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Siegel Entertainment Gala

Cabaret Stars Come Out for Gala Supporting Siegel Entertainment's Concerts
               By Beau Jared

"Let us entertain you," say dozens of cabaret and theater artists in unison. "You'll have a real good time!"

They're referring to the September 9 benefit in support of Siegel Entertainment's ongoing concerts, such as Broadway Originals, Broadway Unplugged, and Broadway Jukebox. The fund raiser will not only have stars performing from 8 - 11 P.M., but also food and open bar.

The posh setting will be the well-appointed event space and half-acre garden at Upper East Side's eco-friendly 515 East 72nd Street, in the cul-de-sac between York Avenue and the FDR/East River. Hosts and event producers Stu Chassen and Ed and Doris Cohen are asking a suggested minimum donation of $100.


Stratford Festival Round-Up

       Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario     By: David Sheward

The theatre experience changes when you visit a town where the stage is the main industry. There is a sense of community and celebration absent when patronizing most commercial productions. Instead of consuming a mass Broadway product you're sharing the artisanal offering of passionate local practitioners. (Even Off-Broadway companies' seasons tend to be seen as containing potential transfers to bigger runs or possible prize winners as opposed to pure dramatic expressions.)

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste RIP


The Broadway community mourns the loss of actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who passed away early Saturday morning at age 21. The marquee of Broadway's Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, will be dimmed in his memory on Tuesday, September 1st at approximately 10:15 pm following the evening performance of LES MISÉRABLES where he made history on July 23 when he became the first African American actor, and the youngest person ever, to play the lead role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES.
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Joy Behar at Guild Hall

Me My Mouth & I by Joy Behar played two nights at Guild Hall

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The comedian Joy B
ehar, who is returning to The View as a co-host for the show's 19th season, presented "Me My Mouth and I," a terrifically entertaining autobiographical tale on Saturday and Sunday evening at Guild Hall in East Hampton. "Me My Mouth and I" chronicles the television star's rise to fame as told by her in her characteristic brash honest style. Behar displays a playful sense of self deprecation, along with astute witty comments on a host of topics ranging from her relatives to presidents.


FSLC September Series

FSLC September Series Salute One of Hollywood's Most Spirited Leading Ladies Gloria Grahame and Author James Baldwin

         By: Ellis Nassour

Soon Film Society of Lincoln Center will unreel its 53rd New York Film Festival - 17 days and nights that'll provide movie lovers with the best of world cinema. Shortly after that, the studios will roll out their best shots for recognition during end-of-year awards season. However, if you want entertainment with a punch, FSLC has a 12-gun salute to Oscar-winning Gloria Grahame, the blonde bombshell with a brain and a heart, Gloria Grahame: Blonde Ambition, September 4-8.

On the heels of that series, September 11-14, the Society salutes novelist, playwright, activist, and critic James Baldwin with The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film.


"Cavalleria" & "Pagliacci"

Opera's Popular Double Bill, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci ,
Will Be Telecast on PBS Great Performances September 6

                   By: Ellis Nassour
Sunday of Labor Day weekend will be an opera lover's dream as
THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met telecasts two tales of passion, jealousy, and death in the double bill that's been inseparable on world opera stages: Pietro Mascagni's one act Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Calvary) and Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (Clowns), two acts and prologue -- on September 6 at 12:30 P.M. This is first new Met production of Cav/Pag in 45 years. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham hosts.

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HIFF "Peace Officer"

The Hamptons International Film Festival presented the documentary "Peace Officer" as the final film in the SummerDocs Series/ talkback hosted by Alec Baldwin at Guild Hall.
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                                       By:Patrick Christiano

BREAKING NEWS: Behar is returning to The View as part of a shake up for the 19th season, reportetedly at Barbara Walters request. When we spoke on Friday she only hinted they had asked her back, but that they didn't offer what she wanted. Well I guess things have changed. She will be one the show's rotating co-hosts. And the live taping that will now happen five days a week will give an added jolt of energy

The always outspoken TV Star Joy Behar is performing her one women show ME MY MOUTH AND I at Guild Hall on Saturday and Sunday August 29 &30 at 8pm.

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"Hamilton" Opening Night

About every ten years, a Broadway musical is christened by the theater pundit class and audiences as a landmark in the development of the art form and becomes more than just a smash hit, it transforms into a phenomenon in the larger culture. Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Hair, A Chorus Line, and Rent are the most prominent examples of such fiery productions. Spring Awakening and The Book of Mormon approached the status of game-changer, but didn't quite make it. Hamilton, the latest entry in this explosive category, looks to be the most shattering mold-breaker in recent years.   Click Here to Read Full Review   "Hamilton" Curtain Call"Hamilton" Curtain Call




Informed Consent ****

                                    By: Paulanne Simmons

When a play is commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project, you c
an expect it to be about big ideas. Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent, now making its New York City Premiere at Primary Stages, certainly lives up to those expectations. Cleverly directed by Liesl Tommy, the play contrast a personal story of genetic fallibility with a broader narrative of race, ethical research and cultural identity.


FSLC Unveils for NYFF

FSLC Unveils Impressive Lineup of Documentaries, Revivals,
and Events for 53rd New York Film Festival

                    By: Ellis Nassour
For 17 days and nights, movie lovers at Film Society of Lincoln Center's 53rd New York Film Festival (NYFF), September 25 - October 11, will have one of the most outstanding lineups in years of what to see. There will be choices galore, with more world and North American premieres than ever. Without a doubt, there'll be numerous choices with appeal to everyone. Starting September 13, just step up to the NYFF box offices at Alice Tully Hall to purchase tickets. Patron tickets go on sale August 31.

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Celebrity Autobiography

Guild Hall presented Celebrity Autobiography New Edition! at The John Drew Theater in East Hampton featuring Christie Brinkley, Debbie Harry, Ralph Macchio, Susan Lucci, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Brooke Shields and Alan Zweibel. Created by Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel the show opened in New York to rave reviews and won a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.
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John ****

By: David Sheward
The everyday and the cosmic are both addressed in John, Annie Baker's wonderfully weird new play at the Signature Center. As in her previous works including The Aliens, Circle Mirror Transformation and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Flick, Baker uses an ordinary setting such as Annie BakerAnnie Bakerthe back porch of a summer snack stand, a community-center acting class or a rundown movie theater as a platform to examine such profound issues as faith, love, and the human condition. Through incomplete sentences inarticulately expressing longings, prolonged pregnant pauses, and real-time stage action of seemingly mundane tasks, she shows us what goes on underneath the familiar surface. Her probing plays are never pretentious or obvious and they offer a rare glimpse into the souls and minds of amateur musicians, waiters, ushers, etc.-people like you and me.


Convergence and Projections

FSLC Announces Avant Garde Programming for 53rd New York Film Festival: Convergence and Projections

                     By: Ellis Nassour
Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival is not just about Opening Night, Centerpiece, Closing Night, and galas. The annual 17- day fest, this year September 25- October 11, always has a crowded calendar of special and free events and panel discussions. Now, with the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, programming has immensely expanded. Two popular programs are Convergence and Projections, which delve into the world of immersive storytelling with a mix of unique films, panels, and live interactive experiences


Broadway Savings: 2-For-1

Broadway Savings: 22 Shows Participate in 2-for-1 Tickets Sale, September 7-20

                     By: Ellis Nassour
Tickets are on sale now for NYC & Company's fourth Broadway Week and 2(tickets)- for (the price of one)1ticket, September 7-20. There'll be 22 shows participating. Purchase at www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek; or, for extra savings, visit Broadway box offices, where those steep service fees don't apply.

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Bow Wow Meow Ball

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) hosted 15th Annual benefit at their 22 acre adoption center in Wainscott, NY

Over 400 animal lovers in the Hamptons attended the Bow Wow Meow Ball, to help ARF celebrate their life saving work with an evening of dinner and dancing on the 22 acre ARF campus in Wainscott. Brooke Shields, the evening's emcee, enjoyed cocktails with guests, followed by a dinner catered by Glorious Food boasting an elegant black, white and silver setting created to match the evening's attire of black, white and silver. This special evening honored internationally acclaimed architect Peter Marino for his unwavering commitment to animal welfare and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons as a longtime supporter. Katharine and William P. Rayner presented him with the ARF Champion of Animals Award .
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Bay Street Theater and Hamptons Shakespeare Festival presented "Twelfth Night, Or What You Will" directed by Scott Schwartz.

The Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative and Hamptons Shakespeare Festival presented a benefit reception with an enchanting performance of "Twelfth Night or What You Will" at the oceanfront home of Patty and Jay Baker in Amagansett on Sunday August 16, 2015.
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The outside performance on a stage in the dunes featured a terrific ensemble of actors helmed by Scott Schwartz with a smart adaptation by Will Pomerantz and music and sound by David M.Brandenberg & Lindsey Alexander, which enhanced the evening beautifully.


Great Summer Reads

Great Summer Reads: Shakespearean Actors; Peter Filichia on Broadway's '63-'64 Season; More

           By: Ellis Nassour

Stanley Wells: Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh
(Oxford University Press; 288 pages; B&W and halftones throughout; Index; SRP, $30, Hardcover)

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players," 'wrote the Bard.Over the past 400 years, Shakespeare's plays have been performed across the globe. bringing to life characters such as Hamlet, Othello, Puck, and Juliet. How well do you know some of the great Shakespeare actors - even the plays they performed in?

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Sutton Foster @ Guild Hall

Sutton Foster Soars in a One Night Only SOLD OUT Concert at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Sutton Foster the Two Time Tony award winning songstress/actress/dancer preformed to an adoring SOLD OUT audience at Guild Hall in East Hampton on SunSutton Foster and MabelSutton Foster and Mabelday August 9, 2015. Foster opened the evening with four eclectic songs from Broadway shows she has appeared in. Highlights of her concert included "Anyone Can Whistle," "Anything Goes," "Up on The Roof," and the witty "Air Conditioner" from her 2008 CD "Wish."


Cymbeline ****

             By: David Sheward
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One of the most problem
atic of Shakespeare's late plays, Cymbeline, is a fairy-tale fantasy full of cross-dressing heroines, lost princes, thwarted love, wicked stepmothers, and epic battles. The only way to treat the episodic, byzantine plot is to gently mock it. JoAnne Akalaitis took it too seriously and made it into a bizarre nightmare in a memorably awful 1989 staging at the Public downtown. Andrei Serban's 1998 version in Central Park was an unashamedly epic tale featuring a moat and a scene-stealing Liev Schreiber as the villainous Iachimo. Barlett Sher's 2002 production for Theater for a New Audience was frankly theatrical and embraced the story's incredible coincidences and conventions.