19, 2016. Photography: Maryann Lopinto

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Broadway Dims Lights

The Broadway community mourns the loss of three-time Tony Award® and three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, producer, and director, Edward Albee, who passed away on September 16th at age 88. He was one of the foremost playwrights of his generation. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his honor on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
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Bradley Theodore @ ACA

ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, hosted an opening reception of for an exhibition of The Bradley Theodore Experience on Thursday September 16. The exhibition marks Theodore’s first solo exhibition in New York after returning from a successful year-long overseas tour that included solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and London.  The Bradley Theodore Experience features over 30 new paintings and works on paper inspired by Theodore’s travels and pop culture portraits, along with a virtual reality environment painted on-site by Theodore. For the first time viewers are able to immerse themselves in a Bradley Theodore painting and experience his mural style in 3-D using virtual reality headsets. 
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Paula Poundstone / Bay Street

Award-winning comedian returns to Bay Street Theater Thursday, September 22.

By: Patrick Christiano

Paula Poundstone legendary for her spontaneous wit and spot on humor is returning to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor for another of her unscripted evenings of laughter on Thursday, September 22 at 8pm. I enjoyed a brief telephone chat with the popular comedian in hopes of uncovering what makes her tick and came away realizing there is no formula for just being yourself and enjoying life’s outrageous dichotomies. paula-horizontal-april-2016

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Edward Albee RIP

Edward Albee has died  September 16, 2016. Mr Albee was an American playwright known for works such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962). His works are often considered as well-crafted, realistic examinations of the modern condition. His early works reflect a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, and Jean Genet. Younger American playwrights, such as Paula Vogel, credit Albee's daring mix of theatricality and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post-war American theatre in the early 1960s. Later in his life, Albee continued to experiment in works such as The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2002).
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Chita: Nowadays

 Javier Muñoz and Brandon Victor Dixon, the new stars of Hamilton on Broadway, and New York City Gay Men’s Chorus have joined the list of special guests at Chita Rivera’s landmark concert CHITA: NOWADAYS at Carnegie Hall on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Presented by Daniel Nardicio, this event marks the first time the Broadway legend will headline the iconic venue. The two-time Tony Award winner will also welcome previously-announced guests Alan Cumming and Andy Karl, with others to be announced soon.ImageGen_ashx

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Tulla Booth presents "Water"

Tulla Booth Gallery extends their popular exhibit WATER: The Element That Surrounds Us thru September 27th with new work added including Artists: Daniel Jones, Dawn Watson, Blair Seagrams,  Herb Friedman and Stephen Wilkes.___Stephen_Wilkes_SERENGETI_web-1
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Maestro *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

Hershey Felder, whose has created solo shows based on the lives and music of Gershwin, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Irving Berlin, has now turned his attention and considerable talents to Leonard Bernstein. In Maestro, Felder, a pianist, singer, playwright and actor, so throughly inhabits his subject we get the feeling Bernstein is someone we may have known all our lives. What’s more we really like him.

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The Story of Edwin Booth **1/2

Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth
By Paulanne Simmons

Before April 14, 1865, the Booth family was known mainly for the many great actors it produced, from Junius, Sr. to Edwin, to Junius, Jr. and of course John Wilkes. If scandal ever tainted the family image, it was most probably caused by alcoholism and sexual indiscretions. But once Johnny put a bullet through President Lincoln’s head, all that changed. 

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LGBT Gala for HILLARY

LGBT Gala for HILLARY at Cipriani in NYC with Barbra Streisand 

Our next president, Hillary Rodham Clinton, spoke at an evening hosted by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, an LGBT advocate, and trailblazing actress Laverne Cox. The sit-down dinner at Cipriani in NYC featured a special performance by the incomparable Barbra Streisand singing amongst others “People,” “Pure Imagination,” “Happy Days Are Here Again,” but her parody of  “Send in the Clowns” with revised lyrics aimed at Donald Trump was a riot. “Is he that rich? Maybe he’s poor? ‘Til he reveals his returns who can be sure. Who needs this clown?”. 5c00c0e304_0

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The Glass Menagerie

LINCOLN CENTER THEATER JOINS THE UPCOMING BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’S MASTERWORK THE GLASS MENAGERIE STARRING SALLY FIELD, JOE MANTELLO, FINN WITTROCK AND INTRODUCING MADISON FERRIS AND DIRECTED BY SAM GOLD
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Suzanne Vega @ Guild Hall

American songwriter Suzanne Vega graces stage of The John Drew Theater in East Hampton.

The distinctive artist/story teller/singer Suzanne Vega, who emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980’s, appeared at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, September 3. She performed to adoring fans in her cool emotive style accompanied by Gerry Leonard, a Dublin born guitar player, songwriter and musical director, and Doug Yowell, a New York City based drummer, who has been touring with her for the past 15 years. 1_18Doug Yowell, Suzanne Vega, Gerry Leonard