Hel’s Kitchen

Frank Provenzano, Maggie Bera, Makayla Wilkerson, Michael Basile, Benji Sills

An Equity Stage Reading of Hel’s Kitchen, a new play by Sam Affoumado will be presented at Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street (8th Floor) NY, NY 10036  on  October 17th @7pm, October 19th and 20th @7:30pm.

October 9, 2018:  Hel’s Kitchen, a comedy/drama set in The Bronx, New York of 1961, is a realistic account of a watershed weekend in the life of a young woman. Helen, the eighteen-year-old, sewer-mouthed fat girl, has always used her clique to insulate herself from life. Though she is not prepared to leave her teenage years behind, Helen discovers that her relationships with her friends Vinny (the stud), Stanley (the brain) and Fern, a student of “beauty culture,” must be re-defined in order for them to survive as a group and emerge as individuals.

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Broadway to Dim Lights Marin Mazzie RIP

Marin Mazzie

BROADWAY THEATRES TO DIM LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER  19, 2018 AT 6:45 PM IN MEMORY OF STAGE AND SCREEN STAR MARIN MAZZIE

September 14, 2018 — The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee Marin Mazzie, who passed away on Thursday, September 13 at age 57. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of the Al Hirschfeld, Broadhurst, Gershwin, Gerald Schoenfeld,  St. James, and Nederlander Theatres in her memory on Wednesday, September 19 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute. 

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Broadway Update

Andrea Martin, Nathan Lane

By: David Sheward

September 12, 2018:  The weirdest press release of the year just came into my mailbox. At first I thought it was a joke. Tony winners Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will be starring in a new comedy called Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Obie-winning performer-playwright Taylor Mac. Weird title, huh? But it’s legit. The show will be directed by another multiple Tony winner George C. Wolfe and begin previews at the Booth Theatre on March 5 with an opening set for April 11. (The Booth will play host to American Son with Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in a limited run in the fall. Also, Glenda Jackson’s King Lear had announced an April 11 opening but the production will now open on April 4 at the Golden. Jackson will co-star with Elizabeth Marvel, Rita Wilson, Pedro Pascal, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell, John Douglas Thompson, and Aisling O’Sullivan. Sam Gold of Fun Home directs.)

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American Songbook Association

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye Will Receive an ASA Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Bob Mackie!

By: Sandi Durell

Cabaret keeps growing because there are enough people and organizations to keep supporting its effort, keeping it alive and growing. The latest on the horizon is ASA – The American Songbook Association presenting its first Annual Gala, in a magnificent celebration of the contributions of Black songwriters and singers.

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Broadway Mourns Neil Simon

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018 AT 6:45 PM IN MEMORY OF LEGENDARY PLAYWRIGHT NEIL SIMON

August 29, 2018:  The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, librettist, lyricist, producer and theatre owner/operator Neil Simon, who passed away on Sunday, August 26 at age 91. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York in his memory on Thursday, August 30 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.

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Avenue Q @ Feinstein’s 54 Below

(Rod) John Tartaglia

Feinstein’s 54 Below celebrated the 15th Anniversary of Tony Award winning AVENUE Q. 

August 2, 2018:  The original cast and creators of Avenue Q, 15 years after their Broadway opening night, revisited the songs, stories, and memories that the show has provided over the last decade and a half. They were joined by friends – both human and felt – from throughout the show’s incredible run.

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Broadway Barks

July 15, 2018:  The 20th Annual Broadway Barks, star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, featured celebrities from the hottest shows currently on Broadway and was produced by  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which took take place in Shubert Alley.

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Lucie Arnaz @ Birdland

Lucie Arnaz Headlines Birdland Theater July 17 – 21

By: Ellis Nassour

Emmy Award-winner Lucie Arnaz, in her much anticipated return to New York, will headline Birdland Theater, the cozy new concert site within New York’s iconic Birdland Jazz Club, headlines her new show, I Got The Job: Songs from My Musical Past, at 7 P.M.  July 17, her birthday, through July 21. Ron Abel is music directing.

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Randie Levine-Miller, Jimmy Horan and Merrill Stone

RANDIE LEVINE-MILLER HOSTS TOMATO SHOWSTOPPER DIVAS TO BENEFIT THE NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY AT THE TRIAD ON JUNE 21 

June 26, 2018:  They’re her top tomatoes!  Prolific producer and host Randie Levine-Miller presented a special edition of her “Showstopper Divas” series at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, on Thursday June 21 at 7pm.

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2018-19 Broadway/Off-Broadway Season

2018-19 Broadway/Off-Broadway Season Forecast

By: David Sheward

June 22, 2018:  The Tony Awards have been handed out and the 2017-18 New York theater season has drawn to a close. The big winners were The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Band swept the evening with a near-record ten wins including Best Musical (only two shows The Producers and Hamilton have won more). Harry Potter took six accolades including Best Play and most of the design categories. Because Band played Off-Broadway last season it was ineligible for all the other theater awards this season. The Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle went for SpongeBob SquarePants while the New York Drama Critics Circle opted to give no award for Best Musical. The NYDCC and Drama Desk skipped over Harry Potter to name Off-Broadway plays, Mary Jane and Admissions respectively, the best of the season.

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OBA Award Winners

Ceremony at Sardi’s honors 8th Annual Broadway Alliance award winners

June 20, 2018:  The Off-Broadway Alliance President, Peter Berger hosted a ceremony at Sardi’s where the winners of the 8th Annual OBA Awards were presented with their awards. Peter was joined by Jo Bonney, Andre de Shields, David Rabe, Carol Rosegg, and stars from winning productions including Harry Clarke’s Billy Crudup, The Government Inspector’s Michael Urie, Desperate Measures’ Lauren Molina, Peter Kellogg, David Friedman, Transfer’s Lucy Thurber and more to celebrate the 2017-2018 Off-Broadway season.

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War Of The Roses

Matt de Rogatis as Richard 111

AUSTIN PENDLETON DIRECTS AND ADAPTS WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III 

June 21, 2018:  Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton directs and adapts a new stage version of Richard III, Shakespeare’s greatest villain, in WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III, which begins performances August 1st at the 124 Bank Street Theatre.  The play combines texts from William Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III, to create a version, which has never been seen before.

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Tony Awards

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, Donald Trump, and the Tony Awards

By: David Sheward

June 14, 2018:  It had been one of the better Tony Awards in recent memory. The hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles were funny and charming, and not the disastrous Kevin Spacey of the year before or the over used Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman. The pop duo even wrote their own original musical material. The numbers from the nominated musicals showcased their respective shows with wit and precision.

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Richard Hambleton at ACA

Richard Hambleton: Eternity on view June 14 through July 27, 2018

June 13, 20018:  ACA Galleries, 529 West 29th Street in the Gallery district hosted an opening reception for Richard Hambleton: Eternity , on view at ACA  June 14 through July 27, 2018. The exhibition showcases major paintings and works on paper from Hambleton’s two signature series – Shadowmen and Horse & Rider.  Widely considered the “Godfather of Street Art”, his contemporaries included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

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